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…

Awesome Athletes of Juan Diego

Students who go all out all season

This Local Forecast Is Brought To You By…Your Neighbors

The weather has been so weird lately. Heard that before? People are obsessed with weather these days. Not satisfied with the limits of general and often-inaccurate area forecasts, many of us want to know what is happening in our own backyard. Draper’s amateur meteorologists deliver the goods. Here are three locals who broadcast the data from their weather stations on…

Check, check, check.

In September 2016, Mimi Darley Dutton wrote an essay for Draper Lifestyle about back-to-school being the "most wonderful time of the year." And though I am more of a summer-time free spirit and don't love the structure of school as much as the next mom, I do agree that the back-to-school busy reminds me greatly of the original "most wonderful…

Cook Orthodontics Customer Appreciation Day

Cook Orthodontics hosted a Customer Appreciation Day at Cowabunga Bay in July. Cook Orthodontics takes care of their patients! 
Be part of that lucky group by checking them out at

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Fashion Says

Your style is as unique and free as your spirit. You go through your day with the flow and your clothing and accessories match your easy-going attitude.

Draper City Mayor’s Youth Council

Since the dawn of time people have formed communities so they can interact and feel inclusive with others. Participating and being involved in a community can provide many benefits including inspiration and motivation, lessons learned, contacts, opportunities, and social aspects.

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

A Day at the Spa

I am in the throes of back to school chaos and have a migraine by the time my kids and I have crossed the last item off our back to school shopping list. It’s probably due to the brain energy required to figure out the complicated problem of how to split glue stick packs up in the fairest way for…

All The World’s a Stage

For most Draper students, going back to school means a return to homework, tests, and long days in the classroom. Some may be excited to see old friends and classmates, while others dread the end of relaxing summer days. But some students at Corner Canyon High School look forward to something entirely different: the opportunity to get back on stage…

Getting Schooled

It might be true that school-school is still out for the last few weeks of summer, but FUN school--The Finishing School, featured on our cover--is definitely in session. And I want to go.

J. Brooks Jewelers Opens Second Location

J. Brooks Jewelers opened up their second location at 1791 West Traverse Parkway in Lehi. The celebration included a trunk show and featured designs from Roberto Coin and Bell & Ross.

Grand Opening for Spavia Day Spa

Spavia offers a wellness program designed for guests who want to improve their physical health and peace of mind, and to relax, escape and thrive. Spavia Day Spa is now open at 10262 State Street Suite A in Sandy. Check it out at

An Ounce of Prevention

While working in the overcrowded 10-story Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Police Officer Rulon Green witnessed humanity at its worst. As part of the emergency response team, he’d be the first to arrive during a riot, wearing a gas mask and helping to triage the wounded. He called it akin to stepping into a war zone.

JOCO Gallery

JOCO Gallery is located at 1229 E Pioneer Road. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-2:30 PM, closed Sundays and Mondays. Nestled in a little red building next to Café Charleston on Pioneer Road sits our community’s first fine art gallery. Its name combines the first names of its husband and wife owners, John and Courtney Carroll. JOCO Gallery officially…

Ultimate Summer

Amanda Hagen, Corner Canyon High School, Senior, "Hi I'm Amanda and I enjoy swimming in the summer. I literally will go anywhere to swim; I love it!! It's always so fun to be able to spend time with my friends and get some exercise in as well!!"

For the Love of the Game

Baseball is Jon Clifford’s passion. In June, he hung up his Southeast Valley Baseball Association (SVBA) President’s cap after four years volunteering to lead the league. But he’s only retiring from the job of president, not getting away from the game completely, because that little white ball with red stitching and the game that goes with it are his favorite…

Stephanie’s Picks

1. Equipment: I’m totally biased, but I am in love with the pilates reformer. I have an athletic build and I felt like the workouts on the reformer were the only thing that actually reshaped my muscles. I love the long-lean look! I also feel that nothing works secondary and stabilizer muscles like this machine. Joseph has a famous quote…

Respecting Rattlesnakes

An 18 year old male, bit by a rattlesnake in Corner Canyon’s Movie Rocks area in June, was airlifted from the incident location to a nearby trailhead parking lot. He was in stable enough condition to be transported to Utah Valley Hospital by his mom. The teen, hiking on the upper portion of the Ghost Falls trail around 5 PM,…

The Finishing School

Extracurricular activities have been shown to provide students a multitude of benefits including a stronger mind, training in targeted skills, a wider social circle, time management skills, and exploration of interests. While it may seem difficult to squeeze any sort of extracurricular activity into the business of life these days, the benefits definitely pay off.

An Ode to Draper Days

I find that no matter how much my little family travels during the summer, we really like to be home and try to be home for Draper Days. Riding Razor scooters to the parade route, walking over to the park and melting in that afternoon sun while the kids bounce and roll and tumble, finding a food truck to have…

Mural Unveiling at Lone Peak Hospital

The fifth grade class at Draper Elementary created a community mural representing unity, affirmation, healing and love. The mural was unveiled in May and is displayed at Lone Peak Hospital.

Orangetheory Draper Grand Opening

Orange theory Fitness is now open in Draper. They are located at 111 East 13800 South. Head to to book a free class and see their full schedule.

Corner Canyon High School Chalk Walk

The Chalk Walk is a CCHS tradition that allows students to spend the day outside, decorating the sidewalk outside of the school with depictions of this year's theme, which was album covers. Many of the participants are art students but several do it just for fun.

