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Cover Story: The Gateway Salt Lake’s Emerging Entertainment Destination

Navigator Your personal guide to navigating downtown

Garden Stroll A record number of parks pop up on Main Street

Temple Square The most visited attraction in Utah

City Creek Canyon Downtown’s year round playground

Dining Around the World Some of the most delicious international foods downtown

Pouring Local Craft cocktails have hit their stride in Salt Lake

A Patio for All Purposes You voted for your favorite downtown patios

A City We Can Bank On Some of the country’s biggest banks Invest in downtown

Doing Well by Doing Good Downtown businesses donate to better the community

Taking the Party Outside Three downtown festival streets that are defining downtown

Insourcing Out-of-state investors double down on downtown projects

Station Center The rebirth of downtown’s west side Station Center

Downtown Living Urban housing options lure diverse crowds

To Give or Not to Give? Alternatives to giving spare change to panhandlers


175 E 400 South, Ste. 600 | Salt Lake City, UT 84111 | 801-359-5118 | downtownslc.org Lane Beattie, President and CEO | Jason Mathis, Executive Director Justin Banks, Research and Community Development Coordinator | Kristin Beck, Director of Urban Activation | Carson Chambers, Programs Manager Nick Como, Senior Director of Communication and Marketing | Jesse Dean, Director of Urban Development | Alison Einerson, Market Manager Julie Janke, Grant Writer | Nancy Le, Operations Coordinator | Ryan Mack, Community Engagement | Summer Martin, Programs & Grants Manager| Coordinator Camille Winnie, Community Services Director | Greg Yerkes, Business Outreach Coordinator Photographers: Michael Ori, David Newkirk, Joey Jonatis

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Authentic Mexican food & Cantina Celebrating 20 years

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Be full of the joys of spring in Downtown SLC


pring is my favorite season in downtown Salt Lake City. The Gardens at Temple Square are overflowing with colorful bulbs and flowers that spill out along Main Street and are complemented by the Downtown Alliance’s Annual Garden Stroll (page 10). This annual partnership with eight Utah artists and designers is a classic example of ‘tactical urbanism’ where pop-up parks act as a lowcost, temporary change to the built environment, enlivening our already bustling Main Street. A few blocks to the west, our friends at The Gateway are investing tens of millions of dollars, evolving one of Utah’s premier outdoor retail centers into an entertainment center and event district (Cover Story). The Gateway’s new look will be complemented by more than $125 million invested by the Miller Family in the Vivint Smart Home Arena over the next six months. This neighborhood is poised for an incredible rebound these coming months. Our guide to downtown patios gives you a swarm of suggestions for al fresco dining. Whether it is a business lunch to sign a new deal, meeting friends for an after-work beverage, or a 4

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Melissa Fields Reading soon after waking in the morning, a perfectly chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, crispy bacon, and pedaling her bike are among Melissa Fields’ favorite things—and all the essential elements for her story about crafting the ideal downtown day of rest, “Sunday, Funday, Sunday.” When not in hot pursuit of leisure time, Melissa is the editor of Park City Magazine. Isaac Riddle

Jason Mathis Executive Director, Downtown Alliance

romantic twilight dinner for two, food and drink always seem better enjoyed on a patio (page 26). We also highlight local businesses that focus on community good in addition to their bottom lines (page 38). Social entrepreneurs go above and beyond the normal course of day-today operations, succeeding in business with a side of philanthropy. And we look at a new wave of out-of-state investment that is helping to build our community and change the way projects are financed in our community (page 52) Finally, Vasilios Priskos, founder of InterNet Properties, reflects on growing up as an immigrant downtown and how that influenced his perspective and success as a commercial realtor, developer and investor (page 62). Enjoy the sunshine in our ever-rising downtown. I

Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught high school English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake. Ryan Mack A native of Salt Lake City, Ryan has his eyes and ears on the streets of downtown, serving as the community engagement coordinator for the Downtown Alliance. When he’s not skiing or mountain biking in the Wasatch, you’ll find him taking advantage of all of the amazing amenities that downtown has to offer. Julie Partain Julia Partain, a Salt Lake City native, is a freelance writer and editor for local and regional publications. When she isn’t writing about social issues in her hometown, you can find her running, skiing and hiking in the Wasatch with her family. Kim Angeli From seed to plate, Kim Angeli has her eye on local food and quality producers in the community. In her world, organic farmers and visionary chefs are town heroes, and everyone has a place at the table. Her new company, Primrose Productions, brings creative event productions, placemaking initiatives and grassroots marketing campaigns to Salt Lake City. spring / summer 2017



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Spring is here...again It feels like I was just writing this intro a year ago. Looking back, so much has changed in our city. 111 Main, a shiny glass and steel office tower is complete, bringing thousands of new workers to downtown. The Eccles Theater is buzzing with excitement nightly, with a range of performances hitting the stage. And Regent Street has come to life, tying together Gallivan Plaza and City Creek Center, who celebrated their five-year anniversary this past March. Time does fly, just as fast as our downtown rises. Enjoy the journey. Nick Como,

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Getting Around


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GREENbike greenbikeslc.org Open year-round for the first time, GREENbike makes getting around fun. Plus, it is an easy way to stay warm by pedaling up to your next meeting or lunch spot. Now in its fourth season, launched with 10 stations and fewer than 100 bikes, GREENbike has quadrupled in size. Daily or annual passes allow unlimited user rides for 30 or 60 minutes and remove the typical cycling barriers, such as specific clothing and security. No special attire is required. When bikes are not in use, they are securely docked at a nearby station awaiting the next user.


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TRAX rideuta.com Red, blue or green? Downtown is the hub for all three rail lines, and TRAX is free in the Central Business District. All major downtown landmarks and destinations are located within this FREE FARE ZONE, providing an accessible option to travel around downtown. Park once and hit all your favorite downtown spots via heated or air-conditioned trains. UTA’s network connects the University of Utah, SLC International Airport and SL Central Station, which accesses bus and FrontRunner lines, through downtown.


ENTERPRISE CAR SHARE This membership service allows users access to cars (there are several downtown and throughout the valley) for errands and short trips around the city without having to own one. Simply pick a car (parked in a reserved space) and a time, and you’ve got wheels! With pricing by the hour, this flexible option allows users to only pay when they use the service. Choose from three downtown locations: 325 W North Temple, 225 S Main & 395 S 300 East.

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Discover the sights of Salt Lake City on an open-air bus. Whether you are only visiting for a few hours or a few days, the 90-plus minute sightseeing tour with on-board commentary gives you a quick way to see the main attractions of our beautiful city. The US Bus sightseeing tour of Salt Lake City will take you to many famous landmarks such as: • • • •

Utah State Capitol Farmers Market West Temple Square And more

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The Downtown Garden Stroll welcomes visitors to Main Street. Interactive and engaging, these eight pop-up parks are designed to be experienced and to promote activity and community.

Downtown Garden Stroll Year Three A Record Number of Parks Pop Up On Main Street



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he first signs of spring. For some, it’s a calendar date, such as the spring equinox or Mother’s Day or maybe the mercury hitting a particular temperature. Our proverbial thermometer is downtown’s blossom trees overflowing with fragrant, white flowers after the first sustained warm spell. The city’s sidewalk landscapes begin popping with color that extends to outdoor patios, leading to a swell of foot traffic around the city. For the third Spring in a row, the Downtown Garden Stroll welcomes visitors to Main Street with eight pop-up parks along the sidewalks. Interactive and engaging, these parks are designed to be experienced and to promote activity and community, allowing visitors to engage with their environment creatively. Many downtown visitors and office dwellers tend toward routine and are accustomed to spending their time inside without taking a moment to recognize some of the more delightful changes within their immediate environment. The parks are individually designed

by local artists, architecture students and other community members. This year, more than 20 renderings for these temporary parks were submitted for consideration, with the winning eight parks on display April 1. The parks will be available for public enjoyment, free of charge, through May 14. Wide streets and sidewalks present a challenge in urban planning, but the artists and visionaries behind the Garden Stroll, led by the Downtown Alliance’s director of urban activation, Kristin Beck, have chosen to instead re-imagine these expansive spaces. “Looking at the streetscape as a blank canvas, artists can create green space where it wouldn't normally exist,” Beck said. “Visitors, residents, office dwellers and nighttime revelers have an opportunity to discover and interact with the exciting potential of Main Street and downtown.” Another goal of the Downtown Garden Stroll is to expand on one of the premier urban gardens in the west at Temple Square (see page 13), and encourage visitors to explore neighboring blocks. I spring / summer 2017


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When you come to Utah, be sure to visit

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


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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 visittemplesquare.com 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.

Step into the past,

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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 templesquare.com, or call 800-453-3860. © 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. PD50020206

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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


he centerpiece is the magnificent Salt Lake Temple, a six-spired granite edifice, which took Mormon pioneers 40 years to complete. The unique domed Tabernacle, built in 1867, is home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Organ recitals are presented daily, and the public is invited to choir rehearsals on Thursday and the Sunday morning broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Word, which is the longest-running continuous network radio broadcast in the world. Complimentary tours of Temple Square are offered in over 40 languages. Temple Square includes two visitor centers where people can learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

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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. I

The noteworthy Tabernacle, home to the renowned Tabernacle Choir, invites the public in to choir rehearsals on Thursdays as well as the Sunday morning broadcasts of Music and the Spoken Word.

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City Creek Canyon Downtown’s Year Round Playground


hen we think of a “complete city,” urban planning experts point to five opportunities that should be among a region’s best within a downtown: live, work, shop, eat and play. The first four are fairly straightforward, but the “play” variable takes on a double meaning. Usually thought of in a cultural sense—think art, music and theatre—the best cities also have expansive green spaces, such as parks. Salt Lake City covers all five (or six) of these amenities with ease. But, it’s our other play options that set us apart from any other city on the globe. Namely, City Creek Canyon. City Creek Canyon is not often mentioned in the same breath as other canyons just a short bus ride or drive from downtown: Little and Big Cottonwood for skiing, Millcreek for hiking, or Park City in Parley’s Canyon with additional recreation opportunities. However, this canyon should be local cannon, especially for downtown residents and employees. Setting City Creek apart from other canyons is its proximity to downtown plus 14

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the variety of activities available—truly one of Salt Lake City’s crown jewels. No matter your mode of transport or choice in recreation, City Creek is accessible on foot for a walk or run, on two wheels for a road cycle or singletrack mountain bike ride, aboard inline skates, on four paws, or even on skis after a fresh snowfall. In the summer months, City Creek Canyon is open to cars on even numbered days and holidays, and cyclists on odd days. Beginning on State Street and Second Avenue, the first mile winds its way up and through Memory Grove Park, connecting to Bonneville Blvd in the upper Avenues. The six-plus mile road provides an immediate escape from summer heat under a shady canopy of trees. At the road’s terminus, just past a water treatment plant, is a large picnic area, plus a plethora of hiking trails into the higher peaks forming the head of the canyon. Trail opportunities exist lower in the canyon as well, as the Bonneville Shoreline Trail intersects City Creek just a mile from the edge of the city. I

Walk/jog/run through Memory Grove on the paved path, exploring several side paths through the forest adjacent to the creek. Dogs, as you may imagine, love the running water. Hike or bike up the paved path to an intersection with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Heading north connects to Mueller Park in Bountiful and east heads toward the University of Utah and Hogle Zoo via Dry Creek. From nearly any vantage point along this stretch, 180 degrees of views include the Wasatch range, the downtown skyline and The Great Salt Lake. After a big storm, backcountry skiers can tour several trailheads into the foothills for powder turns with a view of the State Capitol building!

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Stream KUER live on your mobile device when you download KUER’s mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play.

Listen to RadioWest, All Things Considered, This American Life and other programs on-demand.

Wake up to Morning Edition as your alarm clock or fall asleep to BBC’s World News at night.

Your taste buds will thank us later.


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Dining Around the World Dining around the world in Salt Lake City is as simple as jumping on TRAX and riding through the ‘Free Fare Zone’ to find some of the most interesting and delicious restaurants the city has to offer. Salt Lake City’s friendly policies toward immigrants and refugees has elevated its cosmopolitan status. The result has been culture, refinement and some delectable food choices from around the globe. Roasted chicken, lemon beef, traditional beef, and green onion and cheese empinadas.

Argentina’s Best In the mood for an empanada? Look no further than Argentina’s Best. Owner Ana Valdemoros and team recently moved into their new home located at 357 S 200 East. The idea to provide traditional food from their homeland started after Ana and her mother had a morning stroll through Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market. They longed for the aroma of freshly baked empanadas, which surfaced many happy, nostalgic memories. The idea was born, and they started making traditional Argentine empanadas every Saturday: arguably the best handcrafted empanadas in the valley. Ana and her team pride themselves in offering five varieties of homemade empanadas filled with local grass fed beef, fresh produce and healthy ingredients all year long. Argentina’s Best Empanadas are made with Utah’s best local and sustainably grown ingredients. With their new storefront, you can come get your empanadas for breakfast and lunch, six days a week. spring / summer 2017

Bruges Waffles and Frites From selling Liege waffles out of a vending cart on Main Street, to having blossomed into a four-location success, native Belgians Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels understand well the combination of hard work and offering a delicious product. Enjoy a taste of steaming vanilla or cinnamon waffles smothered in melting butter, or try their world famous Machine Gun Sandwich®, featured on Man Vs. Food. The sandwich consists of Vosen’s fresh and toasted baguette stuffed with two Morgan Valley merguez (Bruges’ secret recipe) lamb sausages, Andalouse dipping sauce and frites. We recommend bringing along a defibrillator. Frites are hand-peeled and cut daily from fresh Idaho potatoes, then fried twice for a crisp outside and soft inside. Enough said! Visit their downtown location at 336 W 300 South and discover why the awards and rave reviews keep flowing their way.

Bruges favorite, liège waffle with crème fraîche and strawberries

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navigator: dine Himalayan Kitchen Surya Bastakoti, a paraglider and owner of Mt. Pumori Trekking and Expeditions, traded The Himalaya of Nepal for the Wasatch of Salt Lake City, and started the one and only Nepali restaurant in Utah. Not only is Himalayan Kitchen an award-winning restaurant, but it is also a gallery loaded with Nepalese and Buddhist art. Head down to 360 S State and partake in the succulent Nepali curry, a melange of flavors stemming from the bone-in goat meat slowcooked in broth with onion, garlic, ginger, tomato and curry sauce. Another local favorite is the Himalayan momos: steamed chicken dumplings served with sesame seed sauce.

Brocoli and beef with fried dumpings.

Himalayan momos, chicken tikka masala and traditional naan.

Siegfried’s Delicatessen Craving some schnitzel, spaetzle with gravy, a Ruben with mayo, mustard, swiss cheese, pickles, sauerkraut and corned beef on rye bread? Maybe you want to dive a little deeper into German food paradise with cabbage rolls, leberkaese or even pig’s knuckle? The spot to enter this delightful world is Salt Lake City’s very own Siegfried’s Delicatessen. Enjoy classic German food made from scratch every day with traditional ingredients imported directly from Germany—save for the sausages, which are made fresh every day locally. Opened in 1971, Siegfried’s is the only German restaurant within Salt Lake City. The deli serves lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere, and is located steps from Main Street at 20 W 200 South downtown.

Pad cashew nut with white and brown rice.

Roasted pork leg with a side of mac salad and a house salad.


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Hong Kong Tea House Dim Sum, anyone? Hong Kong Tea House, located at 565 W 200 South, has around 50 delightful choices ranging from steamed pork dumpling, silver wrapped chicken, fried shrimp balls, beef Wienoki mushroom roll and crab meat dumpling—just to name a few. If that’s not enough to make your mouth water, any of the chef’s specials should do the trick. Steamed seabass with ginger, roasted pork belly in hot pot or beef short ribs with black pepper garlic will complete your culinary adventure at Hong Kong Tea House. The restaurant has been serving happy patrons for 16 years and continues to find its place as one of Salt Lake City’s best. The food and service is top notch.

Laan Na Thai Take your first step through the door and husband and wife team Wichai and Yupin Charoen will warmly greet you with smiles, plus a wide selection of tasty traditional Thai dishes. The location is small, but the menu is stacked full of options such as pad kee mao, pad roasted chili oil, pad seiw, drunken noodles and pod prik sod beef. The husband and wife duo also offer dishes native to their northeast Thailand, a region renowned for bold flavors. One local favorite is the nam tok beek waterfall: tender flank steak strips stir-fried with scallions, Thai chiles, nam pla, lime, shallots, and cilantro, served with romaine lettuce and sticky rice. We recommend diners try the hung lay pork: succulent pork belly in spicy curry with coconut milk, carrots and potatoes. Prices are very reasonable for the quality and selection of Thai offerings. Stroll down to Laan Na Thai at 336 W 300 South. I spring / summer 2017


Entertain your guests with great contemporary Italian cuisine in a dramatic setting. Our inviting and sophisticated dining experience, combined with gracious and knowledgeable service make Stanza the perfect place for daytime and evening business functions, receptions and bridal dinners.

454 East 300 South in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake 801-746-4441 | www.StanzaSLC.com

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New Face in Town: Maverik Adventure’s First Stop Relocates Their Corporate Offices to Downtown


tahns have been Maverik customers for decades. With close to 300 convenience stores and gas stations throughout the Intermountain West, Maverik is a familiar face for each of us. Downtown dwellers may have noticed a bright red addition to the skyline last year, as Maverik planted its flag in the heart of the city. The company, whose 20

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tagline is “Adventure's First Stop,” moved their corporate offices to downtown. At ground level, a familiar convenience store has everything from energy drinks to coffee to fresh baked goods. Located at 200 S State, this is Maverik’s first store not attached to a gas station. We couldn't think of a better place for basecamp, or a better spot to fuel your work day with roadtrip favorites. Welcome! I spring / summer 2017

Utah musicians in concert at the

Gallivan Center

Thursday nights year round: 7:30 PM Big Band Dances Tuesday Evenings May 23 - September 26 Tad Calcara & New Deal Swing

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Pouring Local Craft cocktails have hit their stride in Salt Lake City. Mixologists at restaurants and bars across downtown are pouring daring concoctions that not only utilize local distilled spirits, but also other ingredients. From bitters to herbs and honey to fruit, Salt Lake’s bartenders are topping off their cocktails with local love in every sip.

