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A little French flair in historic Draper I
By Mimi Darley Dutton email@example.com
f you’re dreaming of a getaway to Paris but can’t stamp your passport due to the pandemic, perhaps a visit to La Petite Maison would be just the thing to rediscover your joie de vivre. Simply opening the door to this “little house” whisks you away to the charms of France. Tucked on a quiet side street in Historic Draper Town Center, this enchanting shop offers home décor, gifts and antiques. Owners Scott and Amanda Herring intend for it to give you the experience of arriving at a French antique shop or flea market sans the 11-hour flight. “There’s no place that feels as good to me when I travel as France does and we’ve been all over the world,” Amanda said. For years, Amanda dreamt of shopping
La Petite Maison sits behind the Sorensen Home in Historic Draper Town Center. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)
in “The Fleas” (the flea markets of Paris). For their 15th wedding anniversary, Scott arranged a trip for them to do just that, complete with a guide who took them to the markets and helped them ship their treasures home. “We had such a great time. We said someday we need to open a shop,” Amanda said.
The Herrings had purchased the little house at 915 E. 12600 South in 2013 so that Amanda, a fabric designer and graphic artist, could have office space outside of their home. Among the things she creates are custom, hand-tufted rugs.
“We found such amazing things that we wanted to afford other people that opportunity,” Scott said.
Fast forward to fall 2019 when Scott left his employment in IT as a Network Security engineer. “He turned to me and
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La Petite Maison said, ‘Why are we not just doing this?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know,’ and so we decided to just go for it,” Amanda said. And why not? They already owned the perfect place for the shop itself—a charming house built in 1938. They went on their first buying trip to France in November 2019. Amanda filled a 40-foot container and arranged to have it shipped to Utah, and then COVID happened. They’d planned to open the shop in May, but it took six months for their goods to arrive. Still, they were able to open in June and it’s been a joyous experience since. Both Scott and Amanda said that, because the pandemic has people spending more time at home and therefore focused on creating more beautiful home space, business has been good. Most sales come from people visiting the shop, but they also offer online shopping with curbside pickup as well as online sales and shipping from their website. People have found them on Instagram and ordered from places as far away as Michigan and New York.
La Petite Maison offers a mixture of French antiques and imported housewares as well as art by Utah artists. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)
Though they’ve not been able to return to France since the pandemic began, they’ve curated what Scott called a “network of trusted sources” and they’ve been able to purchase new items for the store via video calls. The Herrings’ connection to France is an emotional one. “I
think there is something about the French culture…the pace is slower, the enjoyment of food is deeper, and it has a culture of beauty that’s been mimicked for centuries. I think that carries on in so many of us. We long for those bits of beauty and quality that are sometimes missing in America,” Amanda said.
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They parlayed that love for France and European craftsmanship into their store. “French style is very broad, actually… but what’s really great about what the French have done over the centuries is that all the styles they’ve developed go together. You can put all those pieces together and it creates this beautiful effect of layering. It’s a really beautiful thing to have a collected interior. Instead of buying one complete set of furniture, it’s more about buying individual pieces that work together to create a marriage of sophistication and beauty. And what you get in that type of situation is something that feels more curated like each piece was collected on a trip or each piece has something special about it,” Amanda said. “If you find someone who loves France, they walk into our shop and they almost melt back into (their) trip. It’s remembering and reliving those experiences,” Scott said.
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The Herrings say they have customers who’ve become friends who visit the shop frequently. “Amanda is fantastic at changing the shop quite often, so it’s almost different every time and people come back again and again, and they’re wonderful people,” Scott said. To add to the fun, every Friday is Frenchy Friday. They highlight an antique on Instagram and invite patrons in for pastries from Draper’s Gourmandise. Scott and Amanda have a big dream beyond their small, 550-squarefoot shop. They hope to arrange for people to stay at a chateau in France and experience the culture and shopping they’ve come to love. “Having a beautiful place for them to stay in France and allowing them a chance to handpick their antiques would be a tremendous experience,” Scott said. “I think it’s a natural next step for us at some point,” Amanda added, “once the world opens back up.”
