Logan’s The Crêpery Brings Parisian Crepe Love to Utah
By Chris Sasich
Logan – Gabriel Anderson was a college student studying abroad when, like many, he found love in Paris. But Anderson’s love wasn’t for a person; it was for crepes.
“I fell in love with European-style crepes,” he says. “I usually got them from the street vendors, which were the best.”
The love story might have ended there, but after Anderson returned home, inspiration hit in the form of an overpriced crepe he bought at an arts festival. It paled in comparison to what he had experienced on the streets of Paris. Anderson says he told his wife that he could make a better crepe, and that comment—paired with their need to find jobs to help sustain them during grad school—would lead the former interior design major into the restaurant business.
“It was honestly something my wife and I just did on a whim to get us through grad school,” says Anderson. “We always wanted to be entrepreneurs and do our own business, and so we decided to try it out and it worked. It was at a rough time, too. Five and a half years ago was right in the midst of the recession.”
He adds, laughing, “Looking back on it, it was probably a horrible idea.”
Two months later they were selling crepes behind a little counter in a coffee shop in Logan. There were some obstacles The Crêpery overcame before it found its niche. Anderson specifically stresses the importance of reaching out to a more diverse customer base, a lesson he learned after most of his customers—the students at nearby Utah State University—disappeared over fall break. Getting customers to try the savory crepes was another challenge.
“Most of them had never tried it and it was very foreign to them,” says Anderson of his customers’ experience before he won them over. The savory crepes now outsell the sweet.
The Crêpery has become a local favorite, with a second location in St. George and third on the way. The popularity comes as no surprise to anyone who has tried one of Anderson’s crepes.
Served in the same Parisian street style that Anderson enjoyed in France, The Crêpery offers a diverse menu of sweet and savory crepe options, from a basic crepe with butter and sugar to the local favorite, the Pepe Le Pesto, a pesto, parmesan cheese, smoked turkey and roasted red pepper crepe. Anderson also incorporates other international flavors into the crepes, such as cajeta (a Mexican caramel sauce) and skhug (a spicy Yemini condiment).
Offering a taste of the exotic contributes to the novelty of the restaurant, something Anderson credits with helping The Crêpery succeed. “A place like here, or a place like St. George, we’re special. We’re unique and we’re different,” he says. “We’re the cool place in town.”
Logan – UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY and USU CREDIT UNION, which operates as a division of Goldenwest, announced the credit union has committed $2 million to the football stadium renovation. The stadium gift comes in addition to USU Credit Union’s previous commitment of just over $3 million to construct a new University Welcome Center, which is currently underway.
Ogden – The public now has access to the history of the Ogden Stockyards, thanks to an online exhibit from WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY’s Stewart Library Digital Collections. WSU’s library staff collaborated with a class of public history students on a project to preserve the stockyards’ unique history. More than 50 years of material was digitally archived and is now available to browse online through the Stewart Library.
Washington Terrace – GOLDENWEST CREDIT UNION celebrated the opening of its new operations center. Goldenwest worked with Bott Pantone Architects and Stacey Enterprises, Inc. for the design and construction of the facility located at 5167 S. Adams Avenue in Washington Terrace City. The 25,000-square-foot operations center will become the primary workspace for up to 200 employees in support departments including information technology, accounting, operations, facilities, and call center services.
Salt Lake City – HEALTHEQUITY, INC. will expand its Utah headquarters, adding an estimated 200 jobs over the next six years. HealthEquity serves 70 of the nation’s top health plans, over 27,000 employers and 1.6 million health savings accounts. Additionally, HealthEquity recently acquired the majority of The Bancorp’s Health Savings Account (HSA) portfolio, which included approximately 160,000 accounts and $390 million in deposits.
Salt Lake City – Ten years after the release of the Utah production High School Musical, its creator and executive producer Bill Borden returns to the state to create Archalien, a production that was approved for a state film incentive by the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT board. The production is planning to spend $7.5 million on the ground with the majority of the filming taking place in the Salt Lake City area.
Salt Lake City – OSKAR BLUES BREWERY is launching distribution in Utah, which makes 46 total states (as well as Washington D.C.) in which its craft canned brews are available. The brewery also partnered with Salt Lake City-based breweries WASATCH and SQUATTERS to release a new session beer called Utah Blues. The brew boasts a malt base with slight caramel malt profile, apple juice, ginger root, mosaic hops and fermented with a Weiss yeast.
