2015 was a Big Year for Garden & Gun

It was a banner year for Garden & Gun (GG) magazine, highlighted by some lofty recognition from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), and a brand new office in the historic Cigar Factory in downtown Charleston, SC. The ASME bestowed the Charleston-based publication with two finalist nominations in the following categories: 1) Best Service and Lifestyle Magazine, a category that includes such giants as Cosmopolitan and Glamour; and 2) Best Style and Design, which includes Bon Appétit, Vogue, and Harper’s. “We are thrilled BY the recognition we have received from the ASME,” says GG publisher, Ed Bell, who is also the Senior Partner at Bell Legal Group and President of the Charleston School of Law. “It’s quite gratifying to me to see so many talented, hard-working individuals at the magazine get the national attention they deserve.”

Awards are great, but there’s work to be done

The ASME afterglow didn’t last too long, as the GG crew got back to work and readied themselves for 2016 by moving into a brand new office in Old Charleston. Eight years after originally launching the “magazine with the funny name” in a small downtown Charleston office, the team has recently set up shop in a 26,000 square foot, gorgeously renovated space in the old Charleston Cigar Factory. As you might have guessed, it is every you imagined: reclaimed wood from Churchill Downs, original brick masonry, 18-foot ceilings, and plenty of character in every office and gathering area. “It’s an incredible space, and we are so proud of it,” says Rebecca Wesson Darwin, the magazine’s president and CEO. “The space is designed for people to work together in a group so they won’t always be sitting alone.”

Big things planned for 2016

It’s certainly rewarding for the GG team that, after launching the “Best-Of-The-South” magazine eight years ago, they are now contending for national journalism honors and poised for significant future growth. Especially gratifying is the fact they achieved success by “doing it their way,” bucking many of today’s modern protocols, such as insisting on spare, minimal layouts and long, prose-style stories that read more like Southern literature than the accepted graphic-heavy, choppy articles that are the norm with most magazines today. “We decided early on that we were going to stick to our vision and get it right,” says Bell. “And I commend Rebecca and her team for staying true to their goals and passion to create a magazine that people all over the country—not just the south—truly value.”

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