Spotted Around Town

Essentials and then some

Architecture inspires jewelry at ACD

By Jennifer Dodds Fox

Wonderful finds recommended by Jennifer Dodds Fox.

In my April 2012 column, I wrote about a fantastic boutique in Auburn, Essentials & Frosting. I am SUPER excited to report the store has moved to Fort Wayne. Nancy Nokaya, the owner and buyer, stocks her store with of-the-moment women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry as well as hard-to-find beauty products, candles and greeting cards. While you’re there, pick up a tube of Essentials & Frosting’s Lip Brew ($3.50). The ultra moisturizing formula is packed with natural ingredients and will keep your pucker flake-free this winter. I can’t decide if Iced Pear or Almond is my favorite. The new store hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. The online shop, of course, is open 24/7. 5915 Covington Road Suite #B, (260) 451-2929. 
P.S. Stay in the loop about the future of the Auburn location by signing up for the Essentials & Frosting newsletter via the webpage.


I’ve always been enthralled with the Art Deco movement and era. On a recent trip to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum with my car enthusiast fellas, I was astounded by not only the most gorgeous cars in history (that’s no exaggeration), but by the architecture of the 1929 building itself. I was busy snapping pictures of the pristine light fixtures, columns, mouldings and staircase balustrades. After spending hours gawking at the curvaceous and polished machines and then locating the collection’s single Packard (my youngest son’s first name), we ventured into the gift shop. Imagine how thrilled I was to find a series of earrings, inspired by the very architectural details I had been photographing. The Ceiling Border ($23), Chandelier ($28) and Grand Staircase ($30) earrings are boxed with an image and historical note about the piece’s inspiration. What a fantastic souvenir to commemorate a visit or an Indiana-centric gift for an Art Deco fan anywhere. The famed museum and gift shop are open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 1600 South Wayne St. Auburn, IN 46706 260-925-1444


Emilia King adores the chic and rustic home decor from stores whose names rhyme with Bestoration Fardware and Bottery Parn, but the pieces she loves aren’t always the right size or don’t have the finish she desires. Her solution? To make for herself the pieces she wants, exactly the way she wants them. Her personal hobby quickly morphed into The Shed. She now sells popular items like wine racks, coffee table carts, blanket ladders, various signs and clocks, all with a chic, rustic vibe at reasonable prices and with customization options. While a brick and mortar store is in the works, you can stay updated and browse her handmade goods on The Shed’s Facebook page or find her at a few pop-up shops, fairs and markets around the area. Customers can pick up their purchases or opt for local delivery. Prices start at $25. “Like” The Shed on for more information.


I’m ashamed to say it took me way too long to eat lunch at Deli 620 on Calhoun Street downtown. But I finally got there and enjoyed a fab lunch with a friend. I ordered the #11 (proscuitto, mozzarella, basil & pesto on a baguette) and a cup of Chicken Velvet Soup — so delish. While there, I spotted a super cool giclee print by local artist, Elly Tullis, daughter of Lindi Miller, owner of Deli 620. Elly graduated from Indiana University’s BFA painting program and, in addition to painting with oils, is a poet, bird watcher and aspiring inventor. To view this local talent’s artwork or order prints, go to and search for Elly Tullis ART. To contact the artist directly, email

Posted Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:55 am