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Navigator page 9 Move Getting Around 10 | Map of Downtown 1 1 | Discover Open Spaces 12 | Visit Temple Square 14 Dine Dine O’ Round 16 | See Hot Spots 18 | Drink Stirred and Shaken 22 | Do Seasonal Surprises 24

Street Art Mural Guide | page 26 Mid-Century Modern Buildings to Bar Carts | page 28 Techtopia Startups Flock Downtown | page 31 Ahead of the Curve Transportation Forecast | page 34 The Community’s Place Utah JAZZ’s Home Court Advantage | page 36 Urban Campus Students Living in Heart of SLC | page 40 At Home in City Creek Center Conversation with Linda Wardell | page 42 Down to Business 6 Women Changing Downtown | page 47 Face to Face Local Candidates Share Vision for City | page 52 The Legacy Three 3 Performing Art Groups Thrive | page 56 Ring Around the Rose 6 Performers Storm the Stage | page 60 Service with a Smile Behind the Scene | page 62 What’s on the Menu? Annual Restaurant Guide | page 64 Fixing Broken Windows Corner Stones with Interim Police Chief Mike Brown | page 72 ON THE COVER: Linda Wardell, City Creek Center General Manager. Photo by David Newkirk. Clothes and accessories courtesy of Nordstrom.



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started at the Downtown Alliance on Nov. 17, 2008. Walking on Main Street one gray, inversionsoaked day just after arriving, I thought, “What did I get myself into?” The economy had crashed, City Creek Center was a hole in the ground, 222 Main wasn’t built yet, and Main Street was mostly boarded up. You could suck up the air through a straw. It was a little depressing. Contrast that with our downtown this fall: the sense of momentum is palpable. Walking our city streets, you see a city that is full of life and full of people. Like most of the stuff JASON MATHIS we do at the Downtown Alliance, Executive Director, this publication is dedicated to Downtown Alliance some of the many things and personalities that make downtown great. Start with a host of tech companies relocating to the urban center. Add in Dine O’ Round and our downtown dining guide that explores some of the best that the urban center has to offer. Round it out with a


celebration of all things mid-century modern that adds to the layers of downtown’s historic texture. This issue also profiles some of the strong women who are helping to build and grow our city. Our cover story features a conversation with Linda Wardell, the general manager of City Creek Center. From female leaders in our real estate scene to Robin Hutcheson, the city’s nationally acclaimed transportation director, to leadingedge women bartenders who are setting the standard in downtown bars, the women of downtown are leading our urban center in every industry at every level. We also ask some of the folks running for office in November about their vision for the future of our downtown. And Interim Police Chief Mike Brown talks about how an old theory related to broken windows is helping to take back the streets of the Rio Grande neighborhood and the rest of our city. As far as we’ve come in the past few years, we still have miles to go. However, the momentum continues to build for creating the downtown of our dreams.






A Utah native with Eastern roots, Heather writes about food and culture in Utah and beyond. A lover of travel, critic of food and supporter of the good life, she reviews restaurants for The Salt Lake Tribune and and covers the finer things in life for She is the founder of Utah Ladies Who Lunch and proud Great Dane owner.

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; you can find him up on the Shoreline Trail.

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Downtown Rising Think back a few years ago. The country was in the midst of the Great Recession, and construction projects nationwide had come to a halt. While the nation was at a standstill, construction downtown at City Creek Center, 222 South Main, Harmons Grocery Store and more, never slowed. The prevailing “joke” became that the state bird should be changed to a crane. No, not that kind of crane­—a construction crane. And the momentum continues today with large scale projects, such as the Eccles Theater (pictured above) and 111 South Main. Many exciting small businesses have opened since the last magazine, continually adding to the vibrancy of downtown. The Acoustic Space (at the Gateway 124 S. 400 West) is a great addition to a burgeoning west side offering a unique event space for parties, vocal rehearsals and events. Exchange Place is home to Twist (32 Exchange Place), a vintage 19th century boiler room turned into a 21st century bar—and home to SLC’s most photographed patio. Twist is yet another great place to meet for great food, drinks and music. Turn the page and let us navigate you through YOUR city.

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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 Salt Lakers predominantly 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

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 along the sidewalk. Ride GREENbike downtown to make your bicycle trip even easier.

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 Courthouse, Library and Intermodal Hub? 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

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Open Spaces Great cities are defined by great spaces. The spaces between buildings act as a public living room or backyard for the people who live and work in the buildings that make up our skyline. Here are our three favorites: LIBRARY SQUARE You already knew Library and Washington Squares are wonderful places for civic events, but the east side of the City Library is a hidden gem for greenspace most of us forget. Home to the headline music acts stage during the Utah Art Festival, most urbanites won’t happen again upon this plush lawn until next July. A quiet respite, raised just above 400 South street level, offers one of the best skyline views of the city. Pack a brown bag lunch and you’ll likely have the place all to yourself.

GALLIVAN CENTER There is perhaps no better community space than Gallivan Center as an example for changing with the seasons. Summers feature Big Band Dance Nights, the Excellence in the Community concert series and Summer Jam, which brings the fresh beat of hip-hop downtown. Rock N’ Ribs and Monster Block Party are classic fall events that bridge the autumn months to winter before the Ice Rink and Lights On! celebration brighten the holiday season. If you are looking for consistency, Food Truck Thursdays is a year-round institution our appetite relies upon no matter the temperature.

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From the Saturday morning Downtown Farmers Market to Thursday evening’s Twilight Concert Series, Pioneer Park plays host to some of the city’s signature events. For a more casual experience, head to the Tuesday Harvest Market. This laid-back produce market appeals to downtown residents and commuters looking to buy from the two dozen vendors featuring fresh fruits and vegetables along with local meats, cheeses, eggs and baked goods. In addition to market goods, a beer garden, food truck row, yoga classes and bocce ball tournament bring back the original function for parks: play. The Harvest Market runs Tuesday evenings from 4 p.m. to dusk, through Oct. 20.


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ROCK ‘N’ RIBS FESTIVAL: Bring the whole family to the annual Rock ‘N’ Ribs Festival Saturday, Sept. 19, from 12-7 p.m. Enjoy $3 sample plates from some of the state’s best BBQ establishments and a “Piglet Pen” for the kids, while enjoying free entertainment on the stage all day. (Wet wipes not included!) MONSTER BLOCK PARTY: “Ghouls” and boys SCREAM for all the fun at the Monster Block Party, Oct. 24. This free Halloween Festival hosted by Salt Lake City and the Gallivan Center is not to be missed. Spooky performances, a massive pumpkin drop, free crafts and of course, tons of goodies for trick or treating. Your kids will leave happily exhausted, leaving you just happy. ICE RINK: Skating at the Gallivan Center Ice Rink is a sure favorite for all Utahns. The outdoor ambiance of winter chill, moonlit sky, and holiday lights makes for a memorable evening. Rink opens Friday, Nov. 13, and is perfect for family, friends, or romantic evenings in the city. LIGHTS ON! Make-A-Wish and the Gallivan Center combine forces to make a “Wish Kid’s” dream come true Nov. 27 (the day after Thanksgiving). Santa always makes an appearance for the little ones, and when the sun goes down, the Plaza lights turn on and the kickoff to the holiday season begins. For more events and details visit

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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 sixspired 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 longestrunning 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 Latterday 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.

VISITOR ACTIVITIES All venues are free and open to the public. For information, go online to:


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TEMPLE SQUARE in the heart of Salt Lake City Tours are available in more than 30 languages

Many venues to choose from, and all are free



Your tour group can:

to the glorious music of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, rehearsing and performing in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. They also perform in the 21,000-seat Conference Center. See for details. your roots in the FamilySearch Center, where helpful volunteers can assist in retrieving family history information from the world’s largest repository of genealogical records.


through two upscale visitors’ centers that include the Christus statue by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. Visit the interactive map of ancient Jerusalem (kids love it!) and much more.

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where the story of family life of yesteryear will unfold room by room in the Beehive House, the seat of government in early Utah.

For information on these and many other fascinating venues on Temple Square, go to, or call 800-453-3860.

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Dine O’ Round 50 restaurants offer specially-crafted lunch and dinner plans. September 11-27, 2015. If you like to eat out, Dine O’ Round is Christmas in September for foodies. More than 50 downtown restaurants offer diners two-item lunches for either $5 or $10, or threecourse dinners for $15 or $30. There are no coupons to clip or internet specials; all you have to do is ask any participating restaurant for the Dine O’ Round menu. In fact, most restaurants bring it along with the regular menu. Running from Sept. 11-27, Dine O’ Round encompasses three weekends, as well as the two full weeks in between. Options range from gourmet—think Copper Onion and Takashi—to casual options, as well as newly opened restaurants. Veterans use Dine O’ Round as a way to try out new restaurants, as well as the opportunity to revisit an old favorite. Newcomers this year include Blue Iguana, Bourbon House, BTG, Caffe 222, CYTYBYRD Cafe, Finca, Pleiku, Michelangelo’s, Twist and Vinto.

For many, a close favorite behind actually eating at restaurants, is memorializing the restaurant experience by taking photos of said meals. We’re on board with this! In fact, photos tagged #dineoround on instagram are entered to win our “Dinner For A Year” contest. Several restaurants offer the same Dine O’ Round meal each day while others, such as Squatters, offers up a new dish each day. The gameplan is simple: follow all the restaurants on social media to see daily Dine O’ Round specials, and visit several times a week and download the sample menus. Want to hit them all? We’ve done the math: it would require eating out more than twice a day during the 17-day run. Good luck!

DAILY SPECIALS Follow all restaurants on social media to see daily Dine O’ Round specials or download sample menus at:


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Hot Spots


Successful cities can always be sliced into micro-neighborhoods. Downtown Salt Lake City is really a collection of these hot spots that together combine to create a dynamic and diverse experience for locals and visitors alike. SALT PALACE CONVENTION CENTER (100 S)


The block west of Main is a “trip” for your palate. Caffe Molise (100 S. 55 W.) transports taste buds to Italy with an approachable menu including (you guessed it) pastas and grilled meats. The rest of Europe, and the world, really, is covered at neighboring BTG (100 S. 63 W.). An abbreviation for “By The Glass,” BTG brought a revolutionary wine-tapping system to Salt Lake, allowing them to offer high-end wines by the glass, whereas bottle selections are typically the only options for rare vintages. Flights by region or grape are available, and the educated staff is happy to help navigate the plethora of selections. The Far East’s signature dish, sushi, is more than food at Naked Fish (100 S. 67 W.): it’s an experience. Expert chefs slice and filet fresh fish to create imaginative dishes with seafood from around the world. Familiar rolls, salads and appetizers are available, but Naked Fish truly shines when opting for the “omakase.” Literally translating to “I trust you,” the chef creates a custom menu spanning several courses for diners seeking an unforgettable trip through flavors and textures.


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The western environs of downtown is home to a burgeoning community, anchored by a 10-acre urban park and featuring some of Salt Lake’s hippest dining options. Cutting edge restaurants Tin Angel (400 S. 365 W.) and Pallet (237 S. 400 W.) sit on the south and north borders of the park, respectively, and neighborhood stalwarts Cucina Toscana (282 S. 300 W.), Caputo’s (300 S. 314 W.) and Carlucci’s (300 S. 314 W.) are a continuation of the Italian influence found between 200 and 300 W (see below). Up and coming eateries, Bruges (300 S. 336 W.) and Ekamai (300 S. 336 W.) are joined by Rose Establishment (235 S. 400 W.), Aquarius Fish Market (300 S. 314 W.), Same Sushi (423 W. 300 s.) and Bingham Cyclery (300 S. 336 W.), providing a variety of options for a surge in housing options. The residents at the successful Broadway Park Lofts (300 S. 360 W.) will be joined by several hundred new downtown denizens next summer when Garbett Homes completes the 360 Apartments project on 400 W, continuing a steady rising interest in the Pioneer Park neighborhood.



