2017 Indie Ogden Awards highlights Northern Utah businesses, people, more

Wednesday , January 11, 2017 - 5:30 AM2 comments

ANGIE ERICKSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

Dozens of local businesses and organizations will be recognized at the Fifth Indie Ogden Awards being held on Friday, Jan. 13.

When Mikaela Shafer-Platter moved here from Portland in 2010, she fell in love with Ogden instantly and started the blog Indie Ogden Utah to document her adventures around town.

“When I first moved here, I wanted to keep my family updated on what I was doing,” she said as she held a warm cup of coffee at Kaffe Mercantile. “I started the blog as a mommy blog, and the more I learned about Ogden, the more I wanted to share it.”

The mother of two began blogging about local businesses and events, which led to the creation of the Indie Ogden Awards.

“The first one was just the one-year anniversary for Indie Ogden, and I had this big party at a cafe that use to be downtown,” she said.

There were 150 people in attendance, which is small compared to the 500 that will be attending this year. 

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“It was really well-attended, and we just gave out these funny little awards to people,” she said. “That same year the City Weekly awards came out, which I do love, but a lot of local businesses that I thought were credible and doing amazing things for our community didn’t get any recognition.”

So that next year, Shafer-Platter gave Ogden its own awards night.

“It was really, really fun, so I was like I guess I’m going to keep doing this,” she said.

Each year Shafer-Platter comes up with a creative theme, and with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, she pulls off a black tie event like no other. This year’s theme is “freak show.” 

Stilt walkers and freak show performers will be part of this year’s vintage circus/freak show at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, along with aerial performances by Kairos Fitness and entertainment by Two Bit Babes Burlesque. The hosts for the evening will be ring mistress Jessica McCowin and strong man Zachary Leroy.

Though there will be a lot of glitz and glamour at the sold-out event, the main purpose of the evening is to recognize those in the community who have been nominated and voted on by their fans.

“We got around 9,500 votes this year, so that’s exciting,” she said. “I don’t vote or nominate because I want to stay completely out of it, it’s all up to the community.”

And while there can only be one winner in each of the 42 categories, there were hundreds of nominations. The top three nominees in each category are listed below in no particular order.

Best Bar/Place to grab a brew

  • Roosters Brewery
  • Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria
  • Brewskis

Best Italian Restaurant

  • Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Tony’s Pizza
  • Zucca Trattoria & Market

Best Bakery or Dessert

  • Great Harvest Bread
  • Ye Olde Cupcake Shoppe
  • Farr’s Ice Cream

Best Pizza in Town

  • Lucky Slice Pizza
  • Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria
  • Pie Pizzeria

Best Coffee Shop or Cup o’ Joe

  • Grounds for Coffee 25th Street
  • Daily Rise
  • Kaffe Mercantile

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

  • Carlos & Harley’s
  • Lucky Slice Pizza
  • Jeremiah’s Restaurant

Best Asian Food (tie for third)

  • ABC Mandarian
  • Tona Sushi
  • Lees Mongolian BBQ
  • Windy’s Sukiyaki

Best Date Night Spot

  • Tona Sushi
  • Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria
  • Timbermine

Best Latin American Restaurant

  • Sonora Grill
  • Javier’s
  • El Matador

Best Breakfast or Brunch (tie for 3rd)

  • Jeremiah’s Restaurant
  • Criddle’s Cafe
  • Moore's Family Restaurant
  • Pig In A Jelly Jar

Best Place to get a Burger

  • Craft Burger
  • Burger Bar
  • Scruds Burgers

Volunteer of the Year

  • Junior League of Ogden
  • Ogden Trails Network
  • Even Stevens Crew

Politician of the Year

  • Brent Taylor
  • Mayor Mike Caldwell
  • Unofficial Mayor of 25th St., Linus Stubbs

Musician of the Year

  • Joe McQueen
  • Kapp Brother Band
  • Scotty Haze

Artist of the Year

  • Cat Palmer
  • Good Vibes Jewelry
  • Shay Williamson

Best Local Artisan-Craftsman

  • Beehive Cheese
  • Ogden Made
  • Ogden’s Own

Best Art Gallery

  • Pandemonium Art Gallery
  • Eccles Community Art Center
  • Gallery 25

Best Dance Studio/Classes

  • Shaw Dance Studios
  • Lotus Yoga & Dance
  • Kairos Fitness

Best Local Media/Place to learn about Ogden

  • Standard-Examiner
  • Only in Ogden
  • Visit Ogden

Best Place for Family Fun

  • Treehouse Museum
  • Ogden Farmer’s Market
  • Eccles Dinosaur Park

Best Stage Theater or Playhouse

  • Ziegfeld Theater
  • Terrace Plaza Playhouse
  • Egyptian Theater

Best Local Venue (movies, music or events)

  • Peery’s Egyptian Theater
  • Ogden Amphitheater
  • Snowbasin Resort

Best Yoga Studio/Class

  • Lotus Yoga
  • Kairos Fitness
  • Higher Ground

Best Local Gym/Place to Exercise

  • Foley’s Gym
  • The Front Climbing Gym
  • Kairos Gym

Best Local Team

  • Ogden Raptors
  • SheShreds
  • Weber State mens basketball

Best Sports/Gear/Outdoor Shop

  • Smith & Edwards
  • Recreation Outlet
  • 2nd Track Sports

Best Local Service Provider

  • Chris Miller - Midwife
  • Imagine Music Ogden
  • Mike Bachman Plumbing

Best Local Motorcycle-Car Shop

  • Sid’s Speed Shop
  • Big Boy’s Toys
  • Bare Bones Customs

Best Tattoo Shop/Artist

  • Christina Walker at Lucky Bamboo
  • Big Dave at Lost Art
  • Savage Tattoo

Best Hotel - B&B

  • Alaskan Inn
  • Snowberry Inn
  • Ben Lomond Hotel

Best Health/Wellness Business

  • Hippie Skin
  • New Image Day Spa
  • Mindful Women

Best Barber Shop or Barber

  • Moore’s Barbershop
  • Corner Barbershop
  • Joe the Barber

Best Salon/Hair Stylist

  • Salon Bleu
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Split Endz

Best Gifts/Gift Shop

  • Rainbow Gardens
  • Ogden Farmers Market
  • Quilted Bear

Best Clothing Boutique

  • Ogden Made
  • Endless Indulgence
  • 25th Street Boutique

Best Local Non-Profit/Charity/Community Support Organization

  • Nurture the Creative Mind
  • The Christmas Box House
  • Planned Parenthood

Best Local Community Group-Organization - Non-sports team

  • NUHOPE - Northern Utah Suicide Prevention Task Force
  • Ogden Rad Ladies
  • And She’s Dope Too

Teacher of the Year (tie for third)

  • Imagine Music
  • Travis Price, Weber State
  • Jay Hart, St. Joseph Catholic High School
  • Shawnee Sawyer, Ogden Nature Center nature field trip teacher and outreach wildlife educator

Best Project, Event or Accomplishment of 2016

  • Farmers Market of Ogden Revitalization
  • Ogden Marathon
  • Twilight Ogden

Best Non-Local Community Supporter

  • Even Stevens Sandwiches
  • Chic-fil-A - Riverdale Road
  • America First Credit Union

Best Community Spirit

  • Bryan Smith - Only in Ogden
  • Tim Sessions - #ThisisOgden
  • Cindy Simone - Kokomo Club

Best New Business

  • Waffle Luv
  • Even Stevens
  • Booked on 25th

For more information on the Indie Ogden Awards visit indieogdenutah.com.








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