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Dear glo readers,

Not only will we help you kick off summer this issue, but we will help you make Father’s Day extra special, as well. Father’s Day is more than just a date on the calendar; it’s an opportunity to express our gratitude for the men who have shaped our lives with their wisdom, love, and support.

From the executive editor

In this issue, we’re excited to bring you a curated Father’s Day Local Gift Guide, designed to help you find the perfect gift for your dad, husband, brother, or any father figure who holds a special place in your heart. Whether he’s an adventurous spirit, a culinary enthusiast, a master gardener, or a lover of all things classic, our guide offers a diverse array of gifts to suit every personality and passion. But beyond the material gifts, let’s not forget that the most cherished presents are often the moments we spend together. This Father’s Day, we encourage you to create new memories, share laughter, and celebrate the unique bond that only a father and child can share.

As always, we are honored to be a part of your journey, bringing you content that resonates and enriches your life.

June 2024 | Vol. 15 No. 3 ISSUE “The Summer Issue”
Xo, GLAM + STYLE Fashion: Summer Fashion Preview ........................................................... 8 COMMUNITY FOCUS She glows : Gloria Minnich 10 He glows : Kevin Hughes 11 glo Girl : Jazmine Dumbra ...................................................................... 12 FEATURES Feature Focus: Father’s Day Gift Guide ................................................ 14 Feature Focus: Summer Bucket List 16 On Her Nightstand: Debbie Branfield 18 Motherhood: Fantastic Fathers 19 Dream Trips: The Wisler’s Take on Texas 20 We Love Your Style: Lisa Vetter.............................................................. 21 SHOPPING Shop Local ....................................................................................................... 22 HOME LIVING HOME Feature: Back Yarding Personality Types 24 HOME Feature: Maximizing Garage Space ........................................ 25 I Am Home: Courtney Tritch ..................................................................... 26 glo 6 | JUNE GLO 2024 |

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I started painting and creating mixed media art at age 57!

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Follow your own intuitive heart and create what’s meaningful for you. That’s how your tribe will find you.

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As much as we love our fall and winter colors and fabrics, when it comes to fashion, there’s nothing like the quick thrill you get when unpacking your spring and summer clothes–or, even better, buying some new ones. The colors are as cooling and bright as popsicles and sherbet, and you can’t help but smile when you see them.

Glamour Magazine lists trends for summer as: athletic prep, boho, little white dresses, sheer layering, statement belts and Mary Jane flats, to name a Vogue Magazine staff agree on white dresses, and they also suggest ice blue as a cool summer shade. Layering takes on a whole new look when it’s a lightweight cardigan sweater instead of bulky fleeces and sweaters.

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But there’s nothing better than what you’ll find right here at home at Susan’s Fashions. Sue Johnson is entering her 29th year in this self-named store, and that’s after 27 years in a previous store! In other words, you can’t go wrong trusting her taste and advice. She laughed and said, “People look to me! If you’ve not been in this store, you need to come! People walk in and say wow when they see everything.”

So what will you see when you walk in and say wow? Johnson said, “Sundresses are always a big thing. They’re cute for spring and summer, and people like to get out of pants because dresses are so much cooler to wear in warm weather.”

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Speaking of pants, though, “Full legged pants, some like palazzo pants, some not as big, just full legged, are a summer thing. Some have a jeans look, and some are jersey. Jersey is lighter and there are lots of fun colors and patterns,” Johnson said.

The colors are vibrant as well; pastels, oranges, pinks, yellows. (Sounds like Lilly Pulitzers!) Johnson agreed: “Now we want to up date wardrobes from fall’s dull and dark. Summer is such a joyful time of year, and color is an important factor, but black and white are also big for things like weddings. We have jumpsuits in wash able silks that are easy and accessible for travel. It’s very important if you’re traveling a lot and want to be casual and comfortable. Skorts are not just for golf, tennis, or pickleball; they are a big thing now.”

Johnson said, “Of course, sandals are always in fashion, as well as tennis shoes. I mean the fashion shoes, not big clunky sports kind, but cute and light to go with all the fun clothes.”

What are you looking forward to buying and wearing now that summer is here, for special events or just for every day?


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Meet Gloria Minnich, actor, dancer, director, and producer. Her career spans both decades and continents and includes local performances with Arena Dinner Theatre, Fort Wayne Civic Theater, First Presbyterian Theatre, and Purdue Fort Wayne. She has also acted in several local commercials and a short film. Her work has garnered an Anthony Award and many Arena Awards for acting and directing.

But what makes Gloria truly extraordinary is not just her prowess as a performer; it’s her passion for working with marginalized people, using her unique skill sets to bring them to center stage, that makes her a standout in the Northeast Indiana community.

In spite of her busy schedule as a performer, actor, and director, Gloria spends her days using those skills in theater and dance to teach creative movement to applied skills students, as well as neurodivergent and neurotypical learners.