YESCO Boss Goes Undercover for TV Show
By Lisa Christensen
Salt Lake City – When producers from CBS’ Undercover Boss contacted YESCO’s co-owner Jeff Young about appearing on the show, he jumped at the chance.
“We were absolutely honored that Undercover Boss would consider us, a Utah company, in the lineup. You think about how many great companies there are, and how many there are in the U.S.,” he says, noting that The Larry H. Miller Group and Vivint have also appeared on the show in earlier seasons. “To be the third [Utah] company to have a chance to do this, we’re just so honored and thrilled to do this.”
Young appeared on the fifth episode of the seventh season of the popular television program.
For Young, the show brought three major opportunities: to showcase YESCO and Utah’s economy, to examine company workings on the granular level in preparation for further expansion before YESCO’s centennial in 2020, and to help individual employees. Producers from the show chose the employees who would show Young’s undercover persona the ropes, with preference to those whose loyalty to the company was second only to the personal struggles they had to face.
To go undercover, Young grew a beard, donned glasses and dyed part of his hair to make an electric purple fauxhawk. For his first job encounter, a service and maintenance technician named Sal taught “Alex” to repair an LED signboard in Chicago. The job was particularly tough for Young, who has a fear of heights.
As they worked, Sal expressed frustration at a lack of training between the YESCO home office in Salt Lake City and the franchise location in Chicago. Those troubles were only compounded by the sometimes 20-hour workdays, especially for Sal, who has a genetic heart condition.
At the end of the show, after re-dying his hair to its customary brown, Young revealed his true identity to Sal and the other employees he interacted with. He recruited Sal to help with a training program to improve training and communication between headquarters and the company’s 45 franchise locations throughout the United States, particularly in the eastern part of the country.
Young also gave instructions to Sal’s supervisors to be more understanding of his medical condition, and donated $60,000 to help replenish Sal’s retirement fund that had been heavily damaged by the economic crash.
While Young spent the months between filming and the episode airing implementing changes to the company, he says viewing the episode brought back the immense hardships some of his employees face. “I’m still astounded by the personal struggles that were overcome by these employees,” he says, noting that many of the details of their plights were cut in the editing process.
In terms of operations, Young says the training and tweaks are going well. Last March, Samsung bought the Logan-based YESCO Electronics, an LED sign and display manufacturing center that represented about 20 percent of YESCO as a whole. Not only did Samsung keep all of the employees and the Logan-centered division, but it has hired more employees and made investments in land and other assets in Utah, Young says, giving the company an opportunity to work with a global leader in electronics.
“We can continue to do the business we’ve always done but partner with a global leader in electronics,” Young says. “Things are looking very bright.”
Salt Lake City – UTAH MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS (UMC), a division of Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, signed a contract with Tooele County to manage the former MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK (MMP) racing facility in Tooele. The length of the contract is one year and can be terminated by either party with 60 days’ notice.
Salt Lake City – Datafox, a business intelligence firm, named SALT LAKE CITY the No. 12 best city to found a startup. Datafox ranked Salt Lake highly in availability of capital, affordability, success of early-stage companies and entrepreneurial culture.
Salt Lake City – For the second year in a row, WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY (WGU) was among the top producers of nursing degrees awarded to minority students, according to a recent issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. According to the magazine’s Top Health Science Degree Producers list, WGU ranked fourth in the nation for the volume of nurses with minority backgrounds who earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university.
Salt Lake City – MOUNTAINSTAR HEALTHCARE and MDLIVE, a telehealth provider, teamed up to bring virtual patient care to northern Utah. MountainStar Virtual Care is an on-demand service that connects people with an experienced physician in real-time via a smart phone, tablet or personal computer. Patients can conveniently and affordably consult with a doctor of their choice about a concerning, urgent medical issue—anytime and anywhere and for $49 per visit.
West Jordan – BC TECHNICAL acquired Legacy Medical Imaging, a diagnostic imaging service company. Legacy Medical Imaging, headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, services CT and MR systems throughout the United States. The acquisition will give BC Technical more highly experienced engineers in the field, allowing it to provide advanced technical support to its large customer base, and strengthen its capabilities within these modalities.