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“I think there is something about the French culture…the pace is slower, the enjoyment of food is deeper, and it has a culture of beauty that’s been mimicked for centuries.” – Amanda Herring
A sweet story on entrepreneurship
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it with Rita Magalde for an hour and you’ll notice her cell phone buzzes and beeps a lot. Baklava orders from her business website, www.SheerAmbrosiaBakery.com arrive in her inbox and one local customer texts, “Hi! The walnut cranberry is to die for! It might be my favorite. It has a nice balance of tart, sweet and nutty flavor with a hint of cinnamon. You are the baklava queen!” Such compliments are appreciated by Magalde, a Draper resident who has been making varieties of this honey- and nut-filled Mediterranean delight for 30 years. “It makes me so happy that I bring light into people’s lives,” she said. Her love affair with baklava started at age 16 when she worked for a Greek family in North Carolina, where she grew up. She recalled how visits to Greek homes were never rushed and always involved sitting down for a Greek coffee and pastry, usually baklava. That warmth and hospitality resonated with her as she pursued travel and education abroad to Mediterranean countries, among other places. Making baklava started as a hobby—a special treat for family and friends. Baklava also proved to be an icebreaker when Magalde brought a tray to parties. “People would be amazed and say, ‘You’re not Greek! How did you make this so good?’” she said. Her hobby turned into a business after she found herself divorced with two young children to raise. Since 2008, Sheer Ambrosia has sustained her family and allowed her to be a stay-at-home working mom. As far as desserts go, making baklava is truly a labor of love. In her home-based commercial kitchen, she hand-layers 45 sheets of phyllo dough for each pan of baklava, brushing each sheet with butter and adding a honey-infused, nut-based filling in the middle. Flavors include traditional honey walnut, chocolate almond and blackberry walnut, a summertime favorite. In all, Magalde makes 12 varieties, many recipes inspired by her mother who was a pie maker. In the first part of 2020 business wasn’t too sweet. When COVID restrictions went into effect in March, customer and restaurant orders stopped. “The last thing on people’s mind was baklava,” she recalled. “People were concerned about getting [the essentials].”
Draper resident Rita Magalde turned a love of making baklava into a thriving business. (Photo by Aubrie Cornelius)
For three weeks, Magalde watched TV and waited, and then decided that with two teenagers to support she couldn’t wait for orders to start up again and found a full-time job outside the home, grateful for the opportunity to find employment in a pandemic. While at work one day in late May, her phone started buzzing continuously. People were suddenly following Sheer Ambrosia on Instagram and placing orders. “With what happened with the murder of George Floyd...people said this is not right and wanted to help support Black-owned businesses,” she said. “People wanted to show support but might not have wanted to go to a protest. But they protested by putting their money into Black-owned businesses.” Someone on Instagram had shared a list of local Black-owned businesses, one of which was Sheer Ambrosia. Her “very supportive” boss noticed her phone lighting up and told her to go home and make some baklava. Magalde hand delivered each order, thanking these new clients for
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supporting her business and for their concern for the Black community.
Maple bacon walnut baklava, perfect for breakfast.
A few months later, her phone started buzzing again after a 3-minute story about her aired on NPR’s “Marketplace.” “The day the story aired, I was working at my day job and all of a sudden the orders started dinging on my email. You could tell where the show was airing, because all these East Coast orders would come in, then the Midwest, then our time zone and then the Pacific time zone.
Traditional honey walnut baklava.
“I’ve never had that many orders, even in the holiday season,” she recalled, adding that she hired five people to help make baklava, working around the clock for two weeks. Since June 2020, she has been “ridiculously busy.”
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She still works her day job because it offers stable health care coverage. Baklava production happens after work and on weekends, often into the wee hours of the morning. “I basically have two full-time jobs,” she said.
Sugar plum walnut baklava
In between making baklava, she wrote and self-published a book “From Mrs. to Ms.” She calls it her “shout-out” to other women and “an example to other divorced women on what to do (with their lives).” “Sheer Ambrosia saved my life. This is how I reinvented myself after my divorce,” she said. “All those negative thoughts I had turned into how to build my business. That became forefront in my mind…I can help divorcing women by having them read my book. By telling them, ‘You got your whole life ahead of you now, sister.’ By running Sheer Ambrosia, by being able to raise my family with this business...this brings joy to my life and joy to other people.”
