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Penny Drip pouring coffee, cocktails

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Penny Drip is the latest coffee shop to open downtown.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 3, 2022

Penny Drip, a café serving creative foods, unique cocktails, and coffee, has opened in a newly renovated downtown space in Fort Wayne.

Operated by Be Better Hospitality,  comprised of Sam Albertson, Trevor Scovel, and Preston Wallace, the coffee and cocktail bar concept is usually found in larger cities around the world and is becoming more popular. Coffee drinks can now be expanded with unique liquors and combined to make a creatively balanced cocktail. 

Penny Drip, 815 Lafayette St., shares space with the Executive Barbershop, but anyone is free to stop by for a drink or a bite, although you’ll need an appointment if you’re looking for a trim. 

Penny Drip is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week, with a possible expansion of weekend hours.

River, Set, Go! coming Aug. 6

The third annual River, Set, Go! will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, in downtown Fort Wayne. 

Opening ceremonies will be at 9:15 a.m. with Chinese Families & Friends Association at Old National Bank Plaza. At 10 a.m., the Dragon Boat Races and other family friendly activities will begin, including a Calm Water Sensory Tent until 4 p.m. 

Other events throughout the day include live music, a spicy ramen eating contest, drummer dance-off, Steersman auction, floating yoga, paddle parade, and a floating firepit finale at 9:30 p.m. on the St. Marys River. 

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Author Jim Pickett to speak at library

Fort Wayne author Jim Pickett will appear at the downtown Allen County Public Library on Monday, Aug. 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss his books of historical fiction taking place during the 1790-1812 timeframe in the Old Northwest Territory: The Bones of Kekionga, The March to Kekionga, and The Siege at Kekionga.

 Auditions for Hysterium Scream Team

Local haunted house Hysterium will hold auditions for their 2022 Scream Team in preparation for the Halloween season. Be prepared to present 30 seconds of your improvisational skills or a character you’re familiar with, or they will select one for you. 

Hysterium, 4410 Arden Drive, was voted the No. 31 top haunted house in 2021 by

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