Britney Humphrey, founder/CEO of Be Minked Beauty is bringing her brand to Glenbrook Square in an unusual way.

Humphrey will show media her signature line of mink eyelashes and variety of beauty products Aug. 8.

“The Be Minked brand is synonymous with being your authentic self,” she said in a news release. “I want people to feel good about themselves without having to spend a fortune on beauty. That’s why, by design, Be Minked is accessible to the average consumer. The beauty vending machine will add an element to convenience for my eyelash customers, who are often busy and on the go.”

According to Humphrey, “the beauty vending machine will be located near Victoria’s Secret, an ideal location for my target market,” she said. “In addition to Glenbrook Square, Be Minked has an online presence and can be also be found inside Hollywood Beauty locally.”

Her fluffy flutterers sell for about $10 on her website, And while the Boujee is described as “100% sterilized mink fur with a cotton band,” the Flare Away is listed as “vegan cruelty-free with a cotton band.” Both are reusable up to 25 times. And these are for those who want to go bold. The Flare Away, for instance, is described as 25mm high-volume lashes.

The entrepreneur, business student and mother hopes to franchise the concept and expand to shopping centers in other markets nationally and globally. She also aspires to open the first Black beauty supply store in Fort Wayne.

CoreLife adding tacos

I was at the right place at the right time this week. Not only did I get my Steak, Bacon and Bleu Cheese salad at CoreLife Eatery, 407 Coliseum Blvd. W., Fort Wayne, but I got a free taco as part of their promotion.

Next week the restaurant is introducing tacos in naan bread, one of several select locations where the company is expanding the menus past the green, grain and broth bowls.

Customers can choose from the Steak Fajita, Tuna Poke Fire, Korean Pulled Pork, Greek Chicken, Spicy Thai Chicken, Buffalo Chicken and Southwest Pulled Chicken taco.

Steak ‘n Shake hopping

Steak ‘n Shake resumed its drive-in service nationwide Aug. 4, creating some old-fashioned fun while staying socially-distant.

How it works:

• Pull into one of the designated Car Hop parking spaces, denoted by signs evoking a 45 RPM record.

• Open the Steak ‘n Shake app; place your order; select “Car Hop” and enter your vehicle details

• A server will deliver a tray and attach it to the car window, just as we did for decades in our early days.

• Eat in your vehicle or at one of the socially distanced umbrella-covered picnic tables

“Our modern version of the Drive-In not only reinforces those early days with delivery right to your car – but it also fits perfectly into today’s reality, offering our guests a way to enjoy dining out of the house while still protecting their family’s health,” Steve May, SVP, said in a news release.

In other news: Steak ‘n Shake listened to its fans pleas on social media and has brought back the Cajun Burger — it’s available exclusively at the Car Hop through the month of August.

Shopping? Yes, I like shopping!

Downtown Improvement District will hold a Sidewalk Sale on Aug. 14 and 15. Shoppers will find a number of special events and deals at downtown Fort Wayne businesses.

Here’s just a few:

David Talbott Collection, 532 W. Berry St., will have specially priced T-shirts for $15 and under, dress socks 2 for $15 and all sport coats for $99. It will be open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Aug. 15.

Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 14 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15 to pick up free tickets to its 2020 Film series: “Suffragette’ on Aug. 16; “9 to 5” on Aug. 23 and “Mary Poppins” on Aug. 31. Visitors can also purchase tickets to Summer Nights or any other show on the Embassy schedule.

First & Wilkerson Designs/, 127 W. Wayne St., will have many custom Fort Wayne- and other Indiana-inspired prints on hand for 15% off. It will also be featuring a new brand by Many awesome custom designed prints, Tie-dyed items, and handmade pearl jewelry will be available.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Its sales garden has items for 25% off. Find plants grown at the Lawton Park Greenhouse featuring mixed pots, hanging baskets, herbs, perennials, and assorted annuals. Houseplants not included. Proceeds will support educational program development. Garden admission not required.

Good Shepherd Books & Gifts, 915 S. Clinton St., will offer a wide assortment of clearance items at 40-70% off 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 14 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 15.

Kanela, Blended Drinks, Coffee, Bites‘ restaurant at 618 S. Harrison St., isn’t open yet. Flora Barron, owner of the Flora & Lily’s Mexican Kitchen food truck, will park her coffee trailer in front of the store to sell smoothies, coffee and waffles 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 14 and noon-6 p.m. Aug. 15.

Zinnia’s Bakehouse, 236 E. Wayne St. is celebrating its 7th anniversary. It will have a bake sale with $1 cookies and $2 cupcakes 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 15. Online sales, preorders and custom orders not included. Other exclusions may apply.

Payless option coming to CVS

InComm, an Atlanta-based payments technology company, says it is partnering with PayPal and Venmo to bring touchless checkout to CVS pharmacy locations nationwide.

Any option to keep from having to touch something that dozens of others have is a good thing anytime, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vendors will take QR code payments for CVS.

Lisa Esquivel Long is a veteran Fort Wayne journalist and Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly editor. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3311.

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