JOCO Gallery opens its doors on Pioneer Road, next to Cafe Charleston

John Carroll, recently relocated with his family from Palm Springs to Draper, officially opened the doors of JOCO Gallery, the first gallery of fine art located within our community. Carroll, a longtime ceramicist, sculptor, and gallery director, hopes to increase art education and bring attention to local artists' works.

All Part of the Adventure

Europe is often considered a “grown up” vacation of museums, art, and culture. However, after spending three weeks traveling through Germany and portions of The Netherlands, The Czech Republic and Austria, it's easy to say that Europe can also be a wonderful family adventure. That said, there are a few things we learned along the way that could smooth some…

Just Keep Swimming!

Kelsie Bowler is 23 years old and has been teaching swim lessons for eight years. She swam competitively starting in the 4th grade and continued through all of high school. She attended Brigham Young University where she took courses such as Teaching Competitive Swimming where she was able to increase her knowledge as an instructor while working towards her bachelors…

Craft & Cocktail

Add a half cup of cucumber slices and 2 tablespoons of basil ribbons to 1 cup of gin.
Refrigerate overnight. 
Strain the gin and reserve 4 ounces. 
Divide ice between two tall glasses. 
Add gin and divide the grapefruit juice 
between glasses. 
Top with ginger beer and garnish with grapefruit wedges, cucumber slices and thinly sliced basil ribbons. 
Enjoy. Cheers!

Corner Canyon—The Crown Jewel of Draper

It’s the variety of trails, from easy, rolling dirt roads to steep, technical terrain that makes it difficult for ultramarathoner and Draper resident John Maack to pin down his favorite trail in Corner Canyon. “I have so many favorites,” says Maack, who steps out his doorstep to a trailhead. For 15 years, he’s run Corner Canyon’s trails four to five…

Like a Boss

Utah Business Week will be held from July 30–August 5. 
For more information, visit This month, students across the state of Utah will have a unique opportunity to further their education and experience in the business field. Utah Business Week, hosted at Utah State University in Logan, is a weeklong program that gives high school students real life business…

The Suburban Falcon

One of the main purposes for banding Kestrels with a colorful band is to allow birdwatchers to “re-sight” them and report to HawkWatch where and when Kestrels were sighted. This information provides valuable data about survival and movement.

DL Transformation Challenge

From Mark Thackeray, Publisher of Draper Lifestyle Magazine, everyone involved on the magazine side, and the other contestants, to the gyms and trainers, Carr says the whole transformation challenge experience was great! She believes the challenge helped showcase all the facilities involved regarding varieties of weight loss and fitness possibilities.

Porsche Lehi Unveils New 2017 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Lehi hosted an unveiling reception of the new Porsche Panamera. Porsche Lehi is the fastest growing Porsche dealership in Utah and is located at 3425 North Digital Drive.

Dynamic Duos

Twelve of the 108 students in Summit Academy’s 2016-17 fifth grade class are twins. That’s 11%! Two sets are identical, four are fraternal, and all have been at Summit since kindergarten. Bob Zentner was principal in the fall of 2011 when all of the twins began kindergarten. “I remember when they were just little,” Zentner said; then, with a chuckle:…

Some random thoughts 
about this issue:

I’m hungry. Because I can’t get over the burgers in this issue. Yum. I have made it a personal summer goal to try each and every one. Are you with me?

Third Annual AMAR Refugee Gala

AMAR is a charitable organization that helps refugees and displaced persons in the middle east, and is sponsored by Towne Storage. To help please follow AMAR U.S. on Facebook or check out their web page,
 Photos by Pointe Digital. Photos provided and owned by AMAR U.S.

Miss Draper Scholarship Pageant and Miss Draper’s Outstanding Teen 2017

On April 29, community members gathered to celebrate and crown 2017's Miss Draper and Miss Draper Outstanding Teen. Photos by or on Instagram bia.photography01

Ride On

It was love at first sit for David Anderson when he test-rode a Harley-Davidson. “I’ve never looked back and have never bought anything other than a Harley after that first ride,” says Anderson, who wears a Harley-Davidson “Tail of the Dragon” T-shirt from his ride through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The way a Harley corners and the bike’s ergonomics…

Order On the Court

The duo that makes up the Corner Canyon High School (CCHS) Tennis coaching staff provide life lessons on character and discipline with a little bit of tennis coaching mixed in. Head Coach of the boys’ and girls’ CCHS teams, Mykel Seeborg, was raised in Maryland and started heading to the tennis courts with his father when he was seven years…

Find Your Orangetheory

I was diagnosed 13 years ago this month with Type 1 Diabetes. When I was diagnosed I went through a deep depression and basically gave up on life, even though I had also just found out I was pregnant with my second baby. Over the years I was in deep denial about the disease and didn't take try good care…

Bike to Confidence

The Cycle Ability Special Needs Bike Camp runs June 19-23 at Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale. Volunteers must be 16 and older. No experience is necessary, only the ability to walk/jog alongside bicyclists and provide encouragement. Visit for more information and 
to sign up.

Driving Right

Dave Nelson and Helen Hodgson are a local couple from Draper who are members of the Intermountain Region Porsche Club of America. The club is an active group of people who participate in driver’s education, auto crossing, club racing, social gatherings, rallying, and driving tours.

Summer reads for kids

Summer is a wonderful time of year for kids to enjoy the pleasures of reading. There are books to learn from, to instill creativity or those to just enjoy without pressures of deadlines or homework. Here are some perfect books for kids, ages eight through fourteen, to help pass their lazy days in the sun or while traveling. The first…