COLORADO CITY (News4Utah) – As the border towns of Colorado City and Hildale continue to evolve following the days of Warren Jeffs, many who remain FLDS are struggling financially, but a new store in town is trying to help.
From raspberry jalapeno jelly, to pioneer bonnets, even tools, everything in the store is made by those of the FLDS faith.
“All of these things right here are hand-forged,” said Norma, an FLDS mother.
As many FLDS businesses continue to be replaced by private businesses in Hildale and Colorado City, Christine Marie, founder of the non-profit ‘Voices for Dignity’ said not everyone is benefiting.
“While everybody is celebrating the changes, they feel a little bit driven out,” said Marie about those who remain FLDS.
That is why Christine has been working on this major project, The Short Creek Cottage.
“Be able to pay their bills … be able to pay their taxes, which they desperately want to do. They want to stay in their homes,” said Marie.
“It’s really hard to survive with that many children,” said Esther, an FLDS single mother to 11 children.
“I needed an outlet to sell my products so that I could make money to take care of my children,” said Esther.
From tools to tea sets, and even rugs crocheted by Fiona, a mother of four, fill the store.
“Like to do things with my hands to stay busy,” said Fiona.
“FLDS women can make anything,” said Marie.
On Wednesday, volunteers helped clean, hammer and lay flooring to prepare for the grand opening.
David Bishop came from Salt Lake City to help.
“I’m just an old retired cop trying to do something good to help good people help themselves,” said Bishop.
And then there’s Lamont Barlow who was once FLDS and considered an apostate to those who remain faithful but still volunteering.
“Bridges are being built, people are starting to warm up to each other. It’s a story of healing,” said Barlow.
The Short Creek Cottage opens July 3rd, in Central Street in Colorado City. They invite the public to come and shop.