Entrepreneurship Spotlight – Alexandra Hall
Aug10

Entrepreneurship Spotlight – Alexandra Hall

This Entrepreneurship Spotlight features Alexandra Hall, a local (wonderfully and amazingly talented) artist. She’s a member of Fort Wayne Artists Guild, Wunderkammer Company, and Artlink, and interestingly enough, holds degrees in non-art related fields. She got her start right here in Fort Wayne, at a 2013 art show at the Dash-In. She’s an inspiration for all of us to find the things that we are passionate about, pursue them, and not write-off the idea that our hobbies and talents can someday (with a lot of work and a little patience) turn into a full-time gig. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? Before I had a location at the City Exchange my business was mobile. I attended art festivals and showed work in galleries all over the country. While other cities may have a bigger art scene, I was able to develop a strong customer base here because there is a growing desire for unique and locally made artwork. When it was time for me to experiment with a brick and mortar location, I decided to test out the Fort Wayne market; I only signed a short term lease at the Exchange. I have a summer festival season coming up, so I closed my shop at the end of May, but I have learned a great deal about running a boutique/gallery space. I hope to return in September and find a different location for my studio/gallery. What resource in the Fort Wayne area has helped you thrive in the community? There is a very supportive arts community here. I would not be where I am today without my artist mentors and support from local galleries. People like Charley Shirmeyer, owner of Northside Galleries and local artist Terry Ratliff, have allowed me to make the move from hobbyist to professional artist. The kindness and generosity in this community is the only reason I am able to pursue art. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? I think the biggest challenge I have faced is balancing the growing clerical aspects to my business and the actual creation of my product. I have nothing to sell if I don’t remember to make time to paint! What person has helped you the most in your journey? My parents, Scott and Andrea Hall, have helped me the most. What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? It isn’t easy. Surround yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed, and don’t allow obstacles to slow you down! What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jul07

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Three Rivers time, everyone! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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 go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Kids Craft Day Friday, July 8, anytime during cafe hours Come in with your kiddos any time during the day and they get a free craft with your drink purchase! 2. Justin Lim Art Opening Friday, July 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Justin Lim, aka Old 5 and Dime Sign Company, will be featuring his newest artwork. Tacos Bravas will be doing a pop up, there will be music, drinks from CS3, and a giveaway! So much fun! 3. HAIR July 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and July 9, 10, 16, 17 at 2 p.m. This rock musical broke all kinds of new ground in theatre. Set in the 1960s, it tackles some tough topics, and the Three Rivers Music Theatre crew is putting on an awesome show (as previewed last week). Don’t miss it! 4. Summer Music Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast July 8 – July 17, times vary Who doesn’t love this classic? While “Hair” might be a bit mature for your kids, “Beauty and the Beast” is something the whole family can enjoy! 5. Three Rivers Festival July 8 – 16, times vary The parade, the chalk walk, the food, the fun! I could have filled this whole list with amazing things associated with Three Rivers. This is what summer is all about! 6. Ventures in Creativity Saturday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Fort Wayne Artists Guild’s “Ventures in Creativity” reception is Saturday at the University of Saint Francis. It’s free, and the art will be amazing. The reception begins at 7 p.m., with the awards beginning at 8 p.m. 7. Historic Old Fort: Camp Allen Muster 1861-1865 Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch the soldiers complete their drills, speak with them and their families, and participate in fun activities throughout the day. 8. Daylily Flower Show Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy the daylily display at the Botanical Conservatory! You can also speak with experienced gardeners about growing daylilies in your own yard, and...

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