Peach cobbler walnut baklava
www.SheerAmbrosiaBakery.com or 801-891-6242. Photos by Aubrie Cornelius
Mayor’s Message Second Round of “Draper Deals” Launching in January Mayor Troy Walker
n November, Draper City launched a new COVID-19 relief program, “Draper Deals” that provided three $10 gift cards ($30 total) to every Draper household to spend at participating businesses within the city. The new program provided our residents with extra cash to buy necessities or to spend for the holidays, while motivating them to support their local businesses. The first round of Draper Deals was successful with 14,854 gift cards redeemed at 68 businesses throughout Draper. This equaled to $148,540 paid to Draper businesses by Draper City using federal CARES Act funding provided by Salt Lake County. Approximately 30% of the gift cards distributed to every Draper household were redeemed during the program. This redemption rate was on par with other similar city programs such as Herriman Bucks. Residents spent the majority of the gift cards at restaurants and grocery stores. Other businesses that residents spent their gift cards included retail and auto shops, hair and beauty salons, gyms, entertainment, health and wellness, and dental and vision. It was great to hear from our residents about how they were excited to spend the gift cards and support local businesses. The Draper City Council also received heartfelt messages from residents who needed the extra cash in this time of need as they were laid off or were sick.
is also a resident, used his gift cards to buy groceries for a homeless individual. We are so grateful for our caring community who selflessly respond to the needs of others.
We heard from Draper businesses that they experienced new customers coming into their establishments, and saw returning customers who had not been in for a long time. We also heard how Draper Deals sparked service within the community with one of the Draper business owners, who
Many businesses asked us to do this program again, and we are happy to announce we will be launching the second round of Draper Deals in mid-January 2021. Keep your eye out for the Draper Deals envelope in your mailbox, and be sure to use them to help support our local economy. For more information, visit bit.ly/draperdeals.
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ike all restaurants, COVID guidelines forced Ridge Café in Draper to find the best way to serve their customers. For the creative minds of General Manager Anthony Crossley and Chef Wade Garrison, that turned out to be a pivotal moment. They looked at what they really loved doing and what their customers loved most on the menu. Without question, it’s pizza from their Stefano Ferrara brick oven imported from Naples, Italy. “We’d been refining the menu for a couple years and now it was obvious that we should build it around this beautiful oven,” Garrison said of their chef-driven menu. The oven is just one of a handful in the Salt Lake Valley, as described next to tempting photos of pizza on their website ridgecafe. com. It can cook one of their award-winning Margherita or Pig & Pineapple pizzas in 45-60 seconds. They also use it to finish off other dishes like steak and seafood. “There’s a distinct difference in the flavor,” Crossley said. With two culinary professionals at the helm who are experienced and care this much about putting out fantastic food, it’s no wonder they have loyal followers. Ridge Café is located at 14886 S. Traverse Ridge Road in Suncrest. They create healthy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. They boast nine Best of State food awards since opening in 2015, including four for gourmet pizza. With over 600 reviews on Google, it’s easy to find their fans.
“Great food, awesome atmosphere and super friendly staff. [It’s] such a beautiful setting and gets even better in the winter. The blanco pizza was fabulous,” wrote reviewer Cameron H. Their dessert menu has something for everyone. For the traditionalists, there’s tiramisu and cannoli; for the chocolate fans there’s chocolate mousse cake and a Nutella and fluff pizza. When you eat at Ridge Café, your local dollar does double duty because of the local vendors they support. Ridge Café has built relationships with local suppliers that include distilleries, breweries, coffee and gelato. Their meats come from Creminelli and Caputo’s in Salt Lake and they hand-select their wheat from Lehi Flour Mills. Ridge Café is a draw for its location, just minutes from the heart of Draper. Its elevated setting atop the mountain offers a great view of the Wasatch Range. In winter, it’s a cozy, festive, modern hangout where friends can gather for drinks, dinner or dessert. “Our full bar has draft and bottled beer, liquor and specialty drinks. Our regulars along with mountain bikers love coming to relax with friends, especially when the patio opens in spring and summer,” Crossley said. They have a reduced number of seats for dine in patrons due to current restrictions, so reservations are recommended. They also offer take out, curbside service and delivery to Suncrest. Visit ridgecafe.com and click “order now” for these services. “Our catering menu is perfect for any event. We bring everything you need: utensils, plates and delicious meals – it’s all included,” Crossley said. Ridge Cafe does a great deal of business catering for local office lunches and dinners. “For any special event, we have a catering plan that will help you. You enjoy the event and we take care of the food.” For catering, call 801.571.8000.