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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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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