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Editor’sNote

July 2011

&

In with the old

the new

Publisher

Mike Starn

On one hand, the timing of our

Jeff Hunter

cover story for this issue seems like it couldn't be better. Antiques are bigger than ever in Cache Valley, as I witnessed first-hand on a couple of Saturday

Hidden Treasure s in Log everyone an has so , even t mething hough it for mig

ht be w ell hidde n.

afternoons while visiting the four largest

to the editor

stores in Logan. There was seemingly

section entitled Valley

no shortage of people carefully passing

Views which we hope to start with our

up and down the aisles looking for that

next issue.

perfect item to accent their living room décor or remind them of days gone by. It's just that, inasmuch as this issue of

In addition, we'd like to encourage local photographers to send in their favorite shots, whether it be a stunning

Cache Valley Magazine is also the first

Cache Valley landscape, the peak mo-

featuring our brand-new look, perhaps

ment of a sporting event or the cutest

featuring antiques sends the wrong

kid in the neighborhood. The best pho-

message ... but maybe I can find a way

tographs will be published in our Cache

to make old and new work together:

Back section, so take a chance and e-

Change the design of Cache Valley

mail (valleyviews@hjnews.com) or mail

Magazine? Some people think it's About

(P.O. Box 487, Logan, UT 84323-0487)

Time (Logan's newest antique shop at

us something spectacular.

538 S. Main Street). But one way or

In an effort to get our readers more in-

another, hopefully you'll be able to find

volved, we'll also be unveiling a new Web

some Hidden Treasures (692 N.600

site and Facebook page this summer.

West) within these 56 pages, as you

But until then, hopefully we will have

Browse Around (180 W. 1200 South in

managed to mesh together the old with

the former home of Cabin Fever Cafe)

the new, somehow, and will have made

at some of our other stories about life

this an extra special issue of Cache Val-

in Bridgerland. After all, it does take a

ley Magazine.

village — and in this case, a Country

Something that, you know, might

Village (730 S. Main Street) — to put

be worth a few bucks someday in an

something like this together.

antique store.

We certainly welcome your feedback, though, about what you like and don't like about our changes. Your thoughts and ideas might just be included in our letters

MAY 2011

Editor VOLUME 8, NUMBER 4

jhunter@hjnews.com

Advertising Director Kyle Ashby

Sales Manager Debbie Andrew

Designer

Ashley Carley

Circulation Director Russ Davis

Production Director Paul Davis

Finance Director Chris Jensen

Cache Valley Magazine is published 10 times annually by Cache Valley Publishing LLC and inserted in The Herald Journal newspaper on June 18, 2011. Subscriptions are available for $12. Please write to: Cache Valley magazine P.O. Box 487 Logan, UT 84321-0487 or e-mail Jeff Hunter at jhunter@hjnews. com To advertise, please call Debbie Andrew at (435) 792-7299 or email dandrew@hjnews.com. For photo reprints call (435) 792-7299. Visit us on the Web at cachevalleymagazine.com. All rights reserved. Reproduction of Cache Valley magazine in whole or part is strictly prohibited without consent of the editor or publisher.

Volume Eight, Number Six

Cover Photo by Jeff Hunter Five-year-old Natalie Chesley of Nibley enjoys a visit to Browse Around Antique Shop thanks to a vintage school desk and a huge Raggedy Ann doll.

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InTheValley

Air Time:

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International Learn to Fly Day gives potential pilots a chance to take control of an aircraft

oys will be boys. And little brothers will definitely be little brothers. While two of his sisters were flying high above

Cache Valley in a Cessna Skyhawk, Bridger Hansen just

Eleven-year-old Makinley, suffering from a serious knee injury, had to be carried out of the Skyhawk by her father. But, considering that she had survived her first small-plane ride with her older sister at the controls, she still looked pretty happy.

couldn't help himself. Using one of the crutches his sister,

"I was a little nervous," Makinley admitted. "And I'd get real

Makinley, had left behind on the runaway at Logan-Cache

nervous when the plane would drop all of a sudden. That would

Airport, Bridger hoisted the aluminum support up to his shoulder

really scare me and I'd get butterflies in my stomach.

and took aim with his imaginary rifle. "We'll just pretend they're all bad guys and shoot 'em down,"

"But I think she did pretty good." A battalion chief for the Logan City Fire Department, Brady

he announced as he tracked the single-engine plane cruising

Hansen and Shelby were already planning to take flying lessons

through the partly cloudy sky.

together. But because of International Learn to Fly Day on May

Already a little nervous, Bridger's father, Brady Hansen, and

21, Brady figured it would be a good time to make certain his

Autumn Jensen, the mother of the third girl in the airplane,

daughter was up for the experience of flying a small plane. For

clearly found this less than amusing. Fortunately for everyone,

$59, visitors to the Logan-Cache Airport had an opportunity to

the Skyhawk continued on its journey without incident before

actually pilot either an airplane with Leading Edge Aviation or

returning to the airport about 15 minutes later.

a helicopter with Mountain Ridge Helicopters with a certified

"Is that their plane?" Jensen asked as the white Cessna touched down on the tarmac.

instructor. "It's gone great so far," said Jabin Evans, an instructor with

"Yep," Hansen replied, "that's it."

Leading Edge who had already taken seven novice pilots up be-

"Wooooooo ..." an obviously relieved Jensen proclaimed with

fore 3 p.m. "Nobody's gotten very nervous. It was a little windy

a huge release of air from her lungs. Not only did Shelby Hansen, 14, Makinley Hansen, 11, and Rachel Jensen, 15, get to take their first trip in a small plane,

for a while, and most people don't like the turbulence very much, but there haven't been any problems. "And it's not actually that nerve-racking because I also have

but during the short flight, Shelby even got to take control of the

controls on my side, so if something starts to go wrong I can

airplane.

quickly take over," added Evans, who earned his private pilot's li-

"It was awesome! Very exhilarating!" Shelby declared after-

cense in 2004 through Utah State University's aviation program.

wards. "(The pilot) had me pull up when we were taking off, and

Events at the airport for the International Learn to Fly Day

then I got to drive pretty much the whole time until he had to pull

also included displays from the Logan City Fire Department,

back in."

the University of Utah AirMed helicopter, New Air Helicopters,

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Southwest Airlines and the Logan-Cache Airport Authority.