In the mood for an indie flick? The Broadway Centre Cinemas (300 S. 111 E.), runs Sundance films, documentaries and a wide-range of independent work on their six screens. The neighboring Copper Onion (300 S. 111 E.) is consistently ranked as one of downtown’s top restaurants, perfect for a dinner and movie date. Ryan Lowder, the mastermind behind Copper Onion, created Copper Common (300 S. 111 E.) just a few doors down and always abuzz with activity. Inventive cocktails and gourmet takes on comfort and pub fare is a sure bet. From Scratch (62 W. Gallivan Ave.) creates handcrafted pizzas, starting literally from scratch with an in-house flour mill. They’ve also won awards for the best burger in the state. Alamexo (268 S. State St.) blends traditional Mexican options with a modern cuisine approach and boasts a wide selection of tequilas and margaritas to pair with a meal. fall / winter 2015

200 S NIGHTLIFE HUB Who says you can’t bar-hop in Utah? Clearly, they have not been to 200 S lately. Start off by grabbing a bite to eat at Este Pizza (200 S. 156 E.) or Cedars of Lebanon (200 S. 152 E.), both offering great food with adult beverages. If tacos are more your speed, Todd Gardiner’s Taqueria 27 (200 S. 149 E.) opened up shop across the street with one of the lengthiest tequila lists in the state. The adjacent three doors open into mixologists plying their craft at Bar X, Beer Bar’s (200 S. 155 E.) lengthy selection of taps or bottles imports, and the casual Johnny’s on Second (200 S. 165 E.). So, whether the night calls for classic cocktails, craft beers or a few pitchers and billiards, 200 S is the place to maximize options and minimize steps. DAVID NEWKIRK

LITTLE ITALY (300 S between 200 and 300 W) MAIN STREET Neighborhoods are typically built around a center point, but can also be linear, and Main Street anchored on the north by Martine Temple Square and City Creek, is a prime example. While just off Main Street, Martine (100 S. 22 E.) is adjacent to the forthcoming Eccles Theater (131 S. Main St.). In addition to being a standout lunch spot, the tapas and wine options are a classic date-night go-to choice. Recently renovated, Martine will be a standout hotspot with theatre-goers. Moving south, office buildings effortlessly mix with street-level retail, bars and restaurants. Best experienced by foot, a stroll on Main Street turns up new discoveries along the way. The next block south is home to Eva’s Bakery (155 S. Main St.), which serves meals to order, as well as pastries to go. Thirst can be quenched at Beerhive (128 S. Main St.), where a portion of the bar-top is made of frozen ice to keep brews cold. Michelangelo’s (132 S. Main St.) serves Italian fare and is also available at Beerhive. If you’re in the mood for sushi, Yellowtail (321 S. Main St.) has you covered, while Bistro 222 (222 S. Main St.) covers those craving creative newAmerican fare. Bambara (202 S. Main St.) is consistently rated a top downtown restaurant—don’t miss the bleu cheese chips—and around the corner on 200 S the Red Door (200 S. 57 E.) creates Salt Lake’s most interesting martinis. Keys on Main (242 S. Main St.) is a staple of the downtown scene, featuring talented performers on dueling pianos and an always enthusiastic crowd. Whiskey Street (323 S. Main St.) is popular with bourbon and rye aficionados, and offer a lunch and dinner menu that is more gourmet restaurant than bar fare, while Cheers to You (315 S. Main St.) is a popular neighborhood bar. Maxwell’s (357 S. Main St.) is a go-to for a slice of pizza with live sports on dozens of TVs.

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There is nothing little about the brick oven Settebello Pizza (260 S. 200 W.) brought to Salt Lake. Climbing hundreds of degrees higher than a typical home (or restaurant) oven, the thin-crust pies are an authentic slice (pun intended) of Italy. If you want to eat like you would if you were “in the boot,” opt for your pizza to be served uncut into slices and eat like you would as if in Rome: tearing the pliable dough into bite-size pieces yourself. If you’re craving more than pizza, Valter’s Osteria’s (300 S. 173 W.) menu allows a diner’s eyes to order larger than most stomachs can handle. House-made pastas, salads and entrees finished table side, grilled meats and hand-made desserts are a show in and of themselves. But, the real show is the eponymous Valter. A Brooklyn transplant, the tireless impressario dances his way through to restaurant to ensure everyone’s been satisfied. zest (275 S. 200 W.) a gluten-free and vegetarian provide seasonal options. Trust us, you won’t miss the gluten! Those in the mood for more casual fare will find pizza by the slice at Sicilia Pizza (300 S. 35 W.) and family-style meals at Buca di Beppo (300 S. 202 W.). Wash it all down with a nightcap at Squatters (300 S. 147 W.), who offer a range of European influenced brews.

TEMPLE SQUARE Whether it is flowers in the spring time or the holiday light installations, Temple Square is the literal and figurative center of Salt Lake. The iconic Salt Lake Temple is not only a religious symbol; it has been the iconic image in downtown skylines since it was constructed. Surrounding Temple Square are a host of Temple Square-themed restaurants, including the Nauvoo Cafe (15 S. Temple) and Lion House Pantry (63 S. Temple) along with attractions like the Beehive House (67 S. Temple), Family History Library (35 W. Temple), Joseph Smith Memorial Building (15 S. Temple) and the Church Office Building’s observation deck (50 N. Temple). downtown the magazine


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Stirred and Shaken Craft cocktails have taken Salt Lake by storm over the past few years and the proof is in the wealth of incredible mixologists working throughout the city. Meet three ladies who are pouring their heart and soul into their own signature beverages behind the bar at The Vault, Under Current and Bar X.

The Siren Egg white 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice 3/4 oz. simple syrup 1:1 1 oz. Absente absinthe 1 oz. Beehive Distilling gin Dry shaken to emulsify the egg white and give the cocktail body, then cold shaken and strained up. Garnished with a sage leaf.


Eldredge is one of the most recognized names in Salt Lake’s craft cocktail community. She’s implemented a new cocktail menu and trained staff on craft cocktail nuances at Bar X; redesigned the cocktail program for The Grand America hotel; and conducted extensive training programs for the staff at Takashi, Copper Common and Rye. She is also the president of the Utah chapter of the United States Bartending Guild. Eldredge has been spending her time recently educating customers about absinthe, so she shares her recipe for The Siren with absinthe and locally made Beehive Distilling gin—of which she loves the sage, rose petal and herbal notes.

Julie Owen THE VAULT AT BAMBARA, BARTENDER Owen has a knack for remembering regular customers’ favorite drinks. With 14 years experience in the food and beverage industry, she’s perfected her craft on the job at The Vault. “I love that the bar staff at Bambara has the freedom to create our own cocktail lists, order the wines, beers and spirits that we want to sell, and that we are fully empowered to take care of our guests and any problems we might come across,” Owen explains. With whiskey being her favorite spirit, “I’ve been a fan since my grandfather first let me sip on a taste of his Crown Royal,” Owen shares her recipe for the Dickel Dew. Dickel Dew 1.5 oz. George Dickel rye whiskey Muddle Bing cherries with whiskey Shake small amount of lemon juice and lemonade with a touch of simple syrup Pour over whiskey and cherries Add 1/2 oz. of red wine (preferably fruit-forward wine) over top Zest lemon over top leaving the twist in the drink 22

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Carly Bringhurst BAR X AND BEER BAR BARTENDER Although Bringhurst has been a bartender for just shy of three years, she’s already making her mark in the Salt Lake scene. You’ll find her Carlita on the cocktail menu at Bar X. Her excitement for the profession is contagious. “I just want to become really good at it and eventually teach others what it is that we do and how to do it really well.” Bringhurst’s current liquor of choice is mezcal; it’s the star of her Sweet Dee cocktail. “It’s sweet, creamy and kind of smoky from the mezcal,” Bringhurst explains. “I made it up as a good introductory drink to egg cocktails.”

The Sweet Dee 1 whole egg 1/2 oz. orange juice 1/2 oz. apple brandy 1/2 oz. simple syrup 1 1/2 oz. mezcal Chocolate bitters Add all ingredients and dry shake. Then add ice and cold shake. Strain into chilled coupe, then top with chocolate bitters.

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In addition to the one million-plus lights that twinkle around Temple Square, EnergySolutions Arena, Gallivan Center and City Creek, streets in the downtown area glow with more than 19 miles of light strands. Among the traditional holiday-style lights, you also will find the streets of Salt Lake City glowing with a more modern feel. Neon blue and hot white lights add to the urban ambiance, transporting drivers, commuters, passers-by and visitors to a big, modern city illuminated. The holiday spirit crosses over with the “Home of the Utes.” Check out Ute Alley on State Street, where you can get your “red” on with drum and feather lighting motifs in support of University of Utah Athletics. If walking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to soak up the festive spirit.

WHEELS GO ‘ROUND Hop on the Jingle Bus. Downtown holiday visitors have loved this new addition to Salt Lake seasonal fun. The holiday-themed ride takes a festive journey of the lights at The Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek, Gallivan Plaza and Capitol Theatre. The Jingle Bus is a free service and especially useful for shoppers trying to make their way from one holiday destination to the other. (5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week, Nov. 27 to Dec. 28).

LACE ’EM UP Be sure you and your loved ones lace up your ice skates for some slip-sliding on downtown’s only ice rink. The Gallivan Center’s ice rink is decorated in a vivid display of colorful holiday lighting, and also offers up snacks and concessions, and even hot cocoa. The rink is open noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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ALL DRESSED UP Macy’s Candy Windows are another a huge draw this time of year, boasting creative scenes that take talent and pinpoint execution to pull off. Local artists spend countless hours perfecting their holiday-themed display. These sugary works of art are too beautiful to eat.

ON POINTE And don’t forget to catch a holiday performance when you are visiting the downtown area lights and festivities. Ballet West’s Nutcracker is sure to get you feeling the spirit, and the Utah Symphony also has several holiday performances over the course of December. Visit for show times and tickets. fall / winter 2015


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Street Art


anging from entire building faces in plain view of busy intersections to hidden installations in off-the-beatenpath alleyways, the street art scene is thriving in Salt Lake. Champions such as the Utah Arts Alliance, business owners and entrepreneurs work with internationally renowned artists or unknown, and sometimes anonymous, local artists to celebrate diversity, history and more for the public to enjoy. Here are a dozen of our favorites. While some of these are permanent fixtures in the community, others are impermanent. We recommend checking each of them out several times a year to see if and what may have changed. Once they are gone, they are gone, though you can follow us on instagram with the hashtag #streetarttuesday for weekly blasts of color.


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Mural Guide 1. SLC Pepper (250 S 400 W) Arguably Salt Lake’s most famous street mural, is an adaptation of the iconic Sgt. Peppers Beatles album cover. Did you know the Salt Lake version was also done by the original artist, Jann Haworth? 2. Yardstick Building (52 E 300 S) 3. Walker Center (Alleyway behind 175 S Main St.) 4. Squatters Brew Pub Mural (147 W 300 S)


5. Gallenson’s Gun Shop Elk Mural (166 E 200 S) 6. Edison St (150 East between State St. and 200 E) 7. Heavy Metal Shop/Korner Deli & Market (63 E Exchange Pl.) 8. FICE Gallery (Alleyway between Este Pizza and FICE, 160 E 200 S)



9. Utah Arts Alliance on 100 S by freeway (663 W 100 S) 10. Books behind E-born Books (254 S Main St.) 11. “Ave Maria” aka the Madonna Mural (Alleyway between Este Pizza and FICE, 160 E 200 S) 12. Car Wash by 300 S and 300 E (307 E 300 S)



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Mid-Century Modern From buildings to bar carts, downtown’s mid-century scene is as distinct and funky as the ’50s themselves.


magine yourself in downtown Salt Lake City in the 1950s. The streets are filled with classic steel and chrome Chevys and Cadillacs, Doo Wop and Elvis rule the radio waves and the economy is booming in the post-Depression and World War II era. Fast forward 65 years and take a look at downtown today: fiber optic internet connects us with the world through the click of a button, electric cars

charge on the side of the road and the streets are filled with people glued to their smartphones. Our once casual city is now developing at a remarkable pace with skyscrapers, restaurants and art installations occupying the foreground to our beloved mountain backdrop. While downtown has changed significantly since the mid-century, there are still remnants of the fabulous ’50s hidden in plain sight.

KEN GARFF BUILDING (405 N Main Street) One of the most prominent examples of mid-century architecture in downtown is the Ken Garff Building, or as it was originally known, the First Security Bank Building. The construction of this building marked several important milestones for downtown Salt Lake. First, the design of the building with its large windows, flat planes and terraced roofs was the first building in SLC to veer away from the masonry style that most downtown buildings had featured. It was also downtown’s first pre-fabricated building. The First Security Bank Building was the first major construction project in downtown Salt Lake following the Great Depression, marking the beginning of a postwar economic boom. The building’s location was handpicked by the bank owners George and Mariner Eccles and designed by W.A. Sarmiento, a Peruvian-born architect who built dozens of mid-century banks around the United States. In the early 2000s, the building underwent a $12 million dollar face lift rather than face the threat of demolition, four times the amount it cost to build it originally. It was at that time the building was renamed The Ken Garff Building, after the local automotive dealership opened its headquarters there. While the building was modernized in the renovation, it retains its core mid-century attributes; its straight lines, marble lobby and focus on open space are a constant reminder of the era from whence it came. 28

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TOMORROW’S HOUSE (177 E Broadway) Attached to the Green Ant is Tomorrow’s House, the brainchild of Boise native and industrial designer Michael Templeman. No space is lost in this narrow store; tables, desks and chairs are dexterously stacked to the ceiling from front to back. The ties of Tomorrow’s House and Green Ant run deeper than just being neighbors; Ron Green has been a mentor to Templeman since he was young. “Ron actually sold me my first Eames chair when I was 14,” Michael said. Templeman, Green and owner of Urban Vintage, Josh Whitley, have plans to open a joined space cleverly named, A New Space, just a few doors down from where they currently reside on the corner of Broadway and 200 E. The new pop-up space will focus on high-end, mid-century furniture.