The Rest Memento Vida

At The Rest, experience Latin and Portuguese flavors and a touch of Utah with Memento Vida—a spring drink based on the daiquiri, featuring local Honest John bitters and Slide Ridge honey. Creator Ryan Santos uses Leblon cachaça and fresh squeezed lime juice in addition to a tarragon and pink peppercorn honey syrup that brings sweetness and earthy flavors to the cocktail, while a small amount of amaro spring / summer 2017

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navigator: drink Montenegro lend butter and nutty tones. “We use crisp and citrusy Honest John Grapefruit Bitters to add an extra push of clean spring flavor,” says owner Sara Lund. That addition complements the flavor of the lime juice. The Slide Ridge honey brings an earthy sweet note to the overall cocktail and helps accentuate the existing flavors in the cachaça itself.

Under Current Viola Sour

Order up the Viola Sour at Under Current to experience a truly jamming cocktail. The drink features Amour Spreads Concord Grape jam, gin, Campari, egg white, lemon and fresh local mint. “I love using their jams primarily because oftentimes it is difficult to impart certain flavors into a cocktail seasonally,” explains general manager Amy Eldredge. “There’s nothing better than a fresh concord grape gimlet, but I can only get my hands on the proper grapes for about three weeks in September. Amour allows me to reach for an otherwise unavailable product, while still imparting a fresh flavor profile.” The fresh mint finish adds a pop of flavor to round out and brighten up the entire cocktail.

Tin Angel Café Gin Angel Martini

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addition to Beehive Jackrabbit Gin. The cocktail highlights raspberry juice from Week’s Berry Farm in Paradise, Utah, that gives the cocktail a beautiful ruby color along with a thyme-infused simple syrup using herbs from Ranui Gardens. It’s garnished with a thyme-speared raspberry. Tin Angel co-owner Kestrel Spring Liedtke says, “I made a change last summer to our cocktail list and really emphasized local ingredients. I did this partly to support all our great neighbors at the Downtown Farmers Market, but also because local products will always be more fresh and this freshness can help a cocktail really shine. I wanted our cocktail list to reflect the values and priorities that are represented in the food we serve, and I wanted the cocktails to stand up to the quality that Jerry puts into his menu.” I

Local Shopping List: Find these ingredients (and many more) at Boozetique, the Downtown Farmers Market (Pioneer Park, Saturdays Jun Oct) and the State Liquor Store. • Amour Spreads Concord Grape • Honest John bitters • Slide Ridge honey • Beehive Jackrabbit Gin • Week’s Berry Farm • Ranui Gardens

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A Patio for All Purposes We Asked Our Social Media Followers For Their Favorite Downtown Patios





Rose Establishment


128 Main Street

235 S 400 West

314 W Broadway

Bar X

People’s Coffee

Eva’s Bakery

155 E 200 South

221 E 300 South

155 Main St

Beer Bar



161 E 200 South

248 E 100 South

147 W 300 South

Patrick’s Pub 163 W 200 South

Poplar Street Pub 242 S 200 West

Maxwell’s 357 Main Street

Twist 32 Exchange Pl

Copper Common 111 Broadway

Johnny’s on Second 165 E 200 South

Red Door 57 W 200 South


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navigator: refresh see Gourmandise 250 S 300 East

Christopher’s Prime Steakhouse & Grill 134 W Pierpont Ave

DINNER PATIOS Eva’s 317 Main St

Olive Bistro 57 E 200 South Caffé Molise 55 W 100 South Happy Sumo 300 E 300 S Pallet 237 S 400 West

LUNCH PATIOS Blue Iguana 165 S West Temple

Robin’s Nest 311 Main St

Copper Onion 111 E Broadway



Good Grammar

Current Fish and Oyster

35 Broadway

69 Gallivan Ave

279 E 300 South


Caputo’s Market

249 E 400 South

314 W 300 South

Tin Angel 365 W 400 South

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Utah Arts Festival

The love of art brings us together. Whether we make it, study it, or simply experience it, art is something we can all gather around and enjoy. Join us this summer at Library Square!

June 22-25 uaf.org

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Barber Shops Salons Grocery Stores

Sanctuary Day Spa Estilo Salon 18380 N Rio Grande St W 200 South

Automotive Dry Cleaners Health Services Clothing Tailors

Studio H20 Salon & Nail 167 S Rio Grande

Estilo Salon 380 W 200 South

Gateway Dental Arts 440 W 200 South Jade Market

Ardeo Salon 353 W 200 South

353 W 200 South

Barbiere 341 W Pierpoint Ave

Tony Caputo’s Market & D 314 W 300 South

Phillips 66 300 W 400 South

New Pathways Recovery and Wellness 435 W 400 South


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Swinton Counseling 275 E South Temple

VRx Pharmacy

Top Alterations

50 E South Temple #145

36 S State

Big O Tires 178 E South Temple

Monarch Dental 370 E South Temple

Nordstrom 55 S West Temple

Rite Aid Pharmacy

Deseret Barber Shop

250 S 200 East

135 E Social Hall Ave

Harmons City Creek 135 E 100 South

Lunatic Fringe City Creek 51 S Main

Beckett & Robb 150 S Main

Maverick Headquarters 185 S State

Ray’s Barber Shop

City Creek Dental

154 S Main

175 S West Temple

Image Eyes Optical

Salon NV

222 S Main

250 S 200 East

Nick James Hair Salon

Happy Nails

241 E 300 South

Market on Main St.

235 S Broadway

268 S Main

D’Antii LLC


Henrie’s Dry Cleaners

204 E Broadway

223 E 300 South

Mid City Salon

247 E Broadway


46 W 300 South

Broadway Eye Clinic Naga Studio 350 S 200 East

250 E 300 South

City Barbers 241 E 300 South

Perry’s Barber Shop 376 S State

Array Salon 375 S Main

Capstone Counseling Center 357 S 200 East

Know about a service we should include on our map? Send it to greg@downtownslc.org, and we'll add it to the next edition. spring / summer 2017

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Goldman Sachs, America First, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank Invest in Downtown


radled at the base of the Wasatch mountains lies a city rich in history, culture and commerce. Every downtown block houses diverse and industrious businesses—bistros and bars, farmers markets, housing developments, boutique shopping malls and Broadway theaters. This desirable urban district to live, work and play in is thriving thanks to the support of the community and members of local financial institutions. Downtown Salt Lake is proud to be home to many banks and financial institutions that provide commercial and retail banking and lending services to the community. Goldman Sachs, America First Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Zions Bank and other organizations have their names on buildings or are anchor tenants in one. Why are they drawn to downtown, and what makes the business climate here good for banking?

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its overall energy costs that are 19 percent below the national average. CNBC also labeled the Beehive State as America’s Top State for Business in 2016, with a “sweet economy and an industrious workforce.” According to the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, a private nonprofit organization that works with state and local government and private sectors to attract and grow global and local companies, Utah employs more than 75,000 people in the financial industry and has experienced employment growth at more than 18 percent over the last five years. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development identifies financial services as a targeted industry for support and development as well as a key area for economic investment. While these factors all contribute to Utah’s thriving economy, Salt Lake sweetens the pot with its accessibility, diversity and revitalized infrastructure.



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Accolades aplenty Utah has been increasingly recognized as one of the top places in the country for business. Forbes named Utah the 2016 Best State for Business—a position that Utah has occupied for the sixth time in seven years. Forbes’ list measures which states have the best business climates and Utah scores high across the board, but particularly does well in a few areas: affordable real estate, tax breaks (its flat five percent corporate tax rate is one of the lowest in the country) and

Get to work Businesses, financial or not, are drawn to a downtown location full of vibrant, walkable neighborhoods where they can both live and work. They also want their location to be accessible by a range of transportation options for employees and clients. Lucky for them, Salt Lake is full of them. The Salt Lake City International Airport is about 10 minutes from downtown, which makes getting to the city exceptionally easy. Heading into downtown is even easier via public transportation on Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) TRAX, FrontRunner or city bus. Walking, riding a GREENbike (the city’s bike sharing program) and bike taxis round out the greener ways to get around. Goldman Sachs recognizes the benefit of giving employees multiple transportation options for their daily travel. “Downtown Salt Lake provides easy access to public transportation and gives our employees environmental-friendly options for commuting to and from work each day,” says David Lang, managing director and head of the Goldman Sachs Salt Lake City office. “Not only are people within walking distance of excellent retail and cultural offerings, but our employees enjoy access to local eateries and local small businesses which are housed downtown.” In addition to providing commuting spring / summer 2017

choices for their employees, it’s important for banks and credit unions to be closer to and more accessible to their clients. Being downtown puts them near other large businesses where they have significant relationships. In June 2016, America First Credit Union opened an Innovation Center in downtown’s City Creek Center. Opening the Innovation Center in City Creek was a strategic effort as the shopping, dining and business mecca welcomes thousands of people every day. Designed to be part branch, part learning workshop and part tech playground, it’s a space where America First members, along with the rest of the community, can get hands-on access to stateof-the-art technology and financial systems, learn about new tools and opportunities within the credit union and give real-time feedback about what kind of experience they want to have with the credit union in the future. “The Innovation Center will provide access to the advanced solutions that will allow us to continuously improve upon our

