Business Spotlight: ColeSport


Sporting goods stores are in many ways the heart and soul of Park City. They keep us well-equipped to have fun outdoors and help us fix our gear when we have a little too much fun out there. My favorite local store of this stripe is ColeSport, which has been outfitting Park City since the early ’70s. This family-run business has all the appeal of a local shop—think amazing customer service and luxury outdoor décor (glamping, anyone?) Yet it also has the savvy of a big brand with a huge retail spread and several locations throughout the area. Full disclosure: since my husband works at ColeSport in the winters, I’m a little biased. Nonetheless, I decided to chat with Michael Strachan, long-time ColeSport gear purchaser, about what’s going on at the shop this season bike-wise.

Giant bikes to get excited about

ColeSport exclusively sells Giant bikes, which, coincidentally, began manufacturing bicycles in 1972—the same year ColeSport owners Gary and Jana Cole moved to Park City. Over the last couple of years, Strachan says that Giant has been improving and updating all of its trail bike frames with better suspension. This helps riders climb more efficiently and descend more smoothly. Strachan says that the road bikes in-stock have new axel systems and disc brakes.

Kicking the season into gear

If you’re looking to buy, ColeSport will spend time getting to know you as a rider, from skill sets and comfort level, to riding goals. Then the staff will help find a Giant bike that’s a good fit for you. If you’ve already got a bike, odds are it’s probably in need of a tune. “Just like ski equipment, you should service your bike twice a year,” Strachan explains. “Once at the beginning, and once towards the end.” The full tune will make sure your bike is clean, greased, and working in smooth order,” as Strachan puts it.

Group rides

ColeSport hosts group rides for ladies twice a month throughout the summer. A ColeSport ambassador and avid rider guides the rides and can offer tips for beginning and advanced riders alike. These rides are free and so are demos for those looking to test out new wheels. Usually, the ladies rides start around Memorial Day. Last year, the rides were every other Thursday—stay tuned to ColeSport’s calendar to find out which day it will offer rides this year. On Monday nights, ColeSport also hosts evening group road rides. The ColeSport cycling team chaperones the rides, which are no drop (meaning all abilities welcome).

The Bike Swap

This may be the best chance this summer to help your old bike find a better home, or to find a used bike to make your own! ColeSport will host this annual swap in its parking lot on Park Avenue on Saturday May 19 and Sunday, May 20. You can drop off old bikes starting on Thursday the 17th. Anything from small junior bikes and full-blown downhills, to kids’ bike trailers are welcome. ColeSport also unloads last year’s inventory so you can find great deals on new setups, too.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can take advantage of a special promo on bike tunes that I partnered with ColeSport to offer this May. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

Business Spotlight: Freshies Lobster Co

Freshies Lobster Roll

Photo credit: Freshies

Thanks to Freshies Lobster Co., Utahns can now laugh in the faces of those who say it’s impossible to get good, fresh seafood in our landlocked state. That’s because in 2017, Freshies beat New England at its own game, winning the title of “World Best Lobster Roll” at Maine’s inaugural festival dedicated to this classic sandwich. And this win was no fluke—it took both five expert judges and 250 attendees to name Freshies number one.

Lorin and Ben Smaha first launched Freshies as a Park City farmers’ market stand back in 2009. Both originally New England natives, they quickly drew attention and customers for their culinary chops. Soon, they upgraded to a food truck that toured around the Salt Lake City and Park City areas. By 2016, they’d established a brick-and-mortar location in Prospector Square.


Ben and Lorin after their incredible win (Photo Credit: Freshies)

Freshies serves its award-winning roll in three sizes (2oz, 4oz, and 5oz). All come New England style: big chunks of lobster tossed in mayo and seasoning on a buttered hot dog bun. The star ingredient is always fresh, imported from Maine.

Freshies Truck

Photo credit: Freshies

While the lobster roll may be Freshies leading menu item, it also offers other sandwiches, salads, and soups, all of which can be embellished with lobster for $4 per ounce. You can find out what a lobster Sriracha grilled cheese tastes like or gravitate toward something a little lighter like the Lobster Lettuce Cups or Lobster Bisque.

Soon, we  may be able to enjoy a taste of New England in Salt Lake, too. The Smahas are planning a second location in the capital soon.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with Freshies to offer this April. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

Spring Getaways in Utah for Vitamin D Chasers

Spring is not exactly the finest season for ski towns. Yes, there’s spring skiing and sunny days, but we also get our fair share of late-season snow and mud. In this seasonal limbo, sometimes the best thing to do is sneak away for a weekend in pursuit of summer. Luckily for us Utahns, that’s pretty easy to do. Southern Utah enjoys a much warmer desert climate than we do here in the Wasatch.

For those who want to chase Vitamin D in April, May, and early June, here are a few getaways right here in Utah.