"Oh yeah ‌ land," Shelby responded with a laugh.

People could take tours of the flight schools or ride in a flight

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Left, Lynne Brown makes a “whirlybird” motion with her finger after getting off a Mountain Ridge Helicopter. Below, first-time pilot Ramiro Espinoza is greeted by his jubilant daughter Evelyn after landing at Logan-Cache Airport. Bottom, International Learn to Fly Day visitors look over the University of Utah’s AirMed helicopter.

simulator while enjoying a free hamburger or hot dog. Representatives of Mountain American Credit Union were also on hand, just in case a potential pilot had need of a student loan. And judging by the number of first-time pilots who climbed out of Evans' Cessna with a big smile on their face, that might have been more than a few. "I'm definitely interested," David Hall declared after his flight. "I just might want to take some classes." Hall, who noted that he had never been in a small airplane or even visited the Logan-Cache Airport before, circled above Logan and the USU campus after taking control of the plane, and was even able to make out his house as he flew above it. "It looks way different from up there," Hall said. "There's a lot more open space down there than you think — even right in Logan City. It's gorgeous." Hall said everything during the flight went very smooth, with the exception of one brief moment when he said it just felt like the plane had come to a complete stop. "I know we weren't stopped, but it sure felt like we were stalled

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for a minute and started going down," he said. "Obviously, we weren't. I guess I kind of pulled back a little bit too much, so Jabin told me level it back out. He told me, 'Speed is our friend,' so I had to go back down a little bit and pick up some speed. "It was a little weird," Hall added. "The plane was a little slower to respond than I expected it to be. It was a little more like driving a boat than a car." Perhaps because it was May 21 — the day erroneously >>


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Ride alongside Utah State University’s Old

“Little Shop of Horrors” runs June 23, 24, 25; July 6, 15, 23,

Lyric Repertory Company as they come

28; and Aug. 3 and 5.

across a mysterious plant of enormous proportions at Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists in the play, “Little Shop of

The 2011 Old Lyric Repertory Company season also features “The 39 Steps,” “See How They Run” and “Amadeus.” Plays run June 16-Aug. 6. Led by artistic director Dennis Hassan, the OLRC, is a professional theater program based in the Department of Theatre Arts in the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State. “We are looking forward to the 2011 season because each production was selected for its excitement level and appeal for all crowds,” Hassan says. “The 39 Steps” is an adaptation of the classic Hitchcock spy story and a Cache Valley premiere. Four actors portray dozens of characters in this classic murder mystery. “See How They Run,” written by Philip King, is British farce

Horrors,” this summer at the historic Caine Lyric Theatre. Based on the book and lyrics by

at its best, complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, and of course, missing trousers. Fitting the theme of the Caine College of the Arts Summer Music Institute featuring works by Mozart, The Old Lyric Repertory Company presents “Amadeus,” written by Peter Shaffer. Tickets for OLRC productions can be purchased by visit-

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (435)

of Horrors” follows the journey of

797-8022 or online at arts.usu.edu. Tickets are also available at the Caine Lyric Theatre begin-

Seymour Krelborn

ning June 6, from 1-5 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday and

as he hits a streak

an hour prior to curtain on show nights. Individual ticket prices

of luck when he discovers a strange and interesting plant that could be his ticket to fame and the af-

range from $18-$25 for adults, $15-$21 for seniors and USU faculty and staff and $12-$18 for USU students and youth. For more information on the OLRC’s 2011 season, visit arts. usu.edu/lyric.

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Cache Valley Cruise-In The Cache Valley Cruise-In runs over three days at the Logan-

Freedom Fire Logan celebrates Independence Day at Romney Stadium with “Freedom Fire” — a patriotic extravaganza that will include a concert by Grammy awardwinning country music group

Diamond Rio as well as a huge fireworks display. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $25 to $50 for reserved seating. They can be purchased at the Logan Recreation Center, the Caine College of the Arts Box Office on USU campus, online at art. usu.edu or via telephone at 797-8022.

Star-Spangled Celebration Hyrum City's annual Star-Spangled Celebration gets underway on Saturday with a youth parade at 10:30 a.m. at the City Square and a water fight with firemen at 11 a.m. at East Park. Gayle Miller, the wife of late Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, will be the guest speaker during a patriotic program Sunday at 7 p.m. at the City Square, while a

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Cache Fairgrounds and includes more than 1,000 vehicles. This year’s event includes a performance by the Beach Boys Thursday at 8 p.m., along with a sock hop Friday night and the Main Street Cruising Parade beginning Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the Cruise-In is $8 for 18 and over, $1 for children 5 to 17 years old and tickets are good for the entire three days of the show. Tickets to the Beach Boys range from $25 to $59.50 and are available at Macey’s and Rumbi Island Grill or online at EZticketlive.com. Visit www. cachevalleycruisein.net.

full day of events are slated for Monday. The Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run begins at 7 a.m., while the parade starts at noon and fireworks and entertainment will be held at the soccer fields from 8-10:30 p.m. Call 245-6033 or visit hyrumcity.org.

Demolition Derby The Cache County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a demolition derby at the Logan-Cache Fairgrounds beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Call 755-1427 or visit cachedemoderby.com.

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The 7th annual Art on the Lawn event will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Crookston Homestead at 1491 E. 2300 North in North Logan. More than three dozen artists and artisans are scheduled to participate. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Dry Lake Band from 5-6 p.m., with hot dogs, Aggie Ice Cream and cuisine from Gia’s Restaurant. The Old Home Art Show & Silent Auction will start Friday from 4-8 p.m. and continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 752-4749.

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band, Bob Callaway, opened a tiny take-out

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this little space in here with people to where

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for about two-and-a-half years until closing

setting a table near the take-out counter.

it down last month when the building it was

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housed in underwent a large remodel.

out place, but we had such a high demand

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field, however, is mostly a huge selection of

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CacheProfile When operatic bass Branch Fields joined the company of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater for its 2011 repertory season in late May, the actor was no stranger to Cache Valley. In 2001, Fields was a young apprentice in the chorus when the local opera company last staged “South Pacific” here in Logan. The Texas native is now slated to sing the leading role of Emile du Becque this summer in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, a part he is ideally qualified to play after understudying that role during a recent Tony Award winning revival of “South Pacific” at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

BRanch fields

Interview by Charlie Schill Photo Courtesy of Branch Fields Did you enjoy your apprenticeship with Utah Festival Opera back in 2001?

