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Contributors Downtown belongs to everyone. It is a simple phrase, but it has real meaning for the Downtown Alliance. As Shakespeare asked: “What is a city, but the people?” More than buildings, roads, sidewalks, trees or parking pay stations, downtown is the people. Downtown helps us create wealth, build relationships, feed hunger and quench thirst. It’s where we go to celebrate success, find a job, start a business and fall in love. It is also where those most in need go to find refuge. It doesn’t matter where you live, when you were born, how much money you make, the color of your skin, how your body is shaped, what you believe about God, who you vote for or who you love—downtown belongs to you. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to build a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. Over the past few JASON MATHIS years, downtown has undergone a remarkable transformation with hundreds of new residents and businesses, large and small, while new buildings push our burgeoning skyline to scrape even higher clouds. Downtown’s transformation also includes festivals, performances, concerts, plazas, parks, markets, gardens and a thousand other ways to experience the city. There has never been a better time to be part of downtown. And the best is yet to come. DOWNTOWN the Magazine tells the story of the people who are making our urban center great. It is a joint effort between the Downtown Alliance and our friends at Utah MediaOne Group. Downtown is a story of development­—brick and mortar and increasingly glass and steel. More importantly, downtown is the story of individual lives intersecting around shared experiences and the narratives that bind us together. We hope it inspires you to find your own downtown story. Jason Mathis, Executive Director, Downtown Alliance

MELISSA FIELDS Fifteen years ago, native Michigander Melissa Fields drove across the United States to spend “just one winter” in Utah. Now, with a husband, mortgage and two wonderful kids later, she can’t imagine living anywhere else. Melissa freelance writes for a variety of regional publications and is editor of Park City Magazine.


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VIRGINIA RAINEY A Salt Lake native who detoured to San Francisco for 20 years and then returned, Virginia has been writing about good food and the people who produce it for more than 25 years. She writes for a variety of publications, including Park City and Ski Utah magazines. She co-authored California the Beautiful Cookbook and is the Utah editor for the Zagat Restaurant Survey and America’s Top Restaurants.

KELLI NAKAGAMA Kelli writes about adventures in food, arts and traveling on RandomActs OfKelliness.com and TheUtahReview.com. She is determined to show the world that there is more to do in Utah besides the mountains, even though they are beautiful. Her travels take her around the world in search of opera, whiskey and a good bowl of ramen.

DAVID NEWKIRK As a full-time photographer in the SLC area, David is always out and about with his cameras. He’s an absolute fan of SLC and his work is basically a love letter to this city and also Utah. As a young teenager, he and his dad moved to SLC to pursue their love of skiing and he’s loved it here since day one. His other passion is mountain biking. You can also find him up on the Shoreline Trail worshipping at his “church.”

BRENT ROWLAND A freelance editorial photographer with a degree in English, Brent was raised in the Mojave Desert with a Canon F1 and plenty of T-Max 100. His work has appeared in Dwell magazine and several publications in Salt Lake City, where he currently lives. He is working toward his MFA degree in film at the University of Utah.




Discover Downtown Nestled at the base of the Wasatch bench, downtown is filled with rich Utah history, family activity venues, chic consignment stores, delicious eateries and a host of roaring nightlife scenes. Whether you live or play downtown, navigating the streets of the city can bring an ambience of a booming metropolis, but also the comfort of feeling right at home. Whether you are visiting or taking a walk in your own backyard, set aside the time to go, eat, drink, shop, stay, live and love downtown. downtownslc.org


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Getting Around THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MOVE AROUND downtown SLC. If you're driving, save some time, hassle and money, and park your car once. From there, take TRAX anywhere within the Free Fare Zone or utilize the Bike Share system. Remember that parking at on-street meters is limited to two hours, which costs $2 per hour (except on weekends when it’s free). Many off-street lots and garages, however, are $5 for the whole day. There are literally 10 times the amount of spots off-street compared to metered parking. On-street parking is best used for quick trips of under two hours. Find the best option for you at parkingslc.com. You can access most points downtown by hopping on and off TRAX trains, which are also free downtown. EnergySolutions Arena, Main Street, City Creek Center, Library Square and the Intermodal Transportation hub are all located along the line. The new Airport TRAX Line provides a direct transfer from downtown and University of Utah TRAX lines as well as the FrontRunner rail to the Salt Lake International Airport. Find maps and more info on UTA at rideuta.com.

Take a GREENbike from any station and drop if off at another. Stations are located near every major downtown destination including restaurants on Main Street, City Creek, The Gateway, Temple Square and Squatters Pub Brewery. This is a fun and healthy way to get around town—and usually faster than a car. Even more GREENbikes are hitting the streets this year with locations at the Cityscape Apartments, the Sheraton Hotel and Salt Palace Convention Center. Rates start at $5 for 24 hours, which includes an unlimited number of 30-minute trips. Visit greenbikeslc.org for information. The old standby mode of transportation, walking is equally effective. Main Street is a shade-filled stroll with trees and ample storefronts for passers-by. Main Street travels north and south, and divides the city’s east and west sides. To walk east or west, Broadway (300 South) is a recommended route. Be sure to include off the beaten path blocks, such as Market Street and Pierpont Avenue if you are headed across town, where downtown’s “neighborhood feel” can be found.

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How do you get downtown?

There is an energy downtown you cannot find in suburban office complexes, generated from a diverse mixture of all elements of society in constant vocation or avocation. I find downtown exciting and stimulating, an atmosphere which is complemented by an equally exhilarating mode of transportation: the unicycle. It’s green, it’s easy to store and carry, and it’s sidewalk compatible. When commuting both hands are always free; imagine that for texting! It’s faster than walking, but not so fast you sweat or cover your backside with mud. A unicycle’s maneuverability is unequaled yet spandex and Gore-Tex offer no advantage. Sidewalk rage just isn’t the same thing and parking is never an issue. A unicycle is the perfect downtown car, but beyond all that, it’s just plain fun! Richard Terry Unicycle I find Enterprise CarShare to be reasonably priced and very flexible. It's easy to reserve and access the vehicles, and there's almost always a car ready and available nearby when I need one. I use car sharing regularly and for all kinds of errands because it's so convenient. I don't own a car, but by combining Enterprise CarShare with Salt Lake's public transportation services, it's very comfortable and affordable to be "car-free" when I'm in the city. Tyson Anderson Enterprise CarShare


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Best commute? FrontRunner to the Central Station and then hop on a GREENbike to work. My colleagues are onto me—they know the best time to reach me via email is during commute time on FrontRunner. The train provides a table to work at, access to Internet and an electrical plug if needed. After seven years of riding transit to downtown, I can tell you the very best part—the transit “community” that I have met along the way (including Joy, Curtis, Wendy, Stephanie, Alexis, Dan, Ben and others). And of course, a big shout out to our AM train host Emily—who watches out for all of us. Mary DeLaMare-Schaefer Public Transit

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We carpool to work each day for many reasons: we enjoy utilizing the convenience of the carpool lane, enjoy the company while driving to and from work, plus feel it does have a small positive impact on the inversion/smog pollution problem. Also, we save money on gas, wear and tear on our vehicles as well as parking costs. The car is necessary given that it is taken out for client calls during the day, otherwise we would ride bikes or take TRAX. Todd Harris Carpool



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Gourmet Sandwiches

by Heather King

Salt Lake may not call one particular sandwich our creation, like the Philly cheesesteak or New Orleans’ muffuletta, but we do have an unofficial “Sandwich Row” (300 South between State and Main streets), a Food Truck Fest every Thursday on Gallivan Avenue, along with some unique bites sandwiched within a few blocks of downtown.


BREAD: The bread is the package that holds every sandwich together, enveloping ingredients within its depths. Who wouldn’t go weak in the knees when biting into two hot and toasty waffles from Off the Grid (offthegridslc.com) waffle truck’s irons? Try the vegetarian Bee’s Cheese featuring Beehive Cheese’s Barely Buzzed and a medium cheddar melted between parmesan-crusted waffles. MEAT: Caputo’s Market & Deli’s (314 W. 300 South, caputosdeli.com) basement was the original home of Utah’s


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For anyone who’s ever bitten into a sandwich and been taken aback by the nuanced layers contained in every mouthful, you’re invited to savor Salt Lake’s sandwich-stuffed central business district—one highlighted ingredient at a time—as they stack up to a whole that’s greater than its individual parts.

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Creminelli Fine Meats, so is it any surprise that the meat counter here slices up only the finest prosciutto, mortadella and salami to top their Caputo sandwich? Finish with provolone, lettuce, tomato, olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a taste of Cosenza, Italy, via Pioneer Park. For a flavor-packed, non-meat protein source, check out Chow Truck’s (chowtruck.com) panko-fried tofu sliders glazed with kicky cilantro-chile pesto at Thursday’s Food Truck Fest on Gallivan Ave.


CHEESE: Located on Sandwich Row as well as two other downtown locations, Toasters Deli (30 E. 300 South, toastersdeli.com) is the center of a happening sandwich scene—just like the fresh mozzarella in their Premium. Surrounded by roasted red peppers, thin-sliced prosciutto and tomatoes, those thick slices of fresh cheese elicit rave reviews every bite. CABBAGE: While lettuce might be the most traditional green on a sandwich, cabbage is a far more intriguing offering at several downtown eateries. At Siegfried’s Delicatessen (20 W. 200 South, siegfriedsdelicatessen.biz), you’ll find a delightful sauerkraut below the generously portioned corned beef on the Reuben at this wellloved German deli.


Kimchi is the story at Lewis Bros. Food Truck (lewisbrosfoodtruck. com). Kimchi stew with pork, spicy kimchi-topped hot dog and crispy kimchi fries are the most impressive pickled offerings from this diner on wheels.

MAYO: There’s mayo and then there’s Bruges (336 W. 300 South, brugeswaffles.com) housemade Andalouse mayo featured on The Machine Gun sandwich. Start with a fresh baguette stuffed with two herby lamb sausages covered with frites and that amazing Andalouse sauce, made with red bell pepper and cayenne pepper, for just enough spice to complement the fries while not overpowering the sausages.


