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Celebrating community spirit

Friends, family, neighbors, and local business owners are the backbone of this community. At Wells Fargo, we are proud to be part of the Utah community spirit. Thank you Utah for making Wells Fargo part of this great state. Come visit us at one of our 121 branches or 150 ATM locations.

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Navigator page 9 Move Getting Around 10 | Map of Downtown 1 1 | Discover Off the Beaten Path 12 Drink Favorite Watering Holes 14 | Dine New ‘Must Try’ Restaurants 16 | Dine Al Fresco Options 18 Business Word on the Street 20 | See Secret Gardens 22 | Worship Architecture of God 24 Visit Temple Square 26

A Broadway State of Mind Best of Broadway District | page 30 A (3+3) Uncommon Partnership Dining Development | page 32 A Different Kind of Office Space Coworking Communities | page 34 Transplants Moving to Downtown | page 36 Unlikely Source Home at the Farmers Market | page 40 ClearWater’s Lofty Vision for Downtown Urban Living | page 45 Gateway Rising Re-use and Re-invention | page 50 Effortless Style Chalk It Up | page 54 This is the Place … to Party! Downtown Festivals | page 60 Corner Stones Labor of Love | page 64 DOWNTOWN


175 E. 400 South, Ste. 600 | Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | 801-359-5118 | downtownslc.org Lane Beattie, President and CEO | Jason Mathis, Executive Director | Kim Angeli, Senior Director of Events and Programs Cameron Arellano, GREENbike Operations and Customer Service Coordinator | Kristin Beck, Director of Urban Activation Will Becker, GREENbike Program Manager | Ben Bolte, GREENbike Director | Carson Chambers, Programs Manager Nick Como, Senior Director of Communication and Marketing | Jesse Dean, Director of Urban Development | Alison Einerson, Market Manager Liz Jackson, Business Relations Coordinator | Julie Janke, Grant Writer | Ryan Mack, Community Engagement Coordinator Jon Williams, GREENbike Fleet Manager | Camille Winnie, Community Services Director Photographers: Joe Canfield, Austen Diamond, David Newkirk, Margie Richlen

4770 S. 5600 West | West Valley City, UT 84170 | 801-204-6500 | utahmediagroup.com Brent Low, President & CEO | Jed Call, Vice President of Marketing and Development | Trent Eyre, Vice President of Advertising Megan Donio, Project Manager | Jenn Miya, Production Coordinator | Michelle Bridges, Design Support DOWNTOWN the Magazine is the official publication of the Downtown Alliance. ©2015 by the Salt Lake Downtown Alliance. 4

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Downtown Proud


have a confession. There was a time, not too long ago, when I might walk into a hip new downtown store, restaurant, office or loft and think, “Wow—this is so cool. It doesn’t feel like Utah.” Frankly, I am embarrassed I ever felt that way. Part of an innate inferiority complex shared by too many native-born children of the Beehive State. I am over it. Now when I walk into great urban spaces in the heart of our city center, I think, “Yep—this is exactly what it feels like to be in Utah—to be in Salt Lake City—to be downtown.” I am proud of Salt Lake City—and all that our city’s leaders, public and private, have done to build a dynamic and diverse community. I’m also proud of downtown residents, commuters, small businesses and visitors who all contribute in their own way to building this place. Downtown Rising isn’t just a marketing slogan or campaign—it’s a state of mind, a realization that our little metropolis is coming of age. We are moving out of our awkward teenage years to become a top-tier metropolitan center. We are still relatively young and small as cities go. I get it. And we still grapple with real challenges like any other city. But the wind is in our sails, and the sense of momentum and optimism about downtown Salt Lake is palpable.


Executive Director, Downtown Alliance

DOWNTOWN the Magazine represents a snapshot in time, a curated look at some of the people, places and events that help to shape our urban center. As you read about summer events, new restaurants, gardens, innovative workspaces, religious architecture and housing trends, I hope you share a sense of pride and accomplishment about where your downtown is headed.







Marcie recently returned to her native Salt Lake City after spending more than a decade as a reporter and editor in New York City, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. She lives downtown where she walks to her job at KUTV 2News, independent film screenings at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, and some of her favorite bars and restaurants. She can’t imagine calling any other place “home.”

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Jesse is proud to work for a dynamic organization making his hometown a better place to live, work and play. As Director of Urban Development, Jesse works to enhance and support increased private and public investment in arts and culture, retail, office, tourism and residential developments.

Chelsea is a native of Salt Lake City and writes a popular local food blog called Heartbeat Nosh. She is a digital marketing and communications strategist, freelance writer, food and wine lover, is passionate about supporting local business, and loves spending time with her little family. Find her on Twitter @NoshMaven.

Fifteen years ago, native Michigander Melissa 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.

As a full-time photographer, 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 to 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 and you can find him up on the Shoreline Trail.

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Downtown Rising It’s my job to know what’s going on and what is new downtown. Literally, it’s my job. And to be honest, I cannot keep up with the sheer number of new businesses opening their doors downtown, such as Boozetique (pictured above, 315 E Broadway), week in and week out. This is a great problem to have. Contemporary art galleries, co-working spaces, craft cocktail lounges, bright urban lofts and modern condos have risen on every block of downtown. We’re all witnesses to a transformation as urban, sophisticated and hip are the new norm for our city. Now, standing inside Impact Hub, a social entrepreneur space (page 34), or 3&3 UnCommons (page 22), you can feel this shift and the excitement that goes along with a city on the rise. Our goal with DOWNTOWN: The Magazine is to tell the story of the people and places shaping our urban center.

—Nick Como, Downtown Alliance spring / summer 2015

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Navigator Move

Getting Around Getting downtown is easy; visitors and commuters arrive via several modes of transportation. Moving throughout downtown offers multiple transportation choices that work in concert with each other, optimized and organized to connect all points of the city. You may not notice it at first, but this is one complex system.

CARS Predominantly, Salt Lakers drive to and through downtown. Roads like State Street and 400 South are important thoroughfares that connect other neighborhoods to the city, but also let traffic flow through quickly. Multiple lanes and traffic lights synchronize to allow autos to move efficiently. Parking is a breeze when you use the ParkSLC app. Available at ParkSLC.com

PEDESTRIANS Once the car is parked, everything is within walking distance. The orange flags stashed at mid-block crossings work well to alert drivers, but better yet are the “HAWK signals,� which activate a flashing yellow light above the crossing. Safe for the pedestrian, much quicker than a full red light cycle for the driver.


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Navigator Move BIKES


Bicycles have become more popular on downtown streets across the country, and Salt Lake is no exception. City planners are thinking forward by installing protected bike lanes: first on 300 East, then on Broadway (300 South) and, by the end of the summer, on 200 West. The slower auto traffic pace on these roads is perfect for bike travel. Moving the lane of parked cars out into the street between the curb and parked cars opens a new lane for cyclists. This slower pace results in a more intimate experience and a greater likelihood of noticing business on the sidewalk. Ride GREENbike downtown to make your bicycle trip even easier. Greenbikeslc. org

The three most important words when thinking about TRAX in downtown are: Free. Fare. Zone. Did you know you can ride these trains for free between 400 South and North Temple? Great for traversing downtown. Heated in winter, air conditioned in summer, and usually no more than a seven minute wait between trains, it’s hard to beat traveling by rail. Find schedules at RideUTA.com

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Navigator Discover

Off the Beaten Path Venturing off the beaten path is key for finding a different pulse in any city. For example, the experience in New York City or Paris is bound to be different at Times Square or the Eiffel Tower than smaller streets featuring local flavor and flair. Here are a few unique corners in Salt Lake you’ll be delighted to discover.



Connecting Broadway to 200 South, just east of State Street, is Edison. Anchored by Copper Common, a bar concept featuring hip cocktails, fresh oysters and upscale bar bites, is a favorite for post-work drinks for nearby office workers. Speaking of offices, the headquarters for architect firms, the La Porte Group (who are building the Plaza on State Street project, which backs up to Edison) and nationally-recognized creative ad agency Super Top Secret are all here. The secret is out on Diabolical Records, who sell vintage vinyl and new local music, as well as live shows in their space. A few summers back, Dinner on Edison reimagined this area, beginning with an indoor cocktail hour in a modern office, then serving a five-course meal under chandeliers.

Exchange Place, located mid-block between 400 and 300 South, begins at State Street and ends in a plaza between Salt Lake’s original skyscrapers: Boston and Newhouse buildings. Designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who also designed New York’s famed Flat Iron building, Boston Deli and Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery are hot spots around lunch time, as the large trees provide plenty of shade. During summer, the Brown Bag Lunch Series frequents the plaza with live music, filling the plaza with tunes for an hour.



The next great street in Salt Lake City will be Regent Street. With the Black Box Theatre entrance to the forthcoming Eccles Theatre on Regent, plus the proximity to City Creek Center, just north across 100 South, Regent will be one active area. Performances will spill out onto the street from the theatre and a festival-like experience will be an anchor to the art and culture scene yearround.


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Market Street, home to the eponymous restaurant, is also home to some of downtown’s most revered dining locations. The classic New Yorker is one of Salt Lake’s longest-running fine dining locations, and the pioneering Market Street Oyster Bar and neighboring Market Street Grill, have been flying in seafood from around the country since the 80’s. Moving towards Main Street, the former Odd Fellows Hall Building at 26 W Market originally on the other side of Market, relocated during construction of the federal courthouse. Next door is Takashi, one of the nation’s top sushi restaurants. Diners who sit at the sushi bar may be served by chef/owner Takashi himself. Kristaufs Martini Bar and hot fondue spot Melting Pot, homes to countless first dates and anniversary dinners, connects Market to Main Street.

