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A Renewed Appreciation enjoyed visiting in the past now sparkle a bit brighter for me. And I believe now more than ever that the performing, visual and literary artists whom live and create here make downtown the cultural core of the Intermountain West. As I begin this new chapter at the Downtown Alliance, I find myself grateful for the long list of visionaries who’ve contributed to shaping our city, from the first Latter-day Saint pioneers to the Olympic bid dreamers to today’s developers and entrepreneurs. They set the stage for today’s collective success. Bob Farrington established the Downtown Alliance in 1991; his gracious spirit, astute judgment and planning background made the Alliance the authoritative voice for downtown’s evolution and development. My immediate predecessor, Jason Mathis, led the organization for a decade with a passion and gift for persuasion that rallied consensus among diverse interests. It’s my intent to continue what these two thoughtful leaders started. This edition of DOWNTOWN magazine is a snapshot of this moment in time in the downtown core. New dining and nightlife destinations, business and people profiles, the buzz behind the custom suit trend, the best fall-to-winter events and how to help those in need are just a few of the topics covered in this issue. We hope you enjoy what you find on these pages and use it as a tool to, perhaps, see downtown in a new light as well.


ecently, I was driving east on Interstate 80, returning home after a weeklong road trip. As we passed Saltair, downtown Salt Lake appeared as a thin sparkling line in the dusk falling over the Wasatch foothills. The city skyline emerged as we passed the airport terminal construction. And in the last mile of our journey, buildings loomed large beyond the historic Rio Grande and Union Pacific train depots. I was struck by our city’s beauty, growth and change. It felt new. Again. Is there a word for something simultaneously new and familiar? I need such a word to describe my first weeks as the Executive Director at the Downtown Salt Lake City Alliance. Since I accepted this position in late August, I have enjoyed forging new relationships with old friends and acquaintances I’ve had the privilege of getting to know during my 20-plus years working and living downtown—including the dedicated Downtown Alliance staff. I’ve walked through the Downtown Farmers Market, just like I have a hundred times before, but with a renewed gratitude for the rich ethos the food growers and artisans lend to our community and the remarkable effort it takes to present this beloved weekly gathering. I have a new appreciation for every downtown business and building that I enter. Each contributes to and is dependent on the downtown ecosystem. Downtown’s cultural venues I have


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I am thrilled to be in this new role and to work with the downtown community to imagine and create the next chapters in our story. Cheers!

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CONTRIBUTORS Lisa Michele Church Lisa Michele Church is a Salt Lake attorney and historian who loves historic architecture, especially vernacular streetscapes such as apartments, motels and vintage signs. She is working on a book about the downtown historic apartment buildings.

Ryan Mack

Sabrena Suite-Mangum Sabrena Suite-Mangum is a writer, blogger and public relations consultant. Her passions—in no particular order— include yoga, activism, tennis, her family, farm-to-table eateries and 800-threadcount Egyptian Cotton linens. She resides in Holladay with her husband and two spirited children.

Julia Partain

Melissa Fields

Heather King

Freelance writer and editor Melissa Fields contributes to various local and regional publications including Park City Magazine, Utah Style & Design, and Via, and, as of this issue, serves as editor of DOWNTOWN the magazine. When not pounding away on her laptop, Melissa likes to hike in the Salt Lake foothills with her dog and pedal, climb and ski with her family.

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

David Newkirk

Bethany Lopez

A native of Oregon, but transplant to Utah by way of skiing, David Newkirk has made SLC his home for almost 28 years. Photography is his visual loveletter written to his favorite city and state. Besides skiing and photography, other passions include hiking, climbing, mountain biking and carpentry. Say hi to him on the trails around town or the local Home Depot.

Bethany Lopez is a freelance writer and editor based in Salt Lake. She plays in the realms of editorial work and commercial copywriting, focusing on her very favorite things (the outdoors, shows worth remembering and furry animals). She frequents the trails of the Wasatch and obsesses a tad too much over Scrabble scores.


A native of Salt Lake City, Ryan Mack has his eyes and ears on the streets of downtown, serving as the Director of Communications & Marketing 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.

Julia Partain, a Salt Lake City native, is a freelance writer and editor for local and regional publications. When she isn’t writing about happenings in her hometown, you can find her enjoying the hospitality offerings in her exceptionally hip city.


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THE BLOCKS A new effort is afoot to call attention to and elevate downtown Salt Lake City’s vast arts, culture and culinary offerings. Here’s what all the buzz is about. By Downtown Alliance staff

Navigator Ringing in 2019, celebrating downtown’s vast culinary offerings, our favorite new cocktail, giving the homeless a hand up, five barbershops we love, touring Edison Street, two new downtown watering holes you need to know about and more. By Ashley Brown, Melissa Fields, Ryan Mack and Tessa R. Woolf

History: Sentinels of a Bygone Era Downtown Salt Lake City is in the midst of an apartment-living boom. But now is not the first time people flocked in droves to live in Utah’s urban core. An early 19th-century development flurry resulted in construction of dozens of downtown apartment buildings, many of which are still standing and in use today. By Lisa Michele Church Photos by David Newkirk and courtesy of Utah State Historical Society

Dining: Meet Thy Neighbor Ryan Lowder is most often credited for introducing the communal dining concept Salt Lake City’s fine dining scene when he opened Copper Onion in 2010. Here we check in with a few other downtown eateries that have successfully embraced the concept. By Heather King


Fashion: The Return of the Custom Suit


Making Their Mark


Lessons in Leadership


A century ago, visiting a tailor was once du rigueur for anyone looking to purchase a suit. But after a long bespoke clothing hiatus, custom suit makers have returned to Salt Lake City enforce. Here we demystify the process and find out why custom suits are so cool. By Melissa Fields

Staying on top of trends, inspiring and retaining staff and managing special events are just a few of the balls juggled by hotel managers. Here we introduce you to a trio doing all that and much more at three of downtown’s best hotels. By Julia Partain Photos by David Newkirk

Long before the ‘Me Too’ movement was a thing, these five marketing professionals—who also happen to be women–were taking names, busting glass ceilings and getting stuff done. By Bethany Lopez Photos by David Newkirk

Downtown Dining Guide Annual resturant and dining guide special advertising section

54 Oh My Tech!

Sure, our friends down in Utah County cleverly coined the phrase Silicon Slopes, but plenty of tech companies are also finding home, sweet, home in downtown Salt Lake. By Sabrena Suite-Mangum

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Light It Up The Gateway’s Last Hurrah


owntown Salt Lake City has a long history of celebrating the last day of the year in a multigenerational way, and this New Year’s Eve will be no different. Live music, games, craft cocktails, beer and wine stations and art installations are all on tap for the second annual Last Hurrah, a one-night, all-ages New Year’s Eve party at The Gateway on December 31. This free night of festivities kicks off at 8 p.m. and culminates in a fireworks show at midnight. For more information, visit lasthurrahslc.com. —Melissa Fields

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SCOOTER SCURRY The lowdown on the newest way to get around SLC. If it seems to you like rolling has overtaken walking downtown, you’re not alone. Ever since Bird (bird.co) dropped a fleet of its dockless electric scooters here in June—followed by Lime (li.me/electric-scooter) in July—everyone from suitclad business types to dad-hat wearing 20-somethings is using a scooter to get from point A to B. And why not? Both Bird and Lime e-scooters operate via easy-to-use smart phone apps; it’s cheap—just $1 to start a ride, and then .15 per minute after a scooter is activated; and considering Salt Lake City’s large blocks, taking a scooter is a super convenient, no skills and no sweat way to cover ground between, say, the TRAX station and your office building. An ordinance regulating e-scooter services and usage rules in Salt Lake City is currently in the works. In the meantime, stay in the bike lanes rather than on the sidewalk, wear a helmet and never, ever scoot after having a few drinks—that’s what Uber and Lyft are for. I

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HOT TICKETS Five not-to-bemissed fall-into-winter downtown events. The Downtown Alliance keeps the good-for-you vibes going year-round with the Winter Market (slcfarmersmarket.org), hosted in the historic Rio Grande Depot every Saturday, November–April, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There you’ll find late-season and green-house produce, as well as grass-fed meats, honey, eggs, and baked goods. Check out the latest crop of climbing films at Reel Rock (reelrocktour.com) at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, November 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. In addition to the films, this event includes athlete appearances, product giveaways, Q & As with filmmakers and more. Relive the magic of your

MIXOLOGIST DIARIES A refreshing sip from one of downtown’s newest watering holes Maybe you’ve already visited Post Office Place (16 W. Market St.). Opened by the folks who own neighboring Takashi in June, this new bar finally allows diners there to have a drink while they wait for a table. But with its sleek, modern interiors and inventive 10

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favorite wizard when the Utah Symphony performs John Williams’ exhilarating score from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while the film plays simultaneously on the big screen, November 29, 30 and December 1 (utahsymphony.org) at Abravanel Hall, 7 p.m. Wrap your head around the notion of the pros and cons of urban development—as interpreted by artists—with Working Hard to Be Useless, an exhibit on display at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (umoca.org), now through December 29. Academy award-composer Rachel Portman and Librettist Nicolas Wright took the beloved story of The Little Prince and turned it into a night of wonder the entire family will enjoy. Presented by the Utah Opera (utahopera.org) January 19, 21, 23, 25 and 27. I

cocktails, you may want to pay a visit to Post Office Place even if you’re not in the mood for sushi. When you go, be sure to try What’s the Dill, a cocktail created by assistant manager Crystal Daniels. Turns out seaweedy Sea Gin and grassy fresh dill work really well together. And when combined with elderflower liquor and lime juice for freshness, each sip is like a trip to the shore. I

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A TIME TO FEAST Check out downtown’s sizzling culinary scene with Downtown Dine O’Round 2018 It’s no secret that, over the last several years, Salt Lake City has emerged as one of the West’s most diverse food destinations. That’s right. The land of funeral potatoes and green Jello is now garnering the attention of serious culinary critics from the likes of the Huffington Post and The New York Times. And if you’re looking for a reason to experience what

all the hullabaloo is about firsthand, we’d like to acquaint you with Downtown Dine O’Round, held September 28 to October 14. Presented by Nicholas & Company, the Downtown Dine O’Round allows both veteran and new restaurantgoers to dig in to some the best dishes available in Utah at a super-affordable price point. During this two-week event, participating restaurants will offer $5 or $10 two-item lunches