Her client list is long and includes Pathfinders, Passages, LIFE Adult Day Academy (LADA), Children’s Austim Center, Easterseals Arc, Wayne High School, Miami Middle School, Woodland Elementary School, and New Haven Primary, and the Community Arts Academy through PFW. “Every day, I’m somewhere different,” she said.

Her work with neurodiverse clients at LADA in particular, in conjuction with Audiences Unlimited, provides what she calls an interesting and beautiful perspective on life.

“Neurodiverse people have so much to offer in creativity, teamwork, drama, and dance,” she said. “They are the first group I’ve worked with who want to make sure that everyone who wants a turn gets one. They burst into spontaneous applause for a shy actor who steps out. Their ability to raise each other up is amazing. It’s like we’re superhumans. This is what it feels like to cheer each other on, which is both fascinating and valuable. If I’m able to use my skills to shine a light on that, I’m fortunate to do it.”

Gloria loves to travel and has trained internationally with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of England, Gyre and Gimble, Drama Resource, Little Angel Theatre, and Oily Cart, where she created theatre pieces for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. In 2019 she was awarded the Arts United Margaret Ann Keegan Award for Arts Education.

If that weren’t enough, Gloria somehow found time recently to launch Kitchen Sink Theatre, a new initiative that is reimagining the theatre experience by creating accessibility for all audience members. “We utilize all the senses in the show,” she said. “We believe that highquality, interactive, sensory theatre experiences should engage participants in a variety of ways, meeting their individual needs.”

And while Gloria wasn’t anticipating a career in the neurodiverse field, she has enjoyed every minute of it. “I feel so fortunate to do what I love,” she said. “I love the people and the way my work varies from day to day. We all have tough, emotional days. I’m the person who provides some relief, using dance or drama to help people regulate or channel their emotions, and I’m happy to be able to do that. I have discovered that I really enjoy this work. Plus, it doesn’t feel like work, so I am doubly blessed!”

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Kevin Hughes was born and raised in Fort Wayne. When asked to give the highlight reel of his life, he started with how he met his wife.

“Chelsea was a new hire at Turnstone. The department she was in had coffee for the clients and staff, “Hughes explained. “I became a huge coffee drinker.”

The pair dated for a year, were engaged for a year, and then tied the knot on August 8, 2015.

Describing himself as “the guy in the chair,” Hughes said it’s like carrying a billboard around telling everyone that he’s a professional lounger. “Chelsea would confirm that often when I’m home I’m a pro at reclining on the lazy boy,” he said with a smile.

Hughes was born with myelomeningocele (MY-eh-lo-men-IN-go-seal), a particular type of spina bifida where the backbone and spinal canal don’t close before birth. He realized early that he couldn’t hide the wheelchair, and since he was born with his condition, it has been easier for him to accept who he is as he has known no other way.

While Hughes will never be able to walk, with technology and his strong upper body, he said he is still able to have experiences that drive his ambitions. “I’m blessed knowing that my condition isn’t deteriorating. I latch on to this - that I control my mobility,” he said.

When Hughes was three months old, his family took him to Turnstone for occupational and physical therapy. Later, he attended preschool there, and his parents attended support groups. Hughes said all the opportunities available at Turnstone expanded his possibilities.

“Through adaptive sports at Turnstone, I’ve been able to travel to 27 states,” he said. “From elementary through high school, I played wheelchair basketball. While in college, I volunteered at Turnstone coaching their elementary-aged wheelchair basketball team.”

During this time, Hughes discovered sled hockey and trained and traveled with a team from Chicago. For two years he made the weekly seven-hour commute. This led to him helping Turnstone start a sled hockey program in Fort Wayne where he coached the youth/novice division team and competed on the adult intermediate-level team. In addition, he competed in wheelchair tennis and ran the youth program at The League for the Blind and Disabled where he was a professional mentor for four years.

“I really enjoyed being able to be there for individuals who at times needed support on how to best advocate for themselves,” he said. “Many of them came from different backgrounds than me, but we related to one another in growing up with a disability.”

Fast forward to today and Hughes has been at Turnstone in a professional capacity for 14 years. As the manager of sports, he is responsible for developing programs, supporting regional, national, and international tournaments, and promoting events for individuals with a visual, physical and/or intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). He also mentors volunteers and coaches, helps individuals earn grants to be more competitive in sports, and leads numerous disability awareness programs in the community.

Hughes is passionate about Fort Wayne and seeking opportunities to further grow our community to be more inclusive.

“I’m a ‘forever Fort Wayner.’ I love this city and advocate for individuals like me with disabilities,” he said. “My interactions have brought in 54 different programs ranging from pottery to self-defense classes to adaptive water sports, like rowing and kayaking. Beyond programming I get to see genuine moments where people get to be their best self.” a

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Age: 19

“During the Covid pandemic, when we were all quarantined, I started baking for the healthcare workers for my mom’s work at Afdent Dental,” Dumbra explained. “Then I started to sell my baked goods at a local car show sponsored by the Hop Spot Crew Car Show and Huntertown Community Markets.” The public raved about her creations, spurring her to begin the journey to open her own business.

