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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.

Partner Content Detroit-based artist Louise 'Ouizi' Jones paints a mural in downtown Roanoke inspired by common Indiana flowers, including peonies and black-eyed Susans.

Internationally-renowned Detroit muralist shares stories behind her work in Roanoke

Q&A with the muralist Louise 'Ouizi' Jones, bringing Indiana botanicals to life in downtown Roanoke. 

Feature Story Andre Portee is the Fort Wayne artist and creator of AbsorbALL, renovating basketball courts at local parks into playable murals.

#PlacesofNEI: There's a new basketball court mural at Reservoir Park

AbsorbALL is renovating basketball courts at local parks into playable murals.

Feature Story Local artist Julie Wall of The Hedge Studios has completed an Art This Way mural installation at the Sidecar.

#PlacesofNEI: Drink in a vibrant mural by artist Julie Wall at the Sidecar patio cocktail bar

Enjoy a cocktail at the Sidecar and a view of Artist Julie Wall's latest mural installation.

Feature Story Creative Writer Shanel Turner works on writing in one of her favorite workspaces in the kitchen at her home in the '07.

How is Fort Wayne fostering a creative economy?

Arts education, creative spaces and programming, and entrepreneurship play a role.

Feature Story A gallery called Our Web features artists and teams from around the world, offering alternative ways to experience the internet and human connection online.

What could make the internet more positive? That’s the question behind a new gallery in Fort Wayne

From July 21-Sept. 10, Our Web features artists and teams from around the world, offering alternative ways to experience the internet and human connection online.

Feature Story SoundWalk is a free smartphone app that pairs music and stories to places using GPS technology. 

Deepening a neighborhood's cultural memory: This Fort Wayne audio tour shares resident stories

The SoundWalk app pairs music and podcast-like stories of local residents and historians to physical places, inviting residents to share neighborhood memories.

Feature Story Clif Wallace showcases the extra wide doors suitable for wheelchairs while at the AWS Foundation.

Equal access: How Fort Wayne is expanding and connecting services for people with disabilities

People tend to think of Universal Design in terms of architecture, but it also encompasses an organization’s experiences, programs, and staff.

Feature Story Henry Collins Brown, writer and founder of the Museum of the City of New York.

Blog: My journey to share the 'Upside of a Breakdown' from New York to Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne resident Tim Brown shares his great-grandfather's experience with mental health challenges in the 1930s and how it impacts culture today.

Feature Story The Indiana Rail Experience in Northeast Indiana features various train rides throughout the year, including an all-day ice cream train and a wine and whiskey train.

Climb aboard a historic steam locomotive with the Indiana Rail Experience

The Indiana Rail Experience in Northeast Indiana features various train rides throughout the year, including an all-day ice cream train and a wine and whiskey train.

Feature Story Chalk Walk

#PlacesofNEI: Stroll the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Chalk Walk

"There is still time to view them from the sidewalks."

Feature Story An art installation at 1232 Crescent Ave. in Fort Wayne has 780 flowers taped to the wall upside down—one for every child, ages 0-17, killed by gun violence in the U.S. so far this year.

#PlacesofNEI: A Fort Wayne art installation draws attention to gun violence

A Fort Wayne art installation at 1232 Crescent Ave. in Fort Wayne has 780 flowers taped to the wall upside down—one for every child, ages 0-17, killed by gun violence in the U.S. so far this year.

Feature Story Queer Fort Wayne aims to highlight “safe” spaces in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas.

Meet Queer Fort Wayne: An organization celebrating and uniting local LGBTQ+ businesses

“We just want to promote places where we can exist and experience queer joy.”   

Feature Story Alle Wims of Brain Geeks Learn educational services works with her student Charles during a private tutoring session at PENTA Center, 2513 S. Calhoun St.

Investing in people: Building inclusive networks to support young creatives in Fort Wayne

“It’s not just about networking, but making sure we are building a broader and stronger network for others.... We’re trying to make sure folks have the equity they need to be successful.”  

Feature Story Entrepreneur Jose Hernandez of Lepe Tortilleria graduated from the first Spanish cohort of Build Institute in December 2021.

A business course for Spanish speakers serves Fort Wayne’s growing Hispanic and Latinx populations

SEED Fort Wayne shares its recently launched Spanish-speaking cohort of the Build Institute course for entrepreneurs.  

Partner Content Parkview hosts a Signing Day for nurses at schools like the University of St. Francis, similar to when a high school athlete commits to a university.

Special Report: How is Parkview Health attracting and retaining nurses in Northeast Indiana?

As burnout rises in the healthcare field, Parkview shares ways it's recruiting future nurses, supporting its current nursing staff, and transitioning retirees.

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

Looking for a unique way to explore Wabash? Try Trolley No. 85

This mahogany-trimmed trolley offers a robust lineup of programming through monthly experiences, tours, and events.

Partner Content The main lobby of the Honeywell Center in Downtown Wabash.

Why do you support the arts in Wabash County? Four businesses fill us in

Four companies in the Wabash area share why they’ve chosen to support the arts in their community.

Feature Story Bill Blass (1922-2002) was a famous fashion designer born in Fort Wayne who went on to develop a brand that would define "American style."

How much do you know about Bill Blass? Fort Wayne honors its fashion entrepreneur who beat the odds

Kathy Carrier, Owner/CEO of briljent, shares why she and a group of locals are celebrating 100 Days of Bill Blass—a South Side graduate, a member of the Ghost Army, and a famous fashion designer raised in Fort Wayne.  

Feature Story Jenee Johnson is Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana (JANI).

Investing in People: Validating and spotlighting young entrepreneurs in Fort Wayne

Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana’s Jenee Johnson shares how she meets young entrepreneurs—and introduces them to Fort Wayne’s network of support.

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