Wine & Yoga at Sylvan Cellars
Jun21

Wine & Yoga at Sylvan Cellars

Looking for a mid-week stress reliever? Sylvan Cellars in Rome City offers Wine & Yoga every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. all summer long. Instructor Kristi Martin provides a re-energizing yoga experience that can prepare anyone to tackle the rest of their week with confidence. After you’ve found your zen, Sylvan Cellars offers a complimentary glass of wine or beer. I recommend sipping your vino or brewski on the porch for added tranquility. After this week’s session, Martin described the vibe of Wine & Yoga as, “relaxation then afterwards fellowship. You’re in a more relaxed state, you can have wine and chill and have some conversation.” This atmosphere is open to any skill level. My friend and I attended this Wednesday and had no prior yoga experience. After learning the basics and taking in the peaceful scenery, I am certain we will be back for more! “Everybody has always been able to leave super relaxed,” Martin said, “it centers you, it’s just an overall good experience.” Classes are $17 which includes a glass of wine or craft beer of your choice afterwards. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat, but if you forget yours at home (like I did) Kristin has extras. Check out this post for more details about the class. For more information about Wine & Yoga, follow Sylvan Cellars on...

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Tips from a first time homebuyer
Jun19

Tips from a first time homebuyer

Buying a home for the very first time is meant to be an exciting and life-changing venture. However with all the finances to sort, papers to sign and contractors to call, this part of life can become stressful and overwhelming. My husband, Dusty, and I recently took the step of becoming first time homebuyers and have lived in our dream home for one month now. Keep reading for our tips on how to make a smooth transition from tenant to owner. How to know you’re ready Everyone knows buying a home is a big decision and requires plenty of preparation, but looks different for each person. We knew we were ready to buy when it made sense with our finances and our lifestyle. Renting a 900 sq. ft. house worked out perfectly for us for two years but eventually we started to out grow the space and became eager to invest in a home of our own. Where to start If you haven’t already, take a look at those finances. Spending a Friday evening creating a budgeting spreadsheet may not sound like the most exhilarating project in the world, but believe me this step is so important. Here are some good questions to ask yourself when creating a budget: What are my expenses? How much do I spend on meals and entertainment? How much can I comfortably save? This article from LFW’s first time homebuyers series is a great resource that simplifies financial preparation before buying a home. Once you have an understanding of where you stand financially, it is time to take it to the bank. There are lots of options for mortgage lenders so it may be beneficial to do a little research before you choose. We went with Star Financial and were perfectly happy with the whole process. They even let us do everything online and we never even met with our lender until closing. Your lender will talk you through the pre-approval process and help you decide how much house you can afford. Remember, this number is different for everyone so refer back to the budget you made to help guide you. After you are pre-approved comes the fun part… HOUSE HUNTING! There is no shortage of real estate agents in northeast Indiana, in fact if you have already browsed Zillow or Realtor.com it is likely some agents have reached out to you at this point. Check out this article on finding the perfect home with a realtor. Our agent, Neal Stangland with Orizon, went completely above and beyond to help us find our dream home. Neal answered all of our questions without making us...

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First Fridays: Experience Networking in a New Way
Jan30

First Fridays: Experience Networking in a New Way

First Fridays is a place where people can network, learn and grow. When Jere Johnson moved to Fort Wayne from Chicago, he was looking for an uplifting and energetic community. Brothers Jere and Jim Johnson launched First Fridays to create a space where people could come together to learn more about our region and about each other. “We want to create a meeting forum where members can grow as individuals and where they can network and really primarily focus on Northeast Indiana,” Jim said, “because that’s where we are and we think there’s a lot of great things that go on here and a lot of great things that people maybe don’t even know about.” First Fridays is hosted at Indiana Wesleyan University on, you guessed it, the first Friday of each month. Different speakers are featured at each gathering to take on a variety of leadership topics like conflict, collaboration, entrepreneurship, etc. Each session, attendees will come away will a better understanding of leadership in Northeast Indiana. How it all started: Jim told Living Fort Wayne that the idea for First Fridays was inspired by the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). GLS is a leadership conference broadcast world-wide from Willow Creek Church in Chicago, which, much like First Fridays, invites a variety of speakers to discuss what effective leadership looks like. Their first conversation about bringing a regional leadership forum to life transpired on the second day of the GLS. They sat down over some “very expensive Coliseum hamburgers” and at the end of their discussion decided the goal for this programs was to,“have a purpose to come together that’s beyond networking, but networking happens within the context.” Once the idea came to head, the brothers were eager to move their plan into actions. Jim told Living Fort Wayne he and his brother covered his office with large Post-it notes, mapping out their vision for First Fridays. Recalling wisdom he learned from another influential leader, Author Tony Robbins, Jim said, “if you’ve got a great idea when you’re working on something don’t try to make it perfect, get out there and take massive action on it and you’ll see success.” Incidentally, the brothers only planned to host First Fridays for a season and evaluate the need to continue or adjust. “We’ve already had people saying, ‘well you’re going to do this again next year aren’t you?’” Now there is no stopping this momentum, the First Fridays team already has several speakers lined up for 2019 and are continuing to build upon their vision. Why you should go: The First Fridays team has successfully created an environment where talking...

