4 family outings for Thanksgiving Break

Between the family feast and the holiday shopping frenzy, families can use their extra-long Thanksgiving weekend to explore the winter wonderland unfolding in Utah Valley. Here are four family outings for the Thanksgiving Break. Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah On display until Jan. 16 at the Springville Museum of Art is the 33rd annual Spiritual […]

4 Utah County locations to let it glow this holiday season

The Temple Square Lights are known across the world for have its Christmas display experience in Utah. While driving to downtown Salt Lake is still a favorite holiday trek for families from around Utah, here are four local light displays this season with a much shorter travel time. Fibernet Light Display Six years ago, Fibernet […]

A first look at Trader Joe’s in Orem

OREM, Utah – It’s been a long wait for Cookie Butter enthusiasts, but the wait is over. Trader Joe’s will officially open its doors for business at its new Orem location on Friday at 8 a.m. The Trader Joe’s location in Orem was originally announced in May 2017. Both Orem and Provo residents started their […]

Trader Joe’s announces official opening date for Orem location

Trader Joe’s will officially open its doors to its new building in Orem, Utah on July 27 at 8 a.m., the speciality grocer announced Monday afternoon. Prior to the doors opening, there will be a ribbon cutting at 7:45 a.m., Orem City announced on Facebook. The Trader Joe’s location in Orem was originally announced in […]

One year later: How much longer until Trader Joe’s opens in Orem?

Thursday marked the one-year announcement anniversary for Trader Joe’s in Orem, Utah, news that caused a lot of buzz on social media both before and after the announcement. “So far people have been ecstatic that they are opening,” said Ryan Clark, Orem’s economic development division manager. “In fact, everyone has been very impatient about why […]

Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

All eyes (or many) are turned towards basketball for the NCAA Tournament. For when you need a break from the busted brackets, here are a few local events to add variety to your weekend. “Mary Stuart” You’re invited to a royal affair. BYU’s production of “Mary Stuart” tells the story of two queens: Mary, Queen of […]

Utah County development projects to look forward to in 2018

At this point it’s not a secret that Utah County is growing. Utah County is expected to double in size over the next 20 years, which will bring the population size to more than 1 million people. This has Utah County’s economic developers singing the same tune — growth means growing pains. “Our biggest challenge […]

Looking back and looking forward as University Place continues to grow in 2018

University Mall is nothing but a distant memory. Nearly three years into the multi-phase project that has transformed the former University Mall into University Place, 2017 proved a productive year for the 1.77 million square-foot regional shopping center. Woodbury says the company is currently in the beginning of the second phase of the project and […]

Volunteers wrapping for a good cause at University Place

For the last 10 years, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has been raising money every Christmas season by wrapping gifts at Provo Towne Centre. They’re back on duty starting Saturday, but in a new place. This year Habitat wrappers will be at University Place in Orem. And instead of being in the middle of […]

Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

Here come the holidays. Fight the sweater weather temptation to stay indoors and start your holiday celebrations early with these weekend events. Provo’s Christmas Market Shopping around the Christmas tree market! Light up your holiday with Provo as Santa and Mayor-elect Michelle Kaufusi light the city at 6 p.m. Then shop to your heart’s content along […]

Meet Santa Lerl

HOMETOWN: Saratoga Springs AGE: 70 Around town, kids stop Lerl frequently to give him their Christmas list and parents pull up their photo with him from the previous year. Lerl relishes in his role and even has a personalized “SANTA” license plate. PRE HO-HO-HO: Land surveyor in Las Vegas. BECOMING SANTA: My daughter-in-law was the […]

University Place announces addition of four locally-owned, Asian restaurants

  University Place is adding four new locally-owned restaurants to its complex — and its good news for those who love Asian cuisine. Ahi Muse, Itto Sushi, Tepanyaki Japanese Steakhouse and Teriyaki Stix now join Seasons Food Court and more than 25 other food and beverage options at University Place. “What’s unique about all four of […]

Al’s Sporting Goods finds second home at University Place

Al’s Sporting Goods has found a second home at University Place. The four-generation sporting goods store — which took over the former Sports Authority location on the northeast side of University Place —  had been searching for a location to open a second store along the Wasatch Front when Woodbury Corporations approached them about opening […]

Weekend best bets: 5 events to hold onto summer

Summer is slipping away, but summer events are still in full swing. While you are winding down and getting ready to go back to school, hold on to your summer weekends in August with these Utah Valley events. Orem Owlz What’s more American than baseball? The Orem Owlz will be taking on Ogden this weekend […]

Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

Summer is slipping away, but summer events are still in full swing. While you are winding down and getting ready to go back to school, hold on to your summer weekends in August with these Utah Valley events. “Pillow Talk” Brad Allen and Jan Morrow are taking on the Hale Center Theater stage. Watch as […]

Weekend best bets: Jump into June with 5 Utah Valley events

Summer is finally here and there is no turning back. We’ve tackled spring’s rain (and snow) showers, but now we are ready for nothing but fun in the sun. Utah Valley pulls out all the stops to create a fun summer full of events — whether its a musical performance, sporting event or a random affair — […]

Why Trader Joe’s chose Orem for its Utah Valley location opening in 2018

It’s official: Trader Joe’s will open at University Place in Orem in early 2018. The city announced the news late Wednesday. And the reason the grocer — known for low prices and harder-to-find items — is coming to Orem? Social media, online requests and the competition between Orem and Provo over who could land the […]

Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley Memorial Day weekend events

Spring has officially sprung. We’ve had the April showers and now we have the May flowers and a whole bunch of fun ahead. Utah Valley always has something going on — whether its a musical performance, sporting events or a random affair — and you shouldn’t miss it. Here are five weekend best bets for your entertainment […]

Al’s Sporting Goods coming to University Place in fall 2017

Al’s Sporting Goods anticipates it will open its second store location at University Place in fall 2017, University Place announced on Wednesday. The full-line sporting goods retailer will occupy a 40,000-square-feet retail space in the Orem mall. It opened its first location in Logan, Utah in 1921 and it was originally a cycling shop. The shop has expanded […]

More than a mall: University Place provides free family-friendly events

Sponsored Story The traditional mall is a thing of the past. With the development of University Place, the former University Mall has rebranded itself into more than a mall — it’s now a community space. “The development of University Place, which now includes the Orchard Park and Kid’s Place, gives us the opportunity to have […]

University Place development update: New restaurants and events coming

The office building on the north side is done, connector road complete and the indoor/outdoor playground is finished. So what else could be happening at University Place? Answer: a lot. Cindy Nguyen, marketing director for University Place, said they’re focused on shop, dine, play — new stores, more dining and places to play. Restaurants This […]

Going up: 5 reasons 2016 was a good year for Utah Valley

It’s no secret that Utah Valley is growing by leaps and bounds, and 2016 didn’t disappoint. The LDS Church opened a new temple, cities built new parks, developers announced the reinvention of existing shopping areas and UTA is working on a new transportation option for Provo and Orem. Provo City Center Temple In December 2010, […]

UV To Do: December 2016

Events Breakfast with Santa When: Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. Where: Thanksgiving Point’s Show Barn Cost: $30–$35 for adults and $25–$30 for children Site: thanksgivingpoint.org Story Time with Santa When: Dec. 5–8 at 5 p.m. Where: University Place Cost: $10 Site: universityplaceorem.com Santa Paws When: Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Where: University Place […]

It’s getting spooky: Halloween happenings around Utah Valley

On Friday night, Lehi’s Legacy Center will be full of adults and kids decked out in their Halloween costumes. They’ll be playing games, collecting candy around the movie-themed track, getting a little scared in the family-friendly spook alley, and having all kinds of Halloween fun. The Legacy Center — Lehi’s recreation center, 123 N. Center […]

University Place plans free week of events for The Orchards opening

Indoor and outdoor play areas for kids, green space, choreographed water fountains, pavilions, seating — these are all part of the large new park, called The Orchard, opening Oct. 3 at University Place. The park borders the exterior of the H&M store on the north side of the mall building. The park opens on Oct. […]

Tucanos slated to open new location at University Place in 2017

Fire up the grill, Orem — Tucanos Brazilian Grill is opening a new Utah County location at University Place. Tucanos, which serves an exhibition-style meal of Brazilian meat and vegetables alongside a salad bar, will begin construction on a 7,500 square foot restaurant at University Place in the fall with an anticipated completion date sometime in […]

University Place: Office building ready, new road and park coming soon

The new University Place office building has its first tenant and about half of the building is committed, the connector road is being completed and the large performance park will be done later this year — there’s a lot going on at the former University Mall. “We’re just very, very excited,” said Rob Kallas, University […]

New stores prepare to open, changes at University Place

In the last few months part of University Mall has been demolished, new buildings are under construction and new businesses have or are getting ready to open — all part of the multi-year project to redevelop more than 100 acres at the site, called University Place. “We made the decision some time ago to convert […]