Street Savvy: Fort Wayne Avenue

This diagonal artery is one of downtown’s last undiscovered pockets.

May 2018Add a comment

BREATHE
Downtown’s young professionals tote their mats to Invoke Studio for more than 100 classes—and a heated room for hot yoga. In addition to mostly intermediate to advanced vinyasa classes, workouts also cover HIITs, Pilates on a Reformer, and an Invoke-designed Bar Effect class targeting the core and inner thighs. While clients love the studio’s abundance of natural light, Invoke also stretches its programming to Sun King Brewery, the Indiana War Memorial, and the canal at sunrise. 970 Fort Wayne Ave., 317-631-9642

SHOP
Owner Lisa Footé worked as a bartender in the area before switching gears to consignment at More Than A Boutique. There’s a kooky array of new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing—everything from guys’ Western-style shirts to thigh-high Jessica Simpson–brand boots, and so much more. 808 Fort Wayne Ave., 317-951-4770

FOCUS
When a store like Roberts Camera thrives in the age of the 12 megapixel phone lens, it must be doing something right. In this case, it’s the shop’s expert service for professional and serious hobbyists who are willing to spend up to $6,500 on a camera—not to mention a wide selection of drones. Classes cover photography, editing, and filmmaking. You can even roam Conner Prairie after dark with the Roberts crew. 222 E. St. Clair St., 317-636-5544

SPOT
It’s easy to miss this quirky piece of history. The peculiar white-brick building was once home to Indiana’s oldest, and believed to be the nation’s third-oldest, White Castle restaurant. The exterior looks almost identical to when it was built in 1927. Last year, it was saved by historic preservationists. 660 Fort Wayne Ave.

EAT
Saffron Cafe channels Morocco with its intricately patterned walls and traditional delicacies, such as paella and tajines served in decorative pots. Like the falafel or fish you’re tasting? Chef Anas Sentissi offers a four-hour cooking lesson. 621 Fort Wayne Ave., 317-917-0131

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