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“Focus on the Outdoors” ISSUE August 2021 | Vol. 12 No. 5

GLAM + STYLE Fashion: Shop Your Closet ........................................................................ 6 Self Care + Beauty: Smoothing into Swim Season ......................... 8

COMMUNITY FOCUS She glows’ : Brenda Jank ......................................................................... 10 He glows’ : Kevin Naber............................................................................ 12 glo Girl’ : Aubree Hall ............................................................................... 14

FEATURES Feature Focus: Living Your Best Life ............................................................................. Unique Date Night Ideas ................................................................... Motherhood: Agency Spotlight: A Mother’s Hope ....................... On Her Nightstand: Risë Vandenburg .............................................. We Love Your Style: Cassie Beer .........................................................

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SHOPPING  glo Gal’s Shopping Guide ................................................................... 24

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From the executive editor It’s back-to-school time, and for the first time in over 15 years, that is relevant to me. This month, I will send my oldest daughter to kindergarten—and she and I both have our fair share of anxiety about it. For the past 4 years, she has gone to the same “school” (it’s actually daycare) three days a week. She has flourished there, but she has always been hesitant to try new things (even moving classrooms within her daycare). She has already vocalized her trepidation about leaving her school, teachers, and friends, and missing her “stayhome-with-mommy days” on Mondays and Fridays. It is going to be a big change for both of us. As I wrestle with how to help her with the transition, I have been reflecting on my own first day of kindergarten, and my memory is fuzzy. Do you remember yours? I remember walking up a ramp to my classroom, while holding my mom’s hand, and that’s about all I can retrieve. If I was nervous, I don’t remember it now, which means, hopefully, my daughter won’t be scarred by her experience either. I have a handful of other memories from that first school year: I learned to color within the lines after seeing a few classmates do it; we used cardboard red bricks to build makeshift cubicles; our teacher asked us to name a white food that was good for our teeth— I don’t recall what I said, but I remember her telling me I was wrong; I had my own cubby that I tried to keep organized; and a friend stole the Barbie I brought in for show and tell. Another motherhood phase is coming to an end, and an exciting new one is beginning. It’s another small letting go—we all know parenthood is full of those. My daughter will be more than fine once she settles in. And, I know she feels safe and loved. At the end of the day, that’s our number one goal. Do you have any advice for me? Or would you like to share your favorite first day of school memory? I’d love to hear from you. Email me anytime at In addition to back-to-school season, August means glo Bash season too. Don’t forget, the first week of this month, we are hosting our Virtual glo Bash on our Facebook page. Each day, we will giveaway an awesome gift from one of our partners. Tune in to for your chance to win. Xo,

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GLAM + STYLE | Fashion

Shop your closet By Lauren Caggiano

Was 2021 the year you promised to save money by curbing spending on items like clothes? Maybe that’s not going so well. That’s OK. It’s never too late to recommit to your goals, no matter how late in the year. Shopping your closet is one means to that end. Basically, it involves creating outfits from your current collection of clothing and accessories. It can be a helpful way to make the most of your existing wardrobe without feeling the need to go on a spending spree and racking up unnecessary debt. For example, we often see outfit inspiration on social media, television and even on people in public. When you shop your closet, you can channel that inspiration to make it work with what you already have. If you want to be stylish without the extra expense, then give the shopyour-closet challenge a try! Still, it might be easier said than done. You might go in your closet only to feel like you’ve got nothing to wear. Nothing speaks to your wardrobe feels uninspired and even unappealing or frumpy. What’s a modern gal to do? Have no fear. It’s all about reframing your approach if you ask one local fashion expert and boutique owner. 6

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Darcy Vail, owner of Belazzo Revived Style in Wabash, has a few ideas to rekindle love for your threads. First, she said it’s important to develop a ritual of sorts to re-establish a connection. “Get yourself lookin’ and feelin’ good,” she said. That means hair and makeup, a glass of wine or hot tea, a Polaroid camera, candles lit and oils diffusing, and your favorite playlist as background music. These are just a few suggestions. What matters is that you find what works for you. In other words, as she put it, “you are setting the mood for a date with yourself and your closet. There’s no rush or panic. You are looking and feeling calm, relaxed and ready to put some outfits together.” According to Vail, the good mood approach matters and alone can be a gamechanger. “When you come from a place of being playful and excited, your closet can look totally different,” she said.

And that’s where your Polaroid can come in handy! Her suggestion: “Snap that pic so you don’t forget not only the outfit, but how you felt in it, as well, and maybe even write that emotion on the back of the pic. For example, those perfect trousers, with a simple silk neutral cami, and pink heels you added for that pop of color made you feel sexy as hell, write “SEXY!” Vail’s suggestions are strategic, because we associate clothing with emotions, and that can be for good or bad. However, by following Vail’s lead, you can enjoy a more productive relationship with your wardrobe. “When we come from a place of curiosity and playfulness, it feels so different than thinking ‘uggggg I have nothing to wear’ (with a closet full of clothes),” she said. Here’s to getting that loving feeling back. a photos:

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Vintage & Handmade Market August 14, 10 am – 4 pm An outdoor market with vendors featuring handmade, vintage and antique goods.

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GLAM + STYLE | Self Care + Beauty

Smoothing into Swim Season AT-HOME WAXING TIPS

By Shelley Galbreath

Warm summer sun, beach getaways and long afternoons at the pool, all have one thing in common – more skin and less clothing. We’ve likely been living in swimsuits the past few weeks, which means unwanted hair must go. Many women opt for the smooth, long-lasting results that come from salon waxing treatments. Covid, however, has caused women to look for alternatives to in-salon treatments. Here are some over-the-counter products to help give you a smooth transition into swimsuit season. • Sally Hansen Ouch Relief Strips for Body Bikini Wax - This is one of the easiest, fastest, and most painless ways to wax your bikini line. First, the wax pre-treatment soothes the skin and uses the Sally Hansen’s new Pain Relief technology, which is a healthy dose of the mild anesthetic benzocaine, to numb the skin. The pre-waxed cloth can be cut to any desired size, and the flexible material fits to any type of curve to ensure it grabs every stray hair. • Sally Hansen Extra Strength Brazilian Shaping Kit and Bikini Wax - This extra strength waxing kit is dermatologist and salon-tested and gets rid of any need for strips, with results lasting up to eight weeks. The formulated wax decreases the amount of hair that grows back and helps relax and soften hair at the root. The kit includes extra strength Brazilian bikini wax, three reusable easy-glide spatulas, a mirror that provides you the best angle for no mistakes, tiny scissors for expert trimming, and Azulene finishing oil for the soothing finish. 8

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• Nad’s Brazilian & Bikini Wax - This kit requires no strips, and the hard wax formula has been specifically designed for removing coarse hair from sensitive areas like your bikini line. The product lasts for two to three bikini waxes or one full Brazilian wax and includes post-wax oil wipes for a clean finish and layer of moisturizing oils. • GiGi Professional Brazilian Bikini Wax This is an ideal kit for beginners and experienced waxers alike. It comes with a specialized Brazilian bikini wax formulated with shea butter and almond oil. There’s also oil to ensure the best prep for your skin, as well as spatulas of varying sizes for the best application possible. • Relaxnwax No Scream Cream - While local spas do not recommend at-home waxing, Shirley Williams from Southwest Hair & Day Spa recommends and sells this product to all her patients before waxing because of its numbing abilities. Relaxnwax No Scream

Cream contains benzocaine, which absorbs deeper and lasts longer than traditional numbing creams, reducing pain up to 70%. “We also offer waxing services from head to toe…eyebrows, face, under arms, bikini, Brazilian, full leg, partial leg and back waxes,” Williams said. If you are looking for a cutting-edge treatment with even less pain, Lauren Eickhoff from ASPIRE Plastic Surgery said laser hair removal treatments scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks are a permanent solution for hair removal. “These treatments work well for legs, underarm, bikini, chin, upper lip and back, and are much less painful and irritating than other hair removal methods, such as shaving or waxing,” she said. Maintaining your bikini line, especially during swimsuit season, requires constant maintenance. Thankfully, these waxing kits can help you get smooth summer-ready skin from the confines of your home, or a visit to a local spa can have you beach ready in no time. a