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Favorite Watering Holes


It’s 5 o’clock (at least somewhere) and time for a drink. Downtown Salt Lake City has a watering hole for every occasion and the best are laid out here depending on your mood. WHEN YOU’RE CHEERING ON YOUR TEAM … On game days, soccer fans can be found eating sausages at Beer Bar (155 E 200 S), where Real games are projected on the walls. Jazz fans pre-party at ’Bout Time (169 S Rio Grande St, bouttimepub.com), within walking distance of EnergySolutions Arena, while ticketless fans head to The Green Pig Pub (31 E 400 S, thegreenpigpub.com) or Poplar (242 S 200 W, poplarstreetpub.com) to watch the game. If you can’t decide which sport to watch, Lumpy’s Downtown (145 Pierpont Ave, lumpysbar.com) has dozens of TVs to cheer on all your teams simultaneously.

WHEN YOU’RE OUT ON THE TOWN … A night on the town calls for the whole works. Start the night at The Vault (202 S Main St, bambara-slc.com), perfect prior to shows at Capitol Theatre, whether it’s opera, Broadway or ballet. Movies at Broadway Cinemas aren’t complete without cocktails and oysters at Copper Common (111 E Broadway, coppercommon.com), conveniently steps away. If the bar is the night’s only destination, head to The Red Door (57 W 200 S, thereddoorslc.com) for a sultry setting and live music, or see and be seen on the dancefloor at Maxwell’s (357 S Main St., maxwellsece.com). Meanwhile, the cocktails at Bar X (155 E 200 S, barxsaltlake.com) are entertainment in themselves. 14

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WHEN YOU WANT DRINKS WITH A SIDE OF FOOD … If cocktail hour comes with a side of hangry (hunger-induced anger), several spots specialize in both sides of the spectrum with food that rivals their cocktails to satisfy both belly and body. Pallet ( 237 S 400 W, eatpallet.com) serves creative cocktails and New American food, while the shareable plates at Eva (317 S Main St, evaslc.com) (served until midnight on weekends) are a great start—or end—to the evening. The Spanish tapas and Pintxos at Finca (327 W 200 S, fincaslc. com) cover the spectrum from small bites to sizeable entrees, available until midnight daily. Both the food and drinks at Zest ( 275 S 200 W, zestslc.com) are refreshingly vegetarian, with organic beer and wines too.

WHEN YOU’VE HAD A LONG DAY AT WORK … If you spent more time clock-watching than working, head to Beerhive (128 S Main St) for hundreds of brews sure to ease a long day. Whiskey Street (323 S Main St, whiskeystreet.com) covers the scotch, bourbon and rye realm with options from around the world, while By the Glass (63 W 100 S, btgwinebar. com) has wines available in flights, tastes, bottles and—yes—by the glass.

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Current Fish & Oyster

Seven New ‘Must Try’ Restaurants


We all need to eat to live, but many of us live to eat. If you’re like us and fall into the latter category, these seven new restaurants will quickly become new favorites. CURRENT FISH & OYSTER (279 E 300 S)


Focusing on seafood such as east and west coast oysters, Gulf prawns, grilled calamari and lobster tail, this gorgeous establishment brings together several icons in Salt Lake’s food industry. These include Executive Chef Logen Crew, Beverage Director James Santangelo, Bar Manager Amy Eldredge, Restaurant Manager Hillary Merrill and Pastry Chef Alexa Norlin—an all-star cast.

PLEIKU (264 S Main St) From the owners of Pipa comes their newest venture: Pleiku. You’ll find most of the funky tapas from Pipa on Pleiku’s menu in addition to pho and bahn mi sandwiches. Noodles, stir-fried entrees and rice bowls round out the selections at this Main Street addition.

TAQUERIA 27 (149 E 200 S)

Taqueria 27

The third location of Taqueria 27 is (finally) calling downtown home. Located next to Bar X, this high-end taco establishment features all of your favorite drinks and dishes (plus the cool chalk art bar menu) in addition to a new salad only available here.

FINCA & LA BARBA (327 W 200 S) Another local favorite has also made the move to downtown with Scott Evan’s Finca now calling 200 South home. Many of the same tapas and other menu items remain from the original location, but new additions are being added regularly, plus the new pintxos offering. You’ll also find the hip coffee shop La Barba inside providing customers of both the coffee shop and restaurant with high-quality coffee from those who know the process best.

CAFÉ 222 (222 S Main St) Finca

A sister restaurant of Bistro 222 next door, Café 222 offers Illy coffee, quick breakfast items, and soup and sandwich fare for midday dining. They’re also now serving weekend brunch as well as a small dinner menu.

YELLOWTAIL JAPANESE BISTRO (321 S Main St) In the former Shogun space, Japanese is still the order of the day here. Find bento boxes, a large selection of appetizers, nigiri, sushi rolls, donburi and more at lunch or dinner (seven days a week).

50 WEST CAFÉ (50 W Broadway)

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Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, this new fast-casual venue offers traditional breakfast fare like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and a host of protein options served up in sandwich, salad or hot plate format for lunch.

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Caffé Molise

An Al Fresco Option Is it true food tastes better outdoors? Judging by the number of restaurants, bars and coffee shops who offer patios for their patrons, we’re inclined to believe there may be some truth to going al fresco. But, with so many patios in downtown, where to begin? Let us be your guide, and we’ll throw in a few quotes from our Facebook followers. In no particular order, if you are looking for: DATE NIGHT FAVORITES Current Fish and Oyster (279 E 300 S)

Lambs Grill (169 S Main St) Atlantic Cafe (325 S Main St)

Bar X (155 E 200 S) Johnny’s On Second (165 E 200 S)

Circle Lounge (328 S State St) Eva (317 S Main St)

MORNING BREW Beans & Brews (268 S State St) Cafe 222 (222 S Main St)

“Favorite patio for coffee is Rose Establishment, beautiful flowers and eclectic seating with just the right amount of shade. It’s perfect for relaxing with a delicious iced coffee in the summer.” —Olivia Brito


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Christopher’s Prime Steakhouse & Grill (134 Pierpont Ave)

Beer Bar (155 E 200 S)

The Red Door (57 W 200 S, Ste 102)

Tin Angel

Copper Onion (111 E Broadway)



The Peoples Coffee

The Peoples Coffee (221 E 300 S)

Red Hot (165 S Main St)

HUNGRY FOR A SANDWICH Tony Caputo’s Market (314 W 300 S) Seigfried’s (20 W 200 S) Jimmy John’s (14 E Broadway)

SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP Cheesecake Factory (265 S Regent St) BRIO Tuscan Grille (80 S Regent St) Johnny Rockets (30 S Main St)


Caffé Molise (55 W 100 S)

Carlucci’s (314 W Broadway)

Poplar Street (242 S 200 W)

Eva’s Bakery (155 S Main St)

Winger’s (329 S State St)

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BUSINESS AND PLEASURE Copper Common (111 E Broadway) Whiskey Street (1323 S Main St) “Green Pig Pub! Roof top! Happy place!”

Being one of the nation’s top hospitals has its benefits.

—Tarry Hueffmeier

The Green Pig


CRAVING A BURRITO Rio Grande Cafe (270 S Rio Grande St) Cafe Cancun (123 E 200 S)

Gracie’s (326 S West Temple) Stoneground (249 E 400 S)


The Green Pig (31 E 400 S)

Gourdmandise (250 S 300 E)

Bistro 222 (222 S Main St)

Spitz (65 E Broadway)

(hey, it’s almost a thing!)

Olive Bistro (57 W 200 S) “Gracie’s! Best view of the city anytime of the day from the deck or patio.” —Jason Glen Frehner

PEOPLE WATCHING Cedars of Lebanon (152 E 200 S)

Most of them are for our patients.

Valter’s Osteria (173 W Broadway)


Toasters (151 W 200 S and 30 E 300 S) Alamexo (268 S State St)

Rose Establishment (235 S 400 W) Cafe d’bolla (249 E 400 S) La Barba (327 W 200 S)


AFTER A TWILIGHT CONCERT Bruges (336 W 300 S) Ekamai (336 W 300 S) Pallet (237 S 400 W) Tin Angel (365 W 400 S)

’Bout Time (169 S Rio Grande St) LaJolla Groves (190 S 400 W) Happy Sumo (152 S Rio Grande St) Wing Nutz (188 S Rio Grande St) Juicy Berry (175 S Rio Grande St)

“Caffé Molise, hands down. Great food and quiet elegance.” —Kristopher A. Lundstom


Squatters (147 W Broadway)

Este (156 E 200 S)

Red Rock (254 S 200 W)

Pie Hole (344 S State St)

Juniors (30 E Broadway)

Maxwell’s (357 S Main St)

Beerhive (128 S Main St)




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Navigator Business

Impact Hub

Church & State


Word on the Street Take a quick walk around downtown, and you’re bound to stumble upon a new business you may not have noticed before. In fact, more often than not, it could have just opened last week. Even Google and Yelp may not have come across these exciting new additions to our downtown yet. We’ve asked our downtown street team to round up what doors have opened since the last DOWNTOWN the Magazine. From those with their ears to the proverbial ground, consider yourself an insider. LIFESTYLE ART 270 (270 S Main St) A gallery emphasizing all art forms, ART 270 also offers classes on numerous mediums. GameWorks (at The Gateway) Food, sports playing on big screens, arcade games—GameWorks has it all for your kids or the grown-ups in your life! Mystery Escape Room (at The Gateway) Escape from zombies and defeat pirates while completing games, puzzles and riddles. Sky Events (149 Pierpont Ave) With a retractable roof and 15,000 square feet of space, Sky Events is a great spot for concerts, weddings and more! Three & Three Uncommons (279 E 300 S) Ride your bike down Broadway and enjoy some world-class seafood in the heart of downtown. Additional restaurants and business to open throughout summer.

