What a year we have in store!
It's an exciting time to be living in northern Nevada. Opportunity and optimism are at new highs. So much of the malaise and defeatism that was predominant in our public discourse in years past, has been supplanted by civic pride and active engagement in creative solutions to the real problems we face here. The brain drain is ebbing, and as we retain our best and brightest, we in turn attract businesses seeking a talent pool that can build a generation of prosperity on new ideas and our area's vital resources.
The proliferation of organized neighborhood groups committed to improving the quality of life, street by street is a continuing trend. Our culinary arts scene has exploded here. Fine artists are converting warehouses into indie arts districts, providing work space for theatrical performers and access to outsider artists who are making a living at their crafts. Liberty Fine Art Gallery has opened up an annex at The Great Western Market Place located at 4855 Summit Ridge Dr. inside the former Super K-Mart. Geralda Miller and Eric Brooks of Art Spot/Reno Art Walk are exposing indie artists to growing crowds all over Reno's Riverwalk and Midtown Districts. Artown is poised to have its most ambitious season to date as it celebrates its twentieth year. And is 2015 finally the year Reno fully embraces Burner culture with more public art and an Art Car parade down Fourth Street? Let's make it happen Rich Van Gogh!
Though official statistics do not reflect our deep generosity, people who live here know how much we do for each other, and what that has meant to so many families. Neighbor to neighbor, there are few communities who love and care for each other as we do here.
Two special members of our community need our prayers and support. Talented tattoo artist Chris Palmer (hubby of RTT's own Kristine Palmer) and Nikos Theologitis (of Nikos Greek Kitchen) are dealing with brain cancer. Seeing the love and devotion that Kristine and Chris have for each other is a beautiful sight. The young couple will soon meet their newest family member, a bundle of joy due in early 2015. Please join me in sending Kristine and Chris our heartfelt belief in prayer for healing of Chris Palmer's cancer and a full remission. You can support Nikos by going to his restaurant this winter inside the West Street Market and enjoying his food. Nikos also has a fundraiser campaign on Booster.com created by Chase Daley of Custom Ink, Liam Cahill and girlfriend Ali Limon from Reno For Nikos.Watch for that and please give generously. https://www.facebook.com/renofornikos
Our digital edition’s monthly readership exploded to over a quarter million plus, due in large part to our aggressive multi-platform marketing, and the stunning images created by talented artists like Anicia Beckwith, Clayton Beck, Frank Haxton, Chris Holloman, Bishop Bautista and Shannon Balazs.
Under the stewardship of our award-winning Art Director Grae Warren, RTT’s design team lifted us, with standout work turned in by Courtney Meredith of Design on the Edge, and newcomers Kristine Palmer, and Megan Duggan. Mike Robertson and Paula Campbell continue to make meaningful contributions to our page design and Copy Editor Elisika Arango makes us smarter with her fastidiousness. Photographer Tony Contini continues to do some very heavy lifting as our eyes on the street, doing design work for Swill, shooting the majority of our business features, and impressing us with his live concert coverage, reportage and visual art.
Most noticeably, our column writing grew by leaps and bounds in 2013, as community voices like Emily Reese, Dr. L Martina Young, New Age cosolargist/explorer Sean Savoy, novelist Thomas Lloyd Qualls, and media personality Sean Cary contributed important pieces that grew a loyal readership from diverse sectors of the culture.
Our print partner CPC Solutions continues to print us on the best paper in the world with vegetable and soy ink, delivering the finest customer service in the industry.
2014 promises to be another banner year for RTT as we debut our new free mobile app on iTunes and Google Play this month, and expand to over 350 retail locations and lifestyle destinations from Truckee, California to the Hallelujah Junction. Increased coverage of health and wellness and a HUGE commitment to the culinary arts will be a renewed focus editorially, as we feel there’s a big part of those cultures that are not being served.
We are so thankful to have earned the most eclectic readership in northern Nevada, from artists, judges, vegans and teens, to police officers, ranchers, burners, beauty queens and everyone in between.