Street Scenes: Wells Street, Fort Wayne

Isn’t there a quiet thrill in new discoveries or revisited gems? Such is the quest of glo’s “Street Scenes.” We’re happy to introduce readers to unique areas— both unknown and familiar ground. We put feet to the street so we can share unearthed gems—and just cool places to visit.

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WHY WE CHOSE WELLS STREET

Wells Street in Fort Wayne provides a diverse array of quaint shops, big business and unique historic flair. The revamped Wells Street Corridor buzzes with pedestrians supporting its various businesses. Each shop within the corridor has its own unique appeal—some with painted murals on the exterior, others with statues, bright colors and vibrant landscape. Too, the beautiful Wells Street Bridge stands above the St. Mary’s River. From the north end to the south end’s industrial businesses, pick your flavor and you’re likely to find it on Wells Street.

SHOPPING:

The Wells Street Corridor is a historic commercial district with unique shops and locals’ favorites like GI Joes—a definite must-see, Brewer’s Art Supply and Great Panes Glass—all within steps of each other along the corridor. As vapes have grown in popularity, CravinVapes, too, is now within walking distance on the corridor. And of course, another local favorite shop on Wells Street is Boudoir Noir. And for the outdoorsy type, Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot is an icon of sorts for Fort Wayne residents. This friendly shop offers watersport rentals galore.

Shops: GI Joe’s, Brewer’s Art Supply, Great Panes Glass, CravinVapes, Bloodmoney Tattoo, Fort Wayne Outfitters, Boudoir Noir, Moring’s Flowers & Gifts, Smoky’s Records & Tours, Wildman’s Tattoo, Hyde Brothers Book Store, Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, Wells Street Variety Store, ReStore Habitat for Humanity, Linda Lou’s Furniture, D&M Apparel and more.

SIGHTS + ACTIVITIES

The Historic Wells Street Bridge

On the north edge of downtown Fort Wayne stands the historic Wells Street Bridge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge is the only of its kind still standing. This iron truss bridge was designed and built in 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge was designed with beautiful decorative details (take a close look when you visit) and its pedestrian walkway on both sides of the bridge has ornate cast iron posts for the railings. While the bridge is no longer open for vehicular traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and photographers frequent the bridge with regularity.

What to do on Wells Street: Wells Street Bridge, walkway along St. Mary’s River, Sport One Parkview Fieldhouse and more.

WHERE TO EAT

Within the corridor, check out the Indiana Mexican Bakery—a favorite of the locals. From Mexican fare to pizza to early morning cafes, there’s something for just about everyone on Wells Street.

Food fare: Indiana Mexican Bakery, Mexican Ice Cream Parlor, Don Chavas Mexican Restaurant, Big Eyed Fish Bar & Grill, Tom’s Donuts, Tim Didier Meats, Clara’s Pizza King and Klemm’s Kafe to name a few!


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