Christmas Spritz with Katie and Carlie

Their cakes are so good that they’ve never received a review below five stars (except for one rating, but it was from a bot, so it doesn’t count). Katie Southwick and her daughter Carlie, founders of Mom & Me Cakery, are sweet-treat baking machines, completing 70-85 orders a week from their home’s kitchen counters. But […]

Hong Kong Style Coconut Tarts with Candy Fife

Candy Fife plays the harp, paints dreamy acrylic waterfalls and has even hand-blown glass, but her crowning talent shines in baking. She is the Lehi Country Bakery’s cake queen, but she has more treats up her sleeve than just cakes. Check out her authentic Hong Kong style coconut tart recipe below. Candy had fun in […]

Christmas Crack with Ashley Shepherd

Ashley Shepherd is the head recipe developer for Blox Dessert Bars and founder of Shep’s Catering — her days are coated in baking powder, butter and sugar. And it continues when the holidays roll around! Christmas Crack is her signature dessert for spreading Christmas cheer, and this is the recipe from her own cookbook, Blissful […]

Candied Pecans with Alisha Nuttall

Alisha Nuttall is the owner of Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes and a sweets mastermind. She won Cupcake Wars around 10 years ago and her shop in Pleasant Grove features her cutest cupcake creations, like Princess Vanilla, Chocolate Tuxedo Cheesecake and Better Than What! But her chosen holiday recipe is for these candied nuts, a recipe Alisha […]

Pink Power, Period

    Utah Period Project and Aunt Flow host Utah’s first “Period Party” to assemble period products for students experiencing period poverty    60,000 tampons and pads.    300 girls.    One mission — Aunt Flow’s mission: “Changing the world one cycle at a time.”     On Sep. 13, The Policy Project/Utah Period Project and Aunt Flow hosted […]

Clarkes Make Their Marks: James and Andrea Clarke Live to Give

When James Clarke sold his company Clearlink in 2011, his pocket change was jingling. He and Andrea didn’t grow up with wealthy parents (although James did have a millionaire aunt — more on her later), so the Provo couple’s first big splurges were new territory.    For starters, James purchased a pair of Louis Vuitton […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Places + Faces

Best Kept Secret IV Mama Chu’s Mexican Restaurant Simply Cheesecake   Most Influential Person Emily Belle Freeman Rachel Parcell Michelle Kafusi   Best Local Photo Op Provo Center Street   Best Local Podcast The BadBroadcast   Best Social Media Influencer Late with Kate Tia B. Stokes Cake by Courtney   Best TikTok @theblackmenaces @minky.couture @mrcharliebird […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Entertainment

Best Annual Local Event Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Strawberry Days Tulip Festival, Thanksgiving Point   Best Art Museum BYU Museum of Art Springville Museum of Art Moon’s Rare Books   Best Dance Studio Turning Point Dance Studio The Dance Academy The Dance Conservatory   Best Charitable Event Chalk the Block for Charity Utah Timpanogos Storytelling […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Home Services

Best Cabinets Barlow’s Wood Classics Carriage House Cabinet Masters   Best Carpet Cleaner TruRinse Carpet Zerorez Chem-Dry   Best Cleaning Service Blue Agave Cleaning Merry Maids American Housekeeping of Utah   Best Countertops Utah Valley Granite Creative Granite The Stone Shop   Best Electrician Black Diamond Experts Captain Electric Any & All Electric   Best […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Doctors + Dentists

20 Best Audiology Peak ENT Kipp M. Robins MD (Revere Health) Timpanogos Hearing & Balance   Best Chiropractic Utah Valley Chiropractic Axcess Accident Center Mountain View Chiropractic   Best Counseling Center Aspen Counseling Services Wasatch Mental Health Utah Valley Counseling   Best Dentist Floss Family Dentistry Aspen Heights Dental TIE: Greg G. Pitts D.D.S. + Springville […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Auto

Best Car Wash Quick Quack Car Wash Wiggy Wash Lee’s Round-Up & Car Wash   Best Collision Repair Unique Auto Body Clegg Auto Body Cascade Collision Repair   Best New Car Dealership Tim Dahle Ford Paul Lankford Buick GMC Larry H. Miller Lexus of Lindon   Best Used Car Dealership PMR Auto Driven Auto Sales […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Restaurants

Best Bakery Momo’s Gourmet Cheesecake Co. Cravings Alisha’s Cupcakes Lehi Bakery   Best Barbecue R&R Barbeque Bam Bam’s BBQ 5 Star BBQ   Tucanos Brazilian Grill Rodizio Grill (TIE) Lucy’s Brazilian Kitchen + Braza Grill   Best Burger Seven Brothers Chubby’s Cafe JCWs   Best Casual Restaurant Chubby’s Neighborhood Cafe Texas Roadhouse Black Sheep Cafe […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Professional Services

Best Accountant Squire Companies Gilbert & Stewart, CPA Strong & Strong   Best Bank Central Bank Zions Bank Rock Canyon Bank   Best Company to Work For Eddy Central Bank Aptive Environmental   Best Credit Union Utah Community Credit Union (TIE) Mountain America Credit Union + America First Credit Union Alpine Credit Union   Best […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Retail