NOW & AGAIN (207 E Broadway) Tomorrow’s House

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Inspired by the rockabilly scene of the late 1950s, Michael Sanders, owner of Now & Again, has been in the mid-century game for more than 30 years or as he puts it, “before midcentury was called mid-century.” Nestled in on Broadway, Now & Again is one of the anchor mid-century furniture stores on 300 South. Sanders commented on the resurgence and popularity of mid-century furniture stating “What would have consigned for $50 a few years ago is now going for $500 to $600.” The downstairs of Now & Again, which used to house Mayberry Vintage Clothing (now next door) was recently transformed into a hot-rod scene of clothing and accessories to perfectly accent the furniture upstairs.

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One of the original mid-century vendors in SLC, The Green Ant offers furniture and art as colorful as its owner Ron Green. Green started selling mid-century in college as a way to make a few extra bucks while pursuing a career in film. Ron told me: “After my film job dried up, I took some time to reevaluate what I truly loved, and that love was midcentury furniture.” Green’s love of mid-century design doesn’t stop at his furniture. With developers lining up to get a piece of downtown’s bustling economic pie, Green is very involved in the conservation and preservation of historic mid-century architecture around the city. Whatever the future holds for downtown’s mid-century scene, The Green Ant will be here to sell timeless furniture.

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What started out as an MBA project has transformed into a major player in the mid-century scene downtown over the past two years, thanks to the hard work of Marcus Gibby. When you enter the doors of Mod a-Go-Go, you enter a different era. Not only is the store filled with rare and classic furniture sets, the building itself has a Frank Lloyd Wright feel to it with its floor to ceiling windows and open layout. Apart from being a bona fide furniture store, Mod a-Go-Go also focuses on featuring local artists to accent the surrounding furniture while giving them some well-deserved recognition. Gibby attributes the resurgence of interest in mid-century furniture not only to popular culture with shows like Mad Men, but also to the quality of the product. “A lot of new furniture just isn’t made with the care that it used to be,” Gibby says. “Mid-century furniture is practical, well made and streamlined to blend old with new.” Combine quality products, authenticity, some great local art and you’ve got Mod a-Go-Go.


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Located in front of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, this unnamed abstract fountain was created in 1965 by Angelo Caravaglia, a former art professor at the University of Utah. The fountain is now more sculpture than fountain as water no longer flows through it. But, it is an excellent example of mid-century art and design. downtown the magazine




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LEFT TO RIGHT: Leadership at Mastery Connect include: Trenton Goble, chief learning officer; Doug Weber, CTO and Cory Reid, CEO.

Techtopia Attracted by downtown’s energy and diversity, a wave of tech firms settle in Utah’s urban core.


hen software development company Mastery Connect grew from a few developers to a few dozen a couple of years ago, they knew it was time to find a bigger home. Mastery Connect is a Utah startup that develops technology for the classroom. Started in 2009, the company software shows real-time understanding of specific concepts, helping teachers personalize the learning experience for every student. Like most startups, Mastery Connect began with humble beginnings and humble office space. In 2011 they surveyed the local office market and the suburb’s siren call was hard to resist. The company picked up their operation from cheap Class C office space and headed south to a shiny new suburban location. But the move was not to last. fall / winter 2015

“When we got there we realized a few things,” said president and CEO Corey Reid. Although the company made significant investments in their new space, “You can make the inside of your office reflective of your corporate personality. It’s expensive, but you can do it.” In the end, it wasn’t enough. After a few months, the company started questioning their suburban choice. “In a suburban environment, you’re kind of isolated,” he said. Employees missed the vibrancy of downtown streets, the convenience of TRAX, GREENbike and the diversity of experiences and people that can only be found downtown. “We were very much in a suburban culture, and it was hard to walk any place other than 7-Eleven. You could get any kind of fast food you wanted at lunch, but there was nothing downtown the magazine


with any character,” Reid said. “Our move to the suburbs created a culture void for us. Ultimately it wasn’t aligned with the values of the workforce we need to be successful.” Eventually separation anxiety for the urban core and a set of concrete business calculations led Mastery Connect back downtown. A year after they invested in new office space, they left their new digs and came back to the city center, taking up an entire floor in the 222 Building on Main Street.

Workforce of the Future Salt Lake City has become a magnet for the creative class and continues to top national rankings of places that developers, designers and artists want to live. A vibrant arts scene coupled with relatively low cost-of-living and a business-friendly environment has made Utah’s capital city a draw for tech entrepreneurs. In the past few years, downtown has attracted companies like Domo, WorkDay, Disney Interactive, EA, InsideSales and Experticity, a high tech marketing company that takes up three floors in the Boston Building on Main Street. “Experticity is focused on driving innovation in all parts of our business,” said CEO Tom Stockhan. “A key part of achieving that DNA is a strong focus on a great company culture. Our downtown location plays a critical role in acquiring the right talent and giving our employees a workplace they enjoy.” InsideSales decided to open an urban location on Broadway just off Main Street

to capitalize on our capital city’s many amenities. The Utah startup makes sales teams more efficient and productive by helping them identify who to call, when to call or email, and what to say to make the sale. “Our office in downtown Salt Lake City brings us great benefits, including access to a high-quality talent pool (stretching all the way into Davis County), thanks to its central location and convenient mass transit,” said InsideSales president and founder Ken Krogue. “It also provides visiting customers and prospects easy access to our office because downtown SLC is so close to the airport.” Krogue says the downtown location has been helpful in achieving staffing and sales objectives for the growing company. “It has given us access to a large, growing, diverse talent pool,” he said. “Working in downtown SLC appeals to a wide range of employees because of its convenient location and big-city amenities.” Indeed, as savvy employers know, a company will only be as creative and entrepreneurial as its employees. Among the top concern for growing creative enterprises: attracting an innovative and diverse workforce. An urban location is increasingly recognized as a top selling point for young, educated workers who want a dynamic work experience in addition to a paycheck. Working downtown was important to Aria Irani who graduated from the University of Utah’s Business School with an operations management degree in 2014. “Coming out of college I had offers with other companies with offices outside of downtown,” Irani said. “It was exciting

to imagine the start to my career in the center of the city where everything is happening.” Irani chose WorkDay, an enterprise software company that expanded to downtown Salt Lake City in 2011. WorkDay delivers HCM and financial software through the cloud. Irani turned down offers from suburban employers because he wanted an urban experience. “I chose WorkDay over those other companies because I knew working downtown would open opportunities that I couldn’t find elsewhere,” he said. “WorkDay is all about great work culture. The company is headquartered in the Bay Area and that fun, tech culture can be felt in the Salt Lake City office. It’s a fantastic company,” he said. His job as an analyst at the cutting edge company keeps him busy, but he credits the company’s downtown location as a source of ongoing enthusiasm. “I get to come to an office in an exciting environment,” he said. “It keeps me passionate about what I do and motivated to do bigger things.”

Regional Draw: The Secret is Out With nearly a quarter of new hires coming from outside of the Beehive State, the intangible qualities that come with Mastery Connect being downtown become even more important. “Utah hasn’t always been on the top of people’s minds,” said Reid, “but the secret is out and we have a fantastic talent pool and a strong tech presence. Downtown is served by great public transportation. It

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“I get to come to an office in an exciting environment. It keeps me passionate about what I do and motivated to do bigger things.” —Aria Irani, analyst at WorkDay

isn’t crazy like San Francisco, but it offers everything you would want in a larger city. Once people dial it in here, they find it’s incredibly attractive.” Industries that have traditionally been the biggest downtown office users—like finance and legal services—have long cared about the prestige of a downtown office. For decades, having an urban address meant respect and credibility. As one prominent attorney and political figure recently said: all the grown up law firms are downtown. New values and priorities are driving much of the central business district’s growth as an employment center. The burgeoning creative class cares more about innovation and flexibility. Famous for its non-traditional work environments, the tech sector values the intangible perks of an urban environment including vitality and diversity. “We see downtown’s diversity as a huge selling point, especially for the tech sector,” said Jill Remington Love, Salt Lake City’s

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director of community and economic development. “You’re going to find an incredible array of political opinions, lifestyle choices, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs and ethnicities downtown—especially compared to other areas of the state,” she said. “That kind of diversity is increasingly important to the kind of companies we are attracting. It’s also important to the creative people they employ. These are the people who are building the products and services that will shape our economic future.” Lane Beattie, president of the Salt Lake Chamber, agrees. “Downtown isn’t just a collection of buildings, sidewalks and roads,” he said. “It’s a system of people all working together to create something bigger than the sum of its parts. That kind of synergy only happens when you have multiple industries and disciplines coming together. It is a dynamic that is unique to an urban center.”

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Ahead of the Curve Salt Lake City’s Transportation Director Robin Hutcheson is tasked with planning for ‘more of everything.’


uch has been made of the fact that Salt Lake City’s Transportation Director Robin Hutcheson is a woman. Examined through the lens of her profession, where almost everyone—from bus drivers and airplane mechanics to bicycle shop owners and civil engineers—is male, the position Hutcheson reached and her efforts to elevate her female colleagues (she founded the Utah Women’s Transportation Seminar chapter in 2007) do indeed make her gender newsworthy. However, she bristles at being labeled an advocate. “I think of myself more of a mentor than someone fighting for change,” she says. “I believe in a level playing field where anyone who does a good job can get ahead. My advocacy for women in transportation doesn’t define me.” 34

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What defines her—and what will likely be one of the distinguishing factors of her boss Mayor Ralph Becker’s political legacy—is how she’s leading a transformation in the way Salt Lake City residents get around. Since taking the helm of the city’s transportation division in January 2012, Hutcheson and her staff have enjoyed plenty of success. The team she works with is a symbiotic mix of industry veterans and enthusiastic new talent. Salt Lake City’s notoriously problematic electronic paid parking system was fixed at zero cost to taxpayers. Walking was “brought back into the conversation,” Hutcheson says, with the approval of and funding for the installation of 21 new pedestrian safety devices throughout the city, including 10 HAWK (High intensity fall / winter 2015

Activated crossWalK) Signals, five rapid flashing crosswalk beacons and three full traffic lights. And, of course, there’s the Hive Co-op Pass, a personal “labor of love” for Hutcheson that, thanks to subsidies from both Utah Transit Authority [UTA] and City Council, allows Salt Lake City residents unlimited access to city buses, TRAX, and the S-line streetcar for just $42 a month. These accomplishments, while significant, are just a taste of what Hutcheson and her staff are working on for the future. Here’s the forecast: Many of the projected 40,000 new residents and 20,000 new employees scheduled to arrive downtown by 2040 will spur residential and commercial development in what are now underdeveloped areas, allowing for shorter, more walkable and bikeable distances between destinations. Many suburban residents will continue to use their cars to travel into the city, but overall automobile usage will steadily decline, increasing demand for public transit to both get downtown and get around while here. To meet this increasing and evolving demand, transportation in Salt Lake City will, in a nutshell, be about “more of everything,” Hutcheson says. A few specifics include the Downtown Streetcar, a proposed line running west from the University of Utah to 100 or 200 South, 400 West and then jogging south to 900 South. Bus routes and frequency will increase, including more express routes. Salt Lake City’s famously wide streets will be repurposed to provide safer and friendlier pedestrian navigation. “No one’s advocating getting rid of the car,” Hutcheson says. “But our demographic is changing. The Millennials and active boomers converging here don’t want their cars to be their primary form of transportation.” Speaking of cars, for those who like to drive, take note: autonomous cars are coming sooner than you think. According to Hutcheson, driverless vehicles’ impact on public transit could look like this: riders would use their Smartphone to order a pick up through an Internet-based service similar to Uber or Lyft. But, rather than arriving with a driver, an automated vehicle, constantly circulating on a set path, would stop to pick up and drop off passengers on demand. Automation could, with the human factor removed, be safer fall / winter 2015

and potentially allow more cars on the road. “How automation will affect cities is still uncertain, but we know it will and we’re doing our best as an industry to prepare,” Hutcheson says. Another major way Hutcheson and her staff are preparing for the future is by crafting Salt Lake City’s first ever Transit Master Plan, scheduled for roll out in December. This plan is a citywide look at how buses and trains can be a better option for residents and visitors alike. It will guide decisions and investment both immediately and over the long term, identifying specific corridors for enhancement and restructuring. Plan collaborators include UTA, the University of Utah, the Salt Lake School District, and, perhaps most importantly, residents at large. Earlier this year transportation division staff hit the road in the Downtown Alliance’s Jingle Bus on a mobile tour of city events, including the Downtown Farmers Market, the Twilight Concert Series and the Urban Flea Market, gathering feedback from city residents about what they’d like public transit in Salt Lake City to look like. “We have never asked our residents what would make it easier for them to ride transit,” Hutchenson says. “What is proposed in this plan will be directly related to what residents told us works and what doesn’t.” Thanks to Brigham Young’s 132-feet-wide streets—wide enough so that a wagon team could turn around without “resorting to profanity”—downtown Salt Lake City’s streetscape offers an ample canvas for Hutcheson and her staff to re-think all transportation modes to better serve the people of Salt Lake City well into the future. She acknowledges that there will be some natural resistance to, and conflict between, the increased roadway users. “Change is hard,” Hutcheson says. She also believes that the variety of options on the horizon will make our city a more vibrant, more usable, and an overall better place to live. “I couldn’t be more proud of what our city has become, particularly over the past 10 years, and transportation has been a part of that. People want choices in the ways they travel. My job is to provide people with those choices, minimize conflict between users, and do the best we can to protect this amazing place we call home, which at the end of the day, draws people to live and stay here in the first place.” downtown the magazine



