Holly Trolley Shopping for National Shop Local Day

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News release from the Downtown Improvement District:

Holly Trolley Shopping for National Shop Local Day
November 24, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Downtown Improvement District is pleased to offer Holly Trolley Shopping on November 24, from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. We’ve selected a very special day for this event and are sure it will be festive with HolidayFest traditions at their peak. Families can explore the Festival of Gingerbread, Festival of Trees, Festival of Trains, Christmas at the Old Fort and many other activities. Holly Trolley Shopping will connect it all to dozens of locally owned shops. It’s also the Last Saturday of the month so there will be many ways to “experience art and discover downtown.”

Joining the trend across the country for “shop local” campaigns, we chose the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday is recognized to support small businesses nationwide. The DID makes shopping local easier with the free trolley rides. Most of the businesses along the trolley route will be offering special holiday items, one-day only discounts or refreshments giving shoppers even more incentive to support our locally-owned retailers and specialty gift shops.

November 24 is a free transit day. Citilink has declared the Last Saturday of November a free fare day across the entire city, making it affordable to get downtown. Once there patrons can ride the trolley between shops from 11 to 5 p.m. The monthly Last Saturday shuttle bus will take riders around a shorter loop downtown from 4 – 11 p.m. connecting activities and lighted holiday displays. Rain or shine, getting to downtown attractions can be free and easy throughout the holiday season, Citilink will have free fare days every Saturday from Thanksgiving through December!

There will be more than 40 gift shops, galleries and attractions, a pop-up art and farmer’s market and restaurants available for Holly Trolley Shopping. With so many stops, two trolleys routes -a red line and a green line- will overlap so shoppers won’t have to wait more than 15 minutes between trolleys. Shopping guides (maps) will be available on the trolleys and will be posted on our website. Simply park in a garage or lot near your favorite attraction, wait at a trolley stop sign or flag it down at intersections.

In addition to including dozens of shops selling items that are absolutely unique to Northeast Indiana, DID is promoting three pop-up markets. The DID and Arts United are pleased to coordinate a one-day “pop-up” holiday market at the Arts United Center, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. as part of Holly Trolley Shopping. The pop-up market will feature farmer’s market vendors, artists and entertainment at the Arts United Center. This will be a great location in the heart of the Arts Campus downtown by the Museum of Art and Artlink, which are already popular trolley stops. Foxy Ladies Art Posse will also be in a one-day market at Artlink. The third, called HollyPop, offers boutique retail shops next to the newest downtown store, Creative Women of the World, on Wayne Street.

Another exciting new aspect of the trolley shopping experience is the inclusion of downtown’s gateway district – the Wells Corridor neighborhood. Wells Corridor joined the Downtown Improvement District by sponsoring a trolley to connect their pocket of eclectic and charming shops to all the other HolidayFest fun. That route will link the Wells Corridor with several unique downtown shops, The Old Fort and Science Central. The other route will weave along the one-way streets from the Wayne and Calhoun Street area, with stops that loop south of Jefferson to connect the gift shops at the TinCaps, Embassy Theatre, Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Lotus Gallery and the Arts United Campus.

Look for the entire list of retailers, map and activities for both Holly Trolley Shopping and HolidayFest events are online: HolidayFestDowntown.com. Last Saturday activities will also be listed at www.downtownfortwayne.com and on our active downtown Facebook page.


Holly Trolley Shopping Participants


Red and Green lines connect at stop 1,2, 3 and also at the Arts United Campus.

1.) HollyPop: Downtown Pop-Up Boutiques

127 West Wayne

This special collection of pop-up boutiques includes some of Northeast Indiana’s finest fashions, including OFabz, Belyst, Eternal Youth, The Good Ones and Sharp Dressed Van, along with Kernal Coladas Gourmet Popcorn, Yum-Mee’s Bakery, entertainment & activities and more.

7am – 7pm

2.) Creative Women of the World

Global empowerment through Handmade Design; Fair and Direct Trade

125 West Wayne Street

(260) 267-9048


Special: Christmas gifts

3.) J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House

Irish Pub

121 West Wayne St

(260) 420-5563

11 am- midnight

Special: 10% off regular menu food purchases

4.) Cathedral Books & Gifts

Christian books & gifts, including Willow Tree Angels, Fontanini, Memorial Tear & much more!

915 S Clinton St.

(260) 399-1442


Special: 20% off everything! Free hot wassail & cookies!

5.) Visit Fort Wayne

927 S. Harrison

9 am – 4 pm

The Visitors Center offers a wide variety of Fort Wayne merchandise, including clothing, books, afghans, souvenirs and more.

(260) 424.3700

6.) Sunny Schick Camera Shop


407 West Washington Boulevard

(260) 424-1615


Special: Many items will have promotional pricing.

