Your Guide to Surviving the 2018 Vera Bradley Sale
Apr10

Your Guide to Surviving the 2018 Vera Bradley Sale

It is almost that time of year! Starting April 11, the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale will begin its five day run at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. In order to be sure you are ready for this shopping spectacular, we have compiled a cheat sheet so you can have a successful shopping trip! There’s still time left! Join us next week in Fort Wayne, Indiana for our 2018 Annual Outlet Sale: https://t.co/jT2xqtLjuW #vbas18 pic.twitter.com/QEbiz8f3si — Vera Bradley (@verabradley) April 5, 2018 The Event Details Wednesday, April 11, 2018 $5 Per Session Session 1: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Session 3: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Thursday, April 12, 2018 $5 Per Session Session 1: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Session 3: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Friday, April 13, 2018 $5 Per Session Session 1: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Session 3: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday, April 14, 2018 Free Admission All Day Session 1: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday, April 15, 2018 Free Admission All Day Session 1: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm If you want to attend a weekday session, visit Ticketmaster to get a ticket. All purchasers at the sale must register! Bring Your Employee ID or Bring Canned Food Many fields will have special discount days! If you bring your employee ID, you may be able to get a discount. If you don’t work for one of these public service fields, bring some non-perishable food as a donation to Community Harvest Food Bank! The one thing this sale never strays away from is giving back. Don’t forget to make a donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation and Charis House as well! Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Military/Law Enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Thursday, April 12, 2018 Healthcare professionals receive 10% off their purchase Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation to Charis House Military/law enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Friday, April 13, 2018 School faculty receive 10% off their purchase Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation to Charis House Military/law enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Saturday, April 14, 2018 Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation or non-perishable food donation to Community Harvest Food Bank Military/law enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Sunday, April 15, 2018  Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation or non-perishable food donation to Community...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Narwhal and the Manatee  
Jul25

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Narwhal and the Manatee  

It all started with a baby’s rash.   Megan Elizabeth Sutton was worried when her infant daughter broke out in red patches, soon realizing it was a bad case of eczema. When she began researching natural ways to make her own lotion to treat this skin condition, she didn’t realize that in a couple of years it would become a business.   Celebrating a year of business this past spring, the Narwhal and the Manatee has lined their shelves with handmade bath fizzies, soothing lotions and natural skincare products. Taking inspiration from her favorite hobby, baking, Sutton’s cupcake bath fizzies have become famous for looking so good, some have mistakenly tried to eat them!   Her team hasn’t gotten this far on their own. From the lard she sources out of Chesterton, to the beeswax and honey from New Haven, Sutton depends on regionally-sourced ingredients. Her goal this year is to focus and expand the number of small businesses that can produce the ingredients she needs.   Looking to grow her business, Sutton has also branched off into the world of private labeling. Working with many regional businesses, Sutton’s team works with a range of companies to create unique and custom skincare products that fit their customers’ needs.   Interested in visiting the Narwhal and the Manatee? Check out their shop located in the City Exchange.   Sutton spoke a little bit about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, here’s what she had to say.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I have lived in Northeast Indiana for 13 years and I’ve watched this community truly believe in its potential. After going to school and participating in several volunteer organizations, I realized this is my opportunity to add to the culture of this area.   What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? My biggest challenge is in recognizing my own value. It’s easy to put a price tag on a product, but I have a hard time remembering that my time, talents and efforts are also valuable.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I got my start with the NIIC (Northeast Indiana Innovation Center). Greater Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Enterprise Association have both been very supportive and helpful. And the City Exchange made what I do a possibility by providing space for new businesses downtown.   What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Go for it. I found starting a business similar to having a baby: you’re never ready. But once you get going, you figure...

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YLNI Farmers Market: Hawkins Family Farm
Jun03

YLNI Farmers Market: Hawkins Family Farm

Located in Downtown Fort Wayne on the corner Barr Street and Wayne Street, it’s the Summer YLNI Farmer’s Market! The YLNI Farmer’s Market supports nearly 75 local farmers, producers, bakers and artists who will offer fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, breads, jewelry, and much more. Throughout the summer, attendees can enjoy free activities, such as yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, and music entertainment, along with special events like Coffee with a Cop and Bottle and Bottega. In this series, we’ll be spotlighting local vendors. Today, we’re looking at Hawkins Family Farm! Hawkins Family Farm Back in 1957, John Leo and Velma Hawkins purchased ninety-nine acres of farmland in North Manchester, Indiana with their whole savings. Owned and operated by Jeff and Zach Hawkins, the farm is still going strong today! What they sell: Farm-raised beef, pork, turkey, chicken, and eggs, plus fresh vegetables. Why their products are awesome: When you buy from Hawkins, you can be sure that you’re shopping local and getting quality meat and produce! The family has been farming in Wabash County for six generations, and on the small farm outside of North Manchester for four generations. Advice to other business owners: “Fail boldly, but small. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but do so at a manageable scale. For example, this season we will try out several new vegetable varieties and some different breeds of chickens on the farm, but we will limit them to small plots and test batches in order to learn about them before we consider including them in our general rotation.” – Zach Hawkins Check out Hawkins Family Farm at the YLNI Farmers Market tomorrow! The summer market is located in Downtown Fort Wayne on the corners of Wayne and Barr Streets, and is open rain or shine from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday now through September. Follow Hawkins Family Farm on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their website for a full list of products. Hawkins Family Farm is located at 10373 N 300 East, North Manchester, IN...

