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As Meredith Pickup attended showers for her friends, she would welcome babies into the world in stylish hoodies she had sewn. She started an Etsy site to sell her baby clothes and she watched her hobby grow into a full-blown clothing line. “Our designs truly are original,” Meredith says. “The styles, colors and quality of our clothes really resonate with moms and kids.” Childhoods Clothing is produced in the United States and Meredith creates designs and patterns in Provo.
When Becky Beesley started to follow dietary restrictions, she looked for tasty, on-the-go snacks and found a barren market. So she created her own through Becky’s Food Love. “It tastes good, but it’s also healthy for you,” she says. “A lot of people have digestive issues or food intolerances, so it’s a product a lot of people can eat.” The granola, based on the GAPS Diet, sells out of Provo with four flavors: Mango Strawberry, Strawberry Blueberry, Cranapple and Mango Pineapple.
Join the Club
The popularity of Valerie Kukahiko’s recipe blog and pie cooking classes sparked an idea — she could sell her handmade pies on Instagram. “I got more business than I could handle out of my home kitchen, so I turned this into something more.” Crust Club, located in Pleasant Grove, sells fresh, handmade pies, ranging from the classic apple pie to dinner pies like The Funeral, with honey baked ham, green beans and funeral potatoes nestled inside a flakey crust. Crust Club offers delivery and subscription services.
Drawn to Coloring
On Friday nights, Steve and Tonya Vistaunet’s three daughters were hosting coloring parties in Provo instead of going out. The coloring pages, hand-drawn by Steve, created so many hours of entertainment that Steve and Tonya decided to turn the pages into coloring books. “When you walk into Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, the coloring books are computer-generated,” Steve says. “Mine are hand-drawn. The lines flow and they’re smooth.” Steve and Tonya have released three adult coloring books with pages ranging from mermaids to robots. The one rule? “Add color as desired.”
Leaping into Leadership
When Mike receives a promotion beyond his capacity, he turns to his mentor Brad for advice, who shares an experience he had with Bob the frog. Orem’s Dr. Jack R. Christianson and Ron M. Tracy authored this parable about becoming a leader in “Frogs Matter Most,” featuring lessons on leadership. “There’s an adage that you’re born a leader and that’s not true,” Jack says. “You can become one. It takes work. It takes humility. You have to be willing to change and evaluate your own life, your values and your behaviors.”