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The Localist Project

Kristen Lavelett & Richie T Steadman

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Localists are a dedicated group of people that believe in supporting Utah’s economy, while building community and equity. Created by Local First Utah, The Localist Project is your guide to all things local, and your key to understanding why Utah truly is "the place." Are you a Localist?
 
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Listen as we chat with Rachel Smit of SLC Chow, a local meal delivery kit focusing on plant based recipes and ingredients delivered directly to your doorstep. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and The L…
 
Imagine a holiday shopping season where you don't have to wait for things to arrive on your porch from destinations unknown, thwarting off porch pirates every step of the way. In this episode we talk about the MANY things that Local First Utah is doing to help your gift giving (and gift getting) go just a little smoother. From Small Business Saturd…
 
Listen as we chat with Hannah Foster, owner of the one-of-a-kind Foster’s Refillery, a door-to-door delivery service that helps customers reduce their consumption of single use plastics. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, indep…
 
Listen as we chat with Kara Alden, co-owner of the Ellerbeck Bed & Breakfast about the historic charm of this century old mansion. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and The Localist Project is one the b…
 
Listen as we chat with Chad Linville, co-owner of Simplicity Cocktails Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and The Localist Project is one the best ways for individuals like you to get involved! Make sure…
 
Listen as we chat with Romina Rasmussen, owner of Les Madeleines about how her international travels have inspired one of Utah’s most beloved bakery experiences. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally owned, independent businesses, and Th…
 
Listen as we chat with Kristen Lavelett, Executive Director of Local First Utah as she shares this history of the Buy Local Movement in Utah, and what’s in store from Local First Utah in the future. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural benefits of buying from locally …
 
Listen as we chat with Jennifer Hamilton, of Mountain West Hard Cider about their inspiration for bringing an old world style beverage to Utah, and their commitment to elevating dozens of other locally owned independent businesses as they grow! Join us for the 4th West Oktoberfest, on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th. Tickets sta…
 
Listen as we chat with Adri Pachelli, Director of Education at Caputo’s Market & Deli, about the history and legacy of Caputo’s, and what drives their passion for connecting Utah’s to exceptional food artisans from at home and abroad. Don’t miss your chance to explore all the wonderful offerings of Caputo’s Market & Deli, with us on Thursday, Septe…
 
Listen as we chat with Scott & Becky Lyttle about their journey as the owners of TeaZaanti, and how they accomplish their vision of creating a healthy, vibrant “communitea” in the heart of Sugar House, one cup of tea at a time. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the economic, social and cultural ben…
 
Listen to perhaps our most mouthwatering episode of the Localist Project Podcasts, as we chat with Elif Ekin, owner the Kahve Cafe, about all things baklava, the elements of a Turkish Brunch, and her vision for creating as community of independent businesses owners through the Wise Dragonfly Collective. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization…
 
Listen as we chat with Alan Scott, co-founder of Waterpocket Distillery, as we dive into the world of amaros, apertifs, digestifs, and if you’re not quite sure what those words mean, Alan serves as our expert tour guide teaching us about these old world traditions. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about…
 
Listen as we chat with Nicole Mariner of Salt Lake Culinary Education and Alexi Johnson, owner and founder of The Hammered Copper, about how their businesses work to educate their customers, help them develop new skills in the kitchen and expand their palates. Join us for "Dinner & A Show" on Saturday, September 18th at SLICE, featuring The Hammere…
 
For decades, Caffe Molise has open its door to locals and travelers alike, giving each of their guests a dining experience that has built loyal customers who return to the table to year after year. ⁠Listen as we chat with Fred Moesinger and Aimee Sterling, the owners of Caffe Molise, as they discuss their heart for the community. Follow the link in…
 
In Utah, it often feels like there are only two or three degrees of separation between people. It's a tight knit, sometimes exclusive community around these parts. While we can't prove it, it often seems like at least one of those paths of connectivity runs directly through James Jackson. Listen as we chat with James about his work establishing the…
 
For three generations, Maddox Ranch House has been located "in the middle of nowhere" at the mouth of Sardine Canyon in Perry, Utah. While skeptics weren't so sure about Irv Sr's location choice, Maddox is now a local institutions, serving steak dinners to thousands of families a year. ⁠ ⁠ Listen as we chat with Irv's grandson and namesake, Irv Mad…
 
