Cheers from the Editors: Raising a Glass to 2016
At GainesvilleScene, the past year has been full of changes, growth and countless leaps of faith. As the sentimental reflection settles in, we are filled with gratitude and want to bid a proper farewell to a kick-ass year as we propel into 2017.
Throughout the re-launching of GainesvilleScene, we’ve had the chance to experience firsthand one of Gainesville’s best and often overlooked treasures: the undeniable sense of community and the people who foster it.
We were fortunate enough to have GainesvilleScene founder, Emma Sullivan of NativeVox, believe and trust in us as as she passed on years of hard work. What had seemed like a random pairing quickly indicated a far more deliberate decision, giving way to the yin and yang of our new endeavor.
The startup and small business community has also been a fundamental voice and resource as we continue to build a web of local relationships and partners.
We are quickly realizing the sense of authenticity present in the community, with the constant flow of stories, insights and mentorship that adds a human element to our vision and provides us with genuine camaraderie along the way.
As the momentum picked up, we were able to recruit a team of writers and photographers with enough talent to bring our seemingly pipe dreams into fruition. Saturated with various skill-sets and dynamic personalities, the team has helped us stay surefooted as we take strides in our new direction.
Scene will hit ground running in 2017 with a superhighway of goals and ideas to extend the brand. The new year will bring on exciting new developments such as revamping our website, exploring untapped mediums, growing our team, bringing on new partners, gleaning insight from our readers and most importantly— maintaining a relentless curiosity.
We are eager to spotlight the many facets of Gainesville while continuing to tell the story of the city that has given us so much.
Megan Shea & Ariana Aragon
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(Video by Ivan Castro)