Veterans Day at HT2
Nov10

Veterans Day at HT2

A post shared by HT2 (@ht2fortwayne) on Oct 20, 2017 at 9:59am PDT What does it mean to support the troops? It’s an old, tired, overused phrase that has become more of a reaction and a political talking point than any true declaration of support. Politicians across the spectrum will constantly argue over which one of them supports the troops more. People will put a sticker on their car, have it on their license plate or a host of other meaningless gestures. None of those are worth anything if there is no action behind them. So what does action look like? What can the average person do to actually show their support for those who volunteered to defend the country they live in? Nick Ladig, owner of HT2, a cocktail bar in southwest Fort Wayne, is taking matters into his own hands this Saturday with a fundraiser for The Shepherd’s House. “Men and women who go off to serve our country are sacrificing all they have and all they know so that we can do things like open businesses, enjoy ourselves and feel safe,” Ladig said. “It’s only right that we take care of them once they come back to the civilian world.” This Saturday, when HT2 has a limited number of drink and food specials, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Shepherd’s House, a transitional living facility that houses veterans with substance abuse issues. Currently going through a capital fundraising campaign, Shepherd’s House is attempting to secure enough funding to ensure operations beyond 2018. Ladig, who used to work for Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery in Indianapolis, knew that Shepherd’s House was a cause worthy of his support when he started to research local charities to support. “Hotel Tango was started by a combat wounded Marine Corps veteran,” he said, “so it made sense to support these veteran-oriented organizations. There are charities like DAV [Disabled American Veterans] or Wounded Warrior Foundation, but I wanted the money to have a much more local impact.” Here is the lineup of events and activities: Tacos Bravas will be serving up items from their menu from 12 to 4 Special cocktail concoctions will be served all day and night There will be a prize raffle and a donation collection. Shepherd’s House is requesting new socks and underwear and hygiene products for the male veterans they serve. It should be a fun and worthwhile cause. For more information about the Veterans Day Shepherd’s House Fundraiser, click here. Location: 10212 Chestnut Plaza Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46814   Date/Time: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Noon to Midnight...

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5 Can’t-Miss Reasons to Go to Middle Waves Music Festival
Sep13

5 Can’t-Miss Reasons to Go to Middle Waves Music Festival

A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:45am PDT Middle Waves Music Festival turns up the volume and the good vibes this Friday and Saturday, September 15th and 16th at Headwaters Park. This second annual festival offers plenty of events to get hyped about. If you’re still on the fence about attending, check out our 5 can’t-miss reasons to go to Middle Waves.   1. The Music With three stages of local and national acts, the official lineup is jam-packed with great music. Between headliner MGMT and a medley of different music, you’re guaranteed to find tunes that you vibe with.   A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Aug 31, 2017 at 2:08pm PDT   2. Vibe Events Speaking of vibes, there’s oodles of activities you can participate in for free with admission thanks to the Middle Waves Vibe Tribe. Get your hair done at the Braid Bar, pick up some glitter from the Glitter Bar, take a yoga class, meet a unicorn, snap a selfie at the photo ops, or hang out in a hammock or VW Bus – and that’s just a few events put together for the Middle Waves experience. A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 17, 2016 at 5:42am PDT 3. The Village A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Sep 17, 2016 at 8:01am PDT The Village includes booths by local businesses and food vendors. Work up an appetite with all the activity? Don’t worry, your favorite fare is available, including Bravas Hot Dogs and Tacos Bravas, Vietnummy, Affine, and Big Apple Pizza and Deli. Beer and wine tents can be found in on both sides of the festival. Cheers! 4. Mini Waves   A post shared by M I D D L E W A V E S (@middlewaves) on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:50pm PDT Did you know that Middle Waves is kid friendly? There’s a festival within the festival just for kiddos called Mini Waves. Kids can visit the petting zoo, head to Storytime between Sets, get creative at the Craft Station or Construction Junction, get their face painted, play in one-of-a-kind cardboard playsets at Boxlanders Playspace, and unleash their inner rockstar with a variety of instruments at Sweetwater’s Instrumentation Station. 5. VVIP Access (That’s Very, Very Important Person)  If you want star treatment, a VVIP pass is the ticket. Literally. When you purchase a VVIP...

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Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort!  🍜
Aug29

Banh Mi Pho Shop- Your New Fave Ramen Spot in the Fort! 🍜

2017 has been my year of ramen. From Momofuku in New York City, some side street vendor in Vietnam that I can’t pronounce, to High Five Ramen in Chicago, I have been obsessed with the noodles of my college days. (And who am I kidding, most of my 20s as well!) And now we have this amazing creation in Fort Wayne at a local business called Banh Mi Pho Shop)! Although the word ramen comes from the Chinese, there is a heated debate as to whether the dish itself originated in Japan or China. Regardless, instant ramen was invented by the Taiwanese-Japanese Momofuku Ando, and was named the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century. The main component of any ramen is steaming hot noodles served in a rich and salty soup broth, but that is where the similarity between our college dorm hot pot ramen and the ramen of today ends. From the broth, to the spices, to the meat, and toppings ramen is vastly different from shop to shop…but that’s what makes it fun for both chefs and diners alike! Banh Mi Pho Shop is located at the former Tom’s Donuts on 1925 Fairfield Avenue and opened this past June. Don’t let its newness fool you, however. It is the sister location of the popular Vietnamese shop, Banh Mi Barista, which opened August 2012 on 5320 Coldwater Road. The original restaurant started with owners Will Le, his sister Thao Le, and niece Hien Le. Thirty-nine-year-old Will has been working in the food industry since high school (including Fort Wayne’s beloved West Coast Grill) and loves to cook. While 30-year-old Thao worked at a pharmaceutical lab in Indy, she always had a love for food and eating out as did her foodie niece, Hien. The original Banh Mi Barista is well known for its phenomenal customer service, amazing bubble teas, and Vietnamese staples such as pho and bánh mì sandwiches. One year ago, Thao took a break to travel. While she grew up in Fort Wayne, she wanted to experience the culinary trends and staples in various parts of the world, including her homeland of Vietnam. Co-owner Hien joined her for a month in Vietnam (as did yours truly for a much shorter stint!). I sat with Thao to ask about her experience in Vietnam this past April. “I was born in Vietnam and still have family in southern Vietnam,” said Thao. “I have always appreciated the unique flavors and textures, but this trip made me expand my taste buds to appreciate northern Vietnamese food as well. I also learned how to make bánh mì (bread) from scratch when I...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug17

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Chris Cross the Nation Thursday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m. Chris Miller, a Fort Wayne native, is running from NYC to California to change the dialogue surrounding addiction. Hear his story at this event. Shindigz National Soccer Festival Thursday, August 17 through Saturday, August 19 Soccer, soccer, and more soccer! August Hot Spot: Meet the Board Thursday, August 1 at 5:30 p.m. It’s that time again — time for our monthly hot spot! This event, we’ll be introducing the new board. Join us! Riverfront Fort Wayne Film Series: Mean Girls Thursday, August 1 at 8 p.m. It’s a free showing of “Mean Girls” in Lawton Park. Just in time for the beginning of the school year. Railroad Open House Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20 Free admission and $5 train rides! Learn all about trains and their important role throughout history. Bring the kids! Community Fun Fair Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. Food, giveaways, and free family fun! Love Wins: A Free Concert Saturday, August 19 at 4 p.m. Celebrate our community at an event designed to bring us together. Local talent abounds in this free performance. Embody Dance Sunday, August 20 at 10:50 a.m. This event is open to all, you don’t have to have dance experience to join! Come try something new that’s good for body and soul. Inaugural Dog Days of Summer 5k Run/Walk Sunday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the Allen County SPCA and H.O.P.E. for Animals. August Splash-In Movie Sunday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. It’s the end of summer celebration that’s fun for the whole family. 2017 Solar Eclipse at ACPL Monday, August 21 at 12 p.m. Surely by now you’ve heard about the solar eclipse, right?! You can watch it anywhere, obviously, but check out this special event. We just did a feature about it. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Fort Wayne Comedy Club
Aug08

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Fort Wayne Comedy Club

After performing at his first open mic night years ago, Micheal Moses fell in love with comedy. For the past 12 years, he has performed at comedy clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Now Moses is back in Fort Wayne with the mission to make the city laugh.   Wanting to challenge the naysayers who constantly say there is nothing to do in Fort Wayne, Moses officially opened the Fort Wayne Comedy Club in June 2017. Located at 2104 South Calhoun Street, shows play every Saturday night. Tickets for the events can be bought in advance for $15 on their website, or $20 at the door. And in case you work up an appetite while laughing, the comedy club also provides southern style dinner options.   Looking down the road, Moses’ goal is to continue to make his business a world class comedy club that brings in headline performers that compete with larger markets.   Moses spoke a little bit about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, here’s what he had to say.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? For several years I have utilized several venues around town to promote the brand Mike Moses Presents under labels like Art & Soul of the City, Notes & Words, Link Up!, & Pro Amateur Comedy Showcase.  An opportunity opened up where I could add professional stand-up comedy to this repertoire.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community?  The people! Like Randi Lincoln with her networking groups, Allen Helms, Jomare and Elizabeth Mizzell, as well as the folks at Anthony Wayne Medical Associates and Summit pharmacy, just to name a few. They have, and continue to lend their time, talent and knowledge not to mention access to their resources.   What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? In a word, the naysayers. What person has helped you the most in your journey?  The owners of 2104 better known as @2104 Fort Wayne   What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Before Columbus discovered the New World, Leonardo Da Vinci drew up the concept of a flying machine that could carry a person, his contemporaries labeled the idea as crazy. Some 500 years later people are actually flying. My point is this, never let a naysayer tell you it can’t be done, or that’s a crazy idea.   What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? As we as a city move forward with the redevelopment of the downtown area, there needs to be a better...

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