Best Clothing Boutique      Bohme      Called to Surf      Amara Med Spa, Salon & Boutique   Best Floral Shop      Foxglove Flowers & Gifts      Wright Flower Company      Flower Patch   Best Fresh Produce Rowley’s Red Barn Allred Orchards The Barn – Wall Brothers   Best Jeweler […]

2022 Best of Utah Valley: Beauty + Health

  Best Beauty School Acaydia Spa and School of Aesthetics Aveda Institute Provo Taylor Andrews Best Brows Amara Med Spa, Salon & Boutique Summit Spa and Float Calm Spa & Salon   Best Day Spa Amara Med Spa, Salon & Boutique Summit Spa & Float The Retreat   Best Eyelashes Amara Med Spa, Salon & […]

VENARDOS CIRCUS, animal-free Broadway-style circus, to perform in Orem

Venardos Circus (veh-NARR-dos), a Broadway-style animal-free circus, is thrilled to make their debut in Utah, in Orem adjacent to the PLAZA de Americas, 1187 N 1200 W, Orem, UT, 84057, May 12-22 nd . There will be 15 shows over two weeks in the intimate red-and-white striped tent. This is Venardos Circus’ first-ever visit to […]

A Study for the Ages: Intermountain Healthcare’s ambitious HerediGene

Intermountain Healthcare’s ambitious HerediGene: Population Study will yield information to bless generations of researchers, doctors and patients My great-grandpa died in 1942 from kidney disease. His daughter (my grandmother) passed away in 1984 from cancer. In 2020, I followed in my ancestors’ footsteps and had my own unexpected diagnosis: Thyroid cancer. I am now cancer-free, […]

2022 Fab40: Game On

BY JEANETTE BENNETT, HAILEY BENNETT SUNDWALL & CHELSEA KERN PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE BLACKHURST For the 15th year, Utah Valley Magazine has scoured the board and identified 40 of the most fabulous folks in the valley. You’ll want to double down on this annual section of non-profit founders, beauty queens, CEOs and American Idol contestants.  

Fab40: Elora D. Murray

Co-host of KUTV Fresh Living, Elora interviews performers, entrepreneurs and creatives. Before becoming a local TV personality, Elora worked for Radio Disney, hosted a lifestyle show in Massachusetts, covered the Tony Awards in NYC and Wimbledon in London, and has had speaking and hosting engagements in Canada, Spain, London, Texas, Orlando and Louisiana. This BYU […]

Fab40: Megan Ann Rasmussen

The show must go on for Megan Ann, who is co-producer of a new Broadway musical called “Joy on Broadway.” She’s also the lead producer on three new musicals — Heaven Come Home, Spells of the Sea, and The Rocking Boy. She has taught theater at three Utah universities (including 9 years at BYU), and […]

Fab40: Tommaso Cardullo

One of Utah’s top fashion designers came from Italy to the United States with only $300. Now Tommaso creates products for major retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Kenneth Cole, Costco, Target and more. The most recent feather in his custom cap is having his designs made in the same factories as luxury brands such […]

Fab40: Matthew Mason

Matthew wore a Utah T-shirt to the Utah Valley Magazine photo shoot, but he’s also a history professor at BYU, an author, founding member and co-director of Historians Against Slavery, and UPEP volunteer. Heady stuff? Let’s break it down. Matthew earned his PhD in history from the University of Maryland in 2002 and started teaching […]

Fab40: Zach Sundwall

Zach’s native language is symphony. A graduate of BYU’s Commercial Music program, Zach pays homage to his alma mater by composing music for the Young Ambassadors. On a larger scale (pun intended!) Zach has written theme songs for NBC News in Los Angeles and New York City, CBS, and has for TV/radio networks worldwide as […]

Fab40: Kent Loosle

Kent has never seen an emergency he didn’t have a calm approach for. His current life prescription includes being CEO at Mountain Point Medical Center in Lehi. He has built two hospitals and employs a grassroots approach in his leadership style and community involvement. Kent is also known for his volunteer service as director of […]

Fab40: Shelaine Maxfield

Shelaine and her husband, Derek Maxfield, have a gorgeous success story with the makeup company Younique. But the accomplishment that is the prettiest to Shelaine is the nonprofit foundation that the makeup company was created in order to fund. Originally called the Younique Foundation, Saprea exists to liberate individuals and society at large from child […]

Fab40: Gene Nelson

Gene was a J.C. All American in track and field before switching to the sport of books, where he has been “at this library stuff” for 44 years. The Provo City Library Director has served on the John Newbery Award selection committee and twice on the Randolph Caldecott Award committee (think metallic foil circle). He’s […]

Fab40: Tia Bee Stokes

A cancer thriver, Tia dances to her own beat as she beats her illness. She has danced with Beyoncé in the Billboard Music Awards Show, and has performed for many NBA and NFL halftime shows. Tia started a non profit called Kalamity Inc, which focuses on dancing for a cause. Kalamity has raised more than […]

Fab40: Lt. Tom Hodgson

Lieutenant Tom Hodgson has been serving in the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for more than 35 years. When he walked into the Utah Valley Magazine offices for his photo shoot, two staff members recognized him and shared stories of his heroic acts they had witnessed first hand. Although others call him a hero, he says […]