Around Utah

Devin Felix

July 9, 2013

Salt Lake City – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named UTAH a “boom state” in this year’s Enterprising States report. Utah was the only state in the nation that ranked as a top 10 state in all six areas assessed.

Sandy – VÉRITÉ was named the 2012 33rd Annual Telly Awards Bronze recipient for the Custom Kits, Trays & Sets video, created for MERIT MEDICAL’s OEM product group.

Salt Lake City – SOLARWINDS, INC., a Texas-based company that builds IT management software products, announced plans to bring operations to Utah, bringing an expected 1,040 new jobs to the state.

West Jordan – PETERSON DEVELOPMENT announced plans to build a master-planned community, The Highlands. The community has the potential for more than 2,900 homes.

Sandy – The LIVING PLANET AQUARIUM formed a partnership with LANCER HOSPITALITY to provide exclusive food service and catering at the new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, which is scheduled to open December 2013.

Salt Lake City – International real estate investment and services firm Kennedy Wilson acquired FOOTHILL PLACE, a 450-unit apartment community, for $61.8 million.

Salt Lake City – STEVENS-HENAGER COLLEGE expanded its Utah military service program, which is designed to assist and encourage military members in Utah and their spouses to pursue undergraduate degrees.

Salt Lake City – Brides magazine ranked the MCCUNE MANSION in Salt Lake City as one of the Top 50 Romantic Wedding Venues in the U.S.

Salt Lake City – BEIJER ELECTRONICS signed a new lease at CENTREPOINTE BUSINESS PARK, a research and development park.

West Valley City – PETZL broke ground on its new North American sales, marketing, training and distribution headquarters in West Valley City. The new building will be LEED-certified, with 24,000 square feet of office space, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and a 15,000-square-foot training area.


Utah Valley

Danburry Barbershop Offers Old-fashioned Gentlemanly Shaves and Haircuts

By Devin Felix

Provo – For years, Drew Danburry made his living as a musician, traveling the country performing his songs. But when he and his wife decided to have a child, Danburry realized he needed a more stable income and a job that would let him stay close to his home and family. Rather than sending out résumés, he took a less conventional course: He decided to open an old-fashioned barber shop.

He went to barber school and then rented a small commercial space in downtown Provo at the intersection of Center Street and University Avenue. In April 2011 he opened the DANBURRY BARBER SHOP and began offering men’s haircuts.

Danburry says he wanted his barbershop to have a “classy, gentlemen’s-lounge kind of feel.” Its décor includes wood and brass, and the waiting area has a coffee table with a stack of books. The barber chair is large and deep, made of leather and metal with wooden armrests.

Danburry charges a bit more for a haircut than most franchise hair salons, but that allows him to take more time with each customer and ensure an excellent haircut and a relaxed experience, he says. Every haircut includes a scalp massage and a neck shave using a straight razor and hot shaving foam. Danburry also offers face shaves and scalp treatments and uses old-fashioned aftershaves such as bay rum.

Danburry’s business has roughly tripled since he opened two years ago, he says. Clients are largely young men, including lots of students from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, but clients also include businessmen getting their hair cut while on a lunch break from nearby offices such as Nu Skin and Wells Fargo.

The Danburry Barber Shop is located at 55 N. University Ave., Ste. 145 in Provo.


Orem – ARIBEX, INC. introduced a new color option, black with gray trim, for its NOMAD Pro 2 to the U.S. dental and veterinary markets.

Provo – VERACITY NETWORKS launched its new national multi-protocol layer switching (MPLS), a telecommunication system designed to integrate companies with multiple locations under one secure private network.

Lehi – THE GARDNER COMPANY broke ground on a 130,000-square-foot office building at THANKSGIVING CENTER, a mixed-use development.

American Fork – ABRA AUTO BODY & GLASS opened a location at 62 N. 1020 South. It is the eighth ABRA repairs center in Utah.

Provo – MYHERITAGE launched Record Detective, a service that allows users to more easily connect historical records when researching their family history.

Lindon – PROFIRE ENERGY, INC. released a new burner management system called the PF1800. The system is designed to provide fundamental burner management without all the enhanced benefits of the company’s other system.

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