The small business owner partnered with 529 Design recently to bring her dream to life and construct a dedicated bakery business in her home.

“This was a huge personal accomplishment to have my dedicated bakery with equipment and pick-up counter for my customers to pick up their pre-orders,” Dumbra beamed. She is now a certified cottage vendor with a food handlers permit and LLC, abiding by Indiana laws and Allen County regulations.

The part-time Fed Ex employee states that working and building a business keeps her extremely busy! “The easiest part of being a small business owner is that I do what I love daily!” Dumbra exclaimed. She is proud of the variety of specialty desserts she offers but says her best-sellers are the jumbo cookies and cupcakes. Customers frequently snag the Chocolate Chip Chunk or Salted Caramel Pretzel cookies, and the Lemon Raspberry or Double Chocolate Cake Cupcakes fly off the shelves.

“The most challenging part is organizing and maintaining the business while

Recent Leo High School graduate Jazmine Dumbra takes the cake when it comes to starting a sweet business. At age 15, she began building a business from scratch and doesn’t plan to stop until the last cupcake is frosted.

trying to stay relevant and gain more followers and consistent private orders,” she informed. One thing that helps her manage everything is baking software that assists with inventory, orders, and pricing of baked goods. She also praises her Mom and business partner, Jennifer Soto, for everything she does.

When she is not selling delectable treats or delivering packages, you might find her cuddling her 8-year-old fur baby Zahara or creating new flavors and products in her kitchen. She is always thinking of ways to expand her business.

“It is my goal to have my brick-and-mortar bakery within the next five years and continue to serve my community here in Fort Wayne!” Dumbra expressed. Her objective is to have a storefront business that allows regular open business hours so customers may purchase sweets without pre-order arrangements.

Dumbra used her creativity and perseverance to sculpt a delicious dessert business. It is exciting to see where she will go from here! Be sure to support local and see what you think.

Anyone who wishes to order can contact her via email: jazzsugarandspice04@, her Facebook page Jaz’s Sugar and Spice, or cell phone (260) 2218343. This year, she will be a regular vendor at the Huntertown community outdoor markets, local car shows, and the fall Northrop High School craft bazaar. She accepts private orders for birthday parties, celebrations, or other events. a

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and as we prepare to celebrate the extraordinary men who have shaped our lives, it’s the perfect opportunity to think local. This year, instead of the usual store-bought cards or generic ties, why not explore the unique and heartfelt gifts available right in our community? Supporting local businesses not only shows appreciation for our fathers but also strengthens our neighborhood economy and fosters a sense of connection. We’ve put together some thoughtful and distinct gift ideas that highlight the best our local area has to offer, ensuring this Father’s Day is memorable and meaningful.

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Quality, excellence, timeless, and made in the USA, a watch from this collection is sure to wow.

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Summer is almost here, and we’ve put together a list of our favorite activities to do in Northeast Indiana. Low-cost, no-cost, relaxing, or adventurous, this list has something for everyone.


1. Enjoy a scenic brunch at Birdie’s in downtown Fort Wayne

If you’re looking for a tasty meal with a laid-back atmosphere, Birdie’s is the place to go. Its open-air terrace perched on the rooftop of The Bradley Hotel offers an amazing view of the city, and its menu is always up-to-date on the latest food trends.

2. Take a self-guided art alley tour

If you’ve ever walked through downtown Fort Wayne, you’ve likely come across one of the quirky murals or thought-provoking paintings splashed across the alley walls. Make a day of appreciating local artists by creating your own art alley tour. You can also check out Visit Fort Wayne’s website for a map.

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4. Attend a cultural festival

Our region offers a wide variety of cultural festivals over the summer, giving attendees the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and entertainment. Don’t miss out on the immersive experiences that festivals like Arab Fest, Germanfest, and GreekFest have to offer!

5. Visit Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

Looking to unleash your wild side? Take a trip to the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion. This sanctuary is the forever home to more than 100 exotic animals that were either surrendered or confiscated and can no longer live in the wild. This is a must visit for families when the weather is nice!

3. Go kayaking at Steady Eddy’s

There’s no shortage of beautiful waterways to spend time on in Northeast Indiana. From May to October (weather permitting), Steady Eddy’s in Leo offers kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. Take one of their single or double kayaks out for the day and reconnect with nature the views can’t be beat! When you’re done, enjoy a meal in their cozy and cute restaurant.

6. Go to one of the many farmer’s markets across the region

Support local artisans and farmers by attending one of the thriving farmers markets, or better yet, check them all out! Between the Leo-Cedarville Farmers Market, the YLNI Farmers Market, and Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market, you’ll have no trouble finding the fresh, seasonal produce or unique handmade gifts you’re looking for. If you are looking for a market in your neck of the woods, visit

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7. Enjoy live music The Clyde, Foellinger Outdoor Theater, Middle Waves Music Festival

Nothing screams summer quite like listening to live music outdoors. Our region is home to its own music festival, Middle Waves, happening on June 15 this year. But if music festivals feel too busy for you, there are still plenty of outdoor performances to enjoy in our region, like the Botanical Roots Concert Series at the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory, Rock the Plaza at the downtown library, or Summer Nights at the Embassy.

