Made in Park City
Park City is known for its spectacular year-round mountain setting that affords a multitude of outdoor activities throughout the four seasons. But what the casual observer might not know is that it is also an entrepreneurial hotbed that has attracted creative, savvy, business-minded folks who choose to call it home. From specialty food items to adrenaline-inspired tools of the active trade, Mountain Home Real Estate has picked out some of the most compelling “Made in Park City” products to share…. while shining a light on some of our local favorites.
SPOTLIGHT :: YEE-HAW PICKLES
Yee-Haw Pickles owners Allison and Drew Cesati recently purchased a Park City home with the guidance of Mountain Home Real Estate. They met in 2005 while working in the ski industry and relocated to Crested Butte for a few years, discovering the lost art of pickle making while living more than a convenient drive from their local grocery store. Spring forward several years and they found themselves back in Park City in 2011 with a burgeoning business and the know how to springboard their mom-and-pop pickle start up into a national empire. “We sold our first jar of Hot Damn Dills at the Park City Farmer’s Market that August,” recalls Allison. “We launched with Whole Foods Rocky Region 6 months later and our pickles are now sold in retailers nationwide.”
But why Park City? Says Allison: “One of the reasons we moved back to Park City was because it was a great location to run a business while still allowing us to live in the mountains. We are able to run our product based business on a national scale and still have access to the best skiing and mountain biking in the country (literally!). I-80 and I-15 are major shipping routes so we are able to ship products across the country with ease and Salt Lake is a major distribution point so sourcing raw goods for manufacturing has been relatively easy. The proximity to the airport is also critical because we travel for business frequently, often last minute.
Being a local Park City product has helped us reach visitors from all over the world. They try our pickles while they are here to ski or mountain bike and continue to buy them when they return home. It’s a really unique and fun place to run a product based business because we can market our pickles to all of our visitors as well as to our local community. We set up Yee-Haw grilled cheese pickle sandwich booths at Running With Ed and the Point 2 Point each year and we support the local EATS program whenever we can. It’s amazing to have such active and engaged community members who support our mission of producing healthier, better tasting food alternatives.”
For more information and where to get your hands on some of these amazing pickles, visit Yee-Haw Pickles.
Submission and writing by Renee Huang