We’ll always tip our snow caps to goodies made in Santa’s workshop, but products created in Utah Valley are worth telling on the mountain (Timpanogos, of course). Whip out the rolls of red paper for this twice-checked, elf-approved list of locally made items.
Christmas on Pointe
The Christmas Apron
It’s December 1942, and the war shortages overshadow Millie’s Christmas wish for pointe shoes. A story from her wise grandmother along with the family’s Christmas apron help Millie understand that the season is about sacrificing. “The Christmas Apron,” presented by American Fork’s Covenant Communications, reminds viewers to cherish family.
Falling for Winter
A Christmas Courting
Over the holidays, a lord finds healing from an unexpected source, a duke tries to win back his lost love, a maiden hopes a childhood friend will see her in a new light, and young woman realizes she must win back a proposal she previously denied. Nothing says Christmas like a snowy romance set in Regency England. “A Christmas Courting,” which is a collection of four holiday short stories, features the writing of Jennifer Moore (northern Utah author), Chalon Linton, Jen Geigle Johnson (BYU grad) and Heidi Kimball. The eloquent stories are filled with spunky and hopeful heroines, heartwarming healing, and the delicious characteristic of Regency romance.
Good to Great
G2G Protein Bar
Casey Child and his wife, Shannon, were dissatisfied with protein bars on store shelves, so they created their own tasty recipes in their Orem kitchen. “We didn’t create them with a business in mind, but we realized we were on to something so we launched G2G Bar in 2011,” Casey says. The Child family recipes have become a staple for Costco and most grocery stores. Because the bars don’t contain preservatives, they stay fresh for one month on the pantry shelf and eight months in the fridge. “I love doing business in Utah Valley because this is where I was raised and because of all the support we have had from family and friends,” Casey says.
No Gluten? No Problem
Lehi’s Andrea Custer believes food should be savored and enjoyed — even if you can’t have gluten. Facing celiac disease herself, Andrea began intensive research that led to creating recipes for gluten-free mixes that tasted as good as gluten-full. After a positive response from those with and without celiac disease, Andrea turned her creations into a line of products called Gluten-Free Heaven, which includes alternative flours and mixes for pizza crust, pie crust, sweet rolls, white bread, whole-grain bread, donuts, cakes, cookies and pancakes.
Eat Your Greens
Springville Momma Ann Earl found that explaining to her children the why behind fruits and veggies was effective in convincing them to eat healthy. She told them how antioxidants were the “good guys” and free radicals were the “bad guys.” Suddenly eating pears wasn’t such a chore. With the help of her entrepreneurially-minded husband, Ann created Healthy Kiddos, a line of plastic dishware depicting fruits and vegetables that list the key nutrients for each food. The plates have a no-slip silicone bottom and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Deck the Vintage Halls
Inspired by a wall hanging that said, “Live What You Love,” Springville’s Julie Collings decided “to make pretty things every day.” This led to creating her Etsy shop where she sells handmade decorations, millinery trims and vintage supplies. “My design process starts with ideas and materials I gather while shopping at antique stores and thrift shops,” Julie says. “I use a sketchbook to draw ideas, then I gather my materials. I always have vintage glitter, tinsel and millinery trims on my desk. My favorite part is watching how the finished pieces end up.”
Ribbons and Bows
Lizzie + Huck
On a mission to provide moms with trendy and affordable clothes for their little ones, Krista Adams opened Lizzie + Huck, an online shop named after her own two children. Krista started by making her own bows with supplies from the craft store while pregnant with her daughter. She then began selling her creations and connecting with vendors to build her inventory. This Utah Valley-based online shop sells clothing for girls and boys for all seasons.
The Parent of All Ideas
Clark Davis, BYU grad and founder of Spout, started making furniture for children before he became a dad. “We made OK kid furniture, but I didn’t have kids yet, so I really didn’t know what I was doing,” Clark says. “I’ve come to realize it’s hard to know what parents and kids need without having kids yourself.” Since becoming a dad, Clark has used his parental perspective to design furniture that fosters creativity, creates an emotionally-safe environment, fits in communal spaces, and packs away nicely. Sprout furniture is created for children’s bodies, so many of them are low to the ground like the floor bed pictured here.
Elephant in the Room
Geneal Wilson is familiar with scripture power. This Lindon local collects uplifting quotes and verses and wanted to share them in a topic tab book. “I thought of a way to make these quotes more available by combining them with verses from scriptures,” Geneal says. She bookmarks passages from the Book of Mormon with prompts like “When you need mercy” and “When you are stressed out” and pairs them with inspirational quotes. What started as a gift for family and friends has expanded to a hot-selling, powerful, color-coded item.
A Blissful Whirl
When Orem’s Lee Shumway learned about the harmful effects of chemicals in beauty products, she started making her own products out of natural ingredients. “I wanted to create more natural alternatives that can still help us look and feel our best,” Lee says. Among her product line called “A Blissful Whirl” is Cedar Bourbon Vanilla Pre-Shave Oil made with macadamia, sweet almond, coconut and castor oils. The pre-shave oil prevents razor burn and moisturizes skin. (Goodbye, No Shave November!)
Pocketful of Exercise
Lindsey Nelsen noticed a hole in the exercise apparel market, so she decided to fill it with pockets. When training for races, Lindsey hated that her clothes didn’t have a place to store keys, phone, money, fuel, gym pass, ID — all the supplies an active mom of three needs at her fingertips. Her husband, Robby, has an MBA from Utah State, so the two teamed up to create Belcorva, a line of affordable exercise apparel. Use code UVMAG for 10 percent off.