SERVICES Church & State (370 S 300 E)

use and build,” Church & State is a space that can be used by startup companies to grow their business. Dexterity Salon (35 W 300 S)

Hyatt House (140 S 300 W) Located near EnergySolutions Arena and the Salt Palace, Hyatt House is the perfect lodging for a convention or staycation.

Dexterity Salon recently relocated to Downtown Salt Lake, offering hair cuts, colors, extensions and much more!


High Life Salon (360 W 300 S, Ste 208)

50 West Cafe & Club (50 W 300 S)

High Life is a boutique salon and drybar. Get your hair cut and colored or styled for a night on the town. Impact HUB (150 S State St) Downtown’s newest coworking office space promotes collaboration and innovation for downtown start-ups. Office Evolution (175 S Main St, Ste 500) This office space located in the Walker Center offers several premier amenities for its tenants.

HOTELS Holiday Inn Express (206 S West Temple) Shilo Inn has been renovated into a Holiday Inn Express, offering a central downtown location within walking distance to dining, shopping and night-life.

See page 16 for descriptions and reviews.

Cafe 222 (222 S Main St) Current Fish and Oyster (279 E 300 S) Finca (327 W 200 S) La Barba (327 W 200 S—Inside Finca) Lift Cafe (14 W Broadway) The Peoples Coffee (221 E 300 S) Pizza Studio (in City Creek Center) Pleiku (264 S Main St) Same Sushi (423 W 300 S Ste 150— Homewood Suites) Taqueria 27 (149 E 200 S) Yellowtail Japanese Bistro (321 S Main St)

Described as a “no-strings attached business incubator for the community to 20

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Secret Gardens


As the renaissance of Salt Lake City’s downtown core continues block-by-city-block, the opportunity to preserve open space has gone from ground level to sky-high, with a few spaces in between. Though the historic standbys of City Creek Park and Memory Grove Park continue to attract downtown dwellers, a crop of hidden treasures has sprung up during the past decade or so, furthering Salt Lake City’s growing reputation as one of the most livable metropolises in the country.




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Downtown dwellers seeking a 360-degree panoramic view of the Salt Lake Valley can head to the rooftop gardens of the LDS Church Conference Center, part of the expansive Gardens at Temple Square. Open daily, the rooftop encompasses a whopping two acres comprised of pathways winding through native grasses and wildflowers representing Utah’s high-mountain meadows. In place of the area’s commonplace Quaking Aspens, visitors will find Swedish Aspens, which handle the pollution and heat of the city better than their locally-sourced counterparts. Benches are located throughout, offering multiple vantage points for reflection while enjoying views that stretch from the Oquirrh and West Desert, to the Cottonwood Canyons and picturesque Utah State Capitol building. Rooftop tour guides can be found weekdays at 10 a.m. by Door 15 of the Conference Center, with tours offered April through October. According to Marsha Fryer, director of garden guides, the garden peaks at the end of May through the middle of June. Find out more by calling 801-240-5916. spring / summer 2015

Care as individual as each patient.

BEEHIVES ABOVE THE BUSTLE Despite the early controversy over its decidedly modern Moshe Safdie design, the Salt Lake City Main Library—or City Library—has become a revered example of inventive urban architecture since opening at 200 East and 400 South in 2003. While the street-level Library Square now hosts a myriad of festivals and events, the real action happens five stories above, where a rooftop garden greets those industrious enough to tackle the crescent wall walkway. (Note: taking the elevator from the lobby is also an option.) Library rooftop gardens are far from an anomaly, but the City Library distinguishes itself by being one of the first and only public libraries in the country to house demonstration beehives. The opportunity for beehives was made possible only after the Salt Lake City Council passed an amendment to a city ordinance to specifically allow urban beekeeping. Maintained by Salt Lake City beekeeper Frank Whitby, the hives first arrived in 2010 and are harvested at the end of each summer with their honey featured at library events such as the Honey Harvest Celebrations and Honey Tastings. Honey bees aside, the view from the top of the City Library is not to be missed, offering a clear view past Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah, to the peaks of the High Uintas.

HOMAGE TO JAPANTOWN Pedestrians walking along 100 South between EnergySolutions Arena and the Salt Palace Convention Center easily miss the tiny garden dedicated to the “Japanese Pioneers” of Salt Lake City, located immediately east of the Japanese Church of Christ. This homage to Salt Lake’s often overlooked Japanese ancestry was created in 2007 in conjunction with the renaming of 100 South as “Japantown Street” for the block between 200 East and 300 East. Before the apartments and storefronts of Salt Lake’s former Japantown neighborhood were razed in the 1960s to make way for the first incarnation of the Salt Palace Convention Center, fish shops and noodle houses gave Japanese expats a place to congregate as they assimilated to the American life. Unlike similar ethnic enclaves in cities across the United States, efforts to save Japantown failed, with progress plowing under the few city blocks once considered the heart of the local Japanese community, leaving only the Japanese Church of Christ and the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. The block is now closed one Saturday every April to host the annual Japan Festival, but it is the serenity and diversity of plant life in the tiny Japanese garden that shows respect year-round to a piece of Salt Lake’s history that is unknown to many.

The garden is open to the public and accessible during regular library hours, though it does close one half hour before the rest of the library and is not open during icy weather for the safety of guests. spring / summer 2015


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Architecture of God Historic churches create a tapestry of religious traditions in downtown





(Temple Square)

(12 C St)

(203 S 200 E)

It could be said that of all the churches in the city, Assembly Hall is the closest to a textbook example of the style applied to a religious structure. With steeply pitched roofs, symmetrical form, tall and thin arched windows, and a high level of decorative features around windows, doors and roof eaves, what sets this church structure apart are the multiple spires and central cupola feature. The building is constructed of granite, mostly leftover from construction of the Salt Lake Temple, and the spires cover what once were chimneys for the stoves to heat the building.

This is another one of the city’s amazing Gothic Revival structures. A prominent fourstory tower marks the corner with the remaining structure spreading east and north from the tower. Both facades display large gabled ends with spires and enormous stained glass windows that fill the sanctuary with inspired light. Features many other high style Gothic Revival characteristics such as castlelike crenellation, pointed arch windows and doors, stained and leaded glass windows, and buttresses. The decorative stone pattern of the exterior also draws attention to the building’s beauty.

The architects likely intended to lift your eyes as well as your soul to the heavens with this design. Overall the Classical Revival style of architecture applied to this church gives it prominence and breaks up the L-shaped plan. Most imposing is the intersecting corner tower of about six stories topped with a cross as a finial. Many windows are stained and leaded glass. Classical features include the scalloped parapets on both gable ends, arched windows with prominent lintels above, and built-up cornices with rows of dentils.

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ST. PETER AND PAUL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH (355 S 300 E) This Byzantine style church’s most prominent architectural feature is the twin golden onion domes with the Orthodox cross that cap two towers. A significant oculus window of stained glass sits under the central gable on the main façade, while the entry way is adorned with a Neo-Classical style portico with an inset depiction of Saints Peter and Paul. The entire building is supported by an immense rough cut sandstone base and brick buttresses along each side.

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Navigator Worship CATHEDRAL OF THE MADELEINE (331 E South Temple) As one of the few structures in Utah built in the spirit of the traditional cathedrals of Europe, the Cathedral is equally stunning on the exterior and interior. On the exterior, two bell towers of five-to-six stories flank a central gable with a huge stained glass oculus window over the multi-door entryway. While the building is an eclectic mix of Classical Revival and Gothic Revival features, they blend seamlessly with grace. Being composed entirely of stone, traditional masonry construction achieved a high-ceilinged sanctuary, resulting in an engineering marvel.



The Buddhist Temple is a mix of traditional materials with modernist design principles. The multi-section structure itself is of post-and-beam construction. The ends of the beams are left exposed allowing one to feel that it is a building of substance. Large sections and ribbons of clerestory windows are interspersed with masonry, wood and stucco panels. The slight upward flare at several roof corners give the building an Asian-inspired feel and a bit of whimsy.

Built in 1924, this small structure shows rare Gothic influence applied to a Tudor Revival style. The building has simple form that is similar to Tudor Revival residential counterparts. The exception is the addition of high style elements, many of which are composed of large pebble concrete, such as the emphasized double-door entry, parapet caps, and extruded eyebrow lintels. The highlight is the colored glass Gothic window.



What we see today at the Cathedral Church is a cross-shape form in a Gothic Revival style. The exterior is sheathed completely in rough faced sandstone and the walls are supported by buttresses. Details highlight the Gothic Revival style, including a rarely seen slate roof, pointed arch windows throughout, a large oculus stained glass window on the main façade, and a prominent pointed arch, double door entryway with heavy ironwork. The original rectangular form cathedral was later expanded to include the front entry vestibule and on both sides to become a cross form.

Nothing else gives such a strong Mediterranean feel in Salt Lake City as this church in the Byzantine style. One major difference from the churches of the Greek homeland that shows Utah influence is the building’s construction in brick, though it displays a more decorative pattern than most Utah masonry buildings. The amazing architectural elements shown here include the twin onion domes and large central dome over sanctuary, a grand entry with arcade of six Corinthian style columns, the scalloped frieze under a Spanish clay tile roof, and numerous stained glass windows.

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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. 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 continuous network radio broadcast in the world. Complimentary tours of Temple Square are offered in over 40 languages. 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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o big boxes or chains here. On the stretch of strollable street along Broadway between State and 300 East, the shops are as unique as the people who own them and the wares they sell. From rare books and fresh-brewed coffee to mid-century modern furniture and oysters on the half-shell, this downtown district offers retail eclecticism unmatched anywhere else in the city.