CUSTOM TOPPINGS: Rich’s Burgers & Grub (30 E. Broadway, richsburgersngrub.com) might be serving dry-aged Angus chuck between the buns, but it’s the additional toppings above the patty that make these burgers stand out. Grilled pineapple (Maui BBQ), artichokes, and macaroni and cheese are just a few of the combinations that can be had at this street cart turned brick-andmortar establishment on Sandwich Row. LUNCH BUNCH CONCERT SERIES: Every weekday from May to September, visit Gallivan Plaza (239 S. Main Street, thegallivancenter.com) from noon to 1 p.m. to enjoy free lunchtime performances. Music of every sort—from folk to jazz and rock to acoustic—is featured along with storytelling, line dancing and everything in between. Check the full schedule online, bring your lunch or pick up take-out, and come on over to the Gallivan Center to enjoy the sunshine and love your lunch.




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EXECUTIVE WINE SERIES Some day, somewhere, chances are you—Mr., Mrs. or Ms. Business Person—will be handed a wine list at a business meal. Whether you imbibe or not, the right and polite thing to do is keep your cool and navigate that list with ease and confidence. So if you don’t know the difference between Pinot Noir and Pouilly-fume, there’s an approachable “Executive Wine Series” of classes just for you. Taught by Jim Santangelo, one of the most genuinely knowledgeable, easy-going wine experts, these courses could be one of the best investments you’ll make. “How to Order Wine in a Restaurant” is an interactive 90-minute course on how to navigate a restaurant wine list, find the ‘hidden gems’ and develop ordering strategies. You don’t even have to taste wine to apply this knowledge. A second seminar, “Tasting Wine Like a Pro,” introduces you to the building blocks of tasting, learning terminology and techniques used by the pros to describe and assess wine. Again, you don’t even have to taste if that’s your choice. Single seminars $99; $150 for the series. Corporate group rate discounts and alternate dates/times may be arranged Alta Club, 100 E. South Temple, 801-486-WINE (9463) Full class descriptions: wineacademyofutah.com Virginia Rainey


Libations 101

by Alison Flanders Utah Heritage Foundation

With over 25 local beer and winemakers, Utah has come a long way and has a lot to offer visitors and locals alike. A HSITORY OF BEER AND WINE IN UTAH: The sale of alcohol started what could be Utah’s first “buy local” movement. LDS Church leader Brigham Young, who never drank a drop, saw an economic opportunity and developed a way to produce and sell beer locally. The idea was to cultivate local business and prevent Utahns from wasting money by importing beverages. In the 1920s, just prior to prohibition, wine started to gain popularity in the West. The art and science of making wine and brewing beer was continually being refined, producing great results. Sales reached record highs, helping to


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ON THE MENU 1. BTG 63 W. 100 South, btgwinebar.com 2. Beerhive 128 S. Main Street, facebook.com/pages/Beerhive-pub 3. Cheers to You! 315 S. Main Street, cheerstoyouslc.com

push prohibitionists to criminalize the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” It wasn’t until the 1970s that locallyproduced beer and wine began to be sourced and produced in Utah. Growing grapes for wine first came to Utah when Castle Creek Winery (castlecreekwinery.com), Utah’s oldest and highest-producing winery, planted a round of test grapes in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Greg Schirf opened Schirf Brewing, now Wasatch Brewery (wasatchbeers. com), and led the resurgence of the microbrewery. Since then, Utah’s brewers and winemakers have consistently made award-winning

drinks that are available at many establishments downtown. With over 25 local beer and winemakers, Utah has come a long way and has a lot to offer. If you are looking for variety, the Beerhive Pub on Main Street has over 200 delicious beers from around the world. Newcomer BTG, a wine bar, offers over 50 selections of wine sold by the glass (in amounts as small as two ounces if you want to try a couple) and is located on 100 South. The Green Pig Pub (thegreenpigpub.com) is home to one of the best rooftop bars in the city. But before it was the Green Pig, it

was the Cabana Club. On the city registry since 1948, the Cabana Club was one of the clubs in downtown that lasted all the way through the “private club” era. Still not sure that downtown has variety? Check out the neighborhood bar feel that Cheers to You! has to offer. After retiring from the competitive world of arm wrestling, Bob Brown opened Cheers to You!, previously the Delmar Lounge. Once you walk in, you will immediately notice a line of personalized mugs waiting for “the regulars,” and you’ll know you have found something special.



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3 ON THE DIRECTORY 1. Ken Sanders Rare Books 179 E. Broadway, kensandersbooks.com 2. The Green Ant 179 E. 300 South, thegreenant.com 3. Q Clothing 215 E. Broadway, qclothing.com


1 Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S. 200 East, kensandersbooks.com) is a full-service antiquarian bookshop that boasts a unique and diverse inventory that is consistently changing. Adored by locals, this shop's appeal lies in the treasures that can be found in every visit. Not all of their 100,000-plus inventory is catalogued online, so if you love the smell and feel of a tangible read (something an e-reader could never fill), tell your inner librarian to “pipe down� and head over to the ever-changing stacks at Ken Sanders.


Broadway Bound Downtown Salt Lake City is home to the popular Gallery Stroll encompassing the majority of galleries and visual-arts related businesses in Salt Lake City with the goal to promote the best art Salt Lake City has to offer. Along with the monthly Gallery Stroll, Craft Lake City, a local charitable organization, hosts several monthly events including the popular DIY Festival, which attracted more than 30,000 people last year.


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With vintage-inspired and mid-century modern home decor becoming all the rage in recent years, The Green Ant (179 E. Broadway, thegreenant.com) on Broadway has become a trendy hot-spot for the hobbyist interior decorator and seasoned professional alike. They specialize in buying and selling, which means new pieces are coming and going on a daily basis. Every visit is a new and fun experience for shoppers looking for that one-of-a-kind piece. Looking for a great gift or something fun and new for yourself? Q Clothing (215 E. Broadway, qclothing.com) is a boutique that specializes in environmentally friendly, ecological, affordable and quality fashion-forward clothing for women. Their offerings are always updated with new styles and brands in order to keep up with the high-speed fashion industry. Additionally, Q Clothing offers an extensive selection of women's accessories, including fabulous shoes, hats, jewelry, handbags and more from local Utah designers.

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Everyone knows that the streets of Salt Lake City are exceptionally wide, but did you know that our blocks are also big? Within the larger blocks, smaller private streets began to be inserted, although in more of a random pattern rather than at regular intervals like the rest of Salt Lake’s grid. Some of the streets were eventually joined to provide a through street, such as Pierpont and Regent Streets, but many remain as halfblock alleys. One of the most interesting and well-developed examples is Exchange Place, where two matching buildings (Boston and Newhouse, 1908-1910) were built to frame the short alley. A total of six significant turn-of-the-century buildings were built at this time in the former alley east of Main Street, between 400 South and 300 South, which became the “gentile” commercial district, promoted by Samuel Newhouse. Our alleys provide an appealing human scale that is not found on the extra-wide streets. Another example is Edison Street, an alley stretching between 200 and 300 South and west of 200 East. It is interesting to imagine how this intriguing street can be redeveloped with restaurants, nightlife and shops. With investment, the alleys of Salt Lake may one day provide a completely unique and “hidden” asset. Brenda Case Scheer Professor of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah


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1 ON THE DIRECTORY 1. The Gateway 18 N. Rio Grande shopthegateway.com 2. City Creek Center 50 S. Main Street shopcitycreekcenter.com


Retail Therapy The Gateway, City Creek Center and everything in between. All year long people can enjoy shopping at artesian markets, luxury stores and popular brand stores. The Gateway (18 N. Rio Grande, shopthegateway.com) is a large openair shopping center with more than 100 shopping fronts and restaurants, residential and office space. Some of the more notable destinations that call The Gateway home include The Depot, Clark Planetarium, the Megaplex theater, Discovery Gateway children’s museum and the Olympic Legacy Snowflake Fountain, which is choreographed to a wide range of incredible music and lights at night. City Creek Center (50 S. Main Street, shopcitycreekcenter.com) is the retail centerpiece of downtown Salt Lake City. The center is known for its incredible architectural features, including a fully retractable skylight roof, a sky bridge that extends over Main Street, three electronically controlled fountains, two waterfalls and creek that meanders throughout the center. This open-air shopping center is home to many store fronts that serve a more affluent clientele, featuring retail names like Tiffany’s, Rolex, Porsche Design and more. The center also integrates office and residential space that encompasses three blocks of downtown.




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Destination: Downtown

by Kelli Nakagama

Downtown Salt Lake City is a bustling beehive of activity. There are plenty of ways to spend a weekend in the city without leaving downtown. Getting around has never been easier with many places within walking distance of each other, easy access to TRAX throughout downtown, the bike share program with strategically-placed docking stations, and new parking meters payable by credit card and smartphone. Here are four itineraries to help you rediscover your downtown. 3 2


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5 ON THE ITINERARY 1. Capitol Theatre 50 W. 200 South


2. Gracie’s Bar 326 S. West Temple, graciesslc.com 3. Hotel Monaco 15 W. 200 South, monaco-saltlakecity.com 4. The Leonardo 209 E. 500 South, theleonardo.org 5. Eva’s Bakery 155 S. Main, evasbakeryslc.com


6. Twilight Concert Series 350 S. 300 West, twilightconcertseries.com 7. Mariott Downtown 75 S. West Temple, marriott.com 8. Caffé Molise 55 W. 100 South, caffemolise.com

CULTURAL NIGHT ON THE TOWN For an artistic night on the town, check out an opera at Capitol Theatre. (If the Utah Opera isn’t playing, Ballet West and Broadway in Utah also share the stage.) Stay at Hotel Monaco, the boutique hotel within walking distance of all the downtown action. Check in early for the complimentary wine hour, held nightly in the lobby, then head to Bambara in the hotel for dinner. Start your meal with their famous blue cheese chips; they’re worth every calorie! Cross the street to Capitol Theatre for the performance, then hit The Red Door for post-production martinis before walking back next door. If you’re keeping score at home,


that’s less than 100 yards total of walking! The next morning, walk down the street for brunch at Eva’s Bakery, the cozy Parisian-style cafe known for its bread and pastries. Breakfast is served all day so there’s no need to set your alarm.

SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP Start your shopping excursion by taking TRAX to City Creek Center, the shopping center with a retractable glass roof. Stores include everything from Macy’s to Michael Kors, plus restaurants (both food court and sit-down style) and a relaxing fire pit. Shops trickle down Main Street so venture outside the mall for several other unique shopping options. Refuel at Naked Fish, where they serve authentic sushi. Try the chef’s tasting menu, called omakase, for an unforgettable dinner. Finish the evening with

wine and dessert at the BTG Wine Bar, serving more than 50 wines by the glass, bottle and in-wine flights. Sleep at the Marriott Downtown at City Creek—retail therapy has never been closer! Stop at Caffe Molise for an Italian-themed brunch before hopping on TRAX cross-town to The Gateway, within the Free Fare Zone so no ticket is needed to complete that perfect outfit. If you’re all shopped out, check out the Clark Planetarium, Megaplex movie theater, Discovery Gateway children’s museum or unwind while watching the interactive fountain.

MUSIC IN THE CITY If you’re craving music, downtown has you covered with venues varying from large to small, intimate to outdoor. Abravanel Hall provides elegant sit-down performances while The Depot is home to rowdier downtownslc.org


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ON THE ITINERARY 1. Bar X 155 E. 200 South, barxsaltlake.com 2. Copper Onion 111 E. Broadway, thecopperonion.com 3. Peery Hotel 110 W.Broadway, peeryhotel.com 4. Main Library 210 E. 400 South, slcpl.lib.ut.us

concerts; gastropubs Green Pig and Gracie’s feature weekly rotations of live bands while The Gallivan Center and Pioneer Park cover the outdoor concerts in the summer. Enjoy the sounds from Temple Square with the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Thursday evening rehearsals open to the public, Sunday morning performances), free organ recitals (every afternoon) and the Bells on Temple Square (each Wednesday). Eva is the place for dinner whether the band plays early or late, serving Mediterranean small plates until midnight. After


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the show, hit the new Whiskey Street for its impressive selection of whiskeys where you can order one “on the rock”—a large ice sphere instead of cubes. Recharge the next morning with a low-key breakfast at Toasters, a favorite for business people on the go.

SIGHTSEE THE CITY Spend a weekend sightseeing downtown. Stay at the historic Peery Hotel, the only hotel on Salt Lake City’s historical register, and start your adventure at the Downtown Library, one of the city’s most impressive architectural structures. Stop at The Leonardo for science and technology exhibits, then have dinner at Copper Onion for outstanding locally-sourced American cuisine that will put your mama’s meatloaf to shame. The menu has a choose-your-

own-adventure vibe, with options to create a meal of small plates, appetizers and entrees, or bites to accompany wine. If there’s a wait, check out Copper Common on the corner for handmade cocktails and compelling bar snacks. For the main event, cheer on the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena and end the night at Bar X, where the city’s most talented mixologists make creative cocktails. If beer is more your flavor, quench your thirst with one of the hundreds of brews at The Beerhive, where the ice-lined bar keeps your drink cold all night. The next morning, grab breakfast at Bruges Waffles while swapping ghost stories (the Peery Hotel is rumored to be haunted), then stroll the Farmers Market and sip coffee at The Rose Establishment before heading home.

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Find your roots in the world’s largest collection of genealogical information. Enjoy the impressive 11-foot marble Christus statue at the North Visitors’ Center.

For more information, go to visittemplesquare.com or lds.org/placestovisit For information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visit mormon.org © 2008 IRI. 7/08. Printed in the USA. 04089. Illustration of Temple Square by Dilleen Marsh © 1999 IRI. Photo of Mormon Tabernacle Choir © 2001 Busath Photography

Navigator Visit “I highly recommend that anybody visit Temple Square. The Salt Lake Temple is an architectural achievement and beauty. The Tabernacle will impress you with its worldclass acoustics. From the modern Conference Center to the traditional Joseph Smith Memorial Building, there's so much to see. The entire area is a perfect place stroll around in a calm setting. If you're in town, make sure you put this on your list of places to visit!” Dave Taylor Visitor

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Temple Square The most visited attraction in Utah is Temple Square, a meticulously landscaped 10-acre block in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Temple Square includes two visitor centers where people can learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through art galleries and interactive exhibits. The North Visitors’ Center features an 11-foot replica of Thorvaldsen’s Christus statue. Exhibits at the South Visitors’ Center include a scaled model of the Salt Lake Temple, providing a glimpse inside the historic building. In the southwest corner of the Square, is the Assembly Hall, which hosts free concerts and recitals on weekends. Historic buildings, libraries, a museum and the Conference Center, along with landscaped open spaces, have been added to the original 10-acre block, creating the 35 acres at Temple Square. Travelers who have layovers at the Salt Lake International Airport can take a free shuttle to Temple Square and take a tour while they are waiting for their next flight.


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The centerpiece is the magnificent Salt Lake Temple, a six-spired granite edifice, which took Mormon pioneers 40 years to complete. The unique domed Tabernacle, built in 1867, is home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Organ recitals are presented daily, and the public is invited to choir rehearsals on Thursday and Sunday morning broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Word, which is the longest running continual network radio broadcast in the world. Complimentary tours of Temple Square are offered in over 30 languages.

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW Enjoy a magnificent view from the 26th floor observation deck of the Church Office Building (50 E. North Temple) with the Wasatch Front mountains to the east, the Oquirrh Range to the west, and the State Capitol Building (patterned after the nation’s capitol building) to the north. The observation deck is open to the public and free of charge.

FASCINATING HISTORY LESSON Whether you go for serious research or a brief tour, you are sure to enjoy the Church History Library (15 E. North Temple, churchhistorylibrary.org), which is the repository for historical materials from the beginnings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints to the present day.

ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE Across the street north from Temple Square is the 21,000-seat Conference Center (60 W. North Temple), with four acres of gardens

and trees covering the roof with a waterfall cascading from the tower down the south facade of the building. This beautiful and unique building hosts conferences, concerts and other cultural performances.

DISCOVER YOUR ANCESTORS Visitors are excited to discover some interesting people—their ancestors—in the Family History Library (35 N. West Temple, familysearch.org), which houses the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials. A trained and willing staff is there to help.

YOUR PIONEER HERITAGE At the Church History Museum (45 N. West Temple, churchhistorymuseum.org) guests can enjoy original art from around the world as well as pioneer artifacts, including a covered wagon, authentic pioneer log home and handcart. Children visitors will have fun with many activities available just for them.

1. The Salt Lake LDS Temple Historic Temple Square 2. Thorvaldsen’s Christus North Visitors’ Center 3. Model of Salt Lake LDS Temple North Visitors’ Center 4. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Conference Center 5. Landscaped Gardens Historic Temple Square

VISITOR ACTIVITIES All venues are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: mormon.org or call: 801-240-1706 or 1-800-453-3860

A GRAND LEGACY The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (15 E. South Temple), the former Hotel Utah, houses a Family Search Center (use computers to find information about your ancestors), and a 500-seat theater showing the film “Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration.” Off the elegant lobby is the Nauvoo Cafe, and on the 10th floor are two restaurants with spectacular views overlooking Temple Square.

INSPIRING HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS A short complimentary van ride takes visitors from Temple Square to Welfare Square and the Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center (lds.org/ locations, 801-240-1706). Welfare Square has a grain elevator, cannery, bakery, milk-processing plant, thrift store, employment center and a storehouse where goods can be obtained in return for work. From the Humanitarian Center reclaimed clothing, as well as educational and medical material, is shipped worldwide. Vocational rehabilitation is also provided. downtownslc.org


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Downtown Rising The Past Becomes the Future


rowth is a great thing for an on-the-rise metropolis like Salt Lake City. It brings culture, investment and diversity among other benefits. But one problem that a city faces when there’s an influx of new blood is finding a place to put everyone. In a city like SLC, buildings from the late 1800s are often neighbors with high-rises of a more recent vintage. This mix of historic and modern creates a feeling of progress tinged with memories of what came before. It’s a feeling that welcomes new companies while honoring the businesses that helped build the city and in many cases are still alive and kicking. When looking for a new location, businesses and site selectors have plenty of options: industrial zones, midcity areas and outlying communities, to name a few. But those places aren’t always where the action is. “Downtown should be the first look,” says Edward Levine, president of Neumont University, which recently relocated to Main Street in the former Salt Lake Tribune building. “Cities exist for a reason; they’re not only fun, they’re efficient.” Cities are hubs of innovation and activity and are places where ideas, commerce and consumers are centralized. They draw people from surrounding areas and create a hum of activity that suburbs and even adjacent city zones

cannot match. Bodies jostle while the flow of business moves through the city’s streets. Cities are alive. They have energy that isn’t found in any other area where humans aggregate, and businesses often move into cities to get a piece of that action. Neumont University was formerly housed in class-A office space in South Jordan. “It’s a nice, clean, safe environment. But it’s distinctly not interesting for college students,” says Levine. The university spent two years searching for the right location, doing due diligence with employees and looking at buildings throughout the Salt Lake Valley. But they always had a vision for an urban campus. “The Trib building is located, arguably, at the core of the capital city of the Mountain West,” says Levine. “So being on Main Street between 100 South and 200 South offers us a tremendous amount of exposure, great neighbors and fun, interesting things for our students. The building location was great; the edifice had potential.” The thing about downtown areas, though, is that they’re often built out. Salt Lake City was born in 1847 and has grown in both population and area since then. There isn’t much room downtown for new construction without knocking a building down. So, many companies that downtownslc.org



migrate to downtown have to weigh the positives and negatives of fixing up an existing structure. “Very rarely is renovation the most cost-effective solution,” says Forrest McNabb, senior vice president of operations at Big D Construction. “The most cost-effective way to do it is new construction, greenfield. But is it the right thing to do?” Really, knocking an old building down and putting up a new one can be the best option for many reasons. Buildings like 222 Main and the under-construction performing arts center are built for the future and accomplish things that wouldn’t have been possible in a renovated space. There’s a certain balance that has to be struck. Historic buildings have an aesthetic and a flavor that new construction doesn’t have, even though glimmering glass-and-steel buildings are a visible reminder of a city’s growth and progress. Neumont University’s renovation of the old Salt Lake Tribune building created a new, “tech-forward university campus” for the computer science and technology school, says Levine. “It’s basically a new building on the inside, with maintenance and respect for the historic components that were uninterrupted.” The ability to see a building’s potential is essential to reclaiming an existing structure. A good renovation project isn’t just about updating a worn-out old building, says