>> I was studying in New York City then and keeping busy with regional gigs all over the United States when I was offered the apprenticeship with Utah Festival Opera …. I was in the ensembles for three out of the four shows that UFO staged that season: “Susannah,” “Naughty Marietta” and “South Pacific.” That experience was pretty memorable because, when I sang the bass solo in “Nothing Like a Dame,” the other members of the male chorus played a lot of pranks on me. One night they actually succeeded in getting me to break character by laughing right out loud. It was embarrassing and they all apologized later. Did you have any opportunity to interact with Logan impresario Michael Ballam during your previous stay here as a UFO apprentice?

>> (Laughs) No, I was just a voice in the crowd back then and Michael Ballam was pretty busy running the entire festival. I’m

They are mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford

Morrison, who was playing Lieutenant Joe

(a Utah State University graduate from

Cable, left the show to do the pilot for the

Sandy) and bass-baritone David Crawford

TV series “Glee” in Hollywood. I moved

(from Ohio Wesleyan and Boston universi-

into the ensemble when the cast was

ties). Both of them have since performed

reshuffled.

with the Metropolitan Opera in New York

What’s next in your musical career after your stay here in Cache Valley?

City. Will your experience with the “South Pacific” revival at the Lincoln Center effect your portrayal of Emile du Becque here?

>> I’m just anxious for the opportunity

>> I’m going to be performing another romantic leading role next — which is pretty unusual for a bass — in “Pocahontas.” That opera was originally commissioned

to finally perform that role for an audi-

by the Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia

ence. My contract with the Lincoln Center

Opera in 2007 to celebrate the 400th anni-

ended before I ever had the chance to go

versary of the founding of Jamestown. It’s

on as Emile du Becque. But all the ushers

being revived for a short tour of Minnesota

and security guards there were big fans,

>> It wasn’t just invaluable for my

funded by grants from Native American

because they were the only ones who ever

career; that season with Utah Festival

tribes there. I’ll be playing John Rolfe, the

saw me in rehearsals (laughs) …. I did get

Opera was also a springboard for other

husband of Pocahontas, the same role

to sing in the ensemble for that production

young performers who I worked with here.

that I played in the original production four

eventually. That happened when Matthew

years ago.

hoping to have more opportunity to rub shoulders with him during this visit. Did your previous experience with Utah Festival Opera positively impact your later career?

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splendid summertime climate, Cache Valley has also acquired a reputation as a source for affordable, high-quality antiques and collectibles in recent years. Five local antique shops are now listed on the Northern Utah & Idaho Antiques Tour map published by the New Century Collector of Salt Lake City, a monthly publication that guides would-be treasure hunters in the Intermountain West. The owners of those establishments say they are not only serving customers from Utah and Idaho, but also tourists from throughout the United States, Europe and even Asia on occasion. “Logan is a crossroads on the way to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole and Bear Lake,” says Betty Marble of Tremonton, who co-owns the Browse Around Antique Mall at 180 W. 1200 South in Logan with her husband, Greg. “Those are three major attractions here in the West, which makes this an ideal location for tourists to stop while on their way through Logan. >>

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“We get some international business as well as tourists from all over the United States,” Betty Marble adds. “We’ve had people from as far away as Hong Kong shop here, for example. A

one shop are much more likely to plan a day-trip or a weekend to really treasure-hunt at several different businesses.” Although he is known as something of an iconoclast among

couple from there bought about a dozen, vintage plastic pencil

local antique dealers, Shawn Fullmer at Hidden Treasures

sharpeners in various shapes — those were kind of a fad with

agrees that business is good in Logan.

schoolchildren in the 1950s and 1960s. A bride and groom

“I get people at Hidden Treasures from Salt Lake and Idaho

from France on their honeymoon bought a quart canning jar

on a regular basis,” Fullmer says. “It’s also not usual to see

from one of our displays, the same kind that are gathering dust

customers here from as far away as California. The people

in half of the homes in this valley. I guess that they just wanted

from Arizona who spend the summer in Cache Valley every

a memento of their visit here.”

year are regular customers; I know all of them by name.”

As recently as 2006, there were only two shops in Logan

The most recent addition to the valley’s antique and col-

selling antiques and collectibles. They were the Country Vil-

lectibles community is the About Time Antique Mall at 538

lage Antique Mall at 730 S. Main Street and Hidden Treasures,

S. Main Street in Logan. That shop opened in late April and

an antiques and collectibles mall at 692 N. 600 West in Logan.

owner Connie Tibbits of Providence says that “business has

Kristie Johnson, the owner of Country Village, considers the

been good, so far.”

expansion of the Cache Valley antiques and collectibles com-

Tibbits is no stranger to the local antique and collectibles

munity since then to be a positive development for the local

community. She was previously an independent dealer who

antique market.

contributed merchandise to displays at both Country Village

“The more antique stores that we have here in Logan,” she says, “the more people from outside Cache Valley will come here to shop. People who wouldn’t normally drive here to visit

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and Browse Around. “I’ve always wanted to open my own shop,” Tibbits explains. “But I kept putting off taking that final step …. Eventually, I just


ast

s figured that I wasn’t getting any younger, so if I was ever going to start my own shop, it might as well be now … So I decided to go ahead and jump off the bridge.” Tibbits’ recent transformation from independent dealer to shop owner is typical of the normal career progression in the antique business. Betty and Greg Marble were dealers who displayed items at Browse Around before purchasing that business from Hank and Brenda Schilder in 2008. Johnson had a similar experience prior to taking over Country Village from former owner Jim Lundahl in 2006. Another common denominator between the owners of local antique shops is that most of them “caught the bug” from fam-

off from there, be-

ily members.

cause I really got into

“Once the antique bug is in your blood, there’s just no cure,” Marble says with a laugh, adding that she acquired her love of antiques from her parents, both of whom were “antique people.” “My mother — Karma Waite — loved antiques,” Johnson agrees. “When I was young, we would go around to estate sales and buy things. So I guess that I caught the antique bug

treasure-hunting at garage sales. All my sisters are the same way, in fact.” Fullmer acknowledges that he picked up the habit of hunting for antiques from his father, who had similar tastes when it came to collecting curios. The local shop owners say that, while all of the merchandise

from her. She was particularly interested in Depression glass

they sell may not be genuine antiques, all of it does at least fall

(clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed

into the broader category of collectibles.