For Adventure Seekers: Moab

This cute town in Eastern Utah is the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. With hotels and campgrounds alike, there are plenty of ways to make Moab your base camp for sightseeing and adventures. The area also has lots of hiking and mountain biking over red slickrock, as well as ATV and dirt bike rentals. Be sure to check out the Moab Brewery and the Love Muffin Cafe for its gigantic cinnamon rolls.

For Stargazers and Solitude: Capital Reef National Park

Sweeping rock formations in pink and orange, orchards, and an impressive night sky await at this national park in central Utah. The views of the stars are so good, they’ve been certified gold by the International Dark Sky Association. And unlike Arches, Zion, and St. George, this lesser known national park doesn’t get crowded, especially in spring. Camp under the stars or stay in the charming nearby town of Torrey.


For Agoraphobics: Zion National Park

If you love small spaces, a trip through the slot canyons of Zion is for you. Utah’s first national park brings in the crowds, so spring is a great time to enjoy a little more solitude here. Canyoneering through narrow passageways and water is what this park is known for, but there are tons of other ways to experience the area, from hiking to road biking.

St. George

Photo Credit: St. George Tourism Office

For Golfers: St. George

This oasis in the southern Utah desert is a destination for golfing, but it’s also much more. You can make it your base for experiencing nearby Zion, mountain bike through desert terrain, or visit one of the four state parks in the area. Sand Hollow offers a gorgeous reservoir where you can cool off from a day in the dunes with a dip. The town also has a great selection of restaurants and some hot real estate to check out while you’re in the area.

Sun Tunnels

Photo Credit: Utah Museum of Fine Arts

For the Arthounds: the Sun Tunnels

Where better to seek the sun than the Sun Tunnels in Great Basin Desert? A three-and-a-half hour drive from Park City, this epic piece of land art was built in the early ’70s by artist Nancy Holt. The tunnels line up with the sunrise and sunset during the winter and summer solstices. While you won’t catch this incredible alignment in the spring, you will have a great time playing around and within the Tunnels, which also make for an excellent photo opp. While you’re out and about, turn this pilgrimage into a longer trip and visit Holt’s husband’s famous land art: the Spiral Jetty in Great Salt Lake.

Have you had an experience worth sharing that I neglected to mention? Email me and your suggestion will be featured in a future newsletter.

Are You Considering Selling Your Property?

If you’re thinking about selling your property, now is a great time to make the leap. If you list soon, your property will be featured in our biannual premier guide of Utah’s finest properties: Collections Magazine.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty publishes a local luxury real estate and lifestyle magazine called “Collections” twice a year with a distribution of 115,000+ per issue throughout Utah.

We are currently accepting property listings. Property listings must be listed with Summit Sotheby’s International Realty before April 20th, 2018 and extend thru December 1st, 2018 to be included in our 2018 Summer Issue. We are also accepting advertisement requests from local companies targeting an affluent demographic and lifestyle.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with various publications such as Salt Lake Magazine, Utah Style & Design, Utah Business Magazine, Zion’s Bank Community Magazine, and the Salt Lake Tribune to distribute over 75,000 copies to their subscribers semi-annually. Here are some of the impressive distribution stats:
•   17,000+ copies delivered within five miles of Old Town, Park City
•   8,000+ copies mailed to Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Clientele
•   128 distribution locations along the Wasatch Front
•   112 distribution locations in Park City and Heber
•   25 distribution locations in Southern Utah

View our current edition online at

Summit Sotheby’s featured video :: The Park City Ski Lifestyle

There are many things that I love about my profession as a Realtor®. No two days are alike.

One of them is when my family is asked to stand in as skiers in a video shoot for a friend’s slope-side Deer Valley Resort town home listing. That footage was also included in our Summit Sotheby’s Park City Ski Lifestyle video released today.

Take a look for the Grenneys enjoying our ski town playground.

Our Passion Points

When comparing real estate brokerages, it can be easy to assume that all of us are the same. From community involvement and philanthropy, to a brand heritage dating back 274 years, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is about redefining real estate—inspiring us to continually push boundaries, innovate, and differentiate. For your consideration, we’ve identified the top 10 reasons why we’re different, what sets us apart, items we call our passion points. These passion points, paired with our defining of luxury as an experience, not a price point, is exactly why Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is like no other.

Read about a few of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s passion points here:

Global Reach

Epic Online Presence

Our Brand Heritage

Stellar Marketing




New YOTELPAD Condos Coming to Park City


YOTELPAD, European-living inspired condos, are coming to the Canyons Base Area of Park City Resort. Headquartered in London, YOTEL cut its teeth with airport hotels inspired by Japan’s famously compact accommodation options. It now operates similar space efficient hotels in cities across the world.

