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.

Five popular diet plans reviewed: The good, the bad, and the ugly

It’s the new year, and advertisements and buzz for diet plans abound. But too often the focus is on quick results and not a longer-term approach to healthier living. From miracle diets to fat burning pills, we’re bombarded with lots of ways to lose weight.

Draper Historical Commission

Draper’s historical buildings are being given new life as renovated homes, businesses, and venues.  Their continued presence in the community is due in large part to the collaboration between community members, the Draper City Council and Mayor, and the Draper Historic Preservation Commission.    

February 2018 Parting Thoughts

I think it was Socrates who said, “The road to crafting hell is paved with good intentions.” If that’s the case, I'm well on my way. Not to brag, but my crafting skills are often compared to those of an attention-deficit chimpanzee. That’s a compliment, right? Because chimps are cool.

Upcycling artist makes beautiful creations with purpose

 Renee’ Borns is driven to create.  “My dad has always said that my mom and I have to keep our hands busy,” Borns says. This seemingly inherent quality runs throughout the family tree. Her two grandmothers (now deceased) and her aunt also had/have a compulsion to express themselves tactilely. Not one of them could sit still without working on a…


"This slaw is a great way to use raw brussel sprouts. It is wonderful as a side salad and holds well for potlucks. You can also serve meat on top for a filling dish," Casey Easton, Food Lab. 

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.


We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we have to overcome challenges. This alone is reason enough to exercise. Forget about the crop tops and short shorts. Most of us have moved past the “bikini as my goal” motivation, thank goodness. By all means, rock it if you got it, but also, show off that incredible resting heart…

Taking Care

I've always thought that New Year's resolutions are such a connundrum deep in a snowy winter. Cold January makes me want to hibernate and bury deeper under cover of fuzzy blanket and forced heat and not emerge until April... But the iconic thing persists despite my sleepiness and I find myself among the throngs of those who hit the gym harder, make the…

Draper Lifestyle Mustache Games

Draper Lifestyle hosted a Mustache Games event. Held and J. Cutler Law offices and catered by San Diablo Churros, the event was a fun filled night in honor of Movember. 

VETERAN’S DAY ASSEMBLY at American Preparatory Academy

On November 8, 2017, American Preparatory Academy honored veterans with a Veteran's Day Assembly and reception. Students were encouraged to invite those they know who have served our country. 

January 2018 Around Town

Local Sofia Osthed is fundraising to build a mountain biking and hiking trail in honor of Lexie Fenton and Ethan Fraga, both of whom passed away in a car accident last year. Sofia's best friend was Lexie, and together, along with Lexie's twin sister Lauren, they loved to mountain bike together on the Corner Canyon Mountain Biking Team. Sofia hopes that the creation of…

New Year, New Ways to Exercise

When Shayla Streiff moved from Las Vegas to Utah three and half years ago, she had to live in Draper.  Nowhere else would do.

Pilates Revolution Success Stories

Throughout Draper and across the country, Pilates has become an increasingly popular form of exercise. While some claim that Pilates has helped them recover from injuries, others use it for general physical fitness to improve balance, posture, and stamina. The studio Pilates Revolution has been providing a wide variety of fitness classes to Draper residents. Here, three people share their…

Busy Lives, Calm Minds

Corner Canyon High School senior Beck Seamons knows what it is like to be an overscheduled teen. On top of school work, he’s one of the captains of the Corner Canyon mountain bike team, plays piano at The Roof Restaurant downtown, is on the Draper Mayor’s Youth Council and performs with an English handbell quartet.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

The Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees is a magical way to kick-off the 2017 Christmas Season. It is held November 29 through December 2 at the South Towne Expo Center. The 47th annual Festival of Trees will either begin or continue a holiday tradition that guarantees to entertain you, meet your shopping needs, satisfy a sweet tooth, touch your heart, and offer a…

Letting In The Light

As I write this--months before anyone will ever read it--the world is in tumult. I listen to the radio on, all the news and all the opinions and none of it good, and the wind outside, riffling leaves off the trees like yellow birds taking flight, and the newly bare branches scrape my kitchen window. 

