A Passion for the Arts

 Article Stephanie Hower* | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  The lure of a good song or the mesmerizing appeal of a painting can transfix us in a moment, hold our attention with wonder, sorrow or joy. Artists convey emotions, feelings and stories through their craft. Whether their platform be a stage or a canvas, they find a way to reach us, entertain us, inspire us. These three…

The Autry Bunch

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton   A home is where your family is. It's not the material possessions or the dwelling itself. It’s about the people. It's about being open to life's journey, accompanied by faith. That's the foundation of this Draper family.  Randall and Tracy Autry moved from Texas to Utah in 1996. Randall had grown up in Texas, and Tracy moved…

Braille Butterfly Book

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton  Kristin Jorgensen, a student at American Preparatory Academy, recently celebrated her 16th birthday. The last six years have been challenging for Kristin because of vision loss in her right eye, resulting in 23 surgeries.  “It’s medically unique. The doctors have never seen anything like it. It doesn’t have a name for that reason. It’s blood in…

Seek the Trails

 Article Stephanie Hower* | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Dog owners relish the simple things in life: a wag of a tail to greet you at the door, a warm body curled up next to you on the couch and the joy of a companion to accompany you on walks. In a region blessed with stunning landscapes and countless trails, pet owners rejoice…

Welcome Home to Draper

It was five years ago this month that my wife Jennifer and I arrived with our children to live here in Utah. She and I had each spent some time along the Wasatch Front, but our careers — hers as schoolteacher and educator, mine as a journalist and lawyer — made each of us think … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Larry H. Miller Dealerships Raises $400,000 During Annual Golf Classic Employees of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, vendors and business partners gathered on a beautiful, sunny Monday for a friendly game of golf in the name of charity. Following the tournament the dealership group presented a $400,000 check to Larry H. Miller Charities, the charitable arm … Continued

Stonehaven Smiles Free Day of Dentistry

On Saturday, May 5, a team of local dentists, hygienists and volunteers from Stonehaven Dental donated more than $26,726.00 in dental treatment, treating 126 patients from all over the valley.

Beat the Heat!

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Summer offers longer hours of daylight and more leisure time, so be sure to take advantage of everything Draper has to offer. Below are our top picks to add to your bucket list this season, all of which are family-friendly and are sure to prevent the kids from whining "I'm bored" all…

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Draper Days It’s the most fun-filled week of the year for Draper residents with the annual Draper Days community events set for the second week of July.  The rodeo kicks off the festivities the weekend before the official Draper Days. So gussy up your kids’ bikes for the parade, lace up your running shoes for … Continued

Outdoor Ambience

 Article and Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Under the shady canopy of a towering pine, the atmosphere at The Charleston Draper invites you to sit back, sip an icy drink, and enjoy a delicious meal. Chef Marco Silva creates seasonal dishes that can be served indoors in the charming historic home that houses the restaurant, or at bistro tables in the new…

Workout with A Purpose

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Draper’s CrossFit O.U.R. is CrossFit with a purpose. Located across from Ikea, this gym’s membership fees support Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit that rescues human trafficking victims around the world with a special focus on children. The organization also helps with the capture and prosecution of offenders as well as recovery programs for…

Pub Patio for Sunsets and Parties or a Personalized Private Oasis

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Some seek to socialize and enjoy the ambiance of the Cliff Dining Pub’s patio for eating alfresco and enjoying stunning views and great company. Others dream of creating their own backyard oasis as the Shemwell family did with the help of Summerhays Landscape. Either way, summer is here, and it’s time to get…

Watermelon Pizza

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Summer means sizzling temperatures, so hot that you probably don’t want to turn your oven on — but everyone still needs to eat. So try this cool, healthy and simple recipe for a great snack. Watermelon is hydrating (it’s 91 percent water), low in calories and fat and a great source of…

