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Feature Story Franke Park

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Departments shares programming and park updates

From educational programming to large construction projects, we explore what's happening this summer at Fort Wayne's parks.

Feature Story Cafe Manager Megan Spring makes a "Special Cappuccino Drink" at Tall Rabbit.

Tall Rabbit Cafe provides life-changing opportunities and a sense of community

“People will stay for three or four hours and buy one coffee. That doesn’t help us, but it doesn’t hurt us either because they fall in love with who we are and it allows us to be able to open the doors to our mission. They get to learn and see what’s going on in our baristas’ lives.”

Feature Story Kayakers make their way down the Wabash River.

Wabash County provides experiences for runners, cyclists, kayakers and the everyday adventurer

“These days, with many people being able to do remote work, outdoor recreation is a real plus for any community. Gone are the days of just building factories for people to work. You need so much more to acquire and retain talent. People are much more aware of quality of life. You absolutely have to have several amenities to keep families. Outdoor activity, along with housing, schools, safety, arts and culture are the key aspects of what attracts people to your community.”

Feature Story The expansion of the Zollner Center resulted in a cutting-edge facility, spanning over 70,000 square feet.

Driving Collaboration: Indiana Tech's Zollner Center renovation aims to spark industry partnerships

“For our students, they are getting real-world, hands-on experiences working on key projects for innovative companies. For corporations and entrepreneurs, they are gaining access to facilities, research and development services that are making a difference on their bottom line. The regional economy here in Northeast Indiana benefits from both of these things.”

Feature Story Gavin Thomas Drew, artistic director for Summit City Musical Theatre and an educator at East Noble High School

Meet Gavin Thomas Drew: Playwright, director, educator and theatre powerhouse

“I love living in Fort Wayne because of the opportunity that Fort Wayne has always given me, from a child to now. We have a love for the arts, we have a love for our neighbor. There's something so inviting about that.”

Feature Story A sign at Main Street and Calhoun Street reminds people of the rules within the new Downtown DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area).

Downtown DORA: What is it and what can you expect?

On May 5, Fort Wayne's first designated outdoor refreshment area, or DORA, will launch in downtown Fort Wayne. We explore what a DORA is, how it works, and the expected impact on the surrounding community.

Feature Story Summit City Climbing Co. is Fort Waynes first climbing gym.

A look inside Fort Wayne’s first climbing gym

After much anticipation from the local climbing community, Fort Wayne is finally home to a climbing gym. We take a look inside Summit City Climbing Co.

Feature Story The Pearl

#PlacesofNEI: The Pearl prepares to provide retail space, apartments and more in downtown Fort Wayne

Scheduled to open its doors in September, The Pearl, a Surack Enterprises development, promises to be a dynamic addition to our cityscape.

Feature Story Designated Downtown Fort Wayne DORA to-go cups

10 things to know about Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas (DORAs) in Fort Wayne

City officials, in partnership with Downtown Fort Wayne, announced its first Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas (DORA), here's what you need to know ahead of its launch.

Feature Story L3Harris Technologies Fort Wayne Aerospace

How the aerospace industry built a market and a legacy in Fort Wayne

“It’s exciting from an engineering standpoint to bring in these earlier career engineers or big career engineers and have them get to work on some of the most sophisticated and important technologies for national defense. Hopefully, that will continue the push to continue to get more and more engineers and to bring people into the community to grow and expand.”

Feature Story Inside Modoc's Market

Legacy, community and a vision: Meet the people who have transformed downtown Wabash

“Those visionaries kind of instilled the culture of reinvestment back into your community and then what that has led to is that just being the way of life here in Wabash County is then you see other people who have chosen to do that as well."

Feature Story Cory Krueckeberg

Meet Cory Krueckeberg, the Fort Wayne-born filmmaker behind the feature film ‘Glitter & Doom’

“I've told people ever since I left Fort Wayne and went to college, the amount of culture and art that is in this small town in the middle of cornfields is kind of amazing and nobody would really believe me, but it really is. I'm very, very proud to have come from that and I'm very excited that the film is playing there for that reason– to be a part of that.”

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.

Partner Content 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 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.

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