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GROWING SMALL BUSINESS, NOURISHING COMMUNITY

April 25, 2018

Last week Heather Santi, owner of Eggs in the City, and Donna Reid, outgoing Bonneville Elementary principal, spoke to the East Bench Business Association (EBBA) about their experiences as Yalecrest-community fixtures. Of course they didn’t use that term; both are far too humble to resort to pretense. But those are terms the rest of us use when we talk about them: fixtures, treasures, icons. All terms that denote, very aptly, their pivotal presence at the heart of our community.

COMFORT FOOD AND COMMUNITY

Heather Santi will tell you that she had no idea what she was getting herself into when she opened Eggs in the City. She grew up in Price, Utah with her family owning and operating bars there and in Salt Lake (Murphy’s and Duffy’s). She...

February 4, 2018

Head Coach Brandon Matich knew he had a retention problem when he started as East High’s head coach. His previous Park City team had nineteen first-string, all-state players and five of them came from within East boundaries. High schools around the valley had been cherry picking East’s best players for years and the result was a dismal winning record peppered with low team morale.

Matich’s solution—he began listening. “The very first day of school Ms. VandenAkker, or Ms. V., she threw me into a group circle with a bunch of kids who [had just experienced] mobbing. I walked out of there thinking, ‘I wonder if Park City will take me back.’ It was intense.” This interaction with kids who he says, “looked like they were 16 year old boys at s...

September 29, 2017

If you drove by Harbor Seafood and Steak Monday morning you may have noticed a group of adults riding a bike or, more specifically, falling off a bike. And we are not ashamed to say that was us—the East Bench Business Association! We had the pleasure of hearing from the ingenious Jared Madsen of Madsen Cycles, and attempting to ride his elusively hard-to-steer reverse-handled bike. (Turn the handlebars left and the bike goes right; mind bending, right?!) We also heard from Ariane Dansie, founder of Yapay Bolivia, and Whitney Foley, owner/developer of Static Schematic.

What do a cargo bike company, a Bolivian non-profit organization, and a household static product have in common? Creative problem solving. Or more specifically, as Jared M...

May 1, 2017

The Spring meeting of the East Bench Business Association was a wonderful gathering of old and new friends. Randall Curtis generously offered up his beautiful Harbor Restaurant as our venue. If you haven't had the privilege of enjoying a dinner at the Harbor, you need to treat yourself to a night of his signature fine dining. 

What a pleasure it was to hear from Emily McCormick about work-life balance. She told her story of her unexpected sidestep from the marketing industry to the fashion world where she founded the successful Shabby Apple dress company, and how,  despite it's success, she stepped away from that company to handle the demands of her growing family. Emily has five beautiful children, two who were adopted simultaneously...

January 30, 2017

Last Monday we hosted our inaugural meeting of the East Bench Business Association with Randall Curtis at his lovely Harbor Seafood and Steak restaurant. We awarded Randall our Outstanding Neighborhood Award for his generous efforts to feed the homeless over 5,000 meals at the Road Home healthy gourmet meals. He is now partnered with the University of Utah U-Feed program. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.  

We were honored to hear from Dr. John Graham, owner of Graham Orthodontics who shared his incredible story of following his bliss and making a move to Salt Lake, despite being in his 40's and running a successful office in Arizona.

John is a generous businessman and member of the Yalecrest neighborhood...

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