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The Wasatch Range always had a special place in their hearts, but now it has a special place on their wall. Mckinley and Aaron Anderson started LocalRaine just over a year ago on a garage floor in Cedar Hills with borrowed and hand-me-down tools. Now, they’ve upgraded to their own wood shop and tools in Pleasant Grove. “The inspiration for our designs comes from our passions,” Mckinley says. When they’re not rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking or camping in the mountains they love, they’re busy in the shop making the most iconic piece in their collection: the Wasatch Mountain shelf.
Calling all grubbers
Randy Benson of Cedar Hills and Shane Rawlings of Alpine claim to just be two serial entrepreneurs who love good food. That combination led them to create the Grubstick — a telescopic roasting stick with dishwasher-safe, interchangeable cooking attachments. The Grubstick serves up endless camping and backyard food options. “Grubstick brings family and friends together to enjoy good times and good food,” Shane says. Shane’s favorite creation is a toss-up between the s’maffle (s’more made with waffles) and the traditional s’more (but with everything roasted — not just the marshmallow), and Randy can’t get enough of the white chocolate raspberry crepe.
All dolled up
Amy Harward may make all the dolls herself, but her three young children stuff, dress and hug them. After hearing repeatedly that she should start selling her creations — which were big soft hits at baby showers, birthdays and weddings — Amy started Sew In Love Handmade four years ago out of her home in Pleasant Grove. Her doll line can be customized by style, skin color and hair color, and she also designs animals like foxes, deer and raccoons. “I am always working on something new and love to work with customers to make something they will love and cherish for years to come,” Amy says.
Wheely good time
Tate Stock put his BYU economics degree to work by starting Plexus Co., an Orem-based company selling “Yoga Wheels.” Since launching in August 2015, Plexus Co. became a craze in the yoga market, especially with yogis on Instagram. Tate saw an opportunity to expand — and the company rolled with it. The wheel is also used as a back stretcher and all-around fitness wheel; its logo is a giraffe because of its long neck and spine. “It is for everyone who may experience back pain, from office workers to parents,” Tate said. “It is also for those who love to be creative in their fitness routine.”
In November 2014, Arielle Borcik told her husband, Kyle, about a raw stone necklace she had seen. Then they stumbled upon a geode necklace in a store. That same week, the couple went to a local rock shop and bought geodes to crack open. Shortly after, they cracked open their jewelry line — Borcik — in Pleasant Grove. “Our inspiration is to create natural, minimal pieces in a world focused on the unnatural,” Arielle says. They spend three to eight hours daily making jewelry of raw gemstones, and a portion of proceeds are donated to promote suicide prevention and depression awareness.