A KINDER COMMUTE How cyclists and motorists can live in harmony Though you might intuitively think that the number of pedalers on the road drops as the weather starts to cool, fall to early winter actually represents a sweet spot for bike commuters. There are, however, a few things for both cyclists and driver to keep in mind to keep the road as safe and confrontation free as possible.

and/or $15, $25 or $35 threecourse dinners, alongside existing menus. Options range from swanky, special-occasion destinations like Finca, Current Fish & Oyster and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse to weeknight, come-as-you-are joints like Red Rock Brewing Co, Taco Taco and Tony Caputo’s. And don’t worry about having to clip a coupon or fork over your email address; just ask for the Dine O’Round menu when you arrive and you’ll see what items

For cyclists: • Make eye contact with motorists so you know they see you. • Wear bright, noticeable clothing and add reflective tape and a light to your bike. • Ride on the right, but not too far right. Drivers will be less tempted to try to squeeze past you. • Practice looking behind you without swerving before you head out into rush hour traffic.

are eligible for this one-time-ofthe-year pricing structure. For a complete list of participating Downtown Dine O’Round restaurants, visit dineoround.com. And don’t forget to snap a photo of your Dine O’Round experience. Post it to Instagram with the hashtag #dineoround and tag @downtownslc and you’ll be entered to win dinner for a year. Bon Appetit! I

For motorists: • Heed the three-feet rule: pass only when you can safely put three feet of air between a cyclist and your car. • When parked on the street, always check your mirror before opening your door. • Avoid talking on the phone while driving and NEVER text and drive. • Check your blind spot before making a right turn. I

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GREENbike greenbikeslc.org Open year-round, GREENbike makes getting around fun. Plus, it is an easy way to stay warm by pedaling up to your next meeting or lunch spot, no matter the season. Daily or annual passes allow unlimited user rides for 30 or 60 minutes and remove the usual excuses for not riding a bike, 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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RIDE SHARING Utilizing smart phone apps, services such as Lyft and Uber provide on-demand rides. Users can call a car directly to their location and be on their way in mere minutes, 24 hours a day. You can, of course, go old school, and call or hail a cab.

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US BUS UTAH usbusutah.com Discover the sights of Salt Lake City on an openair 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:

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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 train car. UTA’s network connects the University of Utah, SLC International Airport and SL Central Station, which accesses bus and FrontRunner lines, through downtown.

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Celebrating the Holidays on Temple Square How to take part in a tradition more than a half-century in the making

magnificent Salt Lake Temple, a six-spired granite edifice, which took Mormon pioneers 40 years to complete. Starting November 23, the 35 acres surrounding this landmark building come alive with the state’s largest and most elaborate holiday lights display. Highlights of this tradition, which began 53 years ago, include the 70-feet-tall, 80-year-old Cedar of Lebanon tree—lit with more than 75,000 lights every other year to protect the tree’s health—and nativity displays at the North Visitors Center, the Main Street Plaza and ce skating at the Gallivan Center (thegallivancenter.com/ice-skating), at the Church Office Building. The Temple Square lights are on display daily from 6 snapping photos of your kids to 7:30 a.m. and 5 to 10:30 p.m. through with Santa at City Creek Center (shopcitycreek.com) or The Gateway December 31. (shopthegateway.com) and catching a The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s renowned Ballet West (balletwest.org) performance Sunday morning broadcast, Music & the of The Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre Spoken Word—the longest-running are just a few of the ways to celebrate the network radio broadcast in the world— holiday season downtown. But likely the runs every Sunday year-round. But on events that most succinctly define Salt December 16, 23 and 30, these famous Lake City during the holidays are the light broadcasts take on a holiday theme and displays and concerts at Temple Square move from the Tabernacle to the larger (templesquare.org/christmas). Conference Center (just north of Temple Square). Admission to Music & the Spoken The centerpiece of Temple Square, of course, is the



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Word is free and open to the public (ages 8 and older). The choir’s popular annual Christmas concerts (free admission, but tickets are required) will be held on December 13, 14 and 15, also in the Conference Center. For advance notice of choir performances and tickets, subscribe to the choir’s weekly e-newsletter, Choir Notes, by visiting mormontabernaclechoir. org/connect. While visiting Temple Square during the holidays, be sure to make time for a stop inside one of the property’s two visitor centers to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through art galleries and interactive exhibits. The North Visitors’ Center features an 11-foot replica of Thorvaldsen’s Christus statue. Exhibits at the South Visitors’ Center include a scaled model of the Salt Lake Temple, providing a glimpse inside the historic building. Whether you’re drawn in by annual holiday displays and performances, rich history and architecture or the largest genealogy library in the world, a visit to Temple Square is sure to be an experience not soon forgotten. I

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TEMPLE SQUARE in the heart of Salt Lake City

Tours are available in more than 30 languages

Many venues to choose from, and all are free


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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.


repository of genealogical records.


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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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your roots in the FamilySearch Center, where helpful volunteers can assist in retrieving family history information from the world’s largest

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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Making a Difference How to give Salt Lake City’s homeless a helping hand, not a handout


ith the holiday season on the horizon and temperatures beginning to drop, it may be tempting to skip your morning latte and instead give that $5 to a person experiencing homelessness camped out on the street in front of your office building or at the exit of your grocery store. But giving money directly to panhandlers actually perpetuates, rather than alleviates the problem. So says wellknown homeless advocate, Pamela Atkinson. “It is often used for alcohol and drugs, which enables addiction,” she says. Recognizing the need for an accessible and easy way for Salt Lake City residents help lift the homeless out of poverty, in 2012 former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the Salt Lake City Police Department co-founded the Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST). While this program provides a number of services to Salt Lake’s homeless population, the most visible aspect of HOST is the red meters scattered throughout downtown Salt Lake City. Spare change and cash placed in these converted


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meters goes directly to homeless support organizations including the Road Home, the 4th Street Clinic and Volunteers of America. The Pamela J. Atkinson Foundation distributes donations made at HOST meters to the organizations listed above and many more; agencies that, in turn, provide critical services to Salt Lake City’s homeless like housing, medical and mental illness treatment, clothing, food, showers, addiction recovery and employment assistance. “Organizations that receive funds from the Foundation are programs that produce quantitative changes in people’s lives,” Atkinson says. During the winter of 2018, the HOST meters raised $36,000, funds that were granted to the VOA (Volunteers of America) to be used as salary for caseworkers. In addition to depositing cash at red HOST meters, donate to the HOST program by visiting slchost.org. “Even a small donation of time, money or materials can help reduce and eliminate poverty,” Atkinson says. I

Above: Staff members with the Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach Program heading out into the field to provide services to the area’s homeless residents. Below: Pamela J. Atkinson, homeless advocate and founder of the Pamela J. Atkinson Foundation.

For a map of HOST meters, to make a donation and to see the full list of organizations eligible to receive funding through this program, visit slchost.org.

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Top and middle photos, London Belle; bottom photo, Quarters.

Back to the Future Getting to know two new additions to Main Street’s bustling nightlife scene


alt Lake’s flourishing craft brewery and restaurant scene is shaking and stirring the dated notion that you can’t find a good watering hole in our capital city. But don’t just take our word for it. Stroll down Main Street where, in addition to dozens of coffee shops, restaurants and boutique storefronts, you’ll find plenty of bars, particularly between 300 and 400 South. There establishments like Whiskey Street, Cheers To You, Twist and The Green Pig anchor one of downtown’s densest nightlife hubs. Here we introduce you to two new kids on the block. A new venture from the owners of another Main Street resident, Pleiku (264 S. Main St), is the London Belle Supper Club (321 Main St, londonbelleslc.com), an homage to Salt Lake’s former red light district and an early 1900s madame/brothel boss known as Belle London. Craft cocktails and high end pub fare, with impressive lunch and dinner menus—we love the duck confit nachos and miso fried chicken—is the rule at this eponymous bar. Enjoy the speakeasy style interior or head out onto one of the most unique patios in downtown. London Belle 18

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also boasts a DJ booth and the upstairs is currently being built out to make way for a dance floor. It’s safe to say this new addition to Main Street would be Belle approved. Featuring classic arcade games such as Asteroids, modern favorites like Killer Queen and plenty of pinball in between, Quarters (5 E. 400 South, quartersslc.com) is Salt Lake’s first barcade (arcade bar). Head down below street level–Quarters is located on the lower level of the historic New Grand Hotel–and grab a gamerthemed drink like the Crush Bandicoot (Templeton Rye and Orange Crush) or the Hulk Smash (gin, green chartreuse, lime, simple syrup and mint) and rack up some high scores. There you can also join gaming leagues, browse an expansive selection of free board games and test your modern gaming mettle on several different video game consoles. I LONDON BELLE ALSO BOASTS A DJ BOOTH AND THE UPSTAIRS IS CURRENTLY BEING BUILT OUT TO MAKE WAY FOR A DANCE FLOOR.”

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Edison Street The inside scoop on the good eats, live music, tasty java and more on this charmingly funky downtown side street


hat used to be an unassuming alley in the heart of downtown, home to little more than a few choice parking spots for moviegoers headed to nearby Broadway Centre Cinemas, today Edison Street is flush with some of Salt Lake’s hippest hangouts. The street is anchored on the south end by bar/restaurant Copper Common (111 E Broadway, Ste 190, coppercommon.com). Order a round of craft cocktails (just $6 each, Sunday through Thursday) from the knowledgeable mixologists and nosh on bar snacks and small plates like house pickles, deviled eggs, and shrimp ceviche.

Above: Campos Coffee Roastery & Kitchen.


