was created by friends Sue Valentine, Dawna Barton
and her daughter Brooke Morrison in February 1981.
Soon Sue Valentine became my sole parent, being that
Brooke Morrison and Dawna Barton kept busy painting
for our customers. I began strictly as a gallery,
but after adding gifts, paper goods, antiques, rugs
and other home accessories my inventory grew. In
1986 we furnished an award winning house in the Parade
of Homes. We were asked to provide artwork for KSL,
at the Triad Center and while installing it, Sue
became known as the "Picture Lady". We
decorated many professional offices, homes, small
businesses, and helped corporations gain valuable
art collections. Our customer base grew from the
Sugarhouse and Holladay areas to customers from Salt
Lake City, Sandy, Ogden, Provo, Park City and from
the California coast to Idaho, Montana, Colorado
and Oregon. Summer was like a family reunion as those
kind people returned to visit the store each year.
I grew for twenty one and a half years with a mother
that was fortunate to work with her talented three
daughters by her side. The eldest was Sydney with
her banking experience and knowledge, Susan, a graduate
in interior design and Stephanie, who built and assembled
each frame. Each daughter excelled in customer service,
along with the wonderful staff we had over the years.
In 1993 our framer Stephanie, gave birth to a son
Cole, and he came to work each day with his mother.
When Cole was 9 months old his cute cousin Andrew
was born and also came to work with his mother Syd.
My customers and employees really loved those babies
and in 1998 Adison arrived. She too joined Nana Sue
at work and this family business now had a third
generation crawling in amongst the inventory. We
enjoyed the association of Heidi Smart, Liz King,
Shauna Lloyd Jones, Rosemary Murdoch Thomas, Shirley
Kilbourne, Sally Jensen, Katie Holland, Anne Green
Nowicki, Nancy Green, Beckie Britter, Megan Pugh
Woodward, Robyn Shaw, and Heather Olson, and other
employees. It was fun to watch these fine people
grow, finish school, marry, become wife's and Mothers.
Now my owner wants to grow up to be an artist and
spend time doing just that. You will find her in
her studio, or painting in one of our beautiful canyons
or spending time with her family. She says: I am
so glad our paths have crossed, your visits to Apple
Yard Art created a lifetime friendship. I will miss
you as you will miss the store. I cherish the great
memories we have. May we enjoy good health and happiness
in the future. Thank you for our successful adventure.
Sincerely, Sue Valentine GOODBYE TO APPLE YARD ART....
YOU WERE GREAT!
YARD ART CLOSED SEPT. 30, 2002. Thank you for your
patronage . . .