Coffee Sensations in the Fort: Round Two

A few months ago, I created a list of six of my favorite coffee shops throughout Fort Wayne.  (If you missed it, you can read the post here.)  Of course, I have some new favorites to share with you, and for a variety of fun reasons!

 Coffee Sensations in the Fort: Round Two

The Bean Café and Teahouse

The first coffee shop on my list is The Bean Café and Teahouse, located on Wells Street by the Wells St. bridge, close to downtown.  This funky coffee shop caters to older-aged children and up, and it is truly one-of-a-kind!  In addition to a variety of delicious coffee and tea flavors, the Teahouse also offers fun activities all weeklong, like hula hoop workshops, yoga lessons on the historic bridge, and Open Mic nights.  (Read my review about it here.)

Check it out for yourself on Facebook here or in-person at 1008 N. Wells St. (Beside the Wells Street Bridge)


Mon: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed – Thu: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


Our Daily Brew

This homey coffee and tea store is honestly one of the most therapeutic places for me in Fort Wayne.  I savor the scents of the various teas and coffee grinds, and the décor is beautiful and cultural-exactly what my mind needs to relax!  Many people stop here to pick up coffee and tea bags to go, and others stay to have a nice quiet chat.  You can also sample teas before purchase here.

One perk as a result of my first visit to Our Daily Brew was receiving an email coupon for a free drink during my next visit there!

I’ve always had pleasant experiences at this coffee store and have written more about it in my blog post here.

Come visit Our Daily Brew on Facebook here, online here, or at 5906 W. Jefferson Blvd.

(260) 434-0520

Monday – Saturday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm


Java Mama

One of the city’s newest coffee shops opened up on the southwest side last spring.  Java Mama is Fort Wayne’s first family-friendly coffee shop in that it enables parents to enjoy coffee and conversation while keeping a watchful eye on young children in the spacious play area.  I lounged in a living room-style area, complete with a fireplace, with my snack called the Java Mama-a breakfast bagel.  It was deliciously light and fresh, and I recommend it to anyone needing a quick but healthy bite to eat.

Java Mama offers dance and fitness classes for parents and their youngsters, as well as prenatal and postnatal classes.  You can read more in my blog post about it here.

Bring the kids to Java Mama at 5916 Covington Rd.  (Close to Jefferson Pointe)  Visit the online site or Facebook page.


Fortezza Coffee

Fortezza Coffee is one of the few coffee shops in downtown Fort Wayne.  It opened up this past summer and has been a huge hit with customers.

I popped in quickly on a hot summer day and enjoyed my brief visit.  I was immediately in awe of the beautifully-renovated café; the bright blue walls were cheerful, and the back room provided another, bigger dining area.  The antique umbrella holder by the front door was a fun touch to the ambiance, too!

My iced Caffe Mocha was delicious and hit the spot.  Bring a friend to Fortezza in-person at 819 S. Calhoun St. or on Facebook here.


Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm


The Firefly Coffee and Tea House

Last but not least is The Firefly, as it’s known by locals.  The Firefly has been a favorite of mine for almost 10 years, mainly because it satisfies my bohemian, artistic personality to a tee!  I’m perfectly content to wait to order my food, because it gives me an excuse to admire the gorgeous wall murals and browse the locally-made greeting cards and jewelry.  (I usually end up buying something here!)

This shop has delicious food, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food.

The Firefly has some unique, seasonal flavors for fall and winter.  One of my favorites is the Trick or Treat Mocha, but I haven’t sampled all of their fall flavors, so you can guess where I’ll be spending my days this fall!

The Firefly is located at 3523 N. Anthony Blvd.  Find it online here and on Facebook here.


Mon – Fri: 6:30 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

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.

Shrek the Musical Will Be Quality Fun for Your Family!

Everyone’s favorite green ogre is coming to life in Shrek the Musical at Fort Wayne’s Civic Theatre in just a few weeks, and this is a family-friendly event you won’t want to miss!

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Shrek the Musical is a comical story about an ogre named Shrek who sets out to rescue Princess Fiona.  However, Fiona’s parents and loyal attendants expect a prince – not an ogre – to rescue her, and hilarious chaos ensues.  Other character favorites from the Dreamworks movies, like Donkey and The Gingerbread Man, are sure to make Shrek the Musical an entertaining and memorable experience.

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The actors and stage crew have been working hard but having fun at rehearsals.  Says director Doug King, “Every time we work through sections of the show, it seems like the scene we are working on is my new favorite part.  Until we get to the next scene and that one becomes my favorite!  I hope are audiences are challenged with my same burdensome problem.”

I’m a personal fan of both the Shrek movies and the Civic Theatre, so I can guarantee quality performances that will be engaging and fun!


Saturday, Nov 8  2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 8  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 9  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 14  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 15  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 16  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 21  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 22  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 23  2:00 PM

The Civic Theatre is located in the Arts United building at 303 E. Main St. in downtown Fort Wayne.  Click here for the Civic Theatre’s homepage and here for ticket information.  You can also visit the ArtsTix Community Box Office at 300 E. Main St. for tickets.



Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Shopping gluten-free in the Fort is a breeze

With many people following gluten-free diets, it’s no wonder more and more stores are offering such products. If you’re traveling to the greater Fort Wayne area, there is no shortage of stores catering to such needs. Here is a guide to a few local options:

3 Rivers Natural Grocery: 3 Rivers Natural Grocery is a co-op, meaning in the loosest sense, it exists for the benefit of the individuals who formed it. When you shop, here your dollars stay local, which is an important distinction over chain stores.  Here, you will find a selection of organic produce, frozen foods, non-perishables, and health and beauty products. People with allergies and special dietary restrictions can find choices here. They have an impressive hot and cold bar with one or several gluten-free options. They also feature gluten-free baked goods and snacks. Their staff is very knowledgeable about dietary concerns. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8 am to 10 pm; Sunday 10 am to 8 pm.

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Earth Fare has a variety gluten-free options in the frozen goods area.

Health Food Shoppe of Fort Wayne:  Visitors can also find some of the same products as the co-op at the Health Food Shoppe, which is located at 3515 N. Anthony Blvd., in the North Anthony neighborhood.  A natural deli, grocery, herb and supplement store, the shoppe is a local resource for visitors following a gluten-free diet. They also have a lunch bar that often features gluten-free items. 

Earth Fare: Located on the northwest side of town, Earth Fare is the newest addition to the health food genre. Not too many stores can honestly say they carry no products containing high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones in fresh meat and dairy. Earth Fare offers many breads, cookies, crackers, salad dressings, and other products which are packaged in gluten free facilities and labeled gluten free.

Fresh Market: Located on the southwest side of town, the Fresh Market is an upscale grocery store chain. You can find everything from organic chocolate to frozen gluten-free pizzas here.  They run some pretty good sales, too.

You can’t go wrong with any of these stores.


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:

Cinda B. Factory Outlet Sale

If you haven’t heard the name Cinda B., you’ve probably seen her bags floating around town. Locally made, these handbags, totes, luggage sets, and tech accessories are taking over by storm. Cinda Boomershine started the company in 2004 and began producing durable, fashionable, and colorful handbags. November 6-8, the cinda b factory in Fort Wayne will be hosting a Factory Outlet Sale.

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Just in time to stock up on gifts for the holidays, the sale will take place on Thursday, November 6 from 2-7 pm, Friday November 7, from 9 am – 6 pm, and Saturday November 8, from 9 am – 12 pm. Get all of your favorite designs and patterns at great discounted prices.

And, as an added bonus, come at special times of the sale to meet Cinda B. herself. Swing by Thursday from 5-7 pm or Friday from 9-11 am to get a chance to talk with the woman behind the work.

Cinda says she finds inspiration for her work in all aspects of her life, and as a busy woman herself, Cinda knows just what women-on-the-go are looking for in a bag. Her bags come in a variety of over hundreds of color and pattern combinations, so there is something for everyone.

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These bags are great for any occasion and make great gifts for Christmas, wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays, and more! Come the first days of the sale for the best selection and then come back later in the weekend for even further discounted prices.

While you are in town, go ahead and make it a day of shopping. Glenbrook Square Mall is just down the street. Stop at one of the many restaurants in the area for a quick refresher, and then shop until you drop!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

WIN TICKETS: Blue Man Group Returns to Fort Wayne

You will be humming the blues when a certain group hits Fort Wayne – or at least, a much more exciting type of blues than you’re probably thinking of.

How does one categorize an entertainment act that defies description? This one has experimental music (but it’s not a musical), dance (but it isn’t a ballet), visual arts, percussive highlights, technology, ghostly things floating about, and much more – and the trio of blue humanoids onstage say nary a word throughout the whole performance.

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Meet the internationally-acclaimed Blue Man Group when they bring their passionate theatrical experience for the whole family to Fort Wayne November 13, 2014. They’ll keep you engaged and laughing – with bathroom words like “butt,” “tush,” “shake your booty,” and “buns” flashing in the background during one song.

Blue Man Group was founded in 1987 by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton and has received kudos worldwide for its creativity, not only on stage but also with various television appearances and their children’s museum exhibit.

The humanoid creatures with blue makeup and bald caps keep the laughs (and gasps) going in their variety show. They have delighted audiences on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, and in numerous theaters worldwide. The performance artists have been on many tours, produced soundtracks and have won awards and nominations.

The Baltimore Sun raves, “Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It’s a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!”

According to other reviews, “This is a show that you wonder if the creators were smoking something when they came up with the idea. . . . It really is very entertaining and mind-blowing. I’ve seen it 4 times now and it still hasn’t let me down. It is a pretty relaxed show so you don’t really need to dress like you are going to the opera. Just go, expecting to have fun. . . . It is non-stop with constant mixed audience participation. The kids loved it!”

The show begins at 7:30 pm Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Embassy Theatre is located at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Tickets ($62.50, $50, $30) can be purchased through the Embassy Theatre box office (260) 424-5665, all Ticketmaster locations,, or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Visit for more information.

A caveat: The Embassy Theatre is a historic venue. There are no elevators to the Loge and Balcony sections.




Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .