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Feature Story A Christmas display featuring many varieties of taffy at Spoonful of Sugar at 138 1st St. in Roanoke.

10 places to shop local for the holidays in Northeast Indiana

Here are 10 locally owned stores where you can find unique gifts for everyone on your list this year.   

Special Report Impact Upgrade is a Fort Wayne-based tech company helping nonprofits be more tech-savvy and mission-focused.

This Fort Wayne-based tech company helps nonprofits save money and focus on their missions

Meet Impact Upgrade, a tech company saving nonprofits tens—sometimes even hundreds—of thousands of dollars all while helping them be more tech-savvy and mission-focused.

Feature Story Jennie Plasterer, who grew up in Huntington, owns the award-winning, plant-based pizza and comfort food restaurant, Kitchen 17 on Broadway in Chicago.

Meet a Chicago pizza entrepreneur bringing jobs and 'vegan comfort food' to her Indiana hometown

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-house dining service at a vegan pizza restaurant in Chicago, it resulted in new business opportunities and revitalization in downtown Huntington.

Partner Content In Morgan White’s 10 years working on the Talent Acquisition team at Parkview Health, she’s never seen a job market like this one.

What’s happening in the job market? A Parkview Health recruiter shares insights and opportunities

In Morgan White’s 10 years working on the Talent Acquisition team at Parkview Health, she’s never seen a job market like this one. Here’s what’s happening.  

Feature Story Davey Heritier moved from Los Angeles to Fort Wayne to open his steamed bagel sandwich shop Davey's Delicious Bagels.

Help Davey's Delicious Bagels raise money for Charis House with a holiday piggy bank donation

"The more time I spend here, the more people I meet, the more I want to do my part toward making Fort Wayne the great, world-class city that it is."

Feature Story Ophelia's is located at 1603 N. Wells St.

#PlacesofNEI: Ophelia's, a new coffee and cocktails cafe on the Wells Street Corridor

"Enjoy a whimsical café experience filled with local charm."

Feature Story A walk in Promenade Park at 202 W. Superior St. is one of many ways to fight the winter blues in Downtown Fort Wayne.

8 ways to beat the winter blues in Downtown Fort Wayne

"As we embark upon another Midwest winter amidst the impacts of COVID-19 lingering in the chilly air, we at Input Fort Wayne took it upon ourselves to compile a list of fun, centrally located places to find a little bit of solace in otherwise complicated times."

Feature Story Fort Wayne native Nathan Gotsch is encouraging vaccinated residents to bring up this critical topic with their unvaccinated loved ones this holiday season.

Avoiding vax convos with loved ones in Indiana this holiday season? This campaign says Bring It Up!

"You don’t know what your friends and family are worried about, what their fears are, unless you have a conversation with them and ask."

Feature Story Victoria "Tori" Soto owns her own personal training company, Tori Leigh Fitness, which offers individual sessions and group classes at Traction Athletic Performance gym at 216 Marciel Dr.

This personal trainer in Fort Wayne empowers pregnant women and moms with holistic fitness

Victoria “Tori” Soto is a certified personal trainer with a special focus on prenatal and post-natal corrective exercise, empowering Indiana mothers to feel their best and claim more control of their pregnancy experiences.

Feature Story Power lines along Vance Ave. near Crescent Ave. in front of homes in Fort Wayne.

How are Fort Wayne organizations helping people keep their utilities on this winter and cut costs?

"We've definitely had an increase (in interest in our energy assistance programs). But we've also increased the types of programs we have available."

Feature Story Franke Park and the Franke Pond Pavilion, overlooking Shoaff Lake at 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Input Street Team: Bask in all the fall vibes at Franke Park

What are your favorite places for fall leaves in Fort Wayne? One of ours is Franke Park.  

Feature Story Marquee on The Landing

#PlacesofNEI: What's new on The Landing? Meet Marquee an upscale bar and restaurant

"This chef-driven restaurant offers a scratch kitchen approach with locally sourced products."

Feature Story Nicholas Cramer owns Big Tooth Co., a Fort Wayne company that makes quality, heirloom furniture by hand using sustainable business practices.

This sustainable woodworker in Fort Wayne is turning felled trees into furniture for Electric Works

Nicholas Cramer, Owner of Big Tooth Co., shares the story behind his business—which plants a tree for every table it creates—and why he left the corporate world to pursue his craft.  

Partner Content Thank you messages to customers on carry out bags at The Club Room at the Clyde during the pandemic.

