Cyclery opens, Provo gets sweeter and Instagram ad shoes get Utah storefront in local business news

A roundup of small business news from around the state this month.

Bingham Cyclery opens fifth store, first in Summit County

(Angela Wright | Bingham Cyclery) Bingham Cyclery's new Park City location is shown in this undated photo.

In May, local bicycle company Bingham Cyclery celebrated the grand opening of its fifth location, its first in Summit County. The new location is located at 3156 Quarry Road, No. 3-N, in Park City.

The retailer is focused on selling electric bicycles and accessories but also services analog bikes too, the release said.

“We love selling e-bikes and servicing all types of bikes,” said Bingham Cyclery owner Angela Wright in a statement.

Bingham Cyclery also has locations in Salt Lake City, Sandy, Ogden and Sunset, in Davis County. Visit BinghamCyclery.com for more information.

Kizik opens first brick-and-mortar store

(Chad Kirkland | Courtesy Photo) A shoe display is photographed in Kizik's first brick-and-mortar store, located at Fashion Place Mall in Murray.

Kizik shoes used to be found only in a handful of Nordstrom locations across the country, but now, the Lindon-based footwear brand is opening its first brick-and-mortar location at Fashion Place Mall, at 6191 S. State St. in Murray.

In May, the store held its grand opening, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony joined by Utah’s first lady, Abby Cox, who’s a fan of the shoes, according to a news release.

Now, Utahns can actually try on a pair of the shoes they may have seen ads for online, including on Instagram.

Kizik shoes, which you can step into hands-free and have to tie only once, combine “modern design with next-level comfort and go-anywhere versatility,” the release said.

Developers are serious about making sure you won’t have to crush the heels of your shoes in order to get them on.

“We put our shoes through more than 30,000 compression tests to ensure that each time you step in, they spring back as strong as the first,” according to Kizik.com.

Mark of the Beastro gets PETA nod for burger

(Andrew Earley | Mark of the Beastro) Pro-vegan organization PETA has included Mark of the Beastro’s garlic mushroom burger, pictured, on its list of the best vegan burgers in the United States.

Pro-vegan organization PETA has included Mark of the Beastro’s garlic mushroom burger on its list of the best vegan burgers in the United States, calling it a “juicy, meat-free guilty pleasure,” a news release said.

The garlic mushroom burger can be found in the “burgatory” section of Mark of the Beastro’s menu, and is made up of a no-beef patty topped with garlic, mushrooms, tomato, onions and lettuce.

“Keeping Mark of the Beastro’s mouthwatering, garlicky comfort food classic to ourselves would be heresy,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a statement.

Mark of the Beastro, located at 666 S. State St. in downtown Salt Lake City, bills itself as a vegan diner that offers meat-free and dairy-free versions of comfort foods like breakfast staples, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and milkshakes, according to its website.

The diner will receive a framed certificate from PETA in honor of its win.

Blox Dessert Bars opens third location

(Blox Dessert Bars) The Brownie Points dessert bar is one of the many sweet treats that Blox Dessert Bars offers. The company just opened a new location in Provo.

A local chain known for its square-shaped desserts has opened a third location, this one in Provo. The new store, located at 671 E. 800 North, joined the existing American Fork and Saratoga Springs locations in May.

Blox promises “the most insane niche dessert experience,” according to its Facebook page. And as evidenced by a video of Blox desserts on the company’s website, that experience includes enough chocolate, caramel, frosting, brownies, peanut butter, chocolate chips and marshmallows to make your dentist raise an eyebrow. And they’re all baked into desserts that are about as big as a saucer.

The menu includes signature Blox like the Skippy, which is a peanut butter blondie blended with oats and topped with milk chocolate frosting and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Or try the Mississippi Mud, which is a Ghirardelli fudge brownie with walnuts, toasted marshmallows and milk chocolate frosting on top. New flavors are released every week, too.

According to the Blox Instagram (@bloxdesserts), the Provo location offers the same Blox desserts and indoor seating as the other stores, but also offers bottled soda for sale as well as outdoor seating.