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Service Questions

At VIP Limousine, we get a lot of questions about our services and why someone should do business with us. So we decided to make a video about it!

We answer a variety of questions, including:
-Is your chauffeur professionally dressed? Ours come in suit and tie every time.
-Does the chauffeur assist with luggage and doors without being asked? Yes, they are trained to provide a high caliber of customer service.
-Is water available in black cars for no extra cost? Yes, complimentary water is provided.
-Are charging/audio cables provided at no extra cost? Yes, chauffeurs carry their own to adapt to all different kinds of devices.
-Are the vehicles in a state of good repair and look like what was paid for? Yes, they are professionally maintained at standards above what is required.
-Are the vehicles washed by hand? Yes, with special attention to detail inside and out.
-Are the vehicles kept inside a warehouse away from the elements? Yes, they are stored inside an enclosed warehouse.
-Is there a wide variety of vehicle options? Yes, we have everything from luxury sedans to large SUV stretch limos.

All of these are completely fair questions in regards to getting what you pay for in the state of Utah, and VIP Limousine is the only transportation company which can say yes to all of the above questions day in and day out.

However, there are also a myriad of other things which one should consider. At VIP Limousine, safety of our passengers is our first priority each and every time, so regardless of which limousine company you choose, here are some additional details which are worth checking.

One of these is insurance. Livery company vehicles should be properly insured for all jobs advertised, regardless of where they travel. It should also be livery insurance, as opposed to just commercial, because livery is a step up and implies a higher caliber of service. We at VIP Limousine are in line with and exceed insurance requirements in case of the worst.

How about cost? Our pricing is competitive with other providers in the area as well as across the country. In fact, our rates even compete with the rideshare companies, while offering consistent quality, luxurious vehicles, and chauffeurs who know the area like the back of their hand. Furthermore, there are no hidden charges, taxes, or fees; what you see is what you pay.

How about service quality and gratuities/tips for chauffeurs? There are a lot of companies which charge an automatic gratuity for all of their services, often as high as 20%. However, this is the service industry, and we believe that professionals should be compensated based on the service they provide, not just because they checked a box and got passengers from A to B. Our limousine services do not have a gratuity automatically applied. Our black car services also leave room to compensate the chauffeur based on their performance.

Are there any questions you have for us which we did not answer? Please feel free to let us know in the comment section, give us a call, or send us an email.

Holladay. Utah: Our Home, Part 27

Trivia question: what is the longest continuously-inhabited city in Utah since the Pioneers arrived in 1847? Is it Salt Lake City? Nope! Salt Lake was temporarily abandoned after its founding due to a conflict. The longest continuously-inhabited city is that of the City of Holladay, and it’s a beautiful area with which to close out our Salt Lake County city overviews on our blog series.

The redeveloped "city center" of Holladay, with busy restaurants and local shops. Photo credit: Holladay Chamber of Commerce
The redeveloped “city center” of Holladay, with busy restaurants and local shops. Photo credit: Holladay Chamber of Commerce

Holladay was initially settled in 1847 due to the presence of flowing water in what was otherwise considered to be a high-altitude desert. However, it was not incorporated until 1999, but regardless has been considered to be a very important settlement in greater Salt Lake City. Its comparative lushness to the center of Salt Lake meant that it was one of the most important, with streams, flowers, ponds, springs, and land which could be tamed for agricultural use. John Holladay was a Pioneer who became a local LDS Church leader after arriving in Utah Territory, coming west from Alabama, and it is his name which now graces that of the incorporated city.

The natural features in the area are part of what has made Holladay an attractive place to live. Many of the homes here are larger, older, and beautiful. It’s a community which is welcome to any and all, but it’s also very upscale, clean, quiet, and ordered throughout.

This 24,000 square foot mansion is one of the many fine homes in Holladay. Photo credit: homesoftherich.net
This 24,000 square foot mansion is one of the many fine homes in Holladay. Photo credit: homesoftherich.net

The nice feel of the area has attracted more people to the area. Since the start of the new millennium, the population of Holladay has nearly doubled. It’s home to quite a few local businesses, including some very fine restaurants such as Layla Mediterranean Grill and Mezze along Holladay Boulevard.