free or at low cost by U.S. businesses as an incentive for pur-

According to the Antiques Dealers Association of America,

chases during the 1930s). That’s also how I got started in the

an antique is an object that represents a previous era or time

business, collecting Depression glass. My interest just took off

period that is valued because of its “age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, emotional connection or other unique features.” >>

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Generally speaking, experts say that an object must be at

working with independent dealers,” Betty Marble explains,

least 100 years old to be considered a genuine antique. A

gesturing toward the maze of display cubicles that surround

collectible, on the other hand, is any object that is regarded as

her at the Browse Around Antique Mall. “If my husband and I

being of value or interest to an individual or group of collectors.

had personally collected this much stuff, it might be rather bor-

The value of a collectible is not necessarily related to its

ing for some customers. That’s because … it would reflect only

age. Some collectibles are manufactured specifically for that

our particular tastes since any collector tends to lock in on his

purpose (e.g., baseball cards or Beanie Babies) while oth-

or her own knowledge or interests while shopping. But, with so

ers acquire value through rarity or cult popularity (like vintage

many dealers constantly on the hunt for different type of items,

comic books or movie action figures).

the result is wonderful variety.”

As of mid-May, the items for sale in Cache Valley antique

Marble believes that good antique shops all have a distinctly

shops ran the gamut from a mint-condition, solid-oak baroque

different flavor. The building that houses the Browse Around

credenza dating to the early 1900s (priced around $6,000) at

Antique Mall, originally designed as a rustic restaurant, now

one end of the merchandise spectrum to fragile doll house

provides plenty of display space and ample room for custom-

furniture at the other end. Between those extremes, customers

ers to linger over items of interest, plus what she describes as

could find life-size wooden Indians; western tack and curios;

a “perfect historic aura.”

new and old jewelry; classic phonograph records; antique

“It was fun putting this place together,” Marble admits. “Greg

china and silverware; retro shoes and clothing; Indian pottery,

and I have gotten a lot of recognition for how we’ve set up our

dolls and trinkets; authentic military uniforms, helmets, rank in-

shop …. We’re also very lucky in that we’ve got 28 dealers

signia, qualification badges and medals; old cameras and opti-

who could see what we wanted to do here and wanted to be a

cal equipment; vintage rifles, handguns, bayonets and knives;

part of that effort …. I’ve tried to organize things here themati-

Hollywood souvenirs and movie posters; classic magazines,

cally. But you could still walk through Browse Around three

comic books and historic newspaper editions; antique tools

times in a single week, then reverse the direction of your path

and kitchen utensils; rare books; vintage toys and games; plus

on a fourth visit and see something that you’ve never noticed

collectible items of every type and description.

before. I’m generally here six days a week and that happens to

Given their own experiences, it is not surprising that the

me all the time because our dealers are constantly bringing in

Marbles, Johnson and Tibbits all rent spaces to independent

new items and rearranging their merchandise.”

dealers in their shops, relying heavily on

Marble adds that the dealers who display items in her shop

those collectors’ diverse tastes to provide

hail from Idaho Falls down to Bountiful, with only three of them

a wide variety of merchandise for their

being from Cache Valley itself.

customers. “That’s one of the advantages of

“Most of them are either antique shop owners themselves or collectors,” she says. “But all of them — especially those who

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Rather than an antique store/cafe, Orland says his wife, Evelyn, oversees an antique store/thrift store. “She takes donations, then puts the clothes and stuff out for some of the needy people and refugees in the area,” he explains. “It’s kind of a ministry that she’s trying to do. If there’s a family around town that needs something, she tries to help them out. The rest she sells at garage sale prices just to help pay the overhead and keep the doors open.”

Orland prefers old traps and leather holsters and harnesses. Evelyn seeks pottery, glassware and silverware. “We’ve got a barn at home that’s just full of stuff she’s picked up on buying trips,” Orlando says. “When something sells, she’ll go there, pull something out, clean it up and bring it into the store.

The spacious building also served as the home of a cabinetry shop, electrical supply store and an egg company, among other things, before the Storts turned it into an antique shop about a dozen years ago. For a few years, the smell of frying eggs was the norm at Off the Trax inasmuch as the Storts added a kitchen and ran a small cafe during the breakfast and lunch hours. The sluggish economy led to the closing of the cafe a couple of years ago, but Off the Trax is still the one of the few — if not the only — places in Preston to go for an espresso or a latte. Or, smoothies and Italian ice sodas during the summer months.


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are coming from some distance — have been in the business

20 years. “Some people think that I’m at a disad-

for a long time and they’re all

vantage because Hidden Treasures is

very pleased to now be able

located on the west side of town, way off

to display their merchandise here in Cache Valley.”

Main Street,” Fullmer says with an indifferent shrug. “And it’s true that I’m a little

At Country Village, Johnson says that

hard to spot when someone drives by on

most of the 38 independent dealers who

600 West. But people who actually come

display items there are local residents.

into the store for the first time are usually

“I do have few dealers from Salt Lake

flabbergasted. They always say: ‘I’ve

City, Ogden and southern Idaho,” she

driven past here a hundred times and

adds. “One of them has a shop in Salt

always wondered what you have in here.’

Lake; the others do business strictly

When they finally do come in, they’re in

as independent dealers in a variety of

awe at the variety of items I have.”

different locations where they show in antique malls like mine.” In addition to working with indepen-

While the vintage antiques and collectibles displayed at Hidden Treasures can only be described as spanning a

dent dealers, Tibbits also accepts some

wide range of eras and interests, there is

small lots of items on consignment at

nevertheless a distinctly masculine tone

the About Time Antique Mall.

to those wares and the cluttered décor

“A lot of people — particularly if they

of Fullmer’s shop. For example, Hidden

only have a few items that they might

Treasures is the only antique shop in

want to sell — are reluctant to actually

Cache Valley that offers a tasteful selec-

rent display space or commit the amount

tion of pin-up art for sale.

of time that’s required to adequately

The majority of that art was created by

maintain a display,” Tibbits emphasizes.

