Spotted Around Town

Marvels all over

Fort Wayne shoppers find rewards in delightful places

By Jennifer Dodds Fox

Pickles Cafe & Plumtickled Junction General Store in Dunfee 

On a crisp Saturday morning my tiny family ventured out to Dunfee for brunch at a cafe a few friends had mentioned. We Foxes will drive long distances for a good meal so Dunfee was not a stretch as it’s only about 15 minutes from Jefferson Point. This late 1800’s general store is gorgeous in its shabbiness and authenticity. There’s a bit of shopping to be had inside, but I promised my husband we’d eat first. The biscuits and gravy were outstanding, as was the Cheese Louise panini, and the plates arrived with big chunks of fresh fruit and sweet pickles. After our meal we browsed the tack shop upstairs and the antiques in the front of the building. A freezer in the middle of it all holds local USDA all natural, 100% grass fed beef for sale by the pound, which was our biggest delight of the excursion. The owner explained how lean we’d find the beef so we purchased a few pounds and made some slow cooker chili later in the day. The look, smell and taste of the ground beef was beyond what can be found in standard grocery stores. To make a long story short (too late) we Foxes will now be purchasing all our beef in Dunfee at Plumtickled Junction. 5310 County Line Road, off State Road 14, in Dunfee, Indiana 46818 (260) 625-5477.

Ruby Green earrings 

I’m having a moment with felt. I came across local accessories brand Ruby Green at the Holiday Market this past December at Calhoun Street Soups Salads and Spirits. I spied some beautiful felt leaf earrings across the room, but they were snatched up before I could say “Do you take PayPal?” Luckily, owner and artisan Peggy Schindler takes special orders. I asked for four different sets so I could wear them mismatched. You can find Ruby Green accessories at Firefly Coffee House or at various markets around town. Email Peggy at for custom orders and more information.

Honey on the Table

I love lunch spots with the promise of shopping. Honey on the Table has delicious food and a wonderful mini market with fresh breads, honey (naturally), marinades, gourmet snacks and pastas to name a few. After my lunch (I feasted on the Harvest Brisket sandwich), I left with the prettiest pink and white paper straws. They are beautifully displayed on my kitchen counter in a covered glass jar. They bring added happiness to after-school milk and cookies for my boy as well as a touch of style to my morning iced latte. The straws come in various colors and are $4.75 for 20. Go for the food, stay for the shopping! 2461 Hobson Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805 (260) 373-0555.

Posted Mon, 08/13/2012 - 11:36 am