November 2017

Editor's Note: One + One = Three

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

For over 10 years, I was greeted with this saying as I walked into the office: “SUCCESS — You can have everything in life you want, if you will help enough people get what they want.” I would round the corner to our internal company mailbox wall and find a single photocopied sheet of white paper with “Mags” scrawled in pencil. Underneath my name was this in bold typed letters: “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”

Upon arriving at my desk, there would most likely be another such quote, depending on the day, possibly several.

Pierce Lowrey was a fan of the inspirational quote. He would find one that tickled his fancy and march straight to the photocopier (usually whistling some funny song we’d never heard of from the 1930s) to burn off as many copies as he had employees. We used to joke about all the trees he single-handedly destroyed with his inspirational quote copying…and this was long before he went into the magazine business.

One of his favorites, and a phrase I heard him say in hundreds of meetings with other business people, was “One + One = Three.” For those who have never heard the saying, the gist is that you can achieve so much more when you collaborate with others than you can accomplish on your own. For some reason, as I read this issue, Pierce’s words about teamwork kept leaping into my mind.

When I was chatting with Avis about The Porcupine’s 42-year history and going over some of the memories she gathered for us to photograph, she referenced several old promotional posters and ads (page 54) promoting collaborations with Reilley’s Bar & Grill. “That was back when the Gallery of Shops was rockin’,” she remembered fondly. “We did a lot of great stuff with Reilley’s.”

Collaboration is even better when two people, who would seemingly be in competition for the same business, join together to make life easier—for the customer! Now there’s a novel idea. Jackie Wells-Lindstrom (owner of Too Belles Boutique) and Brody Kenneweg (owner of Traveling Chic Boutique) are doing just that with a holiday pop-up shop at the Sonesta Resort on December 10. Their goal is to join forces with other small business owners to make holiday shopping a little less disjointed for us islanders. For more details, or to attend the event as a vendor, see page 89.

Continuing what seems to be a theme this month, some of the best family-owned local restaurants are again teaming up to present you with fabulous deals for the off-season. Look to your right, grab that discount Local Book, (now in its fourth year!) and put it in your purse or manbag. You’re going to want to have that on you when you dine out from now-February.

Of course, it’s not just collaboration in business that is highlighted this month. Writer Linda Hopkins shares what good can come when civic-minded folks come together for a cause (see page 67’s article VanLandingham Rotary: A Small but Mighty Force) or when a husband and wife decide to face the season, and the relatives, in tandem. (See Holiday Manual for Couples on page 95.)
I haven’t even mentioned our Gift Guide for Him, the Staying Power Salute to local businesses or the big Financial Section. So. Much. Good. Stuff. In. This. Issue.

So, I’ll leave you to it. After 17 hours at my desk yesterday, it’s about time I collaborated on a leisurely beach walk with my main girl Lucy.

Happy Thanksgiving! Until next month…

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