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Feature Story Holiday ornaments at the Find by local artist VimmAnnVigor.

10 places to find locally made gifts on your holiday shopping trip to Downtown Fort Wayne

Want to buy cool, locally made gifts this holiday season? Here's where you can find them.  

Feature Story Vendors prepare for the grand opening of the Union Street Market.

Must-know details for your first visit to the Union Street Market food hall at Electric Works

Learn what’s happening, who’s there, where to park, and other details for your first visit.  

Feature Story From right are Diane Hunter, Dani Tippmann, and Claudia Hedeen all of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma during a foraging session on Miami tribal property in Fort Wayne.

Rethinking Thanksgiving: Restorative ways to process a complicated holiday in Fort Wayne

Thanksgiving offers us a reminder to reconsider how we consume multiple types of resources, what we offer in return, and how our decisions impact the broader community and world around us.

Feature Story Owner Raelyn Bever holds a finished ring from Still Remains Jewelry.

This Wabash business crafts keepsake jewelry from ashes, breastmilk, and flowers

“It means a lot to me that people are willing to send their loved ones to me, and I take good care of them while they’re with me.”

Feature Story The Fort Wayne Media Collaborative is a group of Northeast Indiana media organizations and affiliated institutions.

What makes a 'healthy' neighborhood? Attend the Fort Wayne Media Collaborative's upcoming panel

"The Fort Wayne Media Collaborative is excited to host its inaugural public event, a panel discussion on Healthy Neighborhoods."

Partner Content Parkview Noble Hospital co-workers await surveyors for Magnet re-accreditation this year. Magnet is a national recognition earned by nine of Parkview’s hospitals, including Parkview Noble and Parkview Huntington.

Five ways small hospitals are making a big difference in Northeast Indiana

Earlier this year, two rural hospitals in Northeast Indiana made national news for their high-quality care.”

Feature Story Lee Rainboth and Susan Mendenhall

10 minutes with Lee Rainboth: Creating more access to art and dance in Fort Wayne

Lee Rainboth, Executive Director of Fort Wayne Dance Collective, explains the organization's goal to create access to dance and the arts.

Feature Story The 2022 HolidayFest featuring the Night of Lights, presented by TriCore and Downtown Fort Wayne, returns from November 23 through December 31.

#PlacesofNEI: Visit the iconic lights at Fort Wayne's Holiday Fest

The Holiday Fest, featuring the Night of Lights, is a magical time when the Fort Wayne Community comes together to light up Downtown Fort Wayne with the iconic Santa and His Reindeer, Merry Christmas Wreath, and many more.

Feature Story Products designed by Sommer Letter Co.

How TikTok is helping local entrepreneurs take small businesses from Fort Wayne to worldwide

“I felt like an old woman walking into a very loud arcade. There were a lot of flashing things on the screen and the noises and the trends. I was not into the culture. I didn't use TikTok, so I felt very inadequate. But if I've learned anything as an entrepreneur, it's that you have to learn through like experimenting and through failure.”

Feature Story Urban Beginnings Choice Federal Credit Union is a certified CDFI. Chief Executive Officer Diane Starks is part of a small team serving more than 265 members.

Meet Urban Beginnings Choice FCU: A CDFI expanding social mobility in Fort Wayne

“As a CDFI, Urban Beginnings plays a critical role in removing barriers that have historically prevented many families from accessing capital and building wealth."

Feature Story Library patrons conduct family research at the Genealogy Center.

Blog: You don’t have to be a 'serious genealogist’ to enjoy family research at the Genealogy Center

I was intimidated by Fort Wayne’s renowned Genealogy Center and believed it was a place only for serious scholars of family history. Here’s what happened when I paid it a visit.

Partner Content Reducing your advertising can create opportunities for other companies.

Blog: 4 reasons now is not the time to cut your marketing budget

"Marketing allows you to start, progress, and evolve that conversation. Without it, for some customers, it can be as simple as out of sight, out of mind."