Alberto Vargas, whose risqué render-

“So I’ll take their items piecemeal on

ings of calendar girls graced the pages

consignment. There are about 25 deal-

of Esquire and Playboy magazines from

ers displaying items here now and things

the 1940s through the ’70s.

from another 20 people on consignment.”

“I think that Alberto Vargas will go down in history as the finest pin-up artist

Over at Hidden Treasures, however,

of all time,” Fullmer argues. “I certainly

Fullmer makes no apologies for being

wouldn’t have anything in here that any-

committed to a different business model

one could consider pornographic. But

for selling antiques and collectibles.

Vargas’ pin-ups are genuine art.”

“Dealers sometimes bring in items

The inventory at Hidden Treasures

that just aren’t appropriate for a par-

also reveals Fullmer’s particular inter-

ticular shop, things like arts and crafts,”

ests in militaria and mementos from the

Fullmer explains. “Hidden Treasures just

Golden Age of Hollywood.

isn’t that kind of place …. Everything

“I sell a lot of Marilyn Monroe memora-

here is merchandise that I’ve personally

bilia here,” he adds. “The surprising thing

selected and purchased over the past

is that those items are purchased >>

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by women about 90 percent of the time.”

st a P

down south.” “One of the things that we try to emphasize

The growth of Cache Valley’s

to our dealers that that we’re here at Browse

market for antiques and collect-

Around to sell merchandise items, not perma-

ables during the recent economic

nently store them,” Marble says. “So we try to

recession might surprise some

price items at their local market value, not their

observers, but not the local shop owners. “We really worried about that when we first opened Browse Around,” Betty Marble recalls, “because it was 2008 and

‘book’ value — whatever that means.” Pricing items “to move” not only ensures inventory turn-over, according to Marble, but also helps to establish long-term relationships with Cache Valley customers. “I just love it when a young person comes in, finds something that he or she is excited about and can afford to walk out

the economy was taking

with that item,” she emphasizes. “Happy customers are people

a downturn right then. But Greg and I

who are learning to love antiques and they come back to shop

haven’t seen any decline in interest in antiques over the

again.”

past three years. The way I see it, antiques are a safe invest-

But local shop owners also agree that the recent grown in

ment in these times. After all, if you go out and buy something

their business might have been inevitable because Cache Val-

on the retail market, it might only last a few years. But an an-

ley was simply the “right place” for a boom in the antique and

tique has already passed the test of time and is still valuable,

collectibles market.

which means that it will likely retain its value in the future.” “I certainly didn’t see any decline in business when the

“Cache Valley just seems to be a perfect location for an antique shop right now,” Marble observes. “Geographically

economy started to go sour back in 2008,” Johnson agrees.

and demographically, this area is great. There’s also so much

“I think that’s because, for the most part, we’re dealing in very

history here in Cache Valley, you can almost feel it in the air.

durable second-hand items here. So people feel comfortable

This is an old community and that gives a special connotation

coming to Country Village to find a chair or table or bed frame,

to antique-hunting here. In terms of demographics, there’s so

knowing that it will be affordable and that it will last.”

much building and growth here, combined with an eclectic mix

But Tibbits suspects that her customers at About Time may be motivated by more than just dollar and cents pragmatism. “I think that people are still buying antiques and collectibles – despite the down economy – because they’re driven by a combination of love for these kinds of items and the thrill of the hunt,” she says. “It’s just fun to buy things like these. I think that’s part of the reason why I had to open my own shop. I just can’t stop buying things and there’s no room to store anything else in our garage.” Johnson believes that the bargain prices that can be found on some items in local shops contributed to the recent growth of Cache Valley’s market for antiques and collectibles. “I have a lot of shop owners from Ogden and Salt Lake who come here to purchase merchandise for re-sale in their own areas,” she explains. “That’s because the market value of particular types antiques and collectibles tend to be higher

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of people. That means that there are many younger people — by that, I mean individuals or couples in their late 20s and early 30s — who are just as interested in antiques and collectibles as our traditionally more mature customers. “All of those factors just combine to make Cache Valley an ideal market for antiques and collectibles.”

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When the Special Needs Mutual of Cache Valley sings

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On the night the members of the mutual sang “Choose the Right,” they had just finished an Easter basket activity and were about to split into Boy Scout and Young Women groups.

the words, but together there is something special about the

There were about 50 kids that showed up that night, which is

way they sound belting out the popular hymn from The Church

a pretty average turnout for the mutual that spans from Avon

of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

to Cornish. Started in the 1960s, the mutual has continued to

The mutual is made up of men and women with disabilities

grow and there are only positive signs it will continue to thrive.

ages 18 and up, but they don’t seem to mind being called kids by their leaders. While many of them are LDS, they don’t have to be to meet with the group, which convenes on Thursdays

Boy Scouts When Steve Hobbs started working with the Special Needs

from September through May to play, dance and work on

Mutual Scouting program seven years ago, he was in for a bit

goals together. Many of the boys are working toward earning

of a challenge. He said he went to the Boy Scouts of America

their Eagle Scout badges with the help of volunteer scoutmas-

office to look at records for the boys in his group and there

ters. The girls are invited to work on Personal Progress, an

were only a couple pieces of paper. While some of the boys

LDS program geared toward life values and earning medal-

in the group had been working on merit badges for more than

lions. And perhaps most importantly, all the kids are making

a decade, there wasn’t much to show for it. Previous lead-

friends.

ers had not focused much on advancing the scouts, although

In March, the Special Needs Mutual performed their annual

they had helped them earn several badges. There is no age

talent show, many of them getting on stage to dance and sing

limit to earn the Eagle award for people with disabilities and

for their audience at Mount Logan Middle School. That show,

Hobbs was determined to see some of his scouts earn theirs.

along with the Special Needs Christmas program, are two

He gave them the challenge, and many of them are taking it

highlights of the year for the group. They also have monthly

seriously.

dances which are, hands-down, the favorite events for many

Hobbs says he spent hundreds of hours tracking down re-

of them. In April, the group and their leaders also enjoyed their

cords, going through papers, talking with parents and is finally

own Special Olympics event.