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Clinical Applications • Stimulates Gastric Motility and Emptying • Promotes Cleansing of the Gut • Supports Microbial Balance in the GI Tract

Overview Motility in the GI tract describes the movement of food and other substances through the stomach, small intestine, large intestine and eventually out of the body. In between meals, the migrating motor complex (MMC) is a cycle of peristatic movement that acts as an inter-digestive housekeeper of the GI tract. The MMC facilitates transport of indigestible substances and bacteria from the stomach and small intestine into the colon, inhibiting the backward migration of colonic bacteria and an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. It has been shown that motility impairment typically results in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).1 MMC activity varies widely across individuals, and can become impaired for several reasons, including stress, medications, sluggish thyroid function4 and even autoimmunity associated with cytolethal distending toxins. When it comes to the most sensitive patients with SIBO or multiple symptoms of GI discomfort, it is important to choose a proven solution that stimulates motility yet is gentle and effective. Clinical studies on the standardized combination of ginger and artichoke extracts in G.I. Go have demonstrated a unique ability to stimulate gastric motility and relieve temporary GI discomfort. Artichoke Leaf Extract (Cynara cardunculus L.) Artichoke leaf (Cynara cardunculus L.) has been used for centuries to stimulate bile secretion and enhance overall liver function which help to restore gut motility and improve digestion.6,7 Cynaropicrin, the bitter compound found in artichoke leaf extract, along with other polyphenols, such as caffeoylquinic acids and flavonoids, have antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential and contribute to the

alleviation of an impressive range of GI symptoms.8,9 In fact, in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the combined supplementation with artichoke (100 mg) and ginger extract (20 mg), twice per day before lunch and dinner for 14 days, was shown to improve occasional acid indigestion.10 Artichoke has been said to complement the therapeutic effects of ginger as the former acts on the small intestine while the latter, on the stomach. Ginger Root Extract (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) The therapeutic applications of ginger root (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) are vast and well-documented by both human and animal data. The therapeutic effects of ginger root reach far beyond its well-recognized role in alleviating nausea and vomiting and include its role as a carminative, spasmolytic, and as a digestive stimulatory agent. For example, compared with placebo, supplementation with a combination of ginger root extract (20 mg) and artichoke leaf extract (100 mg) resulted in a -24% difference in the after-meal gastric area, indicating improved gastric emptying. Additional human studies corroborate this finding showing ginger supplementation stimulates antral contractions in the stomach and consequently accelerates gastric emptying compared to placebo. Preclinical studies suggest the active components in ginger; namely, [6]-gingerol, [8]-gingerol, [10]-gingerol and [6]-shogaol, may affect gastrointestinal motility through interaction with serotonergic receptors. Additional human data (using the same 120 mg extract described above) suggest additional gastrointestinal benefits for the combination including improved nausea, epigastric fullness and bloating after four weeks of daily supplementation before lunch and dinner. Ginger has also shown to help maintain microbial balance. Supplementation with 3 g/day of ginger for four weeks has been shown to remove unwanted organisms in gastric area and improve occasional acid indigestion with symptoms of gastric fullness, early satiety, nausea, belching, and gastric discomfort.

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glows’ BRENDA JANK By Hillary Knipstein Photo by Catie’s Captures Photography

As we head into the bustle of “back to school” season, it’s important to prioritize intentional rest. After her own struggle with burnout, Brenda Jank founded Run Hard. Rest Well (RHRW), a nonprofit organization that equips people to embrace a pace and passion for work and rest that is transformative and sustainable. Jank candidly shared that in her mid-twenties, burnout threatened every fiber of her being. She was raising five children, four of whom had significant special needs. “Every day my children needed more than I had to give,” she remembered. Although the intensity of that season initially drove her to despair, Jank grew immensely from it. “I became defiant in my disregard for social norms that set me up to feel like a failure as a woman and a mom. I learned to explore rest through teamwork, creativity, and insights that changed my life,” she explained “Before long, my life mission became crystal clear – make rest compelling, accessible, practical, and transformative for people—for leaders and their teams—and as often as possible, the people they serve,” she said. She used this clarity of purpose as fuel to found, grow, and now scale an organization championing restorative wellness. RHRW began by serving the staff of nonprofits and the medical community. It has since grown to work with businesses, foundations, mental health centers, schools, and churches. RHRW can now bring the concept of Restorative Wellness to students from ages 12 to 19, through in-person programming and its new interactive, video-based Social Emotional Learning program, Run the Race. Jank sees RHRW developing programs and materials to serve children, families, people in crisis, and people at risk. She is also excited to begin training people throughout the U.S. to bring RHRW to their communities. She points out that while cultural norms romanticize overload and exhaustion, humans—much like cars and iPhones—need to be refueled and recharged. Check out her challenge to us to help us recharge this month in our e-newsletter, The glo(w) Down. Subscribe at For more info, visit, a


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KEVIN NABER By Julie Young | Photo by Mollie Shutt

Kevin Naber has been working in senior living communities ever since he was a teenager. “I have always enjoyed spending time with older people,” he said. “Hearing the stories of their lives and learning from them has been a great source of joy for me.” As the director of marketing and research for Lutheran Life Villages, Naber is working hard to change the stereotypes about the elder care industry and help usher in an era of nuanced, mindful appreciation of what aging looks like today. He assisted in the launch of The Zachary Project, an effort to establish Lutheran Life Villages as an industry leader in memory care, and in recent years, he has connected residents to Fort Wayne’s vibrant arts community to create public installations that can be enjoyed by everyone. One of those installations came out of a partnership with volunteers from the Wunderkammer Co. to cover Lutheran Foundation Park and Gardens in yarn for a temporary installation entitled “Yarn Bomb.” Another project paired local artists with residents to transform donated pianos into visual works of art. “It’s incredible what happens when you put a brightly colored piano in the middle of a downtown alleyway or block party,” he said, noting that it often leads to conversations about Lutheran Life Villages, art and aging. “I was also lucky enough to connect with Julia Meek on the creation of the ‘Some Things Never Grow Old’ mural on Pearl Street near Promenade Park,” he said. Naber truly believes that every human being, no matter their age, has a compelling, worthwhile, and uniquely beautiful story to tell, and at Lutheran Life Villages, he takes the time to learn those stories and share his residents’ wisdom with the whole community. He believes that most everyone can contribute to the community in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, a lot of people forget that, so a big part of his job is reminding them of that while giving them the tools, support, and opportunity they need to make that contribution. “I believe that learning the stories of our residents not only enriches our community with their perspective, but it also serves as a gift for the resident,” he said. “I believe the gift continues to give each time their stories are shared, and it’s my privilege to play some small part in facilitating that exchange of knowledge and experience.” a


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glo GIRL AUBREE HALL AGE: 18 By Stacie Ball | Photo by Mollie Shutt

Recent Lakeland High School graduate Aubree Hall certainly knows how to stay “grounded.” Not only was she an exceptional high school student, she participated in many extra-curriculars last year, as well, including designing and opening The Lighthouse Café. “The Lighthouse Café is a school-based enterprise located inside Lakeland High School that sells hot and cold coffee, sugar-free energy drinks, and water,” Hall explained. “The café is run completely by students, giving DECA members a chance to work in a real-world business. All profits from the café fund DECA activities like educational conferences and competitive events.” DECA prepares emerging leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 14

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Hall “brewed” the idea for the Lighthouse Café while preparing for the DECA state conference in 2019. “My advisor, Tami Maxey, and I discovered that if we opened a school-based enterprise using my business plan, we could use the profits to send DECA leaders to state and also fund any costs the group had,” she said.

teams, President of the DECA chapter, a member of Lagrange 4-H Junior Leaders, and she performed as the Narrator in Lakeland High School’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Her “recipe” for accomplishing it all includes good time management skills, some planning, a bit of praying, and a great support team.

