Every year around this time, our team at Salt Lake magazine is reminded just how awesome Utah really is as we prepare for our Best of the Beehive issue. 

We're a state chock-full of talent, good food, natural beauty and amazing people who do cool things. As a born-and-raised Utahn, I'm pretty proud of my home state, and I even have the t-shirt to prove it.

Thanks to The Home. T, we can show our state pride anywhere our travels take us. If you're extra enthused about calling Utah home, you can even get one for your kid. Or get a reusable tote bag, and advertise your pride every time you shop at the supermarket.

But back to our local talent. It goes without saying that our fashionistas, boutique owners and brand authors are a group that does Utah proud.

Not only have they created businesses all their own from the ground up, but they did it here on our home turf, and they molded their products into well-known brands that are shipping out to enthusiasts across the globe. 

You can (and should!) show support and your own pride in the Beehive state by shopping local. Here's a list of a few to get you started:

QP Collections: Something for him, something for her. The unique, handmade craftsmanship of QP Collections covers everything from men's neckties to wallets for the ladies. 

Stock & Barrel Co: Ogden gets bragging rights for this leather-goods gem of gems. If you're in the market for a bag that'll last you until the end of time or a classy carry case for your iPad, head here and stop looking.

Beckett & Robb: Talk about a tailored suit. Beckett & Robb boasts perfectly fitted and flawlessly detailed suits that will sell you in a single glance.

Got Pops Cosmetics: Available at Got Beauty in-store and online, Got Pops is an entire line of makeup from eyeshadow to lip liner that's highly pigmented and lasts all day and then some.

Mabo Children's Clothier: This adorably unique line of children's clothing covers every wardrobe must-have, from dresses to leggings, so it's fit for little boys and girls alike. And the quality, fit and timelessness of each piece is unmatched.

Freshly Picked Moccasins: These soft-soled baby shoes are great for infants, walkers and toddlers. What's even better is they actually stay on - a novel concept for any mom. 

Sibu Beauty: Care for your skin naturally with Sibu's line of products that not only make you look more radiant, but are also environmentally friendly.

Do you have a favorite local brand, company or store? I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment or email me at jadams@saltlakemagazine.com