Looking Back, Looking Forward
When we first moved to town back in 1997, things looked a lot different than they do today. One of the only restaurants in town that could hold a candle to the fine array of dining options we have today was a special place tucked back on Irving Avenue called Cafe Rosemary. Bill Smith’s vision of The Old Mill District was just starting to unfold, there were no traffic circles and the parkway project had just begun.
What hasn’t changed is that most of the people we first met and spent fun hours with continue to call Bend home after all of these years. These are the friends who have seen us through the victories and challenges of life. We’ve raised our kids together, held each other up during some of life’s hardest moments and celebrated with each other when hard work has paid off. While we’ve made many new friends along the way, there is still something about that core tribe of us who were doing our best to make a living in a small town that was not yet on the national map.
One of those dear friends is Kim Cooper Findling. Over the years, Kim has developed into one of the best journalists in town and has written for numerous publications, creating a resume beyond compare. She’s authored five of her own books and owns Dancing Moon Press with her husband, Todd. It’s hard to believe, but Kim also finds time to work for Oregon Media full-time. Most recently Kim has been our Custom Publishing Editor and has done an incredible job helping clients such as the Central Oregon Visitors Association, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association and Travel Southern Oregon develop world class content for their annual visitor guides.
We are excited to announce that Kim will now be the Editor in Chief of all Oregon Media products including Bend Magazine. It’s about time. Kim has worked incredibly hard and is always dependable, loyal, caring and above all, she’s just a great human being and member of our community. So please help us raise a glass to celebrate our dear friend and colleague, Kim Cooper Findling. Here’s to her first issue as the Editor in Chief of Bend Magazine, our best issue ever.
Heather & Ross