“It took a lot of time to get the café going,” Muranda Hall, Aubree’s Mom, reflected. “Between location logistics and COVID restrictions, it took a year to get this project off the ground; however, Aubree faced every problem head-on and never gave up. I am so proud of her ability to persevere through all she faced this year.”

“I am very grateful to all the amazing teachers, family, and friends who pushed me to do my best and for all of the experiences I have been given through the DECA program,” Hall acknowledged. “I am very thankful for leaders like Tami Maxey who helped me rise to meet all the challenges I faced when putting the café together.”

The Lighthouse Café was one of many activities included in Hall’s daily “grind.” She was president of the Lakeland Vocal Motion Show Choir, a member of both the Science and English academic

Hall plans to study elementary education at Manchester University in the fall. This young entrepreneur can’t wait to “pour” knowledge into the next generation. a


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It’s no secret that northeast Indiana’s housing market is hot right now. Houses are often selling within a day or two of hitting the market, and many for more than the asking price. So, it poses the question: To stage or not to stage?

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household pets........... 16

selling a house for pet owners

reader DIY.................... 17

main feature.................6

the bee-friendly backyard

main feature.................8

event calendar........... 18 support small.............. 20

real estate markets still trending hot

financial #realtalk: qualifying for a mortgage

how to.........................10

flip a house

community ~ Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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well being..................... 12 I am HOME...................21

keep calm while moving on

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garden/landscape....... 14

fall color, late blooming flowers

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The short answer is: yes. And while that may seem overwhelming during an already stressful time, if you want to capitalize on this market and get the most out of your home, you need to consider staging. Most realtors and prospective buyers are notoriously bad at visualizing a space differently than how it actually looks. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming to stage your home. Yes, there are professional stagers and they are well worth the money. If it’s not in your budget, here are some tips for you.

1-DeclutterRemove anything that is unnecessary: knickknacks, furniture, pictures. There should be only one or two items on a surface. If you are still living in the house while trying to sell it, keep essentials in a bin that can be stored away easily on short notice.

or Not to Stage

2-R emove personal itemsYou want to help your buyer picture themselves in your house, so don’t make it harder than it needs to be. Remove photos from walls and surfaces, postcards from the refrigerator, and kids’ artwork.

4-R epaint walls3-Focus on important areas-

If you love bright colors, that’s great, but it may be easier to sell your home if the walls are more neutral, providing a prospective buyer a blank slate to envision their own style in the space. 

Master suites and kitchens are the two areas that can sell a home, so focus your efforts here if you are strapped for time.

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Real Estate Markets Still Trending

By Mary Jane Bogle


Anyone following the real estate market in the past year knows that nothing is normal about current trends. Low interest rates, coupled with low inventory, have created rising prices and competition like never before. Real estate in northeast Indiana is no exception. If you’re venturing into the real estate market any time soon, here’s what you need to know. Thinking of building instead? Be prepared to pay significantly more for a new build than you would have spent just a year ago. Glenn Claycomb, owner of Rivers Edge Construction & Remodeling, points to the pandemic as one cause of rising prices. Again, supply and demand play a huge role in the prices — for labor as well as for materials. Watch for more “spec” homes to enter the market, and keep in mind that renovations to an existing home might be worth it, especially if you like your neighbors and school district. One thing’s certain. While no one could have predicted a housing market like this, experts agree that it’s not changing any time soon.

1. Demand still trumps supply – by a long shot. Consider the numbers. MLS listings for single family homes in Allen County used to average 2,500 – 3,000 single-family homes at any given time. Those numbers range from 215 – 250 homes today. Needless to say, inventory is way down, making the market more competitive than ever before. 2. Be prepared to pay over list price. Most homes are receiving multiple offers, creating bidding wars. If you want to compete, consider the list price as a starting point, and be sure to know how far you’re willing to negotiate above that threshold ahead of time. 3. Get pre-approved. Tamara Braun of Team Tamara at Northeastern Group Realty recommends clients engage in candid conversations with their lenders in advance. Knowing what you can realistically spend will keep you from making rash decisions you might regret later. 4. Understand that homes are selling above appraisals. You read that right. Some buyers are offering what is called an appraisal guarantee, meaning they will come up with additional funds if the lender’s appraisal comes back lower than the negotiated price. 5. Consider buying first and selling later. No one wants to be in the position of selling a home sooner than expected and having nowhere to go. Just keep in mind that many sellers won’t consider contingencies that depend on the sale of another property. 6. Cash isn’t the only factor to consider when making an offer. Some buyers are offering sellers the option of staying in the home for up to 60 days rent free, which might be more appealing than just a higher price or cash offer. 7. Secure an experienced realtor. Now more than ever, negotiations are key. Working with a realtor who knows the market and offers decades of experience in helping clients navigate real estate transactions will reap dividends in the long run.

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Financial #realtalk: Qualifying for a mortgage By Lauren Caggiano

There’s no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to improving your chances of getting a mortgage, especially in today’s seller’s market. It’s not out of the question for homes to get multiple offers within hours of listing. That’s why you don’t want to leave anything to chance.

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what you can afford and decide what monthly mortgage payment amount you would be comfortable with.” Joel Scheer a branch manager at Ruoff Mortgage, agreed, and spoke to another potential wild card. “Sometimes you have to make yourself more marketable when we’re looking at it from the preparation point of view,” he said. “Credit card or revolving accounts are critical to keep an eye on. For instance, your utilization ratio can have a pretty big impact on your qualifying credit score. Even if you’ve never made a late payment in your life, generally if your balances at the time a credit report is authorized are more than 40–50% of what your available credit limit is, you’re likely going to see a diminished credit score.” When in doubt, consult with your lender and be open to suggestions. “I’m a big fan of trying to be as proactive and out in front of things as much as possible so that if there are a few things that we need to work on we have allowed the necessary time to do so,” he said. “When we put Ruoff’s name on that pre-approval letter, the outside world knows that we’ve done our due diligence to prepare (it).” 


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Two local experts weighed in on the process and offered insight into how aspiring homeowners can position themselves for success. For starters, Lisa Keirns, a mortgage banker with STAR Financial Bank, emphasized the importance of being informed. Her advice can be best distilled into a few tips: Know your credit score, understand what you can afford, begin saving, investigate loan options, and go through the pre-approval process before seeking the advice and guidance of a real estate agent. Certain steps can take longer than others, and it’s important to anticipate the occasional hiccup. There are, however, ways you can remain in good standing with a prospective lender. “If your score is where you want it to be, try to remain ‘hands off’ as you go through the mortgage approval process,” said Keirns. “Opening new accounts and closing old accounts can negatively impact your score, so it’s best to wait until after you close on your mortgage to do things like this.” On a related note, Keirns stressed the importance of taking a holistic inventory of your finances before you begin the application process in earnest. Certain moves can help or hinder your case. That said, she offered a specific recommendation. “Sit down and go through your budget and understand your debt to income (DTI) ratio,” she said. “This is the amount of your monthly credit account payments (including property taxes and homeowner’s insurance) divided by your gross monthly income. Be realistic about

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Flip a House By Deborah C. Gerbers

Flipping a house is not as easy as it looks on TV — there are many details that need to be considered before making an investment. Turning over a house with proper improvements can be more of a commitment than most people anticipate. But by understanding local regulations, being conscious of costs, and working with local professionals, you can make a successful investment in the end. According to real estate experts at, there are several steps you should take before choosing an investment property and beginning your project to get the best possible and most equitable outcome:

Understand the local market and guidelines before purchase. To execute a successful real estate investment, it is important to educate yourself on local rules and regulations. Be aware of government regulations, neighborhood codes and other factors that will affect the costs, price and total investment. In Allen County, unless you plan to live in the home you’ve purchased for renovation, you will need to obtain proper licensing for subcontractors, plumbing, HVAC, framing, roofing and other aspects.

Know the neighborhood and be selective. Be sure you know everything you can about a specific neighborhood before buying an investment property there. If you overdo a home in a not-so-great area, you won’t get as much money as you had hoped for; on the other side of the coin, if your investment house does not add up to neighboring values, you’ll have the opposite problem. Is the area up and coming or well-established? Ask yourself these questions first.

