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Feature Story Portrait of LaQueisha Brown.

‘She is resilient’: Former teen mom shares how she became an entrepreneur who helps others

After overcoming hardship as a teen mom in Fort Wayne, LaQueisha Brown shares about the mentors, friends, and programs who helped her achieve her dreams—and serve others. 

Feature Story DJ Polaris

Why do you support public art in Downtown Fort Wayne? Three Art Crawl participants fill us in

“It’s nice to remember we’re all part of the same community, trying to make it special, and events like this bring us back together."

Feature Story Immigration lawyer Brian A. Seyfried demonstrates what the initial meeting looks like with a new client using staff members at his office the Law Office of Brian A. Seyfried.

Resettling refugees in Fort Wayne: How does the process work, and what is needed?

“We have learned we cannot just work with immigrants and refugees for them to be successful; we need to work with the whole community.”

Feature Story Small changes to your work routine can have a big impact on efficiency.

Blog: How productive is your time at work? These tips and tools might increase efficiency

"We'd like to share a few tips and tools that might help you stay focused no matter where you work.”

Feature Story Tony Borton

#PeopleofNEI: Tony Borton, a volunteer helping Fort Wayne create accessible community conversation

"We want to have more accessible community conversations about projects like this before decisions are made.”

Feature Story Community Chess at Promenade Park has become a popular, free event for locals.

#PlacesofNEI: Learn how to play chess with local chess clubs at Promenade Park

Join local chess clubs Fort Chess and Take a Stan Chess Club for a free opportunity to learn and play chess at Promenade Park.

Partner Content Frances Grant has a burgeoning soul food business, thanks in part to Brightpoint’s investment in her enterprise.

Need a business loan? CDFIs bring safe, inclusive financing alternatives to Fort Wayne

CFDIs generate economic growth and opportunity in some of the nation's most underserved communities. Now, there's a push to increase them locally.  

Partner Content Caroline Braun, Clinical Programs Manager for Parkview Behavioral Health Institute, shows what a normal 1-1 therapy session would look like with a client during a mock session at Park Center, 2710 Lake Ave.

How is the pandemic affecting substance use disorders? We ask Parkview Behavioral Health Institute

“Addiction is all around us, but we often choose not to look at it.”

Partner Content Katz, Sapper & Miller, a CPA firm with an office in Fort Wayne, added a height adjustable desk to their reception area.

Small ways to transition your office into a more inclusive, 'Universal Design' space

As more people experience spaces created using Universal Design Principles, the more the market is demanding them.

Feature Story Trolley No. 85 offers a robust lineup of programming through monthly experiences, tours, and events in Wabash County.

#PlacesofNEI: Experience Wabash County on the festive Trolley No. 85

If you're looking for a fun way to explore Northeast Indiana, try Trolley No. 85 in Wabash for private and public tours, special event shuttle services, and more.

Feature Story Kilwins is located at 626 S. Harrison Street near the Landing, they can be found in the same building as The Bradley Hotel.

#PlacesofNEI: Kilwins celebrates one year of serving up sweet treats in Downtown Fort Wayne

Swing by Kilwins for a taste of treats like chocolate fudge, sea salt caramels, toasted coconut ice cream in a waffle cone, caramel apples, or dozens of other choices as they commemorate one year in business.

Feature Story The Atlantic reports that because curb parking is perceived as "convenient" drivers typically "fill up the curb first, no matter how much off-street space exists nearby.”

Think Downtown Fort Wayne needs better parking? The solution might be public transit

It’s time to change the conversation from “more convenient parking" Downtown to “more accessible public transit.”  

Partner Content There's parking under the railroad overpass only steps away from The Landing near Harrison and Dock streets.

Blog: 5 tips to park like a pro in Downtown Fort Wayne

We share an insider’s guide to help you answer that ever-daunting question: But where am I going to park?

Feature Story Denise Porter at River's Edge, a supportive housing complex on Spy Run Ave. Ext.

Want to get ‘more involved’ in Fort Wayne? Longtime resident offers tips to volunteer

“You can do anything once you decide you want to do something in our community.”  

Partner Content Students Ross Gosnell,Trenton Moore, Layla Durocher, Brenden Rowan, Trystin Music, and Gavin Nique work together on a multi-camera news project.

This high school program gives students hands-on experience in photo, audio, film, and screenwriting

Discover an enhanced learning opportunity, using state-of-the-art equipment–in a building that houses two movie screens.

Feature Story The "Mise & Place" crew behind the scenes, filming Season One in Downtown Fort Wayne at The Landing Beer Co.