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commitment to provide the best service for our members,” said Randy Halley, executive vice president at America First Credit Union. Diverse-City Zions First National Bank was founded in 1873 becoming one of the oldest financial institutions in the Intermountain West. This launched the trend for Salt Lake City’s banking industry and the employees of these institutions are vital members in the financial world and bring a wealth of diversity with them. Wells Fargo’s Salt Lake employees are a diverse group that came from all over the country and world. “It is critical that our team members reflect local, national and global diversity so we understand and best serve the needs of our customers and communities,” says Anthony Timmons, assistant vice president of corporate communications at Wells Fargo Bank Nevada and Utah. “Salt Lake City is truly a global community and we celebrate that diversity.” Local and national talent fill downtown

offices and employers are always seeking skilled, educated and multilingual employees. “Goldman Sachs is proud to be the largest private employer in downtown Salt Lake City,” says Lang. “As the firm’s second-largest office location in the Americas, Salt Lake is home to more than 2,200 Goldman Sachs employees and their families. About 50 percent of employees in the Salt Lake office speak a second language and more than 75 languages are spoken in the office.” As a global business with offices and operations around the world, this has been a key asset for the firm. “Our ability to attract strong talent has been key to the growth and expansion of the Salt Lake office,” Lang explains. “Many employees have relocated to Salt Lake from other Goldman Sachs offices around the globe.” The local talent does not disappoint either. “We also attract and retain local talent which is another key to our success in Salt Lake City. We have long-standing relationships with the University of Utah and Brigham

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Young University and actively recruit from 16 schools in the western United States. Being located in the heart of downtown is a big draw to many of these students and makes us particularly excited about moving into the new 111 Main building.” This is the place...to do everything! Revitalization efforts in recent years have attracted a range of both residential and commercial projects and the growth of 36

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downtown Salt Lake is outpacing other areas of the city. City Creek Living’s 99 West, The Regent, Richard’s Court and more than 100 shops and restaurants housed at City Creek Center are visual proof of this. The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater, 111 Main office tower and overhaul of Regent Street have been added to the roster of downtown’s recently finished projects. Giving back Utah’s capital city is more cosmopolitan,

vibrant and diverse because of the investment made by the financial-services industry. What might not be as well-known are the investments that these companies have made in our community. America First Credit Union’s mission of service is not limited to helping people develop and maintain financial well-being. Their employee volunteer program, the Greater Good, motivates their staff to effectively donate time and resources to the communities where they live. Philanthropic activities they engage in include sponsoring annual food drives for the Utah Food Bank, fundraising for the Community Assistance Program and sponsoring downtown’s annual New Year’s EVE event. Employees from Goldman Sachs are committed to giving back to the local community. Their Urban Investment Group has provided more than $150 million in financing for community projects in the Salt Lake City area, including for the Utah Early Education Social Impact Bond, the Utah Food Bank and Rendon Terrace, an affordable housing development for lowincome senior citizens in Salt Lake City. Wells Fargo team members in Salt Lake City understand that small efforts can make a huge difference in our community and they volunteer time, serve on nonprofit boards and contribute to charitable organizations right here in the city. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has made both a financial commitment along with volunteer goals to help make the Jordan River Parkway an environmental and recreational treasure for Salt Lake. One of Zions Bank’s guiding principles is to be actively engaged in community issues and help provide creative solutions to community needs. All employees are encouraged to be active participants in their communities. Annually, Zions Bank employees contribute more than 100,000 hours to worthy organizations and projects in the communities where they live, including The Zions Bank® Paint-a-Thon, an annual event that brings employees and families together to paint homes of senior citizens and the disabled, and hosting annual food drives. Next time you stroll the streets of downtown, stop and look up. The surrounding structures house an industry that celebrates diversity, culture and commerce in our city. I spring / summer 2017

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owntown is the state’s center for government, culture, religion and much more. Here at Downtown the Magazine, we’d argue downtown is also the state’s philanthropic center as well. The generosity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannot be understated, as well as a litany of local leaders who donate their time and resources in the name of a better community, plus countless public initiatives. Volumes can (and have) be written about most of these people and organizations, but there are three downtown “do-gooders” we’re especially proud of. Cotopaxi, Utah Woolen Mills and Even Stevens have hearts as large as the Great Salt Lake, and these corporate citizens show it in unique ways. Cotopaxi Walking past Cotopaxi’s flagship store (74 S Main Street), it’s hard to look beyond the bright colors and sleek design of technical jackets, backpacks and outdoor gear. Digging a bit deeper though, we found Cotopaxi is a brand with a mission, and the products in their store are just the beginning. Cotopaxi’s Teca Windbreakers are created using remnant and upcycled materials that would usually be thrown away or laid to waste. Their Kusa line of products were designed to support local farming communities in the Altiplano region of Bolivia. “We work with local farmers to source this sustainable, unique fleece insulation for high-performing technical lifestyle apparel,” says chief impact officer Lindsey Kneuven. We should point out that a company who employs a

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they integrate into their new communities and seek full-time employment. Cotopaxi’s impact mission sums things up well: “We create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. Cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty. Giving is core to our model. As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, Cotopaxi has made a commitment to creating positive social impact. We focus our efforts on global poverty alleviation and give targeted grants to advance health, education and livelihoods initiatives around the world.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Chief Impact Officer, who is dedicated to programs which positively impact people, really defines what Cotopaxi is all about. Beyond products, Cotopaxi creates opportunities with several initiatives, many times through a partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). One program for example, with partner Nothing But Nets, Cotopaxi supports health, education and livelihood initiatives for refugees. Cotopaxi’s Global Good Project, also launched with the IRC, promotes digital inclusion and builds computer science capacity among new Americans. “Cotopaxi is committed to empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty by creating sustainable income opportunities,” says Kneuven. “Teaching computer science creates a pathway to jobs, addressing one of the fundamental needs of a community of more than 60,000 refugees in the State of Utah.” A card writing program with the IRC’s Job Club provides professional skills training to newly arrived refugees. Cotopaxi’s program is designed to provide supplemental income for refugees while creating a unique and powerful experience for customers. Participants produce thank you notes that are included with all Cotopaxi orders and are written by refugees from Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Thailand, Nepal and North Korea. The Card Writing Program offers IRC participants the opportunity to gain professional experience working with Cotopaxi as Customer Experience Assistants, while also participating in volunteer-led job readiness training. Participants are compensated for their time and effort, providing an important source of income as

Utah woolen Mills “Suited For Good” program helps men who have fallen on hard times to get back on track. For every men’s suit they sell, they will tailor and donate one.


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Utah Woolen Mills Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones, and Utah Woolen Mill’s “Suited For Good” program is one of the best ideas we’ve seen. For every men’s suit Utah Woolen Mills sells, they will tailor and donate a suit to an individual who is committed to improving their life for the better. Launched just this past December, Utah Woolen Mills has already outfitted 50 men who have fallen on hard times— many of whom were experiencing homelessness. The program, is “not about the suit; it’s about the person inside,” says fifth-generation owner BJ Stringham. In business for more than 110 years in Salt Lake City, Utah Woolen Mills has, “had many obstacles to overcome and can relate to these rebuilding individuals.” Stringham was able to rely on his company’s tradition and customer base to leverage their status as long-standing community members into a successful service initiative. Candidates can apply to take part in the program at suitedforgood.com, as well as nominate an individual or donate to the cause. The six-step process outfits a candidate with everything they need, from a suit and tie, to belt and shoes, as well as interviewing advice for the next step in their lives. Has it been successful? A quick click on the website’s “Success Stories” answers a resounding “yes”. There’s Craig Carter, who saw the program as not just a suit for an interview, but how the entire opportunity “represents a new beginning—it represents hope.” Or there is Jon Boss, a disabled veteran, who found “courage to stand with society in the ranks knowing I am a professional.” Wade Pollock, a construction laborer who suffered a neardeath car accident, leaving him with several major injuries. Despite a learning disability, Wade’s goal is to attend business school for a career in management. He wears his first suit since he was 12 years old with pride. “You wear it with your head held high, and not down,” he says in one of the moving short videos Utah Woolen Mill’s has posted. spring / summer 2017

Even Stevens Perhaps we should have rearranged this story and spoke earlier about Even Stevens, as it was their philosophy of donating a sandwich to a local nonprofit working to end hunger, for each one it sells, that resonated with BJ Stringham of Utah Woolen Mills and launching their suit program. Statistics show one in eight Americans are food insecure, a problem both systematic and complex. But Even Stevens is taking a bite out of the problem—pun intended. Beginning in 2014, for every sandwich purchased at any of their 10 locations, ranging from Boise to Tempe, Even Stevens promises to donate another sandwich. After donating more than 30,000 sandwiches to Salt Lake area nonprofits in their first six months—Even Stevens knew they were on to something. Here’s how they do it: At the end of every month, they tally sandwich sales. Funds for sandwich making ingredients—bread, meat, cheese and produce—are then placed into a Sysco food account where nonprofit partners access the account and order sandwichmaking ingredients as they need. A few days later, a truck delivers the order to their

doorstep: Free of charge. Then, the nonprofit staff and volunteers build sandwiches. Beyond simply handing out sandwiches, these donations allow local nonprofits to save cash. Where resources would normally

