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Valhalla

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a magnificent hall where slain heroes from battle are received and restored by a mythical light. In Heber City, Utah, Valhalla is basically the same thing. However, instead of boar’s meat and golden shields, cutting-edge smart light cell therapies are used for healing. Dr. David Tate has been preparing for Heber’s Valhalla for decades. He has a PhD in clinical neuropsychology, and he did a clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. He received a research grant,…

Springtime Sips

What is spring without a fancy drink to welcome in warmer weather? Early spring has the beginning of berry harvest season and the colors are divine, making any occasion cause to celebrate. After all, March comes in like a lion and your party skills should, too. Make a drink with me. Sit and chat with me for a spell. I want to hear all your news! Mixed Fruit Bellini Mocktail  A Berry Burst of Flavor Mix - 1/2 pint each of 3 fresh fruits in season (strawberries, raspberries, early peaches) 1 bottle of…

The Truth is Out There

Do we have any X-Files fans in the Heber Valley? I loved this sci-fi TV drama when it was airing. For the younger, binge and streaming-on-demand crowd — we used to have to wait until the program aired on network TV to view new episodes. I would count the days in anticipation. When that time arrived, I would make popcorn, turn off the lights and try to maximize the suspense and weirdness that each chapter seemed to unfold. All anticipation would build to a satisfying crescendo as the eerie and oddly low budget theme music and…

Stepping into Spring Time

Are you tired of running from your car into your home, then back to your car, then to school, work, or the grocery store for the past few months? Well, guess what? That part of the year is over! The time has come to step into spring and rediscover the outdoor world, as our beautiful Heber Valley blossoms all around us. We call it “springtime,” but sometimes it feels more like ‘uncertainty season’ as our weather changes daily from sunshine to snow to rain and back to sun again. It’s a churning, and a season children in the…

Authenticity

Nourishing the bodies and souls of Heber Valley Gloria Grass and her son, David Perez-Medina, have been nourishing the bodies and souls of residents and visitors for decades. Their unique origin story and outlook on the food business has helped this duo run two successful restaurants in Midway; their delicious food keeps the crowds coming back for more. David was just 15 years old when he and his single mother, Gloria, immigrated to Utah from Mexico in 1997. On their journey to Wasatch County, they brought along their…

Günther Vonhaidenthaller

Everything comes down to contrast. Günther Haidenthaller points out the window at a car dealership across the street. “Look at the highlights off those two jeeps, and that cold, steely kind of stainless steel quality to the light.” He also indicates the snow-covered mountains further in the distance, pointing out the blue tones in the shadows and the warmer tones — the hint of cadmium yellow — where the sun shines. Günther is a man of contrasts. Born in Austria and raised mostly in Utah — two wildly different…

A Leap of Faith and a Little Heavy Lifting

At the start of a world-wide health pandemic, Justin Fuchs took a leap of faith and opened Iron Backs gym to share his love of health and fitness with the valley. From the beginning, the mission of the gym has been to offer an environment of support and encouragement, where anyone could feel comfortable showing up as they are in the present moment at an affordable cost. Justin expressed, “I wanted less people without dads and granddads because of health issues. That’s something we can control . . . health and fitness we can…

Destination Spring Brunch – Chef About Town

I will be the first to admit that once Christmas is over, I have an unrealistic expectation that spring should immediately present itself. Don’t hate me Heber, but winter is not my jam. Spring brings with it holidays, baby animals, renewal, and a buzz in the air that life is beginning again after a long winter’s nap. Like any hardcore foodie, I took to our streets to figure out brunch in our slice along the Wasatch Back — pun intended. Meg’s Timberline Café Let’s talk about Meg’s! Really, let’s just talk about Meg’s.…

2 Farm Boys

If you love buying local products and supporting our small business economy — you should visit 2 Farmboys. This wonderful family-owned and operated goat farm and soap-making company is located right here in our talent-filled valley. 2 Farmboys Soap is created in a ‘soap shed’ in small batches on the Cummings farm in Heber. The business sold its very first family-made, goat milk soap at a local market in 2016 and has been selling and growing steadily ever since. The Cummings family includes; JR, Colleen, Wyatt, and Kash.…

Built to Ride

It’s no secret that one of the greatest, most tangible benefits to living in or visiting Wasatch County is the proximity to high-quality, sustainable trails. Whether you consider yourself a hiker, a mountain biker, an equestrian, or just someone looking for great views in Heber Valley — you know our trails are amazing — but have you ever wondered how the trails you use came to be? THE BEGINNING OF IT ALL In 1992, the Mountain Trails Foundation was established in Park City at a time when all local hand-cut trails were…

Rebecca Proctor Fine Art

A chicken, a dog, and a paintbrush – sounds like the perfect start to an art career. “It all got started when my dog killed the neighbor’s chicken,” artist Rebecca Proctor shares with a laugh. How could an art career bloom from this you may ask? Well, let’s back up a little and you will begin to see. Rebecca says it is likely that her mother has caveman drawings on her uterus. She says, “I have drawn since I can remember. All my Christmas gifts were always art, always craft stuff. I drew and drew and drew.” With all of…

Heber Valley Business Launch

Jakob and Brodie Kahler have always been close. Close in age, close in proximity, and now close in business. When I say close, I’m referring to being near each other in time and space; to be fair — the two brothers were like most siblings — fighting, arguing, and not fully appreciating each other until later in life. Fortunately, for brothers and best friends, Jake and Brodie, their ‘later in life’ happened during High School. KNIT TOGETHER Growing up, Brodie was content to let Jake take the lead. He shared, “As the…

Ice, Ice, baby

The popularity of outdoor cold-water exposure surges in the Heber Valley. Are you ready to take the plunge? My history with intentional cold-water exposure began the summer of 2009 while growing up in Midway. My older sister and I would fill a 10-gallon bin with cold water from the hose in our backyard. We would squeeze into the container — squealing and giggling we’d stay in as long as we could stand it — we called this activity ‘cold bravery’. As I got older, my family and I continued to get in cold water wherever we…

Putting Growth and Education to the Test

Wasatch County residents have earned what seems like a doctorate in dealing with growth, but channeling change is a never-ending process that seems to be as challenging as the teenage years. Just like that awkward, formative, and stressful stage of life, Wasatch County has a lot of current issues: traffic, taxes, affordable housing, water, air quality, the airport, public safety, and on and on and on. (Take a deep breath — it’s going to be okay.) With growth being the proverbial issue on every local campaign, and education…

Creamayre Brook Farms

To be successful in business, “Find a need that’s not being met and meet it better than anyone else.” This is the mantra of Wayne and Kathy Buell, co-founders of Creamayre Brook Farm, located on Highway 40. From a sunny dining room overlooking their beautiful gardens, and what one might call a Five Star Equestrian Center, Wayne and Kathy share humble, but profound, wisdom learned over three decades of running the facility from their family farm. For so many businesses, the past two years have been challenging. Many know…