Set between the Wasatch Mountains, Millcreek, Murray, and Cottonwood Heights, Holladay also has some of the most stunning mountain views around. The Wasatch sits directly behind the city with I-215 running behind it, and it is a gorgeous vista with the tall peaks, green trees, and snow-capped peaks. Looking westward, residents see the Oquirrh Mountains, also typically covered with snow at their highest elevations.

Besides being one of the first areas outside of downtown SLC to be established by the Pioneers, Holladay has another notable first for Utah: the first indoor mall, Cottonwood Mall, which opened in 1962. The area is currently being redeveloped into the next iteration of contributing to the local economy.

Holladay is home to a few people of significance. One of them is Olympian Jared Goldberg, a student at Westminster College whom was raised in nearby Sugar House. Goldberg has competed at events at both the Sochi and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as an alpine skier.

The other famous resident is former Massachusetts governor, presidential candidate, two-time Senate candidate (as of this writing), and mastermind of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Mitt Romney does live in Utah, specifically in Holladay. Among Utahns, Romney is and continues to be admired and respected, and carries a great deal of influence across the county, state, and arguably the nation. It’s pretty clear that Utah is home to many influential people, and we’re glad to have them in our midst.

With a history stretching back prior to the founding of the state, substantial natural beauty, great neighborhoods, excellent local business, and influential people, Holladay is a fantastic asset to the community of the Wasatch Front and greater Salt Lake City. It’s our privilege at VIP Limousine to serve the city and partake of all it has to offer.

South Jordan. Utah: Our Home, Part 26

At VIP Limousine, we could write seemingly endlessly about our home and how much we love it, including all of the cities in Salt Lake County. We have covered most of it, but there are a few Salt Lake suburbs we still want to write about.

This is a city which has quickly become a key player in the state’s economy for business, education, and residential purposes. It has some beautiful streets which will look even more so when the trees mature. It was the first city on earth to have two LDS temples. While it is newer than many of the neighboring areas, it is also quickly becoming one of the most desirable. This is South Jordan, the up-and-coming new favorite city in northern Utah.

The mostly residential and quiet South Jordan has several surprises in store. This is one of the two LDS Temples within the city limits. Photo credit: pinterest.com
The mostly residential and quiet South Jordan has several surprises in store. This is one of the two LDS Temples within the city limits. Photo credit: pinterest.com

In fairness, like its neighbors, South Jordan was settled by the Pioneers in the 1800s, but it was not incorporated until 1935. Sitting south of the bend in the Jordan River, it is bordered by West Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Riverton, Herriman, and the Oquirrh Mountains. The city began, like so many others, with agriculture being the primary industry and economic anchor. As the Salt Lake area’s population grew and changed, however, this also changed in South Jordan.

The city was ripe for development, so multiple neighborhoods and subdivisions began to spring up all around within its borders. The Utah Transit Authority established a FrontRunner commuter rail station and also extended the TRAX Red Line into the city limits, immensely helping access to and from the area. The District is now a humming multi-purpose mall situated near the heart of the city. Long dominated by the spire of the Jordan River Utah Temple, the skyline is now ruled by its neighbor, the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple, which sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. If there is any indication of a major population increased in part of Utah, look no further than Temple construction within a tight area. The Salt Lake valley has 4 alone, but South Jordan has half of them. Both are beautiful edifices which can be seen clearly day and night from around the valley.

Oquirrh Lake is nestled in the Daybreak development and features kayaking and a host of other activities. Photo credit: daybreakliving.com
Oquirrh Lake is nestled in the Daybreak development and features kayaking and a host of other activities. Photo credit: daybreakliving.com

South Jordan does have a reputation of being a bedroom community for Salt Lake City, and that is certainly true in part. The new transportation links and the freeway and highway system helps to move people to and from their jobs up north. However, the city itself is also becoming a location in which to work, not just live and play. Kennecott Utah Copper has their corporate offices in the city limits within striking distance of the mines. Ivanti, the IT company, Saygus, a smartphone manufacturer, Ultradent, Verscend, and a host of other businesses are all headquartered in South Jordan. Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah also have a strong presence, including a branch of The Huntsman Cancer Institute. Also tucked away in South Jordan is the Utah campus of Roseman University of Health Sciences, which has one of the highest-ranked dental schools in the United States.