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Three Downtown Hot Spots Promise You’ll Never Again Have to Ask the Question, ‘What Should We Do Tonight?’


ith streets designed by Brigham Young to be “wide enough to turn a team of oxen,” downtown Salt Lake City would seem primed for large-scale outdoor events throughout the summer months. And indeed it is. Close your eyes and point to a calendar spanning Memorial Day to the end of October, and you’re sure to land on a day of an open-air market, concert and/or festival. But, three downtown venues and adjacent streets are particularly well-suited for warm weather celebrations, and include the Gallivan Center and Gallivan Avenue, the McCarthy Plaza and Regent Street, and The Gateway and Rio Grande Street. spring / summer 2017

Gallivan Center Arguably downtown’s most well-known and active outdoor venue is the Gallivan Center (239 S Main). Established in 1993 and then solidified as a gathering place during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Gallivan now hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, ranging from concerts and movie nights to culinary festivals and ballroom dance instruction. “Community involvement is our edict,” says Kristen Young, Gallivan Center events manager. In the winter months, the Gallivan’s ice rink is a bustling hub of activity (as well as the Center’s financial backbone), while special events rule this space throughout the spring, summer and fall. The energy created there spills over to the thoughtful,

independent businesses located along Gallivan Avenue, including Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen, Bangkok Terrace, and Good Grammar Speak EZ & Bar. Alamexo has been a block anchor, literally and figuratively, for several years with its State Street location adjacent to Gallivan Avenue. Happenings booked at the Gallivan Center in 2017 include the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective’s annual Bike Prom Fundraiser (June 10), Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival (August 11 – 13), and the Rock ’N Ribs Bluegrass Festival (date TBD). But, there’s no reason to wait for one of these special events to make a trip to the Gallivan area. Ongoing events there include the Gallivan Avenue’s weekly gathering of mobile food vendors, Food Truck Thursdays (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Big Band Dance Nights (Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.); and Monday Movie Nights. For details, visit thegallivancenter.com. Eccles Theater/Regent Street Close by the Gallivan Center is Salt Lake City’s newest outdoor venue, the Eccles Theater’s McCarthy Plaza and the spiffed up Regent Street. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City worked in concert to conceptualize this intimate midblock street and plaza as an artistic and festive reflection of the area’s biggest attraction—the new Eccles Theater. Located at the back entrance of the theater, the plaza’s main purpose is as a load in and out venue for Broadway shows booked at the theater. When not occupied with this utilitarian function, the plaza will serve as a distinctively urban venue for occasions ranging from live music and street fairs to culinary events and film screenings (the large wall of the adjacent Walker Center is an ideal downtown the magazine


video or graphic projection surface). “We’ve had a lot of interest in events and activities for the McCarthy Plaza,” says Melinda Cavallaro, Salt Lake County Center for the Arts associate division director. “And though due to continued construction on the buildings surrounding the area, we’re not in the position to announce any kind of specific programming at this time, we look forward to the McCarthy Plaza being a strong event asset to the downtown community.” Regent Street, which feeds into City Creek Center to the north and the Gallivan Center to the south, will eventually feature more than $2 million in commissioned art pieces. Watch for restaurants and other businesses to open along the street on the ground level of the 111 Main office tower later this year. The Gateway/Rio Grande Finally, a downtown destination on the cusp of a bona fide renaissance is The Gateway and its main thoroughfare, Rio Grande Street. The Arizona-based Vestar Corporation purchased this open-air mall in January 2016 with a promise of re-imagining the tired property as a vibrant, year-round destination.

Vestar has already spent $30 million on longignored maintenance issues and beefed up security. Future plans call for outfitting the entire mall with free public wireless, public art, distinctive furniture, great dining, textural landscaping and digital signage with realtime transit schedules. A new ice rink where the Olympic fountain is located and new performance stage for concerts are slated to become part of the property as well. But what’s perhaps most exciting—and enticing—about what The Gateway’s new stewards have in store for this property is the coming year’s jam-packed schedule of special and recurring events. “Our goal is to re-establish The Gateway as the center of downtown,” says Edie Trott, marketing director for The Gateway. “We’re working hard to put together a slate of events that are interesting, compelling, fresh and new.” To help accomplish this goal, Vestar is awarding organizations that host events and festivals at The Gateway through 2018 with $5,000 grants. What’s more, if an event reaches attendance of 10,000 or more people, Vestar has pledged to double that sponsorship. This new era of programming at The

Gateway was kicked off in March with the Golden Spike Comedy & Podcast Festival. The four-day event featured performances by more than 75 comedians and podcasters from around the country—including Margaret Cho, Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny podcast), Dave Anthony (The Dollop podcast), and Brad Williams and Adam Ray (About Last Night podcast)—at The Gateway’s Wiseguys Comedy Club and other locations throughout the mall. Other new events planned for The Gateway include a celebration of lightbased technology, loosely titled Illuminate and scheduled for November 2017; and a newly conceptualized, multi-day holiday celebration in December. Don’t worry—The Gateway will continue to play host to the marquee street events along Rio Grande Street that residents and visitors have come to expect, celebrations like the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Salt Lake Magazie’s Tastemakers ( June 8 – 9), the Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival ( June 16 – 18), and Festa Italiana (September 16 – 18). For details about these and other events at The Gateway, visit shopthegateway.com. I

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Downtown Farmers Market & Art & Craft Market, June 11th to Oct 22nd: Entering its 26th year, the Downtown Farmers Market continues to help support small local farms, food purveyors and artists. See what’s fresh at slcfarmersmarket.org

SLC Marathon, April 22nd: Run, bike, walk or watch. The SLC Marathon showcases some of Salt Lake’s best athletes and landmarks. Commit at saltlakecitymarathon.com

Utah Arts Festival, June 22nd to 25th @Washington Square: For 40-plus years, Utah’s largest outdoor festival has showcased the best artists from around the state. Get your tickets at uaf.org



Living Traditions Festival, May 19th to 21st @ Washington Square: Celebrate Utah’s diversity with the food, music and dance of its ethnic communities. This is a free event to attend. livingtraditionsfestival.com

Damn These Heels Film Festival, July 14th, 15th & 16th @ Rose Wagner Theatre: The only LGBTQ+ film festival in Utah features the best independent, documentary and foreign feature-length films from around the world. utahfilmcenter.org Twilight Concert Series, July 20th to August 31st @ Pioneer Park: One of the longest running concert series’ in Salt Lake, the Twilight Concert Series has featured national acts from Modest Mouse and Jenny Lewis to the Wu Tang Clan and Charles Bradley. Tickets are only $10 per show! See the lineup at twilightconcerts.com

Excellence in the Community Concert Series, Thursdays @ Gallivan Center: The Excellence in the Community Concert Series features the best local and regional quartets, jazz and swing bands. Dancing is encouraged! See all performances at excellenceconcerts.org Food Truck Thursday, Every Thursday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM @ Gallivan Center: Choose from Utah’s best food trucks. Each week features a different crop of trucks! thegallivancenter.com Monday Movie Nights, Every Monday, movies begin at dusk @ Gallivan Center: Each season of Monday Movie Nights features a new theme, food trucks and cold drinks. thegallivancenter.com Food Trucks at the Fountain, Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11:00AM to 2:00PM @ The Gateway: Pick up some gourmet food from a food truck then head into the “Break Room” to escape the summer heat and enjoy an arcade. shopthegateway.com

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Utah Pride Festival, May 31st to June 4th: Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community of Salt Lake City with a weekend of festivities capped off with the always entertaining Pride Parade on June 4th.

JUNE Bicycle Collective’s annual Bike Prom Fundraiser, June 10th @ Gallivan Center: Help support the SLC Bicycle Collective by dressing up in ridiculous outfits, participating in biking games and dancing the night away! bicyclecollective.org Utah Blues Festival, June 17th @ Gallivan Center: Featuring local and national artists, it’s hard to have the blues when you hear these hot licks. utahbluesfest.org

Days of ‘47, July 19th to 24th: Celebrate Utah’s Pioneer roots with the Days of ‘47 rodeo and parade. daysof47.com

AUGUST Brown Bag Concert Series, August 1st to 25th: Grab your lunch and enjoy the summer sun. This free concert series is geared toward the office crowd who need a midday escape from the office. saltlakearts.org Craft Lake City, August 11th to 13th @ Gallivan Center: DIY’ers revel in a weekend festival filled with handmade crafts, art, food and music. craftlakecity.com

SEPTEMBER Urban Arts Festival, Sept 16th & 17th @ Gallivan Center: This free two day festival celebrates Salt Lake’s counterculture through live graffiti demonstrations, local and national musical acts, street food and more. utaharts.org Italian Festival, September 16th & 17th @ The Gateway: Cannolis, pasta, pizza, vino and great music, need we say more? festaitalianaslc.com Greek Festival, September 8t h to 10 th @ Holy Trinity Cathedral: Held annually the weekend after Labor Day, the Greek Festival features delicious food, music and dancing for just $3! Salt Lake Comic Con, September 21st to 23rd @ Salt Palace Convention Center: Trekkies, Star Wars enthusiasts and cosplayers of all ages unite for a weekend of celebrity panels, gaming tournaments and more. saltlakecomiccon.com Brazilian Festival, September @ The Gateway: Feel the pulse of Brazil with drum lines, Capoeira, delicious food and more! utahbrazilianfestival.com Dine O’Round: September: Featuring the top 40+ Salt Lake City restaurants, Dine O’Round is a fun way for restaurant-goers to “dig in” to new dining locations and/or return to favorites. dineoround.com Rock ‘N Ribs Bluegrass Festival @ Gallivan Center: Enjoy some finger-burning bluegrass as you sample Utah’s best BBQ joints for only $3 per plate! thegallivancenter.com

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Salt Lake’s Emerging Entertainment Destination


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overall strategy lead to one single, loud and clear message: we are here. After Vestar, an Arizona-based company purchased The Gateway last spring they have more than tripled their initial investment to $100 million to renovate and rebrand the property—with the intention of becoming the heart of the downtown entertainment

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district. The Environment With many nods to its pre-Olympic founding in 2001, The Gateway greets visitors with familiar sights, including the Olympic Legacy Fountain, the clock tower and Rio Grande Street winding through the property. Located at 400 W 100 South, The Gateway’s 21-acre expanse houses more than 600,000 square feet of retail leasing space. The property is also home to many longtime, experiential tenants who have committed reinvestment dollars for facility upgrades, including the Clark Planetarium for intergalactic adventures, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum for the young and the young at heart, and neighboring Vivint SmartHome Arena, home of the Utah Jazz. The arena is also in the midst of a transformation investment of over $125 million, that along with The Gateway’s improvements, aim to solidify the west side as the sports and entertainment heartbeat of downtown. “We are executing a leasing strategy inline with the Salt Lake City West Side Master Plan, establishing The Gateway as a lifestyle dining, shopping and entertainment district,” says Jenny Cushing, VP of Leasing at Vestar. “We are pursuing several potential tenants that will be first in Utah and will bring a lot of energy to the downtown district.” In addition to new restaurants, bars and coffee shops, ground will soon be broken 48

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on a $60 million, 170-room boutique hotel. The Gateway’s entertainment vision is anchored by Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatre, The Depot and Wiseguys Comedy Club. To encourage pedestrian traffic and increased accessibility to The Gateway, property upgrades will be completed by summer 2017. Elevators, escalators, sidewalks, and surfaces have been fully refurbished, and the property provides 24-hour security surveillance to ensure a safe, secure space. In the parking garages, improved LED lighting, smart wayfinding signs, simpler messaging and state-of-theart equipment has been installed to make it easier to get around. The Entertainment “Food Trucks at the Fountain,” an event held just off of Rio Grande Street at the Olympic Fountain, brings in an always changing line-up of local food purveyors from surrounding businesses, such as Fidelity Investments, are able to escape lunch at their desks and discover a unique mix of local flavor. Case in point: The Gateway just opened “The Break Room,” complete with arcade games, TV’s, music and free Wi-Fi. All a part of the play-meetsentertainment vision of The Gateway. The Gateway embarks on a plan to evolve into a home for street and public art projects. It is already home to the Urban Arts Gallery. According to the executive spring / summer 2017

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director of the Urban Arts Alliance, Derek Dyer, more than 31,000 patrons have visited his gallery this year. Dyer and the Utah Arts Alliance have partnered with the property to bring large-scale art installations and murals, and installation begins Summer 2017. Earlier this winter, The Gateway offered $5,000 grants to events and festivals to migrate their event. With rising costs at other venues, local nonprofits are met with an entirely different proposition through The Gateway, including private security, parking vouchers, and access to canopies, tables, and chairs as well as restrooms. “We are offering a unique two-level, outdoor space for existing events,” says Edie Trott, marketing director at The Gateway. 50

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“Combining the history, architecture and incredible updates, the property offers unexpected elements for already exciting events.” Ushering in more art, entertainment, and cultural events to match the diversity of the community The Gateway is planning a robust calendar of events throughout the year. The programming includes a Gospel Brunch series, sunset concert series with well-known local bands, “Yoga in the Plaza” with SLC yogis Sunday mornings, movies on Wednesday evenings, and partnerships with nonprofits to raise community awareness. With over 100 events planned in 2017, there is something for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

The Experience The Gateway is partnering with the Downtown Alliance, Visit Salt Lake, and the Salt Palace to look at different aspects of the downtown scene and to explore how they can add to the lives of the nearly 85,000 people living within a five-mile radius of The Gateway and the millions of visitors who come to Salt Lake every year. “A big part of our next phase is supporting the arts and culture,” says Bergendi Hatch, creative director at Vestar. “We’re creating a large-scale, outdoor art gallery to showcase all mediums, from graffiti to digital art...something that doesn’t exist in Salt Lake City.” The clock tower will undergo a transformation by wrapping the existing structure with LED screens; it will be the first of its kind. Featuring animated artwork and a live video feed to tie into events in motion to share stories and to offer the city a new landmark. In addition, Illuminate will take place November 10-11 in partnership with the Utah Arts Alliance to bring the first projection and art technology festival to Salt Lake City. The Gateway is open all seven days of the week, and the new “Gospel Brunch” event series is the center of downtown activity on Sundays. Kicked off in April, these brunches feature a special Bloody Mary bar, brunch culinary fare and a place to gather with friends to catch up or chow down after Yoga on the Plaza. At the end of the year, The Gateway is planning a modern, non-traditional holiday season with special décor, locally created public art spectacles, including the Mirror Ball from Utah artist Derek Dyer, and other glittery holiday scenery that is far from the traditional red and green. From the holidays to the everyday, the experience at The Gateway is summed up by the Vestar team in two words: “Always On.” “The space is activated, alive, and always on—including Sundays— with programming not only this summer, but every summer,” says Trott. A gateway is, by definition, a place of connection, access and entrance. The Gateway is redefining itself as a place for events, creativity and culture. Join them. For the latest in upcoming events & incoming stores and restaurants, visit shopthegateway.com. I spring / summer 2017




NEIGHBORHOOD. Come visit, join in on our growing list of events and we think you’ll see, we’re more than a mall—we’re the place where the best parts of Salt Lake City come to play.

Gospel Brunch · Total Solar Eclipse Viewing · SkyCycle Opens · Yoga in The Plaza Movies in The Plaza · Slug on Tap Craft Brew Fest · Salt Lake Magazine Tastemakers Sunset Concert Series · Food Trucks at The Fountain · Coffee Trucks at The Fountain

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Out-of-State Investors Double Down on Projects in Utah’s Capital City


ith a healthy local and statewide economy, Utah and its capital city are attracting national attention. Utah routinely dominates national business rankings, including Forbes Magazine’s Best States for Business rankings, in which the state has ranked first place for six of the last seven years. As the regional center of not only Utah but the Intermountain West, Salt Lake City has caught the eye of developers from all over the country who now compete with local developers to build on the city’s increasingly fewer available parcels. “Public transportation, an educated workforce with three incredible universities within 45 minutes of downtown, lifestyle amenities, affordability and cool places for the Millennials and Generation X to eat, 52

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live and play—Salt Lake has all of that,” said Dennis Tarro, executive managing director for the Patrinely Group. “There are few cities that can check off all of those boxes; this is one of them.” The Patrinely Group, based out of Houston, plans to build two ten-story commercial office buildings on the large surface parking lot directly south of the Little America Hotel on 600 South. The project is just outside of the traditional downtown boundary of 500 South, but Tarro envisions that as there becomes less land available in the downtown core, the boundaries will start to expand. According to Tarro, the Patrinely Group had been looking into the Salt Lake market for several years before they were able to finalize a deal to buy the 6.5-acre parking lot from the Holding family, the owners of