In today’s episode, we chat with Schuyler Northstrom, owner of Uinta Mattress, a local mattress manufacturer. Listen as we talk about his experience building lasting relationships in our local community, and how those relationships have helped him navigate the ups and downs of the manufacturing world. Would you like to join Local First Utah as an o…
 
Holiday River Expeditions is a third-generation, family-owned local business that expertly crafts once in a lifetime adventures for their customers. Listen as we chat with Lauren Wood about their passion for the land, and how a commitment to preserving that land sets Holiday River Expeditions apart. Would you like to join Local First Utah as an off…
 
One trip to Salt Lake Running Company, and it’s easy to see why they’ve been named one of the Top 10 Running Shops in America. Listen as we chat with Debbie Parry, owner of Salt Lake Running Company, about how she and her husband have built a business that treats each customer as an individual, while also helping to create a closely connected commu…
 
In today’s episode, we chat with Ryan Littlefield, owner of Contender Bicycles. From starting at Contender with a part time job to support his favorite hobby to eventually purchasing the shop, Ryan’s passion for cycling, and the expertise of the team at Contender as they work to help people have the best cycling experience possible. Would you like …
 
Western Rivers Flyfisher is dedicated to enhancing your flyfishing experience, whether you’re a lifelong caster or just getting your feet wet (literally). Listen as we chat with Steve Schmidt, owner of Western Rivers Flyfisher, and learn from him the ways that “the river gives so many treasures.” Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that w…
 
Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering creativity and environmental awareness through art, science, technology, engineering and math. We spoke with Melanie Espinal about Clever Octopus’s wide array of programs, and their unique work in our community. Would you like to join Local First Utah as an off…
 
Hello!Bulk measures their impact in not just revenue, but pounds sold, because they know every pound of flour, nut butters, spices, laundry detergent and more sold in their store, keeps single use plastic products out of our waste stream. Listen as we chat with Jamaica Trinnaman, owner of Hello!Bulk in Salt Lake City. Learn about this shop’s big vi…
 
Momentum Recycling protects Utah’s natural ecosystem while enhancing our economic ecosystem. Listen as we hear from John Lair, one of Momentum Recycling’s founders, about how they support our independent business community and work to move us towards zero waste. Local First Utah is a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about th…
 
Every business has a story, and when you choose to buy locally, you become a part of that story. Listen as we chat with Erika Hansen, owner of The Red Fox in Logan. Learn about this shop’s special history in Downtown Logan, Utah, and how The Red Fox is building an inclusive environment for this generation of Red Fox customers. Take the "Localist Pl…
 
In part three of our four part series highlight women-owned businesses for Women’s History Month, we spoke with Melinda Meservy of Thyme & Place about creating a place of refuge, and how we can continue to work towards a more equitable society through our support of locally owned, independent businesses. Take the Localist Pledge…
 
In the last decade, a wave of new distilleries have opened in Utah. These artisans are using time-honored techniques to break new ground and shatter age-old stereotypes. Listen as we speak with Ashley Cross, owner of New World Distillery, about her journey to becoming an award winning spirit maker. Take the Localist Pledge…
 
The Stockist, located in Salt Lake City’s 9th & 9th is a neighborhood gem. While owner Helen Wade set out with a simple vision, to provide quality goods for an everyday life, The Stockist is a paragon for our independent business community, setting not just local fashion trends, but also showing how to ethically lead through a complicated era. Take…
 
Experiencing the quality of locally grown food is often how people begin their journey to becoming committed Localists. Listen as we chat with Alison Einerson about the 30 year history of the Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City, the forthcoming plans for a public market in Salt Lake City, and how farmers markets serve as vital economic condui…
 
From their first days of selling hummus at the Downtown Farmers Market, to their brick and mortar location in Salt Lake City’s Central Ninth Neighborhood, listen as Derek Kitchen shares not only the story behind Laziz, but also how engaging with the community as a small business owner led him to run for office, and his perspective on how indispensa…
 
Independent businesses are rarely stand alone successes. Rather, they are part of an interconnected, local economic ecosystem. We spoke with Britton Welsh, of Beehive Cheese about the unique ecosystem that supports their independent business. Listen as Britton shares how Beehive Cheese has become a nationally known cheese innovator while keeping th…
 
Locally owned businesses define our neighborhoods, and provide us with places where we can connect on a person-to-person level. We spoke with Suzy Dailey, the owner of Grounds for Coffee in Ogden, about her decades of experience behind the coffee bar and in the community. Listen as she shares what she's learned about building connections, surviving…
 
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