Healthy Grocery Stores in Fort Wayne
Oct12

Healthy Grocery Stores in Fort Wayne

Trying to eat healthier? Here is an updated, comprehensive list of the healthy grocery stores in Fort Wayne and snippets of what makes each business unique. 1.       3 Rivers Co-Op Natural Grocery & Deli The 3 Rivers Co-Op Natural Grocery & Deli (otherwise known as “The Co-Op”) is located on Sherman Boulevard. The Co-op’s produce section is completely organic and features local produce when possible, as well as meat from local farms year-round. The grocery offers bulk foods, a wellness and supplements department, and an eat-in deli and café. Feel free to call ahead and place an order for pick-up. I recommend the Tofu Reuben! You can also become an owner and support local business and farming, in addition to scoring some great savings. 2.       Earth Fare Located on Dupont Road, Earth Fare is awesome because of its size! In summary, the store has options. If you’re looking for an obscure ingredient or the newest health food product, this is the place most likely to have it. Like the Co-Op, Earth Fare has a café and deli. A helpful tip to note—in the deli, the red bowls signify a dish is vegan. Even if you don’t live on the north end of town, this is a place worth visiting. If you haven’t already tried their “everything vegan” cookies, you’re missing out! 3.       Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Fresh Thyme is located on Coldwater Road off of Coliseum Boulevard and has a great selection of produce, meat, dairy, and frozen products. The store’s best feature is definitely its soup and salad bar. 4.       Ted’s Market Disclaimer—I have never been to Ted’s Market; however, after researching the store for this article, I’ve decided I need to check it out ASAP. Why? Not only can you buy wine by the glass to sip while shopping for regionally sourced food, but the market also features local goods such as Utopian Coffee and homemade bread. What a sensory experience! You can read more about Ted’s Market in an older blog post here, or visit the store’s website. 5.       Fresh Market Fresh Market is located in southwest Fort Wayne off of Jefferson Boulevard. The selection isn’t quite as large as some of the aforementioned stores, but it’s convenient if you live close by. It is also on the pricier end of the spectrum. Think high-end, gourmet goods and gifts. The bakery and fresh flowers are the best features of the store, but the sushi bar is also a plus. 6.       Health Food Shoppe Located on Anthony Boulevard, the Health Food Shoppe includes a fresh deli food bar, organic produce, and vitamins and supplements. The store is smaller; therefore, the selection is too, but this local place is...

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Pembroke Bakery & Cafe – Restaurant Series #1
Feb17

Pembroke Bakery & Cafe – Restaurant Series #1

I don’t know about y’all but after 25 years, I needed a little spice and newness to my diet. I have been to the same restaurants over and over in Fort Wayne since I was a little girl. Granted, they are good, but I needed some variety. So I decided to change that. I ventured out! I wanted to try new foods and explore what other cuisines my city had to offer. I was happily surprised to find a lot of restaurants and places I have never been to. Places where each meal I tried was delicious! And now, through Living Fort Wayne, I want to share that exploration with you! My goal with this series is to introduce you and myself (continuing to look for new places) to a variety of foods and drinks, all from restaurants/cafes that are locally owned. Places that add an interesting piece to Fort Wayne’s awesome and vibrant city-puzzle. Time to venture out to and embrace all your taste buds! I’ll hold your hand, I promise. A great place to start is Pembroke Bakery & Cafe. Hint: I started here. Pembroke Bakery & Cafe is one of my favorite downtown spots. Located inside the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, this place captivates what a hip urban cafe should be. I always have a hard time picking what to eat here. Some of my favorites are the Roman pizza and New Mexican black bean and corn burger.     The selections change daily and include vegan, gluten free options and a Kosher-approved menu. Health nuts and meat lovers alike will enjoy this place. I am not a nutritionist but if it is green, it’s healthy…and there’s lots of green here! Not only is it a restaurant, Pembroke also offers catering options, cooking classes and an informational blog. Pembroke Bakery & Cafe is located on 300 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN., 46802. In the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. It is open Monday-Friday: 7am-9pm (8am during January), Saturday: 8:30am-6pm and Sunday: 12pm-5pm. Permission by Pembroke Bakery &...

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Beet Street Juicery: A KickStarter Success Story
Sep24

Beet Street Juicery: A KickStarter Success Story

When I last checked in with Sherina Collier, we were all rooting for her and her KickStarter campaign for Beet Street Juicery. Everyone was spreading the news and hopeful about the possibilities. A couple of months later, it is safe to say that those possibilities are now becoming a reality. With a successful funding of her KickStarter campaign in August, the wheels are officially in motion. Sherina has signed a lease and is officially at work in her new downtown space at the West Berry Building. Located in the former home of Downtown Pizza, she has big plans for the space and has been spending her days gutting the current decor for a fresh environment for her business. Beet Street Juicery will be located at 534 W. Berry Street and has an official open date sometime during October. Their hours will be Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you are wondering what all of the buzz around Beet Street is about, it comes down to Sherina’s quest for bringing healthy, nutritional options to Fort Wayne in honor of her late father. After his death, she was determined to make a difference in the lives of others. She began researching how to offer the public affordable food and drink options without compromising a delicious taste. The results can be found in Beet Street Juicery. Her plans include using organic based fruits and vegetables, local vendors, and using the hydraulic cold-press method to extract more juice while keeping vital micronutrients and enzymes intact. This will only add one more great addition to a downtown scene that is starting to truly expand with options and reasons to enjoy the streets. If you want to find out more about Beet Street Juice, please connect with them on Facebook and help support their journey. Their grand opening will be here before we know...

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