Provo Craft's device designers have a single goal in mind—to help their customers fashion whatever their imaginations can create without having to rely on industrial craft services. Throughout their 40-year history, they have created systems that print designs on clothing, emboss T-shirts, make precise paper cuts, and create edible artwork just as well as a big-box system. Their efforts have garnered them industry awards and shelf space in retailers across the country.
Sisters Linda O?Brien and Carolyn Weight grew up watching their mother make quilts and playing imaginative games under her quilting frames. It's no surprise then, that as adults, they took up quilting themselves and their love for it has only grown over the years. Eventually they opened their own quilting shop, opening their doors to the community in 2010. Together, they stock their shop with popular fabrics and supplies and teach new quilters of all levels some of the tips they've picked up over the years with a variety of classes.
As she grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, Kamille Bauer gradually honed her skills with a needle and yarn. Working diligently throughout the years, she eventually started to teach her craft to other interested people, but something was missing—without a local yarn store, her options were limited. That’s where the idea for Kamille’s was born, and in 2007, she flung open the doors to her shop, knitting needles clutched proudly in hand. Today, she stocks the store with a variety of fine alpaca wools and organic-cotton yarns, as well as books and accessories and leads classes for all skill levels in both knitting and crocheting.
The team at Platinum Car Wash and Detail transforms sullied vehicles into factory-fresh rides with washes designed to conserve water. Each wash uses only 40 gallons of water, which is less than most laundry cycles and alligator dental cleanings. Platinum's filtration system then removes any detergents (or soaps) from these 40 gallons, ensuring a clean water supply.
As if it were the turn of the 20th century, when short-line railroads chugged their way through rural America, the Heber Valley Railroad whisks passengers through scenic landscapes in vintage and restored coaches. The routes trace the original Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad, trundling across the floor of the eponymous valley. Their scenic tours unveil breathtaking views of Deer Creek Reservoir, Provo Canyon, and Provo River, crossing the same scenery that travelers would have spotted a century ago. With heated coaches in the winter, guests enjoy an old-timey experience without sacrificing modern comfort.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.