What do service & hospitality mean in Fort Wayne's food scene? Mise + Place visits Landing Beer Co.

“Mise & Place” is a short film series in Fort Wayne that follows local restauranteurs around for a night on the town. In Episode 2, The Mercado team visits Landing Beer Co. where service and hospitality is the hot topic.

Feature Story Newly renovated to include a basketball court, an outdoor chess park, a gathering space for families, and areas to rest, Powell Park was named to honor Hester and Lester Powell, who have helped maintain the park for years.

#PlacesofNEI: The newly renovated Powell Park in the '03

Longtime Renaissance Pointe residents receive recognition for maintaining a community park for years.

Feature Story The Unity Mural is a celebration of Fort Wayne's diverse community, located between Promenade Park and The Landing.

#PlacesofNEI: 'The Unity Mural' near The Landing celebrates Fort Wayne's diversity

A new Art This Way project, called The Unity Mural, is currently being created between The Landing and Promenade Park.

Feature Story Caitlin Dostal, 19, runs Deadstock Vintage with her partner Isaac Sparks, 20.

Meet Deadstock Vintage: A Gen Z-run shop where you can buy or sell vintage streetwear in Fort Wayne

This 07 shop wants you to snag a deal on secondhand sneakers, like Jordans, Dunks, Blazers, and Yeezys, along with a colorful assortment of tees, jeans, jackets, and knits.

Partner Content L.E.A.D. Executive Certificate program facilitators are, from left, Kevin Bottomley, Ph.D.; Lisa D. Givan; and Angie Fincannon, Ph.D.

Want to implement DEI at work, but don’t know how to start? This Northeast Indiana program can help

Indiana Tech’s L.E.A.D. Executive Certificate program teaches working professionals helpful tools, skills, and advocacy to create a more inclusive workforce.  

Feature Story Blüm Relocation Technologies seeks to serve movers by digitally relieving some of the stress of relocation.

What if moving weren’t such a headache? This Indiana-developed app hopes to help

Blüm Relocation Technologies seeks to serve movers by digitally relieving some of the stress of relocation.

Feature Story The Dam-to-Dam ride is designed by cyclists and has seven different mileage routes, making it perfect for riders of all abilities to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Wabash River Trail and the Salamonie State Forest.

A scenic river trail is attracting businesses and visitors to the small towns of Wabash County

“It is one thing to see the river as you pass by it in a car, but it is quite another experience to see it as you walk alongside it.”

Feature Story Joan Means paints a new mural on the corner of Calhoun Street and E. Masterson Avenue during Open Streets Fort Wayne.

#PlacesofNEI: 'Only Rain in the Drain' murals remind residents to protect our waterways

"Friends of the Rivers and Fort Wayne City Utilities are collaborating to protect waterways through the creation of storm drain murals designed by local artists."

Feature Story Sai Santhosh plays the Veena, a ancient Indian string instrument.

Meet 5 Allen County artists sharing cultural history and legacy through creative expression

Who are some of the most prominent people groups in Allen County, and how do they preserve, pass on, and celebrate their cultural heritage through the arts?  

Feature Story Olivia Nelson in the kitchen of her Airbnb, JetsetterBnb, in Fort Wayne.

Airbnb Tours: This two-bedroom apartment on Lake Ave. offers extended stays and a pool near Downtown

“We love to fish in the creek that connects to the backyard and pick pears from the pear tree in the front yard. We are also not side-by-side to any neighbors, so the entire experience will feel safe and private.”  

Feature Story Reusser is a marketing agency located in Roanoke that maintains a full-time, four-day work week.

How 4-day workweeks could benefit employees, companies, and communities alike

As the "new normal" continues to shake up how America works, the four-day workweek is gaining momentum.

Feature Story The PNC Plaza

#PlacesofNEI: PNC Plaza, a sweet public space to enjoy Downtown Fort Wayne with games, art, and more

"The public space includes outdoor dining tables and chairs, a life-size chessboard, an oversized version of the game Twister, bike racks, umbrella shade sails, and Lyndy Bazile’s 'Pontiac'—a mural installation provided by Art This Way."

Special Report Irene Paxia, right, and her husband, Andrew Applegate, run the consulting firm Petra Solutions from their home, helping companies improve cross-cultural, fundraising, and business strategies.

How can Fort Wayne be a more welcoming place? This immigrant-run consulting firm can help

“The reality is that there are consequences of not working toward inclusion as a community.”

Feature Story Brunch on Barr, an extension of the YLNI Farmers Market in Downtown Fort Wayne, offers boozy beverages and classic brunch bites.

