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We are now delivering the 2020 Insider's Guide 
to the Pointes and Harper Woods with the Grosse Pointe Chamber Member Directory. Call 313.640.8955 or email to get extra copies of this annual, informative, coffee table-quality publication delivered to every home and business throughout the year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Another decade is over a new one begins. I know, the decade doesn’t truly start until 2021, but for everyday conversation, we start with 2020. I have one thing to say, I’m glad the “Teens” are over! I’m looking forward to the Roaring Twenties — 21st century style.

This promises to be an exciting year for us. With the upcoming May-June issue, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. My, how time flies. I remember well that Easter weekend 10 years ago getting ready to go to press with Vol. 1, No. 1 of “Pointe Magazine.” Only problem was, we received on Good Friday a cease-and-desist letter from an attorney with an office on the Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) in New York City saying his client’s publication was already registered as “Pointe Magazine.”

Of course, try reaching an intellectual property attorney over Easter weekend. It wasn’t until Monday that our attorney, Steve Johnston, put us in touch with an IP attorney, Doug Sprinkle. When I began telling him what the Avenue of the Americas attorney was saying and claiming, Mr. Sprinkle snapped back, “I don’t care what he says.”

Sure enough, he was right. He found that while “Pointe Magazine” had indeed been registered, it was registered as a “dance magazine”; whereas ours is a geographical reference. Mr. Sprinkle coached me on what to say in a letter to the Avenues of the Americas attorney. We never got a response from the Avenue of the Americas, so I’d say Mr. Sprinkle’s advice was sound.

We did make some comprises, even though we didn’t have to. We changed the magazine name to “Grosse Pointe Magazine” and went with the longer email address as well.

Interestingly, our good friend and fellow publisher Lori Johnson offered to let us use the name of her then defunct publication, “The Pointer.” We declined, not wanting to cause brand confusion with the former newspaper by that name.

But the last laugh was Lori’s since quite on their own readers have taken upon themselves to call us “The Pointer.”

More on the launch of Pointe Magazine next time, but in the meantime, be sure to patronize our many loyal advertisers and businesses without whom this magazine would not have been possible. 

Remember, there is only one “Pointe Magazine” that goes to every home in the Pointes!

— John

... and anniversary!

Hello, 2020! A new decade and so much to look forward to.

In the New Year, I reflect on the year that has passed, its highs and lows, places I improved and aspects in which I haven’t. For example, in 2019, I set a resolution to read roughly one book per week. I fell woefully shy at 28 books completed. 

This year, I suspect that number won’t increase. While others are setting a bevy of goals to match the weight of a new decade, I have a singular resolution in mind: Offer myself grace as our family navigates a very new terrain.

We will be welcoming our second child in early 2020. My ‘new decade, new me’ hopes include transitioning our son to role of sibling as smoothly as possible and keeping our daughter as well fed, snuggled and content as a newborn can be. Lofty, and fitting for 2020.

For others, health related resolutions seem to be most popular — weight loss, strength training, healthier eating. Likewise, we feature wellness stories in every January-February issue. This one is special though. For the first time, we have included tips on mental wellness during the coldest, and sometimes most isolating, time of year. 

On page 80, Amy Lawrence-Skwiers stresses the importance of setting intentions rather than goals, with progress and not the end result in mind. It’s something I will try to remember as I adjust to becoming a mother of two.

On a professional note, the upcoming year is especially exciting for us at Grosse Pointe Magazine. This spring marks our 10th anniversary! We’re looking forward to celebrating in a number of ways. To start, expect a series of special features in the anniversary issue, May-June 2020.

It’s been a joy sharing uplifting stories of Pointers these past 10 years, and we look forward to doing so in the next decade.

Here’s to a year of hope, wellness, anniversaries and new life!
— Lauren


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