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Choose a project that can be done well but in a timely manner.

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Make the right fixes and improvements. According to Fort Wayne real estate broker and investor Kevin Gerbers, it is imperative to make the correct improvements on investment properties. “When I began working on investments twenty years ago, I was told all homes need are a little carpet and paint,” he said. “That is absolutely untrue; there are so many unexpected details that factor into a successful investment.”

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Work with real estate professionals. If you’re new to flipping, try to network with other potential buyers. Building relationships with prospective buyers and investors in the area can help you in the long run. Educating yourself on the local market, profit margins and neighborhood values are critical to being a successful investor.

Be prepared for unexpected costs and extra work. Gerbers advised potential real estate investors to anticipate unforeseen problems and to be prepared for annoyances as they arise. “Many people don’t realize they need to address the foundation of a home or the stability of framework and roofing,” he said. “You also need to be aware of your margin in your initial investment so that you can make money, but also leave yourself enough wiggle room to cover unexpected problems like foundation cracks, leaking roofs, and other issues.” Another thing people don’t take into account are the other necessary costs when taking on an investment project; costs that are not typically outlined on home improvement shows on television. “There are closing costs on both ends, real estate commissions, prorated taxes, inspections, utilities, bank interests, and other factors,” said Gerbers. “You can easily miss your budget by a mile because all those costs can sneak up if you’re not well educated and prepared.” 

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Take stock of your current situation. Is now the best time to buy? It largely depends on your personal situation. Although interest rates remain at record lows, the median home price has risen 15.6 percent across the nation. Before scouring the listings, ask yourself a few questions: Is your job secure? Do you have plenty of cash reserves? Are you in a hurry? Remember the old adage: “Buy in haste, repent in leisure.” Stay flexible. One thing that can make the home-buying process a little smoother is to identify your wants and needs in general terms but specify the “deal breakers” as clearly as you can (especially with your home-buying partner so that there are no issues later). There is nothing healthy about the buyer’s remorse you will feel if you settled for the wrong property. Can you handle the competition? Due to the depleted inventory, most homes are selling as soon as they go on the market, and some buyers are offering premiums above list price to make sure they stake their claim. Are you prepared to endure a bidding war for the house you want? More importantly, can you stick to your budget and walk away, even if it means missing out on the house you’ve fallen in love with? Sweeten the deal. Be aggressive with your offer but be aware of your cash reserves so that you don’t overpay for the property. Consider offering a premium to have the listing taken down, but do not skip the inspection. Don’t make your offer contingent on selling your own home and offer to rent back the house so that the sellers have additional time to move. Acknowledge your feelings. Invariably, you will lose out on a property that you were excited about. You will be outbid by another buyer. The seller may renege on a deal you thought was done. It happens and you have every right to feel disappointed and upset about the turn of events. The average buyer sees about six properties before finding “the one” and 33 percent admit to shedding tears in the process. Don’t hide those emotions. Rather, acknowledge them so that you can heal your heart and prepare for the next property. Consider the long view. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. It’s not worth the mental strain and stress. Stay put if it is not the right time for you to buy. The housing market changes over time and the right time will come. Remember, buying a home is a marathon not a sprint and you’ll want to be ready for the journey mentally, physically, and financially. 

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Fall Color, Late Blooming Flowers By Bethany Beebe

Flowers and bushes can add splashes of color for curb appeal. Both annual and perennial plantings are available at stores in our area. Whether you decide one season at a time is your preference, or you would rather have the consistency of a perennial, many options are worth considering.


Appearing in structure much like large violets, pansies can stretch fall color until we must face the music of winter. You will likely wish to plant these cool-weather favorites as small plants since germination alone can take one to three weeks, finally experiencing bloom between 10-12 weeks after planting seeds2,3. Deadheading can help keep the flowers coming after their planting in well-drained, amended soil3,4.

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Mum’s the word

Available in many colors including red, bronze, yellow, orange, and more, mums are relatively easy to grow and offer stunning results, according to Rosie Lerner of Purdue Extension. Two main types of mums are available: garden mums and florist mums. While not always the case, garden mums can live from one season to the next, where the florist mum is an annual. Best planted in spring, garden mums can be autumn additions with a little extra TLC. For most cultivars, budding begins when day length shortens to under 12 hours, but some rely on summer’s heat to trigger show of color. Harsher winters, especially for plants in poorly drained soil, can be too challenging for survival. When they do bloom, however, the variety of flower structures, ranging from a tighter, more compact pincushion to a thinner, longer-petaled flower give you options for this fall favorite1.

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Biennials, these plants usually do not see a second season for flowering since they are traditionally planted in the fall and removed after their seasonal utility. That utility is the presence of their leaves. Purple, green, creamy white, and rose shades on textured growth flourish best in loamy, well-drained soil5.

Summer days will soon fade into memories of early morning stretches of the hose to prized tomato plants and weeding around geraniums. Just because the calendar notes changing weather patterns, it doesn’t mean we need to cast aside floral color. Many low-maintenance and relatively low-cost options abound for the gardener who wants to stretch the opportunity to be in the garden and add highlights to a beautiful home.

Beautiful bushes

Beauty beyond one season can be found in perennial flowers and their usually-larger relatives, bushes. Here in Indiana, we have many options, some offering flowers and others “just” striking leaves of varying texture and color. Yellow, red, purple, and varying combinations of color can find their way into your garden with shrubs that will act as multi-season landscape personality. To find just the right combination for your yard, take a look at Purdue Extension’s document on this topic and many more6. 

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Selling a House for Pet Owners By Stacie Ball

Putting a house up for sale is a tall order, but pet owners have a few extra items to accomplish before our houses are “show ready.” Realtor Heidi Haiflich at North Eastern Group Realty has years of experience showing houses and explained, “It’s all about putting your best paw forward.” She shared some clever tips for making your pet-loved home the star of the show.

Put Away Traces of Pets

“During showings it is best to have food and water dishes put away,” Haiflich instructed. She advised hiding toys and bedding, cleaning all cat boxes, or even better, removing them completely. Don’t forget to inspect the yard thoroughly and ensure it is free from any pet “landmines.” She elaborated, “When your potential buyer is walking the backyard, you want them looking at your home, not at the grass making sure their next step is safe.”

Remove or Repair Damaged Items

Haiflich recommended that pet owners replace snagged or ripped screens, broken blinds, and snagged curtains. Remove all pet stains from furniture and carpet and hire a professional for stubborn spots if necessary. She suggested, “If the natural woodwork has a few scratches, purchase a stain pen to help blend those in.”

Be Honest When Asked

“A seller is not required to disclose having pets,” noted Haiflich. “If a buyer has animal related allergies and/or issues severe enough, a buyer’s agent may reach out to the seller’s agent before scheduling a showing. A seller could run into issues if they mislead or are not forthcoming about animals that live at the home.”

Take Pets with You

Haiflich stated, “It’s best to remove all animals except fish tanks during showings and inspections.” She suggested staying with a friend or in a nearby hotel that allows pets. “Luckily, in this market, if your home is priced right, it should be on the market for a very short time. A weekend away is more than likely all you will need!” she added. “You’ll deserve the downtime after all your hard work preparing your house for the market.” Invest the time to make your house look (and smell) its best for a successful sale. 

Eliminate Odor

“Ask your agent or another friend (preferably a non-pet owner) if they smell anything,” Haiflich said, “If they detect pet odors in the home, focus on the floors and furniture. Clean them thoroughly, removing any hair and/or stains. Call a professional, if needed. They have some top-grade odor neutralizers.” She discouraged using Plug-ins to mask any odors because these can make buyers suspicious about what the seller is trying to cover up.

“Before all showings, do a ‘buyers’ walkthrough,” emphasized Haiflich. “Evaluating your home through the buyer’s lens is the best bet in making sure your home is show ready, pet related or not. The thing you’ve ‘learned to live with’ or don’t notice on the daily might be the showstopper for a buyer.”

