Champions of Love

While this is the official “go to print” weekend for us at SMTO, we are also preparing for the largest expo in our region, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s 24th Annual Business EXPO at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center. The theme this year is “Champions of Business.” This event will feature over 200 exhibitors and bring more than 6,000 attendees.


I mention this because over the last several weeks, I have called, emailed, texted and visited locally owned businesses to purchase all the material we need for this great event. We will have banners, flyers, business cards, t-shirts, ball caps, balloons and even the attire that we will wear. I just want to say one more time how much I love locally owned businesses and appreciate their attention to detail, their quality customer service and the overall heart they put into their place of business. Remember, when shopping local, you truly are giving back to the community in which you live. 


February hosts the month of roses, love notes and conversational hearts and our cover story this month is all about love. See pages 34-35 to read how SMTO played cupid in 2015. Brian Cable was one of our singles in the “Singles in the City” and is now married to Megan Colwell! Are you single? Turn to pages 40-46 to see our 2016 “Singles in the City.” Don’t be shy, this works! Just ask Brian and Megan!


First comes love, then comes marriage! Joplin’s Bridal Bash will be held at the Amelie & Roxy Event Center Saturday, February 27. This event will feature over 40 locally owned business with everything you will need to create the wedding of your dreams. While you are there, stop by our table and pick up a copy of our 2016 Wedding Guide, a one-stop resource to turn your fantasy wedding into a reality.


Valentine’s Day and our heart go hand-in-hand. February is American Heart Month and inside our health section you can find great reads from local health professionals on topics such as hypertension, heart disease prevention, keeping your heart healthy, the importance of exercise, eating healthy and more! National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 5. Show your support for heart disease awareness and wear red that day. Email us a selfie or a photo with your friends and we will post your photo on our Facebook page! 

SMTO Magazine is hosting its third Bright Lights and Red Carpet Wine and Dine benefit Gala September 8 at Amelie & Roxy Event Center to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. See page 14 for all the details. If you would like to see how you can join this cause, email me at editor@showmetheozarks.com. Let’s all come together to raise funds for an organization that gives back so much to our community! 


Valentine’s Day usually centers on the love of our life, the man or woman who lights up the room simply by their presence. It is also about celebrating all the people in our life that make moments and days special. Happy Valentine’s Day to my family, friends, colleagues, supporters, fellow business owners and readers of our magazine. I hope you have a great day and month!


Show Me the Ozarks Magazine
P.O. Box 3325
Joplin, Missouri 64803



Lee Radcliff

Editor/ Publisher