YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections
Sep08

YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

Meet one of the businesses that started with the YLNI Farmer’s Market! Lindsay Miller found her passion for baking growing up, and it has continued ever since. Today, both the market and her store, Abigail’s Confections offers from scratch baked goods and confections made with real ingredients with the help of Cherie King and her fiancé, Tyler. Many of the recipes are twists on classic family recipes to add that extra deliciousness. Despite only being a three year-old business, Lindsay is accomplishing her goal of “bringing back the way baking use to be” using fruit sauces, Graham crackers, and caramel without the preservatives. Caramel Walnut Cinnamon Rolls. Need I say more? Will also be available this Saturday at the Barr st Farmers market #freshbaked #smallbatch #madefromscratch #cinnamonrolls #caramelwalnutroll #getthemnow #bakery #dtfw #availablenow A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:46am PDT Along with her family experience, Lindsay went to school for Hospitality Administration specializing in Baking and Pastry. During that time, she worked in restaurants and grocery store bakeries, and with the support of her fiancé and mother-in-law, began building Abigail’s Confections. The rather humorous part though, is the initial spark to create a bakery was from watching Charm City with Duff. Lindsay found it quite funny and decided to take her baking passion forward and add some decorating to it. From there, Lindsay crunched some numbers and funded her dream with…a garage sale. Knowing that a loan could be difficult to handle, Lindsay got enough money together to pay for her market space, buy a tent, and purchase enough supplies for her first day at the market. After her success at the market, Lindsay took her home kitchen to a certified commercial kitchen where she could begin selling anywhere. Eventually her success led her to opening a store front in downtown on East Wayne Street. This has enabled her to dedicate all her energy to the business. Her greatest accomplishment is getting her name on the store front! When Lindsay is not at the store, kitchen, or market she is spending time with her Tyler or 2-year-old niece. 9-1!!! #dtfw #fortwaynefarmersmarket #cookies #abigailsconfections #cinnamonrolls #markets #turnovers #rhubarb A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jul 15, 2017 at 8:47am PDT While Lindsay has achieved many of her goals, she has learned some important lessons along the way. When you have a good month, save. The bakery food business is not consistent, so hang on to extra cash from those good months to keep you going through the off months. A bit of advice that she offers to prospective entrepreneurs is make sure...

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YLNI Farmers Market – M Bar M Leather Design

#sundayshoutout To whomever owns this door… it ends up in a lot of our photo shoots. #mybag #mbarm #leather #handmade #bag #downtown #fortwayne #dtfw #atelier #details #oneofakind #dtfw #atelier #custom #street #photography #picoftheday #capture #alley #moments #models #midwest #fashion #accessories #edc A post shared by M Bar M Leather Design (@mbarmleatherdesign) on Jul 9, 2017 at 4:55am PDT Emily Brown’s passion for leather craftsmanship has led her to create quality leather bags that much of the community now owns and recognizes. Emily’s journey to success started at just ten years old, when she first started working with leather. As she continued to perfect her craft, M Bar M Leather Design was born while Emily was working at a ranch in Colorado. She was building saddles and taking on projects for the staff. It has been six years since Emily initially launched M Bar M Leather Design, and she has received support and inspiration from people at every step of the journey. This inspiration embodies her goal to create bags that the strength and style of the people who carry them. When Emily started M Bar M Leather Design, she was working another job, while pursuing her leather designing passion in her basement. However, the success of M Bar M Leather Design has allowed Emily to pursue her business full-time for the past three years. Today, she will see her customers sporting her bags out in public. Emily loves when customers get excited to see her, because they are carrying something she created, though she doesn’t “know who gets more excited – them or me.” When Emily is not with her customers or making the next bag, she spends a great deal of time with her 28 nieces and nephews and being an avid Crossfitter. Adventure is out there. The Duffel #mybag #mbarm #leather #handmade #bag #downtown #fortwayne #dtfw #details #fashion #business #edc #atelier #lifestyle #style #duffel #mensfashion #photography #picoftheday #classic #craftsmanship A post shared by M Bar M Leather Design (@mbarmleatherdesign) on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:47am PDT Over the years of being a small business owner, Emily has learned not to try to appeal to everyone, and to just be herself, doing what she does to the best of her ability. This focus has helped her value her time. While a small business owner never runs out of things to do, she has learned that some things can wait. Emily feels that she has accomplished what she set out to do, and her adventurous spirit always is looking for the next challenge to pursue. Come out to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out M Bar...

