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.

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…

MY HAPPY DISH

"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.

HILL WORKOUT

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…