McNabb. “I think it’s building for the future, with a respect for and a restoration of the past.” Any construction project should be undertaken with the future in mind — builds of any kind are far too expensive to plan only for current needs. Take Neumont University’s project, for instance. As Levine said, the building “had potential.” However, the old Salt Lake Tribune building was purpose-built for the needs of a newspaper—newsroom, offices, printing facility—not a modern university. What’s more, it had been conspicuously vacant for seven years. “Having a historic structure on Main Street in this location was an opportunity for us, but it wasn’t a good thing for the city to have this vacant,” says Levine. He sees this project was a win-win for the university and for the community at large. It’s hard to disagree. The updated floor plan has five floors of campus along with seven floors of student housing. “We’re bringing 500 people into this building and onto this block, as well as all of the economic activity that that implies.” It also gave new lease on life to a 90-year-old historic building. McNabb, whose company has performed roughly 30 historic renovations since the mid-1970s, says people just like old buildings. “Absolutely nothing beats an old building that’s been restored.”

MAKING THE OLD NEW AGAIN With more than 160 years under its belt, downtown Salt Lake City has its share of historic buildings. Here are a handful that have recently gone under the putty knife: OC Tanner Showroom Formerly the Hansen Planetarium (and the Salt Lake Library before that), it’s now OC Tanner’s flagship location. 2009. Capitol Theatre This $33.4 million project includes an expanded theater and ballet training facility. Phase I, 2013. Phase II, 2014. Crandall Building Built in 1893, the building is now home to Chalk Garden Co-Op clothier and Starbucks. 2013.


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Food for Thought Family Ties



sk Jordan Wong of J. Wong’s Asian Bistro about the “challenges and rewards” of working in the family business, and he has to think long and hard about the challenges. The fact is, there are always hurdles, but they don’t necessarily revolve around family dynamics. “We love each other, and over the years we’ve learned to understand one another. If one of us thinks the other person’s idea isn’t going to work, we don’t argue much. Instead, we take a step back and listen. Then, let them go ahead with the idea. If it works, great; if they hit a wall—well, we all learn,” Jordan explains.

While the beautifully decorated, five-year-old restaurant has been known chiefly for its Chinese menu with a few Thai dishes, the Wongs recently debuted a separate, more extensive Thai menu that also reflects some of their heritage. “We’re more confident about change now,” says Jordan. “We’re excited about this.” And you can bet the family agrees. CONTACT: 163 W. 200 South, 801-350-0888, jwongutah.com


The family consists of mother Kwan and sons Jason, Josh, Jordan and Jesse. Kwan is the official CEO and founder of China Platter, a Bountiful restaurant that hasn’t skipped a beat in 27 years, as well as at J. Wong’s. Jason is the head chef, assisted by Josh. Jordan is the front of the house, and

Jesse helps spread the word about the restaurant. “Our mom supports us with her experience,” Jordan explains. “She trained us without knowing it. We learned from everything she does. For example, she worries and cares about all her employees’ lives. So if someone who works for us needs help—whether it’s finding a place to live, or whatever—I try my best to help them. I have friends who say, ‘you don’t have to go there,’ but I just tell them my mom always worked that way; it’s what you do.”


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I first opened, I would never have dreamed of trying to sell even a $10-a-pound cheese. It was just about impossible. Now, people are much more willing to try new things.”

All in the Family

Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli STORY BY VIRGINIA RAINEY


he elegant, curved glass case holding shelves of jewel-like Chocolatier Blue confections in the middle of Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli is more than just a dazzling display. It’s a symbol of one of many audacious leaps Tony Caputo and his son, Matt, have taken together in the past decade or so as they’ve continued to put downtown Salt Lake’s premiere specialty food emporium on the culinary map. “Most of those leaps scared me to death,” laughs a not-quiteretired 65-year-old Tony as he eyes the $20,000 case they bought to show off the artisan chocolates. “I thought I wouldn’t even live long enough to pay for that case. But after about six months, it was pretty much a break-even. And, when Matt proposed bringing in a $100,000 cheese cave, I told him he was out of his mind! Turns out it was an incredibly far-sighted move. It took a while, but it’s paying off, too.” Part deli, part market, Caputo’s opened around the corner from its current location in 1997. “And boy, has Salt Lake’s palate changed since then,” says Tony. “When

Matt Caputo’s path to success took a while to navigate, however. “As a kid, I helped my dad when he ran Granato’s (another large Italian deli in Salt Lake), and it was fun,” he explains. “But I really started working in high school, learning how to sweep and mop, how to wash dishes properly, stock shelves, all that fun stuff. But that’s also when things went south. I got involved in gangs, graffiti, fighting and more fighting. Not good. Then, on a family trip to Greece when I was about 16, everything changed. I felt a visceral, almost tribal connection to the culture. It was incredibly powerful and it made me realize I was pretty much wasting my life up to that point. Somehow, I made it into the University of Utah and it all clicked in Alan Sandomir’s ‘Fundamentals of Business’ class. I was inspired by so many components of it—especially the cultural/philosophical emphasis. I found myself applying it all to our business. I hit the books really hard and graduated magna cum laude. Not because I’m so smart – it was always about working really hard.” But Matt’s official involvement with the family business was never just assumed. “Early on, my wife and I were both adamantly against Matt coming into the business,” says Tony. “Because too many times you see people do a family business just because it’s convenient. So even though he expressed huge interest, we were wary. We said he had to graduate from college first. And he did. After that, there was no arguing that he would do a good job. It wasn’t just convenient—in fact, this was probably the least of his options. So at that point, you have to be supportive. He had the passion and we trusted him. When we bought this business and building, the plan was to eventually sell it and go home. That’s all changed. Matt just keeps driving it to a higher level.” Today, 34-year-old Matt Caputo is lauded far and wide for his expertise in both chocolate and cheese. Under his direction, Caputo’s is nationally recognized as Salt Lake’s go-to spot for everything from sublime cave-aged cheeses, a huge, carefully curated selection of artisan chocolate bars, local and imported charcuterie, and an Old-World butcher shop specializing in Utah’s best pasture-raised meats. When it comes to hard goods from Italy and southern Europe, Matt hand-selects everything, from the anchovies to the ziti. “And that’s the way I like it,” says a super proud dad. CONTACT: 324 W. 300 South, 801-531-8669, caputosdeli.com





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Power of Two P RO F I LE S O F D OWNTOWN CO U P LE S Much more than an exponent equation learned in pre-junior high math, the “Power of Two” explores what individuals can do in collaboration. It is the foundation of teamwork where together we explore new opportunities, discover new channels or resolve to overcome challenges in a concerted effort. Here we reached out to four downtown couples who demonstrate the essence of the “Power of Two” by building their lives downtown.




Doug & Mickelle Weber

Going with the Flow


ike most busy parents, evenings work best for conversations with entrepreneur Doug Weber and his wife, film-industry-creativeturned-mom Mickelle. After serving up a cup of warm tea, Mickelle, a classic beauty with dark hair and bright blue eyes, sits across a rustic wooden dining room table in their trendy downtown condo while Doug checks that the kids are settled in for the night.


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He emerges from the nursery with the smile of victory on his face to match his groovy spiked hair. The two talk about their love for their city with an exuberance that makes me think they’re new to town. But, once baby Reverie (Revi for short), who would rather be part of the conversation than sleep, has been picked up and soothed, it’s clear the Webers are a seasoned urban family. Although both were born in suburban Utah, they have a distinctive metropolitan flair—in their views and their style. The couple met while attending Utah State University. They were neighbors and, during a patch where they were both single, Doug decided to take their friendship up a notch. Hanging out nonstop led to marriage and, like many newlyweds do in Utah, soon they were buying their first home. The film industry work often brought Mickelle to Salt Lake and Doug was employed at a web design firm in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. The commute time from their South Weber home, weekends spent on repair projects or yard work, and all the housework soon started to take its toll. With little time to do much else than work and take care of their house, they knew something had to change. Her energetic drive convinced Mickelle to suggest moving downtown Salt Lake three years into married life. After much discussion, the idea of a shorter commute finally convinced Doug. Downsizing from their 3000-square foot home in Davis County to a 500-square foot loft across from Pioneer Park in the late fall of 2006 was the beginning of a new life—and the end of yard work and suburban isolation. “It was really freeing,” says Doug. Suddenly they were spending more time together exploring the city. Two years later, they started a family, moved into a larger condo still in UTA’s Free Fare Zone and Doug started his own business. Now parents to two-year-old son Grayson and an eight-month-old daughter Revi, the couple sees the city with a lively perspective.

small children. Being downtown makes getting out simpler. Popping kids and all their gear in the stroller to jump on TRAX is way easier than wrangling them into car seats, driving, finding a parking space, waking up kids and packing them into a stroller. When they have to travel further than UTA’s Free Fare Zone, the family has a car, which only has to be fueled up once a month or less. Saving money on gas and parking means more money to visit the local venues, eat out and play. Now that UTA is offering Salt Lake City residents an all-access Hive Pass for one low fare of $30 per month, the family has a lot more potential adventures available to them on public transportation along the Wasatch Front. “This past weekend we went to the Winter Market at Rio Grande, ate lunch, put kids down for a nap, got a babysitter and went out with friends,” says Mickelle. She chooses to be at home with her children because of where they live not in spite of it. “I wouldn’t be the same mom otherwise. The energy of the city, the ability to move freely, without a car, the ability to meet someone I care about at a moments notice or get all of my errands done while also enjoying being outdoors is paramount to my happiness and to theirs.” The Weber’s children feel at home in the heart of the city and get to have small encounters with strangers with mom or dad right there. The Webers tote their tots all over to savor all the great restaurants, museums, shops, parks and other cool venues downtown. A few favorite family outings include noshing on breakfasts at Market Street, exploring the echo chamber or relaxing in the expansive Union Station train depot, or “Choo Choo Station” as Grayson calls it, playing at Discovery Gateway, dining at the Star of India, shopping at the Farmers Market and chewing on the tasty offerings from a food truck in the summertime. With so many great places to see and things to do, the Webers will be downtown for a long time. Now that Revi is asleep, they’ll start planning tomorrow’s escapade.

“We don’t have to be grown-ups yet—we get to play more,” says Mickelle. She tells me she can do more in a day with her kids than moms in the suburbs with

“The energy of the city, the ability to move freely, without a car, the ability to meet someone I care about at a moments notice, or get all of my errands done while also enjoying being outdoors is paramount to my happiness and to theirs.” downtownslc.org



Byron Russell & Monte Caldwell

Connecting the Dots


eeting with Byron Russell and Monte Caldwell is a bit like visiting with the mayor. The two greet multiple passers-by as we sit sipping lattes at the Ebar outside Nordstrom City Creek. Caldwell is the epitome of waspy chic in saddle shoes and signature bow tie; Russell, in between meetings with various state and city government officials, is more formal but just as stylish in a Beckett & Robb grey suit and crisp Oxford shirt.

Panache is an apt descriptor of these two, not only in terms of how they dress but their shared passion for good food, entertainment and art. But that’s only part of the story. The undeniable substance these two bring to the community they love through Byron Russell, LLC much more succinctly defines this personal and professional duo. “Government doesn’t get things done, people do,” says Russell, whose namesake consulting firm provides far-reaching solutions serving seemingly incongruent interests: big business and the underrepresented. “It takes the private sector to help a community grow and change. My role is to help generous people find a way to accomplish that change,” Russell says. CEO positioning and philanthropic audits are among the services provided by Byron Russell, LLC, A more plainspoken way of describing what they do is this: helping companies serve the communities in which they do business, thereby maximizing their return on investment for the greater good. For example, last summer Byron Russell, LLC facilitated a relationship between Chevron and the University of Utah College of Science, resulting in Chevron contributing $240,000 to the ACCESS Program for Women in Science and Mathematics. Others on the firm’s distinguished client roster include Adobe, the Christian Center of Park City and the LaPorte Group. At the heart of Byron Russell, LLC is the vast relationship capital Russell has accumulated since moving to the Beehive State in 1992, and Caldwell’s firsthand knowledge of how business is done in Utah’s capitol city. Russell’s career began in the late 1980s at the British House of Commons where his assignments included assisting the Namibian Transitional Government


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secure independence. His dual degree in journalism and politics next launched a stint at the Washington Post, followed by a position as a political reporter with the Washington Times. While on a road trip through the Southwest, Russell decided to drive north through Utah. “I saw the city tucked up against these green, snow-capped mountains and decided Salt Lake City was where I wanted to be,” Russell says. Since then his career has included leading development efforts for the Utah Symphony, being a Zions Bank-loaned executive at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and a five-year tenure as vice president of development for Western Governors University. Now, in addition to heading up Byron Russell, LLC, he serves on multiple boards and is co-chair of the Utah Multi-Cultural Commission, an entity reaching minority populations statewide to improve economic development, education, health and corrections. “Nothing we do is politically driven. The network I’ve built over the years here spans business, arts, recreation and hospitality. It’s my job to bring together the contributions and needs of that network to make a positive impact,” he says. Russell met Caldwell (a Utah native) soon after arriving in Utah, and the two have been a couple ever since. Caldwell’s professional background includes serving as a financial analyst and in administration for the Pohlad Companies, Fidelity Investments and Morris Travel. He became managing partner for Byron Russell, LLC in 2011, utilizing his broad financial sector experience to manage the firm’s “back of the house” operations. “I put together the nuts and bolts part of the business,” Caldwell says. Along with numbers, the arts have always held a special place in Caldwell’s heart as well. He studied piano performance at the University of Utah and

was a volunteer with the Salt Lake County Fine Arts Division. As such, Caldwell finds Byron Russell, LLC’s commitment to the arts particularly gratifying. “This business isn’t about correlating a specific task with a fee,” Caldwell says. “It’s about connecting the dots, which is very rewarding for me.” One of Russell and Caldwell’s latest projects is the Edison Quarter, an area just off State Street between 200 and 300 South. “We’re working with the city and a variety of non-profits to create a master planned commercial district focused on art, food, film and

fashion,” Russell says. Last fall, Russell and Caldwell hosted Dining on Edison, an event featuring locallygrown produce, much of which was sourced through New Roots, a program allowing refugees to grow and sell produce specific to their homeland. “Utah’s refugees have talents and culture that brings much more value and richness to our community than we can ever give back to them,” Russell says. Mutually beneficial solutions is another way to encapsulate what Russell and Caldwell do—a crusade they are embarking upon one dinner party at a time. downtownslc.org



David & Rachel Everitt

Working the System


ew Year’s Eve is a special day for David and Rachel Everitt, but not for the apparent fresh-start reasons. The two were wed at the downtown City and County Building on the last day of 2012. The venue for their nuptials was apropos not only because of David’s job—he’s Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s chief of staff—but for the circumstances under which the two met. Rachel was a University of Utah graduate student and needed an interview with a city government staffer to complete a research paper. A mutual friend who works in the mayor’s office helped arrange a meeting with David. “And in his office, splayed out on a sofa, was an adultsized Elmo costume with a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can stuck to one of the hands,” Rachel recalls. Costume or no costume, their mutual attraction was instant. The couple went out on their first date a month later and after a year together, began planning a year-end wedding. Though the Everitts’ path to one another is hardly linear, at the root of it is a deep affection for downtown Salt Lake City and not being content with watching from the sidelines. David grew up in Florida, moved to Seattle to complete his undergrad and fell in love with Utah during a solo desert road trip to escape the soggy northwest. After graduating with a degree in geology, he worked for the National Park Service throughout the West, but then eventually alighted in Moab. There, like many seasonal community dwellers, he pieced together a living by working various jobs. Fueled by a desire to be more engaged, David began exploring local politics, and volunteered to serve on the Grand County Planning Commission. In 2003, he took a bigger leap and ran for the Moab City Council. “I came out first in the primary and then lost the general election,” he says. “The experience taught me a huge lesson about small town political campaigns.” Following his council bid, David took stock and narrowed his options to two choices: “I was either going to partner in a bar in Moab or go to law school. When I got accepted at the U, I packed up and moved to Salt Lake City.” David met Mayor Becker, who at the time was the minority leader in the Utah House of Representatives, when it came time to complete his clerkship. “I wanted to experience political realities firsthand,” David says. “And Ralph was the first one to call me back.” David’s clerkship quickly morphed into working on Becker’s education platform for


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his first mayoral campaign, and was transformed again to campaign manager as the election drew near. When Becker eventually was elected Salt Lake City mayor in 2007, he asked David to serve as his chief of staff. Like David, Rachel’s strategies for making a contribution are embedded in the public sector as well, but more specifically through education. Rachel grew up in Park City, attended the U, and took a job in the valley, as she’d planned, teaching middle school. But after a year, she decided to return to the U to earn a master’s degree in public administration. “I loved teaching but knew pretty early on that I wanted something a little broader, something more involved with local politics,” Rachel says. “My dream job title would be Salt Lake City education coordinator or possibly opening my own school.” Rachel splits her time now between being a server at downtown’s popular Pallet Bistro at night, and working at the U’s Office of Engagement during the day. “Office of Engagement is all about promoting and support of completing a college degree from elementary school on, which is very inspiring to me,” Rachel says. So why does this young, smart, got-it-going-on couple choose to stay and build their lives in Salt Lake City? For Rachel, it’s family and friends but also the city’s rich arts scene. “I love how you can see big name music acts in small, more intimate venues here,” she says. For David, it’s what’s outside. “Seems strange coming from someone who lived in Moab, but it wasn’t until I moved up here that I fell in love with mountain biking. Access to the trails from downtown is so easy that I’ll sometimes ride on my lunch break,” he says. So, if you happen to run into the Everitts on a New Year’s Eve, be sure to wish them a happy anniversary and don’t forget to give your regards to another who played a part in bringing these two together: a red, furry Sesame Street character with a taste for cheap beer.




Richard & Linda Eyre

Jetsetting From Home


ou could say the life of Richard and Linda Eyre is all about home. Their first date was Homecoming. She was the Homecoming queen for Utah State University when Richard cajoled his buddy into setting them up for the Homecoming dance.



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Their honeymoon was spent driving from Utah to Massachusetts for Richard to attend graduate school at Harvard. Many years and nine children later, they have returned to Utah, this time calling downtown Salt Lake home. Over the years, the Eyres have lived and worked in some of the biggest cities in the world. From Boston to New York to the Washington, D.C., area as Richard managed a political consultancy—the couple even lived in London for three years while presiding over a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple continued raising their nine children in the suburbs of Salt Lake and Washington, D.C. Once the last of their children finished college, the Eyres downsized to a high rise condo downtown—a somewhat less complicated life. Linda and Richard Eyre are used to an on-the-go lifestyle, while still making family their business. Their books on parenting have been national bestsellers, in one case reached No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller list, and they have graced the sets of national television from Oprah to The Today Show helping parents navigate the unpredictable terrain of raising children with values. Living downtown means the busy couple can experience the empty-nest freedom of going out when they aren’t traveling. Cultural, religious and sporting events are all within walking distance of their downtown digs. Not too many years ago, the downtown area wasn’t much to look at let alone a hub of activity that it is now. The Eyres attribute much of the revitalization of the downtown area to the vision and work of leaders of the LDS Church. The beautiful Conference Center and the rebuilding and revitalization of the overlooked downtown malls into vibrant, attractive areas for shopping, dining and gathering makes the city more appealing than ever. Everything downtown is both polished and close by. Access to the arts, shopping, cuisine and entertainment is steps away for the couple. Richard loves to take in a Jazz game and Linda is enamored with the symphony. They both get what they love just across the street or down a block or two—easy!

airport has been a dream come true for them. “The quick convenience to the international airport is a huge advantage. There are an exceptionally large number of non-stop flights for a city of this size, and we just catch the TRAX right outside our front door and get to the airport in 17 minutes,” shares the jetsetting couple. Offerings like arts and entertainment, music and restaurants, the ease of transportation as well as sights you can walk to make Salt Lake extremely livable for the couple. They love Temple Square, the new City Creek mall and all of South Temple, from its historic and exceptional residences on the east to Symphony Hall and EnergySolutions Arena on the west. Richard directed and managed the bond election campaign back in the ’70s that built Symphony Hall and restored the Capitol Theatre, so he is particularly fond of those two venues. The couple enjoys riding the GREENbike system downtown, a low-cost bicycle sharing program, and jogging through flower gardens and great landscaping surrounding Temple Square. “We don't think there is a city of similar size in the country, or even in the world, that has a downtown that offers as much as ours does,” write the Eyres. As experts on families, the powerhouse couple count Salt Lake as an ideal place to raise a brood of any size. The Eyres were in Salt Lake City for the majority of the time they were raising their nine children. “Salt Lake is an awesome city for families,” they write. Their children now live in Boston, New York, Washington, D. C., Palo Alto, Phoenix, San Diego, and Maui, “but all say that they are glad they grew up in Salt Lake and that they may end up here too as they raise their own children. Salt Lake City is not without its problems, but in balance, it would be hard to find a safer, more values-driven community in which to raise a family.” Coming home to Salt Lake City means more than convenience for the Eyres; it’s bound to become a family tradition.

Living downtown makes for what they call an “ideal base.” With more than 100 days of travel each year for speaking and publicity events, fast access to the

“We don't think there is a city of similar size in the country, or even in the world, that has a downtown that offers as much as ours does." downtownslc.org



Chic in the City

LEFT Floral Key pendant (Tiffany & Co.); shirt (Bastille)


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LEFT Rings, David Yurman (OC Tanner)

ABOVE Dress, Roberto Cavalli (Nordstrom)

LEFT White dress (Bebe); leather jacket, Helmut Wang (Nordstrom); bracelet (Swarovski)



ABOVE Dress (Nordstrom); bag, Gucci Boutique (Nordstrom); shoes, Jimmy Choo; bracelets (Swarovski)

RIGHT Dress, Alice & Olivia (Nordstrom); necklace and bracelets, Monica Rich Kosann (OC Tanner)


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RIGHT Leather jacket (BCBG); dress (Nordstrom); bag, Rebecca Minkoff (Purse Dreams); necklace and bracelets (BCBG)




The Gardens at Temple Square


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The welcoming gardens at Temple Square provide a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City. Filled with famously beautiful flowers, these gardens offer a sense of serenity that lifts the spirits of millions of visitors every year—thanks in large part to countless volunteers.


ach year more than five million people enjoy the spectacular colors and well-manicured lawns of Temple Square. As Utah’s No. 1 attraction, Temple Square brings in more visitors than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, and was named the 16th most visited attraction in America by Forbes magazine in 2009. And for good reason. “There is a wonderful spirit on Temple Square,” says Eldon Cannon, group manager for Temple Square’s Ground Services. “It’s a refuge from the world, a place of beauty and peace, and all people are welcome.” The beauty and peace the gardens provide come from the wide variety and masterful combination of plants in its 250 flowerbeds. In fact, within Temple Square’s 35 acres, gardeners use 165,000 bedding plants and more than 700 varieties of plants from all over the world, including 475 types of annual flowers. “The gardens are divided into seven areas, each under the supervision of one full-time gardener,” Cannon explains. “When we ask our gardeners to work with the flowers, we give them the freedom to design what they want in their own areas. They come up with some marvelous ideas.”

the wintertime, we have hundreds of volunteers who come—up to 800 volunteers in one day,” Cannon explains. “We also have smaller groups, 25 to 150, that come on week nights. We’re very dependent on volunteers. Without them, we couldn’t get it done.” Thanks to the combined efforts of master gardeners and enthusiastic volunteers, the gardens at Temple Square are known throughout the world for their splendor. “People come because they hear about the reputation of the gardens,” says Cannon. “But beyond the physical beauty, there is a special feeling, and many people feel peace when they come.” Temple Square is open every day of the year with gates open to the grounds from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Visitors can explore the grounds on their own or take a free tour in any one of 30 languages from native-speaking missionaries. CONTACT: 801-240-5916, visittemplesquare.com

As they design their flowerbeds, the gardeners use specific techniques that ensure the most beautiful results possible. For example, using a technique called "tossing," gardeners throw the different varieties of flower packs onto the beds in a natural flow rather than plant them in single, neat rows. Another process called “skeleton, tendon and flesh,” is where plants are arranged in certain combinations of sizes, colors and textures. The skeleton consists of a series of core groups of flowers or small trees. The tendons, usually drought-resistant shrubs, link to the skeleton and flowers make up the flesh to fill the remaining space. The gardens are also frequently arranged by a technique called the “piston effect.” Named after the action of the pistons in a car that alternate up and down, the flowers are placed so that as one group blooms, another group in the same area fades away. But how does such a small staff execute such complex plans for all the gardens on Temple Square? They don’t. Instead, they depend on thousands of volunteers to help them complete their visions. “The gardens are redesigned every six months. During the weekends in May, when we tear out everything from downtownslc.org


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he streets of this great city are full of art galleries, museums, cultural event spaces, theaters, hubs for local music and art installation making up a vital component of what connects people to their local community and each other. Nothing can create community quite like unique mediums such as art, dance and music—and Salt Lake City offers them all up on a very appealing platter. THE LEONARDO, HYLOZOIC VEIL

BALLET WEST Ballet West has been delivering beautiful performances as an American pioneer in dance since 1963. In 2013, they marked 50 years of performances held in the famous Capitol Theatre. Ballet West has most recently made an even bigger name for itself by participating in the first time ever, televised reality-style program, “Breaking Pointe,” showcasing the lives of Ballet West dancers. It not only shows the amazing talent that Ballet West possesses, but the dedication each dancer has to their career with Ballet West. The 2014 year will bring performances such as “The Sleeping Beauty,” “The Rite of Spring,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Innovations” to the theater. CONTACT: 50 W. 200 South, 801-869-6900, balletwest.org

THE LEONARDO When you walk into The Leonardo, you are instantly captivated by a world of art, technology and beauty.


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The mission of The Leonardo is to connect people through the mediums of technology, art and science—and it does this the moment you enter. The Hylozoic Veil is the first installation you will see—and it is mesmerizing. This piece of art is seen on all three levels of The Leonardo and is responsive to movement, reacting to one’s presence. Located in the former Salt Lake Library building, The Leo brings together the world of art and technology to create a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable, experience for both children and adults. CONTACT: 209 E. 500 South, 801-531-9800, theleonardo.org

GALLERY STROLL There might not be a better way to experience the local art scene than to actually stroll through the streets visiting local galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, photography and other art mediums. The Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll is held the third Friday of the month and offers something for everyone—

from children, to art enthusiasts, to the occasional appreciator. Many times during the Stroll, artists are available to talk to in person about their work, offering guests the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite work’s creator. The Gallery Stroll is also free, making it an affordable way to see the art Salt Lake has to offer. The Salt Lake Gallery Stroll’s mission is to “remove intellectual, social and physical barriers to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts in Salt Lake City.” Stroll to one gallery and spend an evening, or make your way through more downtown galleries. CONTACT: 801-870-0956, gallerystroll.org

UTAH SYMPHONY It doesn’t matter your age; everyone should appreciate the beauty of listening to the symphony. The Utah Symphony is one of the best—not only at creating glorious music, but also by bringing the local community together with appeal

for all audiences. At Abravanel Hall,the acoustics ensure that every seat benefits from the same incredible music—from classics like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, to fun performances such as Disney’s Pixar in Concert or Video Games Live. CONTACT: 123 W. South Temple, 801-533-6683, utahsymphony.org

UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is located in the heart of downtown. This unique museum offers innovative exhibitions and programs, with everything from traditional exhibitions to educational classes, independent films, and various presentations throughout the year. A highlight is Family Art Saturdays (second weekend of each month, 2 to 4 p.m., free to the public) which are dedicated to allowing children of all ages to explore with handson art and trained educators. This spring, enjoy events such as “Stickers Everywhere,” “Not-tobe-looked-at Art,” and “Patterned Painting.” CONTACT: 20 S. West Temple, 801-328-4201, utahmoca.org

THE DEPOT One of the best places to see live music in Salt Lake City. The Depot is a four-story music venue with sound quality and an intimate atmosphere. Bringing in musical acts, large and small, The Depot provides an amazing chance to get up close and personal with your favorite musicians. This summer, check out musicians like The Bloody Beetroots, Jimmy Eat World and Jackyl with Vixen. The Depot will offer something for everyone from singer/songwriters to heavy hitters, and up-and-coming artists. CONTACT: 400 W. South Temple, 801-355-5522, depotslc.com



Flip up the lid, turn on the flames and crank up the heat. It’s time to cook those juicy steaks to perfection. And when you finally bite into that dry-aged, prime-grade cut of beef, what you taste is the perfect balance of time, temperature and true passion.



