Sweet smell of shopping success

New clothing store open downtown

This might be too much information, but for the last few years I’ve been on a quest to find an effective yet natural toxin-free deodorant. Let me tell you, it’s been quite a challenge. There are plenty of natural and organic options out there, but very few that even remotely work. The good news is that I’ve done the less-than-pleasant work for you (apologies to my family and friends) and have discovered a great product made here in Fort Wayne. North Coast Organics is a joint venture by mother and son. Founder and creator Nathan Morin, the self-titled Deodorant King of Chicago (Bueller? Bueller?) and Ball State graduate, handles the business end from his office in Chicago while his mother Debbie manufactures the products in an industrial building on Berry Street. North Coast Organics is committed to personal care products that are certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free, made with 100 percent natural and edible ingredients. The packaging has a conscience, too. The plastic containers are recyclable, and labels are printed in vegan ink on 100 percent tree-free, fair-trade-certified paper. I fell head over heels for Death by Lavender (sounds like a lovely way to go), an “elite assassin” of odor. North Coast Organics offers three different deodorant options, as well as travel sizes, and has added body butters, bath crystals, lip balms, candles and massage oils to boot. The line can be found nationwide at various heath food shops, including Whole Foods in 10 states. I’m totally inspired by North Coast Organics’ commitment to health and wellness for people and planet. Learn more about the brand by visiting www.northcoastorganics.net. Locally, you’ll find North Coast Organics at 3 Rivers Co-op Natural Grocery, open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., 1612 Sherman Blvd. Call (260) 424-8812 or visit www.3riversfood.coop.


I make no secret of my love for downtown Fort Wayne. I feel that a vibrant and diverse urban core is the key to growth for not just Fort Wayne but for all of Northeastern Indiana. While the city has much to offer, we still lack a few things downtown, retail shops chief among them. So I get giddy when I see or am given a tip about a new business choosing to open there. The Urban Hippie is a small but packed shop of colorful bohemian women’s clothing and accessories at really affordable prices. Started a few years ago by Tammy Snyder-Castleberry, The Urban Hippie was an online-only business, shipping clothing nationally. Snyder-Castleberry’s friends kept pushing her to open her distribution center to the public and turn it into a brick-and-mortar shop. A few weeks ago she did just that – and Fort Wayne got a new downtown clothing store. Fun and flowing blouses and dresses are just what you need for summer in the city! The Urban Hippie is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 729 Fulton St. To learn more, call (260) 410-8461 or visit www.theurbanhippie.biz.


I do my best to explore all corners of Fort Wayne (and beyond), but admittedly, I don’t get up to the north-side neighborhoods as much as I’d like. Feeling ambitious and with some rare free time, I ventured toward Dupont Road to check out a few leads. After finding some gems I’ll share in future columns, I spotted a restaurant out of the corner of my eye so, naturally, I broke for lunch. Black Canyon offers the north side of town a sophisticated yet casual place for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a sleek yet cozy vibe, a roomy bar area and a fantastic outdoor patio, thanks to a giant brick fireplace that conceals the parking lot. Over different visits since my initial discovery, one of my favorites is the Steamed Bao Buns starter, a spongy Chinese street-style dumpling topped with sesame seeds and served with Hoisin and oyster sauce. The B&B Burger is half in-house ground chuck and ground bacon – such juicy goodness for us carnivores. The menu features steaks and seafood and serves up custom lunch specials through the week. In addition to the from-scratch New American cuisine, Black Canyon offers a nice selection of wine and bourbon and hosts half-off Martini Mondays and Craft Beer Sundays. So, see you on the patio this summer? Black Canyon is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun., 1509 W. Dupont Road. For additional information, call (260) 203-5900 or visit www.blackcanyonrestaurant.com.

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

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