Everyone knows that business is starting to boom again on historic Commercial Street. What you might have missed is how much these new businesses have evolved. While many new businesses in this county struggle to survive more than a year, Front Street Gifts and Morgan Valley Crafts are about to celebrate their two-year anniversaries. Larry Wiggill, local restaurateur and owner of Front Street Gifts, has incredible skill in selecting the perfect home dÌ©cor and seasonal items for his establishment. The windows of the business are always adorned with beautiful seasonal displays. If you haven’t been in lately, go in for a visit. His holiday items are already showing up on the shelves. The new children’s winter wear is adorable and the selection of western cowboy items can’t be beat. Many families have brightened and beautified their homes with items from these new stores. Each season also brings new items for fun and decoration at Morgan Valley Crafts. Last year Morgan Valley Crafts became a retailer for Deseret Book items. The store stocks all the newest LDS literature as well as all of the standard works and study guides. We were very pleased to be approved as a reseller for Deseret Book, said store owner Melissa Platt. There are very few stores in Utah that are approved to carry Deseret Book products. Todd and Melissa Platt recently acquired Morgan Valley Crafts from Don Anderson, publisher of The Morgan County News. We are thrilled to be a part of the community this way. We have only been here a few years, but our Morgan roots already run deep, said Melissa. Todd is employed at Hill Air Force Base and is actively involved in the volunteer ranks of the Morgan Search and Rescue. He also owns a tree trimming business on the side called Duke’s Cutting Services. Both Todd and Melissa are involved in the community and have already supported the fair as well as numerous fundraisers for Morgan High School groups. Spare time is rare at this point for the Platt family, but when they get a few minutes they love to camp, hunt and go boating. Todd and Melissa have one daughter, Taely, and a furry family member named Pebbles. The duo can sometimes be seen at the store and love being involved with the new venture. Taely says, Decorating my new BYU ÷Y’ has been my favorite part. Morgan Valley Crafts carries items for missionaries, baptisms, birthdays, and lesson preparation, as well as music and movies. They also have new specialty items such as pocket knives that have phrases like Duty to God and Daughter of a King engraved on them and paracord survival bracelets with scripture references. The store also can meet all of your copy needs as well. They can print posters up to 42 wide. This makes printing your FamilySearch fan chart easy. These fan charts are easy to mount, frame and hang on your wall. As part of the updated services at the craft store, there will be monthly wood crafting classes held. This month’s class will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. Participants will go home with a fully decorated September shadow box kit. In order to keep these new businesses alive, these stores need your support. So shop local, come say hello and get to know the new entrepreneurs.
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