Main Line Today's Publisher JB Braun Says Goodbye

JB Braun reflects on his time at the magazine, the power of human connection and what comes next.



JB Braun

For 21 years now, Main Line Today has fashioned itself as a mirror of sorts, reflecting the community where we live, work and play.

How so? Let me explain it this way: This mirror MLT endeavors to be takes in positive light—and the images, stories and people it reflects carry that same positive energy.  

Hobart Rowland and his talented editorial team have worked hard to ensure that our storytelling shines a light on the best the Main Line has to offer. Though we don’t shy away from controversy, we choose to focus on positive outcomes. In an upside-down world, this sort of thing is in short supply. 

Long before my arrival here more than six years ago, MLT understood that it’s human beings who make the difference—like the good people at Malvern’s Desmond Hotel, for example. The Desmond has served the community as a host venue for countless wedding celebrations and events, not to mention Temple University’s Fox School of Business and various chambers of commerce. But with the continuing changes in the hospitality industry, Josh Desmond and his family needed to solidify the Desmond’s relevance with travelers. In this month’s Frontline section, Michael Bradley tells to the story of how the Desmond has addressed these challenges without eliminating jobs or otherwise negatively impacting those who’ve contributed to its success. 

And seeing as this is our annual Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs issue, you’ll also learn about the more than 300 businesses and (of course) people who doing their best to bring you the best. Our good friends at the Town Dish worked with our editorial team to compile this year’s impressive list of picks from our critics and readers. Much like our annual BYOB issue, we call this edition a “coffee-table keeper.” You’ll keep it around to formulate a plan of attack to sample as many of the winners’ offerings as you can.  

Get a jump on that plan on July 27 at the 21st annual Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party, held once again at the award-winning Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mainlinetoday.com, and part of the proceeds benefit Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. 

Lastly, this will be my final issue of Main Line Today—and I say this with mixed emotions. After a hard look in that mirror, I’ve decided to devote my next chapter to helping others and making positive change for families and people who need it most. Our team is a dedicated and fun-loving bunch who’ve elevated the magazine from good to award-winning. We’ve added events that benefit new charitable affiliates; we’ve added editorial content that resonates with readers; and we’ve chronicled the people of the Main Line who truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Quite simply, it’s time for me to be one of those people. In the end, that’s what it’s always about: People make the difference. When we lose sight of that, we lose the compass that helps us navigate life. Heck, anyone who looks in the mirror can see that

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