COFFEE FOR CANINES & OTHER CREATURES:

Our dogs - Ricky and Beau - love trips to Daily Rise Coffee. Well, it’s not exactly the coffee at Daily Rise that our pups adore, but rather the free dog treats that the super-friendly, generous baristas pass to them through open car windows at the Daily Rise drive-thru. It’s a risky proposition for the baristas, since one of our mutts, Beau, is a “grabber.” “Watch your fingers!” we always advise. The Fellas always know when we’re approaching Daily Rise, as evidenced by their excitement and wagging tails.

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A CHEEZY BUSINESS: Beehive’s Award-Winning Artisan Cheeses

On the surface, it seems unlikely that brothers-in-law Pat and Tim would have ever wound up in the cheese biz. Ford had been working in land development and Welsh was looking for work, having recently sold his Bay area dotcom software company. Yet within two years of founding Beehive Cheese Co. - by 2007 - they were making 40,000 pounds of cheese annually and already garnering awards like the 1st Place ribbon for Beehive’s Barely Buzzed at the 2007 American Cheese Society Competition. Since that time, Beehive cheeses have won a truckload of honors in both national and international cheese competitions.

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30 YEARS OF CRAFT BREWING: Artisan Brews & Food at Squatters Since 1989

When I first considered moving to Utah some 27 years ago - and came to Salt Lake City to scout out the place - I was under the impression that this was a “dry” state. So imagine my delight when I strolled a couple blocks from my hotel my first evening here, and happened upon a place called Squatters. The brew pub had already been open for three years when I discovered it in 1992, founded by original owners Peter Cole and Jeff Polychronis. Not only did I learn that night that Utah wasn’t a dry state, but that there was also some damned good beer being brewed here!

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BROTHERLY LOVE : 3 Brothers Creating Terrific Tostadas

The three Soberanis brothers are all professional chefs. Salvador Soberanis explains, “We began our culinary story right here in Salt Lake. We opened restaurants at The Grand America, the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, and the Margaritaville Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, to name a few. We also have worked locally at Snowbird, Little America, Peery Hotel, Marriott, and Hilton’s Doubletree. We are hungry to share slices of our culture as well as the knowledge gained through our experience in our 25+ year culinary journey. This city accepted us; it gave us a solid foundation and helped us grow.”

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MADE BY HAND : The joy of hand-sewn toys

Renate Green has a love of stuffed animals. As owner of RgGreenscreations, she hand-sews stuffed animals like horses, bears, puppies and doll with her daughter, Ginger. They also crochet items such as hats, purses and coffee cozies. Since they’ll all handmade, each is unique and one-of-a-kind.


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BOOK ‘EM! Provo’s Artisan Bookbinder

Amanda Stokes, founder and owner of Provo-based Tightly Bound Books, has been a bookbinder for 12 years, restoring old volumes and Bibles. She says that “When I began renting my first studio, I was inspired by the other artists surrounding me to begin the creative avenue of my business.”

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CRYSTAL CLEAR: Xistential Love’s Magic Gemstones

Rebekah Miller and Jason Hushin - owners and founders of Xistential Love - believe in the power of gemstones. Via their Utah-based business, they sell beautiful, handpicked crystals and gemstones.

“We offer variety and beauty, allowing the crystal to choose you,” says Miller. “We love to teach the magic of Crystals, because they are a reflection of all of us and our individual beauty.”

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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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