• New Boutique Hotel Being Developed in Fort Wayne

     
    POSTED December 18, 2016
     

A new boutique hotel is under development in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The development is possible because of the partnership of Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder and chief creative officer and director of Vera Bradley, and Portland-based hotel management company Provenance Hotels. Baekggard will contribute her design sense, while Provenance hotel will offer their knowledge of local hotel management.

Baekgaard co-founded Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne where it became a top brand for bags, luggage, fashion accessories, and more. Baekgaard’s is an active part of the Fort Wayne community and has always wanted to open a hotel in the area.

“My intention is to create a place that’s unique to Fort Wayne and reflects the pride we have in our city. A place where our community can come together to do business, celebrate life’s special moments and connect on a regular basis—that’s what Provenance Hotels does best,” says Baekgaard. “They have a solid track record of success, the unique perspective of being owners themselves and an authentic approach to creating independent hotels that are rooted in the community. I’m confident we are going to create something truly special and worthy of Fort Wayne.”

Baekgaard and Provenance Hotels are working alongside Greater Fort Wayne Inc., and the City of Fort Wayne to select a location for the hotel. The goal of the hotel is to help the city raise minimum wage and better the city’s economy.

“We couldn’t be more excited about working with Barbara to make her dream for Fort Wayne a reality,” said Bashar Wali, president of Provenance Hotels. “We always seek out partners with vision and projects in forward-looking cities where we can craft hotels that engage, reflect and embody the local spirit. There is no question that Barbara is a visionary and that Fort Wayne is a city positioning itself for a bright, dynamic future. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to become a part of that.”

The hotel will feature 120 rooms with food, beverage and meeting space options, and is slated to open in 2019.

Throughout the month of October, the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel will extend its Dive-In Movie Series to include a selection of kid-friendly “spooky” films in the spirit of Halloween.

Each Saturday night now through Oct. 26, guests can gather inside the historic pool to enjoy fresh popcorn and movies while relaxing in a complimentary floaty.

 

The widely recognized Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, & Convention Center of Branson, Missouri, has captured the coveted “Best of MidAmerica Award” from Meetings Today magazine. Readers of the magazine determined recipients of the award, voting on a handful of the top MidAmerica meeting sites based off of quality of meeting space, guest rooms, services and amenities, food and beverage offerings, staff, availability of technical equipment, recreational facilities and activities, and overall experience.

 

Oklahoma City officials recently unveiled the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center’s new brand featuring a colorful, high-energy logo.

“Everyone has seen the rise of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center on the east side of Scissortail Park, and its completion will be another MAPS game-changer for our City,” says Mayor David Holt. “Today’s logo unveiling is another milestone on that path.”