7.) Eye Pix Photography

Photography Gallery

1014 Ewing Street

(260) 422-1900

11am – 5pm

Special: 10% off all items

8.) The Wood Shack Architectural Antiques

We rescue Architectural Antiques from older homes and buildings within Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Architectural items include doors, Fireplaces, stained, leaded and leaded beveled glass windows. Staircase parts, trim, columns and fancy-work. Entryway doors, widows and colonnades. Claw Footed Tubs and sinks.Limestone, marble and slate pieces.

444 West Baker Street

(260) 424-2093

10am -5pm

Special: 20% Off Everything in Store

9.) Fort Wayne TinCaps

TinCaps Apparel, Hats & Accessories

1301 Ewing St

(260) 482-6400

10.) Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

The Conservatory gift shop offers a variety of unique merchandise – including gifts, toys, books, clothing, jewelry, and holiday decor.

1100 South Calhoun Street

(260) 427-6454

10 am to 5 pm

Special: Unique poinsettias and live wreaths for your holiday decor!

11.) Lotus Gallery

Local artists and artisans displaying pottery, hand sewn and crafted items, and wall art sized and priced for the perfect gift for your loved ones or yourself!

1301 Lafayette Street

(260) 420-942

Special: Half off group yoga or fitness class packages and $10 off massage gift certificates

12.) Zia’s Italian Cafe and Tea House

Cafe and Tea House

300 E. Washington Blvd

260 740-9981

8:00am – 5:00pm

Lunch Special, Christmas Tea and Fruit Wasail. Stock up on your tea selection, we offer 100 different loose leaf teas. Covington Creek Candles products. Stocking Stuffers from Cozme Jewerly Collections. Desserts, Full Service Coffee and Tea Bar and much more!

13.) Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fine art and original crafts from over 75 local, regional and national artists and artisans.

311 E Main St



14.) Holiday Pop-Up Market

Arts United Center

303 E Main Street

Enjoy a one-day market for homemade items that are absolutely unique to Northeast Indiana. The Holiday market will include dozens of farmer’s market vendors, artists and entertainment. Sponsored by Downtown Improvement District and Arts United.


15.) Pacula Diamonds

200 E Main St # 112, ground floor First Source

25 years experience creating one of a kind custom jewelry, learn about the wide array of wonderful options you have with Pacula Diamonds.

(260) 425-9949

16.) Riegel’s Pipe and Tobacco Shop

Since 1847, Riegel’s Pope and Tobacco has been selling premium cigars at affordable prices, and today is one of Midwest’s largest retailers of premium cigars. Riegel’s also sells magazines, maps and gift items.

624 S. Calhoun Street.

(260) 424-1429


17.) Downtown Grind

Downtown coffee house serving baked goods and lunch items; fall specialty is Pumpkin latte and Chai.

200 Pearl Street

(260) 267-9762

8am to 5pm

Special: Santa will be inside handing out candy canes! Try the dark chocolate espresso beans.

18.) Stoner’s Funstore

Jokes, Magic, Costumes

712 South Harrison Street

(260) 426-1100


19.) Higher Grounds Star

Downtown’s newest coffee shop featuring espresso, lattes, mochas, hot chocolate, hot tea and snacks in the beautiful STAR foyer.

127 W. Berry Street

(260) 267-9916


Special: Drink of the Day is the Cinnamon Polar Bear, a white chocolate mocha with cinnamon!

20.) Sharon’s Victorian House of Gifts

Hand-Painted Christmas Bulbs, Wreaths, Cards &Stocking Stuffers

634 West Berry Street

(260) 422-7673

11am – 5pm

Special: Live Music, Wassel, Candy Canes

21.) St. Joseph Hospital Gift Shop

St. Joseph gift shop has a wide variety of items from collectible items to hand bags and jewelry. There is a special selection of holiday items.

700 Broadway

(260) 425-3883

11 am- 5 pm

22.) The Third World Fair Trade Shoppe

Handmade Gifts from 40 hours and USA. Coffees, teas and chocolate that all benefit low income producers.

611 West Wayne Street

(260) 422-6821

Special: 10% off all in-stock items, featuring gift baskets.

23.) First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Bookstore, Gallery, Theater & Member Artisans will be selling a great selection of gifts for all occasions: Artwork, Biblical Themed Gifts, Theater Tickets, Handmade note cards and much, much more -with a percentage of all proceeds benefitting local and national missions.

300 West Wayne

(317) 523-5985


Red and Green lines connect at stop 1,2, 3 and also at the Arts United Campus.

24.) Cottage Flowers Inc.

Flowers; fresh and silk, unique giftware, including items designed and signed by Romero Britto.