This is the Community’s Place For nearly 25 years the EnergySolutions Arena has anchored an integral city hub—and now, steps are being taken to ensure it continues serving the community.



hether you are a fan of country music, basketball, pop divas, big truck shows or family-friendly spectacles, downtown Salt Lake City has a gathering place. More than 1.8 million people annually find the best in sports and entertainment at EnergySolutions Arena, which began construction 25 years ago as the most high-tech, state-of-the-art arena in a five-state region. After a quarter of a century, the venue is showing a little gray hair, and owners of the arena—the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies—are taking steps to ensure its world-class status and their desire to continue serving the community.

caliber team and provide best-in-class guest experiences. We have had moments of brilliance occur in the arena, but there are more memories to be made here.”

“The bones of this building are really strong,” says Steve Starks, president of Miller Sports & Entertainment. “It’s timeless in a way because the arena has been so well taken care of through the years. However, it is also time to explore options on how to invest in a type of facility that could house a championship-

By the summer of 1990, Larry and Gail Miller knew that purchasing the NBA’s Utah Jazz wasn’t enough to keep the team in the state. At the time, they were playing in the now defunct Salt Palace arena, which seated just more than 12,000 spectators. From conversations with former NBA Commissioner

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As the home of the Utah Jazz, the downtown arena has been the professional sports heartbeat of the community. Its emergence along West Temple has anchored an integral city hub, spawning new businesses, restaurants, hotels and shopping, light-rail connectors, and its complementary facility to the convention center. Its rising a quarter of a century ago to a gathering place for first-class entertainment in Utah was an act of personal sheer will.

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David Stern, the Millers knew that they needed a 20,000-seat arena with luxury suites to keep their small market team afloat. In typical Miller fashion, Larry and Gail had a vision, one that no one believed could come to fruition, but with Larry’s relentless drive, they powered on. Larry and Gail rarely did things just for themselves; they usually had a broader vision in mind. They decided that they would go after an undeveloped, dilapidated block on what was then the far west side of downtown and work with the city’s redevelopment agency to bring a brand new, multi-use, 20,000-seat arena to Salt Lake City ahead of its time. They knew, that if they built it, Jazz fans, events, concerts and crowds would come. “Larry and Gail always believed in giving back to the community,” said Larry H. Miller Group of Companies CEO Clark Whitworth. “Putting together the financing for the arena was one of the hardest deals we ever did in our more than 20 years of working fall / winter 2015

together. We learned a lot. If not for Larry’s pure passion for the project, Gail’s unwavering support, and what the project could do for this community, I’m not sure we could have pulled it off.” By May 1990, the Millers had secured the approvals and funds to build the arena. Their desire was to have the doors open for the first game of the 1991-92 Jazz season. This left only 15 months to build the venue. Because of this, the facility was being designed as it was being built, in phases. At the time, they also owned the International Hockey League’s Salt Lake Golden Eagles. The Eagles game against the Peoria Rivermen on Oct. 16, 1991 was the first public event hosted in the brand-new arena. The first headliner concert to play the location was Oingo Boingo on Oct. 24, 1991. Mark Powell, vice president of events and general manager for the venue, recalls, “We opened the doors to the arena in October downtown the magazine


“The Jazz have an enduring relationship with the community and sincerely appreciate the loyalty, enthusiam and support of our fans.” —Randy Rigby, Jazz Team President

of 1991 to a sold-out Oingo Boingo concert. Since then, the facility has hosted nearly every major touring concert in the world, including U2, the Rolling Stones and Garth Brooks,” he said. “One of my favorite memories is from the 1997 NBA Playoffs. Tina Turner was on our stage while the Jazz were playing in Houston against the Rockets and John Stockton hit ‘the shot’ that sent us to the NBA Finals that season. The crowd roared and Ms. Turner could not figure out what was happening as the adulation was not in timing with her run of show.” In 1993, the Utah Jazz hosted the NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City. Team President Randy Rigby recalls a special moment that not only brought players together, but also families and the community. “I will always remember seeing the arena packed with not only NBA fans, but Jazz fans as well. At the end of the game, John and Karl (Malone) were holding up the co-MVP trophy with their small children in tow,” Rigby said. “This moment captured the spirit of Salt Lake and created an iconic memory for not only the Jazz basketball family, but for this community, which prides itself on being so family friendly as well.” During the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the venue was renamed the Salt Lake Ice Center for the Games. The surprise gold-medal figure skating performance of American Sarah Hughes and the double-medal breakout of Apolo Anton Ohno in short track speed skating are among the many signature sports moments at the arena. “Taking over the venue for 20-plus days in the middle of the NBA season was a remarkable feat. Without the generosity of Larry and Gail Miller, we would have not been able to make it happen,” recalls Lori Kun, the sport manager for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. “Many of the arena’s guest services staff, including greeters, ushers, and ticket takers volunteered their time for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Larry personally


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spoke at our volunteer training session and it was incredibly emotional and inspirational for us all.” Since the arena’s opening in 1991, 22 new facilities have been built around the league for NBA teams. Only six NBA arenas currently in use by the Golden State Warriors (1966), New York Knicks (1968), Milwaukee Bucks (1988), Sacramento Kings (1988), Detroit Pistons (1988) and Minnesota Timberwolves (1990) are older than the home of the Utah Jazz. Each of these franchises is in the process of building a new arena or implementing a significant renovation plan. In the last five years, about $25 million has been invested into EnergySolutions Arena. With an emphasis on enhancing the fan experience, upgrades include an improved public address system, enlarged concourse entries with retail and food offerings, digital direction and concessions signage, the addition of the Legends Club, two Fanzz stores and the expansion of the main team store, and numerous energy efficiency projects. The most significant improvement was a $15 million investment prior to the 2013-14 season for the installation of a new high-definition video display system and other building infrastructure. Appearing bigger than life, the center court video boards are seven times larger than their predecessor with twin, 42-foot-by24-foot screens that run the length of the court. The defining characteristic that brings the building its national renown is its sheer volume during Utah Jazz home games. Rigby notes, “The Jazz have a passionate and knowledgeable fan base that gives us a homecourt advantage. We have an enduring relationship with the community and sincerely appreciate the loyalty, enthusiasm and support of our fans.” For nearly 25 years, it has been a shared experience with the community. The presence of the downtown arena has contributed to the economic vitality of the region, improved the quality of life through world-class entertainment and rallied citizens through the fandom of sports. With its 7.6 million pounds of rebar and more than 80,000 square feet of glass, the arena still has a personality that brings bright eyes and big smiles to its visitors of all ages.

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Urban Campus A growing population of students are choosing to live in the heart of downtown. STORY BY JEREMY PUGH | PHOTOS BY DAVID NEWKIRK


mid all the business types bustling around Salt Lake’s urban center, a growing population of students are choosing to live in the heart of the city. When they are not studying hard, they are playing hard downtown and bringing a young, ambitious vibe to Utah’s urban center.

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Kris Bowser



Florence Hernandez moved to Salt Lake City sight unseen from Forth Worth, Texas, to pursue her computer science degree at Neumont University’s Main Street Campus. And although she most likely has no idea who Mary Tyler Moore is, the vivacious 19-year-old certainly had her “Mary Tyler Moment” twirling in the streets of her new city streets last fall.

Kris Bowser took the long way towards finishing her degree. After high school in Ogden, she started at Weber State University, but realized she just wasn’t ready or focused enough to pursue school seriously. And that’s how Kris Bowser approaches everything: seriously. So she got a job working for international hotel company Wyndham and saw the world, traveling constantly for work. After spending her 20s in a corporate life on the road, she hung it up and took a year off to play.

“It was so clean and it was colder than where I’m from,” she says. “It felt so invigorating, like a breath of fresh air. Everything was so bright and roomy, I loved the energy. I really felt like I was starting my life.” Hernandez, who was a standout student back home, always knew she was going to leave Texas and says she chose Neumont because of its tech emphasis and accelerated threeyear program. She loves her school and quickly got involved, becoming Neumont’s first ever female student body president and quickly made friends. “In my first week, I just knew everyone was like me; they didn’t know anybody either and I was just so excited and happy. I think my enthusiasm helped me make a lot of friends,” she says. “Back home, I was an outcast. My interests were so different, but here there are lots of people who like the same things I do.”


“I decided I wanted to travel for myself and try new things,” she says. “I needed that break.” Then she got serious and headed back to school with a decade of practical work experience under her belt. “The University of Utah is really good for non-traditional students,” she says. “They don’t expect me to join sorority or do a bunch of activities.” During her previous life, she had lived near Trolley Square but traveled so much that she never really got to know the city. When she opted to resume her studies, she deliberately chose to locate herself in the artsy Pierpont Area of downtown.

Hernandez lives near 300 South and 600 East and loves walking downtown to school every day, explaining that she “grew up in this suburban area where it took a 30-minute drive to get anywhere. I love using my legs.”

“I am such a city girl,” she says. “I love walkable neighborhoods and I love the buzz. I walk to the Farmers Market, to restaurants and like the sense of community here. I like knowing the restaurant owners and people at the businesses I frequent.”

When she’s not hard hitting the books, she’s exploring her new city. “There is always something to do, always a new place to discover, some little crevasse that becomes our new hangout spot. It continues to blow my mind.”

“Most of my friends live between downtown and Sugar House,” she says. “Everybody bikes to everything, and I just love that there is this awareness towards greener healthier lifestyles. I like that that’s the norm here.”

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James Goodman 25, UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY MAJOR: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT James Goodman loves Utah Valley University, but he says he wanted to live in downtown Salt Lake. “I grew up in Orem but moved downtown five years ago,” he says. “I just love it, and it’s worth it to me to drive or take the train so I can live here.” Goodman lives near the library and says it’s the perfect neighborhood for he and his husband, Jeffrey Gomez. “We just love walking over the Les Madeleines or stopping into Bar X. We can go to all the festivals and the Farmers Market, and the Gallery Strolls are always nearby,” he says. Christmas in SLC is an especially special time for James and Jeffrey, who celebrate their wedding anniversary walking amid downtown’s holiday lights. “It’s funny but when we bought our condo, we thought we didn’t want to live in Utah forever. But I feel completely differently now. I could spend years here.” Salt Lake’s open vibe suits Jeffrey and James just fine, and like many “new urbanists,” he says they chose to live an “experiencedbased” life.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Students James Goodman, Kris Bowser and Florence Hernandez all love living the urban experience.