8. Get moving — outdoor edition

Whether you like to move at your own pace or prefer a guided workout, warmer weather brings new ways to stay active. If you like to keep things low key, Yoga on the Riverfront might be a good fit for you. Those who are looking for a challenge might consider signing up for one of the many run/ walk/bike events offered, like Fort4Fitness Summer Sunset Relay.

9. Tour an historic neighborhood

One of my favorite activities is to partake in the guided home tours in one of Fort Wayne’s historical neighborhoods. While most of the homes have had modern makeovers, you can still see pieces of the house’s character from when it was first built.

10. Check out a museum

One of the most interesting museums in Northeast Indiana is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. With three floors of exhibits and more than 100 cars, the museum perfectly captures the automotive history of Northeast Indiana. a

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On Her Nightstand

Debbie Branfield

A native of upstate New York, Debbie Branfield has lived in Fort Wayne since 1994. She retired in early 2020 after a career in commercial banking and serving as a non-profit Communications Director. Debbie has been a committed community volunteer since high school when she was on the organizing committee for Schenectady, New York’s first Earth Day celebration. She is also a leader for a women’s hiking group, a Purdue Extension Advanced Master Gardener, and an Indiana Advanced Master Naturalist. Debbie and her husband, Dave, are proud of their two sons, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and two handsome and brilliant grandsons.

What are you reading these days?

I recently finished “Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II” by Lena Andrews. A new history of the role of American servicewomen in WWII, the book recounts their forgotten yet critical contributions to the American war effort. The book is well-researched and presents the good, bad, and ugly stories of the 350,000+ women who helped the Allies win World War II. I learned of the many obstacles these groundbreaking women faced to serve their country, including, but not limited to, public opinion, politicians, and career military officers. For anyone interested in Women’s History, this is a good read!

I have just started “The Breakaway” by Jennifer Weiner. Described on as “a warmhearted and empowering new novel about love, family, friendship, secrets, and a life-changing journey,” I hope to enjoy it as much as her previous novels.

Is there a book you’ve always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to?

”The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah has been on my To Be Read stack for over two years. Everyone says they love it, and I’ve enjoyed many of Ms. Hannah’s books. But it’s a long book! So, I’m saving it for the coldest days of winter when I don’t venture outside.

What was your favorite book as a child?

I loved all the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and Little House books. And I was the most excited kid on the block when our family purchased the World Book Encyclopedia. I read every volume in the summer between sixth and seventh grades!

Do you have a favorite author or genre you gravitate toward?

I don’t have only one favorite author. My favorites include Elin Hilderbrand, Fiona Davis, Kristan Higgins, Kelly Rimmer, Emily Henry, and Jodi Picoult. My favorite genre is Historical Fiction. I also enjoy Celebrity Memoirs, Women’s Fiction, and Non-fiction that explains the relationship between history and current events, such as “Sundown Towns” by James Loewen and “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson.

Do you have a secret guilty pleasure book or genre you enjoy?

A Christina Lauren book is always quick, entertaining, and steamy! a

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Fantastic Fathers

Millennial fathers are more hands-on than ever before

Jared Johnson knows what it means to have a hands-on dad. When his mother became septic after his delivery and had to stay in the hospital for a few days, it was his dad who brought the newborn home and helped him get his start in life. Throughout Johnson’s childhood, his father, who worked third shift, was always home when he got off the school bus, attended sports practices and games, organized popcorn/movie nights, and took him on an annual two-week fishing trip to Canada once he turned nine.

“My dad was always there,” he said. It was those kinds of experiences that he wanted to have with his own children, and as the father of three boys, he has tried to follow in his father’s footsteps making memories whenever and wherever he can. Johnson is a millennial father, who according to a study by the Pew Research Center, may be one of the greatest generation of fathers in history. Eschewing the societal roles of a couple of generations ago, today’s dads are no secondary parent. Fatherhood is focal point of their identity.

“To me, it means being there for your children, to listen to their worries, their stories, their jokes, and anything else they feel you need to know,” Johnson said. “It’s about being present whether that’s being there when they get off the bus, picking them up from school/childcare, talking with them while making dinner, or playing outside with them. It also means doing different things with different kids.”

Johnson and his wife Brittany were married for four years before they were able to have children, but she always knew that he would be an amazing father. As a software engineer, he has always enjoyed a flexible schedule and readily pitches in around the house whether his wife was working outside or inside the home.

“I can actually count on one hand how many times I’ve had to call off work for one of the kids’ illnesses, appointments, etc.,” Brittany said. “Jared has always gotten the kids up, fed, dressed, and off to school or day care. He would also pick them all up, fix dinner, and have homework done by the time I got home.”

Of course, any hands-on parent makes personal sacrifices, and it is important to both Jared and Brittany that they engage in self-care practices that keep them from

burning the candle at both ends. Brittany says she knows that everything will be just fine if she needs an hour or two away from home. She takes an annual girl trip in the fall that is usually four or five days, and although there is more work for the one left behind, she said it is almost easier for one of them to get away as opposed to both.

