Season of Gratitude
Big news from Marin Magazine.
As the name implies,
the mission is to improve
life, in the local community
What can readers expect from this new era?
We will take the MIB approach to highlighting heroes within our community and in the
magazine by adding a Marin Matters/Make It
Better page as a new regular department. In
this month’s edition we talk to Jonathan Leidy,
a founding member of 100MARIN. Stay tuned
for more ways to make it better in print, online
and in community workshops.
Also in the issue this month we examine the act of tipping — a popular act of
gratitude — and shed light on the convoluted
rules around it. In 2010, our department
editor Somer Flaherty wrote an article asking experts in various industries what tip
amounts they suggest. This year we brought
back some of those experts and consulted
a few others. Gratuity, it turns out, can be a
A quick Google search unearths general
facts about the practice, notably that these
sums subsidize worker’s salaries. I get in trouble with friends who own small businesses
when I suggest we get rid of tips altogether
and just include acknowledgment of service
in the price. Why would I not want the opportunity to show my appreciation for a job well
done? Mostly because I’m bothered by having
to do math, but also I don’t like giving the
customer (me) that financial power. If my tip
makes or breaks the waiter’s ability to pay for
his kids’ textbooks, this system seems wrong.
Making the amount part of the tab could solve
We hope you appreciate our primer on
tipping and, as always, we would love to hear
your thoughts. For our part, we are happy to
celebrate our new partnership with the Make
It Better Media Group.
Mimi Towle, Editor
NOVEMBER IS TRADITIONALLY the time to plan for the holidays. It is the opener to a season filled with celebrations and gratitude. Here at Marin Magazine we
have an exciting reason to celebrate.
After a few months of discussing a potential
sale of the magazine, we welcomed the news
of being acquired by the Make It Better Media
Group. And in a move we consider to be the
dollop of Straus fresh whipped cream on the
proverbial pumpkin pie, Make It Better founder
Susan Noyes has promised to keep the maga-
zine on the same track. Publisher Nikki Wood
will continue to run the magazine and all staff
will remain in place. Our focus, as always, will
continue to be squarely on all things Marin.
The Make It Better Media Group is a social
impact multiplatform media company based
in Chicago. And as the name implies, the mis-
sion is to improve life, in the local community
and beyond. During the courting period, I was
able to travel to Chicago to attend one of MIB’s
signature philanthropic award ceremonies
where, with 300 people in attendance, the
company honored deserving charities that
received recognition for their efforts. On that
trip, we visitors from Marin also got a tour
of Chicago’s North Shore and witnessed the
similarities between our two communities.
We loved learning that Susan is a diehard
Cubs fan with season tickets, which gave
us the opportunity to stop by Wrigley Field
to catch a couple of innings (thankfully not
against the Giants) and a beer and hot dog on
our way to the airport. I was impressed by
her endless energy and enthusiasm for her
company’s purpose and the fact that she also
likes onions and mustard on her hot dogs.
Susan was familiar with Marin and Marin
Magazine because her husband, Nick Noyes,
has deep family roots here.