Spring has sprung, flowers are in bloom and it’s time to make plans for the summer months ahead. But first, we celebrate the amazing women of Cypress! In this issue, we spotlight an artist, author, philanthropist, veterinarian and small business owners who contribute so much to our community.

In our feature story, five prominent ladies offer their insights to life and advice on perseverance in the face of adversity. Each of the women represents different ages, passions and reasons for what they do, but all have an impressive work ethic that helped them be successful.

Speaking of impressive, our own Dr. Jennifer Hennessey volunteered her vet services for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an annual long-distance race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Contestants, called mushers, and their team of 14 dogs race through difficult terrain to be the first to cross the finish line. The race is a test of endurance for both the mushers and their dogs because teams may encounter sub-zero temperatures, gale-force winds and white-out conditions.

In keeping with the “Ladies” theme, we spotlight a women-owned hangout called the Hidden Cellar, a local bar with an inner-city vibe that is (thankfully) close to home. The stonework and decor are upscale yet cozy, and you’ll enjoy live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

May also means Mother’s Day, high school graduation and Memorial Day. We want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, congratulations to all the grads and offer a special thanks to all of our veterans past and present, along with their families, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude beyond compare.

And to you, our readers, thank you for your support and input over the last 10 months! This is YOUR magazine, and we strive to bring you stories that are meaningful and relevant. I encourage you to reach out by emailing me at peggy.garner@lifestylepubs.com with your thoughts and ideas.

I hope to see you around town!