Why should you research fireworks before you buy them? So you get the best BANG for your buck! But in all seriousness, Utah Grand Finale Fireworks is no joke! These are the best aerial fireworks you can find in Utah, hands down and what makes these fireworks stand out even more is that they all have a fun Utah theme like BYU and U Holy War, Utah's Green Jello, Wasatch Thunder, the Polygamist, Uinta Flowers, This is the Place and more. We love these playful pokes at Utah culture but what we love more is that Douglas frequently models for the artwork on his fireworks, a big surprise when he first applied for a microloan! Utah Grand Finale Fireworks is our July Business of the Month so keep reading to see how Douglas got his start creating these awesome fireworks!
UMLF: Tell us about yourself and your background?
Douglas: I am 63 years old, married and have twenty grand children. I would describe myself as adventurous, an adrenaline junkie. I love sports and am a two time Ironman Triathlon World Championship racer. I also love hunting, skiing, fishing, rock climbing, camping, and of course the BYU Cougars. I am also a six time semi-finalist for the TV show Survivor, but not been chosen yet!!!!
UMLF: What inspired you to start Utah Grand Finale Fireworks?
Douglas: I have alway loved fireworks and I wanted to do something different than everyone else so I decided to focus only on aerial with Utah themes and now here we are!
UMLF: A lot of your fireworks have fun Utah themed names and pictures. How did you come up with these?
Douglas: I raised and raced horses for 25 years so I always loved naming the babies born every year so naming fireworks came naturally to me. All of my fireworks themes have a story behind the name and a friend from our triathlon club does all my photography. We have the funniest photo shoots! I have 5 beautiful daughters that can be my models but they are busy with kids. My oldest daughter was the model for the SLC 2002 Winter Olympics.
UMLF: Every business has its highs and lows. Tell us about a challenge you faced as a small business owner and how you overcame it?
Douglas: The high in my business is providing a great quality product, something that brings happiness to people, the smiles on peoples faces with the names of the fireworks. Customer service is very big to me. We have a very faithful customer, the Billings family, from Highland/Alpine area and they drive to PG to buy fireworks. They must pass at least 10 fireworks stands to get to my Water Gardens Theater fireworks location. When I run into a person that has seen one of my fireworks shows, and they tell me it was the best show they have ever seen. Lows: Financing. I am so thankful for UMLF!!!!!
UMLF: How do you believe the Utah Microloan Fund has helped your business?
Douglas: I am so thankful for UMLF, there would not be a way for my to grow and expand my business without their help. My bank is Altabank in PG. They are so personable I can walk into my bank and they all know my name and I know their's. Small town bank helping a small town business. My banker Creig Rowley introduced me to UMLF. I am so thankful for the bankers that are on the board of UMLF to make all this possible for me. I thought last year was a crazy year when the ports were closed in China to ship explosive cargo due to an explosion at one of the ports, 2020 totally buried last year!!!
UMLF: Where can people buy your fireworks?
Douglas: All locations will be in a container this year. The hour for all are:
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