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YLNI Farmers Market: The Neon Cauldron
Aug11

YLNI Farmers Market: The Neon Cauldron

Kayla Gervais has always been crafty and found enjoyment in recreating her favorite bath and body products at home. Today, The Neon Cauldron sells an entire range of imaginative products from bath bombs, bubble cookies, soap cupcakes, and much more. Kayla’s products are made with a combination of oils and butters, so your skin gets a healthy pampering when using them. The goal is to provide an enjoyable and luxurious bath experience for kids and adults alike with simple ingredients that can work with many skin types. The kids get some fizzy fun and the adults get those few precious moments of self-care. After sharing some of her homemade bath bombs with family and friends who fell in love with them, The Neon Cauldron was born. When Kayla launched in 2015, her first group of loyal supporters was her fellow babywearers called the Cupcakes. Through her involvement with this group, she tested out the products, got an endless source of new ideas, and found her most loyal customers. Another important source of support is her husband. Despite working his own full-time job, he dedicates his evenings to assisting Kayla however possible and always gives her some encouraging words. Much of her success can be attributed to word of mouth advertising from customers that spread the joy of her products to others. When Kayla is not busy with her boy or The Neon Cauldron, she is getting her geek on with books, movies, and video games, cooking, or working with her crochet hook. As a small business owner and a mother of a three year-old boy, Kayla appreciates the need to take time for yourself and refresh yourself before and after a hard day’s work. You are the most important part of a business when you are the whole business, so taking care of the other facets of your life are just as important as the business itself. Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out The Neon Cauldron and their fun and creative bathing products. You can visit The Neon Cauldron’s website and follow them on Facebook and...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug03

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. The Beach Boys- Foellinger Theater Concert Series Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m. What a fun concert! Spend your Thursday night rocking out at Foellinger Theatre! Cinema Center: A Ghost Story Thursday, August 3 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. I think it’s time to start getting into the Halloween spirit, don’t you? Summer Party Friday, August 4 at 7 p.m. It’s that time again! Get your quarterly party on! Arena Dinner Theatre: Blood Brothers August 4 through August 19 A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her newborn twins to a childless woman. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and eventually falling in love with the same girl. Jurassic Quest Xl Saturday, August 5 at 9 a.m. Spend a day experiencing every dinosaur — from lifelike animatronics to crafts, snacks, and games for the kids, this has it all. Jefferson Pointe Car Show Saturday, August 5 at 12 p.m. Take a look at some cool cars and have a chance to meet celebrity Judge Tyler Dale from American Restoration on The History Channel. Middle Waves Vibe Workshop Sunday, August 6 at 9 a.m. Help make the art installations that will be on-site at Middle Waves! Back To School Fashion Event Monday, August 7 at 1 p.m. Check out all the latest styles before you head into this fall season! From clothes and hair to school supplies, don’t miss your look at the latest trends! FWN Job Fair Tuesday, August 8 at 11:30 a.m. There will be representatives from all sorts of different fields, if you’re job hunting, stop by and check it out! Comedy Pizza Mic featuring TV Tuesday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Hang out at Pint & Slice for this free comedy show! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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YLNI Farmers Market: Knotoday
Jul28

YLNI Farmers Market: Knotoday

Cheyenne Gonzales loves to create, and she’s sharing this passion with the community. She started Knotoday earlier this year as her first business, along with the local creative group, Photanical. Cheyenne sells fiber art pieces: macrame wall hangings, plant holders, keychains, garlands, and select knitted pieces that garnish your home in style. All of her macrame pieces are 100% cotton and hand dyed. Not only can you buy her works of art, but also you can make your own! Knotoday shares the creative knowledge of fiber art making in local workshops.   Cheyenne got started selling pieces to friends and family. The inspiration for Cheyenne is her grandmother Vicki, the “Queen Crafter,” who is always willing to show Cheyenne new ideas and techniques.Word spread of her business with the help of social media, which has been a great communication tool for introducing Knotoday. While the goal is to continually grow Knotoday, she maintains a full-time job as an Insurance Specialist for Specialist Transportation. Outside of her passion of Knotoday, Cheyenne is a yogi at Pranayoga, a mom to her cat Johanna, and the biggest Jim Carrey fan you will ever meet.     The most important lesson Cheyenne has learned through starting Knotoday is to show appreciation to the people and opportunities that come your way. She is extremely grateful for to the small team who has been supporting her through this journey. After months of working on her craft, and a lifetime of developing her creativity, Cheyenne has learned that whatever you do, do it every day – be involved in your craft every single day.     Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out Knotoday and the unique products Cheyenne has to offer. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and upcoming...

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