December 2017 Around Town

It's time once again for the Miss Draper, for ages 17-24, and Miss Draper Outstanding Teen, for ages 13-16, pageant. Here's everything you need to know.

The Sandy City Hale Centre Theatre Gold Gala

A Gold Gala to welcome Hale Centre Theatre to the Sandy community. The evening included Forever Plaid in the Jewel Box theater and a sneak peak tour of the theatre-in-the-round. Attendees included HCT's Mark and Sally Dietlein, Sterling Nielson of Mountain America, Scott Bond, Mayor Dolan and Chris McCandless.

To Go Home

Tiptoeing out of the extra bedroom where my boys were asleep, I quietly closed the door. As it clicked shut I heard the last chime of the grandfather clock. Eleven. I sighed and traced my hand along the wall then turned down the darkened hallway of my childhood home.

Lighting the Way

Shortly before Marion Norton’s 15-year-old son, Spencer, took his life, she recalled going into his room on two separate occasions to find his chair turned and his shutters opened. She asked Spencer if he had had difficulty sleeping. He told her he opened the shutters in the middle of the night because he needed to let the light in.

Make A Wish

We didn't know what to expect, even though it was the birth of our third baby. We were hoping to hear her cry when she was born, but were bracing ourselves in case she didn't.

Holiday Gift Guide

If you know someone who couldn't put down The Da Vinci Code, make sure you snatch this book to give to them on Christmas. This new release by Dan Brown will keep any reader glued to the page.

Holiday Gift Guide: White Elephant Edition

For the Cheesiest: Say Cheese Slicer2. For the Budding Paleontologist Basketball Player: Tricera-Tops3. For Dad-Bod Dad: Sandal Socks4. For Hangry Mom: Cookie Safe5. For the Fashionista: Dog Purse6. For the Dreamer: Inflatable Unicorn Horn7. For the One Who Needs an RX for a Chill Pill: Bochox8. For the Vegetarian: Carrot Body Pillow9. For the Eternal Teenage Boy: Pizza Bedding

A Massive Musical Undertaking

Sherri Jensen is convinced that mastering a musical instrument is key to establishing a person’s lifelong self-confidence and success. Jensen’s own passion for music led her to form the Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society (DPACS) and the Vezzoso School of Music. 

Holiday S.O.S.

We all know there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ holiday season, but too often that’s where we put our focus and energy. And why shouldn’t we? That’s the message that resonates in the commercials, TV shows, and movies that influence us from October through December. Below are three fairly simple tips to not only survive, but thrive, this month. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

Hungry & Full

The Utah Food Bank says that "417,000 Utahns, which equates to one in seven Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that one in five Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from." In this month of eating, and an appropriately themed food issue, food--and the lack thereof--is on my mind.

Honey Bee Produce Company Grand Opening

Neighbors hungry and curious came out to see what the buzz is all about! In September, Honey Bee opened their doors in style, with 
entertainment by a produce ninja, beautiful displays and delicious offerings of some of their local products.

BroBand Concert to Benefit Tyler Robinson Foundation

Local brothers Kellen and Blake Hullinger (aka BroBand), hosted Rockin' Kids Concert to benefit Tyler Robinson Foundation that supports families with pediatric cancer. Several local sponsors were involved in the event, including Summit Academy schools, with students 
performing as singers, guitarist, and artists in BroBand's #KidsPlayItForward campaign.


Aqua-Yield, complete with over 100 patent properties, and co-founded in 2014, is changing agriculture with its nanotechnology fertilizer system. From grasses to nuts to citrus, yields are higher quality and harvest cycles are increased because of the process invented and developed by the Aqua-Yield founders and team. What began as tests on Utah’s own BioGrass Sod Farms, now has incredibly…

Chargers Make Lunches

Local Bantam A Chargers of the Ute Conference participated in a service project preparing and delivering sack lunches for kids at The Road Home. Head Coach Sean Hagen states, "These types of experiences can be valuable for their personal growth as well as team bonding."

November 2017 Around Town

Santa will be making his annual visit to the Sorensen Home Museum on Saturday, November 25 and Saturday, December 2 from 12-3 p.m. The Museum is located at 12595 South 900 East, just north of the Historic Park. Professional photography will be available for purchase, with options for a 5x7 photo or jpeg sent directly to your computer for $10,…

Good Eats in Park City

Last December the Riverhorse Hospitality Group, well known for their flagship restaurant Riverhorse on Main, opened their newest project called Riverhorse Provisions Market and Café. It’s a must visit this upcoming ski season, located in the old Imperial Hotel building at 221 Main Street in downtown Park City. The easily recognizable blue and stone building at the top of Main…

Hive Mind

Most Draper residents have noticed the presence of Honey Bee Produce Company, a new grocery store located at 1212 Draper Parkway. Honey Bee prides itself on being different from a typical grocery chain. About 70% of their products are natural, local, organic, specialty, or ethnic foods. Though the store carries traditional prepackaged products, they are far from the store’s focus.…

Inky Caps for Dinner, Anyone?

On a warm September afternoon, George Simmons is out and about, holding a steak knife in one hand and bracing a blue cane in the other. He eyes his neighbor’s lush lawn, not in admiration, but in pursuit of fungi. He’s on the hunt for inky caps. Right now, conditions aren’t ideal for finding this common Utah mushroom—or any for…

Eat This Now

As we transition from autumn to winter—and germs begin to multiply—you may wonder how to protect your body from unwanted illness. Healthy foods are one of the best ways we can protect ourselves from the inside out. “Super Food” lists can vary, but you will find these foods in the research time and time again.

Feeding the Soul

Shopping assistance is a service some specialty retail stores offer their clientele. It’s also a service offered to clients of the Jesus Feeds Food Pantry operating out of The Adventure Church in Draper. That’s what sets this extension of the Utah Food Bank apart from most, that effort to go the extra mile and make it a personalized experience. “The…

The idea of something small

When I think of October in Draper, I'm nostalgic. Do you remember when Haunted Hollow was at the Historical Park? Do you remember how lovely? How the whole thing felt right out of a Nora Ephron movie of darling costumed children and hilariously charming family dynamics and you ran into Tom Hanks walking into The Shop Around The Corner? Oh…

Building Homes, Dreams, and Communities with David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes builds homes in 22 cities throughout the country, including the Salt Lake Valley, and right here in Draper. Since 1976, David Weekley Homes has been passionate about providing its customers with exceptional homes built in communities where they all live and work. David Weekley Homes is the largest privately-held home builder in America, with the purpose of…

FCCLA Charging into Action

While we all excel at certain hobbies or fields of study, it is important to be well-rounded and find balance in life. Our communities benefit from balanced individuals, and a balance of individuals. The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club offers high-school students across the nation opportunities to gain an education in family values, and preparation for…

A League Of Their Own

Each spring Draper and Sandy residents will see kids at local parks donning official looking uniforms with the logos of Major League Baseball (MLB) teams embroidered on their jerseys or emblazoned on their baseball caps. That can only mean one thing: The Southeast Valley Baseball Association (SVBA) season has officially begun.

Modern Traditionalists

Blacksmith, bladesmith and author Jason Keller calls himself a “hillbilly turned mountain man.” He left his Appalachian farm 21 years ago to ski Utah’s slopes and eventually made Draper’s foothills his new home. Despite the change in locale, he draws much of his creativity from childhood experiences.

5 Back-to-School Health Tips for Moms

It’s time for our kids to head back to school, which can be harder for some kids than others—and hard for many parents. In order for everyone to adjust to the first month or two of school, it's a good idea to consider some ways to make the back-to-school transition smooth, and to set your kids (and you) up for…

Giving Back By Sharing Our Abundance

In the summer of 2014 I volunteered as an intern in Iasi, Romania, where I worked with institutionalized children in an orphanage as well as in a local hospital. This had a profound influence on my heart and world view. Since 2004, all international adoptions have been banned in Romania. While the European Union has encouraged foster care, the reality…