YOTEL’s newest project is YOTELPAD, condominiums inspired by space-efficient European living. The company is only debuting YOTELPAD in five cities around the world and Park City, Utah just happens to be one of them. Along with Dubai, Miami, and two Swiss cities, Park City will soon see construction begin on this exciting new real estate development.


These new condos will be perfect for locals seeking a small space. As residents struggle to break into the Park City real estate market, YOTELPAD offers a solution. A YOTELPAD condo would also be a great fit for part-time residents who come to ski or as an investment property for short-term/long-term rentals.

These units will go fast and the deadline to reserve yours is Friday, March 16. Here’s what you need to know:

What: A new condominium development with streamlined units featuring swanky lounge areas, adjustable SmartBeds™, luxury en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, and ample storage. A Technowall allows residents or guests to customize the space and make the condo feel like home.


Where: Steps from the gondola at the Canyons Base of Park City Resort

When: Interested buyers must make a non-binding reservation and $10,000 refundable deposit by 5pm MST on Friday, March 16. Actual pricing will be released March 23. A lottery selection event will take place March 28 in the Grand Summit Ballroom. Contracts go firm in June. Groundbreaking anticipated this July, with completion within 18-24 months.

How Much: Full-ownership studios start at $275,000 with three bedrooms going up to just under $1,000,000.Blank Yotel Reservation Agreement

Forms: YOTELPAD Early Interest List and Blank Yotel Reservation Agreement

Interested? Got questions? Contact me.

My March 2018 Newsletter

My March newsletter went out this week and I’m sharing a preview of it below. You can read the whole thing here and if you like what you see, sign up for my monthly dispatch.

This month, it’s all about the girls. On March 8, I’m celebrating both my birthday and International Women’s Day. It also happens to be National Women’s History Month. And I think we can all agree that lately, women have been shining. It’s no wonder CNN predicted that 2018 will be the year of women when you consider the uptick in female candidates for office, the #metoo movement, and even the release of Wonder Woman.

There’s no better time than now to shine the spotlight on some of the women who inspire me, from my accomplished female colleagues at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty to my own sweet, adventurous girls. This month, I’ve taken the opportunity to shine the spotlight on 7 women I admire. I also profile a talented member of the Sotheby’s team: Miranda Kimberlin, real estate photographer extraordinaire. And finally, I’ve partnered with an awesome local female business owner, Jill Johnson, to give you a deal on classes at The Paint Mixer. So, take a minute to celebrate some of my female role models as well as the inspiring women in your life.

Also featured in the March newsletter:

  • 14 not-yet-listed homes
  • 3 hot picks
  • An exclusive promo at The Paint Mixer
  • A Q&A with Summit Sotheby’s photographer Miranda Kimberlin
  • A list of 7 Women Who Inspire Me

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Not Yet Listed Homes in Park City – March 2018

Not Yet Listed Properties in Park City

Love being in the know? Then you’ll be excited to hear about these not-yet-listed properties coming to the Park City real estate market in the near future.

  • 6BD+lofted office/4BA, 4900sf home on a large private lot on Crestline Drive in Park Meadows (~$2,100,000)
  • 2BD/2BA/896sf condo eligible for nightly rental with Deer Valley Resort views at Crestview in Pinebrook (~$325,000)
  • 5BD+office/7BA, 5600sf all main level living new construction in Hidden Oaks in Lower Deer Valley ($3,500,000)
  • 3BD+bunk play room/3BA, 2500sf on the Rail Trail in Canyon Crossing in Prospector (~$860,000)
  • 5BD/6BA/7200sf on a .75 acre wooded lot in Iron Canyon ($2,700,000)
  • 6BD+office/8BA/7000sf home with main level living on the golf course on Homestead in Jeremy Ranch (~$1,800,000)
  • 5BD/5BA/3337sf completely upgraded home with stunning water views at Victory Ranch (~$2,850,000)
  • 3BD/2BA/1264sf upgraded garden-level Pine Creek condo with open space views and covered patio ($390,000)
  • 4BD/3.5BA/~2200sf completely remodeled Bear Hollow townhome ($750,000)
  • 6BD/3BA/~3600sf updated Jeremy Ranch home backing open space with great views ($1,100,000)
  • 1BD/1BA cute and well-maintained Park Avenue unit ($350,000)
  • 3BD/3BA/1349sf walk-to-lift townhome on 16th fairway with ski resort views at Three Kings in Old Town ($787,000)
  • 5BD/4BA/4700sf home on 1.04 acres and backing open space on Saddleback in Jeremy Ranch ($1,250,000)
  • 4BD/4BA/1885sf downhill clean and walk-to-ski Crescent Ridge townhome in Old Town ($975,000)

If you’re interested, please contact me as soon as possible for more details.

