Felisha Wild and her partner, Janelle Phalen, began making handmade wooden cutting boards and bowls in the basement of their north side home about three years ago.

Friends liked the pieces, and soon the couple were invited to try selling them with a soap maker who had a farmers market stand.

A year ago, a friend told them about a competition that Layton Boulevard West Neighbors and other organizations were holding to jump-start new businesses. The winner of the contest would get a lease on a renovated 2,000-square-foot storefront at 3519 W. National Ave., along with three to five months of free rent, depending on the lease; $5,000 from the Zilber Family Foundation toward the project; and professional and technical assistance.

Wild and Phalen had begun looking for a location to move out of the basement, so the two entered the contest, calling their business Our Daily Salt.

In all, there were 28 entrants in the contest, said Natanael Martinez, the economic development manager of Layton Boulevard West.

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