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Local magazine for women celebrates ten years of publications

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"Wilma Magazine" is celebrating 10 years of publishing. "Wilma Magazine" is celebrating 10 years of publishing.
This is what "WILMA Magazine's" first issue looked like in February, 2003. This is what "WILMA Magazine's" first issue looked like in February, 2003.
This is what the magazine's cover looks like today, in February, 2013. This is what the magazine's cover looks like today, in February, 2013.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Magazines based in Wilmington or about the Port City have come and gone over the years.  But there is a publication that is about women in our area, celebrating its tenth anniversary this month.

WILMA Magazine reached a milestone in February, ten years in business and still counting.

Founder Joy Allen said, although the name of the magazine was selected on a whim, she felt the magazine was needed.

"There were a lot of interesting women here, doing great things, lots of talent, great stories to tell, and I wanted to tell them" said Allen.

Four years after getting the magazine off the ground, she sold WILMA and her other publication, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.

Today, WILMA co-editors Nina Bays and Vicki Janowski are in charge of the magazine.  While they hold regular editorial meetings with staff and contributors to get idea about what should be included in the publication each month, their focus remains on women in Wilmington, and the stories that matter to them.

"Of course, people love to hear about foods, so we have our taste column, we have health columns, but each issue has a theme, whether it is a health issue, or a style issue or a finance issue, like we have coming out soon," said Bays. "We try to make each issue a little different and dedicate a certain topic and see what local women are doing."

Janowski said the heart of the publication "has and always has been" about profiling interesting, strong and successful women with important stories to tell.

"It is the small stories around town that makes the character of the magazine," said Janowski.

So congratulations to WILMA Magazine, on its 10th anniversary and hopes for many publications to come.

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