Union Street Market announced three new merchants and revealed the large number of women-owned and minority businesses at the year-round, indoor food market at Electric Works. This announcement brings the total number of Union Street Market merchants to 15.

“In creating Union Street Market, we set out to reflect the growing diversity of Fort Wayne and provide opportunities for independent business owners,” said Ted Spitzer, Union Street Market’s director of planning and development. “With today’s announcement, we are proud to share that 60% of Market businesses are women-owned, a quarter are minority-owned, and every single one is a local, independent entrepreneur.”

The three businesses announced today include:

  • Pikoso Burrito Company is a new concept from veteran food entrepreneurs Flora and Samuel Barron, owners of Flora and Lily’s Mexican Kitchen food truck and Kanela Blended Drinks on the Landing. “Over the years, we’ve learned that Fort Wayne residents love both authenticity and creativity, so Pikoso Burrito will feature Mexican ingredients with different twists to make delicious combinations,” said Flora Barron. Creative burrito flavors will include Asian and California-style, Surf and Turf, TexMex, and Mediterranean. Pikoso will also offer Mexican sodas with optional toppers.
  • Johnny OX NEO Neapolitan Pizzeria will debut at the Market under the ownership of veteran chef Johnny Bojinoff. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Bojinoff attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and worked in West Coast restaurants that innovated with old-world and modern pizza techniques. Upon returning to Fort Wayne, he became executive chef at Old Crown restaurant and was a leading force in establishing the city’s farm-to-fork movement with seasonal, weekly changing menus. “I’m excited to be part of Union Street Market because I will have access to great local ingredients to make incredible pizza toppings, as well as delicious appetizers, salads, vinaigrettes and dressings,” Bojinoff said. “At NEO, customers can buy whole pies or pizza by the slice, including all-vegan pizzas.”
  • Honey Plant is opening a second Fort Wayne location at Union Street Market and will offer a wide range of houseplants and cut local flowers when in season. “We started as a pop-up in 2018, moved into our Wells Street store at the end of 2019, and expanded to double the size of our space,” said owner Cassandra Braman. “At the Market, we will feature cactus and succulent arrangements, popular houseplants, and have a seasonal floral bar with flowers from local and other US-based growers.”

Union Street Market is on schedule to open in October 2022. Additional merchant announcements are expected soon but there are still a few spaces available. Food entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit www.unionstreetmarket.org to learn about leasing opportunities.

Union Street Market today announced four new businesses for the year-round, indoor food market at Electric Works, bringing the total to 12.

“The selection of these new merchants marks an important milestone – the Market has filled half of the available spaces,” said Ted Spitzer, Union Street Market’s director of planning and development. “These diverse businesses show the breadth of what the Market will offer, from farm fresh fruits and vegetables to hot BBQ and Middle Eastern foods to a full-service bar with inventive cocktails and a wide range of Indiana spirits and beers on tap.”

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Union Street Market today announced two additional women-owned businesses for the year-round, indoor food market at Electric Works.

“This announcement is particularly sweet – not only is the market gaining two accomplished and highly creative dessert makers, but we are thrilled to support local, women-owned businesses,” said Ted Spitzer, Union Street Market’s director of planning and development.

The growing list of Union Street Market merchants now includes Bragg-A-Lot Sweets & Drinks and Local Apple Cart. More information on these new additions:

  • Bragg-A-Lot Sweets & Drinks, a family-owned business started by lifelong Fort Wayne resident DeZyre Bragg, features inventive cheesecakes, cookies, pies and a variety of other unique desserts. Bragg-A-Lot opened as a dessert shop and restaurant in 2020 but fell victim to the pandemic. At Union Street Market, Bragg is teaming with her mother Shirl as head baker and significant other Terrance as head pastry chef to provide unique items like cheesecake-filled apples, homemade fudge and cocoa bombs. “Our bakery quickly gained a large following and it was heart-breaking to close,” Bragg said. “We couldn’t be more excited to relaunch in Union Street Market and join so many other talented merchants.”
  • Local Apple Cart, which features homemade ice cream infused with locally grown fruits. Local Apple Cart will make the transition from food truck to full-time business within Union Street Market. Owner/entrepreneur Rachel Nally followed her passion to found Local Apple Cart after nearly 20 years in customer service. “My focus is using seasonal fruits to construct our ice creams, so every bite tastes juicy with just the right amount of sweetness,” Nally said. “In addition to all-natural soft and hard serve ice creams, we offer hand-crafted lemonades, chocolate-dipped strawberries and frozen bananas, and of course caramel apples from my own apple tree!”

Union Street Market also announced the hiring of Robert Johnson to assist with merchant recruitment. A serial food entrepreneur himself, Johnson founded Crossroads Kombucha and Bukál Beverage Co. before becoming the founding director of garden operations at CASS Gardens. “I have been excited about the potential of a market hall at Electric Works since first touring the facility in 2017,” Johnson said. “I’ve spent the past decade working with food business owners in Fort Wayne and believe that Union Street Market is a perfect addition to our growing local food economy.”

Spitzer added, “As the market gets closer to its opening next fall, we are seeing increased interest from food entrepreneurs throughout Indiana who want to be part of the excitement at Electric Works. We encourage anyone interested to reach out to see if Union Street Market is the right next step for their business.”

Union Street Market continues to seek creative and passionate food entrepreneurs to join its growing list of merchants. The market has openings for merchants selling fresh, specialty, and prepared foods, with a particular emphasis on ethnic businesses. More information about leasing opportunities can be found at http://www.unionstreetmarket.org/.

Chapman’s Brewing today announced that the company has signed a letter of intent to build and open a flagship brewery and taproom at Electric Works next fall. This new location will also become the headquarters for Chapman’s, housing the company’s corporate office and R&D functions in addition to the brewery and taproom.

Scott Fergusson, founder of Chapman’s Brewing Company, shared the company’s vision and excitement about Electric Works as a center for innovation and collaboration.

“We believe in Electric Works – what the campus has meant to Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana, and the center of gravity it will become as the vision turns into reality. Our new headquarters will have a totally unique, artisanal look and feel, and we want to bring our customers into the heart of it. We will capitalize on the energy and innovation at Electric Works, while continuing to serve customers throughout the region online, at our thriving brewery and taproom in Angola, and our regional taprooms in Columbia City, Huntington, Wabash, and at Fort Wayne International Airport,” said Fergusson.

With a large footprint in Building 27 at Electric Works, Chapman’s brewery and taproom will offer family-friendly dining as well as retail space with ingredients and equipment for home brewers.

Jeff Kingsbury of Ancora, the lead developer of Electric Works, said, “Chapman’s flagship brewery concept fits perfectly with the vision of making Electric Works a vibrant and active 18-hour place, tying in with the spirit of innovation and creativity that is native to Electric Works. Chapman’s will be a destination for all those who visit and work at the Electric Works campus.”

Fergusson added, “Fort Wayne is the hub of Northeast Indiana, and we see Chapman’s at Electric Works as a tremendous opportunity to present an artisanal, creative culinary offering – a unique, full-service taproom with great beer and amazing food that takes the brewery visit to the next level of experience.”

Union Street Market today announced the first set of merchants who will sell at the new indoor food market when Electric Works opens next fall.

“Union Street Market will be a unique place to eat, drink and shop from local farmers and food entrepreneurs,” said Jeff Kingsbury of Ancora, the lead developer of Electric Works. “The merchants we announced today have been selected to create a vibrant seven day a week public market and food hall for northeast Indiana.”

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As we prepare for the start of construction for Phase II, and as part of our overall commitment to historic preservation, we’ve physically relocated several homes located on the block where construction will take place. These homes have been selected because of their historic value and architectural features. Media outlets were on hand to capture the relocation of one of the homes.

The Fort Wayne City Council gave its unanimous preliminary approval to our rezoning request as we move forward with Phase 2 of Electric Works. This rezoning paves the way for us to move forward with the $107 million project, which is a mixed-use development including an 1,100-space parking garage wrapped by more than 280 residential units, an early childhood learning center, a fitness and wellness center, and retail space.

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Northeast Indiana’s first food hall and public market will be known as Union Street Market, its name harkening back to the earliest days of the former General Electric campus, where it will open fall 2022.

Modeled on many of the country’s most successful market halls, Union Street Market will offer a range of regionally sourced foods and beverages in a historic setting at Electric Works. Driven by its mission to support local farmers and food producers while enhancing community wellness and providing access to healthy foods, Union Street Market will feature 20-plus merchants open daily and also serve as the permanent home of the Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market. Merchants already committed to Union Street Market include Joseph Decuis and Conjure Coffee.

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The Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market will make historic McCulloch Park its home this summer as it prepares for its permanent relocation to Electric Works in 2022, and to accommodate its growing list of vendors.

The market will begin its summer outdoor season on Saturday, May 15, with more than 60 local and regional vendors expected to participate. It will move to two days a week beginning June 16, operating from 3–7pm each Wednesday and 9am–1pm each Saturday through the summer. The market will feature live entertainment at the park’s gazebo, as well as other family-friendly activities throughout the summer. Multilingual signage and banners will be present as well.

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The National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), an organization that supports the country’s architectural heritage, community development, and renewable energy initiatives through the provision of Federal and State Historic Preservation, Low-Income Housing, Renewable Energy, and New Markets Tax Credits, provided critical capital sources for Electric Works. This includes $35.7 million in federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) equity and $12.5 million in New Markets Tax Credit Allocation; this represents NTCIC’s largest Historic Tax Credit investment in NTCIC history.