Valentine’s Day: Think Outside the (Candy) Box

valentines day ideas

valentines day ideas

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Have you made plans for you and your loved one? Sure, candy, flowers or dining out are all nice ideas. But doesn’t he or she deserve more than “nice”?

This year, think outside the (candy) box and try something new. Here are a few ideas to get the creativity flowing for an amazing Valentine’s Weekend:

Try a New Adventure Together

Feeling adventurous? Skiing, rock climbing is just a short drive from Fort Wayne, or for something more local, head to Sky Zone Trampoline Park to bounce the day away.

Get Moving

Not up for an adventure? Try a tamer activity, but still something that develops a new skill
you can share, like a dancing, cooking, or yoga class.

Get Artsy

Create your own masterpiece by taking a painting class at Wine and Canvas, Painting with a Twist or Painting Fun Spot.

See a Show

Go on a date to something out of the ordinary like a comedy club or a rock show at a local club.

Grab a Bite to Eat

If you both have your hearts set on a traditional dinner out at a nice restaurant — nothing wrong with that — try something really risqué: both agree to go tech-free (no phones, no Apple watches, no photos, no Facebook, no Instagram, etc…) for the entire evening! He or she is worth it, right?

Whatever you do, have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last Minute Christmas Shopping in Fort Wayne

locally-owned stores in fort wayne

locally-owned stores in fort wayne

Last-Minute Local: Shop Locally-Owned Stores in Fort Wayne

There’s only 10 more days left until Christmas and if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet don’t panic! Fort Wayne has some great locally-owned shops with a wide variety of items for everyone on your Christmas Shopping list.


Darlington Farms

Darlington Farms typically has over 2 million items for sale at just $1.69 each including books, toys, frames, home decor, makeup, jewelry, stationary, candles, hats, gloves, licensed sports items, pet toys, kitchen accessories and more.

Address: 3925 Airport Expy or 615 W Coliseum Blvd.


Unique Gifts

City Exchange

The City Exchange shops in downtown Fort Wayne feature an eclectic array of shops that are sure to satisfy everyone on your shopping list-including yourself! Shop Poptique, Fiddlewinks, Around the Corner, Belyst, Juice Jar, Valontine, David Talbot Collection for everything from gourmet popcorn and fresh-pressed juices to clothing, home decor, and vintage items.

Address: 127 W. Wayne Street

Creative Women of the World

Located next to the City Exchange Shops, Creative Women of the World sells unique artisan gifts including jewlery, purses, clothing, home decor, stationary, bath & body, coffee, accessories and and items that are made by hand from women across the world to help them create sustainable business to rise out of poverty and slavery.

Address: 125 W. Wayne St.

Fancy & Staples

Fancy & Staples is a new “uncommon goods” boutique in Fort Wayne carrying unique home accessories, gift items, paper products, clothing, accessories, apothecary, barware, and pantry items. Many of the items you’ll find at Fancy & Staple are from handmade crafters/makers, small indie lines, local artisans, and other obscure brands.

Address: 1111 Broadway

Emiley’s Haute Cottage

Shop Emiley’s Haute Cottage for unique home decor, furnishings, candles, jewelry, antiques, bath items and more.

Address: 515 W. Wayne Street



Earth Adventures Unlimited

Looking for the perfect gift for the outdoorsy person on your shopping list? Earth Adventures Unlimited sells camping, climbing, paddling, backpacking, and scuba diving equipment and clothing for the novice and experienced.

Address: 1804 W. Main St.

Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot

From bikes to kayaks, to apparel, and more Fort Wayne Outfitters is the place to go for adventure.

Address: 1004 Cass Street



Cookie Cottage

Everyone on your list will love locally-made gourmet cookie gifts from the Cookie Cottage. Choose from an assortment of fresh made cookies including personalized cookies, cookie cakes, iced cookies and more!

Address: 508 Noble Drive


DeBrand Fine Chocolates is a gourmet chocolatier featuring boxed chocolates, specialty artisan chocolates, chocolate truffles, chocolate art boxes, and more, made right here in Fort Wayne.


Wine Lovers

Just outside of Fort Wayne to the West and the North are two wineries, each with a selection of locally-made wines from locally-grown grapes. Sample some of their wines and pick up a bottle or two for the wine lover on your list.

Two EE’s Winery

Address: 6808 US-24, Huntington, IN

Country Heritage Winery

Address: 185 Co Rd 68, Laotto, IN

Address: 4110 W Jefferson Blvd or 5608 Coldwater Rd



Pet Lover

Pink Poodle

The Pink Poodle offers a wide range of supplies for both dogs and cats – everything from feeder bowls and waste supplies to high-fashion pet clothing, collars, dog beds, toys, treats, and more.

Address: 6244 W. Jefferson

Petshion Boutique

Need the perfect gift for you pooch? Petshion Boutique in Jefferson Pointe has everything for the discerning pet including clothes, treats, carries, and more.

Address: 4150 Jefferson Blvd


Pictures with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to …. Willow Creek Crossing Apartments!

