Alert, alert Valentines Day is in T-Minus 10 days! In case you forgot or are racking your brain for ideas for the biggest date night of the year, we have compiled a list of different experiences and gift ideas starring our clients! Whether you are going out with bae or are Galentine-ing it up, this list is a must read.
Before the big day comes:
For the guys who are looking to spiff up we have some great options around the state. With three locations and years of experience, Jed’s Barbershop is open 7 days a week for all of your grooming needs in SLC. A pool table, air hockey, TVs and video games are all at your fingertips at Mancave Barbershop as you get your cuts, trims and straight razor shaves, visit them in Layton. A modern barbershop with traditional techniques Riverside Barbershop is a go-to for looking fresh for your SO.
For the ladies in need of a glow up: Located in Roy, EnvyMe Salon and Spa is here to provide you with your all your hair needs, nails, tattoos, microblading, waxing, eyelashes, and much, much more. For our Park City ladies look no further than PuraVida Lifestyle Salon & Spa, the only Aveda spot in PC! Here in the valley we recommend Beauty Trendz, a one stop shop that offers hair care services for women, and barbering services for men in addition to nail care & pedicures, massage, facials, waxing, skin care treatments, microblading and even permanent cosmetics.
Now that we’re ready for Valentines Day, read on for all of our recommendations on how to celebrate!
Budget and taste bud friendly:
Loaded mexi fries? Al pastor, slow-cooked pork with pineapple on a rotating spit? Street tacos and churros? You betcha! Yoyi's Mexican Grill offers a fast-casual menu of Mexican favorites and has beer and wine available too. Tony Burgers is great for when you are craving just a dang good burger and fries. Are you a couple of adventurous eaters? We have some recommendations! Doner Kebab of West Jordan offers a unique style of delicious flavors from across the sands and sea with their authentic Azerbaijani cuisine of kebabs, wraps, salads and more. Located in St. George, Flavor of Seoul is the first authentic Korean restaurant in Southern Utah. Owner Sung Taylor deeply appreciates sharing her cuisine with her guests and you can tell by the quality and love she puts in her dishes. Perfect for sharing an experience with a friend or significant other! Big Sai's Hawaiian BBQ in Layton is known for their big flavor but also for their generous servings, win win!
Wanting something sweet? Anytime we hear of an authentic and secret recipe that has been inherited from generation to generation, our interests are piqued! Because what’s more romantic than French crepes at Monsieur Crepes? If you haven't tried a red bean pastry from Moon Bakery, have you truly lived? This authentic Korean bakery is a must for when you are craving something on the sweet side.
Food truck it up:
Want to skip a formal thing and mix it up? Why not track down a food truck? Jemly's in Provo serves up tasty and authentic Haitian food. Shylo's Mobile Cafe has arguably the best-tasting Beef on Weck this writer has ever had along with a rotating cast of best selling sandwiches. Happy Camper Deli, although another sandwich truck, is truly a horse of another color with their Thanksgiving Leftovers and Grilled Cheese Pizza sandwiches.
A little more:
Meditrina is a casual eclectic small plate and wine bar restaurant that provides fusion tapas in a fun atmosphere. If you want to beat the Valentines Day rush, join Meditrina and Enrico from Adami for their Prosecco Dinner on Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:30pm-8pm. Four full, creative takes on Italian classics accompanied by Four incredible Proseccos--including a special order! More details here.
Laziz Kitchen reimagines the Lebanese culinary tradition – honoring traditional recipes, and offering new takes on old favorites. Some of our favorite dishes include the Kafta Burger as well as their sampler platter with Muhammara, Baba Ghannouj and their classic hummus.
If you are a couple that is interested in doing something off the beaten path read on!
Bringing about the virtual reality and augmented reality future Virtualities is one of the very first VR/AR arcades and the very first virtual reality cinema in the US. Located at the Gateway, they have games that range from fun and cutesy to downright scary, perfect for the adventurous couple. *Use code VALENTINE for 50% a session for two people. In St. George there is no better place for classes to expand your creative horizons together than A Passion for Painting and Sewing. They offer classes in painting, sewing and even piano! Along that same creative vein, B Golden Jewelry School offers jewelry making classes in the Salt Lake area. Into music? Cruise for records together at Diabolical Records or even go for a show at their space downtown.
