publishers note Dear readers,

As October begins, I am reminded how fashionable our city is, both in style and character. I recently attended the always-wonderful Fashion Week at the Mall at Millenia, where I witnessed the creativity of our local culture, as well as the kindness of local friends. Brenda and her team have crafted this annual event series into a fashion show that truly makes Orlando shine. Lawrence Zarian was definitely the perfect choice for hosting the show, and the latest designs set our city on the right pace for a fashion-forward fall.

It is always a gift to see good friends, and there were far too many to mention! I remember sitting at Gucci after the show with dear friend Mark NeJame, discussing how Orlando has truly become a much better and quite stylish community within the last few years. That was our goal when we started the Orlando Style Magazine project, which has transformed from its project status into the most respected and appreciated magazine publication amongst those who appreciate a classy, stylish, and informative read, or “a class of it’s own,” as Mark described it.

I am so grateful for encouraging comments like Mark’s words. Hard work, determination, and focus on concept really pay off; we love what we do, and hearing what our readers think of the end result each month gives us the motivation to continue in our progress.

We always receive strong interest from our readers in support of events like Fashion Week, so we want to make sure that our readers have firsthand notice about Orlando’s latest happenings. If you wish to get exclusive announcements of what’s hot in the city, this is your opportunity to get on the “list” by logging into the “VIP Sign-Up” on our website, OrlandoStyleMagazine.com. This service is free to our readers and to all those interested in our sponsored events as well as the many other features offered online.

This entire “Retail Therapy” issue is packed with great articles and illuminating profiles as we continually strive to raise the bar of publishing excellence. Unmatched in our region, Orlando Style continues to excel, even while others are constantly wondering how we do it each month. However, it’s no secret; with our terrific staff, we devote ourselves to going the extra mile for both our readers and our advertisers. More than anything, we really love what we do and enjoy witnessing the results and successes reaped by our clientele and readers.

Because this all puts us ahead of the competition, we are able to help enhance Orlando’s position in the world with new and creative media reporting, which provides a more intimate as well as informative view of our beautiful city. It’s a win-win situation all around.

This month, don’t forget to enjoy all that Orlando has to offer for the Halloween season, especially our world-class theme parks, including Universal Studio’s thrilling Halloween Horror Nights. Bring your friends and loved ones and make it a night to remember!

Also, October brings much awareness, as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, and National Diabetes Month, so be sure to remember those who are affected by these hardships and share your love and support.

As always, we hope that you all appreciate and are entertained by the content of this issue, and we wish for you to have as much fun reading it as we had putting it together for you! For those of you who have not done so, be encouraged to have Orlando Style Magazine find its way into your mailbox and support our efforts by becoming a privileged subscriber. Go to OrlandoStyleMagazine.com to become a member of our family!

We wish you all a Happy Halloween, and we hope that you continue to stay safe during the hurricane season. Thank you again for your dedication to our publication.

Sincerely,

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Sven J. Bode, Publisher