Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Nov27

Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

This week in Entrepreneurship Spotlight, we are highlighting Stacey Patalita, owner of Peace of Mind Wellness Center, to share her experience as an entrepreneur. Stacey is from Fort Wayne and has always been interested in helping people manage stress in a healthy and creative manner, but it wasn’t until this year that she was finally able to channel that passion and start her own business. In August of this year, she opened Peace of Mind Wellness Center on Lake Avenue, just down the street from Parkview Randalia. She and her team provide affordable stress management and wellness services, including massage therapy, yoga, life-coaching and more. Their mission is to provide affordable stress and health management services to everyone.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I was already here, but also, I wanted to reach more of the average person. I don’t need to look elsewhere for that, everyone has stress. For people who want to be yogi masters, there are plenty of places that offer that. For the people who are intimidated by that, I wanted to provide something that can help them mentally and physically. People can sign up for one session/class or five. It’s what they want and are comfortable with doing. Peace of Mind Wellness is more for the average person who isn’t a pro at yoga or meditation, but wants to take care of their mind and body through stress management. We provide a safe, comfortable environment where we can help them do that.   What are some of the challenges you have encountered in starting your business? We’re doing a lot of trial and error right now with our offerings and the timing, so that’s been a challenge, but we learn as we go. Getting the word out, too, has been a challenge because we don’t have the budget for marketing. Facebook has been huge, though, a lot of people commenting and sharing their experiences. That’s been super helpful.   What person has helped you the most in your journey?  We had a meeting with Rhonda Ladig, from Start Fort Wayne at the Atrium and she was awesome. She gave us some really great ideas and potential connections, and recommended we participate in 1 million cups. We haven’t participated yet, but I’m working on it.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community?  Really, the local community. Through Facebook, the people interacting with us, sharing, commenting, it’s helped us a lot. I did a few free classes at Lakeside Park before opening and the people who came really enjoyed it and reached...

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Three Times a Charm for Ride Green
Sep02

Three Times a Charm for Ride Green

In its third year sustainfortwayne‘s Ride Green has a very different feel than other pub crawls around the city. Its focus on sustainability and community is unique. It’s a relaxed ride, with more emphasis on the journey from one stop to another. A detailed map and arrows along the route keep everyone together, which is half the fun. Personally, I have participated in 2014 and 2015, and will again this year. When I first heard about it, the event sounded like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and I didn’t want to miss out.  Through Ride Green, I’ve met new friends, tried new local businesses, and become active in the cycling community. More importantly, I fell back in love with my bike. Now, I use my bike to commute to work, run errands, explore the greenway, meet friends for coffee, and get to meetings. Andrew Hesterman is the Northern Indiana representative of The US Green Building Council – Indiana Chapter and the creator of Ride Green.  He and his sustainfortwayne team are our local branch of this nationwide non-profit organization. Their mission is to “promote sustainable, prosperous and environmentally responsible design, construction and operations of Indiana buildings and communities.” The key word here is communities. Beyond using construction and design in a sustainable way, it is an effort to use building to create space for people to connect. Andrew and I sat down to chat about the upcoming Ride Green event on Saturday, September 10. He explained the thought process behind using a pub crawl as a fundraiser and as a vehicle to get the message out. “Sustainability isn’t a sacrifice, and it can easily be integrated into daily life,” Andrew said. A pub crawl is fun. It allows people see how painless it is to ditch the car and still get around town. Community building is another unique aspect of the event. The camaraderie that goes along with having a shared experience is very important. Participants get to feel like they are part of something bigger – and greener.  Make new friends at the top of a hill, or at a bar top. Pub crawlers will meet at Headwaters Park west at noon and pick up their swag. Once everyone is ready, they head out to explore the city by bicycle and visit some great local businesses along the way. The Details: Who: sustainfortwayne What: Ride Green Pub Crawl Tickets: $30 here Where: Headwaters Park West When: September 10 at noon Why: Encourage adding sustainability into everyday...

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LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks
Jun07

LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks

Summer has finally hit the Fort, which means it’s perfect outside for a run! That being said, Living Fort Wayne has assembled a list of runs and walks for this Summer season! What’s also perfect is how many runs and walks we have in Fort Wayne to participate in. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to not only better yourself, but help our community raise money for organizations. Frontier Run’n Fun 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: 8001 West Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Time: 7 pm Cost: $35 A run hosted by Frontier and managed by Fort Wayne Running Company, this event promises a good time running through Southwest Fort Wayne trails. Shirts will be handed out and an after party will be thrown with refreshments and live music. There will also be a 10k course for those who dare to do such a thing.   RibFest 5k & Walk When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Headwaters Park Time: 8 am Cost: $20 until June 14th, $25 until June 17th Ribs and running? Sign me up! All participants will receive not only one but TWO FREE passes to this year’s RibFest, a free t-shirt, and other swag to take home after the race. All proceeds will go to the North Side High School Athletics!   Quakers Riverway 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Johnny Appleseed Park Time: 6:30 pm Cost: $20 until June 17th, $25 day of race Race for a cause! Awards and prizes will be handed out following the race. There’s even a FREE kids run at 7:30 pm! Also, Weigand Construction will be hosting their 28th Annual Duck Race to benefit SCAN following the run. Not to mention a legendary after party with kids activities and fireworks. All proceeds will go towards SCAN and their mission to educate others on how to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.   Fox Island Sprint Triathlon When: Sunday, June 19th Where: Fox Island County Park Time: 7 am Cost: $50 for USAT members and $65 for non-USAT members This is not for the faint of heart, folks. Triathlon includes a 500m swim, 20k bike, and 5k run with other options for duathlon and aquabike courses. Come trek these trails in this beautiful park and have fun winning the race!   The Glo Run When: Friday, June 24th Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Time: 9:35 pm Cost: $29.99 for Early Bird (ends June 8th), Regular $60 Who doesn’t love the ’80s? If you do, join us at the Glo Run! Filled with neon lights and funky ’80s dance music, this is an event I will definitely be signing up for! You...

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LFW Fun File
Oct22

LFW Fun File

Happy Halloween Fun Filers! For the next 2 Fun Files we present 13 events. Oooooooh (pretend that was a ghost saying that) As always our events are also on our calendar along with many more! Please email us at Info@livingfortwayne.com to share your event on our calendar or our weekly Fun File. 1. Downtown Blueprint Block Party 2. Healthy Cities Healthy Fair 3. Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales 4. Zombie Overnight: Survive The Outbreak 5. The Mersey Beatles 6. Gaslight Playhouse Presents “Night of the Living Dead” 7. Fort Wayne Bombshells present Killer Burlesque 8. Brickworld Fort Wayne LEGO Expo 9. YLNI Winter Farmer’s Market 10. La Chic Vintage Market 11. Costume Skate Meet Up – Chicks in Bowls 12. Masterworks 2 – Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony 13. Social & Marketing...

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LFW Fun File
Sep24

LFW Fun File

A little bit of everything this week. We have educational, charitable and entertaining events for you! As always all our events and more are on our calendar. If you would like your event to be seen on the LFW Fun File please email info@livingfortwayne.com. 1. The Twisted Spelling Bee 2. Nuvena’s Fall Seminar 3. Project Learning Tree 4. Fort4Fitness 5. Engage with an IPFW Scientist Series “How to Make Pennies Float, and other interesting Phenomena” 6. Doggone Best Chili Challenge 7. Better Block Days!  8. LFW Film Series: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 9. The Marvelous Wonderettes 10. IPFW Multiple Sclerosis Educational...

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