Looking for something a little more chill? Why not lunch and a cup of great coffee at Hugo Coffee in Park City? Hugo is their own small-batch roastery and are experts on the art of the bean.
Are you a couple trying to master the art of zen? A massage and facial from Mountainside Spa in Cottonwood Heights is the ticket! In West Jordan, Cottage Retreat and Day Spa can also take care of all your relaxation needs.
You know where to spiff up. You have many options on where to eat and for fun activities after. You know the perfect gift you can give. What are you waiting for? Start planning the most epic Valentines Day yet! ❤️
It's February and that means every Utahn is doing their best snow dance to ensure there is plentiful powder for the skiing and snowboarding season! So far this year we have been blessed with some great days on the mountain which means people are not only getting their fitness on but that they are working up an appetite all day on the slopes! That is why we chose Liftie Bites as our February Small Business of the Month! Liftie Bites is a new, family-owned, small business located in Holladay, Utah. Having spent the past two years product testing, designing packaging and fine-tuning their business plan, Liftie Bites launched in December 2018 and is currently being sold around the Wasatch Front.
Just 150 calories and 5 grams of protein, Liftie Bites are a fruit and nut based energy bite packed with flavor. Sea salt caramel, dark chocolate and alpine yogurt are drizzled over the top or you can have them plain.
Liftie Bites was born out of founder Chris Templin's desire to create an energy bar for his active life that was better tasting, healthier and a more manageable size than most power bars on the market today. To find out more about Liftie Bites and why Chris decided to take on a Black Diamond level challenge of starting his own business, keep reading!
UMLF: Tell us about yourself Chris. What’s your background?
Chris: I am a 25-year employee of the Little Cottonwood Canyon, and I am raising my family in the shadow of the Wasatch mountains. I moved here in 1991 from Ohio, worked various lodging jobs until finding my way to the mid-mountain restaurant, Alpenglow for a few years. I then took a job at Alta Central in 1998, which is where I am currently employed. I married my Alta sweetheart, a former Kickstand and Alta Photo employee and have two children who are growing up loving first chairs on powder days.
UMLF: What made you want to start Liftie Bites? What inspired you?
Chris: Finding affordable, healthy snacks has always been important to me and I want to pass this along to my friends, family and community. I could never find a bar that was healthy and affordable that I could eat in a few bites while on the lift, so I made my own. These bars have become a huge hit with my friends, family and colleagues and I'm ready to take it to the next level and make them more widely available.
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?
Chris: There are so many! Finding commercial kitchen space, finding funding for a small start-up, learning on the fly about food packaging, regulations and requirements, building a website, and planning out cash flow. To overcome these, we really reached out to our networks (and our friends networks!) We met with a few small business owners, even if they weren't doing exactly the same things we were, it was really helpful to hear their issues and challenges. They all gave us things to think about. Our friend is a fantastic graphic designer, so we topped into her expertise. We also went to some of the local events hosted by the Chamber and other organizations that focused on local food businesses. The key is to look around, use your contacts and resources. Everyone was very willing to give advice and talk to us!
Funding in particular was one of the greatest challenges. When the UMFL was mentioned by our banker it was a no brainer to at least check in. And what do ya know we were approved! We really had to just rely on gut instincts that the product taste would speak for itself but funding the product packaging was a huge hurdle. Minimum orders for our foil wraps and point of purchase boxes were in the thousands. So needless to say we really just had to have confidence that our product WILL sell to cover our startup costs. If you’re starting a business, just remember you’re starting up something that nobody has ever even heard of. You have to get out of your comfort zone and tell the world about what you have. You have to be your own cheerleader. And just when you think you can sit down and relax, you’re back at it again. I get excited when new order comes in!
UMLF: Where can customers find your products?
Chris: Liftie Bites are sold at Alta Ski Area, Snowbird’s Cliff Sports and soon to be Brighton Ski Resort. Our online store is www.liftiebites.com We have free delivery along the Wasatch front and are always looking for more wholesale accounts. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMLF: What are some of your favorite runs in Utah?