“We take the opportunities as they come, but I never have to worry when I am gone because I know my husband has everything taken care of,” she said.

Johnson agrees that it is a balancing act, and one he has struggled with from time to time but thankfully, Brittany is there to remind him to take time for himself.

“If you spend all of your time with your children, you can get burned out, which diminishes the quality of the time you spend with them. If you spend all of your time on yourself, then you are no longer hands-on and you become a mere spectator in your child’s life,” he said.

It’s also important to recognize that each parent has different ways of doing things, so communication is key when it comes to areas of disagreement.

“I can’t be the one who makes all of the decisions, and I can’t be the one with all of the answers,” Brittany said. “Parenting is a team effort and the biggest VIP on the team is your spouse. I never understood the saying ‘It takes a village’ until I became a parent, but I am thankful for the one I have every day.” a

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Jared and Brittany Johnson with their 3 boys.

The Wisler’s Take on Texas & Oklahoma

Hailey Wisler, husband Todd, and one-year-old daughter Paisley recently took a much anticipated trip to Texas and Oklahoma.

“I am a nurse/stay at home mom,” Wisler said. “When we aren’t busy farming we are a crop farming family that specializes in seed and commercial corn, as well as soybeans we love to take our dog on runs through our woods, try new restaurants, travel and do home improvement projects!”

Sounds like they find and make adventures wherever they go.

Wisler began planning this trip in October of 2023! They chose these states because they were the last two that they hadn’t visited yet. They drove every bit of the trip, which lasted 12 days.

“We really wanted this trip to give us the full, authentic experience of Texas and Oklahoma,” Wisler said. “We wanted to explore small towns, back roads, local restaurants and highly anticipated places like Fort Worth Stockyards, Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Magnolia Silos and the Pioneer Woman Mercantile, to name a few, and we achieved all that.”

The wonderful tour at the stadium where the Cowboys play was at least two hours and the guide shared so many facts. “It was so worth the money,” she exclaimed. “We got to see the press box, the underground area and tunnel, cheerleaders, and team locker rooms!”

“The River Walk was awesome!” Wisler enthused. “The Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo was STUNNING. It was amazing to be able to start at the top and drive all the way to the bottom!” She paused for a moment; “I did not expect this at all, but Pawhuska, Oklahoma, was one of my favorite places the entire trip. Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman) has hit it out of the park in this town. She has amazing

restaurants and shops. You can tour her family lodge; the wide open space is so freeing.”

Lodging? No chain hotels for this family. “We stayed at the Junk Gypsy Wander Inn one night in Round Top, Texas,” she said. “We woke up to warm biscuits and a beautiful view. The Chickadee Treehouse (Waco Creekside) was adorable and unique; it was an actual tree house! We stayed in El Capitan, which is an old, beautifully restored train car in Amarillo. The Frontier Hotel in Pawhuska, Oklahoma is another favorite stay. It is an old, restored lawyer/attorney office building. The room was gorgeous. I could not believe how affordable this place was for the quality. We were in a corner suite that overlooked the town and had a ton of space!”

“Seeing the massive ranches is insane in the best way it makes Indiana feel incredibly crowded,” Wisler said. “I recommend not having a strict schedule; just a place to stay for the night, and explore and eat all day!”

Eat, meaning steaks at Cattleman’s Steakhouse and Texas trash pie at Royer’s Pie Haven. (She’s not kidding. The pie, created at Pie Haven, contains: chocolate chips, pretzels, graham crackers, shredded coconut, pecan pieces, butter, sweetened condensed milk and caramel bits!)

Explore the various parks, check out the countless places to shop so you can find just the right keepsakes for your memories. Check out the stock shows and rodeos. Wisler summed it up best: “I would love to visit again someday! There is not one part of our trip that I didn’t enjoy!” And then she added the best recommendation of all: “Every single piece of this trip with my two favorite people has a piece of my heart.”

Get out your maps or hire a tour guide, and get on the road, just as Wisler said to do. a

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We Love Your Style LISA VETTER

Each month, we highlight someone whose style we admire. This month, it’s Lisa Vetter. She shares her home with her husband Paul, their wonderful white dog Pinkerton and two sassy farm cats, Sherlock and Wednesday. And, on occasion, they share it with visiting friends and family as they did just last weekend! Several times a year, they open their farmstead studio to the public for open houses. You can find out more on their Facebook page:

Lisa has been a self-employed visual artist for 30 years. She and her husband and creative partner have traveled the country doing juried art fairs for as many years. She studied interior design and worked in that field for several years, but her art and love of travel won out over that. She will, on occasion, take on small design jobs. Paul is a percussionist and they both love music; he keeps their home filled with new and exciting music.

How would you describe your style?

I would say arty and eclectic. We have gathered a great art collection over the years that we have worked doing juried art fairs, and I enjoy combining pieces we love. Art does NOT have to match the sofa! Tell us a little about each of the areas of your home you chose to highlight. Why did you choose them? What makes them your faves?