South Jordan – AUTOPOINT, a Solera company providing solutions in customer retention and service solutions, integrated with fellow automotive technology providers DMEAUTOMOTIVE and TITLETEC. Together, the three companies create a single technology and marketing platform aimed squarely at driving revenue and increasing retention rates across the entire vehicle lifecycle.
Draper – Aea Investors, LP entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest of 1-800 CONTACTS, INC. from Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., which will remain a significant shareholder in the company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Park City – PARK CITY officially connected the former Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort with the new Quicksilver Gondola to make the largest resort in the country. This marks one third of the way to completing ONE Wasatch. With the addition of the Quicksilver Gondola, the dream of turning six resorts into the largest continuous ski experience in North America with 18,000 skiable acres is one step closer to a ONE Wasatch reality.
Heber Valley – RED LEDGES opened the Jim McLean Golf School Learning Center. With two climate-controlled hitting bays, this new facility enables year round learning and practice for players of all levels and abilities. Players will have a choice of hitting shots from the heated/cooled practice bays out toward the driving range, or hitting shots completely indoors using the HD golf simulator. This facility is the only location along the Wasatch Back where players can practice full distance, outdoor shots all winter long.
Park City – UTAH OLYMPIC PARK introduced the Olympic Adventure Camp, a day camp designed for kids ages 9 to 13. With the Olympic Adventure Camp, the venue is testing out a one-day program where kids can try a variety of ski disciplines as well as sliding sports.
Grand County – MESA EXPLORATION CORP. re-acquired, by staking, the Green Energy mineral brine project in Utah. The project consists of mining claims covering an area of 80 acres and is 100 percent wholly owned.
Park City – BIG-D CONSTRUCTION opened a new office in Park City. This is the firm’s ninth office, and fourth in the state of Utah. The new office will primarily support Big-D’s Signature Group, a division of the company that focuses on the construction of high-end residential and resort projects.
Sundance – SUNDANCE MOUNTAIN RESORT will retire its Arrowhead Lift next summer. A brand new lift will be installed to improve the lift’s efficiency and, ultimately, the guest experience. Sundance’s newest lift will increase capacity with the ability to move 500 more passengers uphill per hour. Part of this capacity comes from upgrading the lift from its current triple chair to a quad.
Ivie Juice Bar Prides Itself on Healthy Options
By Aisley Oliphant
Provo – Utah is known for its love of sweets. There’s no shortage of ice cream or soda places around the Beehive State for anyone who wants to indulge. But for IVIE JUICE BAR co-founder, Ivie Gonsalves, delicious should also mean nutritious.
Gonsalves was a track and cross-country runner at Utah Valley University when she tweaked her diet to go further in her sport. A move to Orange County showed her a tasty solution for bolstering her diet: juice bars. “They have a ton of juice bars in California and I got in the habit of eating at [them] because it matched my diet for track. When I came back, I told my mom about it and she said we should just start one,” says Gonsalves.
It didn’t take long for the juice bar to go from fantasy to reality. Gonsalves chose a prime downtown location, and she and her mother worked hard to open Ivie Juice Bar’s doors a few short months later, in October 2014. It wasn’t an easy road to success—Gonsalves and her mother opened their juice bar with no business experience whatsoever. “The biggest thing was we had to find all the things out on our own. We didn’t have anyone’s help in the business world,” she says. “We had to figure out accounting, hiring and the business day-to-day.”
Now that Ivie Juice Bar has been in operation for over a year, business is going well. The menu offers a wide variety of protein shakes, juices, smoothies and Açai bowls. They also offer juices for one-, two- or three-day cleanses, for those looking to do a juice-based detoxification program. According to Gonsalves, each menu item serves a purpose. “[Protein shakes] are designed as a meal replacement or a post workout. You can also substitute it as a dessert,” she says. “Juices are to restore your sugar levels after a workout. The juices also have a lot of nutrients; you can get your fruit and vegetable servings by drinking them. [The smoothies] are a good snack. Açai bowls are like a meal replacement…They are really good with the granola, fresh fruit and honey on them.”
Although Ivie Juice Bar’s menu is geared toward taste and health, the clientele isn’t limited to health nuts and athletes.
“We have a lot of high school kids, college kids—I even get grandparents coming. The main group is probably from 18 to 32 years old, [but] we can have kids come in here and get a smoothie,” says Gonsalves. “Our biggest thing is we want people to be healthy and have healthy options. … We only use whole, real fruit and vegetables in our products. I know other juice bars will add sugars and other things in their juices and we don’t do that.”
