Orem is home to over 5,000 licensed businesses and serves as the economic center of our county. We strive to foster an environment where businesses not only survive but thrive, creating a community that supports growth, innovation, and prosperity.
Mayor Young emceed the 4th annual Orem Business Alliance Stand-Out Business Awards on Wednesday, December 13th at Library Hall.
Members of the City Council were also in attendance to honor and recognize three incredible Orem businesses. There were over 40 businesses nominated for the awards and so many were deserving. Here are the three that were honored with the awards:
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD
The Fellas Chop Shop, led by Koa Routt, is a prominent men’s barbershop located in Orem since December 2022. They have actively engaged with and served the Orem community through various initiatives, such as supporting the Orem Police Department, participating in Heroes and Helpers and Sub for Santa programs, and providing free haircuts for veterans on Veterans Day. They also contribute to community events like Oremfest and National Night Out Against Crime, offering discounted haircuts and fostering community spirit. The barbers at The Fellas Chop Shop not only excel in hairstyling but also in enhancing the overall well-being of the community. For their outstanding contributions, they are awarded the Orem Stand Out Business Award in the Community Engagement category, recognizing their unwavering commitment to improving the community.
INNOVATIVE BUSINESS AWARD
Established in 2023 at 143 North State Street and led by Vickie Hulderson, Little Beakers is a groundbreaking hands-on science lab dedicated to making scientific learning an exciting adventure for children and families. Offering homeschool and after-school science classes, summer and holiday camps, birthday parties, and more, Little Beakers has revolutionized science education. Their open lab concept, featuring over 30 experiments, makes science accessible and enjoyable for families, with staff handling cleanup. In recognition of their commitment to reshaping science education and fostering inclusivity, Little Beakers Science Lab is awarded the Orem Stand Out Business Award for its innovative approach that ignites curiosity and enthusiasm for learning in the next generation.
HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS AWARD
Founded by Mac Christensen and Steve Winn in the late 1970s and located in the University Place Mall, Mr. Mac has been a symbol of style and sophistication for nearly five decades. Known for its high-quality men’s wear and distinguished dress clothing, the store serves a diverse clientele, including missionaries and visitors from all over the world. After Mac’s retirement, Steve Winn took sole ownership and, with the help of longtime store manager Dave Haden, built a reputation for outstanding customer service. Since Steve’s retirement in 2019, his sons, Jason and Tyler, have continued the legacy. Mr. Mac is also actively involved in supporting local organizations and has a unique tradition called the “Mr. Mac Challenge” that highlights their customer-centric approach. We honor Mr. Mac with this award, recognizing its rich history, commitment to community service, business excellence, and dedication to customer satisfaction. Congratulations to Mr. Mac on this well-deserved honor!