Venturing off the beaten path is key for finding a different pulse in any city. For example, the experience in New York or Paris is bound to be different at Times Square or the Eiffel Tower than smaller streets featuring local flavor and flair. Here are a few unique corners to see a side of Salt Lake you'll be delighted to discover.
Connecting Broadway to 200 South, just east of State Street, is Edison. Anchored by Copper Common, a bar concept featuring hip cocktails, fresh oysters and upscale bar bites is a favorite for post-work drinks for nearby office workers. Speaking of offices, the headquarters for architect firms, the La Porte Group (who are building the Plaza on State Street project, which backs up to Edison) and nationally-recognized creative ad agency Super Top Secret are all here. The secret is out on Diabolical Records, who sell vintage vinyl and new, local music, as well as live shows in their space. A few summers back, Dinner on Edison reimagined this area, beginning with an indoor cocktail hour in a modern office, then serving a five-course meal under chandeliers.
No big boxes or chains here. On the stretch of strollable street along Broadway between State and 300 East, the shops