30 May 2012

Adventures in the Fort

So we are now making our home in Fort Wayne.  Levi and I have stayed very busy exploring the city...which we have realized we LOVE!  I thought I would try to share some of our adventures and finds on the ole blog.  Unfortunately, I have not been taking photos of all the places we have visited...bc well, I was not planning on blogging them.  If I get back to them, I will update the post with photos.

What I have found is that like any city in Indiana, this place is loaded with chains, but we are trying to find more local places or not quite so wide spread chains.  So far, not overly impressed by the food here.
O Charleys: 2 for $20 plus a free kids meal is a good deal.
Dog N Suds Drive Up
800 Degree Pizza:  This place had some very unique pizzas.  Decent enough.
Marco's Pizza: It is a chain, but pretty yummy.
Agaves Mexican:  I was not a huge fan and it was a little pricey for a Mexican restaraunt.  It is really really close to our apartment though.
Quaker Steak N Lube: Ehh.
Don Hall's Gas House:  Yes, an actual local place.  This one is downtown in an old gas house (go figure.)  It is more expensive, but yummy.  There are a lot of different Don Hall restaraunts in the city.

Shoaff:  We met a cool dog that chased a squirrel clear across the park.  Levi loved watching all the kiddos play at the park...I think he smiled the whole time.  This park is one of like 6 that have a splash pad.  It was not on yet the day we went.  
Foster:  We walked a trail around the golf course here.  There were several trails through the woods, but Levi was in the stroller so we stuck to the paved one.

Levi and I discovered our two dream neighborhoods.  Southwood Park and North Anthony.  They are both more urban neighborhoods with beautiful bungalows, foursquares, cottages, and other beauties from the 1920s.  The neighborhoods are pretty well up kept, have beautiful tree lined sidewalked streets, and walkable parks.  The areas seem to be pretty mixed income.  I feel very motivated to save so we can buy a house in one of these areas in the near future.   The North Anthony area has a street called Forest Park Boulevard.  OMG!  There are beautiful old mini mansions....so fun to drive through.  If you are in Fort Wayne, definitely take a drive that way.

Glenbrook Mall: It is a really big mall ;)
Jefferson Pointe: This is an outdoor mall, much like the one in Noblesville.  I like the one there better.  But on Friday nights, they have free family friendly concerts and on Tuesdays they have Toddler Tuesdays with free fun like clowns, puppet shows, and more.  How cool is that??? Also this is where the Cold Stone Creamery is :)


I will not posted about experiences with churches bc that seems like it could be icky and is a little too personal.  We have tried a couple so far...
Fellowship Missionary
Grace Gathering

The best finds:
State Street:  This street runs through one of the neighborhoods I love.  Levi and I were passing through to go to a local ice cream shop...can you believe we never made it there?  I spotted a couple cool looking places and decided to stop.  On top of the places mentioned below, there was a awesome little grocery store...very old fashioned with lots of old timey sodas, a big butcher shop area, and a few other staples.  Also a yarn shop...I am talking a big store with noting but yarn.  If I were a knitter or crocheter is would have been a dream come true.  There is a cute little boutique that is opening soon as well as one of the county public library branches and a couple cute little restaurants.
      Abby Brown's Candy Shop:  Old fashioned candy store...very quaint.  The owner and I talked for at least 30 minutes.  She has owned the store and lived in the neighborhood for 39 years.  She shared with me information about the neighborhood, the public schools (!!!), fun things about Fort Wayne, and told me to head to the town of Grabill one day.  It is a little Amish town nearby.  I loved her...we had a lot in common despite the big age difference.
     Yum Mee's Bakery:  Another place where I talked to the owner, who told me about the neighborhood.  The bakery mostly does weddings, and has only been in business two years.  They had some awesome looking cakes on display.  Levi and I decided on a Strawberry Blond cupcake to share as we walked the neighborhood streets...we got a Chocolate one for Ben.  His was way better, but they were both fabulous.  We will definitely be back there.
     Firehouse Cafe:  This cafe is also only two years old and is in an old firehouse. Very neat!  They have tons of teas and a few other yummies.  They also had local art on display and for sale.  I got honeydew bubble tea...now that I remember..this is why I stopped on State Street....so glad I did.
Main Library:  Levi and I went to the downtown library for Babies and Books storytime.  That was funny and fun...lots of silly songs and cute babies.  The library is beautiful....has an art gallery.  Also has fun play places for the little ones.
Visitor's Center:  This is next to the library, so we stopped in to pick up a few touristy brochures.  (Because I love those things-this is the same reason I love rest areas :))  The woman there was so helpful...and gave me tons of good information.
Old Main Street Farmer's Market:  The visitor center woman said this was her favorite of the more than ten farmer's markets in town.  So we tried it out.  We had a hot dog picnic on the sidewalk for dinner.   The market was small, but was neat because there were more than just fruits and veggies. People were selling handmade crafts and art....and of course baked goods.  The strawberries were AHMAZING...and my favorite sweets were Aunt Lora's Caramels.  She had caramels in tons of flavors...very yummy.  And finally...I took photos here!!

All for now...
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  1. That picture of Levi scratching his nose cracks me up!

    The outdoor mall with a toddler day sounds very fun. How was your storytime--were there just lap sitters? Or walkers, too? I've taken Lewis but end up just chasing him around the whole time--he will not sit for a story at all. It's supposed to be for 'walkers and prewalkers' but there are some 3-4 year olds who come who DO sit and listen, and I feel like Lew is a distraction. I think I need to ask the librarian what the expectation is--like, is it okay for Lewis to run around? Or are the older kids coming at the wrong time? Or should we just not come until he is able to sit and listen? I guess we'll have to go back sometime and ask. :)

    I haven't been to Fort Wayne, but it sounds like they have a lot to offer. Those 'dream' neighborhoods you mentioned sound beautiful!

  2. I know...it is funny!

    Most of the kids at the storytime were crawling around or walking around. They sat for the first story, then they were all over the place. Beside the two babies who were too small to move around, and Levi who sat on my lap mesmerized by the other kids. He would get real stiff when I tried moving his arms for the song motions. They also had one of those big parachute things and had babies that wanted to to crawl under. I personally think if it is designed for that age, there should be no expectation of them sitting still. I know they have a newborn-early walker group here (the one we attended), a walker-36 months, AND a preschool group....so who knows!

    1. That's what I was thinking (that it's okay for them to be wiggle worms). I had to wrestle Lewis to stay in my lap during the songs and move his arms for him, and I didn't know the songs or the motions myself and was just winging it--it was harder than I expected. :)

      And ours has it broken down by age, too, but I think people disregard it (or have been coming to the same time slot for a long time and don't know that they're supposed to move on up to another one). Sometimes there are others like Lewis and I don't feel so bad. The two 'regulars' who are there every week are one of the librarian's moms (so the grandma) with a 6 month old and a 3ish year old, and then another girl who is somehow related, too, and has a maybe 2 and 3 year old. It's like the storytime mafia, the inner circle. Hahaha. I'll just ask next time. :)

  3. It's so nice to have a mall with a food court in it right?? I will give the Muncie mall one thing and that is it really is a nice layout for mall walking, which got me back into my prebaby clothes! haha!

    If you find yourself craving some chocolate, I've had Debrand's chocolates and they are pretty good. No Lowery's but Lowery's holds a special place in my heart. ;)

  4. It is on my list to explore...there is a Debrand right around the corner from me!