Not-so-Square Meals It’s almost impossible to narrow Salt Lake’s downtown dining options to a handful of “the best” because that’s a huge category. Better yet, it keeps growing. So here’s just a sampling of three “bests” for each meal. Quick or leisurely, romantic or strictly business—take your pick. downtownslc.org


Breakfast EVA’S BAKERY The distinctive French blue and yellow exterior and welcoming interior, complete with rows of fresh baguettes lined up along a white tile wall, are your first clues. This little gem is all about the quintessential European bakery/cafe experience. Local baker and chef Charlie Perry created Eva’s Bakery in honor of his great-grandmother and stellar cook, Eva Coombs. If she could see it today, the lady would be proud. Perry’s aesthetic— whether concerning food or décor—is all about the finer details, executed with sophistication and authenticity. Go for a quick bite—maybe a latte and flaky croissant, or stick around for something more substantial, such as the “French frittata,” a perfectly balanced combo of eggs, ham, gruyere, mushrooms and spinach, served with house potatoes or a green salad. Simply order at the counter and grab a café table or a larger table along the banquette-lined wall and a server will do the rest. Expect some tasty surprises, such as a savory croissant filled with seasonal deliciousness, including caramelized onion, gruyere, butternut squash and thyme. Don’t forget to grab a baguette to go on your way out! (Mon-Sat 7AM-6PM) CONTACT: 155 S. Main, 801-355-3942, evasbakery.com EVA’S BAKERY

MARKET STREET GRILL If it’s a see-and-be-seen breakfast you want, then head for the Market Street Grill. Long a hangout for Salt Lake’s power elite, gathering in twos or groups of ten, it’s also known for its reliably satisfying breakfast menu. The setting is clean and tailored, with black and white tiles and a Cape Cod sort of feel—light and bright, comfortable but professional. The lengthy menu runs the gamut, including straight-ahead bacon and eggs, eggs Benedict with a lump crab cake (Market Street is known for its seafood), hot cakes, hash, Belgian waffles and oodles of omelets (try the California with avocado, Jack cheese and Ortega peppers and housemade salsa), to plenty of options for light eating. Think bowls of beautiful berries, sectioned grapefruit, half an avocado or bowl of your favorite cereal out of a box—you name it. Service is affable and discrete. Bonus for those on a tight schedule: they open extra early and take reservations for breakfast. (Mon-Fri 6:30AM11AM, Sat 8AM-Noon, Sun brunch 9AM-3PM) CONTACT: 48 W. Market Street (340 S.), 801-322-4668, marketstreetgrill.com MARKET STREET GRILL



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LAMB’S GRILL Tradition dictates that everyone in Salt Lake City should experience the inimitable ambiance of the city’s oldest (since 1939 in a 1905 building), continually operating restaurant, preferably over a plate of chicken fried steak and eggs with sausage gravy. Truly, they don’t make interiors like this anymore. The long black marble counter with counter chairs that twirl, a deco/leaded glass back bar and wonderfully private wooden booths are still intact. New owners recently updated things a bit and added a cozy counter that faces Main Street. Breakfast offerings include all the standards, from bacon and eggs and omelets to oatmeal and the ever-present sectioned grapefruit. But lovers of all things starchy will be extra happy with selections such as French toast with cinnamon orange butter and almond mascarpone with berries, or a stack of wild blueberry pancakes. Few little luxuries in life compare to settling into a booth at Lamb’s with a bottomless cup of coffee and the morning paper—online or the real deal. There’s also a postage-stamp-size sidewalk café area. (Mon-Fri 7AM-9PM, Sat 8AM-9PM) CONTACT: 169 S. Main, 801-364-7166, lambsgrill.com

Lunch BISTRO 222 Situated in the midst of Main Street, with high glass walls on two sides, Bistro 222 is a spectacularly light and airy ground-level restaurant in one of Salt Lake’s newest high-rise, LEED-certified office buildings. Sleek and polished, the glow of the pizza oven and a glassed-in fireplace warm it up, as do splashes of green. Seating includes high-backed, generously-sized booths as well as banquettes running down the middle of the restaurant. Go for a business lunch, and enjoy efficient service and a menu with something for everyone—from a shareable app of tender Moroccan lamb meatballs with pickled fennel and olive oil, to a range of entrée sandwiches—including a delectable steak trim burger with house condiments, or pastas and creative pizzas. The chefs pass the toughest test in my book: salad greens are pristine, perfectly dressed and judiciously salted. While business lunches are all well and good, so is a leisurely meal or post-shopping splurge for pizza and cocktails. You can also pop in to grab something from the Express Menu. Summer will also bring patio seating in a charming courtyard space. (Mon-Thurs 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 11AM-9PM) CONTACT: 222 S. Main, 801-456-0347, bistro-222.com BISTRO 222

NAKED FISH By night, Naked Fish is one of the city’s most splendid sushi bars, but at lunch, it’s all about the authentic, fresh-from-scratch ramen. Long-simmered broth, the best thin noodles and traditional toppings are just the ticket for slurping your way to midday nirvana. The setting is Japanese modern and altogether serene. There’s a long sushi bar and two rooms of tables amid exposed brick and light green walls. Because from-scratch ramen is so laborintensive, chef Toshio Sekikawa’s lunch menu is brief: a few appetizers, such as kushikatsu—tender pork tenderloin dredged in panko, deep-fried and served with dark, sweet/tangy tonkatsu sauce. Shayu ramen presents a dark, almost silken soy sauce broth, brimming with wheat noodles, fresh bean sprouts, a ribbon-like slice of pork belly and half a perfectly runny poached egg. Tonkotsu, classic ramen, comes in a lighter, perfectly balanced pork broth. Karai is the super spicy version with chopped pork, fresh bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Vegetarian ramen is an elegant bowl of mushroom-based broth and the option of vegan yam noodles. (Tues-Sun 11:30AM-3PM, Mon-Sun dinner 5-10PM) CONTACT: 67 W. 100 South, 801-595-8888, nakedfishbistro.com


SPITZ A riot of flavors make Spitz the go-to spot for filling, Mediterraneaninspired street food. Expect crowds and utilitarian décor with a few fun flourishes—such as a ceiling light fixture of red tentacle-like wires hanging over communal tables and graffiti-ish wall murals. The house specialty is the Döner Kebab—well-seasoned, minced beef and lamb, or chicken cooked on rotating broiler (gyro-style) so that the outside surface caramelizes to a crisp. The meat is shaved super thin and stuffed into wraps or sandwiches layered with romaine, onion, cucumber, green pepper, tomato, tzatziki and a garlicky chili sauce. Or, try it in a tasty “doquito” (taquito-like) version—smaller and fried. You can go crazy with the Döner with fries inside, too. If meat-centric offerings are not your thing, try the excellent falafel in versions of sandwiches or wraps, or better yet—dive into Spitz’s perfectly crisp, tzatziki-topped falafel atop a big salad. Curbside takeout also available and there’s a small sidewalk patio. (Mon-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM, Sun 11AM-8PM)


CONTACT: 35 E. Broadway, 801-364-0286, spitzslc.com



Dinner HONG KONG TEA HOUSE Off the beaten track, on the TRAX line and just a couple of blocks west of The Gateway, Hong Kong Tea House is a bit under the radar. But knowing diners seek it out for delightful dim sum and a menu of authentic specials. It’s also a favorite for holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve with a Chinese “banquet,” complete with whole fish. The atmosphere is casual, blending some jarring primary colors with more subtle tones, traditional polished wood and glass-topped tables. You’ll find all the traditional Americanized favorites here, such as Kung Pao and General Tso’s chicken, but your best bet is to venture over to the Chef’s Specials on the printed menu or chalkboard. Try fresh lobster any way the chef is serving it, steamed sea bass with ginger and green onion, oxtail with red wine and a particularly tasty stuffed shrimp paste with eggplant, mushroom and tofu dish. (Tues-Fri 11AM-9:30PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-9:30PM) CONTACT: 565 W. 200 South, 801-531-7010, hongkongteahouse.com


Every detail at Martine conspires to make it one of the city’s most romantic dinner spots. There’s the historic brownstone setting, the intimate bar facing an open bank vault and seating on the main level as well as a small loft area. Hand-painted flourishes on the high ceiling, fine wood trim, flickering votives and a pleasingly professional wait staff all add to the inviting ambiance. Martine always delivers, from the little ramekins of fine olives that arrive with your wine, to the nightly specials listed on the chalkboard—small plates and entrees of the season. The menu has a Euro-bistro feel to it, but also veers off to locales such as Morocco in a classic braised beef with “tagine” vegetables. The menu changes with the season, but sample items include tapas, such as steamed black mussels with caramelized leek cream, or fried Shepherd’s goat cheese with Lilet honey and candied pecans. You might run across a special of tender, pan-seared calamari with tangerine-coriander jus on a subtle lavender risotto cake. Each dish reveals long-time chef Tom Grant’s way with exotic seasonings and perfectly balanced sauces. (Mon-Sat 5PM-10PM) CONTACT: 22 E. 100 South, 801-363-9328, martinecafe.com



ZEST The first and only vegan, gluten-free-focused supper club in Salt Lake, Zest has been embraced by happy fans. It’s no surprise, given that the owners have done a terrific job of tempering dedication to the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free life with a dash of indulgence. The culinary mantra is “fresh, healthy, organic, fair”—and that extends to the excellent wine selections. Dinner brings choices of small plates or large and includes options such as hot stuffed mushrooms with parmesan or cashew cheese; brussels sprouts and slivered almonds with masala almond sauce; or raw zucchini noodles with fresh tomato sauce, pesto and pine nuts. Eggplant parmesan comes with the real deal cheese, or cashew cheese, accompanied by kale, of course. Zest is technically a bar (21 and over only), so no need to order food, but why not try a plate of fresh cheesy Brazilian bread bites? Little biscuit-y pillows that go down nicely with meticulously crafted cocktails, including the ginger spice—a bracing blend of fresh apple juice, ginger beer, cinnamon and bourbon garnished with candied ginger. There’s an impressive beer and hard cider list, but you can also grab a PBR tall can. DJs spin tunes on weekends. (Tues-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-Midnight, dinner starts at 4PM) CONTACT: 275 S. 200 West, 801-433-0589, zestslc.com