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“We’re not paying for a big yard,” he says. “We’re paying for being able to walk around the corner to our favorite store. I don’t want to spend my time mowing a lawn or cleaning a big house. We want experiences.” downtown the magazine



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A Conversation with Linda Wardell

At Home in City Creek Center Utah’s premier entertainment center is a catalyst for gathering. STORY BY JASON MATHIS


t’s early downtown, and the sun is still rising behind the Wasatch Mountains. The 7 a.m. TRAX glides along Main Street and pulls into the City Creek Center station. Throngs of commuters pour through the open doors. They walk in, around and through this experiment in urban renewal that the International Council of Shopping Centers called an “outstanding example of visionary architectural achievement in sustainability and innovative design.” Bankers, line cooks, janitors, lawyers, servers and other downtown employees all converge on downtown hours before the shops open. City Creek Center is transformed into a hive of movement completely unrelated to a retail experience. Connecting and welcoming people from across the region is one of the primary reasons City Creek Center was built. And the Center’s utility is only fully realized when it is teeming with diverse crowds. Nothing makes Linda Wardell happier. The charismatic general manager came to Salt Lake City in 2010 to open City Creek Center for Taubman Corp., which owns and manages the retail component of the project. After opening centers across the United States, she has found a home in Utah and at City Creek.

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“The part of my job that I love the most is interacting with the shoppers, neighbors and tourists that fill the center every day,” she said. “I spend a couple of hours every day in the center and my favorite thing to do is stand at Richards Court and see so many different kinds of people all having a fantastic time. I’m especially thrilled when people bring their friends and family from out-of-town. It’s such a compliment that this is one of the places they choose to share as part of our capital city.”

Form and Function Collide “Ten years ago, our partners at CCRI envisioned the development of these two blocks as a way to enliven the entire city center,” Wardell said. “City Creek is a model for urban architecture, not only in the design and construction, but in its purpose and operation.” Much has been written about the bells and whistles of the center, from the retractable roof to the rainbow trout that swim the center’s namesake feature. Less focus has been paid to the intentions of the developers and operators of the site. The aspirations for City Creek Center are more than just a nice shopping mall. The goal was to transform the entire downtown core. downtown the magazine


Influenced by city planners and national urban design best practices, City Creek Center has 16 access points to surrounding streets, significantly more than traditional malls. The center is dissected by walking paths that are open 24 hours per day. It is one of the most porous, privately-owned blocks in the Central Business District. One evidence of the center’s integration into the rest of the city center: only 40 percent of City Creek’s shoppers use the center’s garage which means that 60 percent of the center’s customers arrive in some other way—through public transit, walking, biking or coming from another downtown destination.

A Good Neighbor Wardell is a committed and engaged neighbor—not just for surrounding downtown storefronts and cultural amenities, but also for the larger municipal community.

“City Creek is a gathering place for people from neighborhoods around the community,” Wardell said. “If you draw a circle 10 miles around the center, it would include Glendale, Rose Park, North Salt Lake, Centerville and Bountiful, the Avenues, Central City, Yalecrest, Liberty Park, Sugarhouse, 9th and 9th, South Salt Lake and of course, downtown. These are our shoppers and you see an incredibly diverse group of our neighbors here every day.”

supported diverse groups, including the Utah AIDS Foundation, EVE, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Junior League, The Road Home, Volunteers of America, Ballet West, United Way, Utah Symphony and Opera, Human Rights Campaign, Equality Utah and the Downtown Alliance.

“People get a sense of ownership about their downtown here,” Wardell said, “When people come to City Creek Center they are usually also incorporating another event like the Farmers Market, a Utah Jazz game or Utah Symphony performance. Sometimes they are just eating in a restaurant like Martine, Eva’s Bakery or Caffé Molise before or after visiting us. We understand that we are part of a larger downtown experience that is more than just shopping.”

The retail world continues to change, and shopping and entertainment centers must evolve to stay relevant. City Creek epitomizes this kind of successful evolution. Increased competition from Internet shopping sites and suburban malls means that successful retail centers must offer more than just the right stores and products. They have to create an experience and appeal to shoppers’ emotional and social well being, too.

As part of a commitment to community stewardship, City Creek Center has

“City Creek Center is about creating an experience that people can’t get through the Internet or in a traditional mall setting,” Wardell explained. “Shoppers are looking for something different today than they were in the past. They want their favorite stores, but they also want to have an authentic and distinct experience that is beautiful and social.”

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Quantitative research recently released by the Downtown Alliance shows that City Creek is a regional destination, attracting a wide swath of age groups, income levels and a broad cross section of Utah shoppers from along the Wasatch Front. This is in stark contrast to many suburban shopping centers that draw from a smaller geographic footprint and appeal to specific age groups. City Creek Center draws from a wide cross section of income and demographic groups. “This is the urban center for a 250-mile radius,” Wardell said. “We draw on shoppers from Idaho and Wyoming,and we benefit enormously from being across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center.” About 40 percent of the money spent at City Creek comes from outside Utah’s borders and includes shoppers who are skiers, national parks visitors and convention delegates. “We really benefit from being in the heart of fall / winter 2015


the convention district and look forward to the completion of the convention headquarters hotel, recognizing the huge economic benefits that it will bring to the entire state.”

The Great Glass Ceiling City Creek Center is known for a giant glass retractable roof, but the center has helped to shatter another kind of glass ceiling in Utah. Wardell is a prominent female leader of a major Utah institution and the region’s flagship entertainment and retail center. “When I came to Utah, I understood I might be watched and observed by many people and I needed to consider my actions, words and deeds because whether I wanted to be a role model or not, I would be—for my peer group, women in other organizations, and people who would come after me.” Along with former Democratic state senator Pat Jones, Wardell has helped to champion the creation of the Women’s Leadership Institute. The mission is to fall / winter 2015

elevate the stature of women’s leadership in Utah. Wardell notes a significant increase in attention and resources that Utah leaders are expending to help support more females in leadership roles. “I’m seeing that dynamic change now, and I think that’s a really positive thing,” she said. “I think helping to support change is a responsibility I have, and I try to set a good example. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I can make sure I am the most prepared person in the room.”

At Home in the Beehive State Few of Wardell’s colleagues at Taubman believed she would stay in Utah once City Creek Center was open. However, she has found a home in Salt Lake City and is committed to spending the rest of her life here. “When I came to Utah, I told everyone I was looking forward to the Utah lifestyle,” she said. “All my friends thought I was crazy. I told them I would have a great experience—people would

be friendly and welcoming, similar to the South, and it has exceeded my expectations.” The Georgia native said Salt Lake City was a huge shift from Southern New Jersey where she was the General Manager of the Pier Shops at Caesars, a shopping mall on Atlantic City’s boardwalk. “People here are the nicest people that I have encountered in the many places that I have lived,” she said. “I have been embraced, accepted and warmly welcomed, especially in the downtown business community.” Wardell credits Utah’s lifestyle, geography and sense of community for her decision to stay. She recently relocated her parents to Utah from Georgia to keep her family close. “When people have lived here their entire lives, they don’t fully appreciate what we have here,” she said. “When you move to a place like this that is beautiful, clean and safe and the people are wonderful, I would be crazy to want to leave this place.” downtown the magazine


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Down to Business Six female commercial real estate agents are changing the ‘soul’ of downtown.


here are many ways to think about building a city.

One involves brick and mortar buildings. With the success of Downtown Rising, Salt Lake City has reinvented itself in a dramatic transformation over the past decade. Construction cranes crowd the sky as office buildings, retail spaces, condo complexes and cultural amenities rise up to meet increased demand. These new public and private investments have reinvigorated the economy, reinforcing Salt Lake City’s entrepreneurial spirit and infusing downtown with new capital, optimism and sense of possibility. fall / winter 2015

A more profound approach is to look towards the people and businesses who make up the fabric of a city. The soul of any city is made up of the people who love it and are committed to their city’s future. To that end, the commercial real estate industry has played a significant role in bringing dynamic business into the urban center and fostering a downtown that we are proud of today. The commercial real estate business in Salt Lake City is a competitive, traditionally male dominated industry. However, downtown the magazine


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Jami Marsh JONES LANG LASALLE VICE PRESIDENT Jami Marsh provides tenant representation, landlord agency, investment analysis, cost reduction expertise and strategic planning services in the office sector for JLL. Jami is currently hailed as an emerging leader in the Salt Lake market and is focused on cultivating the business relationships she’s developed over the past decade.

Lindsay Vieta INTERNET PROPERTIES AGENT, COMMERCIAL Lindsay Vieta is a commercial agent with Internet Properties, a full-service real estate firm offering retail, office, industrial and development services. Lindsay brings a relentless attention to detail, background in architecture and design, and commitment to providing each client with personal service and care that is above and beyond the ordinary.

six of downtown’s top commercial real estate professionals, representing significant space in downtown are female. Each of them are quick to point out that gender has little to do with their success. “I do not see myself as a female in a male dominated workforce,” says Dana Baird, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce. “I see myself as a person who has different traits and I think it’s important to set gender aside from business.” These women, while competitors, also share common goals in impacting downtown’s rapidly transforming economy. Terese Walton with Gaddis Investments says “there’s two common 48

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goals among the six of us—making money and having a lasting positive impact on downtown.” This competition also breeds creativity, according to Lindsay Vieta of InterNet Properties. “Although we are competitors, we all are improving our city. When one of us succeeds, it creates new opportunities for the others,” she says. Another shared commonality between competing commercial real estate companies is the ability to leverage downtown’s assets when making deals. The proximity of natural beauty and recreation, complemented by vibrant work and social environments and robust transportation infrastructure, fall / winter 2015

Nadia Letey CBRE SENIOR ASSOCIATE, OFFICE DIVISION Nadia Letey is a senior associate with the office services division of CBRE. Nadia seeks to understand the needs of her prospective tenants and then presents them with the right opportunities. Her sales and marketing background helps her not only understand what clients want, but provide input on how to improve the marketability of their properties.

Terese Walton GADDIS INVESTMENTS MANAGING DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL BROKER Terese Walton is the Managing Director and Principal Broker of Gaddis Investments—a company specializing in commercial real estate development, investment sales and leasing. Whether negotiating with tenant and property owners, communicating with governing entities affecting new development or assessing properties for investors looking for sustainable investments, Terese brings a superior level of confidence to her clients.

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makes downtown Salt Lake City the ideal place to bring prospective tenants. According to Nadia Letey of CBRE, “Mass transit options and connectivity are huge” for clients and their employees. New downtown tenants, who have relocated either regionally or from out of state, recognize the importance of affordable, convenient transportation in attracting a strong workforce. Cultural amenities are also an important part of the equation to tell clients. “There is just so much going on downtown. Whether it’s events and festivals or new developments like the Eccles Theater, we have a great story to tell to prospective fall / winter 2015

tenants,” says Jami Marsh, Vice President of Jones Lang Lasalle LLP. As we look towards the coming decades in a dynamic urban landscape, change has already begun. Whether it is relocating international firms to Salt Lake to continually filling new office space with a young and educated workforce, downtown’s family continues to grow. The physical and cultural changes have resulted from the vision and leadership these six professionals have spearheaded. When I think of what, or who is the face of building our city, these six are part of the answer.

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Face to Face Local candidates share their vision for the future of Salt Lake City. MAYOR

Ralph Becker

Jackie Biskupski

Salt Lake City is prospering. You can sense it on the streets of downtown, where we are experiencing record levels of retail sales, residential development is in full swing, and transformational cultural facilities are rising out of the ground.

I believe that downtown Salt Lake City should have a pulse and a soul that draws people from all over the city, state and around the world. My vision is for a downtown that reflects our city’s diverse population and the many languages spoken here.

Eight years ago, our downtown was very different. Main Street was boarded up and we were competing with other cities along the Wasatch Front for major community assets. Today, we’re the home of Goldman Sachs, EA games,, Disney, and Reddit. We lifted restrictions on restaurants and bars, which contributed to the opening of 14 new establishments last year alone. Our downtown is safer for pedestrians, has more parking than ever, and is thriving as a shopping and entertainment destination. Salt Lake has become the gathering place that many of us have been working towards for decades—we are experiencing a renaissance.

We are anticipating significant growth in the next 20-30 years, and we must act now to adequately manage the increase in population, traffic and businesses.

But there are challenges still. Our City needs experienced leadership to convene the community and address the economic, environmental and fairness issues that will make us a great American city. We are working to ensure that we offer the amenities and resources needed to attract and retain families and millennials alike. We are collaborating with stakeholders to address the issues surrounding homelessness, and our 5,000 Doors Initiative is bringing affordable housing to downtown. There is so much happening, so much more to do, and I welcome your input. Thank you to all who have and are continuing to make our downtown the place to live, work and play. 52


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As the Mayor of Salt Lake City, I am dedicated to listening to our community and immediately getting to work on key issues facing Salt Lake City, such as: •

Building coalitions along the Wasatch Front to develop sustainable solutions that will improve our air quality.

Creating a strategic plan to separate out the criminals from the homeless to end the drug trafficking in the downtown area.