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Just around the corner from Copper Common is Sailor Taylor Tattoo (215 S Edison St, sailortaylortatttoo.com), the one-man inkery and piercing parlor of artist Taylor Millet. (You can find Millet’s renowned watercolor painting on continuous display nearby at Urban Vintage

Antiquies, 221 E. 300 South). Across the street is Edison’s newest addition: Campos Coffee Roastery & Kitchen (228 S Edison St, us.camposcoffee.com). The urban roaster and java shop is the second stateside outpost of the Australian-based Campos brand (the first landed up in Park City). Friendly waiters with Aussie accents serve breakfast and lunch fare with a dash of Down Under flare—think dippy eggs with toast soldiers, vegemite braised short ribs with tomato sauce—not to be confused with ketchup—and Tim Tam milkshakes. If dessert for breakfast is your thing, try the Australian Iced Coffee with housemade ice cream and whipped cream. Neighboring Campos is Diabolical Records (238 S Edison St, diabolicalrecords.com). In a world where digital music is king and record stores are an endangered species, Diabolical is on the up and up thanks to their curated selection of indie music on vinyl and tape, free weekly concerts from local and touring bands, and their semi-annual Bandemonium event fall 2018 / winter 2019

( July and December); the willing are randomly paired with a local band and have two weeks to create a five- to 10-minute set, to be performed in the store. Perhaps one of this area’s longest continuous residents is Cedars of Lebanon (152 E. 200 South, cedarsoflebanonrestaurant.com). The faithful have flocked here since 1981 for homespun Lebanese specialties like the lamb shish kebab, chicken tagine and couscous Marrakesh, as well as the generous and affordable weekday buffet. But Cedars is not all about what’s on the menu. Friday and Saturday nights there come alive with belly dancers entertaining in the dining room and downtown partygoers stopping to mingle in the hookah lounge. Cap off your evening with a strong cup of sweet Middle Eastern coffee, a fitting endpoint to a colorful yet comforting dining experience. Next door to Diabolical is edgy advertising agency Super Top Secret (244 S Edison St, wearetopsecret.com). The speakeasylike office space lends a dose of mystery and intrigue to the block, but one thing’s certain: the secret is out on the allure of Edison Street. I

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Top two photos: Copper Common. Lower photo: Diabolical Records.

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Shave, Haircut and More Five locales where dapper downtown dudes go for a spruce up


he muted tones of cordial conversation mingles with the buzz of electric clippers, the snip, snip of scissors and the occasional snap of a hot towel as it’s cooled before its carefully placed on a client’s face. Such is the scene at many of Salt Lake City’s thriving barber shops. But don’t expect the same one-size-fits-all experience you may have had when accompanying your dad to a barber shop as a kid. Today’s barber shops, while solidly targeting men, are more akin to salons, offering a full-service experience that goes well beyond haircuts to beard trims, skin care, waxing and more. Following are five downtown shops redefining what it means to be a man.


Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Deseret Barber Shop (135 Social Hall Ave, 801-328-1910, deseretbarbershop.net) is one of Salt Lake City’s longest-running. The original shop opened in Deseret Gym in 1910, and even though the gym has long since gone and the shop is now located in the City Creek Center, the owners honor tradition by keeping the name and offering precision haircuts and hot lather neck shaving.

Kristina Wells, founder of Barbiere (341 W. Pierpont Ave, #2, 385-240-5104, barbiereslc.com), offers the classic barber shop experience along with modern cuts for all hair types in a light and airy setting. Wells’ product selection is huge: if you’re looking for rare beard oil or a styling gel that’s no too wet nor too dry, this is the place.

The beginnings of Ray’s Barber Shop (154 S. Main St, 801-359-7297, raysbarbershopslc.com) date back to 2005, when Ray Francom, a third-generation barber form Wyoming, opened up shop in Salt Lake City. What began as a one chair shop in the foothills has grown to three locations in Salt Lake City and Ogden, employing more than 30 professional barbers. Ray’s downtown location is a nostalgic barber shop that will remind you of the traditional shops of the past with trained barbers who know and understand modern styles, giving you the best of both worlds.

City Barbers (241 E. 300 South, 801-243-6915, citybarbers.co) is an authentic barbershop with Old-World charm. Vintage barber chairs from the 1920s, paired with grooming products from around the globe, make a visit there like nothing else in Salt Lake City. Every barber ion the shop has International accreditation in men’s classic barbering haircutting styles.

Step inside The Bureau Barber + Shop (281 S. Weechquootee Place, 801-410-4007, bureaubarbershop.com), and you’ll blood pressure is sure to immediately drop. Clean white walls punctuating by shiplap and marble accents create a serene and welcome backdrop for indulging in some serious ‘me’ time. At The Bureau, classic meets modern with premium quality, every time. I

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Sentinels of a Bygone Era

Noticing—and appreciating—downtown’s wealth of original apartment buildings




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alt Lake City’s recent boom in downtown apartment living echoes a similar heyday that took place 100 years ago. Between 1910 and 1940 the city’s population increased from 92,000 to 140,000 and investments in amenities like streetcars and paved sidewalks fueled a bustling business district. Construction of the city’s first apartment buildings soon followedand were completed in two general phases: the first from 1904 through the start of World War I, and then again from the early 1920s until World War II.

Association of Utah. “It’s nice to return at night to well-lighted corridors and know that help if needed, can be quietly summoned.”

These new urban dwellings boasted luxuries that many rural Utahns had never before experienced: innovative frills such as “disappearing” Murphy beds, Frigidaire refrigerators, electric ranges and on-site laundry machines. The decor was upscale for the time, with glass interior doors, hardwood floors, casement windows, chandeliers and tiled bathrooms. “There’s always somebody home in an apartment,” advertised the Apartment House

After growing up on farms or pioneer homes, downtown apartment living represented an exciting new approach to residential life that everyone from young married couples to recent immigrants were interested in. Fortunately, many of these beautiful vintage apartment buildings still line our streets, reminding of us of the elegance of a bygone era.

The early apartment buildings were designed as either walk-ups with one or two entrances on each landing or as a double-loaded corridor plan with multiple entrances along a central hall. Architects took advantage of Salt Lake’s deep blocks, fitting the long, narrow apartment buildings on lots where a home and a garden or corral where located previously.

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The Pauline apartment building at 278 E. 100 South was one of the first to be built in 1904, closely followed by the La France at 246 W. 300 South and the twin buildings of the Altadena and Sampson, at the corner of 300 South and 300 East.

Unit 60 at the Woodruff in 1930 when they first moved to Salt Lake from Chicago. They spoke Polish and English; Abe worked as a truck driver and cattle buyer. Sadly, Abe was killed in a truck accident in 1935 shortly after their son was born, after which Vera moved back to Chicago.

Walk down 300 East today and you will see other lovely historic apartment buildings, with their leaded glass windows, Colonial Revival balconies and ornate entrances. Keep strolling over to 235 S. 200 East and you’ll happen upon the Woodruff apartments, a luxury for the time it was built in 1908. “The building will be steam-heated, you will have hot water ready at all times of day or night, as well as free janitor and night watchman service, telephone and gas range … you will save on coal bills, water, telephone, streetcar fares and other incidentals will reduce your costs of living, and you will have all the comforts besides,” read a 1908 newspaper ad for the Woodruff. It advertised specifically to “young men looking for desirable apartments close to their work.”

The decorative elements of the turn-of-thecentury apartments are striking. Most have the original light posts and fixtures, doors and tiled entries. Note the French door balconies, intricate brick patterns and neon sign at the Embassy Arms, 120 S. 300 East. Venture over to the Piccardy at 115 S. 300 East and you will find a Jacobethan Revival style with twisting columns and large finials, arched windows and an imposing sign over the door. Often the buildings were given creative names to convey sophisticated style, such as the Belvedere (29 S. State), the Hollywood (204 E. 100 South) and the Silverado (243 S. 300 East).

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timbering detail around some of the upper windows. Newly married couple Larry and Rosalee Hunt lived in Unit 605 during 1959 when they came from St. George so Larry could serve in the Army at Fort Douglas. The rooms were advertised as “an address to be proud of” with “reasonable monthly rents” of $40. The investors who started Salt Lake’s first apartment boom included local families such as the Coveys, Downings and Sampsons, along with out-of-state financers from California. Several prominent builders constructed most of Salt Lake City’s original apartment buildings, such as W.C.A. (Andy) Vissing, who came to Salt Lake City from Denmark as a 14-year-old, formed his own contracting company and made his fortune by building more than 20 apartment buildings over the course of his career. The Covey family, led by entrepreneur brothers A.A. Covey, S.M. Covey and H.T. Covey, built apartments to last. All of their early-twentiethcentury buildings are still standing and used today—the La France, Hillcrest, New Hillcrest, Kensington, Buckingham and Covey. The Covey Apartments on South Temple were considered the most elegant of the group, even featuring a passenger elevator to serve the seven floors. As you walk by the Covey entrance at 239 East S. Temple, relish the brickwork, gargoyles and wrought-iron balconies. Imagine the first tenants moving into the nearby Hillcrest apartments on First Avenue with its windowed sleeping porches, beautifullylandscaped interior courtyard and private garages out back. The Coveys expected their onsite managers to do everything from mopping hallway floors to delivering ice to residents’ kitchen iceboxes. With the advent of The Depression, funding 28

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for new construction evaporated. And then, after World War II residents wanted cozy bungalows in the suburbs, which were suddenly more affordable with federal loans. Downtown apartment construction declined further and the occupancy patterns changed dramatically. By the turn of the twenty-first century, some of these grand old buildings became stylish condominiums, while others serve as lowincome or affordable housing. Owners are taking care to maintain the unique architectural

features and advertise the historic beauty of the structures. At least 73 of the downtown apartment buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2014, the city adopted design guidelines for the buildings to emphasize their “distinctive urban scale and presence.” The more than 100 historic apartment buildings still in use today are a vivid reminder of the boldness and style with which Salt Lake City entered the twentieth century. I

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Meet thy neighbor Digging into downtown’s communal dining scene ABOVE: STRANGERS BECOMING FRIENDS AT BEER BAR.


ining out is something most people plan and look forward to with anticipation. Whether a celebratory event with family or wine-soaked get together with friends, eating at a restaurant is something almost everyone can relate to and enjoy. But how the final experience shapes up is often as much about the environment as it is about what we order off the menu. When communal dining debuted in fine dining establishments in downtown Salt Lake in 2012, it seemed more of an edgy trend than a necessity. Fast forward a half decade and how does communal dining sit with Salt Lake residents and visitors now? Are more restaurants


