Chamber Spotlight

July Business of the Month: Boot Hill Farms

Rick and Jennifer Bell have lived in Vernal all of their 51 years of marriage. They raised their six children at the base of what is presently termed “U Hill'', but known to longtime residents of the Uintah Basin as Boot Hill. In 1986, the Bells began a commercial hog operation appropriately named Boot Hill Hog Farms. As their children moved away from home on their own ventures, the pigs were sold and the hog farm dissolved.

When Rick and Jennifer’s oldest son, Bryan, and his wife, Jessica, graduated from BYU and finished a two-semester internship in Florida at Deseret Land & Livestock, they were provided the opportunity to build a home on the farm. With more children joining the family and the demand for milk increasing, the Bells invested in a Jersey heifer named Daisy. There was a lot of interest from neighbors and friends in any extra milk. It wasn’t long after the surplus of milk that Boot Hill Hog Farms simply became Boot Hill Farms. The Bells became a Utah Certified raw milk dairy and grass-fed beef smallholding. Boot Hill Farms now offers grass-fed lamb, chicken, turkey (seasonally), pork, and eggs alongside the 100%-pastured, raw milk and beef.

The gates are always open at Boot Hill Farms, where their mission is to “Bring Healthy Home”.

Rick serves on the county Board of Adjustments and the Uintah Animal Control and Special Service District Board of directors. Jennifer works with the Uintah Basin Visual Arts. They support 4-H and the Uintah Basin Junior Livestock show.

Bryan is on both the Uintah County Conservation District and the Utah Association of Conservation District boards. Bryan recently purchased Superior Meat Company which will now be called Bell-Mont Meats hopefully to open the end of August.
The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present Business of the Month to Boot Hill Farms.

Beautification Award Presented to Cedar Bear Naturales at Chamber Luncheon

The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the Beautification Award to Cedar Bear Naturales for their efforts in improving the downtown area and their continued commitment to our community. Cedar Bear was founded in 1999 by Jhoane and Carl Robinson. They started in their home creating glycerin-based dietary supplements and grew into a multimillion-dollar business today. The decision to add a mural to their building was easy as they had a large blank canvas that could be used to revitalize downtown. They approached Ninety-One Design with the idea of creating something different, colorful, and memorable. They began with a design by Devahni Taylor, a Union High School Entrepreneur student, and then the magic was created. The mural is only the first step to bringing life to the old Post Office/Old Town Printing building which has sat empty for many years. In May 2020 during Cedar Bear moved in and went straight to work by cleaning the outside of the building, parking lot, and the front of the building. They plan to replace all the windows and doors but keep the heritage of the building by saving all the beautiful old six-inch molding. They plan on updating the storefront to make it more inviting. On the second floor, they will add a rustic railing for safety and outdoor seating so everyone can enjoy all that downtown Vernal has to offer.

February 2022 Business of the Month: Beans & Brews

The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present February 2022 Business of the Month to Beans & Brews. Owner Melanie Jorgensen said Beans & Brews business philosophy “is that their guests are the reason for getting up in the morning. Jorgensen moved to Vernal in 2014 when she opened the franchise. Since then she met her husband and all of their adult children have moved to Vernal as well. Their favorite part of living here is how close-knit the community is and how the whole town rallies when there is someone in need. They enjoy supporting the community and have donated close to 35,000 cups of hot chocolate and coffee to Holly Days, the Gobbler (5K for local charity), and the Naples Tree Lighting Ceremony! Beans & Brews has been proud to sponsor various school organizations, Uintah School Foundations, Grad night, and countless other associations. The only thing that makes them smile even more than serving your favorite beverage, is helping a cause they believe in. We would like to thank Beans & Brews for their many contributions and their continued commitment to our community!

Owners of Dinoland Bowl Receive a Beautification Award at Chamber Luncheon

The Public Relations Committee presented Brian and Katie Abrams, owners of Dinoland Bowl, with a Beautification Award at Chamber Luncheon in January. Although the Abrams didn’t have prior bowling experience, they have always had an interest in contributing to our community. They spent weekends with their teenage kids, traveling to bowling alleys all over Utah and Colorado to figure out what would work best in Vernal. As they looked at potential buildings, the old bowling alley became available. It no longer had any remnants of a bowling alley but it was the right size and the Abrams liked the idea of revitalizing the downtown. Mike Eskelson and Brian Nielsen were fantastic to work with and turned the auto detail shop into the wholesome family entertainment venue that had been envisioned. The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the Beautification Award to Dinoland Bowl for their efforts in improving and upgrading an area of downtown Vernal and providing a wonderful entertainment opportunity.

Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to Ashley Regional's Christmas Charity Village

The Public Relations Committee awarded Ashley Regional's Christmas Charity Village with a Certificate of Appreciation on January 25, 2022. The Village was created to provide a fun and enjoyable way for the community to give to charity during the Christmas season. It was held during Holly Days and encouraged businesses and community members to set up Christmas displays. Community members voted on their favorite displays with cans of food or dollar bills as they passed through the Village. Canned and boxed goods went to Ashley Valley Food Pantry. Funds were managed through Charitable Friends of Ashley Valley and were given to Keeping Love in Communities (KLiC), a local charity that gives assistance to people that travel to the Wasatch Front for cancer treatments. The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Ashley Regional Medical Center for their continuing contributions to our community and specifically the Christmas Charity Village and look forward to next year’s Village!

Marty Partridge Receives Quarterly Outstanding Public Service Award

The Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to present Marty Partridge with the Quarterly Outstanding Public Service award for her various and continued contributions to our community. Marty has been involved with various community events including Trees for Charity, Vernal Hotel Haunt, school sporting events, charity golf tournaments, fundraisers, grad night, and school dances. Marty has also spent many years volunteering with multiple youth groups through Cub Scouts, helping in local schools, and various church callings. Congratulations Marty and thank you for all you do for our community!!!