A Look Back at the Holidays in Fort Wayne
Jan03

A Look Back at the Holidays in Fort Wayne

Another holiday season in Fort Wayne is now in the books for many of us! Today we take a look back at the season that was in Fort Wayne this year! While we couldn’t make it out to everything our area had to offer, here’s what really caught the eyes of our Instagram photographers. The “Snow Days” exhibit is now open at The Conservatory! #DTFW #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 21, 2017 at 9:43am PST We started off the Christmas season in November when we checked out the “Snow Days” exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, an enclosed conservatory located right in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Check them out year round for more events and activities. Holiday Pops with @fwphil at @fwembassytheatre! #FortWayne ❄️ A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:37pm PST On December 9 we headed out to the Holiday Pops from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at the beautiful Embassy Theatre. If you are new to Fort Wayne and love music, the FW Phil and the Embassy are a must-see. @jeffersonpointe is lit up for the holidays! #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Dec 11, 2017 at 3:00pm PST Fort Wayne has plenty of holiday shopping options with Jefferson Pointe (along with Glenbrook Square) being two of the largest in the area. Jefferson Pointe was decked out for Christmas with a beautiful display in front of Von Mour. Broadway is waiting for you. #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Dec 21, 2017 at 10:51am PST Broadway Street was buzzing with holiday cheer this year from the lighting event at Electric Works to the classic “Christmas on Broadway” tree. Open for Holiday Memories 🌭 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Dec 24, 2017 at 3:50pm PST Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island wiener stand got in on the spirit this year by opening a holiday gift shop next door. We hope you enjoyed a white Christmas here in #fortwayne! A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Dec 25, 2017 at 3:18pm PST The area (hopefully) enjoyed a white Christmas before the current dip into a deep freeze! We took a quick stroll along Fairfield Avenue in the 46807 ZIP code to take in the scene. #FortWayne was full of new stories in 2017. See which ones our readers viewed the most in our blog today. A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Dec 29, 2017 at 10:25am PST Finally our team reflected on what the readers read the most in our blog as...

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New to Fort Wayne: Diving Into the Three Rivers
Aug02

New to Fort Wayne: Diving Into the Three Rivers

A year ago, if you would’ve told me I’d leave my job, and move to Indiana to live with a girlfriend and two kids, I would’ve easily called you crazy. I’ve always been an introverted loner, and living in Kentucky, who wanted to move back to the East Coast, or even go west. Fast forward to today, and here I am… writing a blog… about how I left my job to move to Indiana to live with a girlfriend and two kids. As I dive into this new adventure, I figure I may as well document my experiences. Well, figuring out how the whole family thing works might be a little difficult to write about, but I can at least share some of our adventures in my new home. Along the way, maybe I can even turn others on to some interesting, unique, and fun things to do in Summit City. Moving to a different place can be intimidating but exciting at the same time. Everything is new. Where do you start? I usually just think of things I like, and go find them. I like food (who doesn’t?). This is obviously not a hard one to find, and you’re probably not going to run out of choices any time soon. From breakfast at Cindy’s Diner, to dessert at Eddie Merlot’s, I’ve gotten a good sample of Fort Wayne cuisine. Actually, the more I think of examples–sushi at Pho-Shi, Powers burgers, The Golden –I’ve sampled a lot more than I initially thought. Oh, and the food trucks could easily have their own blog. I like beer. As one of those beer snobs, local breweries are a must. Luckily, I’ve had no problems finding some good ones. Mad Anthony was the first local beer I checked out. Summit City Brewerks has been the most visited. Trubble’s great, as is Junk Ditch and the rest. Ok, really, it’s not like there are any bad ones, or ones I haven’t tried. Maybe I’m not as snobbish as I thought. I like music. Seeing live shows has been my go-to activity for about the last 20 years. While I have yet to see any big-name acts at the Coliseum, I’ve caught a handful of local and national talent at smaller venues. No bands have disappointed me at the Brass Rail. I’ve found some talented musicians at aforementioned breweries and even enjoyed some metal from School of Rock at Friday Nites Live. Along with these three pleasures, I can’t count the number of festivals I’ve been to or heard about. Toss in the numerous parks, businesses, and organizations, and I have no doubt that...

