Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Tickets are ON SALE!

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Attention all Vera Bradley fans! The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale opens Wednesday, April 9 and closes on Sunday, April 13. The first three days of the sale are ticketed and require pre-purchased tickets. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster, authorized ticketmaster locations and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Anyone wishing to attend the sale and make purchases will need to fill out a free registration form available here. The schedule for the sale is as follows:

Wednesday April 9 – Friday April 11 (tickets required)

Saturday April 12

Sunday April 13

Special note: While tickets are not required for the Saturday and Sunday of the sale, those who wish to make purchases on those days will still need to complete the free registration process.

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To prep for your shopping spree, check out some of these past blogs giving all of the ins and outs of the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale!

Check back in the coming weeks for even more great insider tips, tricks, and sneak peeks at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale! For more information check out Visit Fort Wayne, Vera Bradley and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.



Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Savor Fort Wayne: a foodie’s dream come true

With so many quality restaurants covering a wide spectrum of cuisines, Fort Wayne is a foodie’s dream come true. As if that weren’t reason enough to come to the Summit City, here’s another one. For twelve days straight (Jan. 15-26), several local establishments will lure diners with three course, value-priced menus during Savor Fort Wayne.

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Get a deal on a three-course meal at a locally owned establishment as part of Savor Fort Wayne.

Craving Mexican? Check (Bandido’s). How about Japanese? Check (Asakusa). Pizza? Check (Toscani’s). Seafood? Check (Oyster Bar). These are just a few of the many options visitors will have to choose from. Some menus will also include vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. This is truly a great way to experience some of the best of what the Fort Wayne food scene has to offer.

To participate, all diners have to do is simply visit, review the menus and decide that will satisfy their craving. For a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit Updates will also be posted via Facebook on the Savor Fort Wayne page and on Twitter @SavorFortWayne.

JK 1 300x225 Savor Fort Wayne: a foodies dream come trueBut there’s more! After indulging your taste buds, give your ears a treat. Catch The Phil’s Schubert Symphony No. 4, 8 pm, Jan. 25, at IPFW’s Auer Performance Hall Enjoy the world-class Fort Wayne Philharmonic in an evening of classical masterpieces featuring works of Schubert, Prokofiev, and Arnold. Soloists include Keith Brautigam, tenor, and The Phil’s own Johanna Bourkova-Morunov and Olga Yurkova on violin. Restaurant week participants can buy one get one free for this event.

Last, if you’re feeling lucky, enter a contest to win a gift card to a Savor Fort Wayne restaurant.

Bon appetit!


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website:

Finding Winter Romance in Fort Wayne

I admit when I think of romance the last thing that comes to mind is winter but why should we let romance slip by just because it’s cold outside.  If you’re brave enough to step outside in the cold you’ll likely find some very unexpected paths to romance.

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The River Greenway (photo taken by Mark Hanon)

A snowy walk on the Rivergreenway 

Have you ever stepped outside while it’s snowing and listened? It’s so quiet and peaceful, like the world has been insulated from the hubbub that surrounds us every day.  Fort Wayne Parks Department does an excellent job of caring for the Rivergreenway during this snowy season so take a walk with someone you love and enjoy nature right here in the city.  Be sure to bundle up and wear your boots.  When you reach the north end of the Greenway, stop by the Firefly Coffee House to warm up with a hot cocoa or cup of coffee.

Ice-skating in Headwaters Park

Are you skilled on the ice but your sweetie isn’t?  Why not teach him or her to ice-skate at Headwaters Park at Clinton and Superior in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Sure you could skate indoors but there’s something magical (and romantic) about skating in the park.  Hours are Monday through Thursday 1-8pm, Friday noon-10 pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 12-8 pm.  Skate rental is available for $2 and admission is just $3 for skaters 13 or younger and $5 for skaters 14 or older.   Parking is also free at the park.

Take in a museum

For art lovers there are many great places to find art in Fort Wayne.  Whether you’re looking for a traditional museum such as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art or you’re looking for local more independent artists at Wunderkammer Fort Wayne has something to fit everyone’s tastes.

FWMoA is featuring beautiful works such as David Hayes: Sentinels; Hard Edge, Cool Logic: Geometric Abstraction in the 20th Century, and Variation Upon A Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad.   While Wundkerkammer is known for cutting edge exhibits like Ask Me if You Can Touch My Hair, Poetry readings, Alternative Sculpture, and Can you Spare Change.

Cheer on the Komets or the Derby Girls

What’s more romantic than watching a fight break out on the ice? For many couples this is the best way to spend a romantic evening.  With many home games still left in the season, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum provides a great backdrop for the perfect date.  Enjoy a classic dinner of beer and brats along with cheering on the Komets.

Don’t miss the start of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls season January 11 also at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Fort Wayne’s only (and Indiana’s first) Flat Track Roller Derby League is great fun to watch.  Bringing out that competitive side in the one you love is sure to light a fire that will keep you warm this winter.

If you need even more great romantic ideas in Fort Wayne, check out the Dream Night Out on the Town itinerary suggestions on Visit Fort Wayne!



Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Fort Wayne Speaks Podcast Feature – #97. Taste of the Arts Festival

Out & About 

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Taste of The Arts

It was a total arts celebration in downtown Fort Wayne this past weekend at the annual Taste of the Arts festival presented by Arts United.  This event featured more than 30 restaurants, over 7 stages of live performances of music, dance and theater, art for sale by area artists and plenty of hands on fun for the whole family.  It was a great chance to see the work of local artists and musicians as well as sample some of the city’s finest cuisine.  Watch for it later this year!


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Savor Fort Wayne Celebrates the City of Restaurants

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Savor Fort Wayne begins January 15.

Something rad is happening in Fort Wayne next week—Savor Fort Wayne. For a foodie like me, it’s a dream come true. But even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, this event should make its way onto your calendar. You have to eat, after all. Why not support some amazing local restaurants?

Savor Fort Wayne is a 12-day event, featuring menu deals at a variety of locally owned restaurants. January 15 (next Wednesday) through the 26, participating restaurants will allow guests to take advantage of three-course, value-priced menus. Menus are being posted daily at, and the list of restaurants is growing too.

Here is a list of restaurants on board so far:

Eddie Merlot’s tops my all-time favorite list, so I took a sneak peek at the menu. Guests can enjoy a three-course meal for $30 and choose one item from each category.

Starters: Caesar salad, cup of lobster bisque, or cup of French onion soup

Entrees: Steak Frites, Prime Flat Iron Steak, Bucatini Pasta, Roasted Bell & Evans Chicken, or Cedar Plank Salmon

Desserts: Crème Brulee or Red Velvet Cupcake

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Eddie Merlot’s will be offering a mouth-watering menu for just $30!

My stomach is growling just thinking about those options! Chef Matt Nolot always creates a pleasurable dining experience at Eddie Merlot’s, and each time we go back, the food just gets better and better. If you’ve thought it was too expensive to try before, now is your chance.

Vegetarian options are available and reservations are recommended.

For more information, visit, like the Savor Fort Wayne Facebook Page or follow @SavorFortWayne on Twitter.

Menus and restaurants will continue to be added daily!


Amber Recker moved here from Illinois in 2002 and is proud to call Fort Wayne home. She's a marketing professional, freelance writer, community volunteer, and food blogger, with over ten years of writing and editing experience. By day, she serves as the director of marketing for PUNCH Films. In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profit organizations and creates content for a service-centered blog, She and her husband also own Ginger Kitchen Gourmet Ice Cream, preparing small-batch, locally sourced ice cream. The two also enjoy spending time in the kitchen and share their culinary creations at