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so, three of them have earned their

really feels

Eagles, Hobbs says, and several others

and has a

are working on projects.

sense of

Joey Neil, 33, earned his Eagle

the impor-

Scout badge in March. Joey was born

tance of

with Down Syndrome and worked on

that and

Scouting on and off for many years. His

helping

mother, Susan Neil, says several years

other

ago Joey saw a Down Syndrome boy on

people. He

the news who earned his Eagle Scout

was really

award, then turned to her and said, “I

motivated.”

want to do that.”

Hobbs says merit badges are adapted to fit the boys’

For his Eagle Scout project, Joey painted a support pole

abilities with permission from the Scouting office. If they

in the Island area near his home in Logan. It was all rusted

are not able to complete certain merit badges such as

out and was “just kind of an eyesore,” Susan said. So,

swimming or hiking, there are alternate things they can

last September, Joey, along with a bunch of boys from the

do. For example, they can replace camping with a cook-

troop and the 25th Ward, painted the pole and cleaned up

ing merit badge. Robert Hoth, assistant scoutmaster for

the area. After completing all requirements for the Eagle,

the Special Needs troop, says they are currently working

Joey earned five additional merit badges to also receive an

on a way to help one of the boys earn his cycling badge.

Eagle Palm award.

They’ve looked into borrowing a three-wheeled bicycle and

“It’s been a really good thing for him to do,” Susan said, “He

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can get it,” Hoth says. A couple of the other boys set to earn their Eagle awards relatively soon are Blake Savage and VerNon Goodsell. Savage is 44 years old and says he stopped working on his Eagle when he was 18, but then started up again the last two or three years. Savage has cerebral palsy and planted flowers along Main Street for his Eagle project. He says he enjoys the Special Needs Mutual group because it gives him a chance to get out and socialize with other people. Goodsell agrees, saying he didn’t have anything like this growing up. He says he’s been working on his Eagle for a number of years and has completed several quilts for his project. “I’ve had epilepsy for over 55 years and that’s why I haven’t been able to get involved in a lot of the things

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lot of them to the Humanitarian Center and Relief Society.” Hobbs says he’s loved working with the Boy Scouts and likes seeing the excitement and accomplishment from the boys. “The last Court of Honor we handed out seven Life Ranks and four Stars,” Hobbs notes. “Once they get so close to Eagle they get so excited. I have one boy who calls me two or three times a week wondering what else he can do. It’s been a life-changing experience, it really has, because I’ve never been around special needs before. But just to be around them and see how they act is really something.” >>

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wife, Shauna, is the president of the Young Women’s mutual

Leaders in both the Scouting and Young Women’s pro-

program and says she hopes to help the girls earn their Young

grams are volunteers fulfilling callings through the LDS

Womanhood medallions next year. As with the Boy Scouts,

church. They are often called as couples representing their

the goals and projects can be adjusted to fit the needs of the

stake. Keller says part of their duties include making sure par-

girls.

ticipants have calendars of the activities and rides to and from

“We have some that are blind, some that are deaf, some in wheelchairs,” Hobbs says. “But we try to fit is so everyone can get it.”

the 11th and 13th Ward building in Logan each week. They also take turns planning activities and decorating for dances. “I absolutely love working with these kids,” Hobbs says.

Carlie Loosle, 23, has been working on her medallion for three or four years, she says. She it starting one of the proj-

“There’s not any more rewarding calling. These kids love unconditionally. My husband and I feel like we’re working with

ects and will make a movie based on “How Jesus Christ loves

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you.” She plans to act, do interviews and have a friend film it

The Beginnings

for her. She says she likes being involved in the mutual and has many friends. For some people with disabilities, big social interactions are

The Special Needs Mutual in Cache Valley was formed by Lola Madsen Tingey of Logan. She graduated in special education from USU in the 1950s and always had a love for

hard to come by, so the mutual gives them a place to go and

people with disabilities. In an essay about Lola, written by her

have fun, says mutual leader Sally Keller.

son Kenneth Tingey, it is mentioned that one of the reasons

“This really fills a need. Some of them have nothing for them to do,” she said.

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When Tingey finished school, she

“When they would go to Primary or

began teaching in River Heights and

Sunday School or Mutual, if they were

later transferred to Summit Elemen-

there alone, they would get ignored,

tary in Smithfield. Also an active

sometimes >>

member of the LDS church, Lola

taunted. Many teachers would see

recognized challenges children with

them as distractions. Some teachers

disabilities often faced at church or

didn’t mind having children with dis-

at home. She once knew a boy with

abilities in their classes, but they didn’t

Down Syndrome who was hidden in

know how to handle them or the other

his home, a common practice back

children when they were there.”

then. Lola was eventually able to

Kenneth believes Lola came up with

convince the boy’s mother to bring her

the idea of the Special Needs Mutual in

son to church, out in the yard and out

the mid-’60s. He says although it was

in public.

important for people with disabilities to

“Mom saw some significant chal-

be integrated with mainstream society, it was equally important to allow them

lenges for children with disabilities in

opportunities to get together and social-

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Lola served an LDS mission from 1970 to 1973 and upon her return she continued to be involved with the mutual group, often planning activities. Lola Tingey later developed Parkinson’s Disease and over the years it became more difficult for her to get around, eventually leading to her being confined to a wheelchair. Kenneth writes that she passed away in October 1994 at the age of 86. Kenneth now has a son, Abe, who attends the Special Needs Mutual. “When Gloria, Abe’s mother, brought Abe to the Special Needs Mutual one of the first times, she could feel Lola Tingey’s spirit very strong in the building,” Kenneth writes. “She was looking out for her loved ones – including Abe. She was there to help to introduce him and care for him as she would all of you. I know what she would say if she were here. She would thank you for being here. I thank you for carrying on where she left off.”