Working with all levels of government to assess the needs of our homeless, build housing and provide the services needed to get them back on their feet.

Focusing on economic development in our city so we can generate the revenue we need to keep up with the expense of running our city.

With public input, develop a well thought out transit master plan for our city to include rail, bus service and bike lanes.

As mayor, I will be a strong, collaborative leader who will create a long-term strategic vision for the capital city. fall / winter 2015


Derek Kitchen


My vision for Salt Lake City is a common vision shared by many residents: a city with opportunities for everyone— artists, small business people, teachers, construction workers, professionals, and more—to make a home, raise a family, and lead a healthy and productive life. This vision demands a city that is safe, clean, affordable and welcoming to people from all backgrounds. My vision is a Salt Lake City that blossoms into the truly vibrant and exciting place we know it can become: a city full of diverse and livable neighborhoods, characterized by a dynamic economy and a commitment to unique local businesses. In order to reach this vision, Salt Lake City must draw strength from diversity by opening itself up to new residents and becoming more welcoming to entrepreneurs. My vision is an interconnected Salt Lake City where every resident can easily get from home, to work, to the grocery store, whether they choose to drive, bike, or walk. This will only happen if we prioritize accessible public transit that takes an “all of the above” approach to buses, light rail, bikes, and walkable city streets. As a council member, I will make sure that our city government encourages this vision. I will do my part to create an accountable and transparent city government that promotes entrepreneurship, prioritizes convenient public transit, and invests in critical infrastructure. I will be your voice at the table so we can turn this vision of our city into a reality.

Nate Salazar When I was eight years old, my father took me down to the City & County Building to see Lee Martinez sworn in as the city’s first and only Latino member of the Salt Lake City Council. Watching Lee make history, with my father at my side, I began to understand the importance of public service. Through my work with the East Central Community Council, and as vice-president of the Salt Lake City Library Board of Directors, I’ve seen first hand the types of policy that work best at the city, and unfortunately the policies that don’t work at all. From my advocacy for residents on the east side of District 4, to my work with marginalized families as a community school director with United Way, I have those unique community connections which I believe are crucial to smart public policy. We live in a beautiful city on the rise, but I worry about the rents rising along with it. I believe in a city where we can afford to raise our children, and one where our seniors aren’t edged out into the suburbs. I’m running on a platform of smart growth, healthy infrastructure and inclusive transit development. I’m running to support economic development, while building a city our children can enjoy. I’m running on my proven experience and my community connection. I hope you’ll consider supporting me, and I look forward to continue meeting the neighbors. Say hi when you see me, and let’s talk about Salt Lake City.

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The Legacy Three Why the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and Ballet West have thrived in the best, and worst, of times.


hough Friedrich Nietzsche’s timeless quote, “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger,” has been used countless times to describe struggles both large and small by personalities ranging from G. Gordon Liddy to Kanye West, there is likely no more apropos words to personify Salt Lake City’s beloved pillar performing arts organizations: Ballet West and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. While dwindling public and private support during the Great Recession forced opera houses, ballets and symphonies across the country—many larger than their Utah counterparts—to close their doors permanently, Ballet West and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera endured. Utah’s resilient economy and faithful local audiences helped the Legacy Three survive the country’s worst financial time since the Great Depression. But ask representatives from each how their respective organization managed to come out on the other side of those challenging 56

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times stronger and more popular than ever, and you’ll get the same answer: an unwavering commitment to artistry.

Utah Opera The pursuit of excellence by Salt Lake City’s youngest cultural anchor—the Utah Opera (founded in 1978 by native Utahn Glade Peterson)—is based in the presentation of carefully curated seasons juxtaposing classic operas with more contemporary works. “I’m known for taking artistic risks, but there’s a fine balance when presenting new pieces,” says Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth. “On the micro level, we include something recognizable within every season to help develop new audiences. On the macro level, world premieres or newer works are presented more strategically over the course of five or more seasons.” fall / winter 2015

COURTESY IMAGES. LEFT TO RIGHT: Utah Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” Ballet West and Utah Symphony.

Reflecting what McBeth points out as a current industry trend toward grand-scale productions, the Utah Opera’s 2015-16 season line up—Tosca, The Merry Widow, Aida and The Marriage of Figaro—falls squarely in the greatest hits category. “The complete season is ideal for both new and veteran opera goers, but if I had to recommend two I’d have to say Tosca, a famous, very realistic opera, written in a very cinematic way, set to music that’s better than any film score. It’s an ideal choice for those new to opera,” he says. “And Aida, a very grand, over-the-top opera with big colorful sets with lots of people on stage and a storyline that includes plenty of shock and awe, will dazzle even the most experienced opera aficionado.” Other ways the Utah Opera is maintaining its artistic relevancy is by seeking out the next generation of singing actors. “To keep the art form alive, we need to showcase new talent,” McBeth says. To this end McBeth spends the off-season taking in operatic performances and festivals across the country and abroad looking for fresh talent, often casting singers right out of conservatory. But that doesn’t mean he eschews the established veterans. “We’ve found that the casts audiences enjoy the most are those made up of both established and emerging actors,” he says. By combining old and new, both in terms of the operas selected for production and the actors cast to bring those stories alive, the Utah Opera treats audiences to a rare sense of discovery. “Our audiences know that every time they come to the theater they will not only get to see a high quality production, but they will also—even if they are seeing an opera for the hundredth time—get to experience something new,” he says.

past several years, a series of events—some intentional others serendipitous—have heralded in an unprecedented era at the Intermountain West’s preeminent dance company, high times that even Christensen probably never dared to dream of. Foremost in Ballet West’s recent emergence is Artistic Director Adam Sklute, a 23-year veteran of the Joffrey Ballet, appointed to his current post in 2007. Under Sklute’s direction Ballet West has presented more than 55 world premieres, revived lost elements of Christensen’s beloved The Nutcracker, and introduced the wildly popular annual Innovations program. The company has also pursued a very active touring schedule, including two acclaimed runs of The Nutcracker at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2012 and 2014 and a March 2015 residency at New York City’s Joyce Theater where the company performed the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s Games. Likely as a result of Sklute’s diligence in elevating Ballet West’s national profile, in 2012 the company was featured on The CW’s reality television series, Breaking Pointe. The show, running for two seasons, made celebrities of its principal dancers and brought unparalleled brand awareness to the company, particularly in the social media realm.

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And then in December 2014, Ballet West opened the longawaited, 55,000-square-foot, $22 million Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, an achievement Executive Director Scott Altman called “a watershed moment” for the 52-year-old ballet company. “Ballet West’s artistry has always been world class. Now that the Centre is complete, we can build on all the remarkable work that came before with the talent assembled in our development in marketing teams and really take advantage of this new invigorated moment in time for Ballet West,” Altman says.

Similar to its operatic counterpart, Utah’s second-oldest Legacy Three performing arts organization, Ballet West, was built on an artistic foundation spanning both classic and new works. Hinged on founder Willam Christensen’s interpretation of American classical ballet, the company became a beloved fixture from its founding in 1963, particularly for Christensen’s renowned The Nutcracker, which remains a pillar of the company’s repertoire to this day. But, over the

The proof is in the numbers. Tickets sales for Ballet West’s 2014-15 season were up 16 percent overall and revenue at the Ballet West Academy, one of the most renowned dance education institutions in the country with eight studios at three locations (downtown at the new Ballet Centre, at Trolley Square and at Thanksgiving Point), was up 70 percent. Perhaps the year’s most significant fiscal achievement, however, was the elimination of the company’s 33-year operational debt.

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“Our audiences know that every time they come to the theater, they will not only get to see a high quality production, but they will also—even if they are seeing an opera for the hundredth time—get to experience something new.” —Christopher McBeth, Utah Opera Artistic Director

Utah Symphony Ballet West’s plans to maintain this extraordinary momentum in the 2015-16 season with an array of classic favorites, modern masterpieces and contemporary works. Iconic Classics opens the season in November with a diverse triple bill including Fancy Free, On An Overgrown Path and Symphony in C. In December, the company presents the 60th anniversary of The Nutcracker. Romeo & Juliet makes its Utah debut in February. Opening in April is The Nijinsky Revolution, three modern retellings of the legendary-dancer Vaslav Nijinsky’s groundbreaking choreography. The season rounds out in April with the return of Innovations, a showcase of cutting-edge and up-andcoming choreographers. “Our 2015-16 season shows off the breadth and scope of our repertoire and the astonishing versatility of our dancers,” Sklute says. “Our dancers are great athletes, artists and storytellers, and our productions are of the highest caliber. Few companies in the world can master a repertoire that is so rich and varied. It is a groundbreaking season with something for everyone, and I am so excited to present it to our audiences.”

Presenting something for everyone is exactly how Utah’s patriarch arts organization, the Utah Symphony, built a worldwide reputation for uncompromising artistry. Maurice Abravanel, symphony music director from 1947 to 1979, nurtured the fledgling orchestra (formed in 1940) into a leading American ensemble, leading the symphony on four international tours, releasing more than 100 recordings and developing an extensive music education program. Today, the Utah Symphony presents more than 70 performances each season at Abravanel Hall and participates in the Utah Opera’s four annual productions at the Capitol Theatre (The symphony and opera merged operations in 2002,) in addition to numerous community concerts throughout Utah and the annual outdoor summer series in Park City, the Deer Valley Music Festival. Most would agree, however, that in the last several years the Utah Symphony has gone through a renaissance infused with a new dynamism. The catalyst for this new found energy can be largely attributed to Thierry Fischer, the symphony’s rock star-persona music director. “Thierry has provided incredible leadership and has very intentionally built up the skill

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level within the orchestra,” says Patricia Richards, Utah Symphony interim president and CEO. “Many people have commented that the symphony sounds different than it did years ago.” In the six years he’s helmed the Utah Symphony, Fischer has added a cadre of young, rising-star musicians to the orchestra; nationally recognized talent including associate concertmaster and violinist Kathryn Eberle and associate conductor and pianist Rei Hotoda—the first woman to hold this post. The 2015-16 season represents the Utah Symphony’s 75th year and the schedule created by Fischer and his staff is truly worthy of this diamond milestone. Highlights include a twoweek Beethoven Festival and cycle of the composer’s complete symphonies; performances of Mahler’s Symphonies 5 through 9 to conclude the Orchestra’s two-year complete symphony cycle of the composer in honor of Abravanel; orchestral world premieres to be recorded for future release; collaborations with Utah Opera, Ballet West, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and The Madeleine Choir School; a 75th anniversary gala concert featuring pianist virtuoso Lang Lang; and the Utah Symphony’s triumphant return to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. “The 2015-16 season represents many attractive and inspiring programming challenges, and a culmination of our vision to collaborate and connect to people through live music,” Fischer says. Salt Lake City is a thriving, cosmopolitan destination due in no small part to the world-class cultural moorings provided by Ballet West and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. Shaped by Utah’s pioneering past, the Legacy Three shepherded Salt Lake City into the exciting present with aplomb and have proven their resiliency and artistic foresight to chart Utah’s course for what’s sure to be an artistically vibrant and rich future. fall / winter 2015

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4–5 Saint-Saëns’ “Egyptian” Piano Concerto 19 The Probably Untrue Story of Mary

with the Utah Symphony 19 Here Comes Santa Claus!

(who) Had a Little Lamb 25–26 Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

22–23 Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

25 Sci-Fi Spectacular! with Marina Sirtis

January 2016

October 2015

2 New Year’s Celebration

8–9 Holst’s The Planets 15–16 Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet

8–9 Fischer conducts Mozart & Mahler

1 75th Anniversary Gala Concert

14 Respighi, Grieg, Schreker & Korngold

with Lang Lang

29–30 Pahud plays Carmen Fantasy

23–24 Märkl Conducts Carmina Burana 27 A Wizarding Halloween Spooktacular! 30–31 Mysterioso: Music, Magic, and Mayhem November 2015

April 2016

with Utah Shakespeare Festival 22–23 Let’s Dance! 23 The Life & Times of Beethoven

February 2016

May 2016

5–6 Jackiw plays Mendelssohn

5 The Music of Mozart

12–13 75 Years of Bravo Broadway

6–7 Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

26–27 Ballet West with the Utah Symphony

17 All-Star Evening 20–21 Gershwin’s Piano Concerto 27–28 Mahler’s Symphony No. 9

13–14 The Child and the Enchantments with Utah Opera 20–21 Mahler’s “Tragic” Symphony 28 Messiah Sing-In

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SB Dance Sweet Beast Dance Circus, aka SB Dance, engages the community with provocative, original work that combines movement, drama and object. Sweet Beast offers: theater performances like our New Creation every June, gastrocentric events like Wine Theater Food in January and Eat Drink SLC in July, and, during Sundance Film Festival, the creation and libation laboratory Box Bar. MEET: Whether speaking or dancing onstage, Annie Kent (in choreography and costume from Surrenderella) has been creating unforgettable roles in recent Sweet Beast works like Surrenderella, The Pushers and Of Meat and Marrow. Also a yoga and pilates teacher, Annie owns Parlour Movement Studio ( in downtown Salt Lake City

Pygmalion Theater Company Pygmalion Theater Company creates performances that share the human experience through the eyes of women.