The Daybreak Parkway TRAX station on the Red Line is one convenient way of accessing the surrounding area, and is at the heart of the Daybreak development. Photo credit: Wikipedia
The Daybreak Parkway TRAX station on the Red Line is one convenient way of accessing the surrounding area, and is at the heart of the Daybreak development. Photo credit: Wikipedia

The big story in South Jordan, though, is the people. The aforementioned dual LDS Temples, The District, and all of the transit lines serve the new and longtime residents of the city, but many are being drawn to the western side, which is home to Daybreak. This beautiful planned community sits at the end of the TRAX Red Line and is home to many upscale residences aimed at families and young people. The amenities include the TRAX stations, SoDa Row, Oquirrh Lake, outdoor recreation and trails, live music venues, and quiet streets with modern houses. It’s the new trending place to be in the Salt Lake valley and offers a slice of downtown SLC living in a quieter setting. Daybreak was started in 2004 and is still growing and building, creating its own identity within South Jordan.

Speaking of people, South Jordan was also the home to Apolo Anton Ohno, the American short track speedskater who rose to great prominence during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Much of his career and training focused on Utah, and he skated for Team USA during the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics.

How's that for a view? The Oquirrh Mountain Temple sits on a hilltop in the middle of South Jordan. Photo credit: ldschurchtemples.org
How’s that for a view? The Oquirrh Mountain Temple sits on a hilltop in the middle of South Jordan. Photo credit: ldschurchtemples.org

With stunning vistas and beautiful developments, South Jordan is becoming the place to be in the Salt Lake valley for living, working, and playing. It’s close but just far away enough to have its own identity, and it’s why we at VIP Limousine love serving there and taking advantage of all it has to offer.

Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale. Utah: Our Home, Part 25

Much of the Salt Lake valley in recent years has experienced unprecedented growth, especially with commerce and industry. The question is, then, where are they all living? One need look no further than the southwestern corner of Salt Lake County to see further indication of the not only the growth, but also its rapidity. That corner consists of three different cities: Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale. All of them carry a great degree of significance as to why we love our home.

Herriman was settled first in 1849 by the Pioneers, and takes its name from one of the four founding families, Henry Harriman and his descendants. The other founding families include Butterfield, Stocking, and Petty. It did not become a city until 2001, but it was also quite small at the time. The population has grown from a little over 1,000 people in 1999 to beyond 51,000 residents, a massive increase in a short amount of time. It now boasts a very nice main street and a beautiful new high school, home of the Mustangs. Many new developments including Rosecrest occupy thousands of acres with beautiful mountain views abounding, with quiet communities and easy access to the remainder of the valley. Herriman in particular directly borders South Jordan and its transit hub along Daybreak Parkway, easing traffic on commuters. The city is also home to the training center for Real Salt Lake.

Butterfield Park is one of the many open places to recreate within the city of Herriman. That magnificent view is also there for all to enjoy. Photo credit: herriman.org
Butterfield Park is one of the many open places to recreate within the city of Herriman. That magnificent view is also there for all to enjoy. Photo credit: herriman.org

Directly east of Herriman, and first settled in 1870, lies the city of Riverton, another primarily residential zone that is also home to businesses, schools, and beautiful parks. This has changed dramatically from the days dominated by farms and fields, with electricity finally arriving in 1912 and agriculture dominating the local economy. The local farming community started to move out in the 1960s and 1970s, opening up the land to development and residents. Nowadays, once-small Riverton has nearly doubled its size within its incorporated boundaries and has a population of more than 40,000 people. One of the south valley’s most important institutions, Intermountain’s Riverton Hospital, opened in 2009 and serves the surrounding area.

