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Editor’s Letter – January 2021

By John Roark

Photo by Jesse Reiser

By just about any unit of measurement, 2020 was a tough one. From the pandemic to politics, we have been through a lot and a reset feels long overdue. At last, we are at the threshold of a brand spanking new year. One dozen unsullied months teeming with potential for renewal, change and rebirth. Out with the old. In with the new.

With that in mind, the magazine you are holding is our salute fresh starts. Change is good for the soul. Maybe now is the time to finally give your interiors a new coat of paint or a complete overhaul. That perfect sofa or piece of artwork that’s been tempting you? Just go for it. Why not finally commit to making your landscape an oasis you enjoy rather than something to which you turn a blind eye?

We decided it was time to perform a few nips and tucks on Phoenix Home & Garden as well, which you will notice beginning with this issue. Some of the changes are small. If you discerned that our page numbers transitioned from 7-point Futura to 9-point Miller Banner, good for you, but with all due respect it might be time to explore some outside interests or at least get some fresh air. Other differences are more significant. Let’s start with size and frequency. In response to recent strains on the economy we, along with our sister publication, PHOENIX magazine, have made the decision that 2021 will be a year of bimonthly issues. The formula is simple: enhanced content, longer time on the newsstand. (Subscribers will not be short-changed. A one-year, 12-issue subscription will automatically be converted to a two-year subscription with the same total number of issues.)

Another area of revision can be seen in our calendar section, which we have pared down to what resonates most with our readership: a curated collection of current top events plus gallery and museum happenings. The complete monthly calendar including theater and sporting events awaits you on

Parting is not always such sweet sorrow. So long, 2020. Our sights are set on a bigger, better, greater new year.
John Roark
Editor in Chief


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