#PeopleofNEI: Martin, finding music in Fort Wayne

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Martin moved to Fort Wayne from Blackpool, England. After years of visiting northeast Indiana, he and his wife married and settled in downtown Fort Wayne at the Superior Lofts along the riverfront. “I met my wife, Kiley, on a cruise ship that we worked on. We hit it off straight away. We spent around seven years traveling together for work. We saw the world from France and Mexico to Zimbabwe and Spain. When we decided to get married, we talked for over a year about where to live. It was difficult for both of us to work out. Ultimately, I was the one that decided to move to Fort Wayne for her. There are things in your day to day life that you would never think about being different such as having credit history to health insurance to the layout of grocery stores to experiencing all four seasons. What I love most about Fort Wayne is how much it has changed since I first visited in 2014. It is so different and has grown so much. There wasn’t as much to do just five years ago but now there is so much music that is readily available. I volunteered at Middle Waves Music Festival and it was an awesome experience. Since I’ve moved here, we have been to every James & the Drifters gig. They have become friends of ours. You can find me at Junk Ditch on Wednesday, Summit City Brewerks on Thursdays, and I love the Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays at Three Rivers Distilling, Co. People here are super kind. I haven’t come across anybody mean. I like that it’s not a massive city like London or New York City. It’s a mix of a bigger city but still has a sense of community. That makes it easier to meet people because it still has that city vibe but with more things to do than a smaller town. At the same time, we are close to a lot of larger cities like Indy, too. Overall, it’s been a good experience but I’m always looking to make new friends. The best advice I would give to people is to check out the summer festivals, keep an eye out for a good deal (they are everywhere), and to invite people out with you when you socialize so they can meet new people. I think it’s just about including others and bringing them along to experience everything Fort Wayne has to offer.” #PeopleofNEI

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Stephen J. Bailey is a Fort Wayne native and the owner of PH Digital that was founded in 2006. Based out of the Anthony Wayne Building in downtown Fort Wayne, he specializes in web development, SEO development, social media management, and digital marketing campaigns with numerous companies in northeast Indiana. Stephen loves road trips, sushi, his pups, and spending time on our three rivers.
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