Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
7:48 pm EDT
Saturday, May 15, 2021

‘Tis the season of giving

Spread holiday cheer by shopping locally. 

Season’s greetings to all the faithful readers of Style magazine. I hope this publisher’s letter finds you full of holiday cheer.

I know I’m excited. There’s just something magical about Christmas. For me, seeing the smiling faces of my children and grandchildren on Christmas morning warms my heart like few other moments can. 

This year, I want to put smiles on the faces of small business owners. 

That’s right. The devastating effects of the coronavirus has left small companies reeling financially. We have new definitions of what constitutes busy shopping districts and packed restaurants. Some local establishments did not outlast the pandemic, and we certainly don’t want to add any more to that list. 

Therefore, when buying gifts for family members and friends, I’m going to frequent local businesses and do my part to help them recover. I urge all Lake Countians and Sumter Countians to do the same. 

What’s that you say? You usually drive to Orlando and do your Christmas shopping at the big malls and endless outlet stores? Trust me, you’ll do just as well finding the perfect gift by shopping locally.

Not sure where to go? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in this issue. Our staff spent numerous days combing every inch of the two-county area to make a comprehensive gift guide filled with stores and unique items local businesses offer. From the animal lover and collector to the foodie and fashionista, you’ll find perfect gifts for everyone on your list.    

I truly hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and creates memorable moments with their loved ones. We’re all excited to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and enjoy a fresh start. To me, that means putting aside our differences and coming together once again as Americans. 

Say a prayer for the healing of our country. 

God bless and Merry Christmas!