LoveEast Magazine was founded in 2014 by Julie Daniels, originally as E9 Magazine. Her desire was to create a publication to showcase and lift up local businesses, organisations and people. Julie’s vision, hard work, passion, dedication and perseverance paid off and, over time, E9 grew and evolved into LoveEast.
In late 2017, Julie made the decision to step back from LoveEast, and handed me the reins. A daunting task, considering its print run of 12,000 and a readership of double that, but I was happy – and honoured – to take it on.
Up until March 2020, the magazine was available in various shops, cafes and businesses across East London, however due to COVID, it is now delivered directly through letterboxes to homes in parts of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Wanstead, Leytonstone and Walthamstow.
It’s often the case that community magazines forget about focusing on the many interesting people, places and events that make up their readership; I believe LoveEast stands apart because it does the opposite by showcasing exactly those things. That’s down to Julie’s initial vision, which is at the heart of the magazine and which continues to this day.
Julie has given us all something quite special, unique and valuable; I’m proud to continue that legacy and I hope you continue to enjoy LoveEast.