By Janessa Broadbent
For every issue of Utah Valley Magazine, we recognize five Utah Valley grown products. Grab your wallet — these creative businesses are something you’re going to want.
On a cold, Provo winter evening the Klosowiak brothers forgot to close the windows to their bedroom. The wooden body of their guitar cracked and the sound was permanently damaged, which motivated them to design the first KLOS guitar. Carbon fiber and wood meet in the middle to create a durable, resonant, travel-able instrument. Brothers Ian and Adam quickly saw interest in their new idea grow in the summer of 2015 when they sold 69 guitars on Kickstarter.
Cream of the Crop
Seeing her husband suffer from continuous planter warts, Jennifer Suiter searched for a cure. Inspiration hit and she created wart paste. After seeing its success, the healing solution went from being a family fix in her Santaquin home, to being on shelves throughout the country. Eventually, she used her mixing magic to create other solutions, including spot paste, honey balm and cold sore honey cream.
Growing up, twins Heidi Kennington and Wendy Jensen of American Fork would go with their dad to thrift stores, where he instilled the philosophy of repurposing. This inspired the girls to create a necklace for their older sister’s birthday out of antique chandeliers and vintage jewelry, which is where Rusted Pearl jewelry began. Every piece has a story. “We love the idea of each jewelry piece being one of a kind,” Wendy says. Rusted Pearl pieces are sold at Dear Lizzie, Mary Janes and The Emporium.
Jars of Stars
Last year Alyssa Hansen of Provo started selling her folded formations, but 15 years ago is when the paper passion started. Alyssa began making origami stars after receiving an origami kit as a gift. With practice and precise fingers, she has mastered origami stars, which can be used as earrings, ornaments, cupcake toppers, garlands and headbands. To display her craft, she groups stars together in bottles, jars and test tubes. For a personal touch, stars can be made from favorite books (Harry Potter is in high demand), hometown maps, and patterned paper.
The Next Chapter
Public Press began when three fellow booklovers — Haylee Ham, Andy Mockler and Hannah Miller — were looking for ways to incorporate books into their home decor. Over-flowing bookshelves lined the walls, yet the words of their favorite authors weren’t present. Solution? Large prints with entire novels in small print. With skills in design, finance and programming, the three friends created their own Provo business. Offering the complete texts of classic books printed on one page means no page turning, no bookmarks — just a fine-print homage to beloved authors.