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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She Talks to the Animals

Have you ever wanted to be better understood by your pet, or for your pet to better understand you?

Patty Rayman says, “People always want to know if their animals are happy and healthy, whether they are in pain, what their relationships are like with other people and animals. Animals think in pictures and emotions and I am able to translate those into words for their people.

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Waterpocket’s Wanderlust: West Valley’s Craft Distillery

“Our wanderlust brought us to Utah,” say Julia and Alan Scott, explaining the origins of their craft distillery’s name: Waterpocket Distillery. Avid outdoor adventurers, “We realized a lifetime of exploration can be had in the mountains, canyons, deserts and wildernesses of this beautiful state. The Waterpocket Fold gives form to the Capitol Reef and the national park that bears this name, and now gives its name to Waterpocket Distillery.”


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Creating Karma

Instant Karma creates artisan-prepared Indian and Persian foods.

According to the owner Houman Gohary, “Our products are fresh, all-natural, health-conscious, vegan, and gluten-free. Quality ingredients, attention to recipes, care in services, and creating value for the customer are the foundation for Instant Karma. Promoting local and ‘Cooking with Passion and Integrity’ is our goal.”

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Glass Fusion: Dana Worley Artworks

Beauty and function. Those are two words I would use to describe Dana Worley’s fused glass artwork. Although she creates non-functional pieces as well, as a cook, I appreciate the functionality of Dana’s sushi plates, bowls and other vessels made for kitchen and dining use. As someone who appreciates beauty, I love that the art she makes is also drop-dead gorgeous. And, they are typically one-of-a-kind. Worley says she doesn’t do “production” work and doesn’t often duplicated pieces.

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Aleta Boyce Art

“After a few years of decompression I realized that I needed to create again,” says Aleta Boyce, founder of Aleta Boyce Art. Until about 10 years ago, she’d be teaching fine art, ceramics and computer graphics at the secondary and college levels, as well as working in commercial art and computer graphics.

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Mountain West Cider

Jennifer Carleton and her husband, Jeff, “have never been big beer drinkers and generally gravitate to wines and mixed drinks.” But after a visit to Ireland, they became “hooked on ciders.” They especially loved the hand-crafted ciders available at the pubs they visited. “The dry, gluten free, crisp refreshing taste was a perfect fit for my palate and system,” Jennifer says, and she and Jeff believed they could turn their passion into a business.

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Tonguespank Spice Company

James Lindsey has always been a cook who enjoys food with an extra kick.

While some cooks add wine or herbs for more flavor, more often than not today both chefs and consumers are gravitating to the increasing array of hot spices to achieve not only a “kick” but sometimes a kick in the ass, so hard you might find yourself laying on the ground chugging whole milk and eating saltines for relief. No, this is not the level of pain Mr. Lindsey is attempting to concoct, rather, he’s going for something with more nuance and subtlety.

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Opalimage

Sheldon and Vickie Chaplin make unique jewelry for technology-oriented people.

One night, as Sheldon was taking apart a computer for recycling, he realized that the precious metals and unique patterns on old microchips and circuit boards could live a new life as designer jewelry.

This upcycling gave them a new hobby to pass time in the evenings, and it turned out they weren’t the only ones who appreciated the beauty of microchips, because they found a market and turned their hobby into a business. Opalimage was born.

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Be Light Candle Co

Be Light Candle Co is a Salt Lake City company that makes candles out of 100% soy wax, essential oils, and recycled & repurposed cocktail glasses.

Taylor Lamb is passionate about her products, but there is more to this company than candles. Taylor and her husband Matt Lamb started their company to give back to people, not only by supporting families affected by suicide, but also by spreading a message of hope

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My Essential Collection

You might not think that analytics and information technology go hand-in-hand with a business startup specialising in essential oils, but think again. Those are the underpinnings of Andrea and Tom Wolfe’s business, My Essential Collection.

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Liqui-Dirt

Most farmers in Utah have heard the old-fashioned term “dirt farmer”—it harkens back to the Great Depression when the plains lost most of their top soil, the greatest asset of any farmer. But Cory Sackett is, literally, a dirt farmer.

The best word to describe Sackett is passionate. And not just about his product, but about saving the world, one garden at a time.

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