Eating IN: Brunch on Barr, your favorite brunch classics at a Downtown Fort Wayne farmers market

"You can enjoy the best of both worlds—community and crepes."

Partner Content Students and professionals participate in the first in-person JA JobSpark event in 2021 hosted by JA of Northern Indiana.

Will students in Northern Indiana build their careers here? This program sparks job connections

JA JobSpark invites regional students to experience hands-on workplace demonstrations and talks with industry professionals.

Feature Story Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Markets gives Allen County residents opportunities to shop for fresh foods in areas lacking food access.

HEAL Markets help families fight inflation to access fresh, local produce

“The HEAL markets double the buying power for many low-income residents, so they can stretch their food dollars while also feeding their families highly nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

Feature Story Oak & Alley offers craft burgers and beverages in Warsaw, IN.

#PlacesofNEI: Oak & Alley in Warsaw, serving up one-of-a-kind craft burgers and brews

"They have unique creations, like their PB&J Fries, the Wild Shroom Burger, and the Belgian Burger. Plant-based patties are also available upon request."

Feature Story General Manager Dani Reuille, delivers a purple haze drink at The Deck, 305 E. Superior St.

Drinks + Food + Riverfront views: The Deck’s simple recipe wins every summer in Fort Wayne

I’m not sure the psychology behind it, but people are drawn to water."

Feature Story Jes Farris, co-owner of Studio 13 Tattoo

Q&A with Jes Farris of Fort Wayne Tattoo Fest, bringing international ink artists to town

The Fort Wayne Tattoo Festival was born out of our need to elevate our community, both the Fort Wayne community and our tattoo community.”

Feature Story Flowers from Wild Blooms U Pick Flower Farm.

Two Instagram-worthy farms to enjoy U-Pick produce and flowers in Wabash County

A historic farm and an up-and-coming flower field to visit on your next U-Pick adventure.

Partner Content The groundbreaking of the Honeywell Center in 1940.

Meet Mark C. Honeywell, the visionary behind Wabash’s Honeywell Center

You’ve probably heard the name “Honeywell” before, but do you know the man behind the namesake of Wabash’s Honeywell Center?

Feature Story Penny Drip, 815 Lafayette Street.

#PlacesofNEI: Drop by Penny Drip, Fort Wayne's newest coffee and cocktail bar

"The best part is that they are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m."

Feature Story Sharon Tucker, Executive Director of Vincent Village, in front of the Sally Weigand Community Center.

Who’s unhoused in Fort Wayne? Often, it's mothers and those escaping abuse without social networks

“Single mothers are at greater risk of being unsheltered because of the multitude of barriers they have to face as opposed to family units, where one spouse can stay home while the other works. Single parents don’t have that option.”  

Feature Story WBOI Presents: An Issues & Ales conversation about housing with the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative

WBOI Presents: An Issues & Ales conversation about housing with the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative

Members of the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative join WBOI for a panel discussion about housing in Northeast Indiana.

Feature Story The "Mise & Place" crew behind the scenes, filming Season One in Downtown Fort Wayne.

Go behind the kitchen doors of Fort Wayne’s food scene with the film series ‘Mise & Place’

Why can’t we use the production resources we have in Fort Wayne to create the type of films we would want to watch on TV about things happening right in our own backyard?”

Feature Story The Porch Off Calhoun

#PlacesofNEI: The Porch off Calhoun

Grab a bite to eat, meet up with friends, or relax at the Porch off of Calhoun.

Feature Story Server Sheila Williams serves a plate of country sausage gravy and biscuits with a side of bacon at Cindy's Diner, 230 W. Berry St.

Meet the OGs of Downtown’s dining scene: 10 eateries that are true Fort Wayne classics

Before Fort Wayne was home to today’s popular brunch spots, craft cocktail hours, and hip coffee shops, it was home to a few tried and true Downtown favorites.

Feature Story Ashley Sincoff works on schoolwork at Davey's Delicious Bagels, 1006 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

'It’s unbelievable': Fort Wayne employees and businesses are feeling the shift to remote work

"The workplace ebbs and flows like everything else; it’s just a matter of companies and employees being in positions to evolve with it.”

Feature Story Abby Greutman hits a pot with a baseball bat at All the Rage.

Relieve stress with rage: Co-owner of Fort Wayne's rage room shares how it works

Ever wanted to throw a dish across the room? Or maybe smash a computer with a crowbar? Fort Wayne’s only rage room, All the Rage has you covered.

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