Chris: Ski runs? Any run really at Alta. I particularly like storm skiing. I mean who doesn't! Summer runs? We like to get out on our favorite Wasatch front hikes. The classics like Red and White Pine Lakes in LCC. In BCC Lake Blanche and Desolation Lake.
UMLF: How do you believe the Utah Microloan Fund has helped you and your business?
The staff at UMLF have been incredibly supportive and helpful. It’s a great resource for small businesses in Utah and we couldn’t have launched without both the funding and the support we received from them.
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It's no secret that the Utah Microloan Fund loves women. From our all-women staff and powerful boss ladies on our board, to 36% of our microloans last year going to Utah women business owners and lastly our Banking on Women program, we believe in the power of females. That is why when we heard about the up and coming women's coworking space in Salt Lake we knew had to see what it was all about! We were able to take a sneak peek tour with founder Joanna Smith and Managing Director Liz Barnes to see the space (it's BREATHTAKING) and to hear more about their plans for how they hope to change the landscape of Utah's coworking space with their new concept, the Wave.
So what is the Wave?
The Wave is a co-working and social club designed for women and marginalized genders in Utah. This concept was created out of the need to create a safe and supportive space that will allow people within these demographics to flourish and succeed in an uplifting environment. The aim of the Wave is also to address and eliminate the barriers that can hold these groups back in today's business climate. Pretty neat huh?
UMLF: Ladies tell us more about yourselves and why you are passionate about opening up the Wave?
Joanna: My background is in non-profits but as I have worked on policy and equality I realized over time that so many women didn't have the same opportunities for connection as their typical male counterparts.
Liz: My background to this point has been primarily in healthcare. This went hand-in-hand with my passion for helping people in need and advocating for them. The Wave gives me an alternate option to give back to my community. I am so excited for the opportunity to work with this amazing group of women and to give others a chance to share in our success.
UMLF: So there are obviously what seems like a million coworking spaces opening up in Utah, what makes the Wave unique?
Joanna: The Wave addresses and gives space for women to have it all. You don't have to choose between a family or a career. We know you can balance it all. Let us help! We offer drop off Jr. Member space, social services, professional consultation and personal services like massage and beauty treatments. (More on that below)
UMLF: You have a giveback element to your business model, tell us more about that?
Liz: We believe empowered women should empower women. 10% of all profits for The Wave will be donated directly to various women-lead non-profits in Utah that are dedicated to women’s equality, equal pay and other important issues.
UMLF: You have some AMAZING amenities listed on your site for members? Can you tell us more deets about them?
Liz: We offer professional and personal services. For example, if you need advice from an attorney, accountant, graphic designer or a life coach you can make an appointment. As for our personal services, we offer a beauty bar, massage therapy, nail technician and a stylist. We will also be offering a feminist-centric book club and a speaker series for our members.
The Junior Member space will provide high quality child care that includes fun activities and learning opportunities for the kids. This can be utilized by our members with children. We at the Wave want to ensure that people can schedule meetings or attend conferences without having to worry about finding a trusted child care service. We also offer an Emerging Leader membership for 12-18 year olds which will include a Jr. Book Club, mentorship opportunities, and youth art shows.
Joanna: Also every member receives 4 service credits a month to use to make yourself more successful. Whether its dropping your kids off regularly, getting a blow out in between meetings or working with a technology mentor to build your website. We want our members succeeding!
UMLF: What kind of women would like the Wave?
Liz: The Wave is a space for all kinds of women who are seeking a place to call their own. We hope to attract business-oriented women, women working in creative fields, women who need child care accommodations, women who want to escape the traditional work spaces and so many more.
Joanna: In addition women who support trans women and women who need and are committed to connecting with others.
UMLF: When are you officially opening your doors?
Liz: Our soft opening is scheduled for March 1st, 2019 with our Grand Opening schedule for April 2019.
Sound like heaven? Something you have to be involved with? We agree! Visit here to learn more about the plans for the Wave, their membership options and their full list of amenities. Can't wait until they open their doors? You're in luck! There is a hardhat sneak peek this Saturday, January 12th at 10am! Go check out the space, take a tour and meet the team making this happen. The Wave is located at 32 East Exchange Place in downtown SLC which is the building directly North of Green Pig next to Twist.
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