LFW Spotlight: Rachelle Reinking
Jun14

LFW Spotlight: Rachelle Reinking

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? 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. Next in our series is our Editor, Rachelle Reinking!   What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? – I’m the Editor and a contributing writer for Living Fort Wayne. I joined the LFW team because I love writing and, having lived in Fort Wayne my whole life, I wanted to help showcase the hidden gems our city has to offer.   Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). – I’m a pole dancing, meathead yogi. In my down time, I lift weights and pole dance at Fort Wayne Aerial. I’m a yoga teacher (I earned my 200 Hour RYT this past year!) and teach aerial yoga, power, and all levels at Studio Seva.   If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? – Either Salt Lake City, Utah or Dublin, Ireland. When I visited SLC, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the mountain scenery surrounding an urban city. Plus, the people had some Midwestern hospitality in them. I adored the culture in Dublin, and I am so intrigued by its rich history. Beautiful city in a beautiful country!   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 FW? – Oh man, so many things! I would make a couple days out of exploring Downtown Fort Wayne. Awesome coffee shops, fantastic locally owned restaurants, my go-to shop Black Anvil Tattoo, drop-in pole fitness class at Fort Wayne Aerial, fun music scene and nightlife – that’s a solid weekend in my book.   If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? – Let it be known, I’m a singer by trade, and would probably sing multiple times well after you’re sick of seeing me go up on stage 😉 I love me some Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Lana Del Rey, but I’ll also willingly (read: shamelessly) sing anything from The Lion King soundtrack.   Stay tuned next month for another glimpse...

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LFW Spotlight: Brittany King
Jun01

LFW Spotlight: Brittany King

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? 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. Next in our series is our Communications Liaison, Brittany King! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog?   I’m the Communication Liaison and currently help manage the events calendar and weekly Fun File. I volunteered for Living Fort Wayne because, being born and raised in the Fort, I love the city and I think it has many amazing things to offer that not enough people know about! I’m a writer so helping Living Fort Wayne promote a city I love through a medium I love is a perfect fit.   Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc).   I have the most wonderful 3-year-old daughter. Her name is Annabelle. She thinks she’s a dog most of the time, but that’s okay because I love dogs (I love animals, really). But really, she’s great. She’s a good excuse to go to the zoo almost daily in the summer, and to watch a ton of Clifford and Magic School Bus with no judgment. If we’re not at the zoo or watching some really great ‘90s cartoons, then we are probably reading books or at the theatre.   If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why?   I want to live everywhere. I can’t even realistically answer that question. I love travel and I love adventure and exploring other cultures.   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 FW?   Uh, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Or honestly, for a more age-appropriate good time, I’d block out a couple days to just explore downtown. People don’t understand how wonderful it is and how many hidden gems we have, not to mention the already well-known things DTFW has to offer. … We’d do a lot of eating.   If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing?   I refuse to do karaoke. To be honest, I really only know the words to show tunes or some...

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LFW Spotlight: Travis Bartlett
Mar23

LFW Spotlight: Travis Bartlett

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? 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. Next in our series is one of our dear writers, Travis Bartlett. What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am a contributing writer for Living Fort Wayne. I decided to join Living Fort Wayne because I was seeking a creative outlet that also sheds light on the Fort Wayne community. LFW has helped me break out of my routine and meet new people that are impacting Fort Wayne in a great way. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, family, pets, hobbies, etc.) Besides working my mundane retail job, I am also a photographer. I enjoy working with people on portraits and am currently working on a few projects. I am loving my life living in East Central with my boyfriend and a cat named Buffy. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If I could live anywhere besides Fort Wayne, I would live in my hometown of Kalamazoo, MI! The city is very comparable to Fort Wayne and the brewery scene is also growing. Plus, I’d be closer to my family that I rarely get to see. 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? Usually I take my friends to a variety of Fort Wayne favorites when they visit, but I always make the first stop JK O’Donnell’s. From there I take them to Fort Wayne sights like the MLK bridge or inside the Grand Wayne Center. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? To the people who have the misfortune of hearing me sing, they would have to listen to “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks about a couple of times throughout the night. Sorry in advance. Stay tuned next month for another glimpse into 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 (info@livingfortwayne.com) or reach out to...

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Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Ashley Stoneburner
Mar15

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Ashley Stoneburner

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? 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. Next up, we’re spotlighting one of newer volunteers, Ashley Stoneburner! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? Wanted to get involved and sounded fun! Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I teach fitness classes and dance If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? Florida-warm and sunny 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 FW? Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the FW Children’s Zoo If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Toxic by Brittney Spears Stay tuned next month for another glimpse into 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 (info@livingfortwayne.com) or reach out to us on Social Media through Twitter or Facebook! We’re always interested in meeting with other folks who are passionate about sharing all that’s great about living, working and playing right here in Fort...

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Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Sarah (Pine) Verpooten
Feb03

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Sarah (Pine) Verpooten

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? 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. This week, I’m pleased to introduce you to our Living Fort Wayne social media guru, Sarah Pine! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role within Living Fort Wayne is to take the articles written by all our amazing LFW writers and get them out to the people through our Social Media outlets. I have been a part of the Living Fort Wayne Team since the very beginning. I was approached by the pioneers of the site, Mike King and Matt Graves, to help them with the initial steps of getting the site up and going. LivingFortWayne.com is such a fun community-based site that really gives readers an intimate glimpse into this amazing city we call home. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I am not originally from Fort Wayne but after being here for four years I am now a proud homeowner which officially makes me feel like a Fort Wayne resident! I live there with my fiancé Curtis and our dog Shelby, and we are in the midst of planning our wedding for June of this year! If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? I’m not exactly a world traveler so I don’t know if there is anywhere outside of the United States where I’d want to live. Plenty of places I’d like to visit, but not live. I would love to live in Nashville, TN if I didn’t live in Fort Wayne. I love everything that city has to offer and the people are genuinely nice. 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 FW? I am all about a chill night that involves going out and getting some drinks with friends. I would take my friend to either JK O’Donnell’s or Deer Park which are two of my favorite local pubs. If it were during the summer I would also consider taking my friend to Two EE’s or...

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