LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops
Jan04

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops

It’s a Monday morning and you woke up late for work. As you’re scrambling to get your stuff prepared for the day ahead, you realize your hot water isn’t working. You do as much as you can to your hair and decide that today is a “Messy Bun Day”. You look at the clock and see that if you leave now, you’ll have just enough time to grab that quick cup of coffee on your way to work. Living Fort Wayne knows Mondays well. More importantly, we know where to get the best coffee in town to kickstart your week. So for your convenience, here’s our list of Best Coffee Shops.   Jade Kelsey picks… The Friendly Fox (photo by Nicholas Weaver) This cozy neighborhood joint feels like stepping into a friend’s house, so it’s no surprise that they are family owned and operated. The Friendly Fox serves Utopian Coffee, which pairs perfectly with their Saturday morning special, Malted Milk Waffles. Hungry yet? The Fox also offers a full menu of lunch and dinner specials, including a flatbread for every taste, Korean BBQ, wraps, paninis, salad, and more. If you’re in the mood for some dessert, the Fox also has homemade cheesecake, handmade milkshakes, floats, and sundaes for your relentless sweet tooth. Perhaps just a few macaroons while you sip a cuppa joe.   Becca Bell picks… Old Crown Coffee Roasters It was the first (and only) coffee roaster in Fort Wayne for many years. For more than 15 years, Old Crown has taken the “purist” approach to everything—coffee is roasted in-house, chocolate and caramel sauces are 100% from scratch, veggies and herbs are grown in their backyard, and iced drinks use slow-processed, cold extracted espresso. Not to mention that they have craft cocktails made with fresh juice and house-made syrups and infusions. Since moving into their new location in November of 2009, owners Mike and Jennifer have added a seasonally-inspired dinner menu. For both regular customers and longtime employees, like me, the OC is much more than a coffee shop. It is a FAMILY.   Leslie Snare picks… Dash-In For a mid-day coffee run (and we all need those sometimes, right?) will always be the Dash-In. They feature Old Crown coffee and sometimes you just need a solid cup of joe to make it through the workday. The Dash-In also has some amazing lunch specials! I would recommend their famous tomato bisque along with a strong cup of coffee to warm up during your lunch hour.   Travis Bartlett picks… Mocha Lounge When I lived out in Southwest Fort Wayne, this was my go-to spot for coffee. Super friendly...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne
Nov03

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne

Do you remember Start Fort Wayne? We covered this initiative earlier this year (see article), and some exciting changes have happened since then for this organization with a mission of supporting and strengthening the entrepreneurial community right here in our area. It has barely been a week since Start Fort Wayne publicly announced its new status as a non-profit organization to the community (!!!), and it’s already starting a buzz in the entrepreneurial community by working to build relationships within the entrepreneurship ecosystem here in northeast Indiana. Up first is 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne, presented by Start Fort Wayne with The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, at 9 a.m. this Wednesday at the Crescendo Café at the Sweetwater campus (see map). “1 Million Cups will bring our entrepreneur community together to solve the business problems that entrepreneurs face every day,” said Dave Sanders of Start Fort Wayne, in a prepared statement from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. According to the 1MC website, this program, developed nationally by the Kauffman Foundation, “is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.” Each event will feature a short presentation by a local entrepreneur followed by a discussion with the audience. This week’s event will feature Brendon Maxwell, owner of Utopian Coffee. Upcoming presenters include: November 11 – Jeremy Diller, owner of Scenario 77 November 18 – Jennifer Ford, owner of Jennifer Ford Art December 2 – Bo Gonzalez, owner of Bravas. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne is sponsored by Sweetwater and Utopian Coffee. For more information about 1 Million Cups, visit www.1millioncups.com/fortwayne. For more information on Start Fort Wayne, please visit www.startfortwayne.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, please visit www.neindiana.com. Get Directions This post is the first in a series of posts on Start Fort Wayne where Living Fort Wayne explores resources available to entrepreneurs and spotlights entrepreneurs who decided northeast Indiana is the place to operate their...

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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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