Local businesses have rich history and tell a story that makes Heber Valley a hidden gem in the Wasatch Mountains. During the holidays it’s so important to follow the spirit of the season and carry on the legacies of small business owners. In the summer of 2015, the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce created an initiative called “Keep it Local.” The sole objective of the program was to strengthen Heber Valley’s economy by promoting the concept of dining, shopping and playing local.
This holiday season, we want to reiterate the sentiment of keeping it local by purchasing Christmas gifts from local businesses and eating at our local restaurants as you enjoy all that Heber Valley has to offer. These businesses are the backbone of the community and each tell a unique story.
Photo Credit: @hebervalleycheese on Instagram
For nearly 100 years the Kohler family has been producing premium milk — pure, rich and creamy — to delight their consumers. In 2011, the family built a new creamery and began using their farm’s milk to handcraft and age artisan cheese.
The Heber Valley Artisan Cheese Farm and Creamery is ranked among national champions, garnering awards from prestigious organizations like the American Cheese Society and received a trendsetter award at the Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show.
However, despite the national attention, you’ll still find the Kohler Family enjoying the quiet farm lifestyle and greeting visitors like old friends. They love to help others experience the difference of the farmer’s touch. Taste the difference of their handcrafted cheese by visiting them on their website and purchase farmstead cheeses, gift boxes, jams, classes and dairy farm tours.
You can visit the creamery on 920 River Road, Midway, Utah. They are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Photo Credit: @northland.usa on Instagram
Northland Professional delivers performance outerwear, made with high-quality fabrics and materials, creating timeless pieces that couple unique and modern design with the classic spirit of the mountains. Some of the brands sold at the Northland store include Birkenstock, Roxy, Quiksilver, 686 and Dare2B Skiwear. They also offer small, unique brands, such as Dakota Grizzly, Vela and Sherpani. Angelo Querciali and Carolina De Martino, owners of the Northland Professional store on Main Street were once settled in Patagonia, Argentina, but their path brought them to Heber Valley. Angelo and Carolina have many goals for the store, but one priority for them is to help develop Main Street and take care of the community around them.
The Northland store in Heber City is now the only location for Northland products in the United States. You can visit them at their store on 340 S Main St., Heber City, Utah from Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo Credit: @Fernwehlifestyles on Instagram
Fernweh is an eclectic retail store that has a collection of antiques, gifts, apothecary, vintage Americana, men and women’s apparel, shoes, Native American jewelry, and collectibles. Fernweh offers a range of goods with a discerning taste for authentic, well-designed and timeless pieces. They draw inspiration from cultures around the world. Jill and Ryan Seare bought what was previously a flooring store 4.5 years ago and transformed it into a retail shop of curated things they love with their friends, the Jenkins, who had been curating and collecting antiques from Europe for years. The Fernweh building not only includes Midway Floor Coverings, but also Flower Bar Co., Shade Co. and Midway Design and Interiors.
Fernweh is located on 260 E Main St, Midway, Utah and open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also visit their online store.
Photo Credit: @Kringlesmidway on Instagram
Kringles is a brand-new Christmas store that opened on November 19. It features whimsical and unique Christmas décor and other seasonal holiday items year-round. Owner Jennifer Mangum has always loved Christmas stores because of how happy they make you feel when you walk through the door, and wanted to replicate that in Midway. The tagline for Kringles is “every day is a holiday” and it definitely feels that way when you walk into Kringles. Upstairs from Kringles is another great business called AR workshop, which offers hands on classes and DIY-to-go kits to create charming and unique home decor from raw materials.
Kringles is located on 6 S 200 West in Midway and open Tuesday through Saturday 11a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find additional information at kringlesmidway.com.
There are many ways that you can support local businesses even if you are not able to visit in person this holiday season. Here are just a few ideas to help you support!