A Letter From Our Editor

Our September issue opens with the theme: New Beginnings. We bid adieu to summer and greet the fall season with anticipation of many things: cooler weather, the start of school, the beginning of football season and the performing arts season, and the onslaught of fall television show premieres.

It seems befitting to recognize September as a month of new beginnings.

They say that perseverance pays off, and it is illustrated in our feature, “Chic Sensibility”, an article profiling the success of Lourdes Chavez, a Mexican immigrant who has built a business and a brand here in the States. She has honed her craft as a clothing designer and achieved the honor of dressing some of Hollywood’s notables, as well as, some of our nation’s First Ladies.

Another success story is shared in, “Dancing to Success”, as we showcase the dazzling rise of a young girl, hailing from inner city Wilmington, full of hope and determination, who achieves her dream of becoming a soloist with Chicago’s world-class Joffrey Ballet.

The essence of new beginnings can be achieved in a physical space as well. Our region is steeped in history, and nowhere is it more exemplified than in much of our surrounding architecture. In “Post, Past & Present: Step inside an Historic Jewel, Polished to Reflect its Heritage”, we show what loving restoration can provide for a home’s new owners.

As promised, you’ll find the second part of our tobacco installation, “WW Grissett Farm: Five Generations of Tradition”, in this month’s issue, highlighting the ongoing tradition of a 5th generation tobacco farm.

In “An Uptown Entertainment Destination”, we unveil the newest addition to downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk with a newly-built, modern marina, entertainment complex, and restaurant offering more options to current and future residents, and visitors alike.

Many of us struggle to find balance between the rigors of everyday life and a calm state of being. We desire to find time for reflection and inner peace. In my article, “Nathan Wiles: Provides the Path to Peace and Tranquility”, Nathan Wiles, a local master labyrinth designer and builder, shares some of the history and uses of the labyrinth which help individuals and groups find serenity and focus.

As the autumn of the year descends upon us, let us use this time to start anew, to refocus our intentions, redefine our goals, and reassess our path for the future.

Kharin Gibson | Editor

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