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…

Pleased to Meat You

Introduce yourself to these favorite burgers from around town

Like A Girl

Fighting like a girl. Running like a girl. Throwing like a girl. I think in this day and age, we can all laugh in the face of those once-slurred notions suggesting something negative. Having two glorious and strong daughters of my own, I appreciate when things are done “like a girl.” And that includes dreaming. In “Permission to Dream,” local…

The Celebration Project

The Celebration Project, a local non-profit charity which provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters, celebrated its first birthday at the Draper Chick-fil-A. With 50 parties currently on their 2017 roster, seven corporate partners, 20+ sponsors, and 500+ volunteers the charity has grown significantly in just one year.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Shark Tank

Thirteen businesses presented their plans to a panel of eight judges. The top winners were Olivia Berhan, of Draper, Brad Wilcox, of Riverton, and Ava Henderson, of Sandy. To read more about our local winner, head to Around Town on page 14.

Pilates Revolution’s “Healthy Eating on a Budget”

On March 23, Pilates Revolution & Fitness, ISE Training and Sanctuary Development Group presented "Heatlhy Eating on a Budget" with featured speaker Mackenzie McCleery. The purpose of the seminar was to educate people on how you CAN feed your family healthy, delicious and nutritious meals AND stay on a budget.

May 2017 Around Town

Manwill Plumbing and Heating received the UBIC Annual M7 award for the Best Company Safety Program-Large Business. Utah Business Insurance Company (UBIC) has an annual “Magnificent 7” (or M7) Awards Ceremony that honors policy holders, business partners and insurance professionals for excellence in their fields. The awards are split into two categories, one for safety and the other for insurance.

Watch out for MMEND

Tired of the mainstream music scene and the same old stuff that all sounds like a copycat on your playlists? Ready to immerse yourself in something that actually sounds original and leaves you wanting more? Good news: MMEND recently joined the local band scene and is providing music that will get your blood pumping and is like nothing you’ve heard,…

Deep Draper Roots

Visit Summerhays website at or call them at 801-571-8713 to request a free quote and chat about your vision for your yard. Ryan Summerhays grew up in Draper and remembers when the town was primarily made up of farms and horse property. He has watched the evolution of Draper from wide-open spaces to the growing city that it is…

A Good Catch

As soon as Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” comes on, Jamie Jackson positions herself up front, checks out the gals beside her and gets ready to jump and catch the bridal bouquet. That’s Jackson’s modus operandi, and it’s paid off. The longtime Draper resident holds the Guinness World Record for most bridal bouquets caught—a total of 50. She calls herself the “Bouquet…

Mother’s Day Picks by J. Brooks Jewelers

Surprise her this Mother’s Day with something truly spectacular. From delicate stackable rings, bracelets and pendants, to a pair of classic diamond stud earrings, J. Brooks Jewelers has the perfect gift for every budget. Find a sentimental and personalized gift, with an engravable or initial pendant, or discover elegant and feminine swiss made time pieces from Bell & Ross and…

Something Different for Mom this Mother’s Day

This year gather local ingredients and cook for mom!

Permission to Dream

Calendar a few minutes to check out some of the organizations and opportunities highlighted by The Refugee Connection at at Follow their Facebook page and download the Serve Refugees App to view the most current needs.

Farm-to-Table, Year to Year

If I can claim any capacity for gardening—and I’m not sure that I truthfully can—know that my thumb is such the lightest tinge of green that it’s practically yellow. But I test it every spring with the hope of an abundant harvest. Or a meager harvest. Or just a little sumthin-sumthin to eat.


Students from Utah COPA traveled to New York City to participate in Manhattan Concert Productions 25th Anniversary staging of "Crazy For You" at Lincoln Center, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. COPA is located at the Old School, 12441 S 900 East and offers classes in singing and dance. Company audtions May 20.

April 2017 Around Town

Draper City is building a new splash park across the street from Smith Fields Park. Smith Fields Park is located at 13400 S 200 East near the skate park. The splash park will be located directly across the street, south of the park. Construction was slated to begin in March, with the hopes of being finished in time for residents…

Draper Lifestyle’s Transformation Challenge

Angie Carr is a 35-year-old sonographer originally from Evanston, Wyoming. She has three amazing kids and one great husband. Her family loves the outdoors and enjoys living in Utah because of all the easy access to a variety of outdoor adventures. Their favorite family activities include camping, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.

A Safe Crossing

Every day, and especially every holiday, Sandy Smith misses her nine grandchildren. Luckily, she has a few hundred kids at Channing Hall who make great substitutes. “They’re all my grandkids,” says the crossing guard of 6½ years. Chatting with her young charges makes her day, and she loves the thank-you’s she receives as she safely escorts them across the street.

Recognizing A+ Teachers

Before Michele Weeks joined the Draper City Council in January 2016, she knew that recognizing Utah’s teachers was a priority in her mind. So, just two months into her council position, she took it upon herself to solicit donations for and coordinate the first annual Teacher Appreciation Night at the Aquarium.

Draper Communities that Care Coalition

Navigating the teen years has never been easy. Bad influences, long sprung from the confines of locker rooms and late-night parties loom large and accessible on the ubiquitous mobile device found in every teen’s hand. Bullying, substance abuse, depression and school apathy are far more prescient today thanks to cyber peer pressure.

Parenting on the Autsim Road

Parenting a child on the autistic spectrum is not an easy road, but it’s not as hard as one might think. There are bumps and rough spots, but sometimes the road is smooth and one meets many travel companions along the way. Each person’s road is different.

Urban Farm & Feed

There aren’t many things that taste better than a vine-ripe tomato just picked, or the crunch of a carrot pulled from the ground, or the crispness of that first bite into an apple that just fell from the tree. Unfortunately, when you live in the city, finding this kind of freshness isn’t always the easiest. Urban Farm & Feed to…

Making Home Sweet

We are a house of forts, with an apparent abundance of building materials found in anything not nailed down. The cushions never stay on the chairs, the throw pillows never stay in the nooks of the couches, and the blankets are always draped over something or other. And all of it fashioned into a space created by my six-year-old—a space…

I Can See Clearly Now

As a young man, Ron Austin’s dad stressed to him the importance of not limiting himself: “I remember my dad telling me, ‘You don’t have to do just one thing, you can do anything that interests you.’ So I’ve always kept that in mind and I’ve never wanted to limit myself as far as what stimulated my mental process.” It’s…

Draper Lifestyle’s Transformation Challenge Kick-Off

The Draper Lifestyle's first annual New Year, New You Transformation Challenge for the community officially began with a launch party at the Day Barn in January. Seven contestants were chosen to be paired up with a personal trainer and be professionally coached for 90 days. To follow along, visit

March 2017 Around Town

By Nevah Stevenson On Monday, January 23, youth from seven Draper schools came together to chat. The subject matter was weighty, but the format was a creative approach that appealed to young people. The "Communities Talk" event, sponsored by the Draper Communities that Care Coalition, drew a packed house. Hosted at Juan Diego Catholic High School, the event featured late…

Home Sweet Historical Home

Call it solid construction or call it a teenager’s worst nightmare, but the nine-inch-thick walls of this grand home block Wi-Fi signals. “My kids would tell you that is a major deterrent (to living in a historical home),” says Laura Clark, who along with her husband Carl and two teenage sons, live in the Fort Street home. But, as a…

Angi’s Design Picks of the Month

Gold Gavin Oval Coffee Table $999, Fini 20" Pillow with Feather Insert $39.95