ATTENTION TO DETAIL: The Intricate Illustrations of Laura Sommer

Anyone who loves nature will be drawn to Laura Sommer’s artwork, which features “all things nature” - including birds, insects, flowers, trees and animals. The owner of Laura Sommer Creative says, “The style of my art is expressive pen work, made up of lines, dots and scribbles. The drawings relate to everyone out there that loves nature, who has a favorite animal, bird, flower, or etcetera. “

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HEAVENLY DEVIL’S SAUCE

It’s a story that we hear a lot at Made in Utah: a couple of “civilians” - in this case Daniel Benites and Jennifer Lehmbeck - start making artisan products for themselves, their friend, and their families. And before you can say “Salsa del Diablo,” they’ve got a flush-fledged business on their hands.

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GROW-WITH-ME FASHION

ith her clothing company Linc and Cole, Porsha Cole creates clothing for children that’s meant to last and to actually be worn. That might sound routine, but it’s not. Being a mother herself, Cole says she “knows how frustrating it is to buy cute outfit after cute outfit only to see it tossed after a few months (or weeks) of wear!” So, “She needed to create clothing for moms and littles who didn’t want to sacrifice fashion for durability.” The result is practical, but charming, “grow with me clothing” that’s so popular among smart Utah parents.

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Ghost Long Board: The Future is Clear

Skateboarding has not historically been considered a family sport, but neighbors and business partners Russ Warner and Brent Johnson are on a mission to challenge the stereotypes of skate culture. Their company is Ghost Long Board. Located in Cedar Hills, it makes plexiglass longboards designed to get the whole family outside and active.

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GET SAUCED!

Any chef will tell you that the secret to great food is great sauces and great seasonings. With that in mind, Mary Sandino and Dave Udy have been making Grandma Sandino’s sauce and seasonings here in Utah for over thirty years.

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HELLO DALI!

Originally from Serbia, Dalibor Blazic emigrated to Utah in 2011. However, he missed the crêpes that his mother made twice per week saying, “I want to eat crêpes every day!” So he decided to make his own crêpes, eventually leading to his Dali Crêpes catering business. With an education in hotel and restaurant management and a culinary focus, he was well-suited to creating his own food business.

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Care, intention, and Intuition

 

  Caroline Patterson became interested in natural living and herbal medicine many years ago. In her formidable years, she was living in a community that was very focused on self sustainability, natural self healing, and the use of products containing what the earth provides. As a result, she started making her own products for both, household cleaning, and beauty care.

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Job Creation Drives a Passionate Grass Fed Beef Rancher

  “Agriculture has always been a passion for us,” says Stutman. “However, we wanted to be able to create a viable business that would, not only allow us to be profitable, but to also create year-round jobs in our small community. For many of the youth that grow up here are forced to leave home because of luck of the employment opportunities. We wanted to be a driving force in changing that.”

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Mining Magic

Back in 1995, valuable calcite deposits were discovered in Northern Utah and Shamrock Mining Associates would gain the exclusive mining rights to Utah’s beautiful Amber Onyx, also called Honey Onyx or Honeycomb Calcite.

The “explorer” who made the discovery was Floyd Anderson, now a vibrant 95-years-old.

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Petra’s Pastries

Backstube is the German word for bakery or bakehouse. And for authentic, German-style pastries in Utah, look no further than Petra Vigil’s Old Country baked goods at Petra’s Backstubchen. Developed from her mother’s recipes and those from cookbooks she brought with her from her native Germany, Petra Vigil bakes and sells strudels, pretzels, cookies, cakes and seasonal pastries from her home-based business.

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How to Escape Corporate World and Start a Highly Successful Wood Shop

“I always wanted a business where my dog was running around the shop and that was okay, and if we wanted to crack a beer at 4 o’clock we could do that, and it was okay. I started a business to do what I wanted to do without having to follow others directions. We don’t fit the typical mold. We aren’t super stuffy like every other woodworking shop in Utah. We’re just a little bit different and we’re proud of that.”

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