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Golfers love to tell stories. While hanging around the clubhouse, there’s always some memory to share of a would-be errant shot that miraculously ended up in the

Story and photos by Jeff Hunter

center of the fairway thanks to an opportune smack off of a tree trunk, or a potential lost ball that ended up skipping across a lake in Biblical fashion on its way to rolling within three feet of the pin. But while Brett Wayment certainly has his share of golf stories to tell, these days the former Aggie star and PGA professional would rather tell other people’s stories. Like the one about the young caddy from Heber City who was commuting home from the renowned Red Ledges Golf Club on a longboard when he lost control while speeding downhill and ended up colliding with the pavement. “He said he was going like 50 miles an hour when he crashed,” Wayment recalls. “He had severe head trauma and everything. In the aftermath, they told him just how lucky he was to be alive. The doctors said he probably

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shouldn’t still be here. “And he said, ‘It was my hat.’ He was wearing a Black Clover hat and had his ‘Live Lucky’ attire on, and he credits his hat with him being lucky to be alive.” There’s more. Wayment shares another story of a young kid in a similar type of accident that could easily have been fatal. He actually sent along a photograph of himself in an ambulance, lying on a gurney in a neck brace while sporting a ‘Live Lucky’ T-shirt. “And he goes, ‘I guess I’m living lucky,’” Wayment says with a smile. “It’s stories like that that make us want to continue,” he >>

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adds. “It’s not about making money. It’s about seeing and hearing stuff like that. “To us, it’s just really cool to see what’s happening.”

What isn’t happening right now is Brett Wayment’s golf game. Having known him since the time he burst onto the scene by winning the Utah State Amateur in 1993 at the tender age of 23, I’ve really never known Wayment to do anything else but golf. So, when meeting up with him for an interview inside the board room at the Logan Golf & Country Club on a cool day in late May, I’m naturally curious to know if he’s still humbling the local courses like he did in his 20s and early 30s. “How much do you get to play now?” I ask.

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“Zero,” he quickly declares. Stunned, I can only respond with, “Really?” “I don’t play at all,” he insists. “Come on ...” “Really. I don’t play at all,” he reiterates before finally admitting, “OK ... I guess I have played twice this year. It was in Mexico with the Titlest rep from Colorado and his wife. “But that’s it,” he clarifies. “Other than that, I haven’t practiced. I haven’t hit balls. I haven’t done anything.” Still reeling from this knowledge, I continue to press


Left, an avid snowmobiler, Black Clover co-founder Craig Labrum is in charge of the company’s action sports division. Facing page, a pair of caddies sport Black Clover hats at the Bob Hope Classic in California.

Photos Courtesy of Black Clover

cars and trucks from Cache Valley to St. George. “I’ve lost count, but I think we’re up to about seven people we know about who have ‘Live Lucky’ tattoos,” Labrum says. “Some people even call us ‘Live Lucky’ instead of Black Clover, and that’s fine by us because that’s kind of our philosophy.” “It does kind of have a little edgy catch to it,” Wayment secWayment like I was talking to a fish who had recently been

onds. “It has a positive twist to it, but also a kind of realistic

removed from the water.

twist to it. It’s really a motto to live your life by.”

“Wow,” I state with a gentle shake of my head. “Do you

Considering how Wayment and Labrum ended up running such a successful company that was never supposed to be,

miss it?” Without even thinking, Wayment promptly proclaims, “I miss it bad. I miss the competition ... a lot.” Now 41 years old with a wife and children, Wayment looks

it’s hard not to argue that plain old luck has had a lot to do with the duo being able to share “Live Lucky” with the world. Originally, Wayment and Labrum’s working relationship start-

much younger but insists that “it seems like I’m going on

ed out in an effort to put together a completely unrelated golf

about 55.” And just like those kids who survived those horrific

project, but coming up with a name for their Limited Liability

accidents, you have to give credit for that to “living lucky.”

Company (LLC) proved more difficult than they imagined.

For the last four years, Wayment and his former Utah State

After playing around with several other monikers, one day

teammate, Craig Labrum, have been at the forefront of an in-

Wayment just started doodling on a notepad and put his

advertent revolution called Black Clover. When Black Clover

first-name initial and that of his wife, Leesha, across the top,

started, it was more or less primarily a golf apparel brand that

then a “C” for Craig and a “K” for Labrum’s wife, Kim, beneath

needed a slogan.

them. Wayment soon discovered that he could draw a four-

“Live Lucky” soon emerged as the motto, not only ending up on Black Clover shirts and hats but on stickers attached to

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leaf clover around the four initials and that by adding an “A” for “and” in the middle, you ended up with the word “black” >>


inside of the clover. “The four leaves of the clover, therefore, represent the

LLC company.” That was 2007, and wanting to create some “personal items” to go along with their project, Wayment and

four individual found-

Labrum had a few hats and some golf-club head covers

ers,” Wayment says.

made with their logo on them.

“So, then we just kind of

“Everybody started liking them,” Wayment recalls.

hit that a little bit, and

“They thought they were cool and fun, and it started

named it Black Clover. I then

moving to the point where we thought, you know, this

took the ‘O’ out of Clover

is going in a direction where there might be something

and replaced it with a clover,

to this.

so that was our signature and we had it trademarked spelled out that way. “But we were still just an

“We just need a catch phrase. A slogan. We need something.” That led to the creation of “Live Lucky” and things haven’t been the same for Wayment and Labrum

Photos Courtesy of Black Clover

Left, in the early days, Black Clover products were sold out of a renovated school bus. Below, the Sky View High School girls’ golf team wore Black Clover gear on their way to a second-place finish at State in 2010.

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since, as men and women, young and old, and golfers and

imagined, Wayment and Labrum had some putters made in

non-golfers alike have gobbled up Black Clover products

Japan that declared that fact.

either through the company’s Web site, at golf pro shops

The putters were labeled “Dumb Luck.”

throughout Utah and the West, or at other retail outlets in the region. “We went from selling a few hats at tournaments out of our cars to people calling us up and wanting to order Black

Brett Wayment wasn’t even supposed to be a golfer, much

Clover stuff,” Labrum says. “We started producing them, and

less a sporting apparel magnate. Growing up in Ogden, he

the orders just started getting bigger and bigger and now

played mostly basketball and baseball and if he was going to

here we are.

go pro in anything, Wayment’s father desperately wanted to

“We never started out planning to get into the apparel business, that’s for sure.”

see him do it in baseball. But as he entered high school, he says he grew “bored” with other sports and started playing

Wayment, who says he briefly thought about creating a

more and more golf with his grandparents, who were mem-

line of hats a decade or so ago, believes that “the message

bers at the Ogden Golf and Country Club. Wayment was

of Live Lucky” is what has led to Black Clover’s stunning

soon on the maintenance crew at The Barn where he earned

success in such a tough economic environment.

a little money while also getting free golf. >>

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sage,” he says. “But at the same time, the world at that time was so chaotic. It was crazy and life wasn’t really that great, you know? But I think ‘Live Lucky’ has a little more of a realistic message to it.” Acknowledging that they, themselves, were extremely fortunate to have found success in an area they never

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“Soon I was good enough to make the team (at Weber High School), and I quit basketball and baseball, which upset my father tremendously,” Wayment says. “And I just got hooked on it from there.” Wayment ended up with a scholarship to Utah State where he played for golf coach and longtime Logan Golf & Country Club pro Dan Roskelley. Although he graduated in 1995 with a number of collegiate accolades, Wayment became best known for coming out of practically nowhere to win the Men’s Utah State Amateur tournament in ’93 at Park Meadows in Park City.