The Old Dome Meeting Hall sits in the center of one of Riverton's beautiful city parks, and functions as a meeting house and private event venue. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org
The Old Dome Meeting Hall sits in the center of one of Riverton’s beautiful city parks, and functions as a meeting house and private event venue. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.org

The last of these three is the city of Bluffdale, founded in 1886. Bordering Utah County, Bluffdale has a lot of fantastic landscape along the Jordan River, with high cliffs and low valleys marking its location. Bluffdale has not grown with the same speed as its neighbors, but it is still important for Utah residents and the economy. With a population of over 7,000 people, Bluffdale is also home to Camp Williams, a Utah-based training site for the state National Guard nestled in the Traverse Mountains at the south end of Salt Lake County. The camps also houses the Utah Data Center, under the direction of the NSA from the federal government.

It still has some fields left! Bluffdale is slowly growing to include far more homes, but much of the landscape still reflects the farming past. Photo credit: bluffdale.com
It still has some fields left! Bluffdale is slowly growing to include far more homes, but much of the landscape still reflects the farming past. Much of this can still be seen from the neighboring freeway. Photo credit: bluffdale.com

These southwestern Salt Lake County cities together total nearly 100,000 residents, or almost one tenth of the entire valley population. The quiet streets, nice homes, extra space, parks, and other amenities make Herriman, Riverton, and Bluffdale attractive places for families to live and thrive. It’s our pleasure at VIP Limousine to serve and live by this area, and with its proximity to the growing Silicon Slopes, we look foward to its continued growth and prosperity.

Magna, Utah: Our Home, Part 24

Smooth new pavement is just one of the many efforts turning around Magna in the present day. Photo credit: Wikipedia
Smooth new pavement is just one of the many efforts turning around Magna in the present day. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Utah has long been associated with hope and recovery, with a brighter future ahead. Our communities around Salt Lake City and the Wasatch embody these principles, with the current framework and society being founded by Pioneers who sought refuge and a better life. Some of these areas, though, have done better than others, but with the power of people who care, transformations routinely make their mark when needed. The west side of the Salt Lake valley is full of these stories; namely a few cities that start with “West” in their name. There is one area, however, which seems to be on the verge of making its mark again. Magna is the copper mine township of Salt Lake County, and it is once again on the rise.

Settled in the early 1850s, Magna, originally known as Pleasant Green, is one of the few remaining major townships remaining in the valley after Millcreek incorporated a few years ago. With Salt Lake City and West Valley to the north, east, and south, Magna is set in the foothills of the northern Oquirrh Mountains, the western range which can be seen from within the Salt Lake valley. Magna has primarily been associated with mining over the years due to its proximity to the Kennecott Utah Copper mine, owned by Rio Tinto Group. As the largest open-pit copper mine in the world, Kennecott is crucial for the local and world economy, as the copper ore sourced is utilized in everything from currency to wiring.

Much of Magna’s fortunes have been dependent upon the mine’s success, and the boomtime for the town primarily settled by Eastern European immigrants came during the 1910s and 1920s, when most of the build-up occurred. Magna became home to historical sites such as The Empress Theatre, a stunning facility of both Neo-classical and Beaux Arts design which has reopened its doors to live stage productions. The Empress’s original purpose was to entertain the local miners, but it now attracts an audience and talent from even further afar while maintaining local charms. Even as most business migrated to the south and west of Magna Main Street, the Empress continued to stand and is at the heart of current changes in the township.

Want proof of the efforts to rejuvenate Magna? Look no further than the beautifully-preserved facade of The Empress Theatre. Photo credit: cinematreasures.org
Want proof of the efforts to rejuvenate Magna? Look no further than the beautifully-preserved facade of The Empress Theatre. Photo credit: cinematreasures.org

Magna’s deterioration did not come without serious pushback from within and without. In recent years, Main Street has started to re-awaken, with new pavement, facilities, and some businesses beginning to trickle back. The population has continued to grow again, too, with housing developments expanding, receiving updates, or even taking shape from scratch. Utah Route 201, sometimes known as The People’s Freeway, runs from southern Salt Lake City all the way over through West Valley to Magna, improving access to the valley core. The Utah Transit Authority has also bolstered service to Magna with the state’s first bus rapid transit line running to West Valley and Millcreek, making it easier for the community to move from A to B without having to get behind the wheel.