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ReStore Your Passion with Habitat for Humanity
Jan23

ReStore Your Passion with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne invites members of the community to an exclusive sneak peak of their new retail space at the ReStore Your Passion event on February 8th from 6 to 9 p.m.   Why a New ReStore? According to Lindsay Hannah, director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, the ReStore’s is not able to reach its full potential in their current location on Wells street. “It is not a high-traffic area, it is not easily accessible, the parking is limited, donation drop-off and pick-up was not convenient for customers and the sales floor size limited our ability to properly display all the great items we’re trying to sell.” With their new location on Lima Road near Glenbrook mall, all of these issues will be resolved and Hannah said Habitat can expect to grow their annual ReStore revenue from $750,00 to $1.5 million within the first few years. “Doubling our revenue at the ReStore would cover Habitat’s annual operating costs, allowing us to commit 100 percent of donations to families in need of affordable homeownership.” Why is this so important? Habitat’s vision is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Right now there are more than 1,000 people in Fort Wayne on the waiting list to apply for Habitat’s affordable homeownership program. The predicted increase in revenue from the new ReStore will support their vision by providing a 300% annual increase in the number of families served through Habitat for Humanity in Fort Wayne. Now that is something to celebrate! With champagne and local cuisine, the ReStore Your Passion event will cheers to the upcoming grand opening of the new ReStore and benefit Habitat’s Women’s Build. Tickets cost $40 for single attendees, $70 for couples and $25 for groups of at least four...

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Five Things You’ll Find at Meli Mei
Nov15

Five Things You’ll Find at Meli Mei

Holiday shopping season is officially upon us. If you are looking for that perfect dress for your Christmas party, charming pieces to add to your wardrobe or a gift to put under the tree, Meli Mei has you covered. This charming boutique opened this past August in the City Exchange Shops in downtown Fort Wayne. They are ready to see how much locals love to “shop small” this holiday season. Here are a few things you can expect to find when you shop Meli Mei: 1. Specialty products from around the world Meli Mei is proud to bring fashion from different cultures to our region by selling accessories from around the globe. Thanks to this hip boutique, you can shop styles from Paris to Bangkok here in Fort Wayne. Meet the maker Monday: Anne Cauduro is a Brazilian designer, who now resides in Paris, France. Growing up, Anne was always interested in crafting as she watched her mother create clothes and accessories. Anne later got her degree in Fashion Design, but was feeling lost. In 2016, she moved to Paris and began creating jewelry that would transmit her personality and a mix of her life in Paris and her Brazilian roots. She started working mostly with natural materials from Brazil and felt particularly in love with all the gorgeous healing stones from there. Later her partner Guilherme joined and they created @laboboa together. “Being able to create a connection with another person, to deliver a piece that we made with our own bare hands, and which will make someone happy to possess, is special. It gives us a feeling of empathy to one another, and that’s such a beautiful feeling. Empathy can change the world.” Here at Meli Mei, we are proud to work with such talented designers and always striving to bring you the best products from around the world.#shopmelimei #meethemaker #meetthemakermonday A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Oct 23, 2017 at 1:11pm PDT 2.  Goodies for all ages Shopping with your little ones? Meli Mei makes it easy for you as they carry merchandise for all ages. You may even find a matching set for you and your darling tot or teen. Gorgeous bracelet sets for you and your little princess💚💕💚 A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Feb 15, 2017 at 6:03am PST 3. Trendy graphic tees that say how we are all really feeling If you rock the comfy chic look and are a wee bit sarcastic, then you will love these tops. Go ahead, let the citizens of Fort Wayne know what is truly on your mind. A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei)...

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