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sizing up the idea to save space and pack more diners in when possible or have guests rebelled against forced mingling with strangers? Attitudes toward communal dining seem to be all in the eye of the beholder. Oftentimes, the price point of the restaurant and the time of day can both weigh heavily on the apparent success of the concept, given its longtime prevalence at college pizza joints and barbecue restaurants for decades. Counter service coziness When diners stand in line to order food at a counter and then seat themselves—a la fast-casual dining—it’s common to sit next to fall 2018 / winter 2019

strangers at a bar or communal table designed to maximize space and ease seating delays. At Siegfried’s Delicatessen and Beer Bar, the concept couldn’t seem more natural. Sit down with a beer and a sausage and meet some new friends over a lunchtime repast or post-work supper. Originally opened in 1971 and still Salt Lake’s only authentic German deli, Siegfried’s (20 W. 200 South) dishes up wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, corned beef Rubens and more for lunch and dinner. Order cafeteria style and sit at the bar along the window front or at tables located throughout the store. Here you’ll find some of the most diverse diners in the city—from local business people to Europeans shopping for specialty meats and items and everyone in between. Utah native Amy Rasmussen says Siegfried’s is the perfect communal dining destination. “The price point and lunch counter definitely make it okay,” she says. Down the street, Beer Bar (161 E. 200 South) also plays off a German-inspired beer garden feel with dozens of beers from around the world on tap and a chef-driven menu of sausages and fries. The interior is almost exclusively dedicated to picnic table communal-style seating to bring people from all walks of life together. Tim Haran, the founder of utahbeernews.com, a website that strives to share stories important to Utah’s craft beer community, finds the Beer Bar’s communal format enjoyably tees up casual


conversation with friends—or strangers. “The fact that Beer Bar has long rows of picnic tables where different groups can sit next to and across from each other makes it easy to strike up conversations over a pint or two,” Haran says. “It’s fun because, for me, the conversation usually starts and centers on beer but then it expands into a variety of different topics such as living in Utah, nearby restaurants, politics and sports. The communal seating definitely helps people gain perspectives they might not get otherwise.” But as the price point of potential restaurant options rise to the level of fine dining, restaurants like The Copper Onion, Pallet and even White Horse have implemented communal dining for other reasons— and the popularity of the locations may become the determining factor in the seating arrangement. Share or wait White Horse Spirits & Kitchen (325 Main St) is a bar and brasserie serving high-end cocktails and sharable dishes. As evening sets, downtown business people and convention goers alike flock there for truffle salted potato chips and buffalo roasted cauliflower—often finding themselves sharing communal tables that front the kitchen in standingroom-only conditions. Similarly, in the heart of downtown, diners are still lining up to experience The Copper Onion (111 E Broadway), which opened in 2010—and one of the fastest ways to do so is to sit down to a meal with strangers. Chef and owner Ryan Lowder brought the communal dining concept from New York to create an environment more urban in nature in which guests could experience his award-winning and locally sourced American cuisine. Diners regularly find themselves asked to make the choice between a long wait for a private table at brunch, lunch or dinner or immediate seating at the shared table. When that’s the case, a shift in attitude can overcome the lack of intimate space. “It reminds me of cruise ship dining,” says Sybille Schmidt, a German native who has lived and dined around the world and now calls Utah home. “We always enjoy sitting and meeting other people, light conversations and sometimes it turns into friendships. You never know who you’ll sit with, who you’ll meet or what stories they have to share. It’s for sure not everybody’s thing though.” Angie Gallegos, who moved to Utah from Michigan to attend BYU in the early 1980s, laughs, “Communal dining reminds me of church and how the pastor makes us turn and greet the people next to you. I

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don’t enjoy it unless they are more interesting than my current tablemates.” She does, however, enjoy sitting down at a communal table while on vacation. “It’s fun to visit with locals and get advice for other places,” she says, and finds it an intriguing way to get insights about the community. West-side eatery, Pallet (237 S. 400 West), is one of the best places to commune with the locals. Open for dinner only, Pallet serves creative new American cuisine that’s as intriguing as the 100-year-old building its housed in. Installed at the center of the restaurant are two long, communal tables made from reclaimed wood. The tables were included at the suggestion of the restaurant’s interior designer in the hope that they would urge neighborly interaction and shared experiences with others—but also offers options for larger parties—in addition to patio dining and individual tables surrounding the periphery of the tightly spaced restaurant. With a focal point of the mirrored bar and dynamic design elements, guests at the communal tables are often brought together first by the awe inspired by their visual surroundings. As Salt Lake continues to grow and attract more residents and visitors each year, time and space at Utah’s best restaurants will remain at a premium. In turn, downtown restaurants will continue to get creative with the most effective way to satiate as many customers as possible while providing an atmosphere that complements the cuisine. When faced with a communal dining option, Karin Palle, a business consultant and former restaurant owner in Salt Lake City, suggests that guests keep an open mind about the experience. “You need to go into it with a ‘wonder who I’ll sit next to today’ attitude. As an athlete who travelled when I was younger, we never knew who we would sit with and what we would learn. You definitely don’t go to a communal dining experience for an intimate dinner or special occasion. But if you are going to have a lighthearted conversation with friends, I say embrace the opportunity to meet new people.” I


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Top two photos, Siegfried’s Delicatessen; bottom two photos, White Horse Spirits & Kitchen.



The Return of the Custom Suit

Breaking down the buzz surrounding this old-is-new trend ABOVE: A FINAL FITTING AT MAIN STREET’S BECKETT & ROBB.


dmittedly, I’ve never worn a suit. As a woman and telecommuting writer for most of my career, I simply have never felt the need for one. Or, rather, I’ve been able to skirt around (pun intended) buying one with off-the-rack separates when job interviews, funerals and other suit-worthy occasions have arisen. That said, I’m also into clothes and fashion and love that rare and delicious feeling of wearing a garment that—because of the color, fit or even sometimes the mindset I was in when I bought it—makes me feel like my best self when I put it on. Ask any of the clothiers (never called salespeople) who staff downtown Salt Lake City’s thriving custom suit shops what the biggest benefit of investing the time and money in a custom suit is, and they’re sure to tell you that it’s that “I look great” feeling every time you put it on. “What we’re actually selling is confidence,” says Jason Yeats, co-founder of Main Street custom suit maker, Beckett & Robb. Really? Who couldn’t use a little extra confidence? I know I certainly could. So, with my curiosity piqued, I went about sussing out what the real differences are between a custom suit and one purchased off the rack. Express Your Style Fit is the obvious no-brainer advantage of going the custom suit route. Ask any man over six feet tall or under about 5 feet 4 inches, and they’ll tell you buying a suit off the rack is

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challenging, to say the least. But getting a just-right fit is really just the beginning. “We always start with a conversation,” says George Edward Spencer IV, head of shop at Tailor Cooperative, an almost speakeasy-feeling custom suit shop on downtown’s funky Pierpont Avenue. “Before we start looking at fabrics or discussing different styles, I want to find out the client’s intent, the application of the suit, their color preferences, how they want to feel in the suit and find out how they’d like to fit the suit into their existing wardrobe.” Though suits, as a rule, would seem very uniform in terms of style, custom suits actually offer plenty of elements that can become part of what Spencer calls, “your personal brand.” Take for example the Milanese buttonhole. Back when suit jackets still closed at the top, this left-lapel buttonhole— which now is sometimes used to hold the occasional flower or lapel, but is most often not used for anything at all—was a functioning buttonhole to close the jacket all the way up. (The word boutonniere is in fact the French word for buttonhole.) Some machine-made jackets do have Milanese buttonholes, but the difference between one sewn by a machine and one cut and sewn by tailor—as is the case on a custom suit—is obvious, particularly to those who wear suits. It is a tailoring flourish that lends the cherry-on-top prestige to a jacket. Other avenues for establishing—and maybe deepening— your personal brand with a custom suit include single versus double-breasted lapels; one, two or three closure buttons; button styles; sleeve buttons; a sack, structured or fitted downtown the magazine


department stores, and on the racks, you’ll see what sells the best: solid navy, black and gray in either summer or winter weight fabrics. Most custom suit clothiers, however, have thousands of fabrics at their disposal, in types ranging from polyester and linen to wool and tweed and in patterns covering window pane and herringbone to pinstripe and Prince-of-Wales check. In 2011, Hayden Bryant co-founded H.M. Cole Custom Clothiers, a sleek and formal shop located in the ground level of a white granite office and apartment building on South Temple. Bryant and business partner Michael McConkie became familiar with custom clothing while working abroad. Bryant and McConkie also own and operate the overseas manufacturing facility where H.M. Cole suits and clothing separate are made and has direct relationships with fabric merchants allowing access to more than 20,000 fabrics. Speaking of which, Beckett & Robb recently expanded their bulk cloth offerings to several lines made in Italy, enabling them to offer these high-end fabrics at the best possible price. For the first-time custom suit buyer, there are a few of simple rules of thumb to keep in mind regarding fabric: if you’re looking for a suit wearable year-round, go with a lightweight worsted wool. For a winter-only suit, go for tweed, flannel or a more insulating wool. And for summer (think what you’d wear to a wedding), try fabrics such as linen, silk or cotton. Longevity No doubt, the price difference between an offthe-rack suit (beginning at about $400) and a custom suit (starting around $600 to $700) is significant. But how long a custom suit will last versus many off-the-rack suits is significant as well, due almost exclusively to canvasing. silhouette; and on and on. The options for customization are really endless, which is why an interaction with a competent clothier should always begin with the conversation Spencer refers to; so that rather than feeling overwhelmed by the choices involved in purchasing a custom suit, the experience feels more like a journey in realizing your own distinct style.

Top: Many custom clothiers, like Tailor Cooperative, also offer shoes, shirts, ties and other wardrobe essentials. Bottom: Tailor Cooperative’s Head of Shop, George Edward Spencer IV.