Feature Story Steady Eddy’s Station in Leo, IN.

#PlacesofNEI: Steady Eddy's Station brings paddling and dining to Leo

Steady Eddy's offers paddling activities and dining to the Leo-Cedarville area.

Feature Story Emily Almodovar, Public Information Officer at Allen County, shows off a county government organizational chart.

You voted; now what? Here’s how you can get more civically engaged in Fort Wayne and Allen County

“City and counties are full of boards and commissions that need people to fill them.”

Feature Story Artist and Southwood Park Board Beautification Chair Sierah Barnhart designed Southwood Park’s first flag.

Does your neighborhood need a flag? Southwood Park fills us in on placemaking efforts

“A neighborhood flag can be a powerful placemaking tool to boost local pride about where you live.”

Feature Story Love the trees in Historic Southwood Park? It's not a coincidence this neighborhood has a lush tree canopy.

Love the fall trees in Southwood Park? This neighborhood's tree canopy is not a coincidence

Here's how the neighborhood association is actively maintaining--and growing--the city's tree canopy.

Feature Story Allen County Public Library's new space for children seven and under, Storyscape.

#PlacesofNEI: Storyscapes, a new learning space for kids at the Allen County Public Library

The Allen County Public Library has introduced a new, interactive children's learning center at its Downtown Branch.

Feature Story Parkview Health launched a graduate medical education (GME) program, also known as a medical residency, in Fort Wayne. A white coat ceremony in June 2022 officially welcomed the new resident physicians.

A medical residency is attracting talent to Fort Wayne and addressing looming physician shortages

Parkview Health launched a graduate medical education (GME) program, also known as a residency. Here’s what physicians and residents have to say about the city so far.

Partner Content Betsy Kachmar, Co-President of League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library Tecumseh branch on October 17, 2022.

Why vote in midterms, & who’s on the ballot? These resources seek to boost voter turnout & education

“We want everyone to vote. And be educated voters.”  

Partner Content Portrait of Leslee Hill, left, Program Director and Rosalina Perez, Program Manager at WEOC Women's Business Center at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.

What's the state of venture capital funding in Fort Wayne, and how can it be more inclusive?

Across the U.S., annual Venture Capital funding has increased from 2013 to 2021 by more than four times. But there’s still a lack of Venture Capital funding available in Northeast Indiana.

Partner Content Alliance Health Centers’s CEO Brooke Lockhart

Q&A with Alliance Health Centers: Increasing access to OB-GYN care in South East Fort Wayne

We’re focused on serving those who face barriers to care and removing those barriers as much as possible.”

Partner Content The Grace College Outdoors Club held a Nocturnal bike ride around Warsaw and Winona Lake on Sept. 24.

How can you impact your community? Warsaw bike ride supports local family

“The way the community got together to help someone in need, you can’t duplicate that experience.”  

Feature Story Kurt Roembke and Carolyn Bean

10 minutes with Kurt Roembke: Multimedia artist shares how his unique Soundwalks came to be

Multimedia artist and owner of Space Owl Productions Kurt Roembke speaks about his collaborative works and his unique audio project, Soundwalks.

Feature Story The basketball court at Carl O’Neal Memorial Park.

#PlacesofNEI: Playable basketball court murals by AbsorbALL at Carl O’Neal Memorial Park

This basketball court mural, done by Andre Portee, allows for a giant, playable space in an inspiring environment.

Feature Story Hathaway Preserve

‘I didn’t know Indiana could look like this’: 4 ACRES Land Trust nature reserves to hike and explore

“When this part of the world was a shallow sea, it looked a lot like a Caribbean reef. When we hold events down there, we find sea sponge, coral reef and any species you’d expect to see in a coral reef, you can find fossilized down there.”

Partner Content The Saint Mary’s Regina Hall Center for Integrative Healthcare Education incorporates people-focused design ideas, such as natural light, biophilic design, and acoustical separation.