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Do a “Buyers” Walkthrough

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By Amber Bouthot

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Every month, we highlight do-it-yourself projects from our readers. Do you want to see your project featured in our magazine? It can be something as simple as a craft project or as large as a home addition. If you did it yourself, it can be featured. Email Amber at This month’s Reader DIY project comes from Tim and Kathy Ryan. They’ve transformed their backyard into a bee-friendly haven. Find out how.

What was your inspiration for the project? Our daughter Megan and her partner Alex are beekeepers and owners of Southwest Honey Company. Learning from them how important pollinators are to our food sources (they are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food we eat) raised our awareness of how honeybees are struggling and how we could help in a small way by planting pollinator friendly plants. We already had a small garden but living in the city means that space is limited. The garden has remained small, but our flower beds have slowly taken over more and more of our green space. After adopting an artist painted beehive at a fundraiser for Southwest Honey Company two years ago, we decided that in the future, we wanted that beautiful hive to be in our backyard.

Kathy & Tim with artist Tricia Cavender

How many years have you been devoting time to it?

Has it been easier or more difficult than you originally thought? We spent time asking questions, learning more about beekeeping, and preparing for this project so it actually went as planned.

What do you like best about the undertaking? We like the satisfaction of knowing that we are helping pollinators, in particular honeybees, which are struggling to survive. They remain under assault from disease, pesticides, and habitat loss. We have used social media to share our project, which has resulted in questions. In that way we have helped educate family, friends, and neighbors about honeybees, and we hope to eventually share Ryan Backyard honey with them.

What is your favorite spot/flowers/plant/feature of the space? We love seeing the bees in the garden and on all our flowers, particularly the natives. We enjoy seeing the bees return to the hive in the evening after a day of foraging for pollen and nectar.

Where did you source your materials? We purchased our materials locally – sand and gravel from Bailey Aggregates in Yoder, our beautiful stone from Rose Brick in Fort Wayne, and we rented a wet saw for the stone from S & A Equipment Rental. The bees, of course, were acquired naturally from a swarm collected in Indian Village by Southwest Honey beekeepers.

What advice would you give to others looking to create spaces for bees? Research what is involved in beekeeping. It is much more than installing a hive in your backyard and watching the bees. Fortunately, we had a mentor in the family to teach and guide us about regular hive checks, treatments for mites, adding to the structure of the hive when the population of the hive increases, the possibility of winter feeding based on honey supply, and many other tasks. The Northeastern Indiana Beekeeper’s Association can provide information and resources for those interested in learning the art of beekeeping.

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We began the actual planning about one year ago. Hive location is an important consideration. We wanted the immediate location surrounding the hive to be as maintenance free as possible. A southeast facing location is opportune for the hive because bees use the sun as a focus point to help navigate. We put our empty hive boxes in the yard and moved them around to find the best spot. We decided making a small stone patio for the hive would aid in maintenance and allow us to work around the hive as freely as possible. Last fall we dug up our sod and prepared the area with sand and gravel as a base. Early this spring, we selected our stone and built the patio for our hive. In April, Megan and Alex collected a swarm that soon became our bees in our hive with resident Queen Bee Roserita.

community  |  events Stroede Center for the Arts •T  hursday, Aug. 12, James LeBlanc & The Winchesters, 7 p.m., Triangle Park, free admission • Friday, Aug. 13, Justin Roberts, 7 p.m., Triangle Park, free admission • Saturday, Aug. 14, Cinema at the Stroede: “Chariots of Fire,” 7:30 p.m., Stroede Center, free admission Stroede Center, 319 Wayne Ave., Defiance. Triangle Park, 655 Clinton St., Defiance. 419.784.3401,

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Botanical Conservatory •S  unday, Aug. 1 (through Nov. 14), “Visions of the Old West” exhibit, regular admission • Thursday, Aug. 5, $1 Night Insight: Desert Life, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., $1 • Saturday, Aug. 14, Garden Railroading, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., $12 • Tuesday, Aug. 17, Tai ChI Skill Building, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., $9 • Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 19-22, “Wild West” sessions, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., regular admission Botanical Roots Concert Series, 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday (doors open 7:30 p.m.), $6/ adult, free 12 and under: • Aug. 6, Nikki Hill, soul • Aug. 13, Zion Lion, reggae • Aug. 20, Mississippi Heat, blues • Aug. 27, Dwayne Dopsie and the Hellraisers, Zydeco Adults $5, children (3-17) $3, children (2 and under) free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 260.427.6440,

Embassy Theatre Summer Nights Concerts, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday (doors open at 5 p.m.), $5 • Aug. 4, Samuel Harness • Aug. 11, Ennis & The Sound • Aug. 18, Ty Causey • Aug. 25, KelsiCote Amig@s 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 800.745.3000,

Memorial Coliseum • Sunday, Aug. 29, Fort Wayne Region Sports Car Club of America Autocross, 10 a.m., parking lot. Register at to compete. Parking $6 main lot, $10 preferred lot. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.482.9502,

Fort Wayne Museum of Art Exhibitions: • At the Crossroads: Artists of Indiana (through Sept. 5) • Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau (through Sept. 26) • Movement: Glass Sculptures by Latchezar Boyadjiev (through Oct. 3) • A Love of Light: The Collection of Sylvia Fendel (through Oct. 3) • Reflections: Glass at FWMoA of the Last Decade (through Oct. 3) • AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July (through Dec. 31) • A Century of Making Meaning: 100 Years of Collecting (through March 13, 2022) • Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Classic Toys and Americana (ongoing) • FWMoA Permanent Glass Displays (ongoing) Traveling exhibitions (through Dec. 31, 2021): • AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July Events: • Thursday, Aug. 5, Curator’s Tour, Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, 12:15 p.m. RSVP required. Regular admission. • Thursday, Aug. 12, 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery, watch local painters and purchase their works, 5 p.m. Free admission. • Saturday, Aug. 14, Second Saturday Family Tour, 10:30 a.m. RSVP required. Regular admission. Adults $8, students (pre-K through college) $6, seniors (65 and older) $6, families $20, free admission for veterans and veterans’ families, free general admission 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays), 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 260.422.6467,

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•T  hursday, Aug. 5, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” 9:30 p.m., 13-24 DriveIn, 890 IN 13, Wabash. $8/carload. • Sunday, Aug. 8, 85 United featuring 390 East, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $10 • Friday, Aug. 13, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $75 to $2,500 • Saturday, Aug. 14, The British Invasion Years, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $19/$29/$49 • Wednesday, Aug. 18, The Hot Dog Ministry, 7 p.m., Honeywell House Outdoor Terrace, free admission • Thursday, Aug. 19, A Tribute to John Denver, 7:30 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $15 • Thursday, Aug. 19, Get the Led Out, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $25 to $75 • Wednesday, Aug. 25, Tesla, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $29 to $125 • Thursday, Aug. 26, Jeff Allen: The America I Grew Up In Tour, 7:30 p.m. Eagles Theatre, $19/$29 • Thursday, Aug. 26, TUSK: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, 7:30 p.m., Ford Theater, $29 to $75 • Tuesday, Aug. 31, Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2 p.m., Eagles Theatre, $25 Ford Theater, 275 W. Market St., Wabash. Eagles Theater, 106 W. Market St., Wabash. Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St., Wabash. 260.563.1102,

Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre •T  hursday, Aug. 5, Jeff & Sheri Easter, 7 p.m., Music Hall, $39.95 • Friday, Aug. 6, Blackhawk, 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $64.95 • Friday, Aug. 6 (through Oct. 28), “Stolen: The Musical,” showtimes vary, Music Hall, $38.95 • Saturday, Aug. 7, Trace Adkins: The Way I Wanna Go, 8 p.m., PAC, $59.95/$129.95 • Sunday, Aug. 8, Jamey Johnson featuring Andy Whatley & Company, 8 p.m., PAC, $44.95 to $109.95 • Thursday, Aug. 12, King’s Brass, 7 p.m., Music Hall, $19.95 • Thursday, Aug. 12, Old Crow Medicine Show featuring Molly Tuttle, 8 p.m., PAC, $29.95 to $99.95 • Friday, Aug. 13, Little River Band, 8 p.m., PAC, $29.95 to $99.95 • Thursday, Aug. 19, Moe Bandy, 7 p.m., Music Hall, $49.95 • Friday, Aug. 20, The Duttons, 8 p.m., PAC, $14.95 to $54.95 • Friday-Saturday, Aug. 20-21, The Inspirations Quartet, 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, Music Hall, $19.95 • Saturday, Aug. 21, Southern Fried Chicks, 8 p.m., PAC, $14.95 to $44.95 • Thursday, Aug. 26, Greater Vision, 7 p.m., Music Hall, $24.95 • Saturday, Aug. 28, Unspoken, 8 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $44.95 • Saturday, Aug. 28, Lee Roy Parnell, 7 p.m., Music Hall, $34.95 • Tuesday, Aug. 31, Ken Davis, 7:30 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $49.95 • Tuesday, Aug. 31 (through Oct. 28), Salute to the Stars: Country Hall of Fame, showtimes vary, Music Hall, $24.95 • Tuesday, Aug. 31 (through Sept. 4), The Browns, 10 a.m., Music Hall, $19.95 All shows add $18 for dinner theater. Performing Arts Center (PAC), 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Music Hall, 195 N. Van Buren, Shipshewana. 888.447.4725,

1 DECATUR: Decatur Coin Show and Marketplace Nearly 100 indoor vendors, hot food available. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (yearround), Riverside Center, 231 E. Monroe St. (Highway 224 East). Contact Carla at 260.517.8182,

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 FORT WAYNE: “Little River Ramblers” Hike and explore the interesting plants and wildlife of Eagle Marsh. Bring binoculars for a close-up view. Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free admission. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tuesday, Eagle Marsh Barn, 6801 Engle Road. 260.478.2515,,

6 WABASH: First Friday Theme: “Around the World.” Tastes of the World will pair different cultures with different businesses. Free admission. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, downtown. 260.563.0975,

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27-28 FORT WAYNE: Taste of the Arts Festival

More than 50 antique and vintage vendors selling collectibles, primitives, furniture, toys, signs, jewelry, more. Swap meet, food, door prizes. Free admission. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Farmstead Event Pavilion, 368 S. Van Buren St. 260.768.7627,

Local dancers, musicians, actors, buskers, local art, kid-friendly activities, food, drinks. Free admission. Hours vary by venue, Friday and Saturday, downtown. 260.424.0646, 

7, 14, 21, 28 (through Sept. 25) WABASH: Farmers Market Fresh produce, artist wares, handmade soaps, honey, baked goods, handmade furniture, live music, food trucks, demonstrations. Free admission. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, 275 W. Market St. 574.780.6697,

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All-you-can-eat fish and pork tenderloin with scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, dessert, coffee. German and domestic beer and other beverages. Carryout available. $10/adult, $5/child. 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Maennerchor/Damenchor, 3355 Elmhurst Drive. Contact Patti Knox at 260.444.3634,

14 ROANOKE: Vintage & Handmade Market Outdoor market with vendors featuring handmade, vintage and unique goods. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Main Street downtown.,

18 WABASH: Lunch and Learn Cheryl Ross will explain how quilting and gardening are kindred arts. Free admission, bring own lunch. 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Charley Creek Gardens, 551 N. Miami St. 260.563.1020,

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community  |  support


By Kristin King

A dedicated community of helping hands is no farther than our own backyard. Established over 16 years ago, Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used household items to the public at discounted prices. What once started as a small space on Wallace Street has grown immensely, allowing ReStore to make an even larger impact on the lives of individual families and the community of Greater Fort Wayne. Their newest location, built in spring of 2018, is stocked with donated items from the public, as well as overstock or discounted options from surrounding businesses, meaning brand new and gently used items at up to 40% off of retail costs. What you can expect to find at ReStore is anything from flooring, light fixtures, hardware, plumbing, toilets, and home goods, to of course furniture. Mara Kessler, Business Development Manager at ReStore, says that “everything on the floor can literally change by the minute.” Their high demand for quality products in a budget-friendly price range allows their inventory to be everchanging. So while you can walk in and score a deal on a cute couch or lamp, you’ll also be directly affecting those in need in our community. ReStore is one of the top donors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. The profits from sales, as well as donations, go right back into funding the home building and educational programs that Habitat is known for. Of course, the local support doesn’t stop there. ReStore is currently providing jobs for 15 regular employees and hosts a range of volunteers from all age groups in need of academic or community service hours. They also have 17 legacy volunteers who contribute 50 or more hours of their time annually. Kessler mentions that there’s “a project for every ability level” when it comes to volunteering at ReStore. The on-site volunteer coordinator strives to find tasks that fit any individual’s skill level, which includes merchandising the store, very light cleaning, processing items that come through the donation line, and testing light fixtures.

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When asked how 2020 and COVID-19 have affected their business, Kessler responded, “2020 was actually our all-time high for sales and donations. The staff rallied through and kept the customers and donors served. They really did everything they could.” ReStore shut down for only 6 weeks but used that time to move their business online and used the platform to meet needs quickly. Once they reopened their doors, they had to shut down the online shop as their in-store demand was much too high. They are considering both as an option in the future. “There was such a demand from the community for us. Something that 2020 taught us was that there’s a need for affordable home goods. So people can furnish their homes and still be able to feed their families. All walks of life shop here,” Kessler noted. If you’re looking to donate (or shop!) at ReStore, please visit them during business hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. They are happy to accept new and gently used items. They provide free pick-up service for larger items for residential and commercial donors. You can also catch them this year at Taste of the Arts Festival Downtown on August 28th to learn more about their programs. 

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Chris Sanderson By Lauren Caggiano

As a real estate agent with North Eastern Group Realty, Chris Sanderson is perhaps the best salesperson for the region because he truly loves the area — and it shows. A South Side High School graduate and Fort Wayne native, Sanderson has lived in a few other cities over the years, but the Summit City keeps calling him back. One facet he appreciates about the community is the diversity. “We have all kinds of races and ethnicities represented here,” he said. “It’s really a melting pot.” Also high on his list is the affordability factor. “There’s nothing like Fort Wayne in terms of the cost of housing,” he said. “Plus, I actually really love the seasons. I know people don’t like winter, and I’m not particularly a big fan of winter. But I do love spring, fall and summer.” Beyond those factors, Sanderson said Fort Wayne is a diamond in the rough in terms of local flavor. “The fact that we have ethnic restaurants from all over the world right here in Fort Wayne is impressive,” he said. “I love Thai food, tacos, food trucks, etc. So if you’re a foodie, this is the place to be.” It’s also the place to be if you enjoy outdoor recreation. Sanderson said the county’s network of trails puts the area on the map. He enjoys hopping on one of the trails near his home and office, which are both located on the north side of town. Fort Wayne has a lot of other things going for it, too, if you ask Sanderson. He said he’s enjoyed watching downtown development unfold over the years, starting with the relocation of the TinCaps to Parkview Field. “That was a brilliant move – it’s changed everything,” he said about the landmark move. That decision really got the ball rolling and created renewed interest in downtown as a destination. On a related note, he’s also impressed with the growth in housing options downtown, citing the Cityscape Flats and the Anthony Wayne Building condominiums. Beyond the practical considerations, he said there’s another reason to seek out Fort Wayne as a place to call home. The abundance of

coffee shops is a clear win. Places like the Friendly Fox, Utopian Coffee, and the Firefly have local flavor you won’t find at national chains. The arts and culture scene also make their mark on Fort Wayne and set it apart from other communities. According to Sanderson, the Fort Wayne Ballet is renowned. The Cinema Center is a gem in its own right. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is a cultural asset in his estimation. The Foellinger-Freimman Botanical Conservatory has a lot to offer, too. When he’s not at work or enjoying what the city has to offer, you can find Sanderson enjoying the quiet villa life. “I have a nice patio outside overlooking some woods and a pond,” he said. “It’s very peaceful and my home is full of natural light.” 

