Wow. This year flew by and I can’t believe we are approaching 2019. What’s even scarier? We’re one year closer to 2020 but it feels like we just recovered from the great Y2K panic. I think it’s true that time speeds up as you age. But for 2019, I’m aiming to slow it down. Look out, Father Time. 

Really what I mean by slowing it down is I want to take more time to enjoy the good life — more dinners with my mom, more early morning walks, longer Sunday morning breakfasts with my husband, less TV watching and less time on my phone. You know the saying: stop and smell the roses. Yes, let’s stop and smell the roses Shreveport-Bossier City.

But first, let’s take time to recognize the 2018 Best of SB winners. From restaurants to home improvement services and boutiques, our readers voted in over 100 categories at SBMag.net for the best of the best in our community. Every year, we build this issue with great pride. There’s nothing like being reminded of the local businesses and professionals that are making a lasting impact on the people they serve. 

You might remember this little event called SB Fashion Week that happened in September? Well, we are thrilled to feature fashion designer Cookie DuBois, the winner of SB Fashion Week’s Project Broadway design competition. We challenged 10 local designers to create a formal look themed to Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Christmas in the Sky Broadway fundraiser (happening Dec. 8). DuBois’s winning design was inspired by Broadway’s Wicked and while the competition was fierce, the full-length gown was a showstopper. Learn more about DuBois on page 16. 

If you need some ideas on what to give that hard-to-shop-for loved one this Christmas, then you need to check out our holiday gift guide featuring products from local businesses. There is something for everyone on your list. 

Happy Holidays from all of us at SB Magazine.