by Fred Kuhr
Glossy magazine Hotspots, based in Oakland Park, Fla., is making changes of its own in order to combat changes in the climate.
Publisher Peter Clark announced last month, “With so much news about climate change lately, we are stepping up and doing our part to contribute to a sustainable environment.”
As of its December 13, 2018, edition, Hotspots will no longer use the “harmful chemicals” that went into the publications production, “including the glossy cover and chemical binding. We can now boast that Hotspots uses only certified 100% biodegradable vegetable ink printed on 100% recycled paper.”
This is why, he says, the magazine “looks a little different” now. (Editor’s note: While the cover image is not quite as shiny and crisp as it used to be, the difference is negligible.)
But “not only is this good for our planet, it is also good for both readers and advertisers. We will continue to print a top quality, weekly LGBT publication without increasing prices in 2019,” calling it a “win-win combination.”
This and other changes are being made to coincide with the magazine’s 33rd anniversary.
In fact, after three decades in the same offices, Hotspots is moving to a new location in downtown Oakland Park’s new Arts and Culinary District. The new facility will feature an expanded Hotspots Live Studio, a state-of-the-art digital and social media center, a photo studio, a graphic design studio, a drop-in media sales center, and expanded meeting and conference facilities.
Renovations are continuing and the move will take place sometime in early 2019.
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