Santa Claus is coming to Fort Wayne and he’s making a stop at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments! Residents, stop by to get your photo taken with Santa and enjoy treats for all, and for all a good night!

Where: The Clubhouse
When: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Bring a donation for the Community Harvest Food Bank for admission. Items they can use:

  • Boxed potatoes
  • canned cream soup
  • macaroni & cheese
  • canned pumpkin
  • crust mix
  • cereal
  • chunky soups
  • peanut butter
  • gravy mix
  • canned meats/tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • pasta & pasta sauces
  • canned fruit
  • boxed cake mixes and cake frostings

*Please keep in mind, for safety reasons, that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

December Events in Fort Wayne

holiday events in December in fort wayne

 holiday events in December in fort wayne

Things to Do in Fort Wayne in December

What’s Going On Around Fort Wayne in December? Well, quite a bit of Holiday festivities, that’s for sure! Plus, plenty of opportunities to see Santa!

The Santa Train runs several weekends in December. Take a ride with Santa and in a vintage caboose while enjoying music and food from Bravas.

Santa and his reindeer will also be making a visit to the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Gardens. Bring the family by to say hi on December 5, 12, and 19th while enjoying the charm of A North Woods Christmas

Bring your children and their Christmas wish list to Glenbrook Mall or Jefferson Pointe to visit and have their picture taken with Santa.

The Historic Embassy Theater will have a number of Holiday-spirited events, including the Festival of Trees, Holiday Sing-a-Long with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, The Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; and performances by The Piano Guys and Straight No Chaser! Dates and ticket information here.

First Presbyterian Theater will be home of the stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ hilarious Santaland Diaries; details here.

And if you want a break from the Holidays…
check out a Mad Ants game

or the Komets

or the Great Train show with model trains and train rides for kids at the Memorial Coliseum on December 5th & 6th.

Get out and spread some holiday cheer. From all of us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, we wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

Whats Going on in Fort Wayne in November

fort wayne events in november 2015

fort wayne events in november 2015

Fort Wayne Events in November

Although the weather may be cooling down, Fort Wayne is still heating up! Check out some of the great events and activities going on around Fort Wayne in November.


Missing the TinCaps? There are lots of other super fun sports going on in Fort Wayne:

  • Fort Wayne Komet Hockey is fun for the whole family. They have 5 home games this month! See their full schedule for a listing of all home games.
  • Mad Ants are heating up the Coliseum in November! Schedule here
  • IPFW’s Women’s Volleyball
  • IPFW Men’s Basketball
  • You can be an athlete, too! Take away the guilt of Thanksgiving feasting by first running the 2015 Galloping Gobbler Thanksgiving morning!


The beautiful and historic Embassy Theater has a lot going on in November, including the musicals Ragtime and Girls’ Night, The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Jackson Brown and more!


The Jefferson Pointe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is November 14. Enjoy pre-entertainment at 5:00 and then at 7:00 watch as Fort Wayne’s tallest Christmas tree gets lit up and synchronized to holiday music.

The Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park is one of Fort Wayne’s favorite traditions. Drive through the 1.4 mile route and view 70 animated light displays depicting holiday scenes.

Night of Lights, when Downtown Fort Wayne lights up with all of the traditional holiday displays and other family activities, is November 26.

The Holly Trolley is November 28th! Get your Christmas shopping down while riding Fort Wayne’s free trolleys for an exciting shopping experience through Downtown Fort Wayne and the Wells Street Corridor!


Thanksgiving this year is on Thursday, November 26th. The Willow Creek Crossing Apartments leasing office will be closed in observance of the holiday.

The staff at Willow Creek Crossing wishes you and your family a happy November and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Halloween Events in Fort Wayne

what to do for halloween in fort wayne 2015

what to do for halloween in fort wayne 2015

What to Do in Fort Wayne This Halloween

The “Haunting Time” is upon us again and we’ve got a rundown of Fun and Frights to thrill and chill you until the Hallowed Eve arrives!

Wild Zoo Halloween is October 16-18, 22-25, 29-31: take the kids for trick or treating, a mini corn maze, pumpkin picking, live animal shows and more!

The Phil Pops Series: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is October 31st at 7:30 “One of his most celebrated films, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a tale of the misadventures of Halloween Town’s resident Pumpkin King and some mischievous trick-or-treaters. Projected on the big screen, complete with dialogue and effects, this film screening includes Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score played live by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.”

Lantern Tour of the Old Fort is October 17th, 6pm-10:30pm  “Explore the Old Fort by night, and hear tales of actual encounters with the Fort’s ghosts by reenactors, visitors and ‘ghost watchers’. Maybe Old Fort’s resident ghost, Lt. Ostrander, will join us in welcoming you. Keep en eye out for the Headless Horseman, as well!”

The 8th Annual Fright Night Downtown is October 17th — full of spooky (but mostly family-friendly) activities: the Zombie Walk, pumpkin picking in the Tincaps stadium, tours of the Old Jail, and so much more! See the full billing of events here 

Haunted Houses in Fort Wayne

To really get your scare on visit these fright-zones:
Hysteria “your darkest, deepest fears are in Hysterium”
The Haunted Castle and Black Forest with a castle full of haunt scenes (and 2 giant slides) and an outdoor haunted trail.

