Crossroads Flowers – the nicest florist in town

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Crossroads offers many different types of fresh flower arrangements.

On a bitterly cold day, there’s nothing like walking into a flower shop. You suddenly feel like you have stepped into a heavenly world of green plants, twinkling lights and gracious gifts.

Crossroads Flowers is such a place. A cornerstone of the northeast Fort Wayne business community for many years, this shop originally began as a home business for wedding flower consultations. Over the years, the business bloomed and took over the house!

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Browse unique gifts at Crossroads Flowers

When you walk into Crossroads Flowers now, the first thing you’ll notice is the variety of vases in the atrium. All the shapes and colors are like jewel tones in the sunshine that streams through big windows. A dainty lace tablecloth covers a round table with wire chairs on all sides – a spot perfect for discussing exactly what you want, or for displaying a bouquet to its best advantage.

The next room is full of gifts, from afghans to garden stones with verses and ceramic angels. Delicate tea cups and other pieces of China are also on display, should you wish to try something unique. Or, further in, there is the cooler of fresh flower arrangements, ready for you to pick up and purchase. With Valentine’s Day so close, there is also a table near the cooler loaded with gift cards, envelopes and sparkling red hearts.

And then, there is the “Green Thumb Room.” Through this doorway is a haven of living green. Mirrors on the walls add to the whole feeling of open, tropical luxury. According to Malinda Cearbaugh-Bennett, daughter of the original owner-operator of Crossroads Flowers, this shop does a good deal of business in houseplants. The variety is wonderful, and Cearbaugh-Bennet says that the plants come directly from Florida.

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The Green Thumb Room has lots of different houseplants – small to large – perfect for any housewarming needs!

Customers are welcome to order flowers online, to phone in requests, or to walk in and make selections in person. If flowers in a specialty color are needed, customers can call ahead – flowers in almost any hue should arrive within several days. Flowers can be delivered or picked up in the shop. Rest assured: each request will be handled with care, grace and precision. As the Crossroads Flowers shop states with their motto, “Our Desire – to Please.”



Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

Hedgehog Press Artistic Print Shop

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Each time I drive home from downtown, I pass a charming little place on Columbia called Hedgehog Press. I’m sure I’d passed it many times before deciding to stop by and check it out… and I wish I had done so earlier! A unique,  specialty print shop like this definitely deserves some attention!

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Everything at Hedgehog Press is printed by old style printing press machines.

From note cards, to coasters made from cut trees, to personalized journals and bags, Hedgehog Press has everything you need in printing, the old fashioned way. Owner Julie Toles opened up Hedgehog Press shop a year ago this spring, and implements the nearly forgotten art of custom printing on old presses from over a hundred years ago.

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Custom printed journal and gift bag

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Hedgehog Press sells many specialty printed gifts in the shop.

Hedgehog Press is dedicated to spreading the word about fine printmaking, a seemingly lost art in these modern digital days. It offers custom printing for its customers, as well as classes and educational, art making opportunities. They print invitations, business cards, announcements, stationery, and anything else you’d like to have custom printed. Stop by to check out the shop on Columbia Avenue–even just to browse and “ooh” over the old printing presses and wide variety of gifts offered. Or, make time for a hands-on workshop to create your own custom piece. Take a few moments to appreciate the lesser known art of printing at Hedgehog Press!

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Stop by and see the machines used to print at Hedgehog Press.

Hedgehog Press Artistic Print Shop is located at 1136 Columbia Avenue. Hours are: Monday 3-7, Wednesday 3-7, Friday 3-7, Saturday 10-4. You can also check out Hedgehog Press by appointment. To schedule an appointment, or to find out more information, call 260.387.5237. You can also visit the shop online at



Born and raised in Indianapolis, almost nothing could move this downtown girl from her native Circle City—except true love. Deb now calls Fort Wayne home, and lives with her husband and their three amazing children in a cozy north side neighborhood. Armed with a Master’s in English, Deb was an editor for Northern Indiana LAKES Magazine, and a copywriter and proofreader for a local marketing and design firm. An avid reader, nature enthusiast, and amateur gourmet, she also loves to take walks and hikes with her family.

Calling all Vera Bradley Fans – WIN BIG!

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If you LOVE Vera Bradley, you’re going to LOVE this!

One lucky winner (and three of her very lucky friends!) will win the Girlfriend Getaway of a lifetime with a VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, and a weekend of fun and friends in Fort Wayne! The grand prize includes:

Prizes will also be awarded to the runners-up. The contest runs from today (February 26th) through Monday, March 24th. That’s a whole month to get yourself entered for this AMAZING package! Don’t miss out! Check out the Visit Fort Wayne Facebook page for all of the details, and follow THIS LINK TO ENTER!

Good luck!!!



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.

Fort Wayne Speaks Podcast – #98. Visit Fort Wayne

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Visit Fort Wayne

This week, we went to the head for everything Fort Wayne, Visit Fort Wayne.  Visit Fort Wayne is more than a visitor’s center for out-of-towners.  It’s a source for information on everything from business, attractions, events, community, lodging, dining and so much more in Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities.  Plus, find a variety of published materials, apparel, and daily use items that promote our city.

For anyone who thinks that there isn’t anything to do in Fort Wayne, they couldn’t be more wrong.  Even if you have lived here your whole life, stop in.  They’ll be happy to open your eyes to a whole city of things that you didn’t know existed.  For a featured interview with Dan O’Connell (President) about Visit Fort Wayne, visit the Archives #23.


Visit Fort Wayne
927 South Harrison Street (corner of Harrison and Wayne St.)
Phone: (260) 424-3700 or Toll-free (800) 767-7752  

Fort Wayne Speaks is a Podcast talk show created by the husband and wife team of David Shearer and Trinity Wilds. Their podcasts cover everything from interviews with local business leaders and innovators, to what’s going on around town – and much more! Check back here every Monday for a new podcast from Fort Wayne Speaks!


Fort Wayne Speaks


Fort Wayne Speaks is a podcast showcasing local talent professionals and everyday people doing exceptional things in and around Fort Wayne, IN.

Come Support Local Homemakers at the Winterfest Farmers Market

If you’re looking for something to do on an upcoming Saturday morning, come visit the Winterfest Farmers Market on Fort Wayne’s south side.

Located in the lower level of the Karpeles Manuscript Library, this year’s Winterfest features products from local homemakers. Kids and adults alike can find something fun to purchase. Children’s handmade flannel blankets are sold in a variety of colors and designs to choose from. I purchased homemade Amish noodles  and frozen, free-range chicken pieces from a local farmers. Customers can also place orders of organic eggs with them.

Farmers markets are notorious for their assortment of homemade jellies and jams, and Winterfest is no different. The delicious, fruity flavors are separated by juices and by pulp mixtures, according to customers’ preferences.

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I personally liked the whimsical potholders and brightly-colored potholders for sale.

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I have an eclectic personality and thought they were a creative touch for a market.

Come check out Winterfest yourself!

Winterfest Farmers Market is at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum 2410 Fairfield Ave. It runs January – May, every 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The last Saturday market ends on May 10, 2014.

Click here for more about the Karpeles Museum and Winterfest, and click here for more information about other farmers markets in the city.

Amanda Reusser


Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.