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Feature Story Playgrounds at Foster Park are popular with neighborhood children.

7 things to do, eat, and see in The 07

"As someone who has lived in The 07 for more than 7 years, here are 7 things to do, eat, and see in my part of town, even in a global pandemic."

Feature Story Zach Klein is a former Fort Wayne resident who went on to Co-Found Vimeo, create DIY.org, and is currently the CEO of Dwell.

What's the future of education? Fort Wayne-raised Vimeo Co-Founder shares his edtech innovations

We sat down with Zach Klein to talk about his Fort Wayne roots, his innovations in the hot edtech space, and his passion for creating safe, positive virtual communities.


Feature Story Becky Gonzalez, Bo Gonzalez, Brett Bloom, and Manuel Gonzalez are part of the team behind the new Fort Wayne Love Fridge.

Community pantries and fridges are popping up in Fort Wayne with a powerful mission

Grassroots leaders share the need for more “mutual aid” projects in Fort Wayne to fight food scarcity. Here’s how they’re getting started.


Partner Content Grace College began marketing “Instagram-worthy photo shoots” to prospective students, as a new addition to its campus tours.

How a Winona Lake college is making a splash at high school visits

Grace College Admissions shares how it reinvented its strategy when COVID-19 turned the enrollment playbook on its head.  

Feature Story Lindenwood Nature Preserve

#PlacesofNEI: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 110-acres of natural goodness

"Hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography can all be enjoyed here, especially during COVID-19."

Feature Story Ruiz poses with her favorite kitchen tool: The industrial steamers at the Community Harvest Food Bank's shared kitchen.

Like authentic Mexican food? Then you’re going to love this new small business in Fort Wayne

Stephanie Ruiz shares her vision for The Hot Tamale Co!, using her mother’s recipe that has been passed down through generations of families from Guadalajara.


Feature Story Fort Wayne native Son Ngo brought the franchise Bambu to his hometown from his former residence in San Jose, Calif.

This dessert shop is bringing a made-to-order Vietnamese specialty to Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne native Son Ngo brought Bambu to his hometown from his former residence in San Jose, Calif., where the franchise captured the attention of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Feature Story The Fort Wayne Ballet has found ways to stay creative throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

How the Fort Wayne Ballet is keeping the city’s creative spirit alive during COVID-19

“We want to make a positive difference, and the arts allow us to do that, so we can’t give up.”

Feature Story Xeryus Johnson is a junior at Purdue University Fort Wayne where he’s studying political science.

Meet the 21-year-old Fort Wayne resident working to amplify Black voices in Indiana politics

"I really want to focus on what I can do for my community."


Feature Story Anna is four years old and a student at Alyssum Montessori School in Downtown Fort Wayne.

#PeopleofNEI: Anna, a student at Alyssum Montessori School

"I enjoy the classroom here, and I especially like my snacks and the books."

Feature Story Michael Bartkiewicz and his partner Henry DuRocher, formerly of New York City, give us a tour of their urban loft on The Landing.

Input Home Tours: Former New Yorkers share their eclectic urban loft on The Landing in Fort Wayne

"We’re 'big city' guys! It was necessary for us to surround ourselves in a metropolitan environment. Plus, we get to watch the train pass by. It’s reminiscent of our Brooklyn days when the J-M-Z Metro line stopped right outside our window."

Feature Story The Mackwitz Home, 1913

12 historic Fort Wayne gems to explore on the first virtual Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour

In recent years, Williams Woodland Park, just south of downtown Fort Wayne, has become a hotspot for young homeowners and transplants alike. Check out its virtual Holiday Home Tour.


News Esther Andrews, a Millennial fashion entrepreneur based in Fort Wayne, is the visionary behind Esther Andrews Bridal, a forthcoming line of sustainable winter knitwear for brides.

Meet the Fort Wayne-based fashion designer knitting her own path in the bridal industry

A Fort Wayne native is bringing her signature brand of elegance, sustainability, and inclusivity to the bridal industry with a collection of hand-knitted outerwear. 

Feature Story Just Neighbors purchased the former Bird + Cleaver food truck for use by street teams fostering connections with homeless residents, like Common Ground Outreach.

How are homelessness and small business support connected? Ask this hyper-local organization

“Poverty is not a financial issue; it’s measured in a lack of overall justice and a lack of connection to the world around us.”

Feature Story Fort Wayne artist Theoplis Smith III, the owner of Phresh Laundry, right, poses with Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Q&A with Fort Wayne artist Phresh Laundry on his work earning national attention and his future

Fort Wayne artist Theoplis Smith III, the owner of Phresh Laundry, shares details about a portrait he did for a national figure and other creative endeavors brewing in 2021.

