It saddens me to say that this will be the last issue of the Downtown ZEN (again). We returned after being out of print for a year, but we were armed with a lot more resources and a larger team. I never would have guessed we’d be gone after only seven issues back.
Although this was not the intended result, I can say that we have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity we were afforded to reach our readers on a significant scale for at least those seven months.
The Downtown ZEN team would like to thank our advertising partners. The support we received early on was encouraging and so very appreciated.
Southwest Offset Printing has been an indispensable partner. Jerry Diaz has been a championing force in our development every step of the way. For him, it was never just about the print job. He is the gold standard in customer service.
Our distribution partners have been the integral piece in getting our product into the hands of our customers. It can be toiling work, and without it, this kind of business does not run.
To our writers and photographers: thank you for creating an exceptional product. Wherever our travels take us from here, we have enjoyed the bounty of your perspectives through your words and images.
I thank, deeply, from my own heart, our publisher and the core team. All of these fine people came on this crazy journey with me, where nothing was certain, and they pitched in everywhere, in every way they could. We got our hands dirty. We fought and cried. We laughed hard. We encouraged each other through every setback and celebrated every tiny win together. We built a real family.
Some parting advice for the new year, an excerpt from the Downtown ZEN brand vision document, core value number 11: “No Work Is Below or Above You. Get coffee. Clean toilets. Aspire to doing things that you never imagined you could do—then do them. Contribute to the project in any way you can. Work hard. Dream big.”