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Feature Story Julie Hurd, owner of Moo-Over Ice Cream, scoops her vegan, plant-based "Cookies in Pink" ice cream at her shop in Columbia City.

Plant-based ice cream in Northeast Indiana? These vegan businesses will tempt you to eat healthier

Meet rural Indiana entrepreneurs who will lure you into cleaner eating with everything from vegan desserts to cheese and jerky.

Feature Story Britney Breidenstein, left, and Michelle White, right, of the LinkedIn consulting company, upLinked.

Meet a LinkedIn-based business helping companies and individuals navigate employment opportunities

Michelle White and Britney Breidenstein of Fort Wayne share the vision behind their company, upLinked.

Partner Content A 2006 graduate of Carroll High School, Tyler Atkins, M.D., returned to Fort Wayne to work for Parkview Health.

Making a difference in his hometown: A neurosurgeon shares his journey back to Fort Wayne

“I don’t feel like it’s a tiny Midwest town anymore.”

Feature Story Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill in Southwest Fort Wayne takes freshness to a whole new level.

Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill serves up fresh burritos, taco bowls and more in Southwest Fort Wayne

"Guadalupe’s Mexican Grill in Southwest Fort Wayne takes freshness to a whole new level."

Feature Story The Temple is located at 4202 Hessen Cassel Rd.

Have you seen this cool building on Fort Wayne's South East side?

This week the Input Street Team checks out The Temple's architecture in the 46806.  

Feature Story With experience managing digital strategies and promotions for Fortune 500 companies, Virginia Richardson shares how her company, Tilde Multimedia, is growing in Fort Wayne’s rush to digitize during the pandemic.

Going digital during the pandemic? This Fort Wayne entrepreneur can help

With experience managing digital strategies and promotions for Fortune 500 companies, Virginia Richardson shares how her company, Tilde Multimedia, is growing in Fort Wayne’s rush to digitize during the pandemic.

Feature Story Barista Masyn Zapata serves a drink at Modoc's Market in Downtown Wabash.

Wabash shares the story behind its growth into one of Northeast Indiana’s best-kept secrets

Wabash has spent decades investing in itself and its people-centered developments downtown, creating a quality of life you wouldn’t expect in rural Indiana. Now, slowly but surely, these investments are paying off.  

Feature Story Downtown Fort Wayne is no stranger to subtle, inconspicuous, eccentricities. But unless you know where to look, you might miss them.

Like ‘Easter eggs’ in films? Try to find these 5 eccentricities in downtown Fort Wayne

Downtown Fort Wayne is no stranger to subtle, inconspicuous, eccentricities. But unless you know where to look, you might miss them.

Feature Story Apiarist Don Ueber is innovating with honey at Tanglewood Berry Farm.

Meet a Fort Wayne beekeeper testing barrel-aged honey

This week, the Input Street Team learns how apiarist Don Ueber is innovating with honey at Tanglewood Berry Farm.

Feature Story Hilger Family Farm is one of many places you can find fall favorites.

Celebrate fall in Fort Wayne with pumpkins, hayrides, apple cider slushies and more!

Hilger Family Farm is one of many places you can find fall favorites.

Feature Story Stoner's Funstore

#PlacesofNEI: Stoner's Funstore for all of your Halloween needs

"They are locally owned, and they have filled Fort Wayne with one-of-a-kind magic over the decades since they opened."

Feature Story Brooke Hamstra and her family live in Warsaw.

12 things to eat, see, and do in Warsaw and Kosciusko County

Boomerang resident, Brooke Hamstra, shares a dozen of her favorite attractions in the lake community of Warsaw and Kosciusko County.

Feature Story Rose Avenue Education Farm hosts a farmers market every Sunday at the Fort Wayne League for the Blind and Disabled at 5821 S. Anthony Blvd. 

Burmese farmers are reconnecting with their roots and strengthening Northeast Indiana's food system

Rose Avenue Education Farm in New Haven is helping Burmese refugees and immigrants build careers as farmers in Northeast Indiana—and raise culturally relevant crops.

Feature Story Suzanne Rhee works on her mural in Foster Park.

From casual painter to muralist: A Fort Wayne artist shares how she broke into the public art scene

"I want to see barriers broken down so that more local artists have the opportunity to showcase their talent."

Feature Story The West Campus of Electric Works is on schedule to open in the fall of next year, and work is constantly underway.

Electric Works celebrates construction workers and one year until West Campus completion

The West Campus of Electric Works is on schedule to open in the fall of next year, and work is constantly underway.

Feature Story House to Home

#PlacesofNEI: House to Home, a modern furniture and decor shop on The Landing

"This shop constantly has new inventory in styles ranging from rustic to boho to nautical and Scandinavian."

Feature Story Loretta Taylor outside her new home in South East Fort Wayne.

Voices of South East: First-time homeowners contribute to community growth and wealth building

Amidst the threat of gentrification, homeowners who have roots in South East are poised to support authentic, inclusive growth in the area.

