A Note From The Publisher
I am Colleen, the Publisher of Townie Life – South Shore’s exclusive online lifestyle magazine.
Confession. I have lived in South Shore for more than 13 years I realized one day last year that I really didn’t know this area at all. I spent so much time traveling abroad for a job that I was a stranger to my own town. So, in mid-2015, I decided to launch a website so I could explore, discover and write about everything amazing in our area. Townie Life was born and we began building the website in late 2015.
The most frequently asked question – why the name ‘Townie Life’? There are many definitions for the word ‘townie’ (not all of them rosy), but I chose Townie Life for two reasons (both great):
1.) One definition for ‘townie’ refers to ‘someone who lives year-round in a resort’. I simply expanded that to mean ‘someone who lives year-round in a great place’, aka South Shore.
2.) I grew up outside of a big city and always thought the city people, called townies, were lucky to have neat restaurants and shops and fun places. I wanted to be a ‘townie’ when I grew up.
The second most frequently asked question – what is South Shore? Officially, it includes Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma. Unofficially, it’s expanding south, east and a tad north.
South Shore is an amazing place so I am officially declaring us ‘South Shore Townies’ and Townie Life is about our fantastic life. We’ll be covering a variety of topics from interesting characters in the area to some pretty cool places you may never have heard of or visited.
If you are reading this note, you know Townie Life is now a reality. We’re live. Please share Townie Life with your friends and families; and, if you know of a local story that MUST be told please contact us. If you want to contribute please see our collaboration page.
Welcome to Townie Life!
Colleen Kochannek, Founder and owner of Townie Life Media, LLC