A year ago we promised that we would keep you posted as to when The Essential Guide: Charleston • Savannah • The Lowcountry would resume publication. As we launch the fall season, we’re excited to announce that our friends and former clients, Pat and Carmen Woodall, of Taos, have licensed this publication from us and are the new publisher/owners. They are returning to the South for the next chapter of their lives, and they are delighted at the prospect of working with our wonderful clients in that region. They are committed to maintaining The Essential Guide’s unique design and distinctive appeal, although they will undoubtedly bring innovations that will enhance the publication’s value and benefit to their advertisers. Of course, the entire Essential Guide team will continue to be intimately involved as their publishing support team, helping them with production and The Essential Guide brand.

Pat and Carmen bring a wealth of talent, skills and creative experience to this new endeavor. For the past 32 years, they have owned and operated both Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery and Southwest Framers. Pat is the recipient of numerous art awards for his painting and printmaking, while Carmen is respected for her skills as a conservation framer, businesswoman networker and interior designer, as well as for her culinary creations, gardening and philanthropic endeavors. The two, who met in Atlanta, have been married for 34 years and have two adult children, Nicholas and Natasha.

Carmen, a former Charlestonian, is a graduate of the College of Charleston. The first woman to receive a master’s degree from the Citadel Graduate College, she worked for the Charleston County School District as a social worker and an educational testing evaluator for children and families. From the time Carmen was a resident of Queen Street in Charleston, and during her many visits over the last 45 years, she has traveled the expansive Lowcountry area and has been delighted that it has maintained its Southern grace, strength and charm, even as its identity has continued to evolve.

Pat grew up in Charlotte and Tryon, in North Carolina. He attended the United States Naval Academy and the University of North Carolina. He has served on art festival and museum boards. Pat established a general contracting company that specialized in custom commercial and residential design builds. A professional artist as well, he wore two hats for a time. However, his and Carmen’s unique collaboration in painting, fine art framing and marketing flourished and grew into Woodall Fine Art Enterprises. Their combined talents will now happily be dedicated to publishing and growing The Essential Guide: Charleston • Savannah • The Lowcountry.

We are confident that as the new publisher/owners of this Essential Guide, the Woodalls will offer a wonderful resource for helping clients increase visibility and sales. Pat and Carmen look forward to meeting you and working with you during the coming months. The upcoming edition will debut in spring 2018.

I look forward to seeing many of you this fall when I visit Pat and Carmen in the Lowcountry. On a personal note, I have been so touched by your calls, prayers and words of encouragement this past year as I began dealing with a challenging health issue, a battle I continue to win today. My spirits were repeatedly lifted by your thoughtfulness!

Many of you have asked about renewal contracts: they will be sent out shortly. In the meanwhile, if you have questions, please feel free to call Trish or our production manager, Chris Kovac, at The Essential Guide office, (505)989-9465. You can also call Pat @ (575) 770-0393 or Carmen at (575) 779-2337, or email them at carmenandpat@essentialguide.com.

Trish and Chip Byrd
Publisher/Owners, The Essential Guides, Inc.

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