Feature Story When the pandemic began, stained-glass artist Kevin Christon constructed a speakeasy bar in his basement to build hope for better times.

Input Home Tours: A Fort Wayne artist shares his Craftsman bungalow with a self-made speakeasy bar

When the pandemic began, this stained-glass artist in The 05 began constructing a speakeasy bar in his basement to build hope for better times. Now, his project is complete.

Feature Story The second annual Dog Days of Autumn seeks to celebrate how pets improve mental health and to create a welcoming space for human interaction in Fort Wayne.

Like dogs? Then you're going to love this community event in Fort Wayne

The second annual Dog Days of Autumn seeks to celebrate how pets improve mental health—and to create a welcoming space for human interaction.

Feature Story Employees Fred Billingsley, Wiredrawer, left, gives feedback to Clifford Griffith, Engineer Tech in order to improve work at Fort Wayne Metals on Ardmore Ave. on September 27, 2021.

Pandemic unemployment benefits have ended in Indiana, but workforce challenges persist

A deeper look at the reasons behind the region’s scramble to fill jobs—and how companies are evolving for the future.

Feature Story SAYv Animal Organization is a start-up animal welfare organization focused in Fort Wayne and Chicago.

Input Street Team: Meet a start-up animal welfare organization filling gaps in support systems

“We realize how tied together supporting humans is to supporting pets and animals."

Feature Story The Landing mural

#PlacesofNEI: There's a new mural near Mercado on The Landing

"Located next to Mercado, Ouizi’s new mural aligns with her world-famous floral designs that can be found around the globe."

Feature Story Ed Snyder opens a 1920s elevator at Freemasons Hall, an affordable event space in Downtown Fort Wayne.

Hidden Downtown: 11 things you might not know about Downtown Fort Wayne

How well do you know Fort Wayne’s city center? We ask “insiders” to share 11 tips that might be off your radar.

Feature Story Heather Luessenhop, a teacher of 22 years, currently teaches Kindergarten and First Grader at Northcrest Elementary School.

Voices of South East: English Language Learner teachers fill gaps in student and family support

When the pandemic forced Fort Wayne schools to move to virtual learning models, students, families, and teachers alike had to get creative and collaborate to support young English Language Learners.

Feature Story Hop River's new Head Brewer Iain Wilson, a Scottish transplant, has some exciting things coming down the pipeline for craft brew aficionados in Fort Wayne.

Q&A with Hop River Brewing's new Head Brewer, Iain Wilson, a Scottish transplant in Fort Wayne

Hop River has some exciting things coming down the pipeline for craft brew aficionados, including a special partnership with Fort Wayne's own Three Rivers Distilling Company.  

Special Report Parkview GME Medical Residency program

Special Report: New physician residency programs in Fort Wayne support community growth and talent

Indiana will need an additional 817 primary care physicians by 2030 to keep up with the state’s healthcare needs. This program is poised to help.

News Vice President of Campus Sales Operations & Artist Relations Thad Tegtmeyer, says Sweetwater is busy keeping up with demand and optimistic about the future.

From farmland to a global destination: Sweetwater shares the story behind its rural growth

And how campus visitors can enjoy the community it's creating.

Feature Story Coney Island

#PlacesofNEI: Happy 107th Birthday to Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island

"Over the years, they have served everyone from Jay Leno to Mickey Mantle and Shelley Long."

Feature Story Monique Moss, Program Director/On-Air Personality at Rhythm & Praise 90.3 HD2, works at the station at 1115 W. Rudisill Blvd.

Voices of South East: Fort Wayne's first Gospel radio station seeks to uplift the Black community

"We want to be the mouthpiece to talk about good things happening in our city, in the South East, and the Black community. We also want to talk about social issues and be a voice for those. On other stations, you may have to say things in a certain way. But this is something that is by us, for us."

Feature Story Nancy Fritz works on her mural during "Elevation. A Summit City Mural Showcase" on the 2400 block of Central Dr. in Fort Wayne.

Voices of South East: Open Walls elevate artists to promote social mobility and inclusive growth

Francisco “Paco” Reyes shares the vision behind Elevation, a rotating mural showcase, highlighting and uplifting local artists.

Partner Content Christopher Spalding, Co-Owner of the Fort Wayne Ballroom Company, shares his remarkable recovery from a cancerous brain tumor bigger than his fist.

This world-champion ballroom dancer in Fort Wayne didn’t let cancer keep him down

Christopher Spalding, Co-Owner of the Fort Wayne Ballroom Company, shares his remarkable recovery from a cancerous brain tumor bigger than his fist.

Feature Story Carmen Perry shares the story behind her startup, Carm A. Sutra, a line of comfy loungewear and lingerie designed to bring out the sensuality within.

Meet a Fort Wayne lingerie entrepreneur, bringing sexy back to comfy clothes

Carmen Perry shares the story behind her startup, Carm A. Sutra, a line of comfy loungewear and lingerie designed to bring out the sensuality within.

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