For Stuart & Christine Carver going out to ice cream is more than just a weekly treat - it’s valuable family time. With the kids turning 14, 13, & 12 this year they know that it will only get harder to gather everyone together & talk about what’s happening in their lives.
Even before Talus, Rally, & Rome were born Stuart & Christine used finding unique sweets as a way to explore areas. From previously unheard of tapioca teas from Teaism in Washington DC in the ‘90’s to sampling Thai iced tea from food carts in Oregon they found that as their family grew they continued to use treats as an excuse for weekly outings together.
When a family they’d known for five years through the Ogden Valley Ski Team ski team mentioned that they were thinking about selling their ice cream shop, which happened to be right across the street from Snowcrest Jr HS where both families have their kids enrolled in the ski academy it seemed like an ideal fit. Kicking the idea around they began to notice just how many ice cream shops - & shave ice, gelato, & an assortment of sweet shops - they’d visited. In fact, walking to ice cream with extended family every summer on their vacations is a daily ritual!
Knowing that their kids would be at Snowcrest for five more years and with both parents used to being heavily involved as parent volunteers training young people at a light-hearted first job seemed perfect.
Stuart grew up in Ogden and his father lived in Eden when Stuart was in junior high and high school and his grandfather’s farmhouse still stands near Eden Park. Having retired as a law enforcement officer in 2016, Stuart’s kept busy enjoying mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, volunteering with the ski team & being the stay-at-home parent. Christine is a top producing real estate broker and has been with Coldwell Banker since before their youngest child was born. Originally from Washington DC she lived in Eugene, Oregon before moving to Salt Lake City after college.
Talus is on the Ogden HS mountain bike team and enjoys flipping off & on trampolines. Rally enjoys soccer when she’s not competing in science fairs and storytelling competitions. Rome started his own toy business selling spinners in 2017, built his own foundry in 2018, & enjoys soccer.
With two family members being lactose intolerant it has been important to the family to bring in non-dairy options like sorbets and Dole Whip. Soft serve is a favorite with the family - & that might be as much for the toppings as it is for the variety of ice creams, frozen yogurts, & non-dairy fruit whips.
Wanting to share their support of recycling & reducing one-time use plastics, the ice cream shop now uses biodegradable straws & wooden spoons as well as offering stainless steel options for purchase. They offer reusable bags for sale instead of plastic bags for carry out, including insulated pint & quart carriers that were custom made to fit growlers.
Improvements to the shop include a book nook featuring local authors, LDS authors, cringe-free romances, sci-fi & magical tales with female heroines, & post-apocalyptic what if novels. A reach in beverage cooler, locally made kombucha, organic lemonade on tap, & “chewy” pebble ice have all been added as well as the soft serve machines.
Pre-packed pints & quarts help ensure that there’s always a few more flavors on hand than the scooping cases can hold and waffle cups, cones, & rounds are available for take out, as are favorite toppings. The shop also sells candy, jewelry, ridiculous & silly items, & a few items to help you enjoy the outdoor music at the gazebo or a day on the lake or trails.
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Ogden Valley Events would like to WELCOME Eden’s newest pizza restaurant to town. Ogden Valley Pizza has been open for just a matter of weeks now. Owner’s Ryan and Amy Johnson, though the family is not new to the pizza industry, are new proprietors of Ogden Valley Pizza located in the Eden Plaza. Ryan and Amy were both raised in Bountiful Utah but for the past four years have live here in the Valley in the Patio Springs area of Eden. Ryan’s family roots originate in Eden as his grandmother was born here.
Ryan has operated and managed his own companies as well as managed departments for other companies like Waterscapes and C.R. England. Amy continues to manage one of the Settebello locations in Northern Utah. Combining their business sense with a love for New York style pizza, the Johnson’s are set on success. Helping the family out, several of their children and their son-in-law work at the Pizzeria as well.
Ogden Valley Pizza places a lot of emphasis on fresh and local as most of their ingredients are sourced locally. In addition to that, Ogden Valley Pizza cold-ferments their pizza dough for 48-72 hours, which is made there on location.
In a recent article for the Valley News, Ryan says, "After countless nights throughout the years wanting and wishing for a great delivery service for pizza, (yes, I was raised on pizza… and yes, I have ordered a hot one for my kids more than I can count!) we felt there was a niche and a need here in the valley. Our goal is to deliver a top of the line, handmade, hand thrown pie to the customer that is made with as much local and regional ingredients as we could get our hands on.
Our shop was designed with this in mind. It is small, and laid out in a way to maximize production and minimize overhead, almost the entire basement is laid out and used for dough production! We have an amazing mixer, dubbed "Big Red" that has the ability to run over 200 lbs of flour at a time!
Ogden Valley Pizza has spent close to a year focusing almost solely on the dough recipe. It's based loosely on a New York style pie. One that has amazing flavor, is light and airy, and travels well... I mean that's the whole point, right? We do not add seasoning to the dough to artificially give it flavor; it's good because it is done right! From the mountain water to the high quality flour that is used."
The Johnson's love living in Ogden Valley and love the small-town feel of life up here in the valley. They invite you to come by and meet the crew, buy a pie, mention Ogden Valley Events, and receive 10% off all take-out orders. Ogden Valley Pizza is bringing fresh, hand-crafted pizza to the Ogden Valley area. Ryan and Amy say, "We pledge to work hard and to add to that small-town, local, environmentally responsible vibe and at the same time- crank the volume knob to 11!" Ogden Valley Pizza offers customers an array of main course pies to choose from as well as several desert options. A full menu is accessible at www.ogdenvalleypizza.com.
Starting this week they will take delivery orders for the Eden area to perfect their delivery process and to train their drivers. In the coming weeks, they will branch out to Liberty and Huntsville as they perfect their delivery process to bring you piping-hot pizza to your door with the same level of excellence that you can expect in every pie!
Coming soon: Online and Facebook ordering. Stay tuned!
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Ogden Valley Pizza are using a “new” technology in the store for our walk-in refrigerator. They are the first one in the state to use it, and the health department is monitoring it for approval statewide. It’s a system that is a fraction of the cost of traditional walk-ins, uses more then half the energy cost and a fraction of the Freon! Very environmentally friendly!
Written By: Seth Miller