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
Special: Christmas gifts
3.) J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House
121 West Wayne St
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.
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.
6.) Sunny Schick Camera Shop
407 West Washington Boulevard
Special: Many items will have promotional pricing.
7.) Eye Pix Photography
1014 Ewing Street
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
Special: 20% Off Everything in Store
9.) Fort Wayne TinCaps
TinCaps Apparel, Hats & Accessories
1301 Ewing St
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
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
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
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.
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.
17.) Downtown Grind
Downtown coffee house serving baked goods and lunch items; fall specialty is Pumpkin latte and Chai.
200 Pearl Street
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
11 am – 5 pm
Special: Visit the gallery to be entered into a drawing for a Pembroke Bakery & Cafe Gift Certificate.
27.) Pembroke Bakery & CafÃ©
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
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
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
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
Special: Free cocoa to all trolley customers.
31.) Morings Flowers
Floral and Gift Shop
2135 North Wells Street
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.
Sandwiches and drinks
1518 Wells Street
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Special: Complimentary cookie or mini cupcake
42.) Fort Wayne Outfitters
Bikes, canoes, kayaks: rentals and sales, clothing, sportswear and supplies.
1004 Cass Street
Special: 30% Off all Fort Wayne Outfitters logo and Patagonia T-shirts.