Fort Wayne is a fun place to visit during the holidays. With Night of Lights kicking things off the night before Thanksgiving, along with the Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park, The Festival of Gingerbread at the History Center, and the Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre, there is so much to see and do. But in the back of everyone’s mind at this time of year is holiday shopping. You likely have lists upon lists of items to get for family and friends.
Fort Wayne is full of great shopping, from the two mainstream malls—Glenbrook Square and Jefferson Pointe, to many smaller locally-owned boutiques. Over the past few years, a handful of boutiques and local shops offering locally made items have popped up in and around downtown. The easiest way to experience these shops is on Saturday, November 26, when The Annual Holly Trolley Shopping Tour takes place in downtown Fort Wayne, offering guests an opportunity to park, ride and shop their way through downtown and the surrounding areas.
If you’re interested in supporting Fort Wayne shops and want to venture out on your own, here are some highlights to make your holiday shopping experience memorable.
Fort Wayne Holiday Shopping Guide
127 W. Wayne Street
Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
An eclectic collection of shops and artisan booths, including Belyst, Bead Source, Juice Jar, Valontine, North Coast Organics, Poptique, Fiddlewinks, The Narwhal & the Manitee, Zinnia’s Bakehouse, Mr. Polymath, and Around the Corner.
125 W. Wayne Street
Monday-Friday, 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Creative Women of the World offers a shopping experience that makes an impact. All items are created by women who live in the third world. Purchasing items helps them make a living and provide for their families. You’ll find jewelry, clothing, and more.
878 Harrison Street
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
New to downtown, but certainly not new to Fort Wayne, DeBrand offers a large selection of locally made chocolates and desserts. Chocolates make the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.
515 W. Wayne Street
Wednesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00-3:00 p.m.
One of the new additions to downtown shopping, Emiley’s Haute Cottage offers unique furniture and home décor, specializing in French, shabby chic, and cottage styles.
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fancy & Staple features home décor, clothing, accessories, paper and pantry items.
210 W. Wayne Street
Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Another new addition to downtown, which opened in the spring, The Find has chic accessories, clothing, home goods and unique gifts for women, men and children.
526 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
If you have a fitness nut or yogi in your life, Idlehour is a good place to shop for a gift. They specialize in luxury activewear and accessories.
301 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Located in The Harrison, Lace + Arrow is a women’s clothing boutique offering contemporary and classy items.
311 E. Main Street
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
One of the most unique places to shop in Fort Wayne, the Paradigm offers local artist work, one-of-a-kind jewelry, books, toys and more.
614 West Berry Street
Thursday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saving Grace Vintage is a great source for restyled furniture, home décor, leather and canvas goods, and more.
712 S. Harrison Street
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Since 1949, Stoners has been a consistent presence in downtown, offering a wide array of goofy gifts, costumes, and more.