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ON THE COVER: Created by Ella Sexson. If you happen to get your hands on a copy of our Haven magazine, you can put the two side by side to create a full rainbow.

Hello!  This month’s issue is so special and we’re excited to share it with everyone.  We have once again partnered with Polk State College to celebrate the graduating class of 2021.  Inside, you’ll find every graduate’s name.  Congratulations to all of them! If you are a graduate listed in …

ON THE COVER:  The Color Wall at Mass Market.  A collaborative project between Haus 820 and the Lakeland CRA and one of the best selfie spots in town.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Polk State Grads!  They have worked so hard to get to this point, and we wish them much success in the future.  They will be celebrating with a virtual ceremony this year, which is not what they imagined when they were freshmen, I’m sure.  Grads, have fun…

ON THE COVER:  Frankenstein’s Monster from Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein” or “The Modern Prometheus” published in 1818

Congratulations to the Best Of LKLD winners!  Thank you to the thousands of our readers that took the time to vote and promote their favorite local businesses!   

On a “normal” day, like back in 2019, life was stressful.  And then 2020 began… We started this year talking about gratitude, being appreciative for what we have.  Shelter at home began, and like a lot of people, I thought, this is great!  I could use some slow time at home. A couple weeks i…

Welcome to the first-ever, LKLD Cookbook!  I want to give a HUGE thank you to the 30+ local restaurants that submitted a recipe for this issue.  We LOVE to go out to eat, but with restaurants at 50% capacity, it’s not always easy to find a seat. We encourage you to get takeout when you can, …

On the cover:  Charlie’s Mini Donuts!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to Carlo for donating the donuts to be used on the cover!  (Same that 3 times fast)  They were as delicious as they look!

Hello!  It’s June already and the year is flying by!  Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s and father figures out there, enjoy your special day on the 16th!

It’s April and our little team has a temporary office space!  We are now in the opposite situation from last month.  As I wrote the letter for the March issue, I explained that we were all working out of our living room, and it was a tight fit.  Now, we have way too much space.  And the funn…

Happy February & Happy Valentine’s Day!  This month we’ve compiled a list of 50 things to do in and around Polk County whether you’re on a date or hanging with friends.  From sunsets to spa days, we’ve got you covered.  With that said, love is in the air!  Or at least Sally Del Castillo …

Happy November!  Or as we’ve been calling it around here, Nerdy November!  Our cover stories take us to a Dungeons & Dragons dinner party!  We talk all things nerdy with a group of friends that have been getting together once a week to eat & play.  They take it very seriously, and yo…

Resident, John Straughn has been dropping by our office every month for about a year now.  He has been advocating for an issue dedicated to autism awareness.  Little did he know, that it wouldn’t take much convincing.   I was more than happy to dedicate an issue on this topic.  I’d like to t…

Hello and welcome to our magazine, Haven. We are new to Lakeland but no strangers to Polk County and Central Florida. Actually half of our staff call the city of Lakeland home.