Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Nov27

Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

This week in Entrepreneurship Spotlight, we are highlighting Stacey Patalita, owner of Peace of Mind Wellness Center, to share her experience as an entrepreneur. Stacey is from Fort Wayne and has always been interested in helping people manage stress in a healthy and creative manner, but it wasn’t until this year that she was finally able to channel that passion and start her own business. In August of this year, she opened Peace of Mind Wellness Center on Lake Avenue, just down the street from Parkview Randalia. She and her team provide affordable stress management and wellness services, including massage therapy, yoga, life-coaching and more. Their mission is to provide affordable stress and health management services to everyone.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I was already here, but also, I wanted to reach more of the average person. I don’t need to look elsewhere for that, everyone has stress. For people who want to be yogi masters, there are plenty of places that offer that. For the people who are intimidated by that, I wanted to provide something that can help them mentally and physically. People can sign up for one session/class or five. It’s what they want and are comfortable with doing. Peace of Mind Wellness is more for the average person who isn’t a pro at yoga or meditation, but wants to take care of their mind and body through stress management. We provide a safe, comfortable environment where we can help them do that.   What are some of the challenges you have encountered in starting your business? We’re doing a lot of trial and error right now with our offerings and the timing, so that’s been a challenge, but we learn as we go. Getting the word out, too, has been a challenge because we don’t have the budget for marketing. Facebook has been huge, though, a lot of people commenting and sharing their experiences. That’s been super helpful.   What person has helped you the most in your journey?  We had a meeting with Rhonda Ladig, from Start Fort Wayne at the Atrium and she was awesome. She gave us some really great ideas and potential connections, and recommended we participate in 1 million cups. We haven’t participated yet, but I’m working on it.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community?  Really, the local community. Through Facebook, the people interacting with us, sharing, commenting, it’s helped us a lot. I did a few free classes at Lakeside Park before opening and the people who came really enjoyed it and reached...

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Studio Seva Takes Fitness to New Heights
Nov02

Studio Seva Takes Fitness to New Heights

Think about that rush of joy as a kid, as you sprinted toward the monkey bars at recess. Remember how fun it was to climb them and hang upside down? Sometimes, we get too caught up in the day-to-day to allow ourselves the play time we need. Luckily, Fort Wayne just got its own version of an adult playground. Studio Seva now has aerial fitness classes! I spoke with Owner Joni McCarran about the studio’s new toys (okay, and played on them a bit) and how Studio Seva is taking fitness to new heights.   Located on the other side of the North Anthony Corridor Mural, Studio Seva opened in 2012 and has continued to be a welcoming, yogi community. Offering Hatha, Iyengar, and rope wall yoga, Joni took particular interest in the playfulness of aerial yoga, using silk hammocks as props in class. This year, she made the decision that she really wanted to bring more aerial options to the studio and Fort Wayne. Through her research, she found the perfect apparatuses for an adult playground: Tissu (aerial silks), Corde Lisse (smooth rope), Lyra (aerial hoop) and my personal favorite, Corde Volante (static cloud swing), which is a soft rope affixed to the ceiling at each end that hangs like a swing (whee!).   While you play, you also get a great work out! Aerial fitness is an exciting alternative to typical bootcamp classes and traditional strength training. Classes are sequenced with equal parts work and play. Conditioning exercises will build your upper body, core, leg, and grip strength and increase mobility in your hips, legs, and shoulders. This prepares you for climbs, stands, sits, and eventually, inversions! Being up high, upside down, or both can be a little intimidating at first, but all of the conditioning exercises in class safely prepare you to do all kinds of cool tricks and Instagram-worthy poses.   In discussing the new aerial classes, Joni is most proud of the fact that anybody can do them. “There’s so much variety in class, that it truly is all levels. We offer everything from the fundamentals and beginner strength training to trick combinations and aerial dance. That’s the beauty of aerial arts. You don’t have to be a Cirque du Soleil performer, just bring a good attitude and be willing to try something new. I love watching students in class over time, because you can see confidence emanating from them through their development as aerialists. We strive to have fun and work toward progress, not perfection.”   If you’re ready to try something fun and challenging, definitely check out the aerial classes at Studio Seva. You can peruse the schedule and class pricing packages here. Joni also hinted that you may be...

