MIND-BLOWING! The Story Behind Veth’s Cambodian-style Beef Jerky

Divine inspiration helped Voeun and his wife Kristen start the business. “Certainly this adventure could not have begun without God giving my mom such an incredible flavor palette. She is the reason that I love great-tasting food and can’t get enough of her food in particular. She has supported our business in many ways and we couldn’t do it without her.”

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SAVING DOGS ONE SIP AT A TIME: Hugo Coffee Roasters Turns Daily Ritual into Kindness

“The social mission aspect of the company came to me in an epiphany in the shower when I was trying to figure out how to truly and authentically distinguish Hugo Coffee from its many competitors. I decided that since animal rescue is in my DNA, and the company is named after my rescue dog Hugo, that Hugo Coffee Roasters should save animals by donating a percentage of all retail bag sales to accredited animal rescues.”

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Hot Hot Hot! : Tasting Z’s Hot Sauces & Marinades

“…I was on my honeymoon in Las Vegas eating at a restaurant on The Strip somewhere. They had this delicious bottle of hot sauce. I can't remember the name of it. We were both enjoying dumping copious amounts of this sauce over our burgers. I think we cleaned out the entire bottle! After finishing our meal one of us was reading the label and noticed some ingredients that were questionable for our dietary rules. Right then and there we decided we could and would create a cleaner, just as tasty hot sauce.”

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MATERIAL GIRL: Meet Shelly Hickam, Owner of Outstanding Jewelry

“I seek out materials that inspire me,” says Hickam. “The kind that when I see them I can envision the finished product. For example while traveling in Ecuador I found handmade straw beads that made a great lightweight jewelry collection. And in contrast I like working with fused glass because you never know exactly what the finished product will be until you open the kiln.”

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Sweet like Sugar

The art of leathercrafting is not dead—but thriving. Phillip Craig is the owner of Sweet Sugar Leather Co., located in Layton, Utah. He specializes in handcrafting all leather items he creates with lots of imagination left over for future endeavors.

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Talyn Sherer Photography

“For me, photography was a way that I could be transported back in time or across the world to another place in a way that no other art form had done for me up to that point. To hold a physical print of an image was to hold a piece of time and space that will never occur again in human history.”

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Gluten-Free Goodness: Utah's Own Gem City Fine Foods

Gem City Fine Foods sells certified gluten-free specialty frozen desserts that are made in a dedicated gluten-free and nut-free bakery, using clean ingredients. The company strives to serve the Celiac and gluten sensitive and food allergic consumer who enjoys a sweet treat---something that can be difficult to find otherwise.

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Art of Henna: Lehi Designs

Henna is a small flowering shrub that has many uses. The fragrant flowers are used to create perfume, and the leaves are dried and then turned into a fine powder that’s used for dyeing clothes, hair and temporarily dyeing the skin - hence, henna tattooing.

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Luminous Point: A Sister Collective

Mira Loyborg and Lyra Zoë Smith are sisters who give props to their mom for the impetus to create their art-based business called Luminous Point: A Sister Collective. “Our mother has not only raised us from a very young age to be engaged in art (on a daily basis) but she also comes to all of our events and brings us snacks!” Where would any of us be without our moms?

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CHILLIN’ WITH LULU: A little girl’s dream becomes Lulu’s Shave Ice

I find it fascinating how so many artisan businesses get started and why. And that’s especially true of Lulu’s Shave Ice. Lulu’s owner, Tony Tan - a software solution architect - explains how his shave ice business originated. “In 2017, my 5-year-old daughter wanted to attend an overpriced theme park like all her friends. I explained that we could go if we saved up enough money. She took it to heart and came up with ideas. Selling shave ice was one of her ideas. To support her good idea and entrepreneurial spirit we moved forward with the business. The business is named after her nickname, Lulu.” He adds, “She is proud to announce that in 2019 we will be attending Legoland.”

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CLEANING UP NICELY: Wild Waters Soapery’s Ethically Sourced Soaps & Shampoos

Following a 25-year career as a research geneticist at the University of Utah, Kelly Beumer changed paths and created Wild Waters Soapery, which she says “was born out of a desire to help people live more sustainably. After making soaps, shampoos and other body and household products for family and friends for the past eight years, we wanted a way to reach out and share the things we have learned to love with our community.”

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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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