shopping

Isabel Bloom Studio, a behind the scenes tour!

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Isabel Bloom sculptures have a recognizable look and a happy uplifting quality.  A tour of her studio showroom and tour center made me realize how many hands touch these pieces before a sculpture is complete.  All sculptures are made in Davenport, Iowa and visitors can schedule a tour and see the behind the scenes work […]

DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Decadance in Fort Wayne!

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All I can say about DeBrand Fine Chocolates is yum!  On a hosted trip to Fort Wayne, mom and I met up with our hostesses Jessa and Kristen at the chocolate store to get a chance to get acquainted face to face. I find it interesting that the DeBrand Chocolate story, like the Vera Bradley […]

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale a bonding and shopping experience!

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I have never been to anything quite like the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale. This year on a hosted trip to Fort Wayne, my mom, Lora Disque and I headed for the city to attend this annual event.  Coming into town, it was clear this is a Vera Bradley town.  We saw the factory and […]

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory a downtown Fort Wayne Oasis!

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The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is in the heart of Fort Wayne. For some reason I expected this to be outside of town and we were delighted to find it nestled into the midst of the lovely backdrop of the city with a heartbreaking beautiful church across the street.  I traveled to Fort Wayne on this […]

Dining in an Amish Home, a great experience

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I grew up in central Illinois just a few hours from the Arthur, Arcola area where many Amish families live, farm and work.  The countryside is beautiful and a drive in spring sometimes even offers a chance to see planting with Belgian horses and farm equipment. On the back roads you will often pass an Amish […]