The Focus of Us is You
The June edition is being wrapped up as I write and this “go to print” reminds me more than ever what it means to be a part of the Show Me team. With graduations, recitals, baseball games, school, work and all of life’s other responsibilities, my staff and I remain committed to providing the most relevant and entertaining regional magazine in the 4-States. The beauty that blossoms at the end of each month to be found in the hands of our community is because there is a “team” of people going in early, staying late, working weekends and planning vacations around our printing schedule. Your passion makes the mission of SMTO possible and keeps us working hard each month to give you what you want!
When I am drained and looking for inspiration, I always refer back to the comments of our readers and advertisers. This past month I was talking with an avid reader who shared, “Show Me The Ozarks magazine keeps us connected to the community and the people we know and love.” That statement is the greatest compliment and we continue to focus on what you want to see, read and know!
Why do we feature towns each month? Joplin is our center, but there are many individuals and communities in the surrounding areas that add to our region. Each town has character, art, history and people that make a difference. Each town has unique boutiques and locally owned businesses. Each town is alive with events, activities and services for the community and visitors alike. We love showcasing the people, the heart and individuality that comes together to make our region home.
Carl Junction is the feature town this month. We love the Bulldogs and are very proud to be a member of the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce. Every time I spend time in CJ, I am amazed at how much this small town is booming with enthusiasm, ambiance, personality and adventure!
We also want to say a special thanks to our longtime supporter and friend Gary Stubblefield, Executive Director of Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce. Gary shared with over 200 members and let the community know we were featuring CJ. Thank you, Gary, not only for creating enthusiasm among your members, but also for your valuable input. Your suggestions allow us to share an interesting, timely collection of great reads that focus on the character, spirit and unique businesses and services in the thriving community of Carl Junction.
This month we recognize four dads that play very important roles in the lives of their children. They are heroes and great role models to all those around them. They believe that being a father is more than an option, it’s an honor. Thank you for doing your best at the most important job ever!
We know that there are many more than four great dads out there and we celebrate each one of you who take the time to pay attention to what really matters. Moms and children - if you are looking for a special way to honor dad, see pages 36-37. You will find everything from BBQ grills, fireworks, paintball gift cards, aprons and more! Happy Father’s Day, Dads!
Are you getting married? We have featured everything you need to say “I do” this wedding season. Visit over 30 of the best wedding venues, services, retailers and destinations all inside this edition of SMTO. Turn to page 60 and let the planning begin.
Summer is here and we have you covered! There are over 100 events scheduled in our region providing something for you and your family to experience every day of the week! Take us with you and enjoy!