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LFW Top Picks for Antique/Thrift Shops
May24

LFW Top Picks for Antique/Thrift Shops

Do you need kitchen supplies for your very first apartment but are on a tight budget? How about a wacky outfit for an impromptu 90’s themed birthday party? The perfect vintage chair to set in your corner of the room?  Not only is Fort Wayne filled with churches, but we also have an unrecognized abundance of antique and thrift shops. The staff at Living Fort Wayne knows a good deal when we see one and we’re here to help you locate those once-in-a-lifetime finds.   Tim Zink picks… The Country Shops of Grabill (13756 State St. Grabill, IN) My favorite place to find antiques would be The Country Shops of Grabill. It’s just a short drive to the small town of Grabill, northeast of Fort Wayne in Amish country. There are over 150 vendors there selling antiques and other items. I usually pick up books there, but the place is full of other things like antique furniture, housewares, and other collectibles.   Emily Farmer picks… Terry’s Toys (1010 Werling Rd. New Haven, IN) My current favorite—being that I’m a mother of 3 young kids—is Terry’s Toys in New Haven! It is a locally-owned kids toy resale shop. They are very reasonable with prices, you can bargain with them, and they even buy toys. I always feel like I got a great deal when I leave!   Leslie Snare picks… Finders Keepers (2608 Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN) A total eclectic collection of furniture at all price points. They always have something hilarious to say on their sign on the side of their building. My personal favorite: It’s okay to come in just to stare at our nice chest. Furniture puns? Who knew!?   Rhonda Ladig Moxter picks… Nature’s Corner (2307 Spy Run Ave. Fort Wayne, IN) They are 3 stories comprised of tons of antique/collectible booths. The variety in Nature’s Corner is insane. Old comic books, furniture, old-timey clothes–you can find just about everything here!   Travis Bartlett picks… Salvation Army (6031 Lima Rd. Fort Wayne, IN, 1013 S. 13th St. Decatur, IN) I love visiting the Salvation Army for those quick, oddball items I may need for my kitchen or home décor needs. Where else are you going to find a vintage 1970s melon baller for a buck? These are the two locations I visit the most and can always count on having what I’m looking for: https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyLimaRoad/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyDecatur/?fref=ts The Dove’s Nest Thrift Shop (6603 Stellhorn Rd. Fort Wayne, IN) Located on the Northeast side of Fort Wayne, this place has a lot more to offer than your typical thrift store. Every purchase you make goes to countries...

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Artink’s Gallery Crawl Recap
Apr14

Artink’s Gallery Crawl Recap

Tonight is Artlink’s first ever Pop Up Gallery Crawl through downtown Fort Wayne where vacate businesses will become art galleries for one night only! Come and join us from 6 to 9 pm to experience local food, musician, and original artwork available for purchase. There will also be a cash bar at each location. The walking tour will showcase a variety of 2D and 3D creations by artists born and raised right here in our small, but thriving art scene. For anyone who has been tuning into Living Fort Wayne’s Gallery Crawl series the last couple of weeks, some of the artists and locations have changed. But below includes the finalized list of all the artists, vendors, and where they will be located on the walking tour.     Location 1 Venue: Artlink Contemporary Gallery Artists: Jerrod Tobias and Julie Wall Toles Musician: Left Lane Cruiser Restaurant: Oyster Bar       Location 2 Venue: Old Journal Gazette Building on the corner of Main Street and Clinton Street Artists: Jeffrey Crane and Molly Stronczek Musician: Paul Stephens Restaurant: Bar 145       Location 3 Venue: 123 W Main Street Artists: Jason Swisher and Daniel Dienelt Musician: The Fierce Invalids       Location 4 Venue: 127 & 129 W Main Street Artist: Justin Johnson Musician: West Central Quartet Restaurant: Club Soda   Location 5 Venue: MKM Architecture & Design Artists: Jeremy Stroup and Gary Travis Musician: David Todoran Restaurant: JK O’Donnell’s Location 6 Venue: The City Exchange Shops Artist: John Leavell Musician: James & The Drifters Restaurant: Hall’s Restaurant     Location 7 Venue: Cinema Center Artist: Theoplis Smith Musician: Alicia Pyle Restaurant: Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits   Hurry and get tickets online here before it’s too late! They are available at $15 per person and $25 per couple. You must be 21 years or older to participate. There are only 500 tickets available and time is running out! For anyone posting pictures on social media during the Gallery Crawl, please use #gallercrawlfw to share the event with the rest of the city. For more information, please visit Artlink’s website. Or follow them on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We hope to see you...

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