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FEATURE | Feature Focus

in your… 40s

by Deborah C. Gerbers

We interviewed women spanning 6 decades to find out their secrets to living their best lives.



Courtney Wagner, 41

Erin Fankhauser, 23 I currently work at Toledo Metal Spinning and start a new job in August. I will be the Graduate Assistant for Creative Media for University of Toledo Women’s Basketball, while getting my MBA! I would describe life in my 20s to be awesome and there are many adventures and changes ahead. I have been through some tough things that have changed my perspective on life, especially my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis. That was a tough time for all of us, but she got through it and has been doing great ever since! I had a lot of different coaches and mentors who kept me extremely positive and reminded me to think of the good things that happen every day. To this day I try to think of three positive things that happen to me before I go to bed, and it helps me keep a positive attitude. 16

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Shayla Hudson, 36 In my 30s, I am at peace with my life, and I love who I am, the man I married, and my children. I’ve grown into “me”. I’ve developed a voice to stand up and not be afraid to speak on racial issues. I show my children by example never to shy away and to be proud. I have learned to embrace natural beauty. I wear my hair in its natural state, little to NO makeup, and I feel beautiful and powerful. Right now, I am most enjoying being a mother of two beautiful black children, being in love with my wonderful supportive husband, not being afraid to be me or care what anyone else thinks and showcasing black love to the fullest. I enjoy bike riding with my husband and kids, traveling, and treating myself to spa days!

I’ve had more life experiences now at 41 to pull from – both good and bad. Those experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. I have a better work-life balance. Family (and friends) are everything. As I get older, I realize this more and more. The more memories you can make with them now, the better, because you just never know what the future holds. I feel like my 40s are a little more settled. In my 20s and 30s, I was very career driven and much more willing to work crazy long irregular hours. Now I value a better work-life balance. Right now I am most enjoying being more comfortable in my own skin and owning/understanding more of who I am. Like many of us, when I was younger, I was concerned with what other women/girls thought of me and fitting in. As I’ve gotten older, I have realized that most of us are concerned about the same things, and it is better to just try to be your best self every day and not worry as much about what others think about you. If you try to do the right thing, treat people well, you will attract your tribe. I’ve learned for me it is better to have fewer truer friends that have my back than a wide group of people who won’t stand by my side when things get hard.




In my 50s, I appreciate every day. I open my eyes each morning happy to be alive. I thank God for the wonderful life I have lived. I am grateful for my health, my family, and my friends. I am thankful for a strong body and a mind that can still function. What I have enjoyed in my 50s is the freedom to find and reinvent myself. The kids have flown or are thriving, so this is the time to enjoy and create new challenges for myself. It is a time for self-reflection and growth.

Life in my 60s is good. I could not be happier and have satisfaction with how I’ve ‘run the race.’

In my 70s, I am focusing on being healthier, because truly, we don’t know how much time we have. When health issues arise, it is kind of a wake-up call to get things under control. I want to have as much energy and ability to enjoy life as possible. Life is a series of stages: when I was young, I was focused on my education and starting my career, and family was always and continues to be important. As you mature, your priorities change and you find your career is simply not as important. My faith, friends, and family are much more important to me. After my career was over, I had more time to explore things I never had time for before.

Shirley Getz, RN, 58

As you get older, you gain perspective from the rearview mirror of your life. You are given “me time”. Take this time and rediscover yourself.

Kathryn Howard, 68 I have more time to myself since retirement from International Education. Early on, I was focused on family, studying for my education, and raising my son. I have found that life is a great tumble polisher—through hardships I have learned self-mastery and my confidence in various things have come to fruition. I have had unprecedented success that has ultimately given me great closure when ending my professional career. Right now, I am most enjoying a change in the pace of life. I have no set schedule, which allows me to pursue more of the things I love. I spend lots of time at home to beautify it and put things in order. I am more at peace now than ever before. I like to exercise, eat well, cook, practice yoga, work in the yard, spend time with friends, and volunteer.

Deborah J. Miller, 71

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FEATURE | Feature Focus


Ideas by Jaclyn Youhana Garver

It’s easy to get stuck in a dinner-and-a-movie rut, to feel like there’s nothing different or exciting to do with your partner on a romantic Saturday night. Sometimes, date night needs a little idea jump-start. Next time the conversation goes, “What do you want to do tonight?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” we’ve got an answer ready.

Rent a doubles kayak … Fort Wayne Outfitters (1004 Cass St.), which juts up to the St. Marys River, rents doubles kayaks for $30 for two hours. This is ideal for you non-kayakers out there: The kayaks are heavy (read: tough to tip), and the river meanders lazily to either side. Head west for a woodsy backdrop to your date and east to paddle into downtown, where you can wave to everyone hanging out at The Deck. You’ll also pass the Historic Old Fort and Headwaters Park.


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PRO TIP: If you must bring your phone on the trip, purchase a dry bag (a watertight container) ahead of time or rent one from the Outfitters. Trust us: You do NOT want to be dropping your phone in the river while you stretch your arm out for a selfie with your babe.

… or let someone else do the driving Sweet Breeze is a replica of an authentic canal boat. Cruises take off from the south boat dock at Promenade Park (202 W. Superior St.) and last 45 or 90 minutes ($17 and $27 per person, respectively). Riders will learn about Fort Wayne via its historic riverfront.

Tour the great (artistic) outdoors In recent years, the amount of public art in Fort Wayne has skyrocketed. Visit Fort Wayne even keeps a handy map of the best murals and sculptures to see. We suggest parking near West Berry and South Harrison streets. In a two-block radius, the Visit Fort Wayne map lists nine murals to see.

Head north on Harrison for another three. For sculptures, park at Friemann Square and check out the four pieces along Main Street between South Clinton and Clay streets. PRO TIP: Visit to view the interactive map or download the PDF.

Pack some slippers, blankets, and a pillow or two and head to the drive-in movie theater. Fort Wayne is within an hour’s drive of a surprising number of drive-ins, and they’ll pack some nostalgic sweetness to your Friday or Saturday night: • Huntington Twins Drive-In (1291 Condit St., Huntington) has dual screens with one typically devoted to family-friendly fare. Pick your preferred duo of movies and settle in for a double feature from the comfort of your car.

Draw together

• Auburn Garrett Drive-In (1014 IN-8, Garrett), showing primarily new films.

Artlink (300 E. Main St.) hosts regular figure drawing classes for artists of any skill. Even if you haven’t drawn a thing since junior high art class, no one’s judging. Bring some paper, some pencils, and some erasers, and spend an hour studying the (nude) human form. PRO TIP: Before you go, check to see if classes have started up again. (They’re currently on hold due to the pandemic.)

Park it at the drive-in

• 13-24 Drive In (890 IN-13, Wabash), showing new and classic flicks. • Van-Del Drive-In (19986 Lincoln Highway Middle Point, Ohio), with two screens showing new movies.

PRO TIP: Drive-ins use your radio for audio. Check your car’s manual to assure you’re not draining the battery by keeping the radio on while your car is not running. If you’re unsure, start your car every 30 to 45 minutes, and let it run for a bit to charge up the battery. And don’t forget to turn off your dome lights! A glowing car in the middle of a movie is even more distracting than a lit cell phone in the row ahead of you in a movie theater. a | AUGUST GLO 2021 |


FEATURE | Motherhood


A Mother’s Hope by Mary Jane Bogle

Awareness of suffering and a moment of prayer was all it took to launch Stasia Roth, executive director of A Mother’s Hope, into a new journey to provide housing for homeless pregnant women in Fort Wayne. “I was asking God how he could use me to stop pain and suffering in our community,” she said.

It’s important to note that A Mother’s Hope is more than a homeless shelter. The program offers a wholistic approach to its services. In addition to helping clients find permanent shelter, A Mother’s Hope addresses health, education, employment, support, and life skills, partnering with multiple existing social service agencies to do so. “Fort Wayne is so blessed to have so many social service organizations,” said Roth, “which helps us provide the most support possible.” Courageous Healing, the Fort Wayne Housing Authority and Healthier Moms and Babies are just a few of the organizations that partner with A Mother’s Hope to deliver services. “It’s really helpful to have more than one person speaking into their lives,” she said. After some research about existing social service programs in Fort Wayne, Roth discovered that no service was dedicated specifically to pregnant women experiencing homelessness. “Pregnant women have unique needs,” she said, “and other shelters just aren’t equipped to serve these women.”

