This issue has the feminine touch from cover to cover.
Picking a favorite issue is like picking a favorite child—I’ve got a bunch of both—but let’s be honest: the Business Women of Style is my favorite issue. I’m a businesswoman. They’re businesswomen. What’s not to love?
Each year, we feature dozens of women, from millennials starting their own companies to longtime professionals, who are making their mark on the business world in Lake and Sumter counties. You’ll recognize these women from the businesses they run and the services they provide. They’re proud of what they do, and we’re proud to shine a spotlight on them.
We also are happy to present stories on Kristin Jamieson, of Success Mortgage Partners, who is Style’s 2020 Business Woman of the Year; why more women are buying guns and learning to shoot; and how businesswomen are finding a voice through TEDx events, which are short presentations geared for online viewing.
As you may know, Business Women of Style typically runs in the May issue. This year, due to the coronavirus, we decided to honor our courageous health-care workers in May, so Business Women was moved to June and the equally popular Business Men of Style will run in July.
The economic impact of COVID-19 has caused us to make more serious decisions as well. It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we will no longer publish Healthy Living magazine, due to the lack of advertising support. Healthy Living, a niche magazine focusing on living a well-balanced lifestyle, won multiple awards over the course of its 12-year run.
The good news is that we will now include a Healthy Living section within Style. The section will include feature stories—in this issue, women’s top health concerns and Be Free Lake’s mental health resources—plus staples of Healthy Living such as Healthy Inspiration profiles.
In addition, Lake County Commission Chairwoman Leslie Campione explains what it’s been like to help guide the county during the pandemic in My First Time, and we talk to artist Toni Stokes Marshall for Local Talent and to Joyce Huey, owner of Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe in Leesburg, for our Spirits department.
We hope you enjoy this female-centric issue of Style. I am woman. Hear me roar!