In West Chester & Liberty Townships we are fortunate to have some of the biggest companies in the world right here in our backyard. These businesses provide jobs, opportunities, financial resources and charitable contributions to our residents. Large corporations make a significant contribution to enable our communities to thrive.

In this issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle, however, we turn the focus to our many smaller, locally owned businesses. These locally owned companies help build community and encourage local prosperity. They keep our towns unique, reduce environmental impact and strengthen the local economy. Homegrown businesses represent the dreams of our neighbors. They help shape the character of West Chester & Liberty Townships.

This month we are showing our support for all things local. We’re showcasing local restaurant owner Michelle Brown, local authors Kellen and Dee Montgomery and local family law firm Lyons & Lyons. We’re sharing the story of our own local Olympic hopeful, Kate Telles. This month’s Giving Back story highlights how local churches are coming together to help homeless families in our Butler County.

February is also American Heart Month, and local store owner, Melanie Cedargren of The Spicy Olive, tells us about the many health benefits from olive oil. We’re also highlighting locally made items from one of Liberty Center’s most unique stores, Celebrate Local.

As you read this month’s issue, please keep in mind that you receive West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle for free because of our advertisers. If you enjoy receiving this magazine each month, the best way to express your appreciation is by visiting these local businesses and letting them know that you heard about them here, in these pages.

Thank you to our advertisers and readers—together we can shape our community when we take a “Local Focus.”

Michelle Moody, Publisher