More than two decades ago, Angy Ford, the owner of Bravo Arts Academy, taught her first piano lesson. In the years that followed, Angy’s student base steadily grew, taking over her home-studio space and filling it with noise like a college roommate with no conception of personal space. Angy was heartened by this positive response and overwhelmed by the number of students knocking at her door, so she moved her operation to its current Ogden studio space, which, like the home studio that came before, has continued to expand. Here, Angy couples her bread-and-butter music classes with a host of other engaging pursuits—from art classes to dance lessons—that help kids develop confidence, coordination, and artistic skills. The academy’s facilities invite tots to tumble over thick foam, ballerinas to pirouette over a floating marley floor, and pianists to tickle the ivories in a group setting.
Broken down by age group, the academy’s offerings include preschool, where classes are kept small and incorporate sign language into the curriculum, and extends all the way to private music lessons for adults. Angy models her daycare after the best practices she observed while visiting more than 50 childcare centers, encouraging creativity and learning rather than running infants through daily gauntlets of strength.
Jennifer Groberg has always loved a challenge. A math wiz, she worked at Wells Fargo before leaving to help her brothers start their business. She acted as their chief financial offer as the company grew from their parents' garage to employing more than 20 people. It was this experience that inspired her to branch out on her own, when she founded BookSmarts Accounting.
At BookSmarts, Jennifer not only provides a variety of accounting services but also helps her clients learn to handle their businesses on their own via QuickBooks seminars. She has gathered an extensive list of institutional clients, ranging from the University of Utah to small local businesses.
For more than two decades, the number experts at Evans Tax & Accounting have helped clients manage their financial portfolios and set achievable future goals. In addition to preparing tax returns in advance of their April date with the IRS, the accountants also handle financial planning and budgeting for individuals and bookkeeping duties for large and small businesses.
InflataPalooza brings an extra dose of fun to outdoor bashes with its colorful inflatables. Turrets with red tops rise around the perimeter of the castle bounce house, whereas a slide, climbing wall, and basketball hoop surround the castle-combo bounce house. And inflatable jumbo boxer gloves make for fun, safe sparring outdoors or indoors.
Though Martinizing Dry Cleaning can boast of its being one of the largest dry-cleaning franchise in the United States, each locally owned store offers the same customer service and care that its first shop prided itself on upon opening in 1949. From the time it enters the store, a garment is thoroughly inspected more than six times as it goes through the process of dry cleaning, laundering, or mud caking for those who refuse all trends—such as cleanliness—in fashion. The technicians separate items that need to be laundered from those that should be dry-cleaned and offer special cleaning services for bulky items, such as comforters, and fragile pieces, such as leather, suede, and wedding gowns. For clients needing their duds in time for an important occasion, the shop also offers same-day service.