Idlehour brings chic elegance

La Dolce Vita has a new location

• Idlehour @ Pure Movement Pilates Studio
We don’t need any more chic, elegant stores clogging up Fort Wayne, said no one, ever. The city’s newest style emporium comes courtesy of Annie Henry, a friend of mine with impeccable taste in home decor and fashion; and Tresa Meussling, dynamic fitness instructor and owner of Pure Movement Pilates studio. The duo is debuting Idlehour this month after extensive renovations at Pure Movement this fall, which carved out a new boutique space that’s bright and airy with a beachy, coastal vibe (my very favorite kind of vibe). While the shop will stock exclusive paper goods and gifts, candles by Voluspa, home decor, accessories and cool jewels by brands like Lokai and Mantra Bands, there will be an emphasis on wellness, health and fitness, the perfect accompaniment to the popular Pilates haven. Idlehour has curated the best of the best workout and athleisure clothing and gear, with many of the brands not previously carried in town, as well as healthy cookbooks and natural/organic beauty products. Join Annie and Tresa for the grand opening of Idlehour on Nov. 13 to see the space for yourself, sip some champagne, nibble on hors d’oeuvres and shop your stylish little heart out. Idlehour @ Pure Movement Pilates Studio is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 526 W. Jefferson Blvd. For more details, call (260) 420-1000 or visit www.idlehourboutique.com. To check out the Pure Movement class schedule, visit www.puremovementstudio.com.

–    La Dolce Vita
In case you haven’t noticed, Roanoke has it going on these days. From well-curated gift, accessory and clothing boutiques to yummy, local fare from charming cafes and bakeries, the tiny town has become a destination in its own right. One of the latest changes to Main Street is the relocation of La Dolce Vita. Laura Tanner Wilson is well known for her event catering and group cooking classes, and the Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef has been a Roanoke fixture for many years. Step inside the new location, and you’ll be greeted with La Dolce Vita’s familiar, pretty assortment of fine linens on a perfectly made bed, colorful Le Creuset cookware, home decor accents and gourmet salts, oils and herbs. The newest addition is the Wednesday lunch, served 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with a rotating menu based on fresh, in-season ingredients. When a friend and I met for one of these lunches, the menu featured chicken salad on Indiana tomatoes ($12); roasted corn, black bean and avocado salad with shrimp ($14) and a Gruyère omelette with pomme frites and a side of fruit ($12) as well as an Uber Cookie ($2.50) and wine by the glass (prices vary). I ordered the omelette, and it was THE BEST I’ve ever had – perfectly cooked, pillowy soft and seasoned with sea salt and rosemary. I added a glass of crisp white wine and split the cookie with my gal pal. It was one luxurious, leisurely lunch – I only wish I could have tucked myself into that gorgeously made bed for a little afternoon snooze. Reservations for these lunches are strongly encouraged and can be made via phone call or text. La Dolce Vita is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 165 S. Main St., Roanoke. To learn more, call (260) 341-4300 or visit www.ladolcevitaculinary.com.

–    Hobnobben Film Festival
As a film lover, I’m beyond thrilled to share the news of the First Annual Hobnobben Film Festival June 16-19, 2016, in downtown Fort Wayne. Hobnobben will be the first of its kind for Northeast Indiana, adopting the format used by Sundance, Toronto and the like. It will be a multi-day, multi-venue, multi-dimensional event with a community vibe, geared toward a wide variety of demographics. The goal of Hobnobben is to bring awareness to the art of filmmaking, to connect talent and professionals from all facets of the industry, to inspire the next generation of filmmakers and to allow the community to truly experience, and appreciate, film in a new way. The festival will host not only screenings but also panel discussions, intimate coffee talks with industry peeps and parties where “film lovers rub elbows with filmmakers” (Hobnobben’s fantastic tagline). The film fest will be partnering with the local art scene via Arts United venues and the University of Saint Francis META Program (Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts), providing more opportunity for networking and exposure. Hobnobben is a win-win-win-win-win for Fort Wayne and all of Northeast Indiana (I probably could have added a few more wins). Helmed by Emily Chapman and Jonah Crismore, the organizing committee is still assembling and looking for volunteers and sponsors, so there’s still plenty of opportunity for meaningful involvement. I’m so excited to be among the first of their volunteers and hope you’ll join me! Details are still being finalized. To learn more: www.hobnobben.org.

First appeared in the November 2015 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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