In addition, A Mother’s Hope works with moms-to-be to find a doctor they can trust. “When you think of all the things that go into maternity health, including nutrition, pain management and after-birth care,” said Roth, “getting to the doctor and communicating effectively are vital.”

So in May of 2015, A Mother’s Hope was born. Working with the Mary Cross Tippman Foundation, the program acquired a four-bedroom house on the north side of Fort Wayne, close to bus lines, area physicians, and employment opportunities. After some renovations to accommodate eight expectant mothers at a time, along with their infants after birth, A Mother’s Hope opened its doors to pregnant homeless women in 2018. They have welcomed 35 women into the program to date.

Through the course of their stay at A Mother’s Hope, women receive more than social services. They also find the hope they need to succeed, and through that hope, the opportunity to provide a new and different life for their babies. “Generational change is the goal,” said Roth. “The women we serve have been beaten down. A Mother’s Hope does what the name says. We provide unique and special services for every woman who comes through those doors.”


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And while A Mother’s Hope is the only agency providing these services in Fort Wayne, Roth admits that similar programs are popping up throughout the country. “We belong to the National Maternity Housing Coalition,” she said. “More and more people are recognizing the change that can happen when women are supported during one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.” To learn how you can be a part of this change, visit a

By Wendy Stein

FEATURE | On Her Nightstand

On Her Nightstand What are you currently reading? Recently I finished “She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs,” by Sarah Smarsh. I read her previous book, “Heartland,” and liked it, so I gave this one a try. Smarsh looks at women whose lives paralleled Parton’s songs and contrasts them to Parton’s escape from poverty. She traces Parton’s life and business decisions that eventually allowed her to set up charitable foundations (plural) to provide books to children, scholarships, health care and cash to victims of wildfires. I enjoyed the book. Smarsh herself came from poverty, and she provides a social context for Parton’s life. What’s your favorite book of all time? Hmmm. I think it is “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” by Charles Duhigg. He talks about how habit shapes our lives in personal, interpersonal and business matters. The stories he uses for illustration made a lasting impression. I feel like I tend to grab people by the lapels and say, “You’ve got to read this.” Then I dust them off rather sheepishly.

Risë Vandenburg was born in Denver but grew up in southern California. After majoring in history at Cal Poly Pomona, she worked for a bank as a technical writer for a few years before moving to Indiana with her husband Mike. Here, Risë graduated from IPFW with an elementary teaching degree and earned a master’s in education from Indiana Wesleyan. She worked for Southwest Allen County Schools for 17 years. She says they do not miss California, except maybe the weather.

My favorite book as a child was “Frog, the Horse that Knew No Master,” by S.P. Meek. I read it over and over. He was a good horse and loved his owner but got a bad reputation. What’s a book you like to give others as a gift? The book I gave most recently was “Ambitious Girl,” by Meena Harris. (Note that last name.) The author grew tired of her aunt being described as too ambitious. The book explains there is no such thing as too ambitious, that girls can be what they want to be. I gave it to my granddaughter. Do you have a favorite genre? Probably non-fiction. I love to learn. Eric Larson is one of the authors I kind of follow. I do like mysteries, and I never guess who dunnit. a

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FEATURE | We Love Your Style

We Love Your Style CASSIE BEER By Amber Bouthot | Photos by Ruth Yaro

Welcome to our new feature for 2021. Each month, we highlight someone whose style we admire. This month, it’s Cassie Beer. Cassie is a Donor Engagement Specialist at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and she’s also finishing up her MA of Professional Communication at PFW. A big part of her heart is singing and playing with her band, Rosalind & the Way. She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 13 years and have three kids: Avram, Augie, and Rosie. How would you describe your style? I feel like my style is pretty eclectic. There are elements of Mid-Century Modern I love, but also more traditional touches and the occasional bohemian sprinkle. We love to pick up artwork from local artists, such as AfroPlump, Matt Plett, and Dani Kiefer, so I’d also say our style is really more of a story of the people and places we love than it is about a certain trend. Tell us a little about each of the areas you chose to highlight. Why did you choose them? What makes them your faves? I chose our three main living areas because they’re the spaces where we spend the most time. Our sunroom has become my home office over the past year, and it’s such a happy place to sit. The three walls of windows let in so much sunlight, there are lots of seating options, and the giant white table gets used for dining, puzzles, and family game’s a great multi-purpose room for our family of five. We also adore our neighbors, and this room looks over at their porch, so it’s always sweet to be able to spot them for a chat.


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CASSIE BEER I also included our family room because it’s just so cozy: the massive couch and built-in bookshelves make for the perfect place to plop down with a drink and great read. Our front sitting room is also a top contender for my favorite because it has such a gorgeous, gigantic window that looks over our beautiful boulevard. Between the view, my guitar and piano, the vinyl collection, and the fireplace, I spend a lot of time writing and practicing out there. When you think of your home, what’s the feeling you hope your family and visitors have? I hope people feel like they can find a cozy seat and stay awhile. We’ve tried to fill our home with meaningful pieces that reflect who we are as a family, as individuals, and as artists. I feel like a walk through our home is a walk through our journey as a family, so I hope people always feel like they leave our home loved and inspired. a


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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Your birthday month is always the most wonderful time of the year, and this one is no exception. In addition to being lucky in love, if you listen to your instincts when making a difficult decision, all will be well. Excellent offers will be made, why not make the most of them?

The beginning of the school year will result in excessive demands on your time. Feel free to take time out for yourself and know when to say “when.” Remember, it’s OK to say no sometimes. It may lead to some grumbling in your troops, but if you pull rank, your family will recognize that you are the commander-in-chief.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Although you typically avoid social engagements as the school year gets underway, there will be an event you can’t avoid. Try not to let it frustrate you even though old wrongs will come to the surface as a result of it. Stand up for yourself and don’t let others walk all over you.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) Sudden mood changes will cause disruption to the delicate balance of your life. Is there something biological causing this or is it something more external? Have patience and remember, this too shall pass. Ask for help when you need it and don’t let the dog days of summer get you down.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) You will not be able to relax until you get what you want this month, and the good news is that you do not let any obstacle stand in your way. Relationships could suffer due to your one-track mind but think before saying something you are likely to regret.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) You can’t stop thinking about freedom and travel, which will lead to several day trips, as well as something a little farther from home. It’s a great time to step outside of your comfort zone. Your relationship is ready for the next step.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) What were your passions as a child? Did you take dance or music lessons? Participate in an art class? Why not take that skill and parlay it into a new side hustle. Sharing your time and talent with others can inspire others and may bring you some extra income. 26

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Pisces (February 19 - March 20) This month you will learn that everything does not have to happen right away. Most things aren’t as urgent as they appear so give yourself a break when you fall short. Delegate responsibilities and enjoy the time that this frees up. This could be a great period of personal growth for you!

Aries (March 21 - April 19) You need to start thinking about what you want to achieve by the end of the year. This is one of the last months in which you have the time to travel, so take advantage of it. Your leadership skills will come in handy, especially when you are tempted to procrastinate.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Don’t be afraid to show who you really are this month. Even though there will be those who question your ability to organize a school event, serve in the PTA or step up as head Room Mother; you can do it! Don’t let their opinions discourage your resolve. Watch out for fair-weather friends.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Even when you know you are wrong, you don’t like to admit it. It’s tough when our egos take a bruising but isn’t it time to make that long-overdue apology and start the healing process. This is an ideal time to unleash your creative power, which will make you a superstar at work.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) If you are honest about your feelings and communicate your opinions with your significant other, your relationship will deepen in new and exciting ways. Sometimes you have to trust that if you put yourself out there, you will not be thwarted. If you are considering a Real Estate purchase, now is the time. a

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