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Custom suit jackets are lined with an extremely stiff linen fabric called canvas, which is cut to the jacket’s shape and then stitched directly to the underside of the exterior fabric. This lining holds the shape of the jacket and keeps it from sagging or deforming over time. Canvasing is also responsible for hallmark details of a wellmade suit like a lapel that curls over the chest rather than creasing. Many off-the-rack suit manufacturers no longer used canvas and instead glue a fusible interlining to the wool shell of the suit. Over fall 2018 / winter 2019

Where to Suit Up, Downtown time, this glue tends to degrade and may become unstuck after multiple cleanings and/or pressings and causes the fabric to bubble or ripple around the chest and lapels. Unfortunately there’s no way to fix this problem once it has occurred. “Educating our clients about canvassing is just part of the services we offer when they come to us for a piece of custom clothing,” Yeats, from Main Street’s Beckett & Robb, says. “We consider ourselves style consultants and engage in our clients’ entire wardrobe to give them versatility to last a long time.”

family legacy for him as well. “My grandfather was the master tailor at Utah Woolen Mills for 40 years, and made custom clothing for many of Utah’s elite back in the day,” Mirabelli says. “Unfortunately he passed before I was born. Therefore, I wanted to have the custom experience that I am sadly never going to get from my grandfather.”

So, beyond the banking crowd, who’s fueling the on-fire trend for custom suits? Well, really any man—and many more women than you’d expect—in the market for a go-to quality suit that, as we referenced earlier, makes them feel fantastic every time they put it on.

Chris Neihart, co-owner of Premier Equestrian in Sandy, decided to buy his first custom suit to wear to his wedding this fall because, “I’m six feet six inches tall, so off the rack clothing can be hit or miss regarding the fit,” he says. How a custom suit allows design options like color, fabric, liner, fit and buttons not available when purchasing off-the-rack also appealed to him. And while he doesn’t expect too many occasions where he’ll wear the full suit after his wedding day—his chose a super-dapper emerald green fabric—“I look forward to wearing the sport coat with a nice pair of jeans.”

Luke Mirabelli will be graduating from medical school in May and recently purchased a custom suit to wear to the residency interviews he’ll be embarking on this fall and into the future in his career as a doctor. But the purchase also represents something of a fulfillment of a

And, what about me, you ask? After embarking on this custom suit quest, I’ve become a convert as well and am planning a visit to one of downtown’s clothiers to very soon fulfill my own dreams of joining the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit. I

Custom Suit Converts

Beckett & Robb 150 Main St (801)415-9434 beckettrobb.com Bespoke Custom Clothing 145 E. 900 South (385)251-1010 bespoke-clothing.com H.M. Cole 136 E. South Temple (385)229-4447 hmcole.com Ferreira European Custom Tailor 132 W. Pierpont Ave (801) 462-5533 europeancustomtailor.com Tailor Cooperative 335 Pierpont Avenue (801)656-6525 tailorcooperative.com

H.M. Cole offers either in-person fitting service at its South Temple retail store or on-line.

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n a sun-dappled July day earlier this year, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, staff from the Downtown Alliance and officials from Salt Lake County’s Center for the Arts gathered on Exchange Place Plaza to announce a new partnership. Dubbed THE BLOCKS in reference to our capital city’s famously large city blocks, this collaboration, they explained, was created to showcase downtown Salt Lake City’s broad range of artistic, cultural and entertainment programming. “With its wide variety of venues, audiences and non-stop creative energy, THE BLOCKS offers a quality and consistent experience you cannot get anywhere else in Utah,” Biskupski said. THE BLOCKS spans downtown Salt Lake City’s urban core, running from the west side of 600 West to the east side of 400 East, and the north side of North Temple to the south side of 400 South. A smidgen of the offerings and events located within this conveniently compact area include the El Mac & Retna Ave Maria mural (160 E. 200 South) and Jann Haworth’s SLC Pepper


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mural (250 S. 400 West), the monthly Third Friday Gallery Stroll, the Utah Arts Festival, Abravanel Hall, the Eccles Theatre, the Twilight Concert Series, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Craft Lake City DIY Festival, Pride Weekend, the Living Traditions Festival and variety of events celebrating local Greek, the Pacific Island, Italian, Japanese and Hispanic communities. “With experiences ranging from intimate to arena, traditional to contemporary, world-renowned to backyard, structured to spontaneous, highly-refined to cutting-loose, THE BLOCKS is Salt Lake’s Cultural Core,” says Tyler Bloomquist, Downtown Alliance artistic director of THE BLOCKS. One of the exciting initiatives as part of THE BLOCKS is a mural inside the underpass at 200 West. Earlier this year, the THE

BLOCKS partnered with the Salt Palace Convention Center to create a community mural in this previously underutilized space. Six local artists—Traci O’Very Covey, Chuck Landvatter, Matt Monsoon, Evan Jed Mammott, Alexis Rose and Jimmi Toro— created 150-foot-wide, paint-by-numbers style mural along the wall of the underpass, fall 2018 / winter 2019

downtown, now is the ideal time to reimagine our public spaces, forge new collaborations focused on creative problem solving, galvanize our street life, and celebrate our diversity. Now is the time to create the downtown we have always wanted. How will this happen? By supporting and championing our creative community.”

which the public was then invited to help fill in during a celebration held in August. “As Salt Lake City is embracing our new growth and outside interest, we have seen an infrastructural shift to answer the demand for an engaging and inviting urban lifestyle,” Bloomquist says. “With more people living, working, commuting into, and experiencing

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And while the quality of life benefits downtown Salt Lake’s artistic community provides are likely immeasurable, the economic impacts of our city’s arts offerings are very much quantifiable and play a key role in our state’s financial well-being. According to a study by Americans for the Arts, 7.4 million people attended arts and culture events in Utah in 2015, spending more than $194 million in the process. Furthermore, spending by Utah arts and cultural organizations and their audiences supports more than 10,000 jobs. “In THE BLOCKS we have great dining, amazing theaters, and interesting visual arts and we want the entire surrounding regional community to know about and experience all this district has to offer,” says Sarah Pearce, division director of Salt Lake County’s Center for the Arts. “This joint effort by Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City is a testament that investing in the arts makes huge impacts both directly and indirectly to the economic vitality of a community. Visual arts can stimulate a lonely alley or abandoned building and performing arts, film and music events attract audiences that spend money not only on tickets but also

at surrounding retail, restaurants and bars. And, a community with a vibrant arts scene attracts new visitors, new residents and new businesses.” So, whether you’re looking for a new gallery, a poetry reading, a play by a celebrated local writer, a performance of a Bach masterpiece, an edgy piece of street art, the nation’s biggest LGBTQ festival, engaging architecture, whetting your pallet with a new cocktail or coffee, creating alongside your kids at a contemporary art museum or simply stumbling across a ballet versus breakdance battle, THE BLOCKS has you covered. I

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How a businessman’s loving homage has evolved into one of downtown’s most beloved performance venues



he Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. 300 South, artsaltlake.org/venue/ rose-wagner-center), is a downtown treasure. Izzy Wagner, a local businessman, visionary and philanthropist wanted to honor the memory of both his mother, Rose, and his wife, Jeanné, a Vaudeville actress, and so he built the intimate performance space known affectionately by Salt Lake residents as simply, The Rose. Wagner’s homage sits on the exact location of the adobe home where he was born and raised. Since opening in 1997, The Rose has played host to a broad range of amazing local and world-renowned dance and theater performances, lectures, films, premiers, presentations, receptions, workshops, festivals and visual artwork. A versatile, three-venue


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performance complex, The Rose houses the 500-seat Jeanné Wagner Theatre, the 180-seat Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre and the 75-seat Studio Theatre, alongside studio spaces, permanent art installations, resident company office spaces, the ARTTIX ticket office and a rotating art gallery. The scale of the three theaters in The Rose are the perfect venue for audiences seeking a more intimate, inviting, and engaging experience when attending a performance or event. In addition to serving local and international audiences, The Rose is also home to a handful of established, celebrated and innovative local dance, music, and theatre companies, including: The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation (bachauer.com) an organization formed in 1986 to further the pianistic art, foster fall 2018 / winter 2019

excellence in performance and teaching, develop opportunities for pianists and offer leadership in developing a musicallyeducated citizenry. Catch a performance by internationally recognized concert pianist Jane Austin Coop, scheduled to perform at The Rose on November 9 at part of the Bachauer Foundation’s 2018-19 concert series. The socially conscious, award-winning Plan-B Theatre Company (planbtheatre. org) the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new plays by local playwrights. Plan B presents Elaine Jarvik’s world premiere of An Evening with Two Awful Men, a dark comedy about race, privilege and legacy, February 21–March 3, 2019. The Pygmalion Theatre Company (pymalionproductions.org) creators of performances that share the human experience through the eyes of women. Don’t miss Pygmalion’s fall 2018 production of Tigers Be Still, a “comedy about depression” by Kim Rosenstock, running October 18–November 3, 2018. The nation’s oldest and most successful

repertory dance company, Repertory Dance Theatre (rdtutah.org), presents a diverse range of modern dance styles and choreographers paired together in dynamic and unexpected performances. Utah’s diversity takes centerstage when RDT presents Mosaic, November 15–17, 2018, a production including guest artists performing traditional work from Utah’s ethnic communities. The 50-year-old Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (ririewoodbury.com), well-known for producing innovative and original works, touring both nationally and internationally, and providing dance education. On September 27–29, Ririe-Woodbury presents Splice, a dynamic repertory program featuring the return of four dynamic dances. The experimental, avant-garde SB Dance (sbdance.com), known for using irreverent humor, poignant drama, sensuality and athletic feats to provide an incomparable entertainment experience. This October SB Dance heralds in the much-anticipated return of All Saints Salon, an “interactive Halloween experience made for an adult

sense of fright and fantasy” limited to just 80 audience members. And for audiences and local art-lovers who haven’t already done so, we recommend you mark your calendar for the annual Rose Exposed, a thematic program showcasing short works created through the collaborative energy of all six of The Rose’s resident companies, as well as local community partners. Held annually in August, Rose Exposed was launched initially to spotlight the art performed at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and to raise the profile of this under-appreciated venue, and has since become one the most beloved and anticipated events of the year. So, as you can see, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is a hub of artistic and collaborative energy that has served local audiences and promoted local creatives for more than 20 years. With a diverse and robust calendar of performances, screenings, events, and festivals, The Rose stands as an essential asset to both Salt Lake’s and Utah’s arts and cultural legacy. I


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Salt Palace underpass mural 200 West. between S. Temple and 100 S. This colorful community mural is the newest addition to the long history of murals in Salt Lake. A team of six local artists worked alongside the Salt Lake community to complete the paint-by-numbers-style mural, which activates a unique downtown thoroughfare and takes the first step in reimagining the underpass as a possible public event space.