I’ve included a before and after of the front of our 1860 farmhouse to give you an idea of what we started with. Our labor of love included a complete gut of the house, which allowed us to reassemble it in the best way to serve our needs. Our media room with the L-shaped sofa also serves as our guest room. The sofa converts to a queen bed and the bathroom is right off that room. I tiled our shower with all reclaimed tiles and shard mosaics; it’s a visitor favorite so I had to include that.

The sun/dining room is a favorite spot as it has windows on 3 sides and is a brightly lit spot during the winter months and a breezy bright space during the summer. Because everyone always ends up in the kitchen, we chose to remove a wall between the kitchen and living area so that even if you’re

lounging on the sofa, you can still be a part of what’s happening in the kitchen.

The view from the front door looking into the house is what we refer to as our “money shot” because you can see most of the entire lower level from that vantage point. Our north facing front porch is a favorite summer spot for sipping a beverage in the cool shade.

I also included a bit of one of our many gardens looking at our studio, a place where we spend a LOT of time!

When you think of your home, what’s the feeling you hope your family and visitors have?

I want our home to be a welcoming and inspiring place for friends and family to gather. So many people are afraid to use bold colors and I want our home to inspire the idea that life is too short for beige. What’s your favorite color?

As an artist, that’s a hard question for me to answer but in a pinch, my go-to

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Back Yarding Personality Types — what does yours say about you?

We express our personalities with great intentionality in what we wear, the cars we drive, and the hobbies we engage. As we enter the warmer months, we get the chance to take our personalities with us as we spend more time outside. Like personality types, naming the ways we utilize our outdoor space can lend focus to our labors. Here are a few ideas you might see in your neighborhood or be yourself.

Nice Neighbor

This yard is the meeting place for the neighborhood and home to celebrations ranging from the 4th of July to honoring the fact that it is finally Friday. Comfortable seating, a well-prepared outdoor cooking area, and space to eat beckon visitors in your direction. If a little more activity is your style, a spot for cornhole or even a volleyball net can draw folks this direction.

Kid Kind

No matter how many kiddos can come, this yard is built on fun. Whether a space for a game of tag or playing with the yard sized Jenga game, green space is a welcome addition. Hardscape items like jungle gyms or swing sets are classic joy-bringers. Zip lines and rope courses built for the backyard that you can install yourself could be great adventure sources and a little friendlier on the wallet than an adventure park.

Paws-itively Perfect

Having things go to the dogs, in a good way, characterizes this yard. Plants that are not toxic to animals are great additions, as are spots where Fido can find some extra shade on a sunny summer day. The ideal pet-friendly yard also might have a water feature for hydrating domestic pets or birds passing through and looking for respite. Bird feeders with a personality reflecting the homeowner or hammocks for domestic animals could be smaller, more budget-friendly additions.

Environmental Engager

Using minimal or no chemical treatments, planting natives, and using natural hardscape are all options in this back-to-nature

space. A comfortable spot to watch the birds and squirrels might be human creature comforts. Contained but not overly mowed, open spaces may employ a cover plant that stops erosion.

Detail Diva

Break out your ruler because this yard uses it! Bushes, grass, and flowers are perfectly plotted and pruned in this detail-heavy backyard. Formal birdbaths, statues, and paths with intentional edging are harbingers here. While higher maintenance, this source of pride can be large or small, but will likely take a great deal of time to achieve.

Hoosier Homesteader

Bringing a little of the farm to one’s own family is a trademark of the homesteading yard. Fruit trees and bushes, vegetables, and maybe even chickens (depending on one’s HOA) might all be present. An area for a compost bin allows the homeowner to have ultra-local recycling, turning brush, yard waste, and appropriate human food into black gold that can grow food or flowers in the future.

For more information on backyarding or to see the basis of these yard personality types, take a look at this article, by Larry Hodgson. a 24 | JUNE GLO 2024 |


Maximizing Garage Storage

Our garages may be hidden behind closed doors when company comes, but a well-organized garage will bring multiple rewards for families. We’ve tracked down two professional organizers, both who left the corporate world to begin their businesses, and invited them to weigh in.

Lisa Eckerle started her organizing business in 2019 and recently rebranded as The Designer Organizer. She’s shared her top tips.

Do This:

Create zones, such as Landscaping, Sports, Outdoor Activities, Household, Tools, Camping, Holiday, Car Care, Pool/Swimming, etc.

Use wall space! Don’t forget to go vertical when determining storage and try to get as much off the floor as possible.

Try to organize your garage AFTER you’ve organized your basement, attic, or other major storage space in your home. Half the time, when you’re organizing those other spaces, you will likely decide to relocate items to the garage.

Hire a professional organizer to help you take on this time-consuming, backbreaking, and overwhelming task. Since your garage is the first thing you see when you get home and the last thing you see before taking on your day, giving yourself an organized welcome/goodbye is worth the investment.

