From the Editor: Inside Track
One of the reasons I am proud to call Stamford home is that its residents—whether born-and-raised here, or recently relocated to the area—maintain a sense of shared community that in no small way celebrates the city’s diversity and evolution.
It is a common theme communicated by our Insiders’ Guide panelists, who were asked to reveal their best kept secrets about the city they love. Their answers result in a trusty collection of fun facts, special deals, ways to give and go-to’s that deepen our understanding of living and working in Stamford. What makes the knowledge they share more compelling is the profound pride they each expressed in the city’s roots, its embrace of change and the promise of its future.
This new approach to our annual Insider’s Guide—to ask locals for their tips—was born from the idea that we are all experts in what we know. I can certainly speak from the experience of a Latina, a wife, a mother of a college-aged son who went to Stamford schools, a member of the media who has commuted and worked locally. And though I am always curious (and it’s my job to investigate all things Stamford), I was not born or raised here; I haven’t started my own business; I don’t sit on a board—you get the picture. So we turned to community members who are prominent in their respective fields and each bear different points of view based on personal experiences and preferences. Together, they teach us what we don’t know by showing us our hometown the way they see and live it.
Learning from those who are in-the-know was also our motivation for reaching out to single members of our community. When so much is said and celebrated about Stamford nightlife, we wanted to have real conversations centered on what goes on behind the scenes when singles look for love. So, from the outset, we offered our sources anonymity with the hopes that an alias would encourage candor. It worked, and what we learned—aside from some hilariously frank horror stories—was very telling, and ultimately not too surprising: that single life in Stamford can be full of happy accidents but the truth is there are plenty of minefields to avoid if you’re searching for “the one” right here in town.