Some of these moves have started to attract major attention from outside of Utah. With some of the updates and preservation work, Magna has become a magnet for Disney, with Dadnapped, Halloweentown, and Andi Mack all being filmed along Main Street and the surrounding areas. The BYUtv scripted drama Granite Flats is also filmed in Magna. With the number of cameras present, the township may as well be in California.

It may be very far to the west compared to the rest of the Salt Lake valley, but we at VIP Limousine are particularly fond of Magna’s character. It’s a place where we live and serve gladly on a regular basis, and through its ups and downs, we are proud to call it part of our home.

Taylorsville, Utah: Our Home, Part 23

The Jordan River Parkway recreation area is just one of the many beautiful outdoor areas in Salt Lake County, gracing the citizens of Taylorsville with greenery and space. Photo credit: utahagenda.com
The Jordan River Parkway recreation area is just one of the many beautiful outdoor areas in Salt Lake County, gracing the citizens of Taylorsville with greenery and space. Photo credit: utahagenda.com

The northwestern areas of Salt Lake County are often overlooked, and in our opinion, very much underrated. The contributions of Salt Lake City suburbs to the economy and culture of the area, let alone to Utah as a whole, are incredibly important. West Valley is the largest of these, as we have written about previously, and is part of what makes the valley tick. Its southern neighbor, Taylorsville, has risen in prominence and importance as time has passed.

While not incorporated until the 1990s, Taylorsville has been long settled by native Utah tribes and then by Pioneers starting in 1848. Starting with the neighborhoods of Taylorsville, Kearns, and Bennion, it has grown to be the home to over 60,000 people. John Bennion is the namesake of one of these; Taylorsville itself was used to distinguish the area (which is now the city) from the Granger neighborhood in West Valley; Kearns is named after former U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns. Taylorsville started as an agricultural area, even though the soil was difficult and the infamous locust infestation came to Utah.

In the 20th century, Taylorsville quickly became a hub for education, travel, and industry. Many of the new schools in Salt Lake County started to appear in the area. Railroad lines began to develop leading towards downtown Salt Lake and the center of the valley. The industrial side of the economy made a transition involving agriculture and incorporating the two together; eventually the economy turned towards retail and government entities.

World War II increased Taylorsville’s profile drastically, with the base of two military camps being housed there. Today, one of them makes up part of a school. On the education front, Taylorsville is also home to the main campus of Salt Lake Community College (or SLCC, pronounced “slick”) along Redwood Road, responsible for much of the higher education around the Wasatch.

Like Murray, Taylorsville sits near the heart of the Salt Lake valley, which makes it a great place to live. To us at VIP Limousine, “The Centennial City” has been a place of work, play, and life which we proudly serve.

West Valley City, Utah: Our Home, Part 22

The Maverik Center plays host to a variety of concerts, sporting events, and conventions year-round in West Valley City. Photo credit: wvc-ut.gov
The Maverik Center plays host to a variety of concerts, sporting events, and conventions year-round in West Valley City. Photo credit: wvc-ut.gov

When visitors fly into Salt Lake City International Airport, the vista from the plane provides a beautiful overview of the valley. A lot of it may look like it’s Salt Lake City proper, but actually, as our blog mentions, there’s more to it than just the downtown. In fact, a great portion of what may look like Salt Lake is its next-door neighbor, which is also the second-largest city in the state. This is West Valley, which has a wide swath of society within its borders.

After the longtime dominance of the Native American tribes, the neighborhoods that now make up West Valley were first settled by the Pioneers in the late 1840s. The Granger neighborhood was originally populated by migrants from Wales, with the others following. However, the area didn’t really start to grow until the 1970s. Nowadays, West Valley is home to over 136,000 residents.

The city is made up of four original neighborhoods: the aforementioned Granger, as well as Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. For years it was a primarily agricultural area, and the leftover canals which run through the city, plus a few remaining patches of field, are some of the remaining evidence.