Plan B Theatre Since 1991, Plan-B has developed and produced unique and socially conscious theater with a focus on new plays by Utah playwrights. Heading into their 25th anniversary season, Plan-B Theatre is the 2015 recipient of Utah’s Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award and Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization. MEET: Tyson Baker is currently appearing in the world premiere of Plan-B Theatre’s RUFF!, which is touring to more than 10,000 elementary students from Weber to Juab counties as part of the company’s Free Elementary School Tour. Tyson also leads the cast of the world premiere of BOOKSMART this December.


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MEET: Fran Pruyn, artistic director of Pygmalion Theatre Company, has been around the Salt Lake theater scene for decades. Despite her age, clearly she hasn’t grown up.

Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation offers concerts and educational programs throughout the year. They are perhaps best known for holding international piano competitions every two years in Salt Lake City. MEET: Sara Daneshpour performs in the 2014 competition. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Julliard School. fall / winter 2015

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

With the strength of its history, the vision of its founders and the extraordinary ability of its management, staff, dancers and board, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is a force for innovation in contemporary dance throughout the city—and the world. Founded in Salt Lake City more than 52 years ago by Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury, Ririe-Woodbury has challenged convention at every turn and set the bar for global dance excellence. Although the revered dance company receives international acclaim, the staff and dancers credit Salt Lake City as a main source of inspiration. MEET: Yebel Gallegos is a dancer, teacher and choreographer originally from El Paso, Texas. He played an important role in the founding of Cressida Danza Contemporánea in Yucatán, Mexico, where he served as company teacher, rehearsal director and as principal dancer for five years. Yebel has traveled as a performer throughout Europe and Latin America, and has taught dance throughout Mexico, Chile and the United States.

Ring Around the Rose

The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is a vital active hub for emerging and established artists and arts organizations. This center grew out of a need for additional rehearsal space for the tenants at Capitol Theatre as well as affordable performing spaces for the myriad performing arts companies that have developed over the last 25 years. The six resident companies, which comprise The Performing Arts Coalition — Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Plan-B Theatre, PYGmalion Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and SB Dance collaborate once a year for an event dubbed “Rose Exposed.” A variety show is created from scratch the same day of the performance, with proceeds benefitting a local nonprofit. Each of them are committed to their home at the Rose Wagner, their respective art forms and their neighborhood.

Repertory Dance Theatre

Repertory Dance Theatre is dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation and appreciation of modern dance. MEET: Lauren Curley began dancing at the age of 4 in Lowell, Mass. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance Performance and was offered a contract with Repertory Dance Theatre the day after graduation in 2014. She has studied the work of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor and Martha Graham extensively. She currently teaches Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary at RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway. fall / winter 2015

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Service with a Smile Downtown has a host of genuine, gracious and intuitive servers who are helping to ensure and enhance our restaurant revolution.


lthough downtown SLC boasts a plethora of dining establishments that draw locals and visitors alike for their culinary creations, sometimes it’s the people who help serve you—those rare gems who choose to make the business their career—and excel at creating memorable experiences for guests that bring you back time and again. A great server can make a mediocre meal memorable, and bad service can ruin an otherwise perfect dining experience.


Niche, Oasis Cafe, Faustina, Kyoto and Current. Fults explains of her role, “I could talk all day about budgets, cost centers, labor, and profit and loss statements, but my main purpose and goals are to support all of my outstanding hourly employees, general managers, chefs and assistant managers so that each restaurant runs successfully, and every guest leaves with a smile on their face.”

Behind the Scenes at the LaSalle Restaurant Group

Not many understand the passion, drive or insight it takes to make sure patrons have a phenomenal and seamless experience Fults explains. “I create an atmosphere of structure and systems to maintain a balance of happy guests, happy staff and happy business.”

Meet Sarah Fults, the new operations manager for the LaSalle Restaurant Group—which owns and runs Caffe

Keeping people happy is oftentimes a thankless task filled with emotion and misunderstandings. So it’s no surprise

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Top-tier Service If you’re looking for a bartender who knows your mood and your drink before you even sit down, says customer Flynn Braden Searle, I’ve got my go-to guy. Bartender Tristan Loughlin at Bodega and The Rest is who Searle turns to for his bartending skills and dry yet clever sense of humor. “He knows what I like before I do more often than not. He knows my incompatibility with tequila. He often suggests drinks and can get a feel of my mood for the evening by my first drink order.” Continues Searle, “I only go on nights he’s working because having a friend on staff really makes me more comfortable and I enjoy the time, even if brief, catching up.”

that Fults feels the best part of her job is when someone comes in and says, “that was the best service I have ever had’ or ‘I will be back to eat this every week and tell my friends’. It really makes my heart happy and gives me a feeling of purpose.” In her role with the LaSalle Group, she visits multiple restaurants on a daily basis and fills in for any position that may need help on any given day. “I assist with making sure we have effective scheduling to ensure labor costs. I work with the chefs on consistency and menu creation. I give the managers and hourly staff the tools to sell more to make the restaurant successful as well as the hourly staff making a better income.” It’s a hefty task but one that Fults embraces fully. “I get to learn something new every day,” she says. “Not only do we get the chance to meet and learn from people, we get the chance to educate them on amazing cuisine and cocktails.” Fults’ dedication to listening to her customers are what has made her successful in her chosen profession she feels. “I listen to our guests. I ask them questions about what they would like to see. Providing great service and food for people is what I love.” fall / winter 2015

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Dine Downtown

What’s on the Menu?


owntown’s dining scene is in the midst of a culinary renaissance. Imaginative chefs have redefined modern cuisine, while entrepreneur owners have pushed downtown Salt Lake City into the national spotlight as one of America’s great foodie cities with chic and fresh spaces—as unique as the food they serve. Fresh sushi to classic Italian and vegan fare to unique gastropub options round out a landscape, which feature tastes from all points on the globe. Downtown is rising, and the food has clearly reached new heights.

Bistro 222 Bistro 222 offers farm-to-table creative new American freshness in an upscale but casual setting tended to by service professionals. Watch downtown walk by through our “Windows On Main Street” setting inside or from our causual seasonal street-side patio. Enjoy an experience enhanced from the Bistro’s over 800 bottle, Wine Spectator-recognized, selection of international and domestic wines and full liquor service. An amazing dining experience all within the first LEED constructed green/energy-efficient restaurant to be developed in Utah.

222 S. Main Street | 801-456-0347 |

Blue Iguana Featuring authentic flavors from deep in the heart of Old Mexico, Chefs Manuel Castillo and Antonio Cardenas take great pride in the constant refinement of generations of Aztec family recipes. Whether you indulge yourself in our tender Chile Verde, mouth-watering Enchilada Suizas, or one of our dozen signature “Holy Molés,” close your eyes and you’ll surely feel transported to the Zona Romantica of Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy an award-winning “Iguanarita,” an ice cold beer or a glass of wine with your meal. Now in our 18th year, visit our downtown location directly across from the Salt Palace Convention Center or in Park City at the top of old Main Street inside the Treasure Mountain Inn.

165 S. West Temple | 801-533-8900 |

Bourbon House Featuring the coldest beer downtown, 60 bottles of beer on the wall, and 150 different spirits that should keep everybody happy. Yes, we are famous for our Pickle Back shots (ask your server), but if you fancy a Hamm’s, well we have a 16-ounce Tall Boy for only four bucks. Or enjoy our house whiskeys—Jameson and Makers Mark—for an incredible $5. And don’t forget about our food—the Juicy Lucy and Bourbon Burger speak for themselves, along with our World Famous Totchos. We also feature a variety of sharable small plates, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

19 E. 200 South | 801-746-1005 |

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Dine Downtown BTG Wine Bar BTG Wine Bar is located in downtown Salt Lake City, right across the street from City Creek Center and half a block from the Salt Palace Convention Center. We offer a great selection of wines available by the two-ounce taste, by the glass or by the bottle. Also available are cocktails, beers, small bites and the full menu from our big sister, Caffé Molise. The bar offers a relaxed, inviting, upscale ambiance. The beautiful curved glass entry features two elevated booths for watching passersby or looking over the activity in the bar. The banquettes and tables on the main floor can accommodate larger parties or smaller, more intimate gatherings. And of course, you can always belly up to the bar for a taste of barolo.

63 W. 100 South | 801-359-2814 |

Caffé Molise Caffé Molise is a full-service restaurant featuring fresh Italian cuisine inspired by the Molise region of Italy. Enjoy dinner surrounded by local art in our dining room, choose a table on our delightful garden patio, or request a table in our sister establishment, BTG Wine Bar. Friday evenings feature live jazz with the John Flander’s Trio. Caffé Molise is the perfect pre-theater, opera, symphony, concert or sporting event dining location. We are conveniently located downtown, half block east of the Salt Palace Convention Center. We are a liquor licensee and offer wine, beer and cocktails. We are open all day, seven days a week.

55 W. 100 South | 801-364-8833 |

Cedars of Lebanon As the first family-owned Mediterranean restaurant in Salt Lake City, for more than 33 years, we have always had an unwavering desire to introduce our best recipes. From our melting pot of Lebanese, Moroccan, Armenian and Greek cuisine, our dietician and head chef of more than 30 years promises the healthiest ingredients and most exotic flavors made from scratch. With a belly-dancing show entertaining on weekends and the Moroccan-inspired Casbah Room, adorned with plush couches, it’s sure to make for an exceptional evening out. We also offer huka service.

152 E. 200 South | 801-364-4096 |

Copper Onion Copper Onion’s casual atmosphere belies the depth of talent behind the counter. In a lively open kitchen, the crew offers luscious American and Euro-inspired classics. The menu changes seasonally so dining never falls into a routine. You can try several small plates and sides and share an entrée, or get your own, but do try the vegetable sides. Saturday and Sunday brunches are popular.

111 E. Broadway, Ste. 170 | 801-355-3282 |

Cucina Toscana Cucina Toscana has been Salt Lake’s favorite Italian restaurant for more than 10 years. Toscana’s authentic Northern Italian menu includes homemade pastas, decadent sauces and a wide selection of entrees that are paired perfectly with wines from the region. Toscana features three beautiful, private rooms that can be reserved for parties, meetings or special events. Whether you are planning for two or 100 people, Toscana‘s ambiance, delicious food and impeccable service ensures a successful evening. Located on the corner of 300 South and 300 West in Salt Lake City with the main entrance on 300 West. Parking available on the north side of building. 

282 S. 300 West | 801-328-3463 |


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Dine Downtown cytybyrd @ Washington Square CYTYBYRD is an innovative restaurant cafe on the the first floor of the historic City and County Building where you can step back in time to where everyone is greeted eye-to-eye with a smile and there are no strangers. A place where fresh ingredients are transformed into more than the sum of their parts while respecting and celebrating the farmer’s bounty. Whether it be our ever-changing daily special, house-made veggie patty, classic Rueben or breakfast served all day, care and thoughtfulness is ever present on the plate and palate. So join us 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thorugh Friday for a meal, or we will pack it up so you can picnic in the park. We are also happy to create the menu of your desires for any special occasion from small gatherings to large public events of hundreds.

450 S. 200 East | 801-535-6102 |

Even Stevens Sandwiches Even Stevens Sandwiches is a Salt Lake native fast-casual restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, bites under $5, breakfast and craft foods (beer, coffee, bakery sweets) unique to each store’s location. By offering fresh updates on nostalgic recipes, we respect tradition while celebrating creativity. Beyond serving customers, we’re a sandwich shop with a cause. For every sandwich sold, we donate a sandwich to a local non-profit. Since opening our first restaurant in June 2014, we’ve donated over 100,000 sandwiches to the Salt Lake community. Allowing non-profits to save cash on feeding clients and instead direct resources toward life-changing programs.

