Now that’s a proper pastry

Also: The next best thing to an IKEA store

There’s been so much buzz around local baker Anna Roudebush, and I’m thrilled to add to it. Roudebush, aka Chef Anna, is known for her almost impossibly delicious and breathtakingly beautiful cakes, meringues, artisan breads and French macarons. But she also has savory prosciutto and cheddar, vegetarian and mushroom and brie croissants and brioche with mascarpone, bleu cheese and prosciutto. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University’s culinary school, where her natural talent for pastry flourished, Roudebush worked in various kitchens in Charleston, S.C., Oak Park, Ill., an old-world bakery in Germany established four generations ago and a few local restaurants, including Baker Street. After all that, Roudebush started selling her pastries wholesale to Fort Wayne restaurants, then decided to expand her audience by opening up her own outpost on Main Street in Roanoke, her hometown. Proper Pastry’s offerings are made from local, fresh and non-GMO ingredients. There is a limited selection of coffees, teas, waters and fresh juices, with seating for about six people inside. Outdoor seating is added when weather permits. I can’t properly describe the phenomenal flavor of Roudebush’s creations, but she credits European butter, local eggs and Italian buttercream (healthier because no shortening is used) as a winning combo. Roudebush will continue to supply local restaurants like Catablu and Mocha Lounge with her tasty treats, so when you can’t make it to Roanoke, you’ll know where to get your fix. Proper Pastry is open 7 a.m-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri. and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., with special order pickup by appointment, at 139 N. Main St., Roanoke. For special occasion or corporate catering, call (260) 413-5203 or email and to learn more, visit

A few years ago, this publication’s editor, the incomparable Connie Haas Zuber (nothing wrong with accruing a few brownie points, right?) wrote about the Top 10 Most Wanted Businesses requested by Fort Wayne residents. Yup, Trader Joe’s was No. 1 and No. 2 was IKEA. While both are considered a long shot for our city, I’ve got some really great news regarding No. 2. An enterprising mother of nine is now offering delivery of IKEA products via her new company, Swedish Style Delivered. Jessica Loeffler offers Fort Wayne residents twice-monthly opportunities to shop IKEA from the comfort of their homes, no road trip required. Yes, you can already do that through IKEA’s website, but experienced fans know the Swedish retailer’s shipping costs are typically more expensive than the item(s) being ordered, if the desired item is even available for online purchase in the first place. Loeffler charges a 20 percent flat fee for every purchase, which includes delivery to your home. I am so excited about Loeffler’s plans and have already placed and received my first order. This is literally the next best thing to getting a Fort Wayne IKEA store. For more information about the company and how the whole process works, visit “Like” Swedish Style Delivered – Fort Wayne IKEA Delivery on Facebook and follow @SwedishStyleDelivered on Instagram for product updates, trip schedule and insider info.

Taber Olinger is an especially cool Fort Waynian, and after years of styling some of the best-dressed women in the city, she’s opening a shop of her own. But instead of a clothing boutique, Olinger’s emporium, Fancy & Staple, will carry a chic, well-curated selection of gifts, home decor and paper goods. Surely you’ll recognize some of the fantastic brands on her shelves (ahem, Rifle Paper Company and Baggu), but the majority will be indie gems from around the United States making their Fort Wayne debut. Olinger has exquisite taste and a fun personality, which shines through her product picks from brands Attalie Dexter (cool jewels), Harlow (candles and body care), Canvas (dinnerware, cake stands and pitchers) and Knot & Bow (balloons, gift tags, party candles and confetti). Even better is that Olinger is dedicated to serving up great gifts at prices that won’t break the bank. Fancy & Staple’s “thoughtful selection of unexpected goods” will charm and delight you and all of your gift recipients. Join in on the fun at Fancy & Staple’s opening parties, Oct. 3 and 10, each featuring a mix of fun pop-ups from OFabz, LUSH and Belyst, delicious food by Bird & Cleaver, Affiné and Bravas, craft cocktails by CS3 and The Golden and music by local bands Lost Lakes and Heaven’s Gateway Drugs. Fancy & Staple will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., at 1111 Broadway. To learn more, visit and be sure to follow the store on social networks (linked on the website) for the most up-to-date product arrivals and news.

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

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