Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Step into Sassie Cakes for a hit of cookie dough, a French macaron, or a dumpster cup – a version of “cake in a jar, only better!”

Pictured: The brass rail entrance and wall painting

Henry’s is the foodie destination for the over 21s. In Fort Wayne Staple, Henry’s is said to have one of the oldest bar counters in the state of Indiana. Even more famous is the food. Henry’s was voted the best burger in Fort Wayne, but we guarantee you’ll love what you choose! After dinner, head to The Brass Rail, an “old fashioned dive bar” for a drink and some of the best live local music.

In the fall of 2022, the Union Street Marketplace on the Electric Works campus will come to the Midwest region. The market will feature breweries and cider houses, a variety of sweets and treats, and many other “innovative food options” open daily. The Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market will also relocate and move to campus.


Hopscotch House toys in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Pictured: Hopscotch House

Looking for a brave gift for yourself or someone special? Fancy & Staple is your destination for carefully selected handcrafted items with equal parts color and style. Visit their second location for your little ones, Hopscotch House, just down the street! Each of these places has vibrant murals on the building that are perfect for a family photo shoot!

Idle shops

Pictured: Idlehour shop displays

Update your wardrobe with a shopping spree in the boutiques of West Central. The Urban Hippie offers fashionistas unique and effortless pieces inspired by retro 70s style and good vibes. Whether you like to get cozy or stay active, Idlehour Boutique has fashionable clothes, activewear and accessories to keep you cute and comfy! Check out nearby Smiley’s Joy, located in a beautiful historic home, for seasonal home decor, bohemian clothing, and more.

Browse the aisles of storefronts, iconic commercial signs and Antiques collectibles on Broadway, then wander to Sharon’s Victorian Gift House to find even more vintage treasures!

Don’t forget to shop The Hedge for typographic designs, handmade jewelry, unique art prints and more from local designer, Julie Wall!

Last but not least, be sure to stop by Friends of the Third World, a non-profit shop dedicated to helping people around the world overcome poverty through raising awareness and selling fair trade products. Take home some fresh coffee or a handmade gift and feel proud to support a good cause.

Go outside

Stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air at Swinney Park. The park features paved walkways, tennis courts, frisbee golf and more!

If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, hit the sidewalks of West Central for a self-guided tour. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the unique and intricate details of the home’s exteriors and neighborhood gardens. Want to see inside some houses? Don’t miss the annual West Central Home and Garden Tour & ArtsFest every September!

Exterior of Castle Gallery in West Central

On the photo: the gallery of the castle

Immerse yourself in the arts

Creativity awaits in historic West Central! Enjoy dinner and a show at the Arena Dinner Theater, where you’ll discover the talent of Fort Wayne’s theater community. Located at 179 Rockhill St, the Arena Dinner Theater is a neighborhood staple, housed in a brick building covered in beautiful ivy.

Or admire fine art at the Castle Gallery, a unique gallery housed in a historic three-story mansion!