Downtown Decatur boutique to open Saturday

Linda Lipp

BlackBird Boutique, owned by local residents Emily and Mitch Schifferly, is set to open Aug. 8 in a historic downtown Decatur building at 222. N. Second St.

The shop will carry clothing, shoes, purses, handmade jewelry, all‐natural makeup and vintage home décor items.

The clothing will come from a variety of designers. Home décor items will be made by the owner, who restores old furniture to create a rustic, vintage look. The Out of Eden Naturals makeup and some of the hand‐made jewelry to be offered are made by the owner’s sister, Lily Evans. There also will be a New Creation jewelry line available that is made by the Dominican Republic Women’s Ministry, with all sale proceeds to be donated to the FIGHT Ministries (Freeing Individuals from the Grasp of Human Trafficking).

Normal business hours for the BlackBird Boutique will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Grand opening festivities Aug. 8 will begin at 9 a.m.

Fort Wayne Kirkland’s opens

Tennessee-based home decor retailer Kirkland’s is opening at the Orchard Crossing shopping center off Illinois Road in southwest Fort Wayne.

The grand opening is set for Aug. 8.

Kirland’s has more than 320 stores across 35 states and continues to grow. It was founded by Carl Kirkland in 1966.

BND Commercial

Karl Behrens represented the buyer, Aqua Indiana Inc., in the purchase of 1.5 acres of land at 14429 Illinois Road from Bridgewater Commercial Center LLC.

Roger Koehlinger represented the landlord, Barry Knoll LLC, and David Nugent represented the tenant, SkySight Technologies Inc., in the renewal of a lease of 1,800 square feet of space at 6015 Highview Drive.

Brian Fleming represented the buyer, RKT Operations LLC, in the purchase of an 1,800 square-foot commercial building at 591 S. Main St., Churubusco, from the seller, Sarah Kean.

Behrens represented the landlord, Dupont Crossing LLC, in the lease of a 20,000 square-foot retail space at 710 E. Dupont Road to the Salvation Army.

Nugent and David Norton represented the landlord, Julie Chao Real Estate LLC, in the lease of a 5,400 square-foot office space at 10351 Dawson’s Creek Blvd. to Malcolm & Schlueter Inc.

Bradley Co.

Al Stovall Jr. represented the tenant, Quick Auto, in the lease of 1,424 square feet of retail space located at 1632 Ashley Ave.

Kienan O’Rourke represented the landlord, Milham Realty, in the lease of 2,744 square feet of industrial space at 1943 Lakeview Drive. Centurion Exteriors Inc., doing business as Castle Windows, is the tenant.

Stovall represented the landlord, Myrrh Properties, in the lease of 5,000 square feet of industrial space at 58478 State Road 13, Suite B. Tepens Smart Savings is the tenant.

O’Rourke represented the seller, Alvarez Investment Group LLC, as well as the buyer, Fancy & Staple, in the sale of a 1,950 square-foot retail building at 1111-1113 Broadway.

Tyler Binkley and Paul Refakis represented the seller, Theodora Vierling Trust, in the sale of a 2,117 square-foot retail building at 4605 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Strebig Construction

Strebig Construction Inc. was awarded a contract by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department for the Franke Park/zoo monument sign.

Strebig Construction also completed a suite expansion for Bonahoom & Bobilya Law Group, and an office renovation for Sperry Van Ness Parke Group on the 15th floor of the PNC Center.

Dirig Sheet Metal

Dirig Sheet Metal was awarded a contract for the installation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct work for Stone Hall at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Sperry Van Ness Parke Group

Brandon Downey represented both the lessor, Barry Knoll LLC, and the lessee, Syngenta Seeds, in the renewal of a lease of industrial space at 3404 Metro Drive.

Mark Baringer represented the seller, Valley Forge Investments Ltd., and Neal Bowman represented the buyer, B Three Partners LLC in the sale of 3.4 acres of land at 3020 Congressional Pkwy.

Bowman represented the seller, Shambaugh Family Limited Partnership, and James Lohman represented the buyer, F & M Tile and Terrazzo Co. Inc., in the sale of the 42,350 square-foot industrial space at 125 -137 Chambeau Road.

Downey represented the both the lessor, Falstaff Properties LLC, and the lessee, Steve Perry Creations Inc., in the lease of 2,520 square feet of industrial space at 1025 Grant St.

Shawnee Construction

Shawnee Construction & Engineering Inc. was selected as construction manager for a new assisted living facility in Sturgis, Mich.

Thurston Woods Village awarded Shawnee a contract for a 46,000-square-foot renovation that will include assisted living, an Alzheimer’s care unit, common area improvements, a new entry canopy and exterior improvements. The $4.5 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2016. MKM Architecture + Design is the project architect.


Karen Spake represented the landlord, Maggos Development Corp., and Brady Hayes-Gardner represented the lessee, Bridges of Indiana, in the lease of 1,145 square feet of office space at 4011 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Spake and Carolyn Spake-Leeper represented the lessor, Keystone Realty Ltd., and Kathy Moses-Denig represented the lessee, the General Services Administration, in the new lease of 6,018 square feet of office space at 328 Ley Road.

Moses-Denig represented the lessor, Fort Wayne Office Portfolio LLC, in the renewal of a lease of 2,837 square feet of office space at 3400 E. Coliseum Blvd., in Executive Center I.

Jon Albright represented the landlord, Industrial Investors, and the tenant, Summers of Fort Wayne Inc., in the renewal of a lease of 2,288 square feet of industrial space at 3706 N. Wells St.

Sports card show Aug. 15

A sports card and collectibles show is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E Washington Center Road.

Dealers from the tri-state region will be in attendance. Admission is free. For more information visit the Fort Wayne baseball card show page on Facebook.

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