There are no strangers here, only friends that have not met.

1Last month I got an email from someone at MacCools in Ogden saying that they needed to meet with me. I wasn’t sure what the meeting was about but  I had a feeling I did not want to miss out, so I rode my bike down there as soon as I could.

Scott Schlisman, owner of MacCool’s, was waiting on the second floor loft with a huge smile on his face. I sat down nervously and we chatted about the Indie Ogden awards.  During the Awards, MacCools was catering an event on the other side of the venue and when he passed by our event he was surprised to see so many amazing locals together in one room.  It was something that inspired him and he wanted to get involved in some way.

Scott is all about community building, in fact the entire reason Scott and co-owner Mic Warner opened MacCool’s was to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, where you can laugh with friends, eat great food and be a part of a community. From the laughter I heard below, it seems they have done just that.

So, when Scott sat me down and said ‘How would you feel about me making a ton of amazing food and hosting a party in this loft area and you just invite people who care about this community to come see what we have to offer and connect with each other?’ It only made sense to say ‘HECK YES’.

The Ogden location is on the first floor of the Historic Ben Lomond Hotel, right in the heart of downtown. From the loft upstairs you can catch some killer sunsets and during winter you can look out and see all the lights at Christmas Village. A perfect setting for a party like this.



When the Mixer started I still didn’t have all the details.  I am a bit of a control freak and not knowing every detail was hard for me, but I trusted that Scott had it under control and he definitely did. When guests arrived the lovely wait staff brought out food for everyone lamb ribs, smoked salmon and pesto crostinis, Salad cups, mushroom and reuben  sandwiches, and it was all incredible.


As I walked around I noticed people introducing themselves to strangers, learning about each other and laughing, lots of laughing.  This is what Ogden is about, our community is so diverse and creative and full of energy and together the possibilities are endless.

MacCools did an incredible job of bringing people together in a space that inspires you to want to be a part of this town. How can you not want to be a part of the Ogden community when you have such a great view of downtown? After all, MacCool’s motto is ‘There are no strangers here, only friends that have not met.’


Thank you to everyone who came out and made a new friend. Thank you to the wonderful staff of MacCools who were all so kind and funny and genuinely friendly.  And a big thank you to Scott Schlisman for creating community and loving Ogden as much as we do.


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Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.