Don’t do This:

Use shallow shelving - almost anything in a garage is big. If your containers, coolers, or floats hang off a shelf, it will look cluttered no matter how nicely it’s organized.

Store flammable materials next to your gas can or spray paint. Make sure you consider safety when determining your zones and placement.

The following insights were provided by Mendi Funk of Mendi Funk Consulting, which she started seven years ago.

The Science & the Art

Garages are quite often a catch-all. The biggest problem is that clients cannot get both or even one vehicle in the garage and can’t get to or find what they need.

Purging is always the first step: Do you use it, love it, or want it?

Do you have unnecessary multiples? Is it broken?

Do you have old paint or toxic materials that need to go to a hazardous waste location?

Next, organize like items together, zones that make sense, when possible.

Clutter is mental, physical, and emotional. Professional organizers help with all of that and ridding you of the Never Ending To-Do List.

Disorganization costs time & money.

Possible Solutions

The very best scenario, if budget allows, is a professional declutters for them and they hire a closet company to install a system with cabinets that are deeper and taller than ones from a big box store and maybe a workbench and slat wall.

The next best is Gladiator or a similar system from a big box store like Lowe’s, for cabinets and/or a slat wall.

Lastly, nice shelves with bins labeled and part of a slat wall. What’s Next?

Over time most people revert, so purging and organizing is not a oneand-done. Clients need to go through and revisit choices a couple of times a year, if they are adding items or kids have outgrown items, etc. Most of all, enjoy your “new” garage! a Resources:

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HOME I am Courtney Tritch

Courtney Tritch never planned to move back to her old neighborhood in Fort Wayne, let alone buy a house within walking distance of the one in which she grew up. After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington and living in Chicago for nearly a decade, she returned to the historic Southwood Park area 12 years ago and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

“Many of the homes around here are over 100 years old, and they are really unique and different,” she said. “There is a beautiful tree canopy and sidewalks on which you can walk your dog. It’s a real front porch kind of neighborhood.”

Recognized as a National Historic District, Southwood Park was developed and built in the 1920s and features a variety of home styles ranging from grand mansions to Colonial Revival Tudor Revival, and Mission Revival, as well as Bungalow/American Craftsman models. It boasts a strong Homeowners Association with approximately 700 members that are constantly working to create a sense of community among neighbors who believe that they are stronger together.

“People feel strongly about this neighborhood,” Tritch said. “People have been here for generations and there is very little turnover. In fact, my cousin bought the house that she grew up in, which was built by her great-grandparents, so Southwood Park roots run deep.”

Tritch said that the Southwood Park area has grown considerably since her childhood, and she is thrilled when a new business opens nearby. At present, the Friendly Fox serves as the social hub of the neighborhood, and on Saturday mornings, Tritch can usually be found there grabbing her morning cup of coffee. When she is too busy to run to the supermarket, she knows that she can count on Antonuccio’s Italian Market to have the freshest ingredients, whether she is the mood for pasta, cheese, veggies, or deli meats capped off with a great bottle of wine. She loves spending time in Foster Park with its golf course, tennis courts, and walking trail. In fact, when Southwood Park residents heard that golf course renovations were going to impact their walking trail, they rallied the troops to let city leaders know how they felt.

“The city listened, and they changed their plans so that we could keep the trail,” she said.

Tritch said Fort Wayne residents do not have to live in an historic area like Southwood Park to foster a sense of community in their own neighborhoods. Folks can simply take a walk around the block, organize a pitch-in or host a cocktail party on the front porch. However, you have to be willing to put yourself out there and get to know the people around you.

“I can think of six neighbors’ numbers I have in my phone right now,” she said. “I just heard that one of my neighbors just had a baby so I need to reach out to her and see if there is anything I can do. It’s not always easy, but if you take the initiative, offer up your phone number and let people know that you are open to a neighborhood friendship, it really helps,” she said. a

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YLNI Farmers Market

1501 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne

The YLNI Farmers Market provides a fun outdoor shopping experience and connects the community with local vendors. Customers can find select produce, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, honey, and so much more!

Time: 9am – 1pm

1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 | Saturdays

Ft. Wayne’s Farmer’s Market

Dynamo Alley, Electric Works, Fort Wayne

The Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market hosts a constantly changing variety of products, including meat, produce, farm products, baked goods, jewelry, artisan crafts, food trucks, and much more!

Time: 9am – 1pm

1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 | Saturdays

Rock the Plaza

900 Library Plaza

The Allen County Public Library presents the 17th annual Rock the Plaza concert series We’re rocking downtown Fort Wayne with our free, all ages event. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, but not pets. Pint & Slice will serve food & beverages including alcohol. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Time: 6 PM

2 | Sunday

Decatur Coin Show & Marketplace

Decatur Riverside Center, 231 East Monroe St.

Nearly 100 indoor vendors, hot food available. Contact Carla at 260.517.8182

Time: 8am – 2pm (year-round)

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| Wednesday – Sunday Germanfest 2024

Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton

Germanfest is a 5-day outdoor festival featuring authentic German food, beer, music, entertain ment, games, and so much more! Join thou sands of local residents to kick off the summer and celebrate the cultural heritage of Fort Wayne. Scroll, or navigate the links above to plan your visit.

