Grand Valley Bank Named January Business of the Month

In today’s day and age there is so much you can do online from purchasing clothes to buying groceries, but there is one thing that may be still important to do in person: banking. The internet has even made banking so much easier for all of us with mobile deposits, paying back friends, and even enjoying a street market without cash. Banking, however, the actual transactions of loans, savings, investing, and planning, still has tremendous value in person to person transactions.

Grand Valley Bank in Heber Valley has a motto or philosophy they live by “People banking with People, Friendly Faces, Friendly Service.” As Kevin Stocking, president of Grand Valley Bank, puts it the best part about banking with local banks is just that – local.

“Every loan doesn’t fit a square box. Everything is not perfect, so having local underwriting and approving ability we can approve loans that don’t always fit in that square box that big banks have to get them to fit into,” said Stocking.

The ability to make local decisions based on personal factors, community factors, and local economic factors means Grand Valley Bank can give each customer the VIP treatment. Relationships and knowledge are at the root of how Stocking and his team do business. Getting to know people and helping them take care of their needs and realized their hopes and dreams are some of the many reasons Stocking got into the industry.

“You get to build some long-term relationships with customers and the fact that you get to help them reach their dreams whether it’s buying a business and owning it, to building a dream home,” said Stocking.

Grand Valley Bank has been serving the Heber Valley for the past 18 years. They have two locations one in Heber at the corner of Center and Main and one in Midway on the corner of Main and 100 West. Between the two branches Grand Valley Bank has 12 employees locally. In addition to providing quality customer service, the staff is invested into the community in many ways such as participation in the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, supporting Cowboy Poetry, sponsoring Wasatch athletics, and contributing to Cottages for the Children and even providing financial literacy education through the school district.

“Banking is a people industry. We care about our customers and our community, when you succeed, we succeed,” said Stocking.

For their ongoing efforts to serve their customers and the community the Heber Valley Chamber of commerce is honored to recognize Grand Valley Bank as the January 2019 Business of the Month.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: