I recently had the pleasure of visiting with Shreveport’s new mayor, Adrian Perkins, for this month’s cover story. Working in media for nearly 10 years, I’ve interviewed a lot of impressive personalities — and now I’m adding Mayor Perkins to that list. Determined and focused are two words that continued to pop up in interviews with his relatives and friends. Learning more about his childhood, academic career and military career, this is a man with boundless energy and someone that doesn’t know the meaning of “can’t.” You can read more about him and his plans for Shreveport in our cover story on stands tomorrow or view a teaser of the interview with the mayor here.

This issue also features one of my favorite annual sections: Women in Business. From bakers to artists and attorneys, our community is home to women that are leading the way in their fields. These professionals are making a difference in the lives of their clients and are paving the way for the next generation of women. Their stories prove that women can have it all. 

Assistant Editor Brittani LeBlanc is the head fashionista at SB Magazine and she offers excellent style advice in her monthly column, Wear & Where. Each month she picks a different location or event happening in the area, and with the help of local boutiques, she styles a look to wear to that event or place. For February, Brittani takes us to Bon Temps Coffee Bar in Shreveport for their weekly game night. What better way to stay warm this winter than with a cup of coffee and some classic board games? 

One last thing — Mardi Gras is in full swing so check out our Calendar and Events to find out when your favorite parade is set to roll. Also stay tuned online for photo galleries from Mardi Gras bals and other social events.