Market Report: Where in the World is Team FIND?

Melani + crew travel around the country to source the best from various markets, bringing all sorts of fun and stylish goods to our corner of Indiana. This season's whirlwind market experience included jaunts to Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago. Here's the teeniest peek of The FIND's latest market experience.

Dallas | The Total Home & Gift Show @ Dallas Market Center

We discovered some delightful new accents for your home.

We have the most fun shopping for our baby and child department. Everything is just so precious.

Melani & Trovester Jodi Golm met up in Dallas. | Don't worry --- those raccoons were just a display. You certainly won't find them in #DTFW!

Los Angeles | The Reef & The Cooper Design Center

L.A., baby! Those palm trees are just so picturesque.

We're adore the brand Velvet, and we're totally jazzed about their upcoming, Spring-y pieces. We picked up a new clothing line but we're keeping those deets under our hats for now...

Chicago | StyleMax

Chicago is our kind of town, and we always have a blast at StyleMax. 

Editing all the lines and trends into a cohesive collection for The FIND is a massive job, and while it can be fun and exciting, we also take it seriously. We know it's not even Spring yet, but we're already looking forward to Fall fashion.

We srsly can't wait for you to see all the new goods we found during our latest travels!

V Day Inspo, Right This Way

If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to accomplish tasks well before they're due, you're in luck, because we're here to help. Instead of waiting until February 13th (or 14th, if we're all being honest), it's time to start your Valentine's Day shopping now.

Even if you aren't that jazzed about this "Hallmark holiday", we're fairly certain there are people in your life who feel differently and would be touched by a token of some variety, even if small (especially if small). Since we've been cooped up inside, hiding from the snow and frigid temps, we've put together some gift ideas for you to peruse. We have a ton of lovely and fun greeting cards, so! much! jewelry! and many other gorgeous, little perfect gifts for her, for him and for the littles.

For Her

Jewelry is always a safe bet and we've stocked The FIND with lovely options for every budget. Our apothecary department is full of nourishing skincare, and when tucked inside a sweet little pouch, will delight even the most discerning of ladies.

For Him

Treat him to little luxuries he doesn't normally splurge on. A stylish flask, Indiana-made skincare or upgraded accessories like wallets and keychains are both thoughtful and useful. He'll appreciate that.

For the Babes

Cuddly and soft is the name of the game when buying for the babies, and nothing fits the bill quite like Angel Dear goodies. Check out Sophie the Giraffe (she hails from France, ooh la la!), a treasured toy for all babies, everywhere. Literally. Babies are obsessed with Sophie, and so are we.

For the Kiddos

Playful bits and bobs are perfect for toddlers and slightly older children. Darling lapel pins, charm bracelets that give back and the cutest trio of felt finger puppets are special and unique, just like the littles themselves.

Don't forget the sweet stuff...

It's practically law that chocolate must be consumed on Valentine's Day, and we stock some incredibly delicious bars from Vosges and Wild Ophelia, both founded by Fort Wayne native Katrina Markoff. The line of snackable chocolates features interesting combos of American-inspired ingredients such as Peanut Butter and BBQ Potato Chip. The Cold Brew Chocolate Coffee Bites will delight the "but first, coffee" crowd. Snap some up for yourself while you're at it.

We have a ton more in store for your sweet Valentine so swing into #DTFW and shop your heart out!

Freshen Up

Ahhh, it's a crisp new year and we're ready for a refresh in all corners of our lives. From Gwyneth-approved detox plans and trying out new fitness classes to purging closets as well as kitchen drawers, we're marching into 2018 with purpose and a plan.

Our first order of business? Refreshing our space in #DTFW. We've cleared out our holiday merch to make way for the newness of Spring, which has already started arriving to the store by way of gorgeous textiles and delightful home decor accents. We're so jazzed by these new pieces, we called in our stylish pal Gretchen Gouloff to help us reimagine our space for 2018, and to shake off the dust of 2017 (bye, Felicia). 

