hy not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? Mark Twain said that. Especially in business, when the risk is usually monetary, investing in something with an uncertain outcome takes a special kind of courage. Winter Haven resident Laura Dobratz already owned a shop full of yarn but she decided to buy a truck, gut it, and make it into a mobile yarn shop. It turned out to be a great business move as the truck is actually a sneak peek for customers who’ve never been to the brick and mortar shop. Her goal of sharing her love of yarn (and selling it) far and wide paid off. The “Follow the Fiber” truck story starts on page 12. Sometimes a goal itself is not what it
seems. Jai Maa explains that being a goal digger requires complete self-honesty. She breaks it down for us to see that a common goal (more money) may not really be the actual goal. Read more page 9. Pre-teens and teens who become U.S. Naval Sea Cadets have a common goal of preparing for their futures. They learn about teamwork, self-control, self-respect, and more. I myself was a League Cadet and then a Sea Cadet. I never joined the Navy but I could be proud I went to two boot camps and worked crowd control at a Blue Angels show. Cadets have opportunities that many kids are not privy to. That story begins on page 7. Our Non-profit Spotlight this issue is the Lake Wales Care Center, which helps so many in Polk get back on their feet.
Editor + Publisher LETTER
Publisher | SERGIO CRUZ
Editor | ANDREA CRUZ
Cover Designer | DEBORAH COKER Art Director | ALEJANDRO F. CRUZ Ad Sales Rep | BOB EDMONDSON Bob@PolkMedia.com
May / June 2017
Until next time… Contributors JAMIE BECKETT ANDREA CRUZ OLIVER CRUZ SERGIO CRUZ JAI MAA ELIZABETH MORRISEY MEREDITH JEAN MORTON
Sergio Cruz, publisher Andrea Cruz, editor Sergio@The863Magazine.com Andrea@The863Magazine.com
Cover Photo JD and Laura Dobratz own “Follow the Fiber,” a mobile yarn shop that helps draw customers to their Winter Haven yarn shop, Four Purls. Story page 12. Photo by Andrea Cruz. The 863 Magazine is a product of Polk Media, Inc. For more info visit us online: PolkMedia.com or The863Magazine.com.
Published on May 10, 2017
"Follow the Fiber" Yarn Truck from Four Purls Yarn Shop; Be a Goal Digger; Sea Cadets; 863 Local FiArt Fest Place Winners; Non-Profit Spotli...