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Feature Story  Bottle Green Refillery Owner Corinna Shoemaker refills a bottle with a lavender & lime essential oils bubble bath.

Less plastic, less worry: Two Fort Wayne refilleries are paving a path for easier sustainable living

“I know a lot of people — even my neighbors and friends — are having a hard time wrapping their brain around a refillery. It’s really not as difficult as some people think it is. And you don't have to dive all at once. We have people who just purchase the multipurpose cleaner or hand soap. You just have to start somewhere; it doesn't have to be all or nothing.”

Feature Story Construction crews are currently working on the garage for The Lofts at Headwaters Park.

#PlacesofNEI: Construction for The Lofts at Headwaters Park is underway

The Lofts at Headwater's Park will have approximately 208 apartments, 15 for-rent townhomes, and 9,650 square feet of retail and office space, plus a 650-space parking garage.

News The Allen County Bicentennial Executive Board is looking for 15 artists or artist teams for a project called the ‘I’ Am Allen sculpture project.

Allen County Bicentennial Executive Board opens applications for sculpture project

Artists are invited to submit their qualifications for consideration. The artist application is posted on Allen County’s website, and the deadline for artists to apply is May 31, 2024. Selected artists will paint murals on fiberglass sculptures.

Feature Story Representatives of the collaborative and IU Health.

Refugee Health Collaborative: Local organizations unite to reach underserved populations

"We know resettling in a new country comes with a lot of challenges, and physicians can only do so much—which is why providing wraparound services is really important. The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation has done a great job with bringing partners together, so we didn’t have to bring in any organizations from outside this Fort Wayne community.”

Feature Story The Hive Coffee Shop is located at 7120 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

A new brew in southwest Fort Wayne: The Hive offers community, coffee, & gluten-free treats

“I've been a coffee connoisseur, but I’ve never run a coffee shop, so this has been different, but we've been so blessed to have the most amazing staff join our team who have great experience. We’ve partnered with Utopian Roastery and they've provided so much training and support to get us up to speed on all of it.”

Feature Story A Fire & Light Production of "The Wizard of Oz."

Is Fort Wayne’s theatre scene growing? Performers and directors weigh in

“No one goes into the arts and musical theater for the money. We go into it because we love it and we thrive to create and to make opportunities and then to cultivate environments of inclusion. That alone is worth the four hours of sleep that I might get on a weeknight.”

News Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry dies after battle with cancer

Mayor Henry was a man of the highest character – a true servant leader who devoted his entire adult life to the betterment of Fort Wayne and its residents.”

Feature Story Creator Space Founder Zach Vessels at the Creator Space 1 Year Bash at Papi's Pizza on The Landing.

Meet the visionary behind Creator Space Fort Wayne, a networking event for local creatives

“I wanted to make it so it was an open environment where anybody can feel welcome whether they're in high school trying to figure out what they want to get into or you know a seasoned professional that's been doing this for 10 years.”

Feature Story Rod Bice, left, and David Lee at 2 Crazy Crystal Guys, a Metaphysical supply store at 4007 S Wayne Ave, Fort Wayne, IN.

'2 Crazy Crystal Guys' of Fairmount Neighborhood on metaphysical supplies and big renovations

"We like helping people. When we are able to help a person find that special crystal, seeing their reactions confirms we are doing what we are supposed to be doing."

Partner Content Slocum Pointe

How FHLBank Indianapolis is helping create affordable housing in Fort Wayne

“It is just huge. I know it sounds like a small part of the total project, but when you've got a $500,000 grant that can just be used for capital to build that project and not have to pay that back—that’s a big deal.”

Feature Story Summit City Climbing Co. under construction.

Summit City Climbing Co. is set to become Fort Wayne's first climbing gym

“Every single time we drove down, we’re like, ‘Dude, we need a climbing gym in Fort Wayne. Eventually, we figured out that it probably be cheaper if we just build our own climbing gym instead of driving, you know, save on gas money.”

Feature Story Nawa Bison Deck

Your guide to outdoor dining in Fort Wayne

As warmer temperatures return, so does outdoor dining. In this Fort Wayne Foodslut Guide, the anonymous foodie scopes out over 60 Fort Wayne restaurants with outdoor dining options, including dog and kid-friendly patios.

News Indiana Tech is growing to support more students in engineering, computer sciences, cybersecurity, life sciences, and technology.