200 S. 414 East | 385-355-9105 |

The Garden Restaurant @ Joseph Smith Memorial Building Located on the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, The Garden Restaurant features stunning views of Temple Square and downtown Salt Lake City. The Garden Restaurant is the five-time Best of State winner for Casual American Dining and the natural choice when you want to be informally formal. With its retractable glass roof, you’ll dine in a comfortable plazalike atmosphere surrounded by Mediterranean columns and fountains accented with natural flowers and trees. One look at the delectable and varied menu prepared by our expert team of chefs, and you’ll know you have discovered a Garden of delights! Reservations recommended.

15 E. South Temple | 801-539-3170 |

Gourmandise Gourmandise has served European pastries and desserts in the Salt Lake Valley for more than two decades. Our morning begins with fresh breads, croissants and madeto-order breakfast plates. We offer bistro-style lunch and dinner with evening small plates, entrees with beer and wine pairings. Complementing our café is an expanse of 30 feet of display cases, filled with scratch-made Old World favorites, delighting guests throughout the day. Walking into Gourmandise feels like a visit to a bustling, lively European café, surprisingly located in downtown.

250 S. 300 East | 801-328-3300 |

The Green Pig Pub & Grill The Green Pig Pub is a friendly neighborhood pub located in the heart of downtown. We have all of your favorite sporting events on one of our 13 flat screen TVs, our famous Monday Night Open Blues Jam, live music or a DJ every weekend and trivia two nights per week. During the warm months, we have downtown’s first and only rooftop patio open. We are well known for our full menu of pub fare and featured drinks. Monday through Friday we have a $5 Lunch Special as well as our other delicious food specials. Every day of the week we have $3 Whiskey, Tequila and 24 oz. Tall Boy cans. Come on in for good food, friends and fun.

31 E. 400 South | 801-532-7441 |

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Dine Downtown J Wong’s Thai & Chinese Bistro Located in the historic Patrick Lofts building and just steps away from the Salt Palace, J. Wong’s offers downtown diners fresh and sophisticated Thai and Chinese cuisine in a stylish, contemporary setting. The menu honors the Wong family’s Thai and Chinese roots, and features traditional dishes such as Peking duck along with modern interpretations such as Pla Goong (grilled shrimp with scallions and mint in a chili vinaigrette), plus an array of curries and noodle dishes. There’s a modern bar and full liquor license for the urban cocktailing crowd, and a special dining room for private parties and corporate entertaining. J.Wong’s also offers take out and delivery service.

163 W. 200 South | 801-350-0888 |

Les Madeleines Inspired by the world travels of Pastry Chef Romina Rasmussen, the menu at Les Madeleines is a collection of pastries and breakfast and lunch items, all created from scratch and using only the finest ingredients. Our pièce de résistance is the beloved Kouing Aman (2012 Pastry of the Year by Food & Wine), a rich buttery pastry from Brittany, France. Try it once and you’ll find yourself craving it again and again. A variety of cookies, flaky croissants, pastries, French macarons and seasonal surprises are also sure to please. If you’re craving something savory, we serve breakfast and lunch daily.

216 E. 500 South | 801-355-2294 |

Market Street Grill Since 1980, the Market Street Grill has been rated as Utah’s most popular seafood concept, providing exceptional service and award-winning menu selections. Bustling wait staff and exhibition kitchens contribute to a sparkling, high-energy atmosphere where the best seafood between Seattle and Boston is served in an expansive variety of contemporary dishes.

48 W. Market Street | 801-322-4668 |

Martine Recently renovated, Martine offers a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy locally sourced, handcrafted cuisine. A standout lunch spot by day and classic date-night choice by night with flavorful tapas and wine options. Located adjacent to the forthcoming Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake.

22 E. 100 South | 801-363-9328 |

New Yorker Salt Lake City’s premier dining establishment, specializing in modern American cuisine featuring seasonal refined dishes and approachable comfort food enjoyed in a casually elegant setting with impeccable service. From classic to innovative, from contemporary seafood to premium steaks, the menu provides options for every taste.

60 W. Market Street | 801-363-0166 |


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Dine Downtown Nordstrom Sixth & Pine Sixth & Pine is a contemporary American diner. This full-service restaurant features an exhibition kitchen providing a stage for our chefs to prepare the menu in a colorful and theatrical environment. The menu is built around both classic and contemporary diner offerings with focus on great flavor and freshness. Specials and soups rotate by day of the week offering more choices to the guest on a predictable schedule. Sixth & Pine service is casual yet attentive in a relaxed environment featuring historical and local imagery of the local community.

55 S. West Temple | 801-384-4933 |

Salt Bistro @ The Leonardo Salt Bistro is a food lover’s delight! With innovative dishes sourced locally, we offer a variety of deli-style sandwiches, soups and salads—as well as a full espresso menu, specialty beer and wine. Our soups are made daily and so unique you will be hard pressed to see a repeat. Located in the northwest corner inside The Leonardo Museum, our menu boasts local and sustainable options, inspired globally. We are sure to reflect The Leo‘s mission into each dish—“to fuse science, technology and art in an experience that inspires creativity and innovation in people of all ages and backgrounds.”

209 E. 500 South | 801-531-9800 |

Squatters Pub Brewery Salt Lake’s original brew pub has been brewing legendary beers for over 25 years. Squatters mouth-watering menu features daily specials and traditional pub favorites such as fish and chips, buffalo wings and an array of delicious burgers — paired with award-winning beer, a welcoming atmosphere and hospitable service. Squatters purchasing philosophy is to procure organic, locally produced and environmentally friendly products, supporting local companies whenever possible. Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Squatters also features an urban garden patio and spectacular city views, as well private event space on three different floors that can accommodate groups from 20 to 300. Squatters. Good For What Ales You.

147 W. Broadway | 801-363-2739 |

Star of India Since 1990, Star of India has been a Salt Lake City institution as the place for an exceptional Indian cuisine experience. Our award-winning restaurant has a full bar, and is conveniently located in downtown. Star of India features genuine tandoori cooking — one of the most refined styles of regional cooking from northern India. This “Cusine of the Emperors” is a favorite of the most discriminating lovers of Indian food. All of our dishes are prepared fresh on the premises from natural ingredients. We feature Halal meat and pure vegetarian entrees. All entrees can be prepared mild, medium, hot, very hot, extremely hot. We specialize in catering for parties. We use certified, no antibiotic, cage-free Red Bird Farms chicken. We deliver!

55 E. 400 South | 801-363-7555 |


Contemporary Japanese Dining

In a vibrant downtown setting, the innovative menu at Takashi features an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi, inspired small plates and entrees, and a delectable selection of house-made desserts. The award-winning cuisine is beautifully complemented by the carefully selected beverage offerings. You will find Salt Lake’s most extensive selection of premium sake and shochu, unique specialty cocktails with a focus on local and Japanese spirits, a staff-curated wine list, and craft beers from Utah and Japan. If you have just one night to dine, make it Takashi.

18 W. Market Street | 801-519-9595 l u n c h • d i n n e r • c o c k ta i ls

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Dine Downtown Tin Angel Cafe The Tin Angel is a lively, welcoming café with a strong emphasis on high quality, locally-sourced ingredients where the rituals of dining are lovingly balanced with a practiced, irreverent and creative culinary palate. Nestled into a pioneer era home with a large patio facing Pioneer Park, Tin Angel has become a unique and much loved addition to the downtown Salt Lake dining scene. We value the people who contribute to a dining experience including the chefs, artists, musicians, servers, growers, ranchers and producers who all help us to create a setting and meal which inspire a feeling of love in the hearts of our guests.

365 W. 400 South | 801-328-4255 |

Toasters Toasters is a locally-owned sandwich and coffee shop with three locations downtown. They open early and have a full-coffee menu as well as a variety of tasty breakfast sandwiches. For lunch, Toasters offers toasted sandwiches, fresh-made salads and hand-crafted soups. With outdoor seating at all three locations, Toasters is a great place to grab a fast, casual meal and get a touch of sun.

Deli 1: 151 W. 200 South, 801-328-2928 | Deli 2: 30 E. 300 South, 801-746-4444 Deli 3: 215 S. State Street, 801-924-3333 |

Twist Located in the heart of downtown, Twist is the latest offering in the vibrant nightlife scene of Salt Lake City. Just off Main Street and 400 S. at Exchange Place, Twist has managed to turn a historic boiler-room building into one of the most iconic bars you will ever see. If the character of the ironworks/industrial isn’t enough, you can enjoy Twist’s huge outdoor patio right on the cul-de-sac of Exchange Place. Come in for some great food for lunch. Relax on the patio for a drink or two, and check out our tasty dinner menu while enjoying some live music. Twist. Bar. Bistro. Social.

32 Exchange Place | 801-322-3200 |

Whiskey Street The name harkens back to Salt Lake history. Before it was changed to Main Street in 1906, this stretch of road had been designated “Whiskey Street” by Brigham Young himself. Pull up a barstool. Let us put down a pint down on your piece of the 72 foot-long cherry wood bar. 200 distinct whiskey’s make it the largest collection in Utah. Along with 175 beers and 40 wines, we are sure to have something for everybody. And this is not your typical “bar food.” Dine on elegant, delectable meals which showcase the freshest produce, cheeses and finest meats. Appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, all delicious.

323 S. Main Street | 801-433-1371 |

zest zest is making a mark in salt lake, not only as a healthy organic vegetarian restaurant, but an innovative cocktail bar utilizing fresh ingredients from the kitchen, making stand out drinks like the beet sangria, fresh berry lavender lemonade cocktails and the spring fling with organic green juice mixed with gin and green chartreuse. lastly, the bar is open late on friday and saturday with live djs. pick a corner to nosh and cuddle or let your hair down on the dance floor. drink. dine. dance. zest. call 801-433-0589 for reservations.

275 S. 200 West | 801-433-0589 |


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Corner Stones



crisis. That means they are given the latitude and opportunity to stay in that neighborhood and focus on building relationships within the community to help solve problems together.

’ve been the interim police chief for a just few months, but I’ve been at this job for about 24 years. I’m secondgeneration law enforcement, so it kind of runs in the family, and has helped instill in me a strong sense of service.

We’re also bringing on social workers, employed by the police department, who can intervene directly with people who need help. We can’t arrest our way out of this. I believe when we come together as service providers, businesses, residents, police and homeless people, we can create a creative and comprehensive network to assist those in need.

As a community, we are facing some specific challenges—one of those is in the Rio Grande neighborhood. The Rio Grande has such potential to be a vibrant part of our city. I want to reestablish some neighborhood expectations to help it succeed. The broken-window theory is kind of an old theory. The overarching philosophy behind it is when you stop paying attention to the small stuff—things like graffiti, abandoned lots or broken windows—those things send a message that crime is tacitly accepted. It says there are no expectations. If we as a department and city ignore the small issues, the trajectory shows an escalation to violent crimes. I’m here to tell everyone, there are expectations in the Rio Grande Neighborhood. Most of our region’s homeless service providers are located there and it’s a part of the city that people really care about: providers, neighbors, businesses and residents alike. There are expectations for behavior in every neighborhood. We wouldn’t tolerate curb-side campers in any other neighborhood in the city. Our job as police officers is to provide the order maintenance necessary to make sure that every neighborhood is safe and secure. Over the past year, we’ve found that a lot of officers were “call-responsive,” completely tied up responding to call after call, being pulled all over the city. 72

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Nobody had specific responsibility for any particular neighborhood. We are making some changes to that approach. We recently reconstituted bike squads, allowing them to stay in the area and concentrate on issues unique to the neighborhoods in which they are assigned. They are highly visible and highly interactive. Bike officers are available in the Rio Grande neighborhood, throughout the whole downtown area, in parks, around Sugar House—really anyplace where that kind of high intensity police presence is more successful. If this model proves successful in these neighborhoods, we have the possibility to deploy it in other parts of the city as well. The bike officers are non-call responsive; they don’t get pulled into other parts of the city unless there is a major

Of course, there are some people in the Rio Grande neighborhood who need services. Conversely, there are predators there who are just in the neighborhood to further their criminal activities, preying upon those in crisis. We have a drug issue in this neighborhood and it has spread to other parts of our city. But really, it is bigger than just Salt Lake City. This regional drug problem is over extending our resources and has provided a safe haven for those with malintent. The people we see coming to our downtown to buy drugs are from other cities across the Wasatch Front— even as far away as Rock Springs, Wyo. They are not part of the solution and their actions hinder our success. We are committed to solving this problem. I want to get the word out: if you are coming to downtown Salt Lake City to buy, sell or use drugs, you will be arrested. As a police department, we will do our part to create a safe community. But homelessness is not a police issue. It’s not a crime. It’s a community issue and it will take all of us as members of the community to solve this complex issue. fall / winter 2015



2015 DOWNTOWN the Magazine Fall/Winter  
2015 DOWNTOWN the Magazine Fall/Winter