Winterfest Market Joins Fort Wayne Winter Farmers Market Scene

The newest market in town is set for a great start in 2014. Winterfest Market began in the fall and will be in full swing this year through May! Winterfest Market takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through May 10 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, located at 2410 Fairfield, on Fort Wayne’s south side. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Here you will find locally grown produce, jams and jellies, coffee, baked goods, spices and more. The market is not limited to food though. Vendors also sell crafts and homemade items such as soaps, lotions, jewelry and other items.

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Help support this market in it’s first year by attending, and support the local regional economy through your purchase. Follow the Winterfest Market on Facebook to stay updated on vendor offerings and cancellations if weather is inclement. Alternatively you can email or call market organizers at 260.420.1943 or

Insider Tip: Also, while you are there consider a separate visit just to the museum. For more information the Karpeles Manuscript Library and the rich history this museum has to offer check out Kayleen’s post.


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at

Find Something Great at Something Old, Something New

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Something Old, Something New has something for any style.

OK, New Year’s Eve parties might be over, but you still need attractive, fashionable clothes in your closet for parties and other special events. The trick for me is usually (OK, always!) to find something within my price range.

It was thrilling to find a store that fit my needs on Fort Wayne’s south side. Something Old, Something New at 2519 Lower Huntington Road is a consignment shop of ladies apparel that is a cut above consignment shops I’ve visited in the past.

My adult daughter and I shopped here recently for the first time and were amazed at the wide assortment of clothes that, while worn before — hence the moniker ‘consignment’– hardly looked it.

The suggested items of complementary jewelry, hats and shoes was striking. My adult daughter is my real-life fashion diva, but it helps to have assembled outfits that take little thought.

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From vintage, to today’s trends, Something Old, Something New has a taste of everything you’re looking for.

The selection of black and white items pulled for a certain display really appealed to me as black is a color I wear often for contrast.

Searching through the sale racks, I was rewarded with a tailored white blouse which I consider useful for all seasons. I also purchased a teal shell which I could wear under the white blouse or other items in my closet, making it a fun summer addition to my wardrobe. The store does not charge more for plus-sized clothing which is a nice advantage.

Cost for both items: $15.00.

My daughter purchased a flirty blue blouse and some jewelry. Her total expenditure was also under $20.00.

We plan to re-visit this shop soon to see what wintry items might still be on the racks and check out their spring items.

While in Waynedale, I usually stop for lunch in a local restaurant like the Waynedale Bakery (2610 Lower Huntington Road, or Azar’s Big Boy Restaurant at the corner of Bluffton Road and Lower Huntington.

I can never be in the area and not stop in the Waynedale branch of Allen County Public Library located just down the street. They have plenty of DVDs and books to check out for winter weather.

Actually, forget what I said at the beginning. No female needs a reason to shop for something new to wear at a tiny cost! Visit Something Old, Something New and see if you can’t find a great item of apparel for your closet at a reasonable cost.

Something Old, Something New
2519 Lower Huntington Road

Mon-Friday 10:30 am-5:00 pm
Saturday 10 am – 1pm.

For more great shopping options for your visit to Fort Wayne, both smaller shops and our great malls, check out our shopping page.


Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website:

Beat the winter blues with a class at a Fort Wayne business

The weather outside may be frightful, but there’s no excuse for being bored in the Summit City. There are plenty of winter time classes to pique your interest, whether it be crafts or cooking, Here are a few to check out:

Soapmaking: Ah…soap. Who doesn’t love the clean smell of specialty soap? Learn how to make some you and your friends can enjoy at the Lather & Lotions studio, not far from downtown Fort Wayne. They emphasize the foundations so you can build upon the skills you’ve learned. The class topics change, but there is one in February focused on lavender products. 

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Artist Eran Park will show you the basics of glassblowing.

Glassblowing: Get your creative juices flowing with artist Eran Park of the Glass Park.  His two-hour introduction to glass blowing class is ideal for two people and costs $200. This is a great way to spend quality time learning something new and exciting with a loved one or friend. This class will focus on safety and the basics of flame-work style glass forming. Students will get a chance to see some glass demonstrations, learn about the tools involved, and if they feel like they are able get behind the torch.

Get cookin’: Country Kitchen SweetArt has been teaching cake decorating, candy making, cookie decorating, and other confectionery classes since the early 1970s. Check out their 2014 schedule to see what’s on tap. Then impress your friends and family with your caking decorating skills!

Get crafty: If you are interested in beginning knitting, Knitting off Broadway is the place! They offer private lessons during the week as well as Saturday mornings before the shop opens.  The cost is $30 for one hour of instruction. In one hour of beginning knitting, one can learn how to cast on, knit and purl!

So, what will it be? Any of these classes would be perfect for a girls weekend away. Winter is a perfect time to discover (re-discover) a hobby.


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:

Von Maur at Christmas – an experience you won’t soon forget

Stepping up to the smoothly sliding doors of Von Maur at Jefferson Pointe, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I hadn’t been in this store for years.

