Healthy Grocery Stores in Fort Wayne
Oct12

Healthy Grocery Stores in Fort Wayne

Trying to eat healthier? Here is an updated, comprehensive list of the healthy grocery stores in Fort Wayne and snippets of what makes each business unique. 1.       3 Rivers Co-Op Natural Grocery & Deli The 3 Rivers Co-Op Natural Grocery & Deli (otherwise known as “The Co-Op”) is located on Sherman Boulevard. The Co-op’s produce section is completely organic and features local produce when possible, as well as meat from local farms year-round. The grocery offers bulk foods, a wellness and supplements department, and an eat-in deli and café. Feel free to call ahead and place an order for pick-up. I recommend the Tofu Reuben! You can also become an owner and support local business and farming, in addition to scoring some great savings. 2.       Earth Fare Located on Dupont Road, Earth Fare is awesome because of its size! In summary, the store has options. If you’re looking for an obscure ingredient or the newest health food product, this is the place most likely to have it. Like the Co-Op, Earth Fare has a café and deli. A helpful tip to note—in the deli, the red bowls signify a dish is vegan. Even if you don’t live on the north end of town, this is a place worth visiting. If you haven’t already tried their “everything vegan” cookies, you’re missing out! 3.       Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Fresh Thyme is located on Coldwater Road off of Coliseum Boulevard and has a great selection of produce, meat, dairy, and frozen products. The store’s best feature is definitely its soup and salad bar. 4.       Ted’s Market Disclaimer—I have never been to Ted’s Market; however, after researching the store for this article, I’ve decided I need to check it out ASAP. Why? Not only can you buy wine by the glass to sip while shopping for regionally sourced food, but the market also features local goods such as Utopian Coffee and homemade bread. What a sensory experience! You can read more about Ted’s Market in an older blog post here, or visit the store’s website. 5.       Fresh Market Fresh Market is located in southwest Fort Wayne off of Jefferson Boulevard. The selection isn’t quite as large as some of the aforementioned stores, but it’s convenient if you live close by. It is also on the pricier end of the spectrum. Think high-end, gourmet goods and gifts. The bakery and fresh flowers are the best features of the store, but the sushi bar is also a plus. 6.       Health Food Shoppe Located on Anthony Boulevard, the Health Food Shoppe includes a fresh deli food bar, organic produce, and vitamins and supplements. The store is smaller; therefore, the selection is too, but this local place is...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Best Breakfast/Brunch Spots
Feb08

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Breakfast/Brunch Spots

Pancakes, bacon, waffles, eggs and, my personal favorite, mimosas. I think everyone can get on board with breakfast (or brunch if you’re a late riser) as being the best meal of the day. Fort Wayne is truly gifted with places that serve some pretty impressive breakfast/brunch plates. We at Living Fort Wayne are BIG fans of the morning grub, so we’ve compiled a list to help you pick the perfect spot to enjoy a nice mimosa or to recover from the night before.   Jade Kelsey picks… Ted’s Market (12628 Coldwater Rd.) I don’t mind driving across town to Ted’s Market for their weekend brunch! The cinnamon rolls and sticky buns are large enough to share, if you are feeling generous. They also offer an omelet bar for dine-in or take out. The omelet bar includes pretty much anything you can think of to fancy up your eggs. Add some Utopian coffee and it’s perfection! Also if you need to pick up any ingredients for dinner, Ted’s has you covered!   Tim Zink picks… Cosmos Restaurant (3232 St. Joe Center Rd. & 9807 Lima Rd.) This is coming from someone who used to work at a national breakfast chain in my younger days. Whenever I want to grab a hearty breakfast, I like to head over to Cosmos Restaurant. They have huge (I mean HUGE) omelets people should really eat in two sittings, not to mention their terrific pancakes! They have two locations, but I usually travel to the one in the Marketplace at Canterbury.   Rachelle Reinking picks… Klemm’s Candlelight Café (1207 E. State Blvd.) Its “mom and pop shop” feel adds to the quaintness. The service is always fast and friendly, and my staple of two eggs with corned beef hash and rye toast is perfectly complemented by the classic diner coffee. Plus, they have muffins, pies, and cakes that are made in-house. I would recommend you try their famous “Garbage” plate.   Travis Bartlett picks… JK O’Donnell’s Irish Pub (121 W. Wayne St.) My favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings when I don’t have to work is grab breakfast down at my favorite bar. They serve the best Irish breakfast I have ever had and have an amazing staff that keeps me going back. Not to mention that their Bloody Marys are also a top notch item that I pair with my breakfast every time. They also serve a stellar cup of coffee from Utopian Coffee Company as well with cream and the fixings. Klemm’s Kafé (1429 N. Wells St.) When I’m thinking of breakfast places in Fort Wayne, I instantly think of Klemm’s Kafé on Wells St....

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teds market Grand Opening Weekend
Jul16

teds market Grand Opening Weekend

The entire teds market team has been working for months to prepare for tomorrow’s grand opening event. Though the café is already in business, the full store opens to the public this Friday, July 17 from 10am-8pm, to begin a weekend of grand opening activities. By now, you have probably heard the buzz around town about this new grocery store called “teds market.” Through word of mouth over the past months, I learned about this store that promised to provide fresh, natural food. I wanted to know how Brian Hench, founder of teds market, planned to stand out and survive among the growing chains of “fresh” grocery stores already established in Fort Wayne. Hench’s plan for success is intentionally simple. “We wanted to create a different experience for the Fort Wayne community by bringing a simple selection of healthy foods,” explained Hench. Customers should come to expect novelties like buying wine by the glass while shopping, smelling the aroma of daily handmade bread and a fully functioning kitchen that will have a great selection of prepared foods.” Teds market selects the food it sells based on taste and quality. The store is not a pseudo-warehouse with aisles of shelves stocked with 10 different brands selling essentially the same product. Hench and his team offer the best, sustainable foods in a unique, small and welcoming atmosphere. Since teds market is locally owned, it has the freedom to offer new specials and change food choices so customers experience a variety of high quality foods. Teds market is more than a grocery store – if you can even call it that. The staff kindly serves up a full coffee bar, featuring Fort Wayne’s beloved Utopian Coffee. In addition, customers will find a selection of 12 gelato flavors plus a variety of pastries and cookies from the bakery. I highly recommend the pistachio gelato or the turtle brownie. In the lower level of the market, guests will find teds wine bar. Hench and staff are confident you will be satisfied with a highly rated wine or craft beer to pair with any meal. Before you buy, feel free to enjoy a glass of wine with an appetizer at the bar. Teds wine bar is a brilliant pairing with teds market. During tomorrow’s grand opening, guests will tour the regionally sourced food selection at teds market. With favorites like Utopian Coffee in the café, Get Fresh Farms in the produce, and Custom Quality Meats at the counter, customers will get a taste of the region’s best. Teds market is located at the intersection of Union Chapel and Coldwater Road. Doors open at 10:00am. Be sure to...

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