In celebration of Mother’s Day and honoring both the mothers and mother figures in our lives, our May feature spotlights five local mother/daughter co-working duos. Contributing writer Rebecca Friedman did an amazing job capturing the incredibly unique and special relationships between each pair, how much they appreciate and adore working together and learning from one another. 

This issue was bittersweet for me to pull together. I lost my own beautiful mother Pam Doyle suddenly just a few months ago. Mom was one of Avenue’s biggest fans. Known for her timeless taste, love of entertaining, and huge heart, she donated countless hours throughout her life volunteering for local nonprofits. Her kindess and open mind were cherished by so many, and I dedicate this issue to her. She was the definition of unconditional love. And while this will be my first Mother’s Day without her, our May feature is an uplifting reminder that the lasting memories we share with our loved ones are absolutely passed down and live on in each of us.

Be sure to turn to our Registry of Charitable Events (May-August 2023) on page 44 and consider how you might donate your own time or resources to help our many local organizations who work tirelessly to make our town a better place. If you represent an organization with an event that should be listed, please submit via our website submission form.

Continuing this issue’s theme of celebrating mothers, mentors and strong female figures, Jyl Benson brings you a perfect Mother’s Day pairing with treats from Bywater Bakery in Eat + Drink and Jenny Vorhoff delivers handy tips for throwing simple kid’s parties in How to Host. If you’re in need of a gift idea, Amy Gabriel has curated useful and charming handbag and raingear picks on our Fashion and What’s Hot pages. And if you’re racking your brain for how to celebrate with mom and your favorite people, look no further than our Arts Calendar and Around Town pages for festive events happening all month long. 


Mothers & Daughters
Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

On the Cover

Betsey Hazard and Kiki Bernard-Nixon of House of Hazard Interiors. Our May feature (page 22) profiles five local mother/daughter co-working duos. Learn more about why these proud mamas and their kids-turned-colleagues wouldn’t trade their professional partnerships for anything.