Feature Story The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodon dons a mask during COVID-19.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s first Chief Diversity Officer seeks 'true equity'

"We can't invite people to our house, our university, which sits in this community and have blinders on to the inequities around us."

Feature Story Ledford

A look back at 2020 in Northeast Indiana in words and images

Quotes from our top 10 stories of this historic year.


Partner Content Data and research have helped create a detailed timeline for each stage of the COVID-19 vaccination process, from screening to registration, to post-injection observation.

How data is driving one health system’s pandemic response in Northeast Indiana

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkview’s data teams have pivoted to help the regional health system fight the virus. Here’s how.


Feature Story Junk Ditch PlacesofNEI

#PlacesofNEI: Junk Ditch Brewing Co., making everything from scratch

"With a large brunch menu, they have everything from avocado toast to eggs benedict to their famous brunch burger."

Feature Story Julie Sanchez, left, coaches potential entrepreneurs at The NIIC.

Could you start a business? This Northeast Indiana program breaks barriers to entrepreneurship

“Maybe this crisis is the time to start exploring your own business.”


Feature Story Calyan Wax Co. candles available at House to Home.

Lo and behold, the College Input Holiday Gift Guide!

Here are 12 local shops to support (and gift ideas to inspire you) in the downtown Fort Wayne area.


Feature Story Sweetwater's on-site fitness facility.

How can employers advance health and wellbeing in the workplace? This Fort Wayne company has ideas

Sweetwater shares its experience creating employee wellness programs—and its advice to companies across the region evolving to meet needs during a pandemic. 

Feature Story Members of Fort Wayne's growing Summit City South Rotary Club.

What is the value of joining Rotary club? Fort Wayne members share their work and vision for growth

How the legacy organization is finding ways to grow and adapt.

Feature Story Julie Wall, Owner of The Hedge, is crafting fun ways to help Fort Wayne beat the boredom this winter.

Seeking fun in Fort Wayne this winter? A local shop is offering craft kits for adults and kids

If you're getting cabin fever, Fort Wayne’s creative community is developing solutions.


Feature Story Kenyon Sivels, and his wife Melissa, are new Corps Officers for the Fort Wayne branch of the Salvation Army.

Q&A with new leaders at the Salvation Army in Fort Wayne as demand for services ‘more than doubles'

As a new Corps Officer for the Fort Wayne branch of the Salvation Army, Kenyon Sivels prepares for a holiday season amidst extreme need.


Feature Story Doulas with Journey Birth and Wellness, serving immigrant and refugee populations in Fort Wayne. From left, row 2, are Lahmay Moo, Sue Heckley, Jaquanda Capers, Lucy Ortiz, Nina Bogle, Ja'Nisha Beal, and Shanna Bradley.

What are doulas, and how are they making a difference in Fort Wayne?

Doulas in Fort Wayne share how they are empowering mothers in their birthing experiences and working to lower the city's infant mortality rates.

Feature Story Drew Shipley, center, surrounded by his family and friends who created the Andrew Shipley Memorial Ride.

How a 1,300-mile bike ride for a mission led to the creation of a nonprofit to support widows

Grace College alumni and friends share the story of how a family tragedy turned into an opportunity to serve others.

Feature Story Justin Miller and Dustin Flaugher are the founders of TriCore Logic.

#PlacesofNEI: TriCore Logic, getting creative to support small businesses in 2020

"We hope that this will inspire others to give and support local during this difficult time."

Feature Story After moving from LA to Fort Wayne to pursue his dreams, Davey Heritier shares his innovative concept for Davey's Delicious Bagels.

From LA to Fort Wayne: Davey's Delicious Bagels brings a taste of innovation

After moving from LA to Fort Wayne to pursue his dreams, Davey Heritier shares his innovative concept for Davey's Delicious Bagels & Deli.

Feature Story David Perez De Leon shares the mission behind his quality-over-quantity home renovations at Leon Properties Enterprise.

Meet an immigrant entrepreneur revitalizing Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods—one home at a time

David Perez De Leon shares the mission behind his quality-over-quantity home renovations at Leon Properties Enterprise. 


Feature Story A Drink Your Veggies smoothie at Kanela, featuring pineapple, mango, spinach, parsley, and celery.

Q&A with Kanela: Downtown Fort Wayne's new spot for healthy smoothies, juices, and more

Meet the entrepreneur behind Kanela blended drinks, coffee, and bites in downtown Fort Wayne.

Special Report Megan Ledford is a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

SPECIAL REPORT: Unsung heroes keep hospitals running smoothly during the pandemic

Throughout 2020, much news has focused on the doctors and nurses fighting on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. But behind the scenes, there is an entire echelon of support staff.

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