Category Archives: From the Editor

Building Longer Tables

Happy 20th birthday to Rochester Women Magazine! Thank you to all the readers and advertisers who have supported this publication over the years. As a newbie, I am slowly, but surely, learning the history (or “herstory”) of the magazine. As March is Women’s History Month, enjoy learning about the History Center of Olmsted County’s monthly leadership circle (p. 42). Also, happy International Women’s Day on March 8! To celebrate, we hear from four local women of diverse backgrounds in their native languages (p. 11).  Continue reading

Letter from the Editor


I am excited and honored to write this letter to you as I take over the reins of this beautiful magazine! Rochester Women was started 20 years ago by Jorrie Johnson, whose dedication has made it a staple on magazine racks in stores, restaurants, salons and waiting rooms throughout Rochester and the surrounding area.  Continue reading

From the Editor


In 1999, I was approached about starting a family magazine in Rochester. I was 29, married with two preschool children and working full-time as the director of marketing for a computer hardware, software and services company (RESPONSE, Inc.). That fall, I started researching what would become a 20-year journey. Continue reading


“Sisterhood is powerful.” ~ Robin Morgan
“Once women find sisterhood, there’s nothing stronger.” ~ Zoe Kravitz

When I got divorced eight years ago, my single mom “sisters” became my family. I am grateful to have other single women to relate with as we raise our children, change jobs and move ahead. We share struggles, help problem-solve and lift each other up, as well as celebrate our joys and successes.

I also consider you, Rochester Women magazine readers, my “sisters.” We connect over topics, including beauty, fashion, health, homes, food, wine, well-being and work. We are stronger together. Continue reading


At the end of January this year, my daughter Tiffany and I signed up for the Trinona triathlon. Throughout the winter we went to the Y for Strength Train Together and yoga classes. In the spring, she got a shiny, new silver Raleigh road bike from Bicycle Sports. We worked on our swimming, biking and running. We talked about our training and our goals. Finally, the big day came. We woke up early on Sunday morning, June 9, and anxiously drove over to Winona. Two by two, we entered the perfectly warm water in age waves for the one-quarter mile swim. Then, the 11-mile scenic bike route took us through rolling bluff country. Finally, we ran the 3.1-mile run half way around beautiful Lake Winona and we were done in under an hour and a half. Yes, we were tired afterward, but we are strong. Now, we are looking for our next triathlon, journey and destination.   Continue reading


One day this spring, my daughter Tiffany and I went get makeovers at the new Ulta Beauty store in Rochester. I have always told her that being beautiful on the outside doesn’t matter if you are ugly on the inside. As I age, I’m even more inclined to focus on goodness rather than looks, but darn it, I want to look (and feel) good. I think my daughter is beautiful and I am especially proud of her accomplishments, her heart and her sense of self-worth. Look at our Rochester Women magazine team makeovers (page 10) and make an appointment to get your own makeover. Continue reading

You Are Worthy!

In 2018 Rochester lost a couple of exemplary business women. I got to know Dr. Bonita Patton, age 60, psychologist and owner of Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (with offices in Rochester, Owatonna, Faribault and Wabasha) and Post Town Winery. I met Nicci Sylvester through Mothers & More 13 years ago and I got to know her through her business. She opened Tonic – Local Kitchen and Juice Bar. She passed away days after her 43rd birthday in November. Each of these women did so much for others, and our community has been impacted by their contributions. What can we all learn from these ladies, who loved life and the people around them? Life is too short to worry (too much), be angry or be miserable. Live for your family and friends, do good for others, take care of yourself, listen to your heart and pursue your passions.

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Give Thanks

I thank you, our readers, for picking up this issue of RochesterWomen magazine. I appreciate you picking up each issue of RochesterWomen magazine and taking the time to read. Thank you for shopping with our advertisers (or being one). Thank you for the great ideas you share to truly make RochesterWomen your magazine, a place where you connect with each other and the community.

Thank you to our generous advertisers for investing in RochesterWomen magazine. We hope you see customers flooding your doors, and if you don’t measure your advertising that way, think about the women (and girls) who benefit from each issue of RochesterWomen magazine because of your support.

Thank you to our marketing account representatives, graphic designers, photographers, writers and distributors. RochesterWomen magazine is your work of art. Your skills are appreciated.

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