It takes a village: Mutual aid at Quimby Village is creating a destination for music fans

As Executive Director at the Clyde Theatre, Club Room, and Crescendo Coffee & More, Gregg Coyle shares how his team is building symbiotic relationships on Fort Wayne’s South side.

Feature Story Language Matters takes a holistic approach to language services, helping people in Indiana and beyond better communicate and collaborate.

Meet a young company in Northeast Indiana spanning language and cultural gaps in communities

Twin brothers originally from Chile, Arturo and Lucas Fonseca share how they founded their company, Language Matters, as students at Grace College.  

Feature Story The Wedding Pact 2 (The Baby Pact), starring Haylie Duff (sister of Hilary Duff), center, was filmed in Fort Wayne at the Allen County Courthouse.

What was it like filming a Hollywood rom-com in Fort Wayne? We ask LA producer of The Wedding Pact 2

“I didn’t expect to fall in love with a minor league ballpark and King Gyros.”

Feature Story Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.

#PlacesofNEI: This is your annual reminder to hit up Headwaters Park before the leaves fall

"There’s a window of time each year when the colors burn bright and the crisp leaves crackle under your feet."

Feature Story The NewAllen Alliance helped create five murals throughout Allen County’s rural communities as part of the East Allen Rural Revival Regional Development Plan.

Five must-see murals in Allen County's rural communities

Fort Wayne isn’t the only place you can find vibrant public art in Northeast Indiana.

Feature Story Senior Morgan Metzger at Manchester Junior-Senior High School taste tests sausage bread made with local pork from 4-H as part of the school's Farm to School efforts.

How can Northeast Indiana improve its health, equity, and economy? At the root is local food systems

With food insecurity and supply chain shortages on the rise during the pandemic, many say the time to change food systems is now. Here's what's happening in the region's local food movement.

Feature Story Judith Peña and her father Carlos Peña own the Zion market at 2312 S. Calhoun St., which sells spices, tortillas, beverages and other traditional foods from Mexico. 

There's a new local grocery on South Calhoun Street, adding to its multicultural business district

A former baker in Mexico, Carlos Peña, and his daughter, Judith, share the vision behind their family-owned grocery store, Zion.

Feature Story Guests enjoy the Wine & Cheese Bar at the Charley Creek Inn.

Wine, cheese, and ice cream? This Northeast Indiana inn has it all

The 1920s-era Charley Creek Inn in downtown Wabash is home to a wine and cheese bar as well as an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and candy shop.

Feature Story David Talbott Collection is located at 532 West Berry St.

#PlacesofNEI: Looking for menswear in downtown Fort Wayne? Visit David Talbott Collection

"Located at 532 West Berry St., they offer men's designer apparel and accessories at affordable prices."

Feature Story Halloween decor at 4429 Indiana Ave. in Fort Wayne.

The best houses to trick-or-treat in Fort Wayne? Here are two spooktacular stops

Check out two elaborate and creative Halloween displays in Fort Wayne, featuring everything from mechanical clowns to live actors and real funeral home coffins.

Feature Story Scott and Catherine Hill in the kitchen of their home on E. State Blvd.

Input Home Tours: A historic Colonial Revival filled with books, creativity, and moody lighting

Catherine and Scott Hill give us a tour of their family’s history-filled Philo Farnsworth House, complete with moody lighting and a kitchen table made from reclaimed bowling alley wood.

Feature Story David Rigby, Ruth-Anne’s grandfather, helps shop up carrots as part of the Our HEALing Kitchen class at Shepherd’s House.

Free cooking classes help Fort Wayne families fight obesity and health challenges

“Healthy kids now equals a healthy future for all of us.”  

Feature Story Takaoka of Japan is located at 305 E. Superior St.

Need a place to party? Try Takaoka of Japan in Downtown Fort Wayne

This week, the Input Street Team pays a visit to a popular hibachi spot with special birthday traditions.

Feature Story The shop Elemento is located at 65 S. Public Square in Angola.

#PlacesofNEI: Check out the new age shop Elemento in downtown Angola

"Next time you explore Angola, definitely add this to your must-see list."

Feature Story Julie Hurd, owner of Moo-Over Ice Cream, scoops her vegan, plant-based "Cookies in Pink" ice cream at her shop in Columbia City.

Plant-based ice cream in Northeast Indiana? These vegan businesses will tempt you to eat healthier

Meet rural Indiana entrepreneurs who will lure you into cleaner eating with everything from vegan desserts to cheese and jerky.

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