Atelier 341 Pierpont Ave, #3, @helloatelierslc If you’re looking for thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans, then you need to seek out Atelier, an airy, light- and good vibes-filled little shop on Pierpont Ave. You’ll, of course find jewelry, bags, prints and more by shop founders Amanda Mears, Scoutt Shop, Desert Rose Jewelry and Interspacism. But this cozy space is also stocked with lovely finds like flavored salts, collectible vinyl records and tapes and vintage clothing.

Rio Gallery 300 S Rio Grande St, heritage.utah.gov Located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. The venue allows emerging artists, professional artists and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative artmaking and dialogue.


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Take a minute to step off the main thoroughfares and you’ll be surprised what you find in THE BLOCKS. Large murals, trendy eateries, niche galleries and boutique storefronts are just a few of the hidden treasures that await in downtown’s charming alleyways and side streets. Following are a few of our faves.

Pretty Bird Hot Chicken 146 S. Regent St, prettybirdchicken.com It’s was a long wait to see what Salt Lake City celebrity chef, Viet Pham (he was one of the founders of the pioneering Forage restaurant--now closed--and is a Food Network regular), was going to do next. But, with the opening of Pretty Bird Hot chicken last winter, the wait gratefully ended. Indulge there in a convenient sandwich or get gleefully messy with a quarter serving of Pham’s melt-in-yourmouth, juicy, just-spicy-enough fried chicken. Wash it down with a can of PBR or rosé.

FICE Alleyway 160 E. 200 South The alleyway between and behind FICE and Gallenson’s is an ever-changing, open-air gallery of local and international street art and graffiti. While taking in the work on the walls, be sure to pop into Copper Palate Press, a printmaking studio and print shop specializing in custom printing services and sellers of various prints from local artists. There you can also take in a print art exhibition there or even take a printmaking class.

Exchange Place Plaza A shady oasis nestled between the Boston and Newhouse buildings just off Main Street between 300 and 400 South perfect for a relaxing lunch outside or quick sit while exploring the city. Be on the lookout for the Brown Bag Concert Series and other small events at the Plaza throughout the year.

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Above: Elke Opsahl, director of sales and marketing at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown.


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unning a successful hotel, as you might guess, is no small thing. Inspiring and retaining team members; increasing sales and brand awareness; staying on the cutting edge of design, technology, and culinary trends; and giving back to the communities in which they operate are just a few of the challenges hotel managers tackle on a day-to-day basis. Here we introduce you to three downtown Salt Lake

City hoteliers who make the complicated juggling act of running a hotel look easy. Meet the Players

For Elke Opsahl, director of sales and marketing at Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown (215 W. South Temple St, radisson.com), hospitality is in her blood. Staying true to her Norwegian heritage (her grandparents immigrated from fall 2018 / winter 2019


Norway and worked at Finn’s Restaurant in Salt Lake City), Opsahl took the helm of the Scandinavian hotel property in 2018. Opsahl’s experience in the hospitality industry began in Rome when she was 20 years old. After moving from Utah to Italy, she established and managed her own successful hostel and bed and breakfast for eight years. But, due to Rome’s high cost of living, Opsahl realized her future there was unsustainable, sold her properties and business and returned to Salt Lake in 2012. Once back at home, she honed her business development, marketing and group sales skills at posts at Solitude Mountain Resort and Visit Salt Lake. And then the Radisson came calling. “This was a fantastic opportunity to fine-tune my leadership, management and budgeting skills,” Opsahl says. “It also allows me to put my fall 2018 / winter 2019

diversified marketing expertise to good use.” Abby Murtagh, General Manager of Hilton Salt Lake City Center (255 S. West Temple St, Hilton.com), began her career in hospitality and catering even earlier than Opsahl, when she was just 14. Murtagh grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and enjoyed cooking for friends and family. She took her passion to the next level by launching her own successful catering company, Abigail’s Catering Service. It was then that the self-taught entrepreneur knew she had a future in the industry. Murtagh earned a bachelor’s degree from The Cornell School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in Food and Beverage. Her hospitality path continued with leadership positions at Hershey Entertainment and

Resort Company, Interstate, Kimpton and Hilton. Murtagh served as Resident Manager at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria New York before moving to Salt Lake. “As the leader of the Hilton Salt Lake City, I make it our priority to be the best we can be each and every day and make a difference to our guests, our team and our owners,” says Murtagh. “I offer the perspective of having lived in nine states and working with diverse cultures and environments.” Entering his thirteenth year as General Manager of Salt Lake City Marriott City Center (220 S. State St, marriott.com), Doug Koob is well versed in the eclectic downtown hotel scene. The Kansas City, Missouri native graduated in business communications and then entered the hospitality world to work downtown the magazine


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Hilton’s innovative approach to technology, amenities and service resonates at Murtagh’s property. The techsavvy lobby welcomes guests and provides charging stations and the fastest Wi-Fi in the city. They offer the latest in hotel technology with the Digital Key and recently installed charging stations for electric vehicles. The pet friendly 499-room hotel features 19 suites (the most of any hotel in the city) and flexible meeting space. Murtagh’s passion for quality dining shines through at the hotel’s renowned steakhouse, Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. The Best of State-awarded restaurant and winner of the 2017 and 2018 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence delivers contemporary and seasonal dishes, local produce and cheeses as well as cocktails, local craft beers and 497 labels of wine. Her favorite dish? The burrata salad and house-made watermelon sorbet.

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and travel with Marriott International. Sales and marketing positions took him to various parts of the U.S. and in 1994, he landed in Utah. General manager was the next step for Koob, serving in this position at various properties around Salt Lake and Ogden. His current downtown location is in the heart of the city and that is one of the selling points for Koob and his hotel. “Downtown Salt Lake is clean, welcoming and has a very positive vibe for our guests,” says Koob. “It makes my job easier for guests to come back when the city sells itself.”

Koob believes that the Marriott’s distinct location next to popular tourist attractions (City Creek, Temple Square and Gallivan Center) and the new downtown developments (the Eccles Theatre, Regent Street and the financial district) is what separates his hotel property from others. Weekend travelers looking to get away and see the sights find comfort in Marriott’s spacious guest rooms and La Bella Piastra, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant. Weekdays bring in individual business travelers, giving them convenient access to downtown businesses. “Our hotel stays true to Marriott International’s vision of providing a distinctive property geared toward the business and leisure traveler,” Koob says. The Radisson brand represents true Scandinavian hospitality and embraces the company’s modern vision of stylish living design and authentic local tastes. Beginning in November 2018, the 381room Radisson Hotel will renovate the traditional rooms to reflect a chic and modern Scandinavian design. This upgrade complements the contemporary elements of the full-service hotel. “Because the ‘Scandinavian’ aspect is what I identify most with, I am currently working on tying in the history of Radisson Hotel Group to the look of the new spaces in our hotel,” Opsahl fall 2018 / winter 2019

says. “We also want to incorporate Scandinavianinspired menu items at the Copper Canyon Grill and Tavern and banquet menu and create locallysourced products and amenities to provide to our guests.” Giving Back

The Radisson Hotel Group is committed to caring for our communities and the planet and Opsahl’s team takes that to heart. In May 2018, Radisson began sponsoring two children through the SOS Children’s Villages International program to ensure that children grow up in a safe environment. Closer to home, Opsahl and her team participate in the United Way of Salt Lake City’s “Stuff the Bus” program to prepare local children for the upcoming school year. Awarded a 4-key rating from the Green Key Eco-Rating program, Radisson takes significant steps to protect the environment. For nearly 100 years, the success of the Hilton brand is directly linked to the success of the local communities. Murtagh implements the Hilton’s “Global Week of Service” program where team fall 2018 / winter 2019

members have the opportunity to effectively donate time and resources to the communities where they live. Hilton staff members have volunteered over 15,000 hours of time, host annual blood drives and serve meals at the Family Support Center. Hilton Worldwide is committed to reducing their energy consumption and has set a 2030 goal of decreasing the company’s carbon footprint emissions by 61 percent. They offer simple tools, such as recycling training, to educate employees on green practices. Marriott Pride is a nationwide program designed for all Marriott International hotels and their associates. This initiative calls upon and enables all Marriott associates to work with their local Children’s Miracle Network children’s hospitals on grassroots fundraising efforts. Koob and other members of the Utah Marriott Business Council host an annual golf tournament to benefit Primary Children’s Medical Center. Marriott has raised more than $1 million for the hospital over the past 21 years. His staff also participates in yearly blood drives and donates turkeys to “Blessings in a Backpack” charity at Thanksgiving. I

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Lessons in Leadership Four executives succeeding in business as a woman

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hings radically shifted from the moment our CEO, Matt Anderson, attended the 3% Conference, which promotes female leadership in advertising.” recounts Pauline Ploquin, chief relationship officer and partner at Struck, a Salt Lake-based integrated agency. “Not only did he learn more about the true value of female perspective in great work, but he felt the discomfort of being the gender minority in the room. It sent him on a more profound journey: not only did we need more women at Struck, but to draw them, we’d need to foster a diverse environment where they’d want to stick around,” The advertising and marketing spheres can indeed be painfully sparse when it comes to female leadership and representation. Compound that with the fact that Utah’s still working to close its corporate leadership gender gap, and it feels like marketers still have a very long way to go. But diversity in leadership is a business problem, which


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means there’s a solid business solution, points out Jenni Holladay, vice president of strategic marketing and chief growth officer at The Summit Group Communications. “Women make more than 80 percent of household purchasing decisions, so brands are literally losing money if they don’t connect with them,” Holladay says. “If a marketer misses the importance of female perspective, they’re frankly doing themselves a disservice.” Not content to sit solo at the conference room table, here we introduce you to five women using savvy and leadership to solve the problem proactively while taking their companies to the next level and changing the face of their industry, for good. Jocelyn Kearl, Co-Owner & Chief Strategist, Third Sun Productions Jocelyn Kearl found her footing in marketing through years of nonprofit work, grant-writing and fundraising. fall 2018 / winter 2019

