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.
One smart cookie
Provo is more than chipper about its late-night cookie delivery service. Sean and Sarah Wilson, along with her brothers Stephen and Chris Wirthlin, have brought gourmet chocolate chip cookies to Provo’s late-night scene. “Who doesn’t love a perfectly cooked, gooey chocolate chip cookie and ice cold milk?” Chris says. “As we tested recipes and our family and friends loved the result, we knew we had something special.” Chip has kept busy since its Provo doors opened November 2016. “A day doesn’t go by that we don’t get customers begging us to open in their city,” Sean says. For the non-Provoites, there’s still a way to get your cookie fix. Chip is available for pick-up (with lines usually out the door) and has plans to expand to Salt Lake and California.
A coin on a mission
When Matt Bennett’s son left Cedar Hills to serve a mission in Mexico, this father of five began Googling all-things-mission. Then this entrepreneur added to the Google search with his own custom-made mission products, including commemorative coins, lapel pins and car decal stickers — with 421 designs to match the 421 LDS missions around the globe. Mission presidents, girlfriends and grandmas are among the customer base who want to celebrate 18 months or two years of service. “Each design incorporates symbols from the geographic area, the culture, the year the mission was established, or maps of the country,” Matt says. “As I studied and designed these products, I loved thinking about how much missionaries feel attached to their area of service throughout their lives.”
It’s always mother’s day
For years singer-songwriter Hilary Weeks has kept journals with her four daughters. She writes a note and then leaves it on her daughter’s pillow. Then her daughters reciprocate. “Those precious back-and-forth journals are treasures to us,” Hilary says.”I figured if I loved it so much, others might, too.” So this Woodland Hills mother enlisted the help of the “red-headed hostess” Shannon Foster, and together the two created pass-back-and-forth journals for mothers/daughters and mothers/sons. Page prompts spark the conversation and are the perfect keepsake to kickoff Mother’s Day.
Cream of the crop
What started as Susie Goodspeed’s hobby before marrying Tyler has turned into Susie Bee Good Honey. The couple started selling honey out of their Provo living room in 2010 and they’re now transitioning to a dream farm in Payson. Susie makes and sells honey, creamed honey, candles, balms and infant sunscreens. “I make products as I would like them, what tastes good to me or what I think is beautiful and happy,” Susie says. Her experimenting led to the perfect creamed honey, their most popular product. The spun honey comes in flavors like churro and orange cream.
As a mother to five boys, Lori Chandler-Glenn uses her shower time to think through the business plan for Tribal Sugar, which includes body polishes she first made for her dry skin and eczema with prickly pear cactus seed oil. There are seven different “vibes” in her collection. “Each one has a word on the front of the jar,” Lori says. “I wanted the jar to not only give the user fabulous skin, but also sit on their shower shelf and remind them to be resilient, fearless, happy, radiant, calm, balanced or reckless that day as well.” You can buy Tribal Sugar at The Busy Biddy in Orem, HERE Home and Gift in Provo or online.