Experience the Thrill of Downhill Mountain Biking at Deer Valley

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton  Deer Valley offers nearly 70 miles of mountain biking trails designated easy, moderate, difficult and expert only, some with freestyle features such as ramps and bridges. Three chairlifts can be used, and they offer full-suspension bikes for rent that are tuned and ready to go. Helmets are required at Deer Valley and are also available to…

Adventure Rules the Lives of Father and Son

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton  Gregg and Chanler Godfrey  Gregg is a director-producer-filmmaker-daredevil

Dear Gents

We told you your time would come, didn’t we, guys? Since the May issue was all about the ladies, we thought it was only fair the June issue of Draper Lifestyle be dedicated to the gents of our community.   While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June 17, you … Continued

Motorboats and Motorcycles Just Minutes Away

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton  If the guy in your life is hoping to shop for a motorcycle or motorboat, or just wants to spend a day exploring either possibility, many choices for both exist within a few minutes’ drive for Draper residents. No trip to Salt Lake City is necessary to see the latest and greatest motorized toys!  

Draper Dads Making a Difference

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Chad Booth  Chad Booth works at Academy Mortgage in Draper.

Community Builders

 Article Linnea Lundgren | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  The Kindness Director  Megan McClannan Reardon, Musical Theatre Director, COPA Draper

Park City is Easy-Peasy For a Fun-Filled Escape

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz  Sitting pretty in the mountains and just 45 miles from Draper, Park City is the ideal location for a girlfriend getaway. While only an hour from home, once there, you’ll feel a world away, especially when surrounded by your favorite friends. Spring is an ideal time to visit this iconic town because it’s…

Home Sweet Home

 Article Linnea Lundgren | Photography Humble Dwellings  Designer Julie Meese seeks to create beautiful homes here in Utah and the world beyond.  At her Draper store—which she operates with daughters, Jasmine, Brynn and Halle—Julie brings 30 years of interior design experience into selecting the furnishings, accessories and objects that help her Utah clients get the right look for their home…

Mother and Daughter Designers

 Article Linnea Lundgren | Photography Lindsay Goeckeritz   Barr-Co. Reserve Triple Milled Bar Soap  $12.50

Woman Succeeds in Male-dominated Field

 Article Mimi Darley Dutton  Katy Higgins got into the male-dominated field of HVAC by happenstance. Years ago, she was a single mom putting herself through medical coding courses, paying her bills by working at a heating and air company. But, when she graduated from her medical coding courses, she realized it was all numbers and no personal contact, so she…

To Strong Women.

Though May is traditionally a time to celebrate mothers, at Draper Lifestyle, we want to take this chance to recognize all of the strong ladies in our community. From activists, entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists, teachers and, yes, mothers, these women are changing our community’s landscape and influencing its future. In this month’s feature article, … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Intermountain Healthcare Gifts $15M for University of Utah Medical School University of Utah has received a $15 million gift from Intermountain Healthcare to fund a new planned medical education building, replacing the venerable 52-year-old U School of Medicine building.  Intermountain Healthcare’s senior management team and board bestowed the gift as an expression of gratitude for … Continued

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Eco Chic

Spring has finally sprung! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet.

April 2018 Around Town

Draper City’s sixth annual Arts & Crafts Festival returns on May 12 and is seeking artists, artisans, and food vendors to participate. Items offered for sale or display must be handmade.

‘Water is Life’

Ryan Summerhays, owner of Summerhays Landscaping, believes water is one of the most precious commodities people have.

Something and Somewhere to Remember

Chef Marco Silva is inspired by the many countries in which he's lived, worked or visited. Those global infusions of different cooking styles and presentations have spurred him into opening his own restaurant, The Charleston Draper, 1229 E. Pioneer Road.

Honda Clarity

With Honda's mission of having two-thirds of the company's vehicles to be electrified by the year 2030, the new Clarity hybrid series certainly thrusts the auto dealer forward toward that goal.  

A Tale of Two Starters

Hollis S. Hunt takes his sourdough pancakes seriously. And it begins with his starter, which is still going strong after 129 years.