Left: Jenni Holladay Below: Pauline Ploquin

“It was a self-taught proving ground,” she says. “And now, Third Sun Productions has forged its own path outside the traditional ad agency landscape. We work with great people—most often nonprofits and small businesses. While we’re a small organization of just four employees, we’re much bigger than that thanks to the partners we work with in town. There’s an incredible creative pool of talent in Salt Lake to draw from.” Now 13 years in, Third Sun Productions primarily offers branding and websites, with more than 200 clients, half of whom are nonprofits and community organizations. “We’ve been lucky to attract partners and clients who play a major role in making Salt Lake so interesting,” Kearl says. “That includes the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market, the Utah Arts Festival, the State Room, Utahns Against Hunger and Meditrina. There’s so much going on here, and we love helping clients cut through the noise.” Every business has a vision and a mission—or at least it should. But conveying that strategically is a fun problem-solving job for experts. “Why don’t we have more women flowing into creative jobs?” asks Kearl. “The skill set isn’t hard for us to access—rather, bias holds us back from entering and moving up. But the women in our industry and business network have an innate desire to support each other and lift each other up.” And, if one can’t create diversity externally, one can still foster it internally. Her advice to up-andcomers: “Know your stuff, pay your dues, master the technology that’s critical to your craft and don’t let anyone tell you to pipe down.” fall 2018 / winter 2019

Jenni Holladay, Former Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Chief Growth Officer, The Summit Group With degrees in both business and design, Jenni Holladay was drawn to marketing because it uses storytelling to solve business challenges. In her role, Holladay expertly oversees marketing strategies for The Summit Group’s clients while taking the reins on the agency’s new business growth. The Salt Lake-based strategic communications agency has served clients ranging from Subway to Microsoft to T-Mobile to Merit Medical. Holladay also serves on the advisory board of Utah’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. While she is proud that The Summit Group’s leadership is half female, she sees a major opportunity to encourage and mentor women in her professional circle. “As a leader,” she says, “my goal is to encourage understanding and to give voice to those who might be hesitant to speak up.” Holladay goes beyond spotting business opportunities for her agency and focuses on internal mentorship and development too. “I love inviting female colleagues to chime in. Our voice is our value. We’re building business and doing results-oriented work when everyone knows their insights are heard. There’s nothing better for the creative process than that.” Holladay points out that the best leadership comes with vulnerability: “A leader who goes out of their way to make others feel understood is the kind of leader you want to work for and do great things for.” She hopes, too, that as a leader, she can encourage others to take an active role as well. “I

want to give people the tools, the platform, and the support to take on projects that will challenge them to create great work. We have so many smart, educated and creative marketing professionals in this market that I believe we rival that of large, coastal agencies. I’ve enjoyed competing on a national scale and showing people just how savvy our city is.” Always looking forward, Holladay is taking on a new role this fall after over a decade at The Summit Group. Fortunately, she’ll still be sharing her talents in the Salt Lake marketing landscape— now, building out marketing and creative practices at Method Communications. Pauline Ploquin, Chief Relationship Officer, Partner, Struck After years overseeing operations and client relationships at Struck and working with every type of brand and medium under the sun, Pauline Ploquin says that she’s proudest of the agency’s downtown the magazine


want to take Struck’s progressive policies beyond our own microcosm.” At the end of the day, she says, it’s quite simple: “Be a good human. It’s good for business.” Molly Mazzolini, Partner, Director of Brand Integration, Infinite Scale Long a sports industry devotee, Molly Mazzolini moved to Salt Lake to work as a Brand Manager for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games—and then loved it here too much to leave. A triple-threat minority—a woman in marketing leadership and also in the sports industry— Mazzolini brushes off anyone who’s surprised by her passion for sports. She co-founded Infinite Scale in 2002 to offer environmental graphic design for athletic venues and events. “It’s amazing to go from the initial stages of drawing up plans to eventually seeing an actual structure or venue come to life,” Mazzolini says. “We get to think about any kind of branded messaging and experience. And, no matter how many stakeholders, it’s ultimately for the sports fan.” Mazzolini relishes leading the charge for clients who may undertake this kind of project once in their careers. It’s Infinite Scale’s job every day, which means they know to think through every detail and collaborate equally well with sports team owners, architects, venue owners and others. They boast a client roster including the NHL, PAC-12, Petzl, the UFC and numerous professional sports teams.

consistently high-quality output amid a wildly swinging agency landscape. The agency has cranked out award-winning work for clients like Nickelodeon, Jack in the Box, Snowbird, Kodiak Cakes and the Utah Office of Tourism. Agility and adaptability are key, explains Ploquin. “Our entire industry needs to evolve and, often, rethink its model. How do we maintain our creative spark while delivering what clients need? We can lean on data and technology, but have to be human-centric first.” In driving that evolution, Ploquin firmly believes that change comes from the top of an organization. Once Struck’s leadership took notice of the importance of building a more diverse team, the agency went all-in. “I’m proud 50

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of our diversity achievements—we’re now at over 50 percent female leadership. To me, this feels congruent on a soul level. You see the difference this makes in our work and in the faces around the office,” Ploquin says. While she’s learned to systematize progress through internal policy, Ploquin has turned an eye to mentoring and promoting women in the larger agency landscape. Now serving as Chair of the Board for SoDA, a global network of digital agency leaders, Ploquin is making this passion a priority. “It’s on leaders to raise the level of empathy, humility, and sensitivity in our industry and in our culture. We can use our roles to coach, listen, and provide people with the resources for them to shape their paths,” Ploquin explains. “I

An active member of WISE (Women in Sports and Events), Mazzolini helped launch a Utah chapter of WISE last year. She also loves engaging with the Salt Lake community through the Downtown Alliance, which she’s chaired in the past. Mazzolini also co-founded Salt Lake Design Week with Kevin Perry of the local American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and has watched it grow exponentially into an annual highlight of Salt Lake’s agency scene. As she mentors and networks with other women in the sports industry and creative field, Mazzolini centers on her professional mantra. “I tell those I mentor, ‘Make things easy on the other person in every professional exchange. Detail matters. Polish matters. Branding matters. Be assertive about following up. Help people help you.’ This informs how we work with our own clients every day. Because, when we do it well, we’re helping each other excel.” I

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owntown’s dining scene is in the midst of a culinary renaissance. Imaginative chefs have redefined modern cuisine while entrepreneur owners have pushed downtown Salt Lake City into the national spotlight as one of America’s great foodie cities with chic and fresh spaces—as unique as the food they serve. Fresh sushi to classic Italian and vegan fare to unique gastropub options

round out a landscape, which features tastes from all points on the globe. Downtown is rising, and the food has clearly reached new heights.

Argentina’s Best Empanadas Serving empanadas to Salt Lake City since July 2016, Argentina’s Best Empanadas has become a favorite and farmers markets and other events around the city. It recently opened its first physical store in Downtown Salt Lake City, making the delicious Argentinian pastries even more accessible. The store prides itself in offering several varieties of homemade empanadas filled with locally-sourced produce, grass-fed beef, and the freshest ingredients available year round. 357 S 200 East | (801) 548-8194 | argentinasbestslc.com

Blue Iguana Featuring authentic flavors from deep in the heart of Old Mexico, Chef Manuel Castillo takes great pride in the constant refinement of generations of Aztec family recipes. Whether you indulge yourself in our tender Chile Verde, mouth-watering Enchilada Suizas, or one of our dozen signature “Holy Molés”, close your eyes and you’ll surely feel transported to the Zona Romantica of Puerto Vallarta! Enjoy an award-winning “Iguanarita”, an ice cold beer, or a glass of our proprietary Blue Iguana wine with your meal. Please visit Blue Iguana, a Best of State winner and Utah Institution since 1997, Downtown SLC located directly across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, or in Park City at the top of old Main Street, inside the Treasure Mountain Inn. 165 S West Temple | (801) 533-8900 | blueiguanarestaurant.net

Bourbon House Bourbon House, Craft Kitchen and Cocktails, is a modern speakeasy celebrating the classic Manhattan, showcasing 9 different varieties, along with a menu of cocktails featuring a multitude of spirits. Have you ever had an adult fried bologna sandwich? The Craft Kitchen side of Bourbon House will leave you wishing you were a kid again. Sports fan? We offer game day food specials and every sports channel to showcase your game. Apart from games, we host local DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, including live Jazz every Tuesday evening. 19 E 200 South | (801) 746-1005 | bourbonhouseslc.com

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Martine Recently renovated, Martine offers a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy locally sourced, handcrafted cuisine. A standout lunch spot by day and classic date-night choice by night with flavorful tapas and wine options. Located adjacent to Eccles Theater, Martine makes the perfect addition to your night out in downtown Salt Lake City. 22 E 100 South #200 | (801) 363-9328 | martinecafe.com

Red Rock Brewery Red Rock Brewery opened its doors on March 14, 1994. From the very beginning, it set out to brew high-quality craft beers and serve delicious food. Over the past 20 years, Red Rock Brewery has earned a national reputation as one of the most creative breweries in the country. The original brewpub has become a staple of Salt Lake City’s downtown dining scene. Its beers have earned more than 100 regional and national awards and the restaurant has been named ‘Brew Pub of the Year’ by Brewpub Magazine and ‘Large Brewpub of the Year’ by the Great American Beer Festival. 254 S 200 West | (801) 521-7446 | redrockbrewing.com

Rib & Chop House Utah’s Rib & Chop House serves quality Certified Angus Beef steaks, award-winning baby back ribs and fresh seafood. Since 2001 the Rib & Chop House has opened eleven restaurants in the Rocky Mountain West and has been awarded “Best Steakhouse” in multiple states. At the Rib & Chop House, our staff is dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences by providing great food and fantastic service. Located across from Vivint Smarthome Arena and open Monday – Saturday, 11am to 10pm. 140 S 300 West | (406) 551-4982 | ribandchophouse.com

