SUMMIT AND WASATCH COUNTIES, Utah — Abigail Hill, founder, and owner of Made in Park City, launched her business in November 2020. She founded the company with the mission: “To promote community pride and bring awareness of locally made products to visitors and residents by creating a direct avenue for sales.”
Hill’s personal experiences laid the foundation and inspiration for creating Made in Park City. “I find the more places I visit, the more important it is to find something authentic to the area,” she said, “There was a need to be able to efficiently find authentic local products both while traveling and also while living here in such an expanding community.”
“I have been in Park City for 26 years and see more and more box stores and national repeat brands moving in. My goal is to create one group, one source where all local brands can be seen… To tell the story of each local company and promote the group collectively.”
For Hill, fostering relationships with business owners, learning their stories, and becoming intimate with their products is a source of joy and the foundation of Made in Park City’s success.
“It is so rewarding and great to meet all of these entrepreneurs and to be inspired by them and very rewarding when we can facilitate success for them. We want the world to see them and to get them in the front and center of our visitors!” she exclaims.
The Made in Park City website achieves its company mission by directly linking customers to local businesses and themed or custom-made gift baskets. A couple of current favorite gift sets include The Premier Park City Gift Set, an extensive and varied sampling of local products created in collaboration with @ParkCityGuy, and The ‘Big Dump’ Park City Baby Gift Set, for welcoming little ones.
Made in Park City’s newest initiative is the Meet the Maker Series, which promotes and introduces brands, artists, and authors to people in the community.
“One [series event] was a children’s reading and product event; another was the decor and home products, another mixed wares and stories. All in cross-collaboration with local stores or organizations,” said Hill.
The most successful event of the year was in collaboration with Basin Recreation, Bark in the Park. “We expect this to be an annual event and are excited to expand on this one each year. There was such incredible community attendance and participation.”
As Made in Park City gains traction in the community, all the companies they partner with benefit. Hill is enthusiastic about expanding her team and bringing more attention to local partners.
“I am excited to have a dedicated group sales specialist, Erin Williams, who is working hard and getting us in front of hospitality, corporate groups, property management companies, realtors, and events in town,” Hill said. “We also have a wonderful dedicated vendor relations specialist, Kristin Everson, who is constantly updating and adding the very long list of companies and products waiting to be loaded up to our site so we can truly represent everyone and be the source for all products locally made.”