After incorporating in 1980, West Valley’s prominence has only continued to grow. It is primarily known, still, for being home to much of the industrial work in Salt Lake County; indeed, it is home to a wide variety of warehouses, shipping, and manufacturing. West Valley is the base for divisions of international companies, such as UPS. But beyond the delivery services, West Valley is booming for business. The following companies have major offices within its limits: Verizon Wireless, Discover, ADP, Intercontinental Hotels, Zions Bank, Optum, Frito-Lay, and Parker Hannafin. Additionally, the following are headquartered in West Valley City: CR England, a locally-based national trucking firm; USANA Health Sciences, an international health sciences company; Backcountry.com, an outdoor gear retailer; and FranklinCovey, one of the world’s leading consulting firms.

So clearly it’s possible to work in West Valley. How about for living? The area, as mentioned previously, started as a primarily residential zone. Today it is still dominated by quiet streets and classic homes, but winds of change have begun to sweep through.

Some of this began in the run-up to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, for which Salt Lake City was the host. However, the venues were spread around the Wasatch, and this included West Valley. The Maverik Center hosted the hockey events and is currently the home base for the Utah Grizzlies ECHL hockey team. When not frozen, it’s also a popular concert venue, located just off of the UTA TRAX Green Line. The other concert venue in the city is the USANA Ampitheatre, backed up against the Oquirrh Mountain range. The open-air space is loud, raucous, and fun, and hosts events which attract tens of thousands.

Outside of entertainment, West Valley’s city center is experiencing something of a renaissance. TRAX extends to the center of government near 3500 South and I-215, with new housing, hotels, and shops in the area. Just across the street is the Valley Fair Mall, which includes an IMAX movie theater and more local and national businesses. It’s easily walkable and accessible from other areas within the Salt Lake valley, and is growing in popularity due to its location.

West Valley is also known for being one of the most diverse cities in Utah by demographics. It has a strong Latino presence, highlighted by the bevy of local restaurants with cuisine hailing from South and Central America and Mexico, as well as the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

With all of its numerous changes, West Valley is still a quieter suburb of Salt Lake City, but it is definitely growing and making an impact on the local culture and economy. We at VIP Limousine love serving and visiting the city of “Unity, Pride, Progress.”

Midvale, Utah: Our Home, Part 21

Looking for signs of a Renaissance? See the center of the Salt Lake valley! Photo credit: simonwparsons.com
Looking for signs of a Renaissance? See the center of the Salt Lake valley! Photo credit: simonwparsons.com

While on our tour of the Salt Lake valley, we have mostly focused on the edges. However, to get to the other side, we have to go through the middle, and while we at VIP Limousine have written about some of this area, the true center is the formerly sleepy heart of Salt Lake County. This city on the rise is aptly named Midvale, and it is one of the surprises here in the state of Utah.

Some of the other locales, including Draper and Sandy, have experienced obviously explosive growth in recent years. Midvale, on the other hand, has mostly stayed under the radar, but has achieved no less significance in terms of changes over the years. Midvale’s beginnings center on agriculture and mining upon settlement of the Pioneers, with the center of growth developing around what is now Fort Union. This particular area is home to a wide variety of shops and businesses. It also shares a portion with Cottonwood Heights to the east and Sandy to the south. Midvale is also bordered by Murray and West Jordan.

Outside of Fort Union, there is also the historic downtown of Midvale. What was recently overlooked and underdeveloped is becoming a newly-thriving hub for mobility and business. Previously, the Old Town Center of Midvale had been booming with salons, saloons, theaters, and hotels, but it became overshadowed by growth in other areas. Now, though, it is experiencing something of a renaissance, with a beautiful city hall and other historical buildings being refinished and repurposed for use in the 21st century. These include the up-and-coming Midvale Theatre, which regularly puts on big-name productions for the community and is steadily becoming more popular in the arts scene across the Wasatch Front.

On the heels of these initial redevelopments in the old downtown of the city, Midvale is also attracting major business names to set up shop near the historic areas, which highlights some of the great contrasts in the area. None of these is more prevalent than near the I-15 and I-215 interchange and the Bingham Junction TRAX station on the Red Line. New hotels and shopping have arisen here, as well as the global headquarters of two major companies: CHG Healthcare and Overstock, with its stunning new Coliseum. Neither of these entities were spawned in Midvale, but they saw the opportunity to make a positive move and have become the center of exciting changes. Nearby neighboring company centers include those of Arctic Circle and Ally Bank.

