Deck your halls with Sun River Gardens’ wreath decorating workshop

Sun River Gardens is holding a wreath decorating workshop on Dec. 2. (Photo courtesy of Sun River Gardens) Christmas decor can transition from fa la blah blah blah to fa la oh là là at Sun River Gardens holiday wreath workshop, where attendees [...]

All is bright: Meet the man behind the brightest house on the block

Michael Downey is a father of four, grandfather of two and a holiday lighting expert. To see his lights in all their glory, head to 2489 W. 700 South in Lehi. Untangling a giant mess of Christmas lights doesn’t exactly foster the Christmas [...]

Made in UV: Heart felt decorations and leather-bound journals

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. 1. Mark A Name For Yourself Isaac Childs traveled the world after high [...]

Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria lights up year two

When surveying Luminaria attendees, one of the main words mentioned is “Disney.” The magical themed areas include Glowtanical Garden, S’mores Village, Merry Moose, Candy Cane Lane and Electronic Forest. #hashtagworthy Thanksgiving Point’s [...]

7 things to know about Woodland Hills

Sharon Aposhian Wright has lived in Woodland Hills, Utah for 25 years. Sharon Aposhian Wright has traveled all over the world, but her favorite trip is a weekly jaunt to the Utah State Prison from her hometown of Woodland Hills. Award-winning [...]

Engage your evergreen: 13 tippy top tips on trimming the tree

Gatehouse No. 1 The Christmas tree is the heart of the home during the holidays. And while almost everyone has a Christmas tree, the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, ornaments and styles is endless. Forest green or flocked? Minimalist or mega-volume? [...]

Get to the Point: Life surrounding Traverse Mountain

The Outlets at Traverse Mountain includes favorites like Banana Republic, American Eagle, H&M, J Crew, Tommy Hilfiger and Nike. (Photo by Greg Bennett/UV Mag) For decades, the Point of the Mountain has divided Utah Valley from Salt Lake [...]

Meet Santa Lerl

Lerl Fackrell serves as Santa at University Place. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst/UV Mag) 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 [...]

Meet Santa Joe

Joseph Leavitt takes on the role of Santa at Downton Sheraton’s Brunch with Santa in Salt Lake. HOMETOWN: Pleasant Grove AGE: Old enough to know better, too young to care. Before moving to Utah, Joseph Leavitt pursued an acting career [...]

Meet Santa Kay

Kay Haws starts growing his Santa beard in August and keeps it through January. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst/UV Mag) HOMETOWN: Provo AGE: 74 Kay and his wife Karen Haws love playing Santa and Mrs. Claus because they love the spirit little children [...]

Meet Santa Dodd

For the 2017 holiday season, Dodd Greer will stand in as Santa to open the Festival of Trees as well as at The Shops at Riverwoods. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst/UV Mag) HOMETOWN: Payson AGE: 69 When it comes to being Santa Claus, Dodd Greer does [...]

Senior living: 9 expert tips for maximizing money and memories

(Stock Photo) Each of us is on a trip toward retirement, and — health willing — a happy retreat of senior living. Like any trip, the destination will be sweeter with proper mapping and planning. The senior years shouldn’t be a day-to-day [...]

Traversing the good life: Dyan Law and her family found a home at Point of the Mountain

Dyan Law and her family moved to Traverse Mountain from the Uintah Basin this summer. She works the night shift at Mountain Point Medical’s ICU. (Photo by Greg Bennett/UV Mag) When Dyan Law and her husband, Cory, were looking for a place to [...]

Point of Transaction: Traverse Mountain Family Dental fills dental gaps for residents and tech workers alike

Technology companies aren’t the only ones finding success at the Point of the Mountain. Dr. Scott Stapley opened Traverse Mountain Family Dental in October 2013 after moving back to Utah from Arizona. The location has led to steady growth [...]

Point of distraction: Former Park City outlet-er now heads to Traverse Mountain for perfect getaway

If Kari Densley isn’t running her three children around, she can often be found visiting her favorites shops at Traverse Mountain. (Photo by Greg Bennett/UV Mag) Before Traverse Mountain was the beehive of activity it is today, Kari Densley [...]

Everybody has a story: The house that built me

American Fork’s Bryan Bird finally took the leap to start his own construction company and his foundation is solid. When he isn’t building high-end homes, he loves to mountain bike with his kids, eat at Terra Mia (best Italian food in Utah, [...]

The Outlets at Traverse Mountain to light Christmas tree on Saturday

The Outlet at Rraverse Mountain’s annual tree lighting event will take place on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. The Outlets at Traverse Mountain are home to some of the valley’s best Christmas shopping AND the state’s tallest fresh Christmas tree. [...]

The Voice: Broadway tenor Dallyn Vail Bayles sets the stage for Christmas

Performer Dallyn Vail Bayles has played roles of Joseph and assistant director for Savior of the World at the LDS Conference Center. His other signals for Christmas include taking his five kids to Temple Square and celebrating the Day of St. [...]

Walk through a real-life, real-live broadcast of BYU Sports Nation

While shooting the cover photo, Utah Valley Magazine got a behind-the-scenes look at what a day is like on the set of BYU Sports Nation. Here’s a look a day in the life of BYU Sports Nation on Aug. 18, 2017. 7:29 a.m. Eight student employees [...]

Student life: Alpine native Keyan Norman masters academics and football

Keyan Norman, Sr., OL (Photo by BYU Photo) The term “student-athlete” is often focused on the “athlete” part of the moniker. However, for senior offensive lineman and Lone Peak High grad Keyan Norman, the “student” part comes first. After [...]