Allow me to introduce myself, as I am an unfamiliar face. My name is Emily Shea and I am the new editor of South Charlotte Lifestyle Magazine. My first issue with you is all about kids and pets. The sun hasn’t set on summer just quite yet, but will soon bid us farewell, making those days spent paddle boarding on the lake and evenings spent catching fireflies even more precious.

I look back on my summers as a child with a big heart and tears in my eyes as I remember all the fond memories that were created during this season. More often than not, you could find me at the lake in my neighborhood, diving into the crisp water time and time again until my mother plopped a large piece of watermelon in front of my sun-kissed checks and said, “Eat, then you can swim some more.” I’d devour the watermelon down to the rind in less the minute, slurping the every last drop of juice that dripped down my face, my only worry being how fast I could get back in that refreshing water. Summer is a truly magical time for children. 

I hope that this issue fills both your mind and your heart with warm fuzzy feelings for your loved ones. Hold them close (yes, even your pets) and revel in these last few weeks of summer in our beautiful community. 

Warmest regards, 


Emily Shea