Special One-Year Edition

Dear readers, I love Clermont. I love its abundance of adventuresome hills, glossy lakes and moss-laden oaks. I love its plentiful parks and preserves. I love its families and family friendly events. Its darling pets. Its savvy business owners and ambitious students. Its emerging downtown. My love of Clermont led me to launch Clermont Magazine one year ago. And in that year, I’ve become even … Continue reading Special One-Year Edition

The Secret to a Green Thumb: Gardening Made Easy

| By Sascha Mills | Do you have a green thumb? I was raised in a family of “brown thumbs,” meaning they could not keep a plant alive. Nevertheless, my daughter got the urge to grow a garden last spring, and boy did I have a lot to learn about this gardening stuff! Did you know there are ants in Florida? Like a lot of … Continue reading The Secret to a Green Thumb: Gardening Made Easy

Photo Moment: Energy Lab Cafe

| By Christopher Gousse | After taking a few images in the Clermont area, I stumbled across a bright blue and orange building that I’ve always looked over in the past. I decided to finally get a closer look at the building and I’m glad I did! The inside of Energy Lab Cafe is absolutely what you’d expect from a modern coffee shop — state-of-the-art … Continue reading Photo Moment: Energy Lab Cafe

Bacchus Vino Etcetera: A Wine Lover’s Delight

Celebrating wines from around the world in Downtown Clermont | By Larry Oskin | Once upon a time, Clermont did not have a wine shop. What began as a simple concept in May 2004 developed into Bacchus Vino Etcetera, a cozy, popular store in Downtown Clermont. (You’ll find it at 692 W. Montrose St., next to the Clermont City Center.) Bacchus, named after the Roman God … Continue reading Bacchus Vino Etcetera: A Wine Lover’s Delight

A Purr-fect Rescue Fairy ‘Tail’

| By Lisa Graham | This is a story about love and acceptance, fur and photography. Let’s start from the beginning. I was mesmerized by a pair of baby blue eyes. Late one Sunday evening in 2014 , I saw a posting on Pet Finder for a sweet-faced Siamese/Hemingway mix named Cleo who was longing to find her forever home. Cleo was so beautiful, I was … Continue reading A Purr-fect Rescue Fairy ‘Tail’

Illustration: Lake Louisa

| By Gabi Zuniga | The simple serenity of Lake Louisa Park inspired my digital illustration of the landscape. As delighted as I was to spot lily pads, I was even more delighted to see the way they dotted the lake like an abstract pattern on the rippled reflection of the sky. Gabi Zuniga is an illustrator and designer whose work focuses on food and landscapes. … Continue reading Illustration: Lake Louisa

Pumpkin Consumption 101

How to healthfully enjoy everyone’s favorite fall flavor | By  Jamie Rametta| September stirs Fall excitement. And Fall equals pumpkin paradise! We load up on pumpkins for decoration, pumpkin pie, pumpkin frappuccinos and pumpkin spice scents. As for this foodie dietitian? My pumpkin excitement centers around all the vitamin A, fiber and taste this fall vegetable can deliver. In only 3 tablespoons of this orange … Continue reading Pumpkin Consumption 101