Indiana Tech and Fort Wayne Community Schools are making college education more attainable

Promise IT is a new, innovative program that guarantees admission to Indiana Tech for any Fort Wayne Community School student.

Feature Story Summit Comics & Games, 4240 W Jefferson Blvd Suite M-8, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

#PlacesofNEI: Summit Comics & Games, a one-stop-shop for all things pop culture

With aisles full of comic books, board games, action figures, books, Funko pops, puzzles, and more, there's so much to see at Summit Comics & Games.

Feature Story The opening of Dana's and Night Train mark the return of nightlife to The Landing.

Dana’s, Night Train and Blue Bottle usher in a new era of nightlife on The Landing

“Creating spaces that not only fit that historic build, but that are going to age well, but also fill a gap within the local market– we knew that there was a desire and a need for more nightlife."

Feature Story Illustrations showing what Manchester Alive envisions for the future of The Coop's storefronts.

North Manchester’s business incubator, The Coop, wants to help entrepreneurs spread their wings

“We want our businesses to grow up and fly the coop. Just like an actual chicken and an incubator, we want them to outgrow us and get the skills they need to move on from us.”

Feature Story Chapman’s Founder Scott Fergusson

‘We belong together’: Chapman’s Brewing Co. opens restaurant on the Electric Works campus

“We want to be the place you come to regularly, not the place you just go on special occasions.”

Feature Story Luz Ostrognai with Catholic Charities demonstrates what a meeting with immigration clients would look like at the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center.

The key to physical and mental health well-being among Latino immigrants in Fort Wayne

“In populations facing severe threats to their basic survival, mental health issues are often buried under the struggle to have the basic needs of their families met."

Feature Story The Community Loan Center (CLC) of Northeast Indiana, operated by the Brightpoint Development Fund, aims to help borrowers meet current and ongoing financial obligations safely and securely.

Breaking the cycle of debt: Community Loan Center offers lower interest, manageable payday loans

“Look and see what resources the community has to offer. It might be a situation like this, and you might need a loan – that might be the only option. There’s nothing wrong with having to use a loan, but if you do, just make sure that it’s right for you and manageable.”

Partner Content The public was invited to tour the new Parkview Kosciusko Hospital during an open house. Artwork featured throughout the facility was created by local artists.

How art installations in hospitals support the wellbeing of patients and local creatives

“What we have found is that the community feels more tied to our facilities. When their neighbor did a piece of art in the building or someone they know did, or they themselves have created a piece of art in the building, it brings the community a little closer to what we do.”

Feature Story Construction on the north side of the riverfront in Downtown Fort Wayne continues.

#PlacesofNEI: Riverfront development continues on the north side

Phase 2B of the riverfront development will extend the public space from Promenade Park along the St. Marys River west to Ewing Street and east to Clinton Street. 

Feature Story Orca, a foster grandparent, plays with the preschoolers in their classroom.

When grandparents return to preschool: Generational connections and enhanced learning environments

“The children gravitate toward our grandparents. They look forward to seeing them in the classroom and spending time with them.”

Feature Story Sign painter Justin Lim, owner of Old 5 and Dime Sign Co., works on a vintage trout taxidermy at his shop in downtown Fort Wayne.

Keeping the art of traditional sign painting alive

“It's very traditional because I'm a computerless sign shop. Everything is hand drawn, hand painted, and spaced out with rulers.”

Feature Story Tony Betton Jr. on set.

Meet Fort Wayne’s ‘lit journalist,’ Tony Betton Jr.

“Look, if I'm going to go to a city, let me go somewhere where they're growing as well. I want to grow with the city. I want to grow with the station. And that's exactly what Fort Wayne has done in the last four years as I've been here.”

Partner Content Dr. Kyle Littell

Q&A with Dr. Kyle Littell, program director and section chief of Parkview's newest residency program

"It’s true that physicians are likely to end up practicing where they complete their residency. We have an opportunity to build a pipeline of highly trained physicians who will be able to care for this community for years to come."

Feature Story Phase one of the Franke Park Renaissance Master Plan is coming to life.

#PlacesofNEI: The Franke Park renaissance is underway

Phase one will include a new winding, tree-lined entrance from Goshen Road, a new bridge over Spy Run Creek, a new state-of-the-art pavilion, and more!