5, 12, 19 & 26 | Wednesdays

Farmer’s Market at Salomon Farm Park 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Salomon Farmers’ Market is a mid-week market focused on connecting the local community to farmers, producers, bakers and artisans that are within a 75-mile radius of Salomon Farm Park. We are committed to a “grower’s market,” where the majority of products that our vendors offer are grown, raised, and/or developed by the person selling them.

Time: 4 PM – 7 PM

6, 13, 20 & 27 | Thursdays

Leo-Cedarville Farmers Market

15011 State Road 1, Leo

Get ready for a feast for the senses: the freshest local produce, flowers and unique handcrafted items with a focus on local farmers and artisans.

Time: 4 PM – 7 PM

6, 13, 20 & 27 | Thursdays

Lunch on the Square

6, 13, 20 & 27 | Thursdays

Thirsty Thursday on The Landing Columbia Street

Summer is here, and so is the hottest event in town! Every Thursday from June 6th to August 29th for Thirsty Thursday on The Landing. The Landing transforms into a hub of excitement, with local DJs setting the vibe and turning up the beats.

Time: 4 PM – 8 PM

7, 14, 21, & 28 | Fridays

Downtown Live

TriCore Porch off Calhoun, 800 Block of Calhoun St.

Experience live music all summer with the return of the third annual summer concert series, Downtown Live, presented by Downtown Fort Wayne. Downtown Live! will host free entertainment from local performers every Friday evening.

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Johnnie Mae Farm Stand

2518 Winter St.

Friemann Square, 200 E. Main St. Lunch on the Square, presented by Downtown Fort Wayne and Edward Jones, will return throughout the summer for the 16th season in Downtown Fort Wayne. Take a break from the office or bring the family down to enjoy lunch at Freimann Square every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in June, July, and August, beginning June 6. Enjoy a variety of unique foods and experience live music during one of Fort Wayne’s favorite lunch and entertainment series.

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The Farm Market offers vegetables, fruit, and herbs grown on-site. Seasonal produce offerings may include fresh herbs, strawberries, collards, kale, beets, summer squash, zucchini, okra and green tomatoes. Cash and EBT are accepted. Family-friendly events are offered throughout the year, including healthy food samples, farm tours, games, pop-up chess park, and mobile bike repair clinics.

Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

7 - 9 | Friday - Saturday

Homespun House’s 8th Anniversary

Sidewalk Sale

112 S. First Street, Pierceton

Times: Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM

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Allen County Marketplace

Pathway Church, 1010 Carroll Rd., Fort Wayne

Visit Allen Co Marketplace, an open-air market in NW Fort Wayne, open the second Saturday of each month. Shop an array of vendors selling produce, baked goods, coffee, plants, pottery, art, boutique clothing, jewelry and so much more! You will also find food trucks with tasty treats and great musicians playing all day long. Don’t miss this family friendly community event!

Time: 9am – 1pm

8 | Saturday

Allen County Master Gardeners Garden Walk & Plant Sale

Allen County Extension, 4001 Crescent Ave.

Discover the Allen County Master Gardener Display Gardens! Showcasing plants thriving in our local soil and climate, these 15 themed gardens highlight diverse plant choices, environments, and purposes for various needs and settings. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and help you buy the perfect plants.

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Cost: FREE, Plants available at additional cost. (Cash/Checks Only)

18 – 23 | Tuesday – Sunday

Allen County Fair

2726 Carroll Road

20 – 23 | Thursday – Sunday

Greekfest 2024

Headwaters Park

Come celebrate the Greek Festival and enjoy a large variety of Greek cuisine and entertainment including live music, dancing and other activities each day.

22 | Saturday Rise Up Concert

Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.

Join the Voice of Unity Youth Choir for a spectacular evening as they prepare for the World Choir Games in New Zealand.

22 & 23 | Saturday & Sunday

2024 Covington Art Fair

6382 West Jefferson Blvd.

The 2024 Allen County Fair is home to Allen County 4-H and features many animal shows, projects and events throughout the week. In addition to 4-H festivities, the fair offers a full food court, carnival rides, and lengthy list of family-fun events. Highlighted events include: free ice cream social, hot air balloon flight/glow, 4X4 truck pull, demo derby, kids day, live music, peddle car races, themed nights at the Free Activities Stage & Tent and much more.

19 | Wednesday

The Garden Night Market

3308 N. Anthony Blvd.

Every Night Market at The Garden features an art exhibition opening, live music outdoors, local artisan vendors, food trucks and more.

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

The Covington Art Fair has grown into one of the best fine art fairs in the region. In its 32nd consecutive year of operation, the festival features a unique variety of local, regional, and national artists. Set in one of the area’s most unique shopping destinations, Covington Plaza, the event augments the artists’ displays with fine dining and great specialty shops that are a magnet for upscale customers. a

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