COPPER COMMON (111 E Broadway, Ste 170) Born from the beloved Copper Onion, just steps away, this downtown watering hole ups the class factor with bar food that includes burgers with duck fat aioli and lobster ravioli, not to mention a top-notch selection of handcrafted cocktails. Great for a full-out dinner or as you wile away the wait for a table at the Onion. BUXOM MODERN PLUS BOUTIQUE (209 E Broadway) Stocked with pretty, unique and vintage-inspired clothing for women sizes L to 6X, Buxom opened up on Broadway because owner Jenny Hayes wanted to be in a hip and vibrant spot to match the independent edge of her shop. DIABOLICAL RECORDS (238 S Edison St) Specializing in psyche, garage and local music, this austere record shop lets the music do the talking with a range of LPs and cassettes spanning all genres. Opened by Adam Tye and 30

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Alana Boscan in late 2013, the store keeps night owl hours with free Friday concerts. THE PEOPLES COFFEE (221 E 300 S) The perfect spot to settle in with your laptop or meet up with friends, this charming coffee shop opened by Nick James focuses on local, with beans from Caffe Ibis and Publik Coffee Roasters and pastries from City Cakes and Carlucci’s Bakery. JITTERBUG TOYS AND ANTIQUES (243 E 300 S Planes, trains and automobiles. Jitterbug has ‘em, plus any vintage and classic toy you can imagine, from Hogan’s Heroes lunchboxes to never-opened Barbie® doll clothes. Owner of the Broadway staple, Dee Jackman, has called the spot home for 31 years.

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THE DAHLIA ROOM (247 E Broadway) If you’re under 18, come back when you’ve come of age. The adult boutique, opened in the fall of 2014 by Jennifer Fei, delivers a side of elegance among the toys, lingerie and literature on sexuality and “the human connection.” CURRENT FISH & OYSER (279 E 300 S) The once-abandoned antique mall on 3rd and 3rd has gotten a very chic remodel, with a sleek seafood establishment as its anchor. A collaboration between the LaSalle Restaurant Group and Mikel Trap, owner of the Trio Restaurants, Current showcases contemporary seafood paired with an impressive cocktail menu (oysterback shooters!) and wine on tap.


THE BOOZETIQUE AT E3 MODERN (315 E Broadway) You’ve picked up a bottle of wine or whisky to take to a friend. Now, head around the corner to the Boozetique to accessorize your gift. This gallery-meets-shop offers everything from bitters (grapefruit, mint, orange) to barware of every shape and size. Plus, there’s a sweet sound system you just have to experience. I

18. Henrie’s Dry Cleaners 19. Happy Nails 20. Antoinette Antiques and Jewelry 21. Carmen Miranda’s 22. Jitterbug Toys and Antiques 23. Abyss Body Piercing 24. The Dahlia Room 25. Salt Lake Power Yoga 26. Rust Rare Coin 27. Current Fish & Oyster 28. Paradise Palm 29. The Boozetique at E3 Modern

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A (3+3) Uncommon Partnership


clectic, local, walkable and now more bikeable than ever, the Broadway Shopping and Dining District has transformed in a dramatic fashion over the past year. From the addition of protected bike lanes, improved pedestrian walkways and beautiful street art sculptures to new brick and mortar business, the east-west corridor is buzzing with activity in the heart of downtown. Three and Three UnCommons, a new dining development in a not-so-new building at the northwest corner of 300 East and 300 South, perhaps best exemplifies this renewed energy. Originally built in 1906, the building was home to Ford Baker Motor Company and then later the Salt Lake Antiques shop. Developers David Harries and Pat Reedy both saw the potential in the brick building featuring barrelvaulted timber roofing. “We care about our buildings and like to bring character to the community,” says Harries, who has a keen eye for creating aesthetic, delicious eateries like Vinto, Fresco Italian Café and Cafe Trio in Salt Lake City. While Harries and Reedy care about their return on investment, the attention to detail and precision suggests that the business partners also are dedicated to fostering a lasting, vibrant neighborhood in downtown Salt Lake City. “Our loan to cost is much greater because we are looking long term. If we were to do something slapstick, it would be a loss for the community,” says Harries. Enter longtime Salt Lake dining moguls Mikel Trapp, Joel LaSalle and Eric DeBonis. The three entrepreneurs have worked together to create three unique spaces in the building: a restaurant, bar and food hall. Trapp (Trio, Fresco, Luna Taqueria) and La Salle (Faustina, Niche, Kyoto) are the masterminds behind Current Fish & Oyster and bar concept Under Current. “I was inspired to work together with the LaSalle Restaurant Group because this fabulous old building with lots of history became available. We really wanted to create timeless concepts in this great space,” says Trapp. Current, which opened its doors for business on March 5, 2015, focuses on innovative seafood preparations and bringing new tastes to Utah diners. “We’ve found that locals and visitors alike are hungry for new dining and social experiences in downtown,” says LaSalle. Under Current, opening May 2015, will act as casual bar space featuring handcrafted cocktails and small plates under the direction of longtime mixologist Amy Eldridge (Bar X).


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The third space is a yet to be named food hall concept with a focus on Utah’s best local purveyors, according to the project’s mastermind Eric DeBonis (Sea Salt, Paris Bistro). For Debonis, the proximity of the three spaces is the key ingredient to Three and Three UnCommons’ future success. “The energy of each space will feed off one another to help create unique meeting place in downtown Salt Lake City,” says DeBonis. The food hall is anticipated to open mid-summer 2015. “We are so excited to see our city growing up. This uncommon partnership between three restaurateurs is a commitment to our local dining scene and a collaboration never before seen in downtown,” says Trapp. “If we are successful, the entire downtown will benefit.” Indeed, the rising tide lifts all boats.I

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Where contemporary seafood meets historic atmosphere. “Current Fish & Oyster is an artful, culinary collaboration that simply has all of Salt Lake City buzzing.” Critics, media and diners alike are praising Executive Chef Logen Crew and Pastry Chef Alexa Norlin for their classic regional American seafood dishes with a contemporary spin and choice east and west coast oysters—all served fresh daily! Let our understated atmosphere, historic building and incredible seafood cuisine set the stage for your next memorable dining experience.

279 East 300 South SLC 801-326-FISH (3474) currentfishandoyster.com Monday - Saturday for Lunch & Dinner Sunday Brunch coming May 2015


A Different Kind of Office Space


ancy yourself as an entrepreneur? Let’s face it. Starting your own business from the ground up is no easy task. It’s even harder if you are not plugged in to a community of people who can act as your mentors, business partners, investors and even customers. This is where coworking spaces come into play—and downtown Salt Lake City is already home to six of them.

CHURCH & STATE (370 S 300 E) 801-330-4406 | cs1893.com

HOLODECK (175 W 200 S Ste 100, Garden Level) 801-872-9263 | holodeckslc.com

Church & State is a non-profit community managed entrepreneur center that offers free space and resources to entrepreneurs with nothing expected in return. Featuring 20,000 square feet in a 121-year-old church building, Church & State acts as a community and an all-in-one incubator, coworking space, event venue and entrepreneur hangout.

Just across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center in the historic Firestone Building, Holodeck offers creative and educational coworking, office and event space for inspired people to build great ideas and companies. The space is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

EMERGE CO-WORKING OFFICE SPACE (50 W Broadway Ste 300) 801-961-4000 | avanties.com/co-working space

SUSTAINABLE STARTUPS (340 E 400 S Ste 50) 503-522-8482 | sustainablestartups.org

Located in the Wells Fargo Building, Emerge provides a coworking space for the entrepreneur on the move. Whether you are looking for a day pass to get some work done while visiting Salt Lake City or need a permanent home for a growing business. Emerge offers flexible options. IMPACT HUB (150 S State St Ste 1) 801-891-4672 | saltlake.impacthub.net Impact Hub is an open workspace, event venue and innovation lab located in the historic Zim’s Building. The hub is part of a global network for exchanging ideas with more than 11,000 members in 63 different locations.

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Coworking spaces help support startup entrepreneurs and companies with a variety of services necessary to build a successful business, including furnished office space, printers, legal, accounting and more. Each of the following spaces are located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City and within walking distance to world-class shopping, dining, bars and cultural amenities.

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Sustainable Startups offers support, monthly educational events, peer mentoring and co-working spaces for early stage startups that advance economic, environmental and socially sustainable ideas. WORK HIVE (307 W 200 S) 801-484-2164 | workhiveslc.com Founded in 2012 in the Historic Crane Building, Work Hive is home to creative companies and innovative startups. I

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SALT LAKE CITY REAL ESTATE Successful buying, selling, & leasing in today’s real estate market begins with the right connections. Nobody networks the metropolitan market like we do. InterNet Properties gives you an edge in today’s competitive real estate market place. Independent and locally owned. For real estate information, please visit InterNet Properties at iproperties.com or Call 801-355-0600

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Transplants Thanks to countless top ten lists ranging from quality of life to business climate, businesses and people are moving here at a record pace. STORY BY CHELSEA NELSON | PHOTOS BY DAVID NEWKIRK


he secret is out on downtown. Many of you reading this magazine are likely from somewhere else, but you’ve chosen to make Salt Lake City your home. The reasons for transplanting one’s life to our urban center are as diverse as these three professionals we’re about to introduce you to.

restaurants or public spaces, the most profound commonality is their enthusiasm for the future Salt Lake and the promise downtown offers. From new job opportunities and a culture of entrepreneurship, plus a unique approach to urban initiatives, downtown is growing in all areas.

Real estate pro Babs De Lay, library leader John Spears and globally-trained Yemisi Abogan could live anywhere, but Salt Lake is the place they’ve chosen to stay. While each of them can point to their favorite

Businesses and people are moving here at a record pace to fill office towers and lofts. Here’s the story of three individuals and how they came to arrive in Salt Lake and grew to love downtown.

Babs De Lay U R B A N U TA H


ithin the first few minutes of meeting Babs De Lay, it’s immediately clear her knowledge of Salt Lake City is vast. Babs has been living and working downtown for the better part of her impressive life. As one of downtown’s top real-estate brokers, as well as a vocal member of Utah’s LBGTQ community, Babs is one of downtown’s most recognizable personalities. Babs came to Salt Lake City from Arizona as a college student, hoping to embark on a medical degree at the University of Utah. When the number of students became overwhelming for her, she transferred to Westminster, where she felt more at home with a smaller population of students. Babs dug her feet in, and received multiple degrees. After graduation, Babs tried her hand at several career paths.


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Babs found refuge with a friend who had a real estate business. Finding success in an industry she had never really considered prior, Babs opened her own brokerage, Urban Utah, in 2001. As urban lofts and the TRAX system were being created, a growing need for a full-service real estate firm in the downtown area was evident. Babs and Urban Utah have defined and redefined urban real estate in Salt Lake for almost 15 years now. Selling real estate in Salt Lake City has afforded Babs a perspective of Salt Lake City that not many residents see: She recently ended an eight-year term as Salt Lake City Planning and Zoning Commissioner and was a key player and insider to many of the changes downtown has undergone. So, where does Babs think downtown is headed in the next 5 to 10 years? “West! I think we will see development west of the Rio Grande area, and a new and different revival of The Gateway.” The woman has vision! Babs’ knowledge of downtown extends beyond the property lines of her listings; she has invested a lot of time into understanding Salt Lake’s history. After talking with her, I think her love of downtown is what drives her hunger for history. Either way, when she sees a mulberry tree in front of an old, historic downtown home, she can pretty much bet that silkworms were housed in the attic. And she even knows that Eliza Snow wore the first silk dress in this pretty city of ours.

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Babs and her real estate team truly lead by example in the community. Urban Utah has given to a variety of local charities over the years, both with time and means, tying her even closer to those working and living downtown. It is inspiring to find someone invigorated with a downtown on the rise and at the same time, feels a responsibility to make things better for everyone—not just those in the market for a new home. Babs’ motto is simple and representative of the pulse that downtown Salt Lake is currently thriving on: “Buy local, live urban!” You can find out more about Babs and Urban Utah at urbanutah.com spring / summer 2015

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John Spears C IT Y L I B R A RY


he view from John Spears’ office at the downtown library is impressive. Looking across 4th South, you can see to the tops of the Avenues, and the East/ West views mix an urban foreground with a mountain backdrop. It really feels like you are standing in the heart of downtown, and as executive director of the Salt Lake City Public Library, John Spears would agree that this beautiful building is, indeed, the lifeblood of our city. John had never stepped foot in Salt Lake City until he arrived to interview for the position at the library. However, his parents had traveled to SLC many times over the course of his life and had always spoke of its unparalleled beauty, so he had a feeling that he would be impressed. John wasn’t disappointed. After what he calls “tripping his way” up the proverbial ladder of library science for many years, landing in Salt Lake City was a true pleasure for him. The area also offered up many surprising elements that John wasn’t expecting. “The city is actually a lot smaller than I had anticipated, however, it feels much more diverse and metropolitan than many large cities.” John smiles as he talks about downtown as though he was speaking about a close friend. He was also impressed with the cleanliness and friendly residents— even calling it “the friendliest city” he has ever been to. And while many outsiders find that they have preconceived notions about what Salt Lake City has (or doesn’t have) to offer, John has found the city to be quite abundant with rich culture and talent, from the culinary scene to local music and art, which he sees first-hand everyday at the City Library. “The City Library and its six (soon to be seven) branches,” John states, “is quite large for a city our size.” This alone says a lot about the residents of downtown in John’s perspective. Not only are we very active in our local communities, but we also utilize our library system to its fullest extent. It is obvious to John, and the City Library’s dedicated staff, that downtown residents want to continuously learn about the culture and community we live in. The cultural programming at the library, as well as the festivals and activities adjacent Library Square, speak volumes about what our community values. In John’s eyes, this is another extension of the “buy local” mentality that Salt Lake City has embraced over the past few years. We buy local, but we also celebrate the local talent, art, and culture that is so diverse and rich in our city. John sees the City Library as “not just the housing of material from the past, but a place for creation,” and he is witness to the residents of downtown doing just that every day.


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John is excited about the role that he sees the City Library playing in the downtown area over the next few years, and hopes to keep the doors open 24 hours a day, offering everyone from non-traditional students to our homeless population, programming throughout the day and night. When asked if Salt Lake City by itself offered enough to keep him here—he didn’t hesitate. “Oh yes, Salt Lake City is an amazing place to be and I hope to call it home for a long time to come.” spring / summer 2015

Yemisi Abogan G O L D M A N SAC H S


f anyone has had a long journey to Salt Lake City, it is Yemisi. Born and raised in Nigeria, Yemisi headed to New York as a young college student in 2002. After completing her degree at William Smith College in Geneva, Yemisi began a career at Goldman Sachs, where she still works today. Six years ago, Yemisi’s team at Goldman was expanding in Salt Lake City, and she headed west to support the migration. Yemisi says she has “loved every aspect of living and working here.” After residing in the hustle and bustle of Jersey City, a suburb of New York City, for several years, Yemisi was certainly ready for a change of pace. However, she didn’t want to give up the wonderful things that a city had to offer—she simply wanted to achieve some balance in her life. Fortunately for her, Salt Lake City ended up being the perfect place to do that. While some of us may think we battle traffic here in the downtown area, the truth is that it is nothing compared the gridlock that comes with big city living. Yemisi says that this is one of the main reasons her life here is so much richer; she isn’t stuck in the chaos of traffic and commuting, but rather now has extra time to spend with her family—or simply time to enjoy many of the other things downtown has to offer. Salt Lake is extremely walkable, allowing her to skip traffic all together on her way to work, to TRAX or the library.

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For Yemisi, downtown Salt Lake combines a lifestyle that provides the amenities of city life, all at a comfortable pace, which is exactly what she longed for. Ultimately, Salt Lake allows her to have time to herself, a luxury she had missed back east. Yemisi is starting a family of her own, and can’t think of a better urban space to do so than SLC. If there is one thing that downtown offers in addition to its accessibility by commuters and the fast-growing cultural scene, it is the family-friendliness that Salt Lake City and, Utah in general, are so well known for. Yes, SLC provides an up and coming culinary scene, unique and creative hubs for cocktails, and venues to get lost in your favorite music, but it hasn’t forgotten the pint-sized people. Downtown is a hotspot for kids. From museums to festivals to the Clark Planetarium, there is always something fun waiting to astound and inspire little ones. And Yemisi is excited to be able to share her love of downtown with her growing family. “I can’t wait to share my love of places like Carlucci’s Bakery and Gourmandise with my daughter, and she will love the Clark Planetarium when she’s old enough to understand the science and logic of this world. You’ll also likely find her getting lost in the downtown fountains as the weather gets warm. There are just so many places in this city I can’t wait to show her! Salt Lake really is the perfect place for us.” I downtown the magazine



Kim Angeli-Selin and Derek Kitchen.

Unlikely Source The Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market fosters a sense of community with a reach extending well beyond food.


n no other city in America would you find an entire city block unutilized like this,” says Derek Kitchen, gesturing out his Solar Gardens apartment window toward Salt Lake City’s virtually vacant Fleet Block. “I want to help this city use all the tools in its toolbox to encourage growth and economic development.” As you may be aware, Kitchen is running for Salt Lake City Council. You may also know that he’s the co-owner of the locally based Laziz Foods and is the same Kitchen (along with his business and life partner Moudi Sbeity) named as a plaintiff in last year’s landmark lawsuit legalizing gay marriage. He largely credits the support of his friends and family for helping him develop the chutzpah to launch a business, challenge a marriage paradigm, and even run for political office now. Something you probably do not know about him is that he makes his home on Saturday mornings


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in an unlikely place: the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market. Utah’s largest Farmers Market—and now one of the most well-attended in the West—began in 1992. Bob Farrington, then-executive director of the newly formed Downtown Alliance, hatched the idea for an open-air market in Pioneer Park as part of a citywide effort to revitalize Utah’s faltering urban core. “You have to remember that this was before the Internet,” says Downtown Farmers Market Director Kim Angeli-Selin. “Now, the Saturday Market has grown into a regional destination, attracting quality vendors, supporting a local food culture. On Tuesday evenings, the Harvest Market attracts commuters and residents to farm-fresh goods during the harvest while the Winter Market at Rio Grande connects growers and consumers during off-season months,” Angeli-Selin says. spring / summer 2015

“In the context of the Farmers Market,” says Angeli-Selin, “community is defined in so many ways.” For the farmers, the market provides a unique venue for the exchange of ideas and experience. Attendees regularly say the market lends a new diversity and cosmopolitan feel to Salt Lake City. The market has created greater socioeconomic access and acceptance—as well as provided an additional revenue source to vendors—by accepting payments through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) through its innovative wooden token program. And for vendors like Kitchen, the Farmers Market has been a singular venue for taking a concept to reality, both personally and professionally. Kitchen and Sbeity first went public with Laziz authentic Lebanese hummus at the 2012 Downtown Farmers Market. Buoyed by selling every container of hummus they had on that first day at the market, the pair applied to attend two more markets with similar success. The success and far-reaching economic impacts downtown Salt Lake City now enjoys as a direct result of the Farmers Market is well documented. The areas surrounding Pioneer Park have been transformed from barren urban landscape to bustling retail hubs (including many businesses that began as Farmers Market vendors). More than 115 farmers from across the state participate in both the Saturday morning and Tuesday evening markets. Between 8,000 and 12,000 people from across the state (and many from out of state) converge on downtown Salt Lake City every Saturday to attend the weekly event. And national accolades for the market include being named one of the country’s top 10 farmer’s markets by Shape Magazine and praise from Bon Appetit for the market’s eclectic prepared foods selection. One of the market’s biggest benefits, however, is not something measured by economic terms. It’s how the market has become both a foundation and springboard for community. spring / summer 2015

“Before the market, our friends and family of course said that they loved our food, but getting such a positive and immediate response from people we didn’t know really made us feel like we had something,” Kitchen says. Two months later Kitchen and Sbeity added a muhammara (a red pepper, pomegranate and walnut dip) to their product offerings. The following September, Harmon’s Grocery approached the couple about selling Laziz products in four stores. “Harmon’s picked up where the Farmers Market left off that fall,” Kitchen says. “Very quickly sales grew from good to great.” Laziz Foods’ hummus, muhammara, and their newest product—toum, a garlic-based condiment—are now sold in Harmon’s stores throughout Utah, in many independent specialty food stores including Liberty Heights Fresh, and as of last year, at all five Utah Whole Foods locations. A year after Kitchen and Sbeity launched Laziz Foods, the couple was approached by attorneys from Magleby & Greenwood downtown the magazine


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to be plaintiffs in a case challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Both were worried about the impact the lawsuit would have on their fledgling business, but knew from early on that participating in marriage equality in this very public way was, simply, the right thing for them to do. And much like the reception they received for their food at the Farmers Market, Kitchen and Sbeity were overwhelmed with the breadth of support they garnered. “People came out of the woodwork to support us. It was a literal outpouring from the most unexpected places,” Kitchen says. On December 20, 2013, the U.S. District Court for Utah ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Kitchen admits he and Sbeity were unprepared for the media maelstrom that followed, but reflects on that time now as when he came into his own as an adult and what ultimately made him decide to embark on his current bid for a Salt Lake City Council seat. “It made me want to use my voice to call attention to the things I care about, both for myself and the lives of strangers,” Kitchen says.

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This season promises to be a particularly busy one for Kitchen. Laziz Foods returns to the Farmers Market as a vendor and Kitchen’s campaign—based on a platform of supporting small business, improving public transportation and addressing Salt Lake City’s dearth of affordable housing— is well underway. And Laziz Foods latest venture—a Middle Eastern deli dubbed Laziz Kitchen—is under construction and slated to open to the public in late 2015 or early 2016. “Our business—and especially me—would not be what it is today without the Farmers Market,” Kitchen says. “Support from the market’s organizers, and especially the other vendors, has been invaluable. Tapping into this by-your-bootstraps community of like-minded people, who are about helping one another succeed versus competing, has been a critical part of everything I’ve accomplished since our first day at the market.” I spring / summer 2015

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Micah Peters, CEO of ClearWater Homes

ClearWater’s Lofty Vision for Downtown The Evolution of Urban Living


he view atop the rooftop deck at Broadway Park Lofts looks postcard perfect with the city’s burgeoning skyline framed against the Wasatch Mountains. The sense of place, at once urban and alpine, is intensely and uniquely Salt Lake. Contrast this with the condo’s cutting-edge interiors—built around a communal courtyard with a backlit, five-story waterfall, live-work spaces and high-end modern finishes—and the development could highlight best practices in urban design from New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Brick, steel and lots of glass, the Broadway Park Lofts represent a tipping point in urban life around Pioneer Park. “We are incredibly passionate about downtown,” said Micah Peters, CEO of ClearWater Homes, who took over the loft project a few years ago. “This kind of high density project is the evolution of our city. We really love this neighborhood and we believe that Pioneer Park is a fabulous asset that we can help make into something wonderful for the whole community.” Broadway Park was the brainchild of visionary Salt Lake architect Ken Millo who developed the Firestone Building and Uffen’s Marketplace next door. The 2007 housing market bust kept the project in limbo for several years. But with support from the Redevelopment Agency, ClearWater doubled down on the loft development a few years ago, ironed out financing issues and brought the project to market. The spring / summer 2015

finished product is a striking example of new urbanism. “A prominent for-sale condo development like this is kind of like public nudity,” says Peters. “You put everything you have out on the line for public inspection. You are totally vulnerable waiting for the condos to sell and you learn something important with every development. You are rewarded or penalized for the quality of the project and your design decisions.” The results speak for themselves. With an average price of $360 per square foot, the Broadway Park Lofts achieved one of the highest sales velocities in downtown Salt Lake history. Owners include an incredible range of income, age and socioeconomic status. Condo prices range from $140,000 for 400 square foot, two-story live work studios, to $1.3 million for a penthouse suite with a 1,200 square foot rooftop garden overlooking Pioneer Park. “Density and metropolitan living can be done sensibly,” Peters said. “We’ve proven you can create a lifestyle in this vertical village that appeals to a wide cross section of people.” Now, after hitting record setting sales per square foot on the Broadway Park Lofts, ClearWater is looking one block north, announcing the development of Paragon Station in the Westgate Business Center on the corner of 200 South and 300 West. downtown the magazine


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An adaptive reuse of the 94-year-old warehouse and office building built as the Kaiser Fireproof Storage Facility, Paragon Station will reflect the building’s history and sense of place evoked from a neighborhood that traces its beginning back to easy railroad access nearly a century ago. All but the bones and south historical façade will be transformed to make way for ClearWater’s modern vision. Architectural design firm Blalock & Partners applied a distinct vision to the project. Kevin Blalock muses: “We developed a concept maintaining the rich, historic south facade the primary public face of the project—to support the context of the block along 200 South. On the east side. dramatic ‘living boxes’ clad in wood provide warmth, depth and texture in contrast to the traditional brick facade. An additional story, a ribbon of steel and glass, was added to the roof which allowed us to create luxury two-story penthouse units, each with private rooftop decks offering spectacular views of downtown and the Wasatch Mountains beyond.”

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the nationally accepted benchmark and third-party verification system that provides accreditation to builders who demonstrate knowledge of green building practices and principles and implement these practices into their construction and design.

While the building will retain historic architectural elements, there is nothing old fashioned about ClearWater’s commitment to sustainability. The responsible, sustainable and energy efficient design and building practices will directly translate to monthly and annual savings for new homeowners. Paragon Station is the first adaptive reuse LEED-Gold multifamily project in Utah; a standard ClearWater hopes to help breed more of in the future.

The LEED program uses a point system that rewards builders for sustainable practices. Points are awarded for sustainable building expertise, community improvement, proximity to public transportation, designs that cut down on water and electricity usage and minimal impact on surrounding ecosystems, and designs that promote better air quality and greater access to natural light. Higher point values earn the builder a higher level of certification (e.g. certified, silver, gold, platinum).

“We are pushing the envelope on design and materials,” Peters said of Paragon Station. “That’s the exciting part. We envision a project that is authentic to the history and location of the building. We want to set a new threshold for environmental design in Salt Lake City. Our central goal was to achieve a sustainable strategy that is clearly synthesized with function. The resulting product will be an example of high performance with high style.”


• Have lower operating costs. • Have a higher asset value. • Conserve water and energy. (LEED Gold buildings consume an average of 30 percent less energy and 11 percent less water).

ClearWater was uncommonly successful in Broadway Park Lofts, and the company is seeing real headroom at the Paragon Station with client expectations and expressed enthusiasm in early unit contracted reservations. The project will include modern finishes but offer more traditional floor plans with single story units, and access to private and common outdoor space; a feature many multi-unit developments lack. Condos at the Paragon Station will range in size from 800 to 2,600 square feet. With additional square footage in cantilevered decks and rooftop patios, residents will be able to embrace an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. “We want to build communities that appeal to a diverse socio economic background, everyone from young urban professionals who are first time home buyers, retirees who want to downsize, to Jazz players and CEOs,” Peters said. With a 15-month construction cycle, the environmentally

• Are healthier and safer for occupants. • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (in the U.S., buildings account for 38 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 73 percent of U.S. electricity consumption).

• Show the owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Paragon Station (and the recently completed Broadway Park Lofts) are just the beginning. ClearWater Homes is committed to supporting sustainable development in Salt Lake City and plans to make continued investments in the downtown area.


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Rendering of living space at Paragon Station, ClearWater Homes.

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“Density and metropolitan living can be done sensibly. We’ve proved you can create a lifestyle in this vertical village that appeals to a wide cross section of people.” —Micah Peters CEO of Clearwater Homes

are excited to see Micah and his team step forward and be so successful,” said Matt Caputo of neighborhood staple Caputo’s Market & Deli. “They have already been super neighbors and have injected new vitality into the entire neighborhood. We’ve already seen a change in flow of customers and vibrancy.” ClearWater’s commitment to the neighborhood extends beyond residential development, new development or adaptive reuse. sustainable project will be completed in the summer of 2016. ClearWater Homes’ plans implement renewable energy and sustainable green building techniques, including the use of non-consumptive geothermal energy to heat and cool the building, thermal blocking, aggressive insulation, and directsource building materials. New homeowners will benefit from the commitment to LEED-Gold certification through low energy bills and knowing that they are going a long way towards reducing air pollutants and conserving water. “We want to display leadership in the industry,” Peters said. “Not all our decisions are financial, at some point design trumps economics. Most of the decisions we make are driven internally, but we think the buyer will recognize and respond to our commitment to preserving the history of the building and the project’s environmental stewardship.” The neighbors have noticed. “Having invested so much of our own effort in this block, we spring / summer 2015

“We are literally putting our money where our mouth is,” said Peters. “We aren’t just completing projects and moving on, we believe in the 300 South corridor. ClearWater Homes just moved our corporate offices to the Pioneer Park neighborhood, between Bingham Cyclery and Caputo’s Market and recently incorporated Latitude 40 Properties; a new downtown residential brokerage to help promote urban living in Salt Lake City.” Peter’s exuberance for Pioneer Park hasn’t been dampened by the Park’s past challenges. Recognizing the commitment from local leaders to finding solutions for homeless people in the area, Peter’s is bullish on the neighborhood and Salt Lake City. “I’m a huge advocate of housing first and we are going to be aggressively using the resources in Mayor Becker’s 5000 Doors program to find solutions,” Peters said. “This is a neighborhood that has to be welcoming and safe for everyone, regardless of their housing status. I think it’s important to have a diverse socio-economic group living in the same neighborhood, and our projects are helping to make that a reality.” I downtown the magazine




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Gateway Rising Outdoor retail center prime example of re-use and re-invention within an adaptable city.


hen Roger Boyer and Kem Gardner broke ground on The Gateway in 1999, the future of downtown’s westside was still unknown. The ambitious project, built on land reclaimed from railroad tracks and centered on a renovation of the historic Union Pacific Depot, pushed Salt Lake City’s momentum west, past EnergySolutions Arena, and established The Gateway as the region’s premier shopping and entertainment center. One of downtown’s first mixed-use areas—a combination of office, retail and residential within the same master planned development—was completed in November of 2001, just in time for Salt Lake City to host the world at the Olympic Winter Games. The Gateway became a focal point for Olympic visitors with close proximity to the Olympic Medals Plaza and skating venue at EnergySolutions Arena. The Gateway also became a magnet for all things retail. National brands quickly set up shop, including many who had never been seen in the Beehive State. The Gateway 50

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was, and still remains, home to Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lucky Brand and Sur La Table. It was different than anything Salt Lake had ever seen. Upscale restaurants including Fleming’s Steakhouse, Happy Sumo and California Pizza Kitchen set a new standard for shopping-based dining and made The Gateway stand out as much more than just a mall. In many ways, The Gateway seemed like Utah’s version of successful outdoor concepts one would see in San Diego or Newport Beach. The Gateway also seamlessly combined entertainment into a retail environment. There was a state-of-the-art Megaplex Theater, similar to what you might find in other high-end shopping centers, as well as Discovery Gateway, Utah’s Children’s Museum and the Clark Planetarium, which changed its name and moved from historic digs on State Street. The Gateway was, and is also still home to, downtown’s premier live-music venue at The Depot. “We have been incredibly successful here, and we think the future could be even brighter than the past,” said spring / summer 2015

Jim McNeil, proprietor of The Depot and owner of United Concerts. “You can imagine Rio Grande Street transformed with upscale restaurants and clubs, unique boutiques and street festivals.” McNeil points to one of The Gateway’s other distinguishing features—it is open on Sunday when much of the rest of downtown is closed. “I go back to the original vision I had when I sat down with Roger Boyer and talked about the possibilities for this space in a historic rail depot,” said McNeil. “Have things changed in 14 years? Sure. But the potential for using The Gateway to elevate our whole community is still just as great now as it was back then. In fact, it’s greater in some ways.”

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Increased competition from City Creek Center, Fashion Place Mall and Station Park in Farmington, along with the exponential growth of online retail has changed The Gateway’s status as the region’s retail superpower. The Gateway remains home to shops and stores including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Aldo Shoes, Victoria Secret, Buckle, and Bastille. But the fundamental strengths of The Gateway as an entertainment center are unchanged. A linear design, along a private street, anchored by one-of-a-kind entertainment options, has always helped The Gateway stand apart. In many ways, those unique assets are more important now than they were in 2001. Retail Properties of America, Inc., who purchased the bulk of The Gateway’s retail assets from The Boyer Company in 2007, remains committed to the future of shopping in the district. They also see a bright future as an entertainment destination, buoyed by a major influx of new residential development in surrounding blocks. “We continue to work towards the successful repositioning and remerchandising of The Gateway, and believe the center still has many features that Utah residents cannot find at any other shopping center, such as the Discovery Gateway, The Clark Planetarium and the Urban Arts Gallery,” stated Bryan Hill, General Manager at The Gateway. “We remain confident that The Gateway will be successful for years to come.” “We’re committed to our location at The Gateway, and support their efforts at revitalization through new retailers and entertainment options,” said Krista Albert, external relations director for Discovery Gateway who noted the children’s museum’s 40-year downtown history. “When we moved from the old Beck Street location and reopened at The Gateway in 2006, we had the benefit of foot traffic adding to our attendance. We are embarking on a three-year exhibit renovation and replacement plan that will create new experiences for both locals and visitors.”

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Bolstering its role as downtown’s western anchor and entertainment center, The Gateway has seen an influx of experiential offerings in recent months including Gameworks and the Mystery Escape Room. “It is a perfect fit for us,” said Les Pardew, who brought the Mystery Escape Rooms to the Gateway in November. “For one thing, everyone knows where we are located. We’re close to restaurants so our guests can make a night of it. We are literally surrounded by TRAX stops and the parking is incredibly easy.” Modeled after European concepts, the Mystery Escape Room include three theatrically-themed rooms with puzzles and riddles that have to be solved within a certain time frame to unlock the doors. Actors help lead the dozen or so guests in each room to help solve the game. Each of the three rooms is swapped out every four weeks, allowing guests to have new experiences every month. “One guest described it as being inside a movie,” Pardew said. “There is a competitive element. People come for birthday parties, team building or just to have a good time. It’s an experience that you can only have here at The Gateway.” spring / summer 2015

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Seth Jarvis, director of the Clark Planetarium, agrees.

Homeless Neighbors The Gateway’s enviable location just west of EnergySolutions Arena also puts the center adjacent to many homeless service providers. The neighborhood’s largest service provider, The Road Home, has seen a 47 percent increase in the number of people served over the past six years (6,660 in 2008 compared to 9,570 in 2014). Over the past few years, the jump of homeless families and individuals being served in decades-old facilities have left many asking if our community is doing enough to prevent homelessness, rapidly rehouse people who lose their homes, and provide safe emergency shelter and other services for vulnerable people. Community leaders recently formed two commissions to work in tandem to find the best way to address homelessness in our community. The Salt Lake County commission is being facilitated by Fraser Nelson, the county’s innovation officer, and will evaluate how our community provides services. The commission formed by Mayor Ralph Becker, and chaired by former Mayor Palmer DePaulis and Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller, is looking at the location needs and current facilities for homeless service providers. The commissions include business leaders, homeless providers, advocates along with current and former homeless individuals. Both commissions are expected to make recommendations for future solutions this fall.


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“There is a niche that The Gateway fills that other shopping centers just can’t match,” Jarvis said. As Clark Planetarium embarks on an ambitious overhaul of all of their exhibits, with an expected completion date of fall 2016, Utah’s premier space and science education center is doubling down on their location and the future of the neighborhood. “I’m very hopeful about the future of The Gateway,” Jarvis said. “The development of residential areas to the west will bring lots of young families who will see The Gateway as a place for unique offerings. It’s much more than just shopping. It’s a place that makes you glad for the experiences you get to share with family and friends.” Many see the transformation from a retail center that has specialty entertainment to an entertainment center that has specialty shopping as an already blooming trend. In late 2014, Gameworks opened in the former Skybox location. With 26,000 square feet of ticketed and arcade games, along with a high-tech interactive computer gaming lounge, Gameworks is a new anchor for The Gateway that speaks to a future defined by even more entertainment offerings. The Gateway has a symbiotic relationship with the Utah Jazz and EnergySolutions Arena, and many have suggested expanding entertainment at The Gateway to create a sports, entertainment and live music district similar to LA LIVE that surrounds the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The success of Jupiter Bowl at Kimball Junction and similar upscale bowling alleys, like Lucky Strike, could bring new crowds to the center. “Our vision for The Gateway is to further expand its mixed-use to include a variety of entertainment options that serve both families and visitors,” said Discovery Gateway’s Kirsta Albert. Cities excel at many things. Reinvention is a chief characteristic of any thriving and healthy city. Always changing, nimble and imaginative, downtown Salt Lake City has transformed from century to century and decade to decade. The Gateway is a prime example of re-use and re-invention within an adaptable city. As one of our community’s great treasures, The Gateway generates retail, office and residential momentum that continues to transform the western half of downtown. Since it opened, The Gateway has served as one of Utah’s most successful mixed-use developments and premier shopping destinations. This will continue. The Gateway is critical to Salt Lake City’s continued success and a fundamental part of our past, present and future. I

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Angela Brown, Craft Lake City; Jesse Schaefer, Twilight Concert Series; Karen Krieger, Salt Lake Arts Council; Mike Varanakis, SLC Greek Festival; John Saltas, Utah Beer Festival; Lisa Sewell, Utah Arts Festival.

This is the Place … to Party! Crafts. Music. Beer. Art. Baklava. There’s a downtown festival for that.


here is no such thing as the summertime blues in Salt Lake City. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, with a little cushion on either end, downtown offers a festival for every interest just about every weekend of the season. Here’s a sampling of some of the not-to-miss highlights and the people behind bringing the party to town all summer long.

Galleries open their doors after hours, typically from 6 to 9 p.m., and invite the public to wander from gallery to gallery. “It’s a fun way to celebrate visual arts in our community,” says Kristina Robb, who has been executive director of the stroll for 14 years and involved even longer. “It’s social, it’s not intimidating, there’s a lot of diversity. We’re really introducing the entire public to the arts community.”

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Though Gallery Stroll spans all of Salt Lake City, downtown offers “some great pillars” of art, Robb said. On the west side, you’ll find the Rio Grande Depot Gallery along with the Utah Arts Festival Gallery, Art Access and Urban Arts, all within walking distance. The Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, near City Creek, straddles west and east, where QUAC and Modern West, along with other galleries along 200 and 300 South.

