In This Issue: Meet Your Cabarrus Magazine Reader Award Winners!
January, 2020: The Cabarrus Magazine Reader Award Winners!
19 years. It’s taken us 19 years, but I am happy to tell you, on this 19th anniversary edition of Cabarrus Magazine, we are now an award-winning publication, taking home a national award for our magazine redesign, which debuted in June, 2019. A special thanks goes out, of course, to our design firm, SPARK Publications. (You can read the details in this month’s On the Go section)
Now, I’ve never been one to require the accolades of my peers. However, I’m not going to lie. It feels pretty darn good to finally get some kind of recognition for all the hard work we, as a team, have put in to creating this publication each and every month.
Ironically, the day we were informed of this award, was also the same day we announced the winners of our own Cabarrus Magazine Reader Awards. In that moment I announced the winners, I could finally relate to the joy each of them felt as their names were announced. Their elation, as they approached the stage to accept their award, was evident. In their case, this award from not from a committee and it was not an arbitrary decision on someone else’s part. It was from their own customers. It was a testament they had done something right, despite all they felt they’d done wrong.
This month, we wanted to commemorate their achievement by profiling each of our winners in this month’s issue. We began this publication, originally, as a business magazine. So, it’s only fitting, as we begin our third decade of publishing, we honor the businesses you deemed worthy of recognition for 2019.
Our winners were; 73 & Main (Best Fine Dining), The Smoke Pit (Best Casual Dining), Cabo Winery (Best Retail Experience) and Cabarrus Brewing Company (Best Overall Business). This month you’ll discover each of their stories and the path they took to achieve the success they have enjoyed. Indeed, they have each earned it.
I would like to wish all our winners and nominees continued success, in this new decade, and I wish each of you a very Happy New Year!