Parade of Homes 2019

A home in Pleasant Grove currently under construction is featured in this year's Parade of Homes, which is currently under way.

Seven Peaks opens for 30th anniversary

After a roller coaster of a year where the long-standing Provo waterpark faced litigation, and then was going to open under the name ”Blue Island Resort,” the park will finally be open again for the summer season beginning Thursday, and be included on the Pass of All Passes.

This year, in addition to their usual amenities, Seven Peaks will also feature a handful of special animal shows, featuring a variety of animals such as sea lions, tigers and eagles.

“Families have been visiting Seven Peaks Waterpark for 30 years, and we are just as excited to welcome them this season as we were on our very first day,” Cathy Lawson, General Manager for Seven Peaks Waterpark, said. “We are proud to be the destination for families in the area to cool off, create memories together, and discover new things like our animal-centered shows this summer.”

The first animal show, “Sea Lion Splash,” will premier beginning Friday, and run through June 8. All shows are included with park admission or a Pass of All Passes.

After Thursday, the waterpark will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until August 17. The park will then be open for two more Saturdays, August 24 and 31, and then Monday, September 2. The Pass of All Passes is currently on sale for $19.99 through Friday and includes unlimited waterpark access all summer long. There are also discounted one-day passes available currently at

Provo company aims to make garages ‘smart’

Garage Smart, a company located in Provo, has created a set of storage and automation tools to make garages “smart.”

Founder Jerome Miles and his team have designed a set of products to change the way people experience and use their garage with overhead storage and everyday work space innovations.

“For people who see their garage as a launchpad for adventure and a place for getting work done, we’ve developed a set of automated products to reduce clutter and maximize floor space, while providing easy access to tools, recreation equipment and gear,” Miles said. “Powered by smartphone apps, Garage Smart lifting solutions and accessories add functionality, simplicity and an outright coolness factor to any garage.”

Garage Smart begin with smart and motorized Bluetooth lifting solutions with the ability to lift and store goods overhead, including everything from hard tops and storage platforms to bikes, canoes, paddle equipment and more. The company has over 70 patents and pending applications and plans to continue expanding in the “smart garage innovation” field. Learn more about the company by visiting its website,

Garage Smart and its sister company MySmartBlinds are members of the Hall Labs portfolio of companies located on the Hall Labs innovation campus in Provo as part of the Provo Opportunity Zone, which has been named as one of the top three opportunity zones in the U.S., according to a press release.

Utah Valley Parade of Homes receives top award

The Executive Officers Council of the National Home Builders Association recently recognized the Utah Valley Home Builders Association with an Award of Excellence for their annual Parade of Homes, naming it one of the “best parades in the nation,” according to a press release.

“It is truly an honor for the hard work and professionalism of the HBA staff to be recognized with this award,” Shane Harr, current UVHBA president, said. “I applaud their dedication to representing the home builder members and preserving the American Dream of homeownership for our community.”

The Utah Valley Parade of Homes has been a tradition for 44 years, even drawing visitors from out of the state, with over 25,000 people attending last year’s event, according to event director Amber Hutchings. This year, over 40 fully decorated and landscaped homes will be featured in Utah Valley, ranging in price from $350,000 to $10 million.

“Our goal is to showcase the amazing builders and fine craftsmanship which our association comprises,” Steve Caldwell, executive officer of the UVHBA, said. “This event is the perfect avenue for them to present innovative ideas to the public.”

The parade begins June 6 and goes until June 22. General admission costs $16, and tickets can be purchased at According to a press release, money generated from the parade will be funneled back into the commuity through scholarships and donations, including donated time and labor to UVHBA’s annual SubContractor for Santa event, which aids in restoring homes to those without the means to do so themselves.

Carley Porter covers northern Utah County and business for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at

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