As if further evidence was needed that Utah is a great place to make film, the city of Midvale has also played host to scenes and sequences from several films, including the Halloween series and The Sandlot. The old-fashioned facades in Old Town, the mountainous backdrop, and the quiet residential areas are all conducive to good movie-making.

Except during the filming of a horror movie, Midvale’s streets are typically fairly quiet, since much of it is indeed residential. The 1990s saw the vast majority of Midvale’s population growth, but as the old downtown redevelops, more residences have been added in recent years, especially around the Bingham Junction station. These homes have what could be argued to be some of the best views from the valley floor without requiring a high-rise facility.

Midvale has also born and bred some notable residents over the years. Local actor Corbin Allred has starred in a variety of big-screen films with talent such as Natalie Portman, and he has also appeared in multiple LDS Church videos. Don L. Lind went on to serve as an astronaut for NASA after graduating from the University of Utah and UC-Berkeley.

While we at VIP Limousine have much love for our hometown area, the respect we have for city of Midvale, and its growth and change, is strong. It’s a community which we love greatly and enjoy serving.

Cottonwood Heights, Utah: Our Home, Part 20

Want a good place to see the Salt Lake valley? Check out Cottonwood Heights! Photo credit: utahrealtygroup.com
Want a good place to see the Salt Lake valley? Check out Cottonwood Heights! Photo credit: utahrealtygroup.com

As an outsider, if you wanted proof of the growth coming to Salt Lake City and the surrounding area, you need look no further than the edges of the valley to find where and how much of the Utah economy is thriving. In these areas there are housing developments, corporate offices, and developing infrastructure. Some of this is more visible than others, and none is more obvious than the skyline of Cottonwood Heights, a fast-growing business hub on the eastern side of the valley.

Near the Salt Lake skiing mecca of Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird in the Cottonwood Canyons, Cottonwood Heights (named for the abundance of Cottonwood trees in the area) is a gateway to outdoor activities as well as serving as a home for a good portion of the valley. Indeed, the population of the area has grown significantly since the millennium, with the “city between the canyons” being perched between Sandy, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, and Murray. Its central-side location pays dividends for access to the rest of the area, with I-215 cutting a corner through it and Utah Transit Authority bus routes slicing through the city streets.

Cottonwood Heights not only has the stunning Wasatch Mountains rising in its vicinity, it also has businesses climbing up and out of its base. Old Mill Business Park features prominently and shows that it’s not just downtown Salt Lake that is home to business players. Dyno Nobel, Extra Space Storage, JetBlue Airways, Instructure, and SanDisk-iO Technologies all have major or primary offices just off the freeway and feature heavily in the local economy. Instructure has software used by universities around the country, SanDisk has created a computer storage empire, and JetBlue offers flights around the country and beyond, including to and from Salt Lake City International Airport, reaching to large markets such as Los Angeles and New York City. Tucked just behind these is a set of great eats, including Market Street Grill and Cafe Trio.

While Cottonwood Heights did not incorporate until 2005, the area has been a location people have called home for a while. The Deseret News constructed a paper mill there in 1883 (the namesake of the aforementioned Old Mill business park is no coincidence); fast forward to the 2000s when Money Magazine put the city on its list of Best Places to Live in the United States. Indeed, Cottonwood Heights has some more established neighborhoods than some of its neighbors, but the homes and their values have retained staying power with their location and design. While the front face of the city from the freeway could easily fit in Silicon Valley (or even the neighbor to the south, Silicon Slopes), Cottonwood has the reputation of staying as a quiet residential city. With only one high school within its borders and much of the businesses confined to the northwestern edge, much the streets stay quiet and safe. It’s been a great place for families to live, and remains so as other cities grow faster and closer together.

Like some of its immediate neighbors, Cottonwood Heights has experienced an economic and industry change in more recent years, going from manufacturing and hard goods to service and technology. One aspect that has not changed, though, is the appeal to the outdoors. Regardless of the season, the nearby canyons beckon to local and visitors to spend time outside hiking and skiing, with breathtaking views and a deep supply of The Greatest Snow on Earth. As regular visitors to all it has to offer, we at VIP Limousine definitely love having Cottonwood Heights as a part of our home.