The support of our readers and advertisers over the past 10 months has been truly inspiring.
As a result, The Coastal Star is taking a leap of faith and cracking open the piggy bank for some real office space — finally.
It's not very big, but the office is located in the geographic heart of our community. You'll find us nestled between Colby's Barbershop and Transition-Area Triathlon shop in that tiny commercial space that still exists on A1A in Ocean Ridge.
All are welcome.
By mid-September our advertisers will be able to use the space to collaborate with our sales reps, and our readers will have a place to stop in to share news and opinion.
Many of the amazing, award-winning writers, editors and photographers who help us create The Coastal Star and the Palm Beach ArtsPaper will bring their laptops by to work from time-to-time. And our local artist friends plan to display their work on a rotating schedule. We're even discussing regular bake sales!
Considering the current economy, it should come as no surprise that starting a new business during this past year has been challenging to say the least.
We've paid close attention to the struggles of other local newspaper and recently were saddened by the closing of the Boca Raton News: the first South Florida newspaper my husband and I both worked at, almost 20 years ago.
As a result, you'll find us pinching pennies and even engaging in a little old-fashioned horse trading as we settle into our new office.
So, if you've got a working window A/C unit, a water cooler, some gently used roll-up window blinds, office supplies, or materials that might help us to build shelves and a front counter, let us know. There's little doubt our decorating style will be "early garage sale."
Even so, it will be trudging down the steps to our basement business office, meeting at a Hypoluxo warehouse to load our cars up for delivery and designing the newspaper on the kitchen counter!
More than ever, we believe in our business model and in building a better newspaper. By opening our office, we are making a long-term commitment to this exceptional community.
Please join us.
We hope to see you at 5011 N. Ocean Blvd.
— Mary Kate Leming, Editor