A Local Business I Love: The Paint Mixer

The Paint Mixer Owner Jill Johnson

Ladies night out. A creative outlet. A kiddo’s birthday party. Some much-needed art therapy. A date night that breaks you out of that dinner-and-a-movie rut. The Paint Mixer is good for all these things and more. The concept is simple: paint, unwind, and—for the adults—have a drink or two. In addition to signing up for one of the classes on the schedule, you can also host a private party, plan a team-building activity for your workplace, or take advantage of the Van-Go Mobile Studio, which can set up a studio at any venue for your next event.

Another reason I love this local business is because of its owner, Jill Johnson. This month, it’s also all about the girls here at Choose Park City. In honor of National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), I’ve assembled a list of women who inspire me and profiled a talented Sotheby’s photographer. I also wanted to profile a local female-led business. As a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, former U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member, and a mom, Jill is a local I truly admire. I sat down with her to learn more about how The Paint Mixer got its start and where it’s headed.

Choose Park City: How and when did you first decide to open the Paint Mixer?

Jill Johnson: The Paint Mixer actually found me. I bought the business in October 2016. My husband, Matt, was looking into buying a local business and leaving his suit and tie behind. However, the Broker found a business that they thought would work well with my background and interests. We decided to go for it and here we are, a little over a year later.

How has the business evolved over time?

It is still evolving. I have learned a lot over the past year. Owning a new business is a crash course on so many levels. The first form of evolution was shifting our to local products. I am a lifelong Park City girl and believe deeply in our vibrant community. I always want to share with our guests the amazing elements of Utah, from our natural surroundings to the local artisans crafting local beers, ciders, and wine.

We have also partnered with local companies. In Park City, we offer creative experiences at Whole Foods, Townshend’s Tea, the National Ability Center (NAC), Park City Youth Council, Blue Sky Ranch, and St. Regis. In Salt Lake City, we offer experiences at Tinwell, Undercurrent, Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah Continuing Education, and Utah Natural History Museum. I like to think of our team as creative concierges.


Do you incorporate your educational background as an art therapist into your vision for Paint Mixer?

Absolutely! My background and ongoing work as an art therapist always influences my vision for The Paint Mixer. Creating a safe, inspiring, and welcoming space is the first step in art therapy and this is also essentially The Paint Mixer. We want our guests to come in and feel safe to try something new, make mistakes, laugh, and possibly discover something they never thought they could do. As an art therapist, I love disrupting narratives, meaning we all have our stories. When we continue to use our words to describe our experiences, we often get locked into a script we create and re-create. With art, the opportunity arises to see new perspectives, new ways of thinking, feeling and connecting.

Currently, my art therapy practice focuses on trauma, PTSD, and survivors of sexual assault. I work with The National Ability Center and Art Access, offering art therapy experiences to their clients. My ongoing intention is to give more access and opportunities for individuals and communities to explore and discover creative expression.

As a Park City native, did you ever imagine becoming a local business owner here?

I think I always thought about owning a local business. I grew up watching and working in my father’s business, Jack Johnson Company. Entrepreneurship has been in my family and in Matt’s. I almost bought a retail business three years ago that I loved, but the timing wasn’t right. So, I knew that it may happen, but never expected The Paint Mixer.

What do you love most about living here?

There is so much that I love about living in Park City. The community, my family, my sisterhood of friends, the mountains, SKIING, and the fact that nature is all around us. I love that my children are growing up in a place where they are outside more than inside. We all live in a community that continues to surprise and inspire and invites me to try new things, evolve, and connect with people from all over the world.

You often support local nonprofits. Which organization are you supporting right now?

I continue to support National Ability Center, Art Access, and Park City Youth Council. With NAC, I work with the Wounded Warrior Project and Project Odyssey. I love working with the groups they host and am continually inspired and humbled by the bravery, resilience, and compassion that our active duty warriors and veterans bring to the table. I am very dedicated to survivors of sexual assault. Three years ago, Elise Butterfield from Art Access asked me to pilot an art therapy experience for survivors and it has been an incredible experience to hold space and witness the strength and vulnerability of men and women working with their own personal traumas.

Part of the Paint Mixer experience is what’s in your glass. Which local beverage companies do you partner with?

Currently, we feature Old Town Cellars wine, Proper and Roha beers, and Mountain West Cider. We offer seasonal drinks featuring High West whiskey or Beehive Gin. We love learning about local brews and spirits. It is truly amazing what has happened in Utah craft beer, wine, and spirits.

We’re excited that you’re now hosting classes at Whole Foods! Tell us more about this partnership and if there’s anything else on the horizon.

We will continue our Whole Foods first Thursdays! I will be at Townshend’s Tea hosting “create and caffeinate” on alternate Wednesdays, which is an open experience for anyone to join, bring a journal, and create. We are excited about our private figure drawing classes, where we teach the beginning elements of drawing with charcoal. The horizon is full! We are excited to share throughout the year!

If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with The Paint Mixer to offer this March. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.