Publisher’s Perspective

Welcome to our September issue! This month is always extra special because it’s our anniversary issue – we are celebrating 18 years of Forsyth Woman this month! This particular anniversary is even more special because we are also celebrating the 1st anniversary of our newest sister publication, LKN Magazine

I want to set the scene for my current surroundings as I’m writing this. It’s mid-August, and I’m on an island off the coast of Maine. It’s a cool 63 degrees and the views are incredible. I’m writing this while sitting across from my mom and am feeling an immense amount of gratitude. I don’t travel often, so I’m really soaking it all in!

In honor of our anniversary issue, I want to share a few fun facts about Forsyth Woman:

  • Our first issue (published in September 2005) featured news anchor Cindy Farmer on the cover! It was 26 pages and partially black and white. 
  • Forsyth Woman’s popular Girls’ Night Out (GNO) events have been held monthly since January 2009.
  • We changed our logo in November 2018.
  • The Forsyth Magazines podcast debuted in 2020, and we’ve released more than 160 episodes! 
  • The “Women on the Move” column (our longest-running column) inspired the launch of our largest event! Our Women on the Move Conference kicked off in 2022. Save the date for March 25th, 2024! 
  • Keela Johnson, founder of Forsyth Woman, had zero publishing experience when FW began 18 years ago. Today, she resides with her husband at Lake Norman and is one year into publishing LKN Magazine

While a lot has changed over the last 18 years, one thing has remained the same – our mission of connecting our local community through positively inspired, community-focused content. THANK YOU to our amazing readers for allowing us to bring you this magazine each month. THANK YOU to the many businesses who trust us with your marketing dollars. We quite literally couldn’t do it without you and are forever grateful. 

We’re thrilled to feature Anitra Mitchell, owner of LoveWell Boutique on our cover this month. Anitra was one of my first accounts when I started working full time for the magazine back in 2012, and I’ve grown to know and love her so much over the last 11 years! She has built quite an amazing team – we should all be taking notes on her leadership skills. You can read all about Anitra and LoveWell boutique on page 44. And, you’re going to want to see the adorable recreation of her cover from 10 years ago! 

In addition to reading this magazine, there are other ways you can connect with us! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter (head to, follow us on social media @forsythmags, tune in to a Forsyth Magazines podcast episode (available on Spotify, Apple Podcast and all major streaming platforms) and consider attending one of our many events! Girls’ Night Out events happen monthly, our annual Tour de Boutique is coming up October 7th and our Women on the Move Conference will be in March 2024. 

Wishing you an amazing month!

All my best, 



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