Ellis County Living Magazine is celebrating a milestone this week as the company marks 10 years of service to the community.
“It doesn’t seem like it has been 10 years,” said Cindy Camp, the magazine’s founder and publisher. “We’ve been through so much during the past decade. I guess the axiom is true about time flying when you’re having fun. Living is certainly a labor of love and all of us on staff love what we do and we love serving our Ellis County communities.”
To mark the occasion, the magazine will host a 10-year anniversary party for the community from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at The Dove's Nest in downtown Waxahachie.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing stories from our first 10 years — as well as help us kick off our next 10 years,” Camp added.
Reflecting back on the roots of Ellis County Living, Camp said she has always had a passion for magazines.
“I guess you could say that the genesis for Ellis County Living actually began when I was in college and just keeps percolating over the years,” she said.
In the early 2000s, as Camp began to become ingrained in the Ellis County community and was heavily involved in service clubs, nonprofits and community-based projects, the concept for a magazine started taking shape.
In putting together the business model for Ellis County Living, Camp said she wanted to create a premier magazine that Ellis County would be proud to call its own.
“I’ve always been a big fan of Texas Monthly and I wanted a magazine that would have that type of quality — but focus on our county,” she said.
The first edition was distributed in January 2005, and the company has been growing since.
Camp said one of the things she is most proud of is her staff — and being able to provide jobs to professionals from the community in their respective field.
Smiling as she spoke, Camp talked about how too often our kids leave the community to attend college, and don’t return — in many cases because there is no available work in their fields.
“Everyone from our staff is from Ellis County,” she said. “The were raised here. They went to school here. Many left to attend college, but they came back to Ellis County and are now earning a living in their chosen career field right here in Ellis County.”
With Camp at the helm as publisher, the Ellis County Living staff consists of Editor Kathryn Kemp; Creative Director Nennifer Kemp; Associate Creative Director Lindsey Keenley; Chief Financial Officer Susan Kosoris; Advertising Representatives Pamela McCrory and Chris Bennett and Intern Trista McCormick.
“We have a great team and we really have a lot of fun doing what we do,” Camp said. “Because we are an interactive magazine, we also include a lot of guest writers from the community.”
Camp said quality and community are the two driving forces behind every edition of Living, citing the magazine’s partnership with several nonprofits over the years.
“One of my proudest moments was our involvement with the city of Waxahachie a few years back to keep the Penn Park pool open,” she said. “Like everyone else, the economy was having an impact on the city and in order to meet its budget several cuts had to be made. One of those cuts was that it wouldn’t be able to fund the pool that summer. That just wasn’t acceptable and I stepped up at a Chamber of Commerce meeting and said we’re going to do this. And we led a campaign drive to open the pool and keep it open.”
Looking forward, Camp said the magazine will continue to build on its foundation of quality and community.
“I certainly don’t have the ability to predict the future,” she said. “But I will say we are just going to keep building on a winning formula that so many of our readers and clients have gone out of their way to tell me how much they appreciate Ellis County Living. I am so looking forward to visiting with everyone on Thursday as we celebrate our first 10 years, and kick off our next 10 years.”