Amazon schmamazon. Let’s really talk shop. Utah Valley’s bustling retail scene fills our refrigerators and closets — and gives us plenty of hobby horses to ride around on. When Utah Valley wants to shop, we know where to drop.
From grocery shopping to craft stores, readers voted on their version of the “best of the best” at UtahValley360.com — the digital companion to Utah Valley Magazine.
The average four-person American family spends $1,045 a month on groceries. With five locations in Utah County, Macey’s is doing more than just eating up our budget — check out recipe ideas at maceys.com. (But don’t try to shop on Sunday — this Utah store takes a rest.)
- Dear Lizzie
- Cherry Lanes
- Bella Ella
Dear Lizzie and Cherry Lane took turns in the lead, but Highland’s Dear Lizzie was crowned queen of boutiques by our readers for its ornate jewelry and creative inventory.
Best Shopping Center
- University Mall
- Shops at the Riverwoods
- The Outlets at Traverse Mountain
- Bath and Body Works
While none of our favorite candle stores are locally-owned, Bath and Body Works has won Utah Valley’s noses for its wide range of scents including Spiced Apple Toddy and Cinnamon Caramel Swirl.
Best Fresh Produce
- Harward Farms
- Provo Farmers Market
- BYU Farmers Market
There’s a reason we abruptly pull off at produce stands in the glorious summer and fall months in Utah County. Fruits and veggies picked off local land always taste better — and the benefit to the local economy is the cherry on top. Harward Farms beat out 10 different farms and markets for the honor of “Best Fresh Produce.” Since 1985, Harward Farms has grown through three generations but hasn’t outgrown its Springville roots.
Best Outdoor Gear
- Recreation Outlet
- Sportsmans Warehouse
The Recreation Outlet in American Fork is just a hop, skip, jump and 7.5 miles from the outdoor wonderland of American Fork Canyon.
Best Hobby Store
- Hobby Lobby
- Pebbles in my Pocket
National chains dominate the hobby landscape, but local wonder Pebbles in my Pocket was founded by Brenda Birrell in 1992 with a hand-drawn mail order catalog. Two decades later, this Orem treasure adds the personal touch to personal crafting.
Best Christmas Toys
Utah Valley’s toyland not only showcases a vast collection of modern and vintage toys, but Blickenstaff’s also dishes up old-fashioned candies. Sweetness and nostalgia are always on the shelves at this Shops at Riverwoods magic emporium.
- Famous Footwear
- Shoe Carnival
Famous Footwear marched its way to the top of our list for “best place to buy shoes” collecting twice the votes of runner-up Payless. Famous Footwear has five places to stomp in Utah Valley, 16 across the state and more than 1,100 nationwide.
Best Children’s Clothes
- Gap Kids
- Freshly Picked
Freshly Picked is the only locally owned option in the top three, and can we say we know how to pick ’em? Our sister publication Utah Valley BusinessQ Magazine named Freshly Picked owner Susan Petersen as one of our “10 coolest entrepreneurs” in the Winter 2013 BusinessQ issue. Walk through her shoe business story at utahvalleybusinessq.com.
Best Doctors and Dentists: Ready, set, vote!
Does your doctor have the magical touch? Does your dentist put the sparkle in your smile? Does your chiropractor work wonders?
Then give them the “word of mouth” they deserve by voting at UtahValley360.com. Winners of the Doctors and Dentists categories will be announced in the March/April 2014 issue of Utah Valley Magazine. Votes now before the deadline on Jan. 31.