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If you’re familiar at all with the south side of Fort Wayne, you may be aware of Quimby Village, a mixed retail development that’s seen much better days. If you’re familiar with Quimby Village, no doubt you’ve heard a few stories (some old, some new) about the dormant Clyde Theater. I’ve been curious about it since moving to the area, so I did some digging, contacted the current owner and was delighted when he invited me to tour the building. Rick Kinney, president of Even Keel Event Productions, was beaming like a proud papa as he gave me in-depth details (many off the record, sorry) during my hour-long private tour of his theater. The $5-million renovation of the Clyde will not only bring the building up to snuff but push it well into the future with cutting-edge equipment and details. He’s committed to making the Clyde one of the best, in hopes of attracting tours of all genres and sizes as well as corporate events and weddings. There’s still much to be done for the projected opening of summer 2016. To learn more, go to www.clydetheater.com.

Team Neighborlink uses athletics to raise awareness for Neighborlink Fort Wayne, a local nonprofit that puts volunteers directly in touch with neighbors in need. Neighborlink projects run the gamut from raking leaves to helping someone move, renovate, repair and more. While practical support is always needed, an easy way to contribute to the organization is to help fund a project or to buy some gear from Team Neighborlink. There’s lots of sporty merch in the online shop (shirts, shorts, jackets and some really snazzy socks), but the latest item to arrive is the 2015 water bottle. With a cool, functional design and 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the mission of Neighborlink, it’s a win-win purchase that’ll keep your body hydrated through the summer and beyond. While you can order online at www.teamneighborlink.com/shop, you can find the bottles in person at Summit City Bicycles & Fitness, open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. at 3801 Lima Road. Call (260) 484-0182 or visit www.summitcitybikes.com.

LaSalle Bed & Breakfast Inn is downtown’s only B&B and is oh-so-charming to boot. With a carefully curated European decor, the two houses that make up the inn offer an elegant alternative to the city’s larger hotel chains. LaSalle has a variety of rooms and suites available, as well as packages and promotions that allow you to completely customize your stay, including in-room massages, breakfast in bed, fresh flowers and corporate and extended stay rates. Innkeepers Rose-Aimée and Clark Butler have lived at LaSalle since 1990, opening it to the public as a B&B in 2003. Both are world travelers and have a passion for the arts and delight in sharing the history and beauty of LaSalle, and Fort Wayne, with their guests. LaSalle also hosts a live Jazz Cabaret. LaSalle Bed & Breakfast Inn is located at 517 W. Washington Blvd. To book a room or purchase tickets for an upcoming jazz performance, call (260) 422-0851 or visit www.lasallebb.com.

I was born in Fort Wayne but moved away when I was 12. When I moved back four years ago, it was like moving to a brand-new city; everything had changed. I walked into a lot of rooms where I didn’t know a soul, but I kept putting myself out there and ended up meeting so many fabulous people. Recently, Jennifer Ford of Choice Designs, an acquaintance with a Fort Wayne story similar to mine, created a Facebook group called Fort Wayne Transplants, for those who are brand spankin’ new to the city as well as those who have chosen to return. I attended the first get-together at Wine Down, had a blast and met even more fabulous and diverse people. If you’re new(ish) to the area and would like to become more involved in the community or just meet some new faces, like Fort Wayne Transplants on Facebook and come to the next meet-up!

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

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