Squatters Salt Lake’s original brew pub has been brewing legendary beers for over 25 years. Squatters mouthwatering menu features daily specials and traditional pub favorites such as fish and chips, buffalo wings and an array of delicious burgers - paired with award winning beer, a welcoming atmosphere and hospitable service. Squatters purchasing philosophy is to procure organic, locally produced and environmentally friendly products, supporting local companies whenever possible. Serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Squatters also features an urban garden patio and spectacular city views, as well private event space on three different floors that can accommodate groups from 20 - 300. Squatters. Good For What Ales You. 147 W Broadway | (801) 363-2739 | squatters.com


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Texas De Brazil Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian steakhouse that embraces a time-honored tradition of churrascostyle cooking, which was adopted from the gauchos, or Brazilian cowboys of Southern Brazil. Renowned for its genuine rodizio-style dining, guests are able to sample from endless servings of various cuts of meat including lamb chops, leg of lamb, picanha, filet mignon, chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, Brazilian sausages and more. Additionally, Texas de Brazil boasts an extravagant gourmet salad area containing more than 50 fresh items such as grilled vegetables, imported cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon, creamy lobster bisque and many more mouthwatering variations of salads and traditional Brazilian sides. Accompanying the meat service are the celebrated Brazilian favorites: pão de queijo (cheese bread) & cinnamon and sugar bananas. Decadent desserts, refreshing Brazilian cocktails and an award-winning wine list are also available to further enhance the dining experience. Private dining and group packages available. Located downtown at City Creek Center. 50 S Main #168 | (385) 232-8070 | texasdebrazil.com

Whiskey Street During the late 1800’s, Salt Lake City was so inundated with people of ill-repute (prospectors, soldiers, and ladies of the night), the blocks between 200 South and 400 South were known as Whiskey Street; the moniker was given by none other than Brigham Young himself. Whiskey Street, Cocktails and Dining, features over 300 whiskeys, 200 beers and the largest collection of spirits in Salt Lake City. As opposed to your typical “bar food,” you will dine on entrees showcasing fresh, local products, house made marinades, and hand carved meats. 323 S Main | (801) 433-1371 | whiskeystreet.com

White Horse Featuring authentic flavors from deep in the heart of Old Mexico, Chef Manuel Castillo takes great pride in the constant refinement of generations of Aztec family recipes. Whether you indulge yourself in our tender Chile Verde, mouth-watering Enchilada Suizas, or one of our dozen signature “Holy Molés”, close your eyes and you’ll surely feel transported to the Zona Romantica of Puerto Vallarta! Enjoy an award-winning “Iguanarita”, an ice cold beer, or a glass of our proprietary Blue Iguana wine with your meal. Please visit Blue Iguana, a Best of State winner and Utah Institution since 1997, Downtown SLC located directly across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, or in Park City at the top of old Main Street, inside the Treasure Mountain Inn. 325 S Main | (801) 363-0137 | facebook.com/whitehorseslc

Zest Dining out can be difficult when trying to eat healthy. Through delicious food and beverage, zest promotes a fresh lifestyle. The kitchen focuses on using organic and local ingredients while offering a diverse vegan and paleo-oriented menu. At the bar, refreshing cocktails are complimented by fantastic juices and funky modern styles. Lunch is a refreshing experience, and at night, dinner’s ambience keeps a relaxing pace. Zest has created a compassionate environment for five years and will continue to influence the dining scene in Salt Lake City with positivity and energy. All persons dining in the restaurant must be 21+. 275 S 200 West | (801) 433-0589 | zestslc.com

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Utah is bristling with companies working on the cutting edge of technology. Here we introduce three who’ve found home, sweet, home in downtown SLC The Dreammakers



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SimpleCitizen (370 S. 300 East, simplecitizen. com) co-founder and CEO, Sam Stoddard, was at Brigham Young University studying to get his master’s in accounting degree when he met the woman who would become his wife. When they got married, he assumed her immigration process—she’s from South Korea—would be straightforward: he’d fill out some paperwork, she’d be granted citizenship, and that would be it. The experience, however, turned out to be anything but simple.

Stoddard began by enlisting the help of an attorney, who quoted him $3,000 to help secure his wife’s citizenship—obviously cost prohibitive for a student. So, with his background in tax accounting, Stoddard decided he could fill out the forms himself. Nearly four months later, after completing a stack of paperwork rivaling one of the last Harry Potter volumes, he went back to the attorney to make sure his wife’s application was ready for submittal. Five minutes after glancing over the documents, the attorney assured him fall 2018 / winter 2019

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he’d done the task correctly and handed him a bill for $500. “Sam knew there had to be a better way,” says SimpleCitizen Vice President of Community, Matthew Gale. So, Stoddard created SimpleCitizen—a digital immigration solution designed to streamline the path to citizenship. He pitched the idea at various BYU tech competitions and others across the state, won some grant money, and eventually built the software. Soon after he partnered with company co-founder, CTO and Mexican immigrant, Aydé Soto, a 2018 Women in Tech Finalist by the Women Technology Council and recipient of the 2018 Sego Award for Innovation in Technology. From their beginnings in Utah County, the team—which in addition to Stoddard and Soto includes third co-founder and CMO, Brady Stoddard—took their talents and technology to BoomStartup, where they raised money from Kickstart Seed Fund and several other investors, ultimately making the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley for three months in 2016 to join Y Combinator, the startup accelerator of Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit fame, just to name a few. Gale describes SimpleCitizen as the TurboTax for immigration. “We started three years ago,” he says, “and since then we’ve helped thousands of immigrants in the United fall 2018 / winter 2019

States.” In November 2017, SimpleCitizen launched an enterprise product for companies that employs foreigners to automate their immigration paperwork. Between that, word-of-mouth referrals, and Google reviews, SimpleCitizen is disrupting the immigration process in an incredibly positive way. Launched in Utah County, SimpleCitizen eventually moved to Salt Lake’s Impact Hub and is now located at Church & State, a nonprofit business incubator. “We plan to stay in Salt Lake,” Gale says. “We’re innovating immigration and hope to help as many immigrants as possible. We’re on a mission to help people achieve the American dream.” The Space Between Giving and Receiving

Within a small Main Street workspace, five earnest 20-somethings sit huddled together, their eyes fixed on the glowing screens in front of them. Their task? Coding and collaborating their way to STEM Mentor Exchange, or STEM MX, a web-based platform which will allow K-12 teachers to provide STEM opportunities to students by connecting them with professionals in the field. And while the scene may not seem that out of the ordinary in

tech-friendly downtown Salt Lake, the coders building the platform are a bit unexpected: they are students themselves, earning degrees while getting real-world experience at the Neumont College of Computer Science (143 Main St, neumont.edu). “We’re changing lives through education,” says Neumont President Aaron Reed, Ed.D. from his office on the fourth floor of the school’s campus inside the Ezra Thompson Building, colloquially known as the old Tribune building. “We love being downtown,” Reed says. “It’s a major recruiting-plus for us and certainly sweetens the pot for students coming here from all over the country.” Approximately 100 students graduate from Neumont every year in degree programs spanning information systems, game development, web design and technology management. As Reed mentioned, more than 80 percent of the student body comes from downtown the magazine



out of state, and most live in school-sponsored housing downtown, lending their passion to the city’s burgeoning tech scene while getting to take advantage of all that downtown Salt Lake has to offer. But it’s not only students that Neumont’s staff and faculty hope to impact. “Looking at the numbers, and where things are going on a local, regional and national level, we need more people who code,” Reed says. “The projections at every level show that there are simply not enough computer science or STEM graduates to support the needs of the workplace.” Which is why students at Neumont get to work on mutually-beneficial projects for businesses and non-profits here and across the country. STEM MX is the result of a collaboration between the college’s Enterprise Partner program and the STEM Partners Foundation, an organization tied to the State of Utah’s STEM Action Center. “When you’re as passionate about computer science education as we are,” Reed says, “you jump on the chance to effect change at every level.” Solving Problems Yet to Be Realized

“We believe virtual reality is going to disrupt the way we all work, socialize and entertain ourselves over the next decade in ways that are hard for many people to imagine right now,” says Matt Wilburn, chief operating officer for 56

downtown the magazine

Daz Productions, Inc. (224 S. 200 West, daz3D.com) a downtown tech firm redefining the tech space through a passion for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). For the uninitiated, VR immerses users in a fully artificial virtual environment, typically with use of a VR headset—a technology being used widely in video games and movies. AR, on the other hand, overlays virtual objects onto the real-world environment; an example is the Pokémon Go! craze that swept the world in July 2016. Daz Productions, works in both of these realms through two company divisions: Daz 3D and Morph 3D. General Manager Berkley Frei explains the work being done at Morph 3D as “solving the problem for everyday people that don’t yet know of the problem that needs to be solved.” Right now, Morph 3D’s state-ofthe-art avatar engine is used primarily by developers to create video games, apps, and VR and AR experiences. But as these virtual and augmented worlds expand to the masses, this same avatar engine can be used by consumers. “In our ‘real lives’ we make choices every day about how to present ourselves,” Wilburn says. “It’s no different in virtual worlds: the more you experience VR, the more you’ll want to tailor your appearance and the way you interact with others.” Much like how Blogger and WordPress enabled non-developers to create their own websites, Morph 3D’s avatar engine

makes it possible for the average Jane Doe to customize her own avatar for VR. But, as James Thornton, Daz Productions’ chairman, president and CEO explained, the pathway to getting this technology into the hands of the masses is by forging more business-to-business partnerships; collaborations like Daz Productions, Inc’s recent partnership with Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC and entertainment giant Warner Bros. to support Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster production of Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One. “We’re providing this technology for multiple platforms, which then gives us access to a much broader audience,” Thornton says. The Daz 3D side of the business serves professional and recreational artists in more than 200 countries across the globe and has a worldwide customer base totaling tens of thousands. Daz Productions, Inc. relocated from Draper to downtown Salt Lake City in 2012, a move that Wilburn says has been key in accessing and attracting top creative and software development talent. “We’re waiting for the masses to catch on to the problems we’re solving,” Thornton adds. ”But when they do— and they’re starting to—we’ll access millions of users across the globe, from right here in downtown Salt Lake.” I fall 2018 / winter 2019



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Downtown Magazine - Fall 2018/Winter 2019  

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