Utah Facial Plastics

A common threat of living in mountainous regions is skin cancer. Reconstructing facial changes following removal of skin cancers can be challenging, but it's a service that Utah Facial Plastics physicians specialize in and greatly enjoy helping patients get back to feeling confident and whole again.

Lighting the Way

Hospitals, in general, are intricate buildings to design and execute. Renovating a 36-year-old hospital while deliberately incorporating environmentally friendly aspects is a taller task. But that's what the leaders of Intermountain Alta View Hospital set out to do with their tower and buildings at 9660 S. 1300 E. in Sandy.

International Escape: Paris

What is more amazing than a trip to Paris in the springtime? Paris is generally recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities; however, as giddy tulips and daffodils burst forth, laughing off winter’s grime and gloom, everything takes on a fresh and new feel. The excitement and energy of spring in Paris is palpable.

Stay Where Magic Happens

Walt Disney World. It's the most magical place on earth...complete with hugs from Mickey Mouse, a wink from Minnie, a big ole grin from Goofy, and a warm greeting from all of the other fabulous characters we've come to know and love. That constant buzz from the Disney theme parks and the nonstop hustle from hotel to monorail to fast pass lane to…

Spring is in the air–and with it? Change.

It's arguable that we didn't get much of a winter, but the coming spring brings with it even more than sunshine and spots of green. 

Draper Philharmonic Christmas Concert 2017

DPACS held its annual Christmas Concert and is looking forward to its upcoming production of Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God," March 22-24 at Draper Park Middle School. 

Before the Crown

Draper city thrives because of the people that put forth the extra effort in to making it a great place to live and work. We come together as a community to enhance this wonderful place. Sometimes, community efforts are obvious and can be seen in plain sight. Others, however, are less noticeable and more behind the scenes. There is a…

For The Love of Churros

 Can churros change the world?  Scott Porter thinks so. The Draper resident, world traveler and entrepreneur, has brought his love of Mexican cuisine and his desire for positive change to town with the opening of San Diablo Artisan Churros catering and kiosk inside the new Honey Bee Produce Company.  While living in Mexico City for an internship, Porter came to…

March 2018 Hometown Hero

 Do you know this man? This is William Draper Jr.  In the year 1850, William Draper, Jr., a Mormon pioneer, merchant and farmer, established his family in the farthest southeast quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley. In later years the citizens chose to name their settlement “Draper” after William who was their religious and civic leader.  As a group of…

Prom Ready

Flowers are the ultimate finishing touch on any prom look, and Draper Flower Pros can help you customize yours and make it personal. Trends range from wildly popular succulents to colorful flowers, each adorned with unique trim details that make the arrangement pop-- including funky feathers! Add to these looks with rustic or rich touches, like twine or satin ribbon, and with colors that match…

Community Connection

Congratulations!  You survived the last city election cycle, and turned in your ballot last November.  Kudo’s to you!  You’re done right?!  Um.  Not quite.  You’ve elected city leaders, which is great, but those city leaders can only represent you if you respectfully stay involved in the decision making process. 

Making it Happen

This issue is full of people who create 
positive changes in our community: 

Making A Plan for Peace of Mind

Although difficult to consider, estate planning is really all about taking care of families should the most feared and difficult situations occur. With a properly drafted will, trust, power of attorney and health care directive, this is possible! And with help from J. Cutler Law, easier than you think. These local families attest to the peace of mind found in…

Getting to Know Draper’s City Council and Mayor

As of January eighth, the city council has two new faces with a familiar face returning to the mayor’s office. Three of the five council seats are held by women for the first time in the city’s history.

Common Courtesy in Corner Canyon

As Corner Canyon grows, both in popularity and trail mileage, it attracts more hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and equestrians who, for the most part, share the trails in a harmonious fashion. But, sometimes not.

Continuous Care At Alta View Hospital

On the heels of the new Intermountain Alta View Clinic opening in December, the current renovation of Alta View Hospital will create a one stop shop for the community’s health care needs when it’s complete near the end of 2018.