Our Top Posts from 2017
Dec29

Our Top Posts from 2017

Fort Wayne in 2017 was full of intriguing stories from new dining options to familiar festivals to people who make you think, laugh or both. Living Fort Wayne set several new readership and social media records, which will go down as the social media hub’s most popular year to date. Take a look at our top posts LFW readers loved the most this year as we switch to my “imaginary radio DJ countdown voice!” Number 5 – 07 Pub A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jul 3, 2017 at 10:18am PDT Starting us off at number five – a ZIP code experiencing a renaissance in Fort Wayne is 46807 (or the ’07). Our popular “Food & Drink” writer Reneta Thurairatnam took a look at 07 Pub – your new favorite place to hang out. Have you been there yet to hang out? Number 4 – Abode A post shared by ASHLEY CLAUSS (@bluebird_photo) on Mar 31, 2017 at 1:45pm PDT Great new things in our area aren’t just within Fort Wayne’s city limits! Writer and photographer Ashley Clauss gave us an inside look at one of the area’s trendiest home decor boutiques. This boutique is located in – surprise – Leo-Cedarville!  Take a gander at Ashley’s aesthetically-pleasing writing and photography in our number four post of the year, Abode: A Trendy Home Boutique in Leo?! Number 3 – Umi Seafood and Sushi Fort Wayne   A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jan 4, 2017 at 8:30am PST We started off 2017 with a bang with Reneta’s hot scoop on Umi – a new sushi restaurant located in southwest Fort Wayne. That helped make January 2nd one of our most popular days ever and this post our third most popular post of the year! Number 2 – Pumpkin Patches and More Fall Fun A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:13pm PDT Each year our leadership team eagerly awaits our annual “pumpkin patch” readership bump. Or maybe it’s just me? This year was no different as pumpkin patches and fall fun ruled our autumn nights and finished number two for the year. Look for our 2018 edition in September. Number 1 – Just Cream Ice Cream Boutique It may be freezing cold in Fort Wayne to close out 2017, but our hottest post of the year is all about ice cream. Just Cream is an ice cream boutique on the north side of the city located on Dupont Road. This piece was authored (once again) by Reneta, our venerable “Food & Drink” writer. Fort Wayne folks really love their ice cream! Top Posts –...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Leslie Snare
Apr26

LFW Member Spotlight – Leslie Snare

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s director-at-large, Leslie Snare! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am currently serving as the director-at-large for Living Fort Wayne, which means that I’m basically the liaison between Living Fort Wayne and Young Leaders Northeast Indiana (YLNI). I oversee the strategic direction of our website and social media presence. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne Besides LFW, you’ll probably find me running the trails or in a local race. I’ve got two goals for 2017—to qualify as an Ironrunner with the Fort Wayne Running Club and to complete my first full marathon at Fort4Fitness this fall. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Oh, I’m definitely heading to southern California…I love the laid back vibes of San Diego, plus the mountains, the oceans, and the year round warm weather would keep my running shoes perpetually laced up! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? That’s a tough one, but I’d have to say I’d definitely take someone to Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown. Visit Fort Wayne hosts this annual event where a lot of the downtown museums and attractions offer free admission, so it’s a great opportunity to check out the best of downtown, like the Botanical Gardens, the Embassy Theatre, and the historic Allen County Courthouse. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I’ve never done karaoke, and have terrible stage fright, so it’s definitely not high on my priority list. That being said, you can often catch me singing along to Kings of Leon or car dancing to any number of hip hop or EDM songs. Don’t judge. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com...

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Our Top 10 Articles from 2016
Dec28

Our Top 10 Articles from 2016

This year was an exciting year in Fort Wayne! We saw several new businesses and events come to our city. Take a look at our top articles for 2016! First up, clocking in at number ten, our article on the eighth annual Taste of the Arts Festival by Stephen J. Bailey was a hit with our readers this year. Keep an eye out in 2017 for information about the next festival (and keep supporting the arts)! Bravas, tacos and our new “Food & Drink” writer Reneta Thurairatum. What more could you want from an article? Checking in at number nine for the year, The Tacos Are Coming at Tacos Bravas. At number eight, the “Food & Drink” series continued to be popular as Reneta gave us the lowdown on GnomeTown Brewing Co. in June. At number seven, Reneta checked in with Junk Ditch Brewing Company to get a taste of their entry in Fort Wayne’s Weekend Brunch Game in July. Information about food and dining options was popular all year in Fort Wayne. Coming in at number six, Travis Bartlett and the team gave us their picks for the top breakfast and brunch spots in the city in February! And coming in at number five, Rhonda Ladig Moxter gave us a rundown of Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives in Fort Wayne. Coming in at number four is Rivers Relaxation, A New Way to De-Stress in Fort Wayne by Leslie Snare. This article about one of Fort Wayne’s newest stress relief options has only gotten more popular in recent months. Our always popular listicle on Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and More Fall Fun (updated by Micheala Pattison) checked in at number three for the year. Coming in at number two, The Golden Fort Wayne was preparing for its debut at the Ash Brokerage building in downtown Fort Wayne. Becca Bell caught up with Aaron Butts, Carmen McGee and Sean Richardson in this extensive Q&A from January. And finally coming in at number one for 2016, a new sweet spot hopped into downtown Fort Wayne. Reneta got the scoop in The Yummi Bunni Is Hopping onto Fort Wayne’s Food Scene. This article about ice cream treats was HOT, HOT, HOT! We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for Fort Wayne! Keep up with Living Fort Wayne on Facebook, Twitter and...

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NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back
Jun16

NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back

Last month Living Fort Wayne members (and some of their children) got together and did a little a volunteering for NeighborLink Fort Wayne. I was happy to join the crew that went out that day. The whole experience was one of the more streamlined volunteer experiences I have been a part of. Special thanks to the Living Fort Wayne Committee members that spearheaded this activity. Here’s a recap of what went down that day! To start out the day, we all met at Old Crown Coffee Roasters to get a feel for how we wanted to approach the day’s activities. Living Fort Wayne participants were Leslie Snare (+2), Jade Kelsey, Ryan Krueckeberg, Matt Graves (+2), Emily Farmer, Jade Haag, and Aly Hess (+1). We ended up having just two projects from NeighborLink Fort Wayne to tackle that day: yard work for a lady named Therese in northeast Fort Wayne and window cleaning for a lady named Roberta in southeast Fort Wayne (read more about how NeighborLink Fort Wayne works in our article by Jasmine Bajar). Instead of splitting up, Leslie and the group decided that we should stay together and tackle Therese’s project first and then head over to help out Roberta. Therese’s home was tucked into a quiet neighborhood near IPFW. She needed some general landscape cleanup done on her home. The group split up and tackled different areas of need – a little weeding, a little raking, and a little trimming. Most of the group tackled weeding and trimming. I handled the raking of old leaves away from the side of her house and out of the shrubbery. As a group we spent around two hours there, but that was more than enough time to work up a sweat and make a difference in that little space. After a few years of apartment living for me, it was refreshing to get out and work in her lawn. From there we all made our way down to southeast Fort Wayne to clean windows for Roberta. This project was completed relatively quickly with all of us knocking out a little of the project. Besides a few uninvited guests in the form of bees, this was easy, breezy for us and made Roberta and her son quite happy to see the results. Overall this was clean and efficient from my perspective. If you are part of a group who is looking for a way to get out and volunteer, check out what NeighborLink Fort Wayne has to offer. Be sure to check in next week to get Jade Kelsey’s take on how the day went together, which should be interesting since she did a...

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