236 East Wayne Street

(260) 426-3405

8am – 5pm

Special: Hand painted glass ornaments, 1 day only $1.00 each!

25.) The History Center

Gift shop in local history museum–books, artwork, jewelry, kids toys and more!

302 East Berry Street

(260) 426-2882

9 am to 5 am

Special: Special pricing on holiday items

26.) Artlink Gallery

Pop Up Shop: Foxy Ladies Art Posse!

Foxy Ladies Art Posse- Holiday Art Market: Several local artists and crafters of the Foxy Ladies Art Posse will be displaying and selling; pottery, fiberworks, paintings, sewn and knitted/crocheted goods, upcycled materials and crafts, jewelry, handmade soaps, and prints.

300 East Main Street

(260) 424-7195

11 am – 5 pm

Special: Visit the gallery to be entered into a drawing for a Pembroke Bakery & Cafe Gift Certificate.

27.) Pembroke Bakery & Café

Artisan breads, pastries, egg and dairy free treats, gluten-free breads and pastries. Also we have gift boxes. Fresh soups daily, salads and sandwiches, made with organic ingredients.

300 E Main St # 102

(260) 247-7220


Special: Free cookie with every hot beverage (coffee, tea, latte, cappuccino, etc.)

28.) Historic Fort Wayne

Hand-spun & hand-knit woolens, silver-smithed jewelry, fresh roasted coffee beans & loose tea, hand-wrought ironware, hand-knotted scarves, wheel-thrown stoneware, hand carved bowls, Old Fort souvenirs, children’s activities, bake sale and more!

1201 Spy Run

(260) 437-2836

11am to 6pm

29.) Science Central

Spark the imagination with great gifts from the Science Central Gift Shop! You’ll find unique and intriguing science projects, puzzles, toys, jewelry and more. The gift shop is open to the public, with plenty of free parking.

1950 N. Clinton Street

(260) 424-2400

10 am-5 pm

Special: 20% off any single item purchase.

30.) Speaker Workshop

Custom and repair work on all types of audio equipment.

1707 North Harrison Street

(260) 426-8742


Special: Free cocoa to all trolley customers.

31.) Morings Flowers

Floral and Gift Shop

2135 North Wells Street

(260) 426-3052


Special: Stop in and receive a free rose!

32.) G.I. Joe’s

Army surplus, survival gear.

1638 North Wells Street


Special: 50% Off all survival bracelets, hundreds of colors and designs to choose from: regular $10 and $20, sale: $5 and $10.

33.) Subway

Sandwiches and drinks

1518 Wells Street

(260) 341-1746


Special: Buy One Get One 6″ Sub with the purchase of any drink! Coupons on trolley.

34.) Big Eyed Fish

Food, wine and beer.

1502 N. Wells Street

(260) 420-3474


Special: The Big Eyed Fish will be offering a luncheon special of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a drink for $6.95.

35.) Linda Lou’s New & Used Furniture

New and used furniture of all kinds.

1434 North Wells Street

(260) 420-2255


Special: Cheville mirrors in oak, cherry or whote regularly $39 marked down to $30 for the day!

36.) Hyde Brothers Books

Thousands of used books!

1428 North Wells Street

(260) 424-0197

Special: Featuring 50% off all Christmas books or 20% off any purchase.

37.) Brewers Art Supply

Brewers has all your needs for home brewing and winemaking as well as mead, cider and soda making. Also carry kegging and draft equipment. Like Brewers on Facebook to find out about classes and awesome beer function!

1425 Wells Street

(260) 426-7399


Special: 15% off all home-brewing and wine-making kits

38.) Wells Street Variety Store

Homemade candles, soaps, jewelry, and various other items.

1381 North Wells Street

(260) 220-9012

Special: Free homemade bath salt/exfoliating scrub. 50% Off all jewelry, vintage glassware and pottery.

39.) CM Sloan and Sons Funeral Home

Funeral and Cremation Services

1327 N. Wells Street

(260) 422-4232


Special: Free hot chocolate and cookies to all trolley riders.

40.) Great Panes Glass

Stained glass studio and glass gift gallery.

1307 North Wells Street

(260) 426-0203


Schedule: Great Panes will offer 3″ lead crystal angel ornaments for $15 during the Holly Trolley event.

41.) Richard’s Bakery

Bakery of cakes, cookies, pastries and breads.

1130 Wells Street

(260) 424-4012

Until 5pm

Special: Complimentary cookie or mini cupcake

42.) Fort Wayne Outfitters

Bikes, canoes, kayaks: rentals and sales, clothing, sportswear and supplies.

1004 Cass Street

(260) 420-3962


Special: 30% Off all Fort Wayne Outfitters logo and Patagonia T-shirts.

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