But the minute the airlock doors whooshed open, a beautiful warmth took over. It was as though I was in a new world of red and gold Christmas charm.

Glossy floors reflected the multitude of Christmas trees set up everywhere. White trees with red ornaments, green trees with a mix of colors, perfectly spaced garlands around the center atrium – and a piano with a real pianist, adding the last and perfect touch.

Soft notes from the piano wafted throughout the store. The man controlling the keys modulated from one holiday favorite to the next, “Joy to the World,” the “Chipmunks Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” and many more. It was just a pleasure to stop in the center of the store, beside the escalators, listening to the expert on the keys and taking in all the sights of a well-run, finely decorated retailer.

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Merchandise was set up in attractive displays. Vera Bradley and Coach bags, jewelry, shoes (with a charming variety of boots in front) and tasteful menswear was easy to find. Up on the second floor, children’s and women’s merchandise was arranged in separate areas. There were t-shirts and cute pajamas readily visible in the children’s department (and oh, were some of the little dresses cute!), and the women’s department was wonderful. Lovely dresses, soft bathrobes, and tailored winter coats were everywhere.

Different styles of clothing were set on widely-spaced racks, so there was no trouble with negotiating between the little black dresses and the more matronly, ankle-length gowns. In browsing through the clothing, the details were the selling point – lapels on a snappy royal blue top, an extra few buttons on a shirred-sleeve sweater, a little sparkle on a warm scarf.

Even in the children’s department, the displays were unique. For example, in the boys’ section, one display had fleece jackets, Monopoly and Yahtzee boxed games, a Cars suitcase, and a glistening white top hat, complete with just a touch of snow.Pianist at Von Maur Copy 300x225 Von Maur at Christmas – an experience you won’t soon forget

Glancing down from the second floor, I had a perfect view of the Christmas tree, the glossy grand piano, and the suave musician, modulating through a rippling set of arpeggios as he began yet another holiday song.

This visit to Von Maur was one that I wouldn’t soon forget. It was like experiencing a dream of perfect elegance, set in Christmas tones.



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!)

I <3 Fort Wayne – Holiday Gift Guide

Do you love Fort Wayne as much as I do? If so, listen up!

I enjoy buying my out-of-town family and friends gifts unique to Fort Wayne. Our city is blessed with a plethora of creative entrepreneurs, so it’s not hard to find these gifts, but it is hard to choose just a few. I want to buy them all! I did manage to put together a short list of my favorites and reached out to my friends to find out what their favorites are too. Here’s what we came up with.

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Each year for the holidays, the gents at Dos Homos make 18-inch Gingerbread People. These make great host/hostess gifts… and trust me, they taste even better than they look. You can find them at Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at Parkview Field. They also offer amazing jams, jellies and other canned yummies. I highly recommend trying ginger cherry sauerkraut.

2-    Old Fort Soap Company’s handcrafted natural soaps

I was just recently introduced to these products and fell in love. They are free of artificial chemicals and great for the skin. And of course, they smell amazing. You can order online at or find them at Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Parkview Field.

3-    Sharp Dressed Van reclaimed jewelry

I discovered this company at last year’s Holly Pop event in Downtown Fort Wayne and I’ve been in love ever since. The husband and wife team transforms parts from old vehicles into very trendy pieces of jewelry. Each piece comes with a photo of the vehicle from which it came. You can check them out on Facebook or online at

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Based in Winona Lake, this company produces bands, necklaces, ornaments and magnets out of fired clay. I especially love the bands and wear two myself: community and passion. What makes this company so unique is it donates 20 percent of all sales to clean water projects in Africa through Water for Good. Check them out online at They even offer personalization and fundraising opportunities.

5-    K1nd upcycled and hand-knit cashmere and woolen mittens

I purchased a pair of fingerless mittens from K1nd at the Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market and would wear them in my sleep if that weren’t weird. I love them. The pair I chose are made from upcycled wool from a blue cable sweater. She also makes scarves, hats and bags, all from upcycled materials. Find her at the market or on Etsy,

Recommendations from friends:

Mad Anthony Brewing Company- 6 pack

Old Crown Coffee Roaters- fresh coffee beans

DeBrand Fine Chocolates- Connoisseur Collection

M & C Miller Honey- creamed honey

Hedgehog Press- hand printed Fort Wayne skyline postcards

Ofabz Swimwear- gift certificate

Belyst- gift certificate

The Good Ones- gift certificate

River City Candle Company- Southern Hospitality scented candle

The Olive Twist- specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars

Kernel Coladas- holiday popcorn assortment

Kristy Jo Beber Stoneware Pottery

Stonewares by Laura

Polly Esther Threads- homemade crayons

Natril Gear- Lugger

Best Boy- dessert sauces

Cinda B- handbags and totes

The Ginger Kitchen- gourmet ice cream


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

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January 1st, 2014
I plan to check out the Sharp Dressed Van and others mentioned in this post. I've not heard of most of them. Good info!