Fort Wayne Trick or Treat Hours

And don’t forget the candy! Official Trick-or-Treat hours for Fort Wayne are 6-8PM, Saturday, October 31st for the City of Fort Wayne and Allen Country.

The Willow Creek Crossing staff hopes you have a Halloween full of spooky fun and treats!

What to Do in Fort Wayne This Labor Day Weekend

labor day in fort wayne

labor day in fort wayne

Labor Day Weekend Fun

This year Labor Day is Monday, September 7th. Hard to believe it’s almost here isn’t it? It doesn’t have to mean the end of summer-type fun, though. There are lots of fun things going on over the weekend, so get out and about and enjoying that extra day off of work or school!


Singer/songwriter Don McLean will perform at the outdoor Foellinger Theatre at 7:30 pm on Friday the 4th. In case you didn’t know, his 1971 hit “American Pie” “is one of the top selling singles in the history of American music”.

Also on Friday, the Botanical Roots concert series at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory ends the summer series with feature act, John Nemeth (Memphis Blues) and local opener The Todd Harrold Band. Admission: $6/13 years and older, age 12 and under free. Doors open 7:30 p.m. for members; 7:45 for the public; Opening act at 8:30 p.m.


Pick up goods for your weekend BBQ, and enjoy live music, at the Barr Street Market.

Or take the short drive over to the Roanoke Farmers Market. It’s always fun for food, crafts, and music — plus shop the boutiques, go antiquing, and eat well at any of the town’s restaurants.


Trailblazers Kickoff! at Metea County Park, Sunday, September 6, 2:00 p.m. From the Allen Country Trailblazers Website: “Allen County has some incredible natural areas, parks and nature preserves perfect for hiking. All provide opportunities to enjoy the beauty of our natural environment, for  family fun and exercise, and to increase physical fitness. Cooperating agencies have assembled a list of 15 trails at various natural areas. Each trail is about 1 mile in length. Hikers who complete 10 of the listed trails receive a Trailblazers medallion.”

All Weekend

The TinCaps are in town! They’ll be playing the Bowling Green Hotrods on the 5th, 6th and 7th.

The Auburn-Cord Dusenburg Festival will be in full swing, with events for the whole family.

Cool down this weekend in one of Willow Creek Crossing Apartments swimming pools.

However you choose to spend it, we hope you have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!

4th of July in Fort Wayne

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4th of july fort wayneHappy 4th of July! Looking for ways to celebrate? Fort Wayne has you covered!

  • Take the kids to the zoo! The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open 9-5 on the 4th. Lots of fun educational sessions and animal feedings going on all day .
  • Take a picnic to Franke Park for your day at the zoo. Or check out the other area parks that are perfect for hosting 4th of July parties or BBQs
  • Fort Wayne’s 4th of July Fireworks are at 10PM (or as soon as the TinCaps game ends, if it runs long). The show is launched from the Indiana Michigan Power Center. Eat dinner first or grab food to go from a Downtown restaurant , then find a spot in Headwaters Park or Freimann Square to watch the show.
  • The TinCaps play the Dayton Dragons at 6:35 that evening, for tickets

View a listings of other fireworks displays around Fort Wayne.
Happy 4th of July! Have a fun (and safe) time celebrating America’s Birthday!

Fab Father’s Day Finds in the Fort

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Fort Wayne Father’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for a great, last-minute Father’s Day? Look no further than some of the great locally-owned shops and entertainment right here in Fort Wayne!

Tincaps Baseball

Buy dad a day or days at the ballpark! Purchase a ticket for an upcoming game or buy a 17-game or 12-game pack to enjoy baseball season! Buy tickets online

A New Best Friend

adopt a dog in fort wayne

Whoever said money can’t buy love never owned a dog (or cat)! Adopt a new best friend for your dad at the Allen County SPCA just down the street from Willow Creek Crossing at 4914 Hanna Street. Their open this Sunday from noon-4pm so dad can help in the decision making! Check out their list of adoptable dogs and cats.


fort wayne restaurants

You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate for one of our many delicious locally-owned restaurants such as Bravas on Fairfield, Casa! Ristorante on Jefferson Blvd., 816 Pint & Slice on S. Calhoun, CS3 (Calhoun Street Soups Salads & Spirits) on S. Calhoun Street, Pembroke Bakery & Cafe on Main Street, or one of the other great area restaurants.

Outdoor Adventures

Canoes and Kayaks

From kayak and canoe sales and rentals, to backpacks and camping or climbing gear, Earth Adventures on West Main is your source for outdoor fun! Check them out online at

Hit the trails in style with a new bike from Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot. They carry a great selection of road bikes, mountain bikes, and cruisers, along with cycling apparel and gear.

Golf Gear

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As a Willow Creek Crossing Apartment resident, you get free golf at Donald Ross! Help dad enjoy his golf game with a new set of clubs or accessories from Bobicks on Bluffton Road.

From everyone at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, Happy Father’s Day!