July 2016 Lifestyle Letter

What a Fun Start, Parker!

We cannot thank our community enough for being so supportive since taking over Parker Lifestyle three months ago. Our July magazine has been no exception to the excitement and pride that we feel being able to represent our town and everything that makes living here so great.

We could not have made the improvements to our magazine without the input from our readers, our contributors, our partners and our community leaders. And please, do not stop reaching out to us with more input and ideas. As you may have noticed, we want to focus on what’s important to our readers and partners. In addition to the hyper-local content that we feature every month, you’ll also find some features that we are testing, such as our Road Trips. Last month was Grand Junction, which received very positive feedback, and this month is Glenwood Springs, which hopefully will have “hot” reviews (excuse the pun).

During my nearly 20 years of media experience, I have not been privileged enough to be embedded in a community as I have with Parker Lifestyle. There was always something, such as a long commute or over emphasis on a number, which prevented me from truly trying to make communities in which I lived better. It wasn’t a lack of sincerity or caring but more of a reality of business and time constraints. Fortunately, now I have found a way to do something I love, which is helping our community and its businesses, while being more involved and engaged in my family’s activities.

By no means do I work fewer hours – I just get to avoid an I-25 commute and reinvest that time in improving our content and partnerships. While I know it’s tough to be involved outside of your regular business hours, I encourage all local businesses to do as much as you can to get to know your neighbor. A great resource to do so is by attending Parker Area Chamber events. By knowing each other, we will grow better as a town. And yes, I know that it’s tough to leave work at 5 p.m. for an evening event. However, it’s worth your time.

We are truly blessed and so excited to continue getting to know our community even better. I had the pleasure of being introduced to our Town Council as the newest member of Creative District Executive Committee earlier in June, and I look forward to working with this group to help our arts and entertainment grow even stronger.

Enjoy our July issue, and remember to thank a military person and his or her family for the sacrifices that they do every day to allow us to live not only in the greatest town in Colorado, but also the greatest country on Earth.

Thanks again for giving us this opportunity.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

Brad Howard