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Embracing the New Year

Publisher’s Note

By Steve Russo


Embracing the New Year Gig Harbor

As we bid farewell to the year that was and embrace the dawn of 2024, it is with immense joy and anticipation that I extend my warmest greetings to each and every one of you. The turning of the calendar not only signifies the passage of time but also opens the door to new opportunities, fresh perspectives and untold adventures.


In the spirit of the New Year, our team continues its commitment to bringing you captivating stories that shine a light on the people, the places, the organizations that make the 253 so special. As we navigate the uncharted waters of the coming months, our resolve to deliver quality and engaging publications remains steadfast.


This issue, our first of 2024, is our Weddings + Wine Edition, featuring a variety of stories, from hosting a memorable rehearsal dinner at home and planning the ultimate honeymoon, to a romantic getaway in Walla Walla! And we introduce the newly opened Vida Bridal & Beauty, which connects brides with beautiful gowns in an eco-friendly way.


Our Q&A highlights Jennie Wetter and the work she does through Infinity Real Estate and the ways in which they give back to the community. Then there’s Soup N’ Ladle, a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing healthy meals, cooking classes and more to families! You'll find a lot more in this issue, including a wide variety of wonderful community events to include several wedding shows and expos.


Your continued support and engagement are the fuel that propels us forward, and we are grateful for the privilege of being your trusted source of local stories and entertainment.


May the year be filled with joy, prosperity, and the fulfillment of your aspirations. Here's to 2024—a year of boundless possibilities and remarkable discoveries!

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