After USU, Wayment served as an assistant at LG&CC while also helping Roskelley coach the Aggies. He later qualified for the U.S. Open in 1997 at Congressional Country Club — the site of this year’s Open — where he shot 78-77 and failed to make the cut but finished just a stroke behind golf legend Greg Norman. He later spent time playing on some regional tours, played a couple of years on the Nationwide Tour, then lost his card before bouncing back

Former Utah State golf star Brett Wayment co-founded Black Clover with Craig Labrum in 2007.

to play in a PGA event at the Tucson Open and winning the Provo Open in 2006. But Wayment, who still holds the course record at the Logan Golf & Country Club with a jaw-dropping, 14-under-par 57 which is quite possibly the lowest round ever shot on a par-71 course in the state of Utah, graduated from USU with a degree in business finance and says he’s always liked the idea of being involved in both golf and business. “I’ve dabbled in business a little bit; I have an entrepre-

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neurial spirit,” Wayment explains. “That’s probably actually hurt my golf game a little bit because I’ve never really made a true commitment to it. I would ask myself, OK, are you gonna be a golfer or are you gonna be a business guy? Are you gonna be a business guy or a golfer? “The great thing about Black Clover is, it has the potential of allowing me to be in both worlds a little bit.” Labrum first met Wayment when he came to Utah State on a golf scholarship in 1994. The two were teammates first, then Wayment served as his coach later on. A native


a week, Labrum usually spends Monday through Wednesday or Thursday working there before returning to his family, which still lives in Roosevelt. Although Wayment says he doesn’t believe in titles, he basically serves as Black Clover’s CEO and/or president, while Labrum now heads up the company’s actions sports division. A longtime snowmobiler and motorcycle rider, Labrum is concentrating on signing up sponsorship deals with skiers, skaters, BMX racers and snowmobile hillclimbers. “That’s what’s so fun about our company — it’s more of a lifestyle than a brand,” Labrum declares. “It’s not market or age or gender specific. We’re just a demand-driven company.” And demand has been rather overwhelming. Wayment said the company has been built “backwards” inasmuch as it was never intended to be what it has become. He says there were some bad business partnerships early on, and that by turning down some lucrative offers, he often loses sleep at night. “As we’re struggling to financially handle our demand and cash flow and distribution and everything else, I sometimes wonder if that was a huge mistake,” Wayment says. “But then I always go back to the mission statement that we were built on and the direction we want to go. Hopefully we can continue to develop the product and Labrum still lives in his native Roosevelt while working at the new Black Clover facility in Draper.

the look and that people will continue to enjoy the message.”

of Roosevelt, Labrum turned pro after graduation and worked as an assistant at Birch Creek Golf Course and at Ogden Golf and Country Club before getting his first head position at Preston Golf & Country Club. He says he loved that job, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return home just a year later and spent six years as the head professional at the Roosevelt Golf Course. Due to the success of Black Clover, Labrum gave up that “dream job” a little over a year ago to concentrate on the company, which now operates out of a location in Draper. While Wayment drives down to the Salt Lake Valley about three times

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Todd Tanner, another former Aggie who’s career spanned that of both Wayment and Labrum, has been involved with Black Clover from nearly the beginning as a sales representative. He says initially it was a “groundbreaking” idea to sell a hat from an unknown company for $20 or $25, but that he now sees people — young and old — wearing Black Clover gear practically every day. >>


“I was just at River Bend the other day, and there was a

yang of the company,” Tanner says

70-year-old man in there who

with a laugh.

had no idea what Black Clover was,” Tanner adds. “But once he put that hat on, he said it fit so

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Tanner, who helps run the

In the early days, Wayment and/

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or Labrum used to drive to local golf

says that Wayment doesn’t give

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himself enough credit for “doing a

Labrum restored and painted black.

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thanks to the many relationships they had developed on golf

contract with Adidas, but McBride doesn’t care because he just

courses over the years.

loves the hat.”

The Web site for Black Clover USA now includes six different

Wayment says former Houston Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell is

styles of hats; polo shirts, hoodies and T-shirts for men, women

also a Black Clover hat fan — he’s bought 26 of ‘em — and that

and children; four different kinds of multi-colored putter and

Chris Cooley “loves our product.” The former Logan High and

golf-club grips; and a variety of other items like carry bags, poker

USU tight end who’s now starting for the Washington Redskins

chips, cinch sacks and those ever-popular “Live Lucky” stickers

has had numerous hats custom-made with his No. 47 and a

along with “Golf Lucky” and “Play Lucky.”

feather emblazoned on the side.

Wayment points that all their products come in a wide variety of

“It’s been crazy,” Wayment admits. “Both Craig and I’s wives

colors, since the “Black” in Black Clover references the founders

have been so supportive and understanding; they both deserve a

rather than a particular hue. But he says that Weber State head

lot of credit because none of this has been your normal 9-to-5 job

football coach Ron McBride purchased a black-and-purple cap

with weekends off. It’s been very demanding and it’s consumed

that recently led to a phone call from WSU athletic director Jerry

my life.

Bovee, who was a member of the athletic marketing team at USU when Wayment was in school. “Jerry said, ‘You’re killing me! Mac’s supposed to be wearing an

“But we’re looking down the road at this time, and we think it could really develop into something great. I would love to see the product out there nationwide with people loving it. That’s the

Adidas hat,’” Wayment says with a chuckle. “I said, ‘I have nothing

end goal for me is putting out a good, quality product that people

to do with it. Besides, you’re winning, right? So, it’s got to be the

enjoy.”

hat.’

And maybe even squeezing in a round of golf every once in

“I understand why they’re concerned because they have a

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