Every year the list is different. We don’t do categories, we don’t fill in forms, we don’t count votes. We just pick our brains and everyone else’s for the coolest, newest and unexpected superlatives in the Beehive State. Every year we surprise ourselves and are delighted at the discoveries. You too will be surprised and delighted. And, no doubt, disgruntled. Because we left out one of your favorites. Let us know.
Rockwell, Ice Cream – Justin and Summer Williams had a Dream about ice cream. Well, who doesn’t sometimes?? But the Williams made their dream come true at Rockwell’s where they make superpremium flavors every day. Think Biscoff, Snickerdoodle and the traditionals Van/Choc/Straw. rockwellicecream.com
Best Workout for Hello! My name is Elder Price!, Rx Fit’s Weekly “Missionary Workouts” – Only a fitness facility in Utah County would think of creating a “missionary workout.” From its two locations, one in Springville and one in Provo, Rx Fit designs 20-minute do-anywhere subscription fitness workouts. Sent via weekly emails, missionary workouts don’t require gym equipment, yip-yipee class instructors, or worrying about wearing dirty P-Day clothes. Created for actual missionaries —because we are all brothers and sisters—these workouts are also available to gentiles. And best of all—they’re free! rxfit.health/index.php/missionary-workouts/
Comedy Clean Enough for Utah County (and the world), Dry Bar Comedy Club – Modern comedy tends to the dark side of dirty. But the jokes at Dry Bar Comedy Club are clean enough that you can bring your 10 kids. It turns out there was a huge hankering for PG comedy not just in Provo but everywhere. Well-produced YouTube videos are rivaling giants like Comedy Central in views (102,307,857 and counting) and Dry Bar has become a must-play venue for touring comedians who usually play blue but will clean up their material to play the club. Oh my heck! 295 W. Center St., Provo, drybarcomedy.com
Best Re-use. Plus, Pancakes, Tru Religion Pancake and Steakhouse – We wept, we wailed, we gnashed our teeth when the venerable Lamb’s restaurant, a Main Street fixture since it opened in 1919, was passed over by SLC restaurateurs and dismantled. What can we say but thank God for Tru Religion? The pancake and steakhouse opened its dark mahogany doors in Orem and revealed the classic booths (with hat racks!) tables, chairs, bars, doors and woodwork hails from the former Lamb’s Grill. 360 S. State St. Suite 158, Orem, trureligionpancakeandsteakhouse.com
Best Hip Family Sport, Ghost Long Boards – Skateboarding has not historically been considered a family sport, but neighbors and business partners Russ Warner and Brent Johnson are on a mission to challenge the stereotypes of skate culture. Their company is Ghost Long Boards. Located in Cedar Hills, it makes plexiglass longboards designed to get the whole family outside and active. 4240 W. Mesquite Way, Cedar Hills, 801-599-7447, ghostlongboard.com
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