pubpic1009Dear Readers,

The heat of summer seems to be winding down, but we certainly enjoyed the past few months while they lasted—I know I did, since Germany won the World Cup! This year’s soccer championship was a great one not only for Germany, but for USA as well. Our nation is finally beginning to make an impression in this exciting sport, which has the largest following worldwide. I have always wondered why soccer had never taken off in this country like it has in the rest of the world, but I am sure that will change now! Orlando is even building a soccer stadium, and the Orlando City Soccer team is on the rise! We wish our best to everyone involved in our city’s soccer revolution.

Although Orlando is just beginning to take on the latest sports trends, it is always up to date with the recent fashion trends. This September issue of Orlando Style is our Fall Fashion issue, featuring a captivating photo shoot with the up-and-coming photographer, Jessie Dee at downtown’s eclectic Aloft Hotel. Also, we listened to your comments and brought back your favorite interior design inspirations in our “Living N’ Style” editorial. You will find wonderful ideas on how to reinvent your home that you won’t find in any other publication. We’d love to hear your thoughts about it.

This issue also features “Orlando’s Legal Elite 2014,” where you will find top, legal brains in the city. This extended feature offers fresh perspective on local attorneys that have been evaluated by the readers. Please be sure to let us know what you have learned from your own experience while searching for the right attorney. You can visit our website and suggest, and vote for your favorite “Legal Elite Lawyer.” We are already gathering votes for next year’s “Orlando’s Legal Elite,” and we want to add your recommendations to our list of local lawyers chosen by readers.

Summer is coming to an end, and that means this year’s hurricane season will soon be reaching its peak. Make sure that you are staying alert and stocking up on the necessities and usual supplies before any threatening weather gets too close for comfort. Even though it is important to take the proper precautions, I believe that we should not become too concerned with tropical formations that are emerging from thousands of miles away, since they may never make it this far. Don’t let the worries of tomorrow allow you to forget to enjoy the happiness of today.

As we send everyone in this city our wishes for safety during the rest of this hurricane season, we also hope that you all have a relaxing and reviving Labor Day holiday spent with your closest family and friends. Take a well-deserved break from your work schedule and indulge in the beautiful paradise that is Central Florida. And a very happy New Year and Rosh Hashanah 5775 to all of our Jewish friends.

While we are eternally thankful for the freedom and privileges of this country, we send our well wishes and hope for peace in the Middle East and other areas of the world that are currently affected by turmoil. May we all try to live together with gratitude for our safety and the concern for those without; let’s strive to enjoy life with tolerance in our minds and care in our hearts.

We are so appreciative of the loyalty of our dedicated readers, and I hope that you all have a wonderful beginning to this fall season.



Sven J. Bode, Publisher