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Using only the freshest ingredients, cooking everything to order, J Wong’s has balanced the unique flavors of traditional Chinese and Thai cuisine. We also offer banquet room, full bar, catering, take out and delivery. 163 West 200 South - Salt Lake City

(801) 350-0888 jwongs.slc@gmail.com




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LIVING TRADITIONS FESTIVAL MAY 16, 17, 18 Salt Lake City/County Building, 450 S. 200 East Featuring music by Red Baraat, A Tribe Called Red and Quetzal contact:


May URBAN FLEA MARKET MAY­—OCTOBER One Sunday per month 600 S. Main Street, fleamarketslc.com DOWNTOWN CRAFT BEER WEEK JUNE 12-18 Locally flavorful, interesting beers. craftbeer.com BIKE BONANZA MAY 16 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street utarideshare.com/content/bikebonanza Related Events: Mayor Bike to Work Day (5/13), Gallery Roll (5/16)


DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET JUNE—OCTOBER Every Saturday, Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West contact:

LIVING TRADITIONS MAY 16, 17, 18 City/County Building, 450 S. 200 East, livingtraditionsfestival.com

CAGE THE ELEPHANT MAY 18 The Complex, 537 W. 100 South thecomplexslc.com

BOB THE BUILDER MAY 17 Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, discoverygateway.org

MOGWAI MAY 21 The Depot, 400 W. South Temple depotslc.com

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MEMPHIS: THE MUSICAL MAY 27—JUNE 1 Broadway Across America, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, saltlakecity.broadway.com LUNCH BUNCH CONCERTS MAY 27—SEPTEMBER 18 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com

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June WEEKDAY WORKOUTS BEGINS JUNE 2 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com A BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION JUNE 5 Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, arttix.org UTAH PRIDE FESTIVAL JUNE 6, 7, 8 utahpridecenter.org WORLD CUP ON THE PLAZA JUNE 6, 16, 22, 26 Celebrate soccer’s World Cup. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS JUNE 6, 13, 20, 27 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com EXTREME YARD SALE JUNE 7 Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West slcgov.com/slcevents UMOCA GALA: DIAMOND HORSESHOE ROUNDUP JUNE 7 Utah Museum of Contempory Art, 20 W. South Temple, utahmoca.org GINA BACHAUER PIANO COMPETITION JUNE 12-25 Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Finals: Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple bachauer.com CHALK ART & KSL FAMILY FAIR JUNE 13-14 The Gateway, 80 S. Rio Grande Street chalkartfestival.org NEON TREES JUNE 16 The Complex, 537 W. 100 South thecomplexslc.com

DAYS OF ’47 CELEBRATION JULY 24 Downtown Salt Lake City Featuring parades, concerts, civic awards, rodeo and fireworks. contact:

B98.7 FAMILY FUN DAY JUNE 17 Gallivan Center, 239 S.. Main Street thegallivancenter.com BUMBLE BEE BASH CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL JUNE 21 Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, discoverygateway.org SUMMER CAMP: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH JUNE 23-27 Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, discoverygateway.org UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL JUNE 26, 27, 28, 29 Library Square and Washington Square, uaf.org


July WESTERCON 67: SCIENCE FANTASY CONVENTION JULY 3, 4, 5, 6 Salt Lake City Marriott City Center, 220 S. State Street, westercon67.org SUMMER CAMP: UMOCA JULY 7-11 Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, discoverygateway.org MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES JULY 7, 14, 21, 28 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com SALT LAKE CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL JULY 11, 12 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street slcjazzfestival.org downtownslc.org


Calendar Spring & Summer SUMMER CAMP: CHEVRON JULY 21-25 Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, discoverygateway.org DAYS OF ’47 JULY 24 KSL Parade and other celebrations. daysof47.com DAYS OF ’47 RODEO JULY 22-26 EnergySolutions, 301 W. South Temple daysof47.com SUMMER CAMP: THE LEONARDO JULY 28—AUGUST 1 Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, discoverygateway.org TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES JULY—AUGUST Every Thursday, Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West contact:


B98.7 FAMILY FUN DAY JULY 15 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com

URBAN ARTS FESTIVAL JULY 19 The Gateway, 400 W. 100 South urbanartsfest.org

WICKED JULY 15-AUGUST 24 Broadway Across America, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, saltlakecity.broadway.com

SUMMER JAM JULY 19 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com


Art Fans Unite! The Utah Arts Festival will transform Library Square into a four-day playground for art lovers, June 26-29. The Festival presents the best in visual arts, literature, live local and national music acts, film, performance art, delicious culinary fare and more. For all the latest details, news and artists, download our new app. While enjoying the Festival, catch Australia’s Strange Fruit, a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work fuses theatre, 2 6- 2 9 that UA F.O RGdance and circus, using a unique elevated medium.

801-322-2428 • uaf.org • Follow Us: @utahartsfest #artfansunite


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August PIONEER PARK PICTURE SHOWS AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Movie series focus on “the classics.” Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West slcgov.com/slcevents CRAFT LAKE CITY AUGUST 8, 9 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street, craftlakecity.com

134 W. Pierpont Ave 801-519-8515 • chirstophersutah.com Christopher’s has long been a fixture in the downtown dining scene featuring a wide selection of dining options to fit almost any size group and budget. We have the perfect venue to host groups ranging from 10-300. From entertaining clients, to a delivered working lunch at your office, to business seminars, Christopher’s has the solution for all your dining and catering needs.

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September HARVEST MARKET SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mid-week (Tuesdays) farmers market. Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West slcfarmersmarket.org GREEK FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 5, 6, 7, 8 Holy Trinity Cathedral, 279 S. 300 W. Featuring live music, dancing performances, authentic “Greek” cuisine and outdoor marketplace. contact:


B98.7 FAMILY FUN DAY AUGUST 12 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com

COMIC CON SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 6 Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, saltlakecomiccon.com VIDEO GAMES LIVE SEPTEMBER 6 Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, utahsymphony.org UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING SEPTEMBER 11 Goal is 5,000 volunteers. The Gateway, 80 S. Rio Grande Street, uw.org

UTAH BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 13 The Gateway, 18 N. Rio Grande Street, utahbrazilianfestival.com UTAH UNDIE RUN SEPTEMBER 14 Library Square, 210 E. 400 South utahundierun.com X96 BIG ASS SHOW SEPTEMBER 20 Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com ROCK ‘N’ RIBS SEPTEMBER 27 Music and the best of SLC’s BBQ. Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street thegallivancenter.com DINE O’ROUND SEPTEMBER 12-28 dineoround.com

HARVEST MARKET AUGUST 8, 12, 19, 26 Mid-week (Tuesdays) farmers market. Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West slcfarmersmarket.org BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AUGUST 23 The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street, craftlakecity.com

340 S. Main Street, SLC, UT 84101 801-512-MELT (6358) www.meltingpot.com At The Melting Pot, fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience where guests enjoy a variety of flavorful fondue cooking styles and unique entrees served with special dipping sauces as well as our famous cheese and chocolate fondue.



Corner Stones Why I Love Supporting Downtown



he downtown Salt Lake City that my grandchildren will be inheriting is quite different than the urban center I was accustomed to visiting while growing up in Holladay. As the state’s diverse economy has propelled it over the past few decades, it has evolved into a vibrant urban hub in the Intermountain West.


Besides the thrilling new addition City Creek Center has brought to the Salt Lake skyline, perhaps the most visual transformation begins with light rail. It’s amazing to consider how vastly improved mass transit in the form of UTA bus and TRAX service has helped transform the routes in and out of the city. But it’s not just good for commuters; it has helped improve access to Salt Lake City’s cultural offerings. I’ve seen light rail cars carry Jazz fans sporting jerseys sitting next to those on their way to a Ballet West performance—all on the same busy night in our city. In my role at Zions Bank, I have the unique opportunity to travel the state of Utah frequently, and I learn about regional trends as well as pressing issues that are faced by Main Street businesses across the Beehive State. I enjoy the chance to hear local merchants’ feedback and their suggestions for improving the economy. What I often take away from these conversations is: it starts with me. Not only can I help through my leadership at Zions Bank—Utah’s No. 1 small business lender for the past 20 consecutive years—but I can also contribute as a consumer. Shoppers and diners have a lot of options in deciding which stores and restaurants to visit. But choosing to buy local helps bring value to our neighborhoods. That’s why I love taking out-of-state guests to Valter’s Osteria, where they can experience Valter Nassi’s top-notch Italian fare. And when I want to buy a special gift for someone, I prefer to shop at the iconic O.C. Tanner or Williams Fine Art. Every few weeks or so, my stomach cravings take me to Hires for a Big H burger and root beer in a frosty mug. Studies have shown that even modest changes in our spending habits can generate substantial local economic impact. Small and locally-owned businesses boost the local tax base, helping to improve our quality of life, our schools


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and our parks. Often, local small business owners are invested in the community long term. What steps can we all take to support local businesses, especially those downtown? Here are just a few ideas: 1. Eat at a local restaurant—opt for a new ethnic restaurant, a classic restaurant owned by a local family or an innovative independent eatery. 2. Buy your next book from an local bookseller such as Ken Sanders Rare Books or Eborn Books. 3. Get involved with community policy-making and politics to help preserve local businesses. 4. Purchase fresh produce and baked goods at the Downtown Farmers Market when it opens mid-June and runs through October at Pioneer Park. The unique character of downtown Salt Lake City depends upon consumers making good choices with their walllet.


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