Shop Local, Eat Local, Support Local – at FWA
Jan 5, 2018
Erika Thornton – marketing intern

When you support locally owned businesses, you are supporting your local economy as well as your neighbors. What better place to support these local businesses than your local Fort Wayne International Airport. FWA strives to support businesses in the Fort Wayne area by offering local options. From the food you eat, to the gifts you buy and everything in between, FWA proudly showcases locally made products. Here are a few of the offerings at FWA.

DeBrand Fine Chocolates

Enjoy a rich piece of chocolate when you stop at the DeBrand gift shop. Offering scrumptious truffles, tasting bars, classic boxed collections, caramel chocolates and even chocolate thoughts, there’s a piece of heaven for every palate. Whether you’re indulging for yourself or treating someone with a little piece of Fort Wayne, DeBrand will not disappoint.

Vera Bradley

Traveling to visit family or friends? What better way to greet them than with a Vera Bradley handbag or wristlet – a gift from a company that was founded right here in Fort Wayne? Selling blankets, wristlets, lanyards, totes and more, the Vera Bradley collection makes the perfect Fort Wayne souvenir. The gift shop even carries the collegiate collection for Hoosier teams. Forget something? That’s okay! Vera Bradley offers an array of traveling necessities. With duffels, carry-ons, backpacks, organizers and cosmetic bags, Vera Bradley has you covered with a few things you might need while traveling.

Local Breweries

Put your feet up, rest and replenish with a tall cold glass of beer from Samuel Adams Brewhouse. Conveniently accessible before and after security, the Samuel Adams Brewhouse offers on tap beer from local breweries. Spoil yourself with a wide selection of craft beer to accompany your burger, wings, salad or dinner entrée. At Samuel Adams Brewhouse, you’ll find a quality dining experience with friendly service.

Fort Wayne Athletics

Everyone loves the Fort Wayne Komets. From the non-stop action, to the blaring horn and chanting after a Komet goal, Komet hockey is a staple in Fort Wayne. Grabbing a t-shirt from the Marketplace Gift Shop is a great way to display your Fort Wayne pride and support your local hockey team.


Don’t forget your cookie from our friendly Hospitality Hosts! Our cookies are freshly baked by Ellison Bakery, located right across the street from FWA. We proudly honor Ellison Bakery’s more than 70 year history by serving its delicious cookies to our passengers upon their arrival.

Valuing our region, we collaborate with multiple organizations to better enrich Fort Wayne. We partner with Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Fort Wayne Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (Visit Fort Wayne) and more in order to better serve our region.

To best serve you, FWA offers twelve non-stop flights to various destinations. So enjoy your flight to your next destination after your bite to eat or gift or souvenir purchase. Flying with Fort Wayne International Airport doesn’t stop you from shopping, eating and dining local – it enhances it! 

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