How healthy is your office? It’s time to consider the net zero and WELL Building workplace

Both of these concepts are rooted in “people first” design, bringing a number of health benefits to their environments as well as the people within their walls.

Feature Story Londria Ladner, owner of Wixporium.

Make your own scented candle at Fort Wayne's new Wixporium started by a local entrepreneur

Located at 3954 W Jefferson Blvd. in the Parkwest Shopping Center across the street from Jefferson Pointe, Wixporium is a new, local D.I.Y. candle bar. 

Partner Content The fully renovated Eagles Theatre at 106 W. Market St. in Downtown Wabash.

‘Outstanding’ historic restoration: Wabash’s Eagles Theatre earns Indiana Landmarks award

“In restoring the Eagles Theatre, Honeywell has not only revived a significant historic building, it has cemented the place’s status as an important community anchor.”

Feature Story "Lindi created one of the most famous salad bars in Fort Wayne, and now she is back."

#PlacesofNEI: She is back! Lindi's salad bar reopens in Downtown Fort Wayne at Citizens Square

"Lindi created one of the most famous salad bars in Fort Wayne, and now she is back."

Feature Story Mary Ann Mings, Director of Circles of Allen County

Addressing poverty through community connections: Circles program launches in Allen County

How do you bring people of different incomes and classes together to reduce poverty and improve outcomes for everyone in cities? It’s a question Circles USA is working to address.

Partner Content A community’s ability to develop and retain college graduates is connected to its growth, how well blue-collar workers get paid, and how much social mobility it offers.

Are there enough college graduates in Northeast Indiana to sustain the economy we’re building?

A community’s ability to develop and retain college graduates is connected to its growth, how well blue-collar workers get paid, and how much social mobility it offers.

Feature Story True Kimchi is expanding into a storefront cafe and Korean market at 2805 E State Blvd.

Eating IN: A sneak peek at the True Kimchi Cafe, Fort Wayne's new source for Korean staples

"Fort Wayne has grown so much in the past four years I've been here, and I think we're ready for a designated Korean market."

Partner Content Songwriter Steve Seskin works with students at Salamonie Elementary School in Warren, IN as part of the program, "Kids Write Songs."

This program helps Indiana students learn from a Grammy-nominated songwriter, cost-free to schools

As a nationally acclaimed songwriter, Steve Seskin runs a program that gives students a chance to explore kindness and creativity, and it's happening at Northeast Indiana schools.

Feature Story Sushi rolls from Shoccu.

#PlacesofNEI: Try a Tincaps Roll at Shoccu, a Southwest sushi restaurant

Shoccu is located at 9930 Illinois Rd. and offers a wide range of sushi options for the Fort Wayne community.

Feature Story Ephraim Smiley of Smiley’s Garden Angels has been farming for more than 25 years.

Indiana farming is changing, just ask growers and youth at this South East Fort Wayne community farm

There’s a wind of change blowing across the country, and we represent that. We’re changing things—one plant at a time.”

Feature Story I order three of some of their most popular rolls, from left to right, the samurai, the scallop lover, and the playboy.

Eating IN: Haru Sushi & Izakaya offers an impressive mix of Japanese staples and surprises

"Each roll is perfectly balanced, with sauces paired to bring out the nuances of the seafood and flavors inside."

Feature Story Rent prices and evictions are on the rise in Fort Wayne.

Rent hikes and evictions roil renters in Northeast Indiana

“That’s where our housing market is at right now. It’s quite scary. We need more affordable housing, anything that makes it more affordable for people who do not have the option or opportunity to increase their income.”

Feature Story The Pumpkin Path Display is now open at the Botanical Conservatory.

#PlacesofNEI: Celebrate fall at the Botanical Conservatory's Pumpkin Path Display

Enjoy a scavenger hunt and fall decor while strolling through the Botanical Conservatory's Pumpkin Path Display!

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