Four years ago, Ritch Wood was looking for a better way to grow plants. As the CEO of global skincare company Nu Skin, he ran into ingredient shortages every winter when fields went dormant―and when he moved grow operations to the equator he ran into water and land shortages, along with a host of quality control issues.

Nu Skin needed reliable, quality ingredients for their skincare products. But farming was too unpredictable an industry. “If there was a way to grow indoors,” he thought, “and be able to do that 24 hours a day, 365 days a year―if we could…


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or a really long time, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I went to junior high and high school in Applegate, Oregon―a small town with 200ish people. I played a lot of sports and was, athletically, a “big fish in a small pond” during my years there. My athletic competition was like eight people out in the country, so part of me delusionally…


Bill and Suzanne Jun have been successfully running their Etsy shop ilovelotus since 2011―just six years after Etsy itself started up.

The Juns opened a brick-and-mortar store in 2000 selling crystals, jewelry, and glass bottles. After relocating to Draper in 2008 they began marketing and selling on Amazon.com, but they wanted more, so they chose to move to Etsy soon after.

To date, their Etsy store features 3,025 active listings, 431,800 current sales, and 115,276 reviews. These reviews give the store an average item review of five stars. The popular keywords that accompany these stellar reviews mention, “quality”, “shipping”, and…


I talked with the local Salt Lake Etsy shop, Signed & Numbered, specializing in custom wood frames. Leia Bell who co-owns the shop with her husband, Phil Sherburne told me their shop has over 84,000 sales. They have been mentioned by the New York Times and have won an “Artys” award for ‘Best Place to Get Framed’ in Salt Lake City.

The online shop opened up in 2009, a year after they opened their physical store in Salt Lake City. …


Bryan Brandenburg wants to increase our lifespan.

“We recently filed for a patent on an anti-aging device that is basically a human gyroscope,” he tells me.

“It’s based on NASA technology―because when astronauts go into space they start seeing muscular atrophy, so they developed some technologies, vibrational things to restore muscles. We have taken that to the next level, combining it with a device to turn back your biological clock.”

Brandenburg’s idea is based on the twin paradox―the idea that if a set of twins are born on Earth, but one immediately gets in a spaceship and travels away at…


Brandon Fugal photographed by Ori Media for Utah Business.

What we are witnessing could be evidence that we live in a multi-dimensional universe. That we are not alone. That we may be interacting with other entities, other intelligence,” says Brandon Fugal, real estate mogul and investor in the now infamous Skinwalker Ranch.

Once owned by hotel financier and billionaire Robert Bigelow, the ranch is a 512-acre parcel of land in Utah’s Uinta Basin long reputed to be rife with paranormal activity. …


Many Americans were awakened to the ongoing racial prejudices in this country after the murder of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis in late May. Floyd’s last breaths caught on camera forced many to acknowledge the pain and the treatment that so many Black Americans face on a daily basis and have continued to face for centuries. This realization brought about a deep dive into the history of policing in this country.

In Colonial America, informal “night watch” groups were formed to keep order and prevent gambling and prostitution or to take on special requests by rich colonists…


When Rebecca Cade, a former sideline reporter for Real Salt Lake was asked to describe the culture at her former workplace in an August 2020 article for RSL Soapbox, she used one word: “toxic.”

Cade had only worked at the organization for six months but told RSL Soapbox that there were several instances where she felt some of the organization’s executives had behaved inappropriately towards her. One instance, she details, involved Andy Carroll, the former chief business officer at RSL, discussing her body over glasses of scotch with her male coworkers.

“I didn’t really ask for specifics, but I know…


In January 2015, Rashanda McCants and Devon Ramsay, former student-athletes at the University of North Carolina, sued their university for academic fraud and for not educating student-athletes to the level at which they were promised.

They claimed that their education was insubstantial, enrolling them in classes that were part of a “shadow curriculum” that required little to no work or were non-existent in order to elevate grades and provide schedules that would deem their athletes eligible to compete.

In seeking damages, the students wished to return to their university to take different classes and receive more substantial degrees to help…


Rebecca Zimmermann recently decided to move to Hawaii. She’d been working as an account coordinator for Double Forte, a creative agency out of San Francisco, when stay-at-home orders forced the company’s six office spaces to close. One month into closures Double Forte decided to allow it’s employees to work remotely indefinitely.

Zimmermann jumped at the opportunity. “I began thinking of places I could relocate to that would support my lifestyle,” she says. “That’s when I started considering Hawaii. …

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