The quickest way to breathe new life into a living space is to switch up the textiles. New toss pillows and throw blankets add color and interest to any room while offering the cozy softness we all crave during the deep freeze of Winter. We're especially smitten with oversized poufs subbing in for a traditional side table or coffee table. To keep it functional, add a tray on top to hold the standard essentials like remotes, books or candles. 

Topping our current list of faves is this sleek multifunctional piece from Umbra that serves triple duty as a stool, side table and storage container. We're also swooning over the deep and moody indigo trend. Just like denim, indigo serves as both a color and a neutral, somehow...

Sometimes the smallest details make all the difference. Accents such as lidded baskets to help corral a room's clutter or metallic prism wall art that can also hold an air plant or two can make just as big a statement as a new piece of furniture.

Swing into The FIND to check out our refresh and shop our newest arrivals for a refresh of your own spaces. 

Cheers to 2018!

Good Tidings & All That Jazz

Even on the coldest, darkest of days here in northeast Indiana, we're warmed and cheered by the shimmering lights, familiar sounds of a favorite holiday tune and the profusion of sweets that mark the days of this season. There's an abundance of charm in our treasured festivities and traditions, both big and small. From our time-honored rituals to our favorite treats, we're sharing what makes the holidays so bright for us this, and every, year.

ali frebel


My favorite tradition is waking up on Christmas morning and drinking coffee with my family. The fireplace is lit, I’m cuddling with my pooch and ‘A Christmas Story’ plays in the background. After we exchange gifts and clean up, we switch to mimosas, or my mother’s almost famous pomegranate martini, and decorate sugar cookies. And, ’A Christmas Story’ will still be on repeat...
For the new year, my goals are career-based and personal. I will strive to mature my small business (Frebella) both in my own skills as a creator and to increase my marketing efforts. On a personal level, it’s a constant attempt to better my eating habits, which will be no different for the upcoming new year!

Soula's Pomegranate Martini

1 pomegranate, seeded

1 cup cold vodka (to taste, depending on how strong you like it)

2 fresh grapefruits squeezed

2 fresh oranges squeezed 

1/4 cup of pomegranate syrup

Combine in a pitcher. Stir. Pour. Top with pomegranate seeds. Enjoy! Makes about 6 martinis. 

leah badiac


2017 was a big year! I became engaged to the love of my life and we purchased our first home together. My goal for 2018 is to enjoy the wedding planning process and to get our home organized.
My favorite holiday tradition is listening to Christmas music while decorating the tree and baking holiday goodies. Nothing gets me into the spirit of the season like Stevie Wonder’s What Christmas Means to Me.

Leah's Creamy Caramels Recipe

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 cup butter or margarine

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and butter the foil; set aside. Combine sugar, corn syrup and butter in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in milk. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Remove from pan and cut into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Makes about 64 pieces.



My favorite Christmas morning tradition is flipping through old photo albums with my family. We’re all in our pj’s, laughing at funny memories (or fashion mistakes), eating cinnamon rolls and sipping our Irish coffees. It’s the perfect way to kick off the day!
My goal for 2018 is to organize my thousands of photos from spread across my various devices, many of them just of my pup Stanley! I want to get them all printed into books, and get a new one printed at the end of each year going forward. Then, I’ll be able to continue my family’s Christmas morning tradition with my own little family, when that day comes.

Sienna's Snickerdoodle Recipe

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon for rolling


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing in between additions. Mix in the vanilla and ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add mixture to the mixing bowl with butter and sugar. Mix until dough forms (it may be crumbly at first, but be patient, the dough will form!). Scoop out two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place dough on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet.

Tweet us @thefindfw to share your favorite holiday traditions, recipes and wishes for the new year!

Last Minute Gifts

Perhaps you've yet to start your holiday shopping (we aren't judging). Perhaps you just need that one extra little something. Either way, we're here to help with a store filled with all sorts of goodies. From local and/or indie makers to coveted, internationally-known labels, from stocking stuffers to big-ticket style gifts, from soft and cuddly treats for kiddos to tasty treats for grown ups, we've got 'chu.

Come shop us in #DTFW for last-minute gifts that don't scream last-minute!