Fort Wayne now has two more lunch break locations.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel and Conjure Coffee owner Corey Waldron officially cut the ribbon on the new Conjure Coffee café inside the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., on Dec. 3.
Waldron said he jumped at the chance to get into the location.
"When you can take your coffee and walk through the gardens here, it's a really special event," he said.
Both the parks department, which manages the conservatory, and Conjure represent beauty, leisure and environmental stewardship, he said.
In honor of Giving Tuesday, Conjure is planting one tree for every 10 coffee drinks it sells this week, Waldron said.
In addition to espressos, lattes, cold nitro brews, teas and hot chocolate, the location has GK Baked Goods.
This is the second location for Conjure Coffee, which has a location on Columbia Avenue and features its locally roasted coffee along with a highly seasonal menu. In addition to café products it will sell packaged roasted coffee.
“We’re thrilled to have this partnership with Conjure Coffee,” McDaniel said. “They have proven to be a popular destination for Fort Wayne citizens, and we are very happy our conservatory visitors will be able to enjoy their offerings as well.”
The café will be open 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Catering options will also be available for conservatory renters.
Also, Dec. 3, Bartholomew's Bistro & Gallery opened.
You can't have a bistro — or really any business — without electricity these days, so it had to delay its opening a week.
After Abby Brown's Candy Shoppe closed at 1415 E. State Blvd. the space sat vacant for a while and then was discussed as a wine bar. It became an art gallery. Now it'll be a bit of both when it gets its liquor license.
Owner Janet Bartholomew left an homage to Abby Brown with a sign in the bistro, which opened Dec. 3. The bistro menu has vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and keto-friendly options. The menu includes avocado and tomato on toast, but the heavily frosted cupcakes — including chocolate and pumpkin — looked like works of art. They were made by Donna Kessler, who formerly owned Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits and Dlightfuls.
Peruse the artwork on the walls while you wait for your order. Plans are for live music.
Right now the hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.