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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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Three Times a Charm for Ride Green
Sep02

Three Times a Charm for Ride Green

In its third year sustainfortwayne‘s Ride Green has a very different feel than other pub crawls around the city. Its focus on sustainability and community is unique. It’s a relaxed ride, with more emphasis on the journey from one stop to another. A detailed map and arrows along the route keep everyone together, which is half the fun. Personally, I have participated in 2014 and 2015, and will again this year. When I first heard about it, the event sounded like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and I didn’t want to miss out.  Through Ride Green, I’ve met new friends, tried new local businesses, and become active in the cycling community. More importantly, I fell back in love with my bike. Now, I use my bike to commute to work, run errands, explore the greenway, meet friends for coffee, and get to meetings. Andrew Hesterman is the Northern Indiana representative of The US Green Building Council – Indiana Chapter and the creator of Ride Green.  He and his sustainfortwayne team are our local branch of this nationwide non-profit organization. Their mission is to “promote sustainable, prosperous and environmentally responsible design, construction and operations of Indiana buildings and communities.” The key word here is communities. Beyond using construction and design in a sustainable way, it is an effort to use building to create space for people to connect. Andrew and I sat down to chat about the upcoming Ride Green event on Saturday, September 10. He explained the thought process behind using a pub crawl as a fundraiser and as a vehicle to get the message out. “Sustainability isn’t a sacrifice, and it can easily be integrated into daily life,” Andrew said. A pub crawl is fun. It allows people see how painless it is to ditch the car and still get around town. Community building is another unique aspect of the event. The camaraderie that goes along with having a shared experience is very important. Participants get to feel like they are part of something bigger – and greener.  Make new friends at the top of a hill, or at a bar top. Pub crawlers will meet at Headwaters Park west at noon and pick up their swag. Once everyone is ready, they head out to explore the city by bicycle and visit some great local businesses along the way. The Details: Who: sustainfortwayne What: Ride Green Pub Crawl Tickets: $30 here Where: Headwaters Park West When: September 10 at noon Why: Encourage adding sustainability into everyday...

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LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks
Jun07

LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks

Summer has finally hit the Fort, which means it’s perfect outside for a run! That being said, Living Fort Wayne has assembled a list of runs and walks for this Summer season! What’s also perfect is how many runs and walks we have in Fort Wayne to participate in. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to not only better yourself, but help our community raise money for organizations. Frontier Run’n Fun 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: 8001 West Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Time: 7 pm Cost: $35 A run hosted by Frontier and managed by Fort Wayne Running Company, this event promises a good time running through Southwest Fort Wayne trails. Shirts will be handed out and an after party will be thrown with refreshments and live music. There will also be a 10k course for those who dare to do such a thing.   RibFest 5k & Walk When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Headwaters Park Time: 8 am Cost: $20 until June 14th, $25 until June 17th Ribs and running? Sign me up! All participants will receive not only one but TWO FREE passes to this year’s RibFest, a free t-shirt, and other swag to take home after the race. All proceeds will go to the North Side High School Athletics!   Quakers Riverway 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Johnny Appleseed Park Time: 6:30 pm Cost: $20 until June 17th, $25 day of race Race for a cause! Awards and prizes will be handed out following the race. There’s even a FREE kids run at 7:30 pm! Also, Weigand Construction will be hosting their 28th Annual Duck Race to benefit SCAN following the run. Not to mention a legendary after party with kids activities and fireworks. All proceeds will go towards SCAN and their mission to educate others on how to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.   Fox Island Sprint Triathlon When: Sunday, June 19th Where: Fox Island County Park Time: 7 am Cost: $50 for USAT members and $65 for non-USAT members This is not for the faint of heart, folks. Triathlon includes a 500m swim, 20k bike, and 5k run with other options for duathlon and aquabike courses. Come trek these trails in this beautiful park and have fun winning the race!   The Glo Run When: Friday, June 24th Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Time: 9:35 pm Cost: $29.99 for Early Bird (ends June 8th), Regular $60 Who doesn’t love the ’80s? If you do, join us at the Glo Run! Filled with neon lights and funky ’80s dance music, this is an event I will definitely be signing up for! You...

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