LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb11

LFW Weekend Fun File

This weekend is Valentine’s weekend, and I have PLENTY of date ideas for you. You can add these to your typical dinner and flowers and a box of chocolate, or you can make it a totally off-beat date weekend and try all the quirky (but fun) things going on in our city! This isn’t all there is (believe me – I had a terrible time trying to narrow things down) so make sure you check out our calendar for a more comprehensive list! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. How Sweet it is Wine Tasting Thursday, Jan 11 from 5p – 8p     A delicious evening of wine & chocolate samplings from around the world! 2. Tumbledown at Cinema Center Thursday, February 11, Pre-Show at 7:00 Feature at 7:30             As part of the NY Film Critic Series, there will be an interview with Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, & Blythe Danner after the showing. Don’t miss! 3. My Cold Hearted Valentine Friday, January 12 at 7p                 Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend with a night of mystery and mingling. Explore the museum, drink in hand. Interview suspects, and in true Science Central fashion, get “hands-on” while examining the evidence. Drinks and food provided by Hoppy Gnome and JK’s, and dessert is provided by Sweets So Geek. Ah! What a fun, off-beat Valentine’s date night! 4. George Gardner (Void Reunion) Friday, February 12 at 8:30p to 11p         Join a Soirée favorite, George Gardner from Void Reunion, for a night of friendly hangs at the offices of One Lucky Guitar. BYO and support local musicians! 5. YLNI Farmer’s Market Saturday, February 13 at 9a – 1p           The usual: good eats, great buys, support your local businesses. Not only do I look forward to these Saturdays, but the kids love going as well! 6. Cupid’s Chocolate Chase Saturday, February 13 at 8:45 am           You can run (or walk if you’re me) in support of the ALS association. At the end of the run, you get chocolate. I might get into running if someone gave me chocolate every time. Our resident runner wrote a piece about the event, check it out! 7. Fun at the City Exchange Shops                 There’s a Matilda Jane pop-up in collaboration with The Good Ones (dying — my daughter has so many Matilda Jane clothes it’s...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jack Ellsworth of Valontine
Dec22

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jack Ellsworth of Valontine

This week’s Start Fort Wayne Entrepreneur Spotlight features Jack Ellsworth, founder of Valontine, located in the City Exchange Shops downtown. Valontine offers “items that mirror what is in style today, while still holding on to their vintage heritage.” Beard Oil from Valontine was recently featured on our Christmas Top Picks, and I can honestly say you will never visit this shop and walk out disappointed. Never. Jack’s knack for thrifting and his eye for fashion has transformed from a hobby into an Etsy Shop, and now into a local brick and mortar location that’s a real gem in downtown Fort Wayne. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? “It has always been a dream of mine to have my own company. My mother, father, sister, stepfather and a majority of my step brothers have had prosperous businesses or have dabbled in running their own companies in the past. So the idea of having my own business just seemed to be the norm. I have had a few businesses in the past but they were either freelance work or online only. When I saw the opportunity for a tangible store in the downtown area at a reasonable price, I decided it was the perfect time to take the leap.” What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? “Being a part of The City Exchange has helped me the most. The location and low overhead has made exposure more possible and has helped to keep me out of the red in regards to expenses. Also being a part of the cohesive tenant community — I’m not there by myself — I have the other tenants as support and we help bring each other customers.” What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? “Sporadic business traffic. Most would think weekends would be popular days of the week to shop, but I’ve had certain Mondays where I’ve done better than certain Fridays or Saturdays. Also opening during the holiday season has skewed numbers a bit (in a positive way) — so it’ll be interesting to see what traffic will be like outside of the holiday season.” What person has helped you the most in your journey? “I would say my friends and family. They are my biggest supporters. I would also say the people of City Exchange, without this location I doubt I would’ve been as successful. My mother has helped me a lot, she’s had her own business for 20+ years, and she’s had many ups and downs. I have learned from her issues and her triumphs and...

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