No matter what your definition of treasure may be, Fort Wayne, Indiana has many places in which to explore and hunt for unique finds.
I have a hard time getting into the spirit of shopping sometimes, but here are some places that offer not only goods to purchase but an uncommon shopping experience. I acknowledge that with treasure hunts that the hunt is part of the fun, so this is a list to get you started.
Unique Treasures in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Many of Fort Wayne's boutiques feature beautiful art and gifts, but at the Paradigm Gallery, you can find unique gifts, jewelry, art, and souvenirs made by 75 local, regional, and national artists.
Plus, every 2nd Thursday of the month, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art hosts events in the Paradigm Gallery where guests can mingle with some of the gallery artists, and enjoy food and drink!
For unique printed gifts, stop in at the Hedge boutique located on Broadway in downtown Fort Wayne. Part workshop part boutique, guest can browse the fun cards and unique art. Guests are occasionally treated to a look at Julie, the owners, printing presses.
Hyde Brother's Bookstore is one of my favorite treasure hunting places for a new book. It’s an old-school bookstore complete with floor to ceiling bookcases and rolling library ladders. If you are like me and wanted to live in a library when you were little, you must make a stop here.
You might need a treasure map to find your way through the more than 150,000 titles! A treasure of Fort Wayne, Hyde’s is a wonderful place to explore and get lost both in the store and in a good book. It’s no wonder that it has been voted “Best Bookstore” by Fort Wayne Newspapers and FortWayne.com’s “Reader’s Choice Best Of” list.
Orchard Gallery is a brightly lit space, filled with color and a variety of art pieces. There's jewelry, ceramics, paintings, woodwork, glass and much more.
The front part of the gallery holds the work of the featured artist of the month, which means inventory is constantly changing. The rest of the gallery holds pieces year round from local artists such as Kim Rorick and Kristy Jo Beber.
This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated.