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…

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…

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…

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…

Adventure Rules the Lives of Father and Son

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

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…

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…

‘Water is Life’

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

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.

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…

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…

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. 

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.

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…

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.

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…

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. 

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.

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…

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…

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.

Awesome Athletes of Juan Diego

Students who go all out all season

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.

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…

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!!"

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.

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…

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.

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…