From the Publisher: Happy Birthday, FWB Life!


Thank You Fort Walton Beach Community!

Can you believe it’s already our second anniversary? We are so very proud to have a monthly publication dedicated to Fort Walton Beach!

Thank you to our avid readers, partners and the community who have embraced this thriving, hometown publication as your own. Some of you have been with us since the beginning such as AJ’s on the Bayou, AJ’s Oyster Shanty, Melissa Forte-Litscher with NextHome Cornerstone Realty, Wayne Bernheisel of Gulf Coast Shutter and Overhead Door, Gulf Coast Dental, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Greg Durette of Florida Health Connector and The Place on Beal. Many others have partnered with us for quite some time such as Tom and Peg Rice with Magnolia Grill, Northwest Florida State College and Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC.

FWB Life thanks you for being a part of the Life Media family, entrusting us to promote your business and tell your stories.

Lori Leath Smith and Scott Miller at Business After Hours
Lori Leath Smith and Scott Miller at Business After Hours

For the past two years of FWB Life (and the past nine years of Life Media beginning with our first publication), some have told us they read FWB Life from cover-to-cover. There’s something for everyone in its varied sections: Community, Events, Wellness, Arts, Music, Military, Lifestyle, Business, Around Town, Dining, Sports, Fishing, etc. In fact, we hear continually how it’s your go-to for events as well as your local, informational resource. You keep telling us how you enjoy learning about hometown heroes and prefer doing business with those in our local community. Also popular are articles such as ones from that address the city’s refurbishment projects, such as the Brooks Bridge. All help to foster a connection to and within our dynamic Fort Walton Beach community.
As we move into our third year:

WE’LL CONTINUE to relay your positive messages, reinforce your valuable businesses, offer event information, extract those little gems and inspirational stories and accomplishments, and promote and highlight all the positive and valuable activities in the Fort Walton Beach community.

WE’LL CONTINUE to direct mail and distribute 13,000 copies of FWB Life to households and businesses in Fort Walton Beach, Shalimar, Cinco Bayou, Ocean City and Okaloosa Island—promoting to a market of more than 30,000 people.

WE’LL CONTINUE to offer you a platform—a community voice—and represent Fort Walton Beach and partners with an opportunity to effectively promote in an affordable way, combining the best of both worlds—print marketing and advertising with direct mail plus affordable rates. Our informative and fun website,, will continue to offer additional value: marketing and advertising promotion with our online version of FWB Life, blog posts of feature articles and archived issues. Our Facebook page, e-newsletter distribution, event sponsorships and rich editorial all add to a well-rounded campaign.

To celebrate TWO years, we are offering a one-time special rate for those wanting to join the FWB Life family—Buy 2, Get 1 FREE through July 31 only!

Now is the time! If you’d like to promote your business, contact Scott at or 850-688-9886. Visit for stories and coupons from the current issue or download the archived issues from the past two years.

While there, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and share the link with friends and family. Connect with us on Facebook/MyFWBLife. Submit story ideas to
Cheers to Two Years!

~ Lori Leath Smith, Publisher