Think of it as a monthly festival, for one night only, all year long. Since 1983, the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll (which broke off from another arts-focused organization in 2005) has had one major focus: to promote and foster a love of the visual arts across the city. 60

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excitement. “We don’t focus on any one art. We support all visual arts through this one event, which is also a big social event.”

another 100-plus performing arts groups, spans two city blocks and draws upwards of 90,000 people over the course of the long weekend.

About 40 artists participate and upwards of 5,000 people have taken to the streets of Salt Lake City to stroll or bike from gallery to gallery, mingle, learn and buy art. Says Robb, “The whole idea is to get folks exposed to private arts.”

Add to that nine stages for performances, culinary arts booths, workshops that span poetry writing to painting with watercolors and community partnerships geared at reaching new and broader audiences. “We want the common man to be able to take a workshop and learn something new, something they’ve never been able to do,” she says, noting the evolution of program offers has expanded significantly over the years.

UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL June 25-28, 2015uaf.org It takes a village … in the Utah Art Festival’s case, it takes a city. To pull together the venerable four-day festival surrounding Washington and Library squares, longtime Executive Director Lisa Sewell works alongside a team of 1,200 people, including some 900 volunteers. “The magic of it is the spontaneous bloom, and then, poof, it’s gone,” Sewell says of the event, which features some 170 artists and

In addition to the artist booths, where festival goers peruse and shop, the UAF team has “delved into deepening and widening” offerings to also include more performing arts as well as literary, film culinary, interactive and children’s programs.

Starry Nights THE 2015 TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES July 23: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Father John Misty July 30: Prhyme with Adrian Younge and special guest Bishop Nehru Aug. 6: The Kills with special guest Metz Aug. 13: The Word with special guest Lee Fields and the Expressions Aug. 20: Run the Jewels

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noting being downtown allows the fest to tap into the state’s most dynamic and diverse urban center. “Here, people engage. They love to be part of all these things, and I’m amazed at how much they get out. We’re very lucky.” TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES July 16 – Aug. 27, 2015 twilightconcertseries.com Summertime and the livin’ is easy. And, in Salt Lake City, that’s largely thanks the folks behind the Twilight Concert Series.

The Original Downtown Fest July 18-25, 2015 daysof47.com Consider it the godfather of Utah festivals. Days of ’47, commemorating the day Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers pulled into the Salt Lake Valley with their handcarts and oxen-pulled wagons, spans four months celebrating Utah’s premiere holiday. (And, if you’re a Utah newcomer, no, it’s not Pieand-Beer Day). The Days of ’47 are a whole lot more than just the venerable Pioneer Day parade, which turns 168 this year. The festivities kick off in April with a Royalty Pageant and run through July 24 featuring concerts, a bullwrangling rodeo, marathon, float preview and a five-mile trek from Donner Park to the first pioneer campsite in the valley.

For close to three decades, the Salt Lake City Arts Council has brought an impressive lineup of musicians from across the country and world—from soulful Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings to hip-hop masters Wu Tang Clan and just about everything in between—to Utah’s capital city. “We try to have a mix of as many genres as we can,” says Jesse Schaefer, performing arts programming manager and the man crafting the mix of artists that take the stage each season. The goal, he says, is to reach the broadest range of people as possible, starting with the younger audience wanting to be out and about on summer nights in downtown SLC. With anywhere from 8,000 to 22,000 people filing into Pioneer Park, the annual seven-show run is no small feat and is led by Karen Krieger, executive director of the Arts Council. Like the council’s other initiatives, Twilight is about bringing the arts to everyone in the community. “The values of us as an organization are

access and equity, and as a festival, those values are important,” she said, noting concert tickets cost $5 to assure just about anyone can afford to join in. “We like to see people seeing their favorite artists and having an exciting place to be on a Thursday night, [surrounded] by all types of people.” And being in the heart of downtown, where concert-goers can bike in and grab dinner or drinks before the show, create a dynamic urban core—key to bolstering the artistic endeavors. Krieger says. “We want people to feel like they are in a big city and doing big city things.” CRAFT LAKE CITY DIY FESTIVAL Aug. 7-8, 2015 craftlakecity.com Silver forks crafted into bangles, stitched baby bow ties, letterpress stationary, leather satchels, hand-thrown pottery, artfully arranged terrariums. That’s even before the handcrafted food and beers are thrown into the mix. “It’s Craft Lake City because it’s about more than crafts, but about crafting music, crafting food, crafting beer,” says SLUG Magazine Editor Angela H. Brown, who founded the festival in 2009, has quickly grown it into a two-day event featuring 230 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees at Gallivan Center in the heart of downtown. And, it’s purely local. Artists and vendors are required to be Utah residents, all with the goal of bolstering the local community and offering an opportunity to succeed with their crafts at home. “I really wanted to focus on celebrating our local arts culture,” says Brown,


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noting artists are selected by a jury to assure the best of the best are featured. “From a buyer’s point-of-view, it’s more meaningful to know you met the person that made that dishtowel in your kitchen or that mouse pad you use every day at work.” Technology, too, has started playing a bigger role at the festival, highlighting crafts made with the newest high-tech methods. Think 3D printing meets traditional crafting. And with backers like Google sponsoring the Google Fiber STEM building, the fest is clearly headed squarely into the future. UTAH BEER FESTIVAL Aug. 15, 2015 cityweekly.net A good variety of beer is the hallmark of a quality summertime party. Elevate that to 100 types of brews from 30 or so local, regional and international breweries, and you’ve got the biggest and best backyard bash, all in the heart of downtown.

“We’ve always celebrated downtown city life and music, and music and beer go hand in hand,” Saltas says of the festival, which has been held at the Gallivan Center and Washington Square in years past. “It’s good beer, good food, good people. That’s what makes a successful festival.” And, it’s good for the dogs. Ten percent of the festival proceeds went to the Humane Society of Utah last year, with 16 pets adopted out during the fest. Cheers to that. SALT LAKE CITY GREEK FESTIVAL Sept. 4-6, 2015 saltlakegreekfestival.com Opa! You’ll hear that a lot during the Salt Lake City Greek Festival as you dine and drink your way through the very best of Greek culture. Not quite dating back to ancient times, this festival is still one of the city’s oldest, beginning in 1935 from the basement of the Holy Trinity Cathedral downtown. “It started as a

mini bake sale,” says Mike Varanakis, who oversees marketing and PR efforts, and has worked as a festival volunteer for more than two decades. “Back then it was just called the bazaar, and over the years, it morphed into one big festival.” Now, over the course of three days in early September, the festival draws 50,000 people from across the state and region and showcases dancing, cooking demonstrations, church and museum tours and, of course, the food. (Baklava! Gyros!) Varanakis, who danced as a teenager at the festival 20 years ago, says to think of the fest as one giant living room, surrounded by a big, boisterous Greek family. “It’s a way for us to share our culture, kind of like we are inviting people into our homes for the weekend,” he says, noting the festival spans the better part of the block around the Cathedral. “Have dinner, enjoy our company and experience what it’s like to be Greek for a weekend.” I

“Salt Lake City is not lacking for quality beer,” says Salt Lake City Weekly publisher John Saltas, who started the Utah Beer Festival in 2010. “Most of the brewers in town have won prestigious awards, so why not share that and make it better known?” The late summer fest not only showcases lagers, stouts and ciders from the likes of Epic Brewing Co., Squatters Craft Beer and Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery, but local food, lawn games and live music (including karaoke, if you want to test out those pipes in front of 5,000 festival-goers). spring / summer 2015

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few years ago, the Days of ’47 Rodeo had fallen on hard times. Attendance was down and the organizers were looking for some way to re-energize it. They asked if I could help. I was born in Star Valley, Wyoming, and grew up in rural Davis County, so I’ve owned horses all my life. Our family has always loved rodeos, but I had never put one together. Anyway, I told them that I don’t know much about putting a rodeo together. And they said, “You own a horse, don’t you?” When I said, “Yes,” they said that will be good enough. One of the first things we did was to move the rodeo back downtown. We felt like it belonged in the heart of Utah’s capital city. When you’ve got a great facility like EnergySolutions Arena and a great family like the Millers who are willing to help support your event, you have to build on the synergy that comes with being downtown. And it’s great to be able to bring urban and rural together in a way that only the rodeo can. The smartest thing I did was to get Dan Shaw involved. I may not know much about rodeo, but I do know good people. Dan has a long history as a real estate developer, but his real love is rodeo. With that nucleus, we have built a strong base for the rodeo’s continued success. Attendance has grown every year since we came back downtown, and we have a vision for the future. This year, we are hosting the first ever Ribs and Rodeo cook off, and we’re bringing Country Music Star Kip Moore in for a concert on July 20. This will be a participatory event with activities on the plaza that families and young couples or singles can all enjoy. We’re building towards a rodeo that lasts for multiple weeks with concerts every night, attracting tens of thousands of people. And every year we’re getting closer to that goal. This is a NFR-styled rodeo, which means two hours of nonstop action and excitement. We’re also bringing barrel racers back and expect 400-500 cowboys and cowgirls competing for one of the largest purses in the U.S. Clearly the pioneers who came here in 1847 were Mormons, but there have been plenty of pioneers since then who


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weren’t Mormons. The Rodeo is really a celebration of our western heritage and culture, and a way of connecting back with our history. I’ve been involved in downtown for a long time. Roger Boyer and I built the One Utah Center together in 1991 and we partnered on The Gateway that opened in 2001. My office has always been downtown, and I’ve been involved as the chair of community organizations from Intermountain Healthcare and the Utah Symphony and Opera to the Salt Lake Chamber. I love downtown Salt Lake City. Hosting the rodeo downtown is really a labor of love for me. For more information on tickets and sponsorship to the Days of ’47 Rodeo, go to daysof47.com. I

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2015 DOWNTOWN the Magazine Spring/Summer  

2015 DOWNTOWN the Magazine Spring/Summer