Feature Story The Bach Collegium Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Bach Collegium Concert celebrates the work of Johann Sebastian Bach

“It’s something that’s very special but not everyone in Fort Wayne or the local community knows that it even exists. This is a group in the here and now, made up of people in our city, but also talented musicians from all over the region. It’s an experience that you don’t have many opportunities to get in Fort Wayne."

Feature Story Part of Wabash's charm lies in its historical homes.

Implementing inventive housing solutions to attract new residents

“That’s where we have to get creative with different programs and housing initiatives. We aren’t seeing as many people selling their homes today, just because of how the market has been. We’re working on a few different innovative housing types."

Feature Story Date Night Ideas

Need a new idea for date night? Fort Wayne has plenty.

Date night or night out with friends, these activities are the perfect opportunity to create new memories through unique Fort Wayne offerings.

Feature Story Citilink unveiled a bus wrapped in new artwork by Phresh Laundry.

#PlacesofNEI: Citilink honors Rosa Parks with a bus wrapped in artwork by Phresh Laundry

Citilink commemorated the 111th birthday of civil rights activist Rosa Parks in connection with Transit Equity Day.

Feature Story Cinema Center

Cinema Center unveils a cinematic extravaganza: Must-attend events, programming, and more in 2024

With an array of exciting ventures and unmissable experiences lined up for 2024, Cinema Center is set to redefine the cinematic landscape in Fort Wayne. Here's a sneak peek into the cinematic wonders awaiting you!

Feature Story Ron Duchovic is unable to make it into one of the bathrooms in his home because the doorway is too small.

More accessible homes and stronger community ties: The impact of visitability

“There’s three simple things, and if you get those three things, homes become much more friendly for everyone."

Feature Story Eat With Bella at Bangkok Bistro enjoying the curry noodle soup.

Where do local foodies eat? Eat With Bella shares her top 5 favorite restaurants in Fort WayneThe Fort Wayne foodie shares her favorite places to dine in the Fort

"It is hard to narrow it down to just five since there are so many amazing places here to eat. However, these restaurants never fail to deliver in the food quality or customer service they provide and are always a safe choice to satisfy my cravings."

Feature Story Three Crowns Coffee

#PlacesofNEI: Discover the unexpected duo of coffee and ramen at Three Crowns Coffee

Three Crowns Coffee has two locations, Warsaw, where they serve ramen and coffee, and Winona Lake. 

Feature Story Savanna & Ashley Fettig

Building a community accepting of all: The origin of Whitley County Pride

“No matter how hard things are or how ugly things get, you can make a positive impact on somebody. And that impact on one person leads to another, which leads to another. Before long, you don’t even realize how big of an impact you have made.”

Feature Story A mural inside Papi's Pizza Company on The Landing in Downtown Fort Wayne.

Papi’s Pizza brings a new perspective to Fort Wayne’s pizza selection

“We wanted some nostalgic feel from the art side, but it kind of has a lot of local art as well. So we have a big mural in there and then we have all these skate decks on a different wall– all done by different artists as well.”

Feature Story The Lake Avenue Halal Market, 1732 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, IN.

#PlacesofNEI: The Lake Avenue Halal Market, a hidden gem in The 05

The Lake Avenue Halal Market might be a local grocery store, but if you live in the 46805 zip code, you likely already know them for their Lake Magic Subs.

Feature Story Owner and founder Grayce Holloway holds the frosted animal cookie cheesecake at Icing for Izaac, 243 Airport North Office Park, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

Icing for Izaac: The Fort Wayne cafe & bakery serving up sweet treats, healing, and solace for moms

“We have had to be resilient and resourceful, strong, and confident, patient and kind, and sometimes we have even had to cry. But growth doesn’t come from comfort zones."

Feature Story When a utility company, such as NIPSCO or Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) wishes to raise or lower its prices, it must submit a case to the IURC, explaining why it sees a rise in prices as necessary.

What are 'rate cases' and how do they impact the cost of your utilities?

“Everybody wants that reliability in infrastructure where there’s electricity or gas and that does come at a cost, but it has to be reasonable. It has to have the consumer in mind, right? So it’s important that that consumer voice gets put out there."

Feature Story Retirees (left to right) Dave Haist, Jan Roland, and Beverly Vanderpool walk through Downtown Wabash.

Retiring in Wabash County: Q&A with three residents on staying connected in their community

"There are a large number of opportunities to be really involved in a meaningful way. That just makes the community that much stronger."

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