American Fork – YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS opened its new call center located in American Fork. The 50,000-square-foot facility will be home to the company’s nearly 500 call center employees with room to add 200 new employees over the next few months. The new building enables Young Living to bring its call center staff under one roof to streamline training and provide superior and timely service to its members.
Orem – The Mountain States Supply Company and Mountainland Supply Company announced a merger. The new company will be branded MOUNTAINLAND SUPPLY COMPANY.
Parowan – SCATEC SOLAR ASA formally commissioned the 104 MW (dc) photovoltaic solar plant in Parowan. The Utah Red Hills Renewable Park (URHRP) is Utah’s first utility-scale solar plant and will more than double the state’s current solar footprint. The plant was commissioned on schedule and constructed in less than a year.
Clearfield – Vista Outdoor, Inc. named KELLY T. GRINDLE as president of its Outdoor Products segment. Grindle worked for Johnson Outdoors, Inc. for 16 years, including his latest position as senior group vice president, marine electronics, watercraft and diving.
Salt Lake City – The CCIM Chapter of Utah revealed its 2016 Hall of Fame Award recipients—GAIL and LARRY MILLER—for their valuable contribution to Utah’s commercial real estate market & economy. The Chapter will formally recognize Gail and her late husband during its annual CCIM Excellence Awards Ceremony this coming spring, 2016.
Salt Lake City – Bank of Utah restructured its accounting and finance group and created a new vice president of finance position. MENAH STRONG will serve as chief administrative officer and NATHAN DEFRIES was hired to serve as vice president of finance. DeFries previously served as controller for Proficio Bank and Target Bank, and also served as senior financial reporting analyst at Silicon Valley Bank. An employee of Bank of Utah since 1997, Strong previously served as a controller and internal auditor.
Lindon – KT Health, LLC, parent company to KT Tape, hired RUSSELL SCHLEIDEN as CMO. Schleiden joins KT Health with a wealth of experience in branded marketing on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies including Kraft Foods, Hostess Brands, Miller Brewing Company and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.
Salt Lake City – Bear River Mutual Insurance Company promoted MICHELLE KISSELL to agency director. Kissell has worked at Bear River Mutual Insurance for 20 years, most recently as senior underwriter.
Salt Lake City – Commercial real estate company Newmark Grubb ACRES (NGA) welcomes Senior Vice President JILL SNYDER to its brokerage team. Snyder brings over 14 years of real estate experience with extensive market knowledge of both Summit and Wasatch counties.
Salt Lake City – American Business Lending, Inc. (ABL) announced the addition of CHARLES “CHARLIE” MEYERS to its lending staff. Meyers joins ABL as vice president and business development officer, and will be based in the Salt Lake City area. Meyers has particular expertise in the assisted living facility industry, having financed over 60 facilities.
Salt Lake City – EnerBank USA’s CHARLIE KNADLER commenced his new role as president and CEO. He has served as executive vice president and CFO since 2010, and previously served as senior vice president and chief credit officer. EnerBank also announced KRISTIN DITTMER will assume the role of executive vice president and CFO left vacant by Knadler. Dittmer was previously executive vice president of finance and credit at EnerBank.
Lehi – eFileCabinet, Inc. has two additions to the eFileCabinet team. ALAN TAYLOR accepted the position of CFO, and GREG STALEY is the new vice president of enterprise sales and business development. Taylor comes from Adaptive Computing Enterprises and also has experience working with companies like Helius, Novell, Honeywell, Ford Motor Company and Boeing. Staley is a highly experienced sales leader with a focus in the enterprise and SaaS software industries. He served as the director of sales for Workfront and was previously with Oracle Corporation, Infor Global Solutions and Symantec Corporation.
Draper – Global backup and disaster recovery solution provider StorageCraft Technology Corp. hired MARVIN BLOUGH as the company’s new vice president of worldwide sales. Blough, who comes to StorageCraft from Dell SonicWALL, has more than 30 years of experience of successfully leading global direct and channel go-to-market efforts in IT security and software.
Salt Lake City – A new Utah- based candy company, Choosy Chocolates, LLC, named JOSH BROWNLOW as its COO. Brownlow will oversee all day to day operations of Choosy Chocolates. A native of England, Brownlow has a master’s degree in industrial systems, manufacture and management from Queens College, the University of Cambridge.