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Dating Your City With Amber Stone

My name is Amber Stone, and I recently relocated to Fort Wayne after I accepted my job to become the first female morning show host in the city on Soft Rock 103.9. I decided to connect with Living Fort Wayne because of their mission to help further grow and revitalize this up and coming city. Being a “transplant” can be extremely difficult. My career requires you to be open-minded about living in different cities. Before my arrival, I lived in the small quaint city of Rutland, Vermont. Most of my friends did not fully understand why I was packing up my entire life to move to the land of maple syrup. There, I spent 4 years as I challenged myself more than I could have ever imagined. It’s never easy living in a new city, knowing absolutely nobody, and expecting to grow roots. Now my new challenge is like yours, to navigate a city that is also learning new things about itself at the same time.   So imagine the pressure that comes with the historical task of hosting the first female-led morning show in a brand new city. With this challenge, there are extra hurdles I have to overcome; one thing that is not an obstacle is knowing how to connect to my female audience. In my life, I have become up close and personal with adversity. Whether it was conquering body image issues and learning to love myself, finding inner peace & happiness, or understanding my past and how it’s made me the woman I am today. That being said, I am brand new to radio in this city, so while I am on my journey of women empowerment, I am building my audience as well as my professional network from scratch. If on some level you connect to what I am saying, then I can only hope you use this as a testimony to show that you are not alone.   Either you’re someone who is trying to find their way in a new city, or you’re trying to build your own professional brand in the community. I don’t care what anyone says, change is NEVER easy. However, as long as you have a good head on your shoulders and remain confident, you can get through it. There will be times when you’re lonely, questioning if you made the right decision or wondering how you’re going to survive in a brand new environment. My recommendation is to get involved in your new community. Check out your backyard: Google different events happening and meet new people. If you don’t go out and find things to do, it’s not...

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Fancy & Staple brings “uncommon” charm downtown
Oct02

Fancy & Staple brings “uncommon” charm downtown

At Fancy & Staple – a new “uncommon goods” boutique in downtown Fort Wayne – you probably won’t find raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. You might find bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. But no matter what, you’ll definitely find something destined to become one of “your favorite things.” Fancy & Staple is already stocked with shop owner Taber Olinger’s favorite things – including home accessories, dishware, gift items, paper products, pantry goods, barware, jewelry and clothing. By featuring the wares of independent designers, handmade crafters and local artists, the shop’s inventory also pays tribute to some of Olinger’s favorite people. “To bring this shop to life, I’ve combined my passion for design with all the things I love in life,” she says. And while she’s filled the shelves with items she hopes her customers will love, Olinger calls the store her own “love letter to Fort Wayne.” “I’ve wanted to contribute something special to Fort Wayne ever since I left my parents’ nest,” she says. “It’s funny how once you start supporting yourself, you find out how much you really care about your surroundings. From that point on, I had dreams of making this city a cooler place to live.” That dream became one step closer to reality after Olinger earned a degree in fashion design and merchandising. It took a several years to get momentum as an entrepreneur, but the burgeoning downtown development provided the perfect opportunity to set up shop. “I think the timing is perfect now,” says Olinger. “It’s really important that we all join forces to keep Fort Wayne growing, keep making it a better place for us all. I want Fancy & Staple to be a place people come to hang out,” she says. “Where you can take your time, unwind from the day and let yourself get wrapped up in its charm.” That special charm kicks off with two must-visit opening events. The first is a soft opening on Saturday, Oct. 3rd, with a cash bar, gourmet appetizers from Bird & Cleaver, and pop-up shops from Belyst Boutique and OFabz Swimwear. A week later, the Grand Opening celebration turns the Broadway boutique into party – complete with an art show, skincare demonstrations by Lush, a cash bar from The Golden, food from the Affine and Bravas food trucks, and music from Lost Lakes. The first 25 shoppers who spend $50 or more will receive a free gift. Both celebrations will include photography. The Soft Opening will be photographed by Ruth Yaroslaski and the Grand Opening by Ashley Martin. The next two Saturdays at Fancy & Staple will be a one-stop-shop for food,...

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