Pio Market II owner Neal Butler began work at the market while he was still in high school. In 1981, he purchased the business, making the expert slicing and trimming of fresh meats his primary occupation. Butler also finds time to converse with his patrons, as evidenced by FortWayne.com's photographic exploration of the historic meat market. The photos also reveal a charmingly antique aesthetic created by signs, bottles, and vintage touch-screens salvaged from the market's opening in the 1920s.
Located within the historical Engine House #10 in East State Village, Firehouse Tea & Coffee Café serves up fair-trade and organic café treats in a memorable setting. Baristas steep more than 60 types of loose-leaf teas, blend coffee milkshakes, and prepare bubble teas—pairing the drinks with snacks such as curry-chicken sandwiches and quiche. Local art adorns the café's walls, and live bands entertain on scheduled nights. Patrons can also get in on the musical action themselves during open-mic nights.
With a wire whisk and a passion for pastry, owner Terry Mee deftly whips up Yum-Mee cookies, cinnamon rolls, and crumbly scones. Pumpkin and pecan cupcakes are available individually or by the dozen, slathered with unique buttercream flavors such as chai and maple with bacon. While waiting on a fresh-baked focaccia or challah loaf, patrons can also solicit Terry's fondant skills for a 3D gavel cake in honor of an upcoming parole hearing.
Canlan Ice Sports has three NHL-sized rinks, and all three receive their fair share of carvings during professional skating lessons, open-skate sessions, and high-intensity hockey leagues. Of the many offerings, the center’s weeklong hockey camps develop trainees' agility and shooting skills, just as its three-on-three youth-hockey leagues pit one inadequate barbershop quartet against another. Regardless of the reason for arrival, visitors can always grab food and refreshments at the Thirsty Penguin, a full-service restaurant and bar that overlooks the rinks and doubles as a secret meeting spot for Batman’s roundest nemesis. For off-ice excitement, guests can visit the inflatable playground, freely traversing the double-sided slide and other components comprising the bouncy playland.
Della Terra Photo’s shutterbug-in-residence, Tarah Ihrie, uses natural light and unposed interactions to capture her subjects’ spontaneous beauty. A mother herself, she specializes in newborn and children’s photography and travels to each tyke’s turf to snap candid shots that immortalize precious moments such as a peaceful nap or baby’s first tweet. Tarah also offers wedding photography packages, one of which earned her a shout-out in Style Me Pretty for its meticulous, vintage-inspired design.
The flowing waters of the Maumee River gird the northernmost fairways of River City Links' 18-hole putting course, inviting misaimed golf balls to plop alongside the aquatic artery?s cargo ships floating to Lake Erie. The waterway nestles alongside the course without cutting through it, enabling the course to maintain its straightforward layout. This, in turn, lets golfers focus on the fundamentals of their game without the distraction of elaborate hazards such as lava pits and ball-eating goats. After a relaxing day on the course, players can lounge on the clubhouse?s white wraparound deck and look out over the river, listening to the breeze that whispers through the weeping willows.