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The holidays are a time for friends, family, shopping, food, and fun. Make no mistake, we’re down for all of that. But the holidays are also an ideal time to take stock of our lives, support our community, and help others. For our first holiday issue, we devoted a great deal of attention to local charities in the Northern Westchester area. Each charity does incredible work to better the lives of children, adults, and animals, facing disease and daily challenges head on.

We also gave a spotlight to the many fantastic businesses in our community. Whether it’s a delicious restaurant or a local store for holiday shopping, there are so many incredible places for people to enjoy this season. Grab a few memorable gifts and enjoy a well deserved dinner on the way home. Fortunately our “Shop Local” sections and 2022 Holiday Gift Guide will provide the perfect suggestions.

Our Covers

Our front cover this issue is simple yet direct. Designed by creative director and owner Justin Negard, these modern forms showcase the bright glow that comes with the holiday season. Around the bright star shape is a collection of colorful patterns symbolizing community and celebration. Some see Times Square, others see a Christmas star. We’ll let you find your own meaning.

The back cover for this issue is “Ground Level” by Richard Chandler. This oil on canvas masterpiece splashes color and motion to the streets of New York City. Chandler’s style is unforgettable and truly unique.

From The Heart

A look at our 2022 charity photoshoot. See the behind the scenes and learn more about the wonderful charities that we have had the honor of spotlighting in this issue.

Once again, we want to thank Essie Cohen Makeup, The Hair Wharf, The Community Studio in Katonah, This & That Vintage, George Couri (for the use of the house), Glenn DeFaber (for the use of his Porsche) and so many awesome businesses throughout the area who lent products and their time to help make this happen.

Fernando Silva’s Studio

Sommelier and painter Fernando Silva took us into the bizarre and silly wine-imbibed studio space that he creates his fantastic work. We were honored to have our magazine christened by his infamous splashes of wine.

The Farmer’s Grind

Take a peak into the ever fresh and delicious Farmer’s Grind in South Salem. Have a tour, view some of the great options on the shelf, and watch us make a latte or two (or three).

Holiday Blues

Enhance your mood with some great tips from Elizabeth Kemler. These are excellent strategies to, not only handle holiday stress, but daily stress throughout the year. We recommend starting here.

We have many other wellness-related topics to discuss.

Artwork by Sam Karlin

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