A Slice of Life For The Holidays

Mike ColorThis edition of Kaufman County Life has been one of the most enjoyable I’ve had a part in helping put together. I hope you’ll find the stories and photos as intriguing as I have.

We’re introducing a couple of new contributors in this edition. Jenice Johnson operates her own firm and recently moved to Terrell where her Jenice Johnson Creative is located. Another newcomer highlighted in this edition is freelancer Kendall Lyons. Vintage Moments Studios photographers Lori and Kevin Prouty also contributed to this issue.

Jenice brings Kaufman County Life readers a Charm section story on a woman who is a real dynamo — Debbie Lefkowitz. Debbie’s story of pulling herself up by the bootstraps and taking the initiative to make a better life for herself and those who she lives and works with is inspiring.

‘Tis the Season… to put on pounds. That could be the theme for many of us as the busy holiday time of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year bring on a flurry of parties, family gatherings — and food. Kendall visits with some Kaufman County folks involved in the fitness business who provide some tips on how to make improving your lifestyle can be fun.

For our Cook’s Corner feature this month Kevin and Lori Prouty and Jenice team up to bring us the delightful story of eight local women who have bonded over the years as they’ve played bridge together and gotten their hair and nails done.

They are venturing out to create a cookbook. But don’t expect to find a copy of this volume of recipes at your favorite bookstore.

Regular contributor Gary E. Lindsley brings us the story of Randy and Justin Fivecoat and their Fivecoat Construction. They could be referred to as Terrell’s renaissance men as the Fivecoats bring new life to some of Terrell’s finest old homes that have fallen into disrepair.

Much has changed in the world of banking in recent decades with ATMs, Internet banking, mobile banking and a proliferation of banking branches. But one thing has remained the same, according to a couple of Kaufman County businessmen and bankers — Riter Hulsey and Guinn Godwin.

KaufmanCountyLife_Winter2014-CoverDespite the technological revolution that has drastically changed the face of the banking industry, they both say it is very much a relationship business.

This edition’s cover story is on a pair of Terrell residents who have a designing eye on the world and who have taken that passion for making interior residential space both functional and appealing into a thriving business.

Philip Thomas Vanderford and Jason James Jones have been called upon by clients to decorate penthouses, Colorado vacation homes, log cabins and historic old homes decorated.

Photographer Cilla Wichmann provides a glimpse of the design work Jones and Vanderford do as she takes her camera into their four-year-old home in Terrell.

For shopping this holiday season we encourage you to check out the Shopping Around Town pages for services like Lawson’s Landscaping and Irrigation and great gift ideas like those found at Daisy’s in Kaufman, Risingers Country Store, The Front Porch, Factory Girl in Forney, Poor Me Sweets in Terrell and Blue Topaz Fashion.

To help melt away the stress of the season, check out Rhonda’s Wax and Skin Care Boutique in Forney and to help finance the holidays visit Toledo Finance.