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Shopping & Dining


This charming Midwestern county is home to a wide variety of shopping and dining establishments sure to meet any need and taste.

Here, small, locally owned shops are mixed with large, nationwide chains – offering shoppers everything from everyday necessities to that one-of-a-kind gift. Grocers, antique and specialty shops, clothing stores, home furnishing businesses and one-stop super stores are all conveniently located throughout the county – along major thoroughfares and lining the walkways in centralized downtown districts. Local communities also host seasonal Farmers Markets featuring fresh local produce, flowers and plants, baked goods and other products.

In between the shops, plan to make a stop at one of the area’s assortment of eateries. Morning, noon and night –there’s always a dining spot ready to cater to hungry patrons at all times of the day. Take a seat at the local brewery, neighborhood tavern or pizza place, or grab a quick bite at a quality fast-food establishment – no matter what one’s appetite is calling for, DeKalb County restauranteurs are sure to please.

DeKalb County’s close proximity to the bigger city of Fort Wayne affords it additional opportunities for both shopping and dining. Jefferson Pointe is an exciting open-air retail, entertainment and dining complex in Fort Wayne, while Glenbrook Square offers an enclosed mall with hundreds of specialty shops, eateries and department stores. Furthermore, just north of the county, in the town of Fremont, are the Prime Outlets featuring high-end products at discount prices.

Visit the DeKalb Chamber Partnership’s online business directory at to access a list of referred retailers and dining establishments in the area.

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