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both the Little and Grand America Hotels. The Holding family used the lot as overflow parking for hotel patrons. When built out, the two commercial buildings will add more than 600,000 square feet of Class A office and retail space to the southern border of downtown. The buildings will be built with large floor plates to make them ideal for tech companies that prefer open layouts and large workspaces. Tarro promises that the office buildings will be the first of several projects the Houston developers plan to build in and around downtown. The company is currently going through the building permit process and hopes to start construction on the first of the two office buildings late in 2017 or early 2018. While developers like the Patrinely Group are looking at expanding the commercial real estate, most of the out-of-state developers planning projects in Salt Lake are focused on multifamily development. “Salt Lake is one of the fastest growing cities in the country—and that’s in large part because it has the right mix of attractive qualities: affordability, great recreation opportunities, healthy job market, young workforce and good transportation network,” said Seattle-based developer, David Enslow of Timberlane Partners. Downtown Salt Lake first caught the attention of Enslow in 2015, when his company purchased the Pierpont Lofts on the 300 West block of Pierpont Avenue just north of Pioneer Park. The historic Pierpont Lofts represent the few remaining buildings from a time when downtowns across the country were booming. For Enslow, it was that historic character that he wanted to preserve. “We believe that as the ‘downtown lifestyle’ takes hold in Salt Lake, historic and character-rich buildings will become highly desirable and irreplaceable,” said Enslow. The more people want to live downtown, the more the city needs to offer unconventional work/live space. We feel that Pierpont will meet that demand.” Timberlane Partners will soon embark on its first new construction project downtown. The developers plan to build a six-story residential building on the 200 South block of 200 East called the Morton. The Morton will add 100 luxury residential units downtown and is one of several residential projects planned or in development on the spring / summer 2017

eastern edge of downtown. Like Enslow, Salt Lake wasn’t always on developer Thomas Vegh’s radar. Vegh of Salt Development didn’t start looking into the downtown market until his investors suggested that Salt Lake would be a great opportunity to build multifamily developments. Salt Development is based out of Orange County, California, and for its first project in Utah, the company is building one of the largest multifamily developments in the city’s history. The project, called Hardware Village, takes up two city blocks and replaces more than 10 acres of surface parking. When built out, Hardware Village will add three new construction residential buildings and a new commercial office building, all built around the 108-year-old Salt Lake Hardware Building. Hardware Village will add more than 900 residential units to downtown Salt Lake and is in one of the most transit-rich areas in the Intermountain West. Directly west of Hardware Village are a commuter rail station and light rail station, connecting residents to the Salt Lake International Airport, downtown and the growing Silicon Slopes region in the city of Lehi, a half-hour trek to the south. The first of three buildings in Hardware Village, the 4th West Apartments, is nearly complete. The 4th West Apartments is 40 percent opened and already has active tenants. Vegh describes the 4th West Apartments as an urban resort. All of the external units have large balconies. The building also offers high-end amenities, the majority of which are centralized on the roof level between both

wings the building. Roof deck amenities include a large outdoor pool and jacuzzi that sit between a full-size gym (including showers and changing room) and a large clubhouse with a test kitchen. The roof deck offers uninterrupted views of the Wasatch Mountains, downtown Salt Lake and the Utah State Capitol. The 4th West Apartments also have a ground floor lounge area, named after Jerry the horse, that features a full bar area and community dining space. “If you look at what is going on in other markets, Salt Lake City has been lagging in quality of apartment living,” said Vegh. “There is a growing need for a quality product, reminiscent of the coasts, as companies continue to relocate here, taking advantage of an educated workforce and better quality of life with lower costs.” Salt Development is one of several out-of-state developers building in the immediate vicinity of The Gateway, which itself was purchased in 2016 by Arizonabased developers Vestar. Vestar specializes in outdoor shopping centers and plans to convert The Gateway from a traditional outdoor mall to an entertainment center. Just a block to the west of The Gateway is the Alta Gateway Station, a 277-unit multifamily development by Atlanta, Georgia-based Wood Partners. Construction of the four-story Alta Gateway Station project is nearly complete and residents should be moving in by the summer. A block to the west of the Alta Gateway Station is the site of the proposed West Gateway Commons Development, a 100-unit multifamily project by MW Development Enterprises out of Kansas City, Mo. I downtown the magazine



Station Center The Rebirth of Downtown’s West Side Station Center: Hub of History, Art and Food

Above: Rendering of Public Market project. At right: Artspace Macaroni flats.


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tation Center is a downtown district destined for a dynamic future. Public and private investments are coming together here to build a neighborhood with a creative mix of housing, office and retail. Projects that showcase history, art and food will lend character and vibrancy to a district already rich with transit options. Anchored by the Salt Lake Public Market, Station Center will be a multi-use destination drawing locals and tourists. Nestled between the Intermodal Hub and the Rio Grande Depot, Station Center is a project area managed by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) that reaches from 200

S to 400 S, 500 W to 600 W. Historically, these blocks were part of the City’s industrial and railroad corridor, and the Rio Grande Depot was the City’s bustling transit center. The Rio Grande Zephyr made its final run in 1979, resulting in a steady decline of activity in the area. Prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the I-15 off ramps were rebuilt, viaducts shortened and rail lines condensed resulting in improved accessibility and renewed interest in the Depot District. These improvements made room for The Gateway, Intermodal Hub and now Station Center. Within Station Center, the RDA owns several large parcels, and their team has been busy reimagining the streetscapes and recruiting spring / summer 2017

developers to restore historic buildings and build new projects that meet the area’s design guidelines promoting sustainability, historic character and economic vitality. To ready the area, the RDA is moving forward with streetscape plans for utility infrastructure and new rights-of-way for Market and Peirpont Streets. The plan will create easier access, pedestrian scale and a festival street on 300 S. Artspace In December 2016, Artspace Macaroni Flats became the first completed development in Station Center. With the restoration of the historic Beehive Brick Building, this project brings 13 residential units and 8 commercial spaces for artists and small local businesses to the neighborhood. Artspace developments work towards the revitalization of industrial areas by offering affordable residential units and retail opportunities to artists, cultural organizations and nonprofits. Artspace Macaroni Flats opened with 99 percent of the spaces leased, and is now the third Artspace building in the Depot District, adjacent to Artspace City Center and Artspace Bridge Projects. These projects draw artists to the district to live, work and play. President, Jessica Norie, notes, “The inclusion of the creative class is essential for a vibrant downtown area. Our goal is to create affordable residential and commercial spaces to ensure that artists, nonprofits, and small local businesses are not priced out of the urban core.” Public Market One of the anchor projects slated for Station Center is the long-awaited Salt Lake Public Market. The Downtown Rising Plan, published in 2007, identified a public market as one of six signature projects for the future of Salt Lake City as a world-class urban center. Since then, leaders from the Downtown Alliance, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City and Urban Food Connections of Utah have collaborated towards the common goal of bringing this project to life. Fundraising is now underway to develop a key parcel in Station Center (300 S 500 West) for the Salt Lake Public Market. A public market is a year-round, daily retail operation comprised of owneroperated shops and stalls. Participating spring / summer 2017

retailers share amenities like seating, common spaces, security and marketing. Great markets boast a carefully curated mix of stalls that showcase the best of the region’s growers, food producers and culinary artists. For locals, public markets become a vital center for exchange between rural and urban communities. Tourists flock to public markets for a glimpse through the window of the region as defined by the food grown, produced and enjoyed by locals. Current plans for the Salt Lake Public Market include a ground-up construction development dedicating nearly 50,000 square feet to the Market. Commercial office space will occupy the floors above, subsidizing operating costs of the Market. Underground parking will accommodate visitors travelling by vehicle. Notably, Station Center is a neighborhood rich with transit options, including TRAX, FrontRunner, Amtrak, GREENBike and bus service. Walkability is a defining characteristic of this district. Beyond the food retail stalls, the plans for the Salt Lake Public Market include a bevy of amenities to create a multiuse destination for locals and tourists: flexible spaces for workshops and demonstrations, a commercial kitchen, event spaces, a rooftop garden and public areas for gathering and relaxing. Urban Food Connections of Utah (UFCU) will manage the Market and its amenities. UFCU is a 501c3 under the Downtown Alliance, created to be the driver of the

Salt Lake Public Market. With a mission of educating the community about local food, regional producers and Utah’s proud agricultural heritage, UFCU has worked closely with the RDA to identify the best location and implement feasibility studies to ensure success. UFCU currently manages the Downtown Farmers Market and Winter Market at Rio Grande, two signature Salt Lake City events showcasing local farmers, food producers and artists. Building the Salt Lake City Public Market in Station Center has been key to creating a brand for the district and attracting developers to envision complementary projects on nearby parcels. A building will not contain a vibrant public market. Instead activities will spill out into the neighborhood and festival street designed for such use. The popular Downtown Farmers Market, held June – October will continue and connect to the new Public Market. The Winter Market at Rio Grande is expected to continue as well, offering flexible options and opportunities for vendors and entrepreneurs. The time has arrived for Salt Lake City to get excited and rally support around the Salt Lake Public Market. UFCU’s executive director, Alison Einerson, notes, “There are years of process and planning that contribute to the groundbreaking of a project of this nature. I share the excitement of our stakeholders, vendors and entrepreneurs as we ready to unveil the design and plans to community.” I downtown the magazine



Downtown Living Urban Housing Options Lure Diverse Crowds to Take Advantage of Salt Lake City’s renaissance


n his 16 years downtown, graphic designer Matt Manes has experienced several iterations of downtown Salt Lake. When Manes first moved downtown, The Gateway had just opened. The shopping center, on the western edge of downtown, was the first large mixed-use project to be built downtown in decades and brought hundreds of residents to the area. Over the next several years, The Gateway would also be attributed to the decline of activity on Main Street. In 2012, a decade after The Gateway opened, the energy has moved back to Main Street. It was that year that the City Creek Center opened, brining hundreds 56

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of new residents and dozens of new retailers back to the heart of downtown. Four years later, the Eccles Theater, a large state-of-the-art broadway style theater, opened a block south of City Creek. “The amount of foot traffic on Main Street is four times what it used to be,” said Manes. Downtown Salt Lake is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to U.S. Census data, in 2010 downtown had a population of just over 5,000 people. Since then, several hundred residential units were added with many more in development. After decades of decline, residential development began to return to downtown Salt Lake City in the spring / summer 2017

1990s. Between 1990 and 2010, the urban core grew by 59 percent. However, with a hot economy and younger work force, demand for living downtown is bringing exponential growth to Salt Lake. According to a 2016 downtown housing report by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, between 2010 and 2020 downtown will have added more residential units than what was built in the past 100 years combined. Just under half of the city’s 4,800 residential units in progress are downtown, with 2,200 of them under construction in the Central Business District. In the next year, nearly 800 units are expected to start construction. City officials expect the downtown population to double by 2020 and quadruple in size by 2040. New commercial office buildings like 111 Main, the 24-story tower just south of City Creek, are bringing hundreds of new workers downtown. According to David Lang, the head of the Goldman Sachs Salt Lake Office, many of those workers want to live downtown. Goldman Sachs, is the anchor tenant of 111 Main and another 20-story building a block to the south, 222 Main. Salt Lake is Goldman’s second-largest office in the Americas after New York City, and fourth largest in the World. In both buildings, Goldman has close to 2,300 employees working downtown. “Being in the heart of downtown is a huge draw for us,” said Lang, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 111 Main building in 2016. In that ceremony, Lang told the crowd that his company’s younger workforce “wants to live, work and eat downtown,” and is driving the company’s commitment to downtown Salt Lake. According to Lang, Salt Lake is one of Goldman Sachs’ most requested transfer locations. To Manes and his partner Mark Morris, a landscape architect and urban planner, it is downtown’s walkability, amenities and young and diverse community that makes it their preferred residence. The couple has lived together downtown for the past five years. In 2012, the couple sold their home in the Sugar House neighborhood and bought a twobedroom condo in the Regent building in the City Creek Center. “Living downtown we can walk to almost everything we need,” said Morris. In a block radius of the couple’s condo is a shopping center, dozen of restaurants, the Eccles Theater, a TRAX light rail station and a large grocery store, Harmons Grocery on 100 S near State Street. Both Manes and Morris work spring / summer 2017

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downtown and either walk or bike to work. The couple shares a car that they use to visit family or explore Utah’s outdoors. While Morris and Manes enjoy living near Main Street, the couple would like to see the street’s vibrancy expand to other parts of downtown. “The best part is to be able to walk out your front door, get on a train and be at the airport in 15 minutes,” said Manes. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else in Salt Lake.” For Blake McClary and his wife, Amy McDonald, downtown is the only place they want to be. The couple has been married for two years and is raising their ten month-old daughter in the City Creek Apartments. McClary is a reverse commuter. While he lives downtown, he commutes to Cottonwood Heights where he is a project manager for a technology company. “I do miss the five-minute bike ride, but nowadays people aren’t working at companies very long, so why would I want to move to the suburbs if I don’t know if I’m going to be there in the next three years?” said McClary. “This is where we want to be,


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the place we’d love, I’d rather live here and commute wherever else I need to be.” The couple will eventually live in a neighborhood close to downtown like the Marmalade, a neighborhood directly north of downtown. For the couple, the Marmalade neighborhood is ideal because of the area’s diversity and amenities like the Marmalade Library and Washington Elementary School. “We’d eventually want to have a house with a yard,” said McClary. But for now the couple is very happy with where they live. Both attribute the walkability, dining scene, arts and entertainment, and diversity as reasons that keep them downtown. “Where you live isn’t just about where you work. There is so much more to our lives than where we work,” said McDonald. As downtown continues to evolve, the couple would like to see an elementary school downtown, more playgrounds and green space, and better east-to-west transit connections. Both couples cited the access to nature

via Memory Grove Park and City Creek Canyon as a key amenity to downtown living. The park and canyon are within walking distance from downtown, allowing residents to go from downtown to the mountains in minutes. With citywide vacancies rates hovering around 3 percent, city officials and local developers expect the downtown housing market to continue its upward climb for the next few years. “We are very pleased with how rents have grown for us. We expect rents put upward pressure on rents for the next year or two,” said Thomas Vegh of Salt Development. “We see continued rental growth with a continued influx of more workers with Millennials and Boomers that want to live downtown. I think this is going to be a very exciting time to live downtown.” Salt Development is building a large mixed-use development a block north of The Gateway. The project, called Hardware Village, will add more than 900 residential units in three residential buildings. I

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ontrary to common belief, panhandlers and homeless people are not necessarily one in the same. Many studies have found that only a small percentage of homeless people panhandle, and only a small percentage of panhandlers are homeless. It is difficult to refuse when approached by a panhandler with a compelling story and you are not sure what to do. A good response is simply, “Sorry, I don’t have any cash.” Make it a point to acknowledge the person who is asking and smile, but keep walking. Confronting panhandlers can lead to other more serious problems. Panhandlers may become aggressive if challenged and conversations can give panhandlers more opportunities to ask for money. If a panhandler follows you, touches you, makes threatening or violent gestures, blocks your path or engages in any behavior that makes you feel threatened or unsafe, immediately call the police to report it. If you encounter a panhandler that you believe is truly in need of immediate services, contact the HOST hotline at 801-799-3035. People don’t panhandle their way out of homelessness, and the chances that you are supporting destructive behaviors and drug-related crime is high when you give cash directly to someone that is panhandling. There are many organizations that provide food, shelter, clothing, medical care, job search assistance and other social services to those that are in need.

waste and to ensure that those that need these items can access them year-round. You can make a financial contribution online at slchost.org or donate spare change at one of the 40 red HOST parking meters around downtown Salt Lake City. All donations go to the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund, which donates 100 percent of funds to local homeless service providers. Catholic Community Services

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American Dream


y family migrated to Utah from Greece in 1966 when I was two years old. Like most other immigrants, we came looking for a better life in the states, and we came to Utah because we had family here. Like many other Greek immigrants, the Priskos family came to Utah to work in mining or on the railroad. When we immigrated over, it was the feeling at the time that you needed to assimilate into American culture. My name Vasilios translated to “Bill,” so outside of home, that’s what I was called. But in sixth grade, I said I want to go back to my roots, and I asked people to start calling me Vasilios. It was important for me to hold on to my roots and that includes my Greek Orthodox religion. My dad was a blue-collar worker. He did whatever he could to make money to support our family. Eventually he became a welder and started saving money. After 15 years of living in America, our family was able to buy the old Hoffbreau Restaurant above the Manhattan Club on the corner of 400 S Main Street. We renamed it the Royal Burger and went into business. I was 17 at the time and a senior at Skyline High School. My dad didn’t read, write or speak English very well. I went to school half-days and worked in the restaurant every afternoon and evening. Half the restaurant was a bar and dad would work the bar and serve beer; the other side was a burger joint where I would flip burgers. It was a baptism by fire into downtown, spending 12 to 14 hours a day working in the heart of the city. That’s where my love of downtown really started. I spent my formative years there, getting to know attorneys, judges, business people and regular downtown workers who came into the Royal Burger. It didn’t matter if they were in a suit or just regular bluecollar workers. People came in and I got to know them, understand their stories and see downtown as a real community. It’s more than just buildings. Downtown is really all about people. In 1987, we remodeled and changed the 62

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name to the Royal Eatery to emphasize that we had more than just burgers. I was able to go to the University of Utah and get a degree in finance and started working in Real Estate. The first building I bought was just up the street from our family’s restaurant—it’s where my company, InterNet Properties, is located today. After a quarter of a century as tenants, we were able to save enough money to buy the New Grand Hotel. 25 years to the day that we opened the Royal Burger, my brother and I bought the building where the restaurant is located. At the time, my dad had pancreatic cancer. Buying New Grand was an emotional purchase. You come in as a small restaurant and end up owning an 80 residential unit in the heart of the city—it meant something to my dad that we had succeeded here. Dad passed away a couple of months after we bought the building. I’ve always liked what others didn’t like. I like trying to figure out the problems. Downtown properties have issues like no parking, weird property lines, and historical elements—stuff a lot of people don’t want to deal with it. It’s easier to invest in some other place, but I tended to go against the grain. I’ve always tried to invest in Main Street. There is only one Main Street and so there

is a limited supply. Every opportunity I’ve had, I would sell stuff outside of the city and buy buildings downtown. I’ve tried to be thoughtful about the tenants in my buildings and I’m proud that they include Main Street businesses like Eva’s, Whiskey Street, Eva’s Bakery, Mollie and Ollie and Neumont University. Converting the Salt Lake Tribune Building into a working campus, with high-tech classrooms and student housing has been very rewarding and contributed to a more vibrant downtown. Main Street is doing really well right now, in part because of investments made down the street. The LDS Church is a great benefactor and I always knew I could invest in downtown because the Church is committed to seeing Salt Lake City succeed. I’m not LDS, but I’ve still been welcomed here and I’ve always seen the LDS Church as a force for good in downtown development. Investing in downtown is about more than making money. It’s more than just buildings. Downtown is part of my family and part of me. I want all of downtown to succeed and I want to be part of change and part of the history of downtown. I want to leave something behind that I can be proud of. I want to be able to say I helped to build downtown and make it better. I spring / summer 2017




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