The talent and creativity of Utah County residents is limitless. Here are five locally founded and created businesses that brighten Utah Valley.
Nate Quigley enjoyed keeping journals, and Vanessa Quigley loved to scrapbook. After they started their family, these time-consuming hobbies weren’t picture-perfect anymore. “To solve this problem and alleviate all the mom-guilt I was feeling, we started Chatbooks,” Vanessa says. Chatbooks, based in Provo, preserves memories in book form with Instagram photos. Using the free app (available on both Android and iPhones), customers create photo books and then send in an order for the finished product. A 60-page Chatbook costs $6 and comes with free shipping.
Sweet and Salty
After seeing a need for modest apparel, the Sweet Salt team created a clothing line tailored to be modest, stylish and affordable — nearly every item is under $40. The team chose the name Sweet Salt because the sweet clothing pieces are all darling yet modest in their design, and “salty” refers to the fashions leaning toward the fun side. Sweet Salt is sold at Seagull Book and Time Out for Women events.
Mailbox Party Animal
Highland’s Kristen Olsen used methods she learned from her own mother to design her subscribe-by-mail Animal Trackers program two years ago. “Every child starts the program on box one — the African Savanna. It’s a chronological learning experience,” Kristen says. Children receive art projects, collectible figures, dress-up masks and info cards. New figurines and activities arrive each month until the animals from each habitat have been covered.
In his landscape business, Rick Meinzer dealt with broken tools, which led to him to create his own easy-to-use, industrial-strength tool system nearly four years ago. Pleasant Grove’s RedHed Tools rethinks, reinvents and revolutionizes the design of basic tools. The tool heads of shovels, rakes and brooms can be re-attached to different handle lengths, making storage easy. RedHed products have been featured on The Price is Right, and the “Perfect Planter” tool was a recipient of the National Hardware Show Retailer’s Choice Award in 2014.
Front and Centre Court
Brad Pearce played professional tennis for 13 years and is the head coach of BYU’s men’s tennis team. After speaking at BYU Education Week about helping children become their best selves, he was asked to compile a book. Nearly three years later, he is serving up a book on parenting. “I felt I could contribute to the discussion about setting goals and the process it takes to help our children realistically align with their day-to-day, week-to-week actions, behaviors and choices to reach them.” Copies of “Life Lessons from Centre Court at Wimbledon” are available online or at local bookstores.