Shift Your Spooky Spending Halloween Guide

The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and one of Utah’s favorite holidays is in full gear! It’s no secret that Utahns love Halloween, and we celebrate it all month long. To get into the spirit we have compiled a list of some of our favorite local businesses where you can indulge all things spooky -- from family-friendly outings, treats, and costume shops -- all while keeping money in our local economy and community.

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Kristen Lavelett
Reason No. 7 to Buy Locally

The Zamboni. The Frisbee. The stoplight. The artificial heart.  What do these things have in common? 

Here’s a couple more clues: Television. Fry Sauce. 

All of these were invented in Utah or by Utahns. And there are hundreds of other, slightly lesser known products invented in Utah every year. From baby products, to outdoor gear, to tech innovations, to gardening tools, Utahns are a clever bunch. When we choose to buy from locally owned, independent businesses, we fuel the fire of innovation. 

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Kristen Lavelett
Humble Hero Spotlight: Eric Jacoby Design

Typically, we think of architecture in terms of great, immutable buildings. Which is why the work of Eric Jacoby Design is so unique - rather than marvelling at the foot of a massive building, Jacoby’s work, ranging from sculptural toys to elegant home and office furniture, gives you the opportunity to own a piece of architecture. Not only that, his work is imagined, designed, and hand-crafted right here in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Kristen Lavelett
Celebrate the Bounty: VIP Tables & Members Only Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now!

Join us for Local First Utah’s annual food-centric fundraiser, Celebrate the Bounty, on September 26th from 7 -9 pm at Caffe Molise in Salt Lake City!

Celebrate the Bounty is the best party of the year, in our oh-so-humble opinion. We bring together some of Utah’s finest food purveyors, as well as the our state’s best spirit slingers to create a one-of-a-kind event. The best of all: it’s ALL local!

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Kristen Lavelett
Local Legend Spotlight: Got Beauty

“I love our candy store vibe” Tammy Taylor said with a twinkle in her eye, as we spoke about the charm of her shop on 900 East and 2100 South. However, Got Beauty is so much more than a  “candy store” fulfilling your every whim.  It’s also an economic powerhouse, with an all female staff, 42 ladies strong. Their 100 % woman run operation is not by design, Tammy shared,  but rather a reflection of organizational values and the laws of attraction.

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Kristen Lavelett
Reason No. 6 to Buy Locally - You Keep Your Tax Dollars Here

To loosen the pinch of sale tax on our individual wallets, many of us make our purchases online. Whether out of convenience or to save a few dollars -- it’s hard to avoid buying online these days. However, every purchase you make has consequences. Which is of greater value in the long run: To save a few dollars on sale tax? Or to make sure that the road your daughter crosses to get to school is paved and painted for her safety?

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Kristen Lavelett
Humble Hero Spotlight: The Monarch

The Monarch, is a collaborative environment where artists, creative businesses and makers of all types can connect, inspire and create together, in the heart of Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District. Widening Ogden’s cultural footprint, The Monarch’s studios are available to lease to artists, designers and creative businesses of all types.

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Kristen Lavelett
Local Legend Spotlight: Legends Bar & Grill

“We consider ourselves to be common folk.” Lisa said. But, in the world of sport bars, with their commitment to highlighting local beer & spirits, providing high quality food while creating jobs, and building the sort of “third place” where people feel welcome and valued, Legends is anything but common.  You might even say, it’s legendary.

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Kristen Lavelett
Reason No. 4 to Buy Locally

From our red rocks and turquoise skies of southern Utah, to the snowy peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, from the desert of Great Basin, to the lush greens of Cache Valley, and the otherwordliness of the Salt Falts, Utah is quite simply a land beyond compare.

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Kristen Lavelett
Join us at The Soiree!

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” - Kurt Vonnegut

Nice sentiment, but what does that have to do with independent businesses?

Everything! From our perspective, that is …

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Kristen Lavelett
Social Media Essentials

Social Media, in its many iterations, is a vital part of our every day life. It’s also vital to the success of your business. In this class, we’ll discuss “personalities’ of various social media platforms, and work with you to determine which platform best matches your brand identity.

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Kristen Lavelett