Wonderful finds recommended by Jennifer Dodds Fox.
CREAMED HONEY FROM M & C MILLER
There’s been quite a bit of chatter about the potential dangers of imported or, in some cases, fake honey in recent months. Switch to local honey to remove this issue from the growing list of food supply scares. Buying local honey means you’re supporting local honey farmers while receiving a superior, high-quality product. At the same time, a thriving honeybee population is necessary for pollinating local fruit and vegetable crops. My favorite locally produced honey is a creamed variety by M & C Miller. Available in plain or raspberry, this creamed honey is smooth, sweet and extremely spreadable. This honey absolutely delights my 5-year-old son on a daily basis, so I buy multiple jars to ensure we never run out. M & C Miller doesn’t have a website, but you can spot their honey products around town at various farm markets, including the Barr Street Market on Saturdays, or call (260) 493-0481 to arrange for pickup.
During a family visit to the Fort Wayne History Center, I spied a beautiful letterpress card and matching coasters of the downtown skyline in the museum gift shop. Flipping the card over, I discovered Hedgehog Press, an artistic print shop that opened last spring. Hedgehog Press is an independent shop that creates artwork of its own but also offers a calendar of events, workshops and classes to established artists as well as the general public. The goal of Hedgehog Press is to encourage educational and art-making opportunities for children and adults with their in-house expertise, tools and equipment in the areas of intaglio, woodcut and letterpress printing. There are weekly, monthly and yearly artist fee options as well as annual memberships that get you discounted rates on classes, 10 percent off in the retail store and invitations to all openings and events. Visit www.hedgehogpressfw.com to scope upcoming classes, including Pint & A Print — a BYOB evening of fun, beer and art with all supplies and tools included in the fee (sounds like a blast to me). The shop has open studio hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1136 Columbia Ave., (260) 387-5237.
5 MINUTE LOGO
I recently stumbled across something unique while perusing one of my favorite websites, Etsy. Local graphic artist Ben Swygart offers up his logo design services in five-minute increments for $5 a pop. Submit details like the name wanted for the logo, ideal colors or design elements (that may or may not be used) and how you’ll be using the finished product. Within 48 hours you’ll receive your custom logo. If you love it, you’re done. Additional versions or edits can be requested for an additional five dollars per five minutes and when the process is over you’ll receive a PDF of the logo to do with as you please. This is meant to be a fun and casual approach to logo design, a typically expensive and lengthy process. This quick service would be great when starting a blog, creating custom stationery, making T-shirts for a family reunion or perhaps giving a unique gift. Visit www.etsy.com/shop/5minuteLogo.
AUTHENTIC BLASTS FROM THE PAST AT MAGPIE VINTAGE
Sometimes the word “vintage” is used to spruce up something that should really just be described as “old.” So when I do find a really great vintage shop, it’s worth spreading the word. Magpie Vintage is one of the latest and greatest to join the funky shops on Wells Street. The small but mighty shop houses some really special treasures from decades past like kitchen wares, collectibles, children’s toys, clothes and home decor accents. Magpie Vintage is almost like visiting a pop culture museum, it’s such a kick to browse. After my first visit to the shop, I left as the proud owner of a charming milky white and 22K-gold-accented snack dish set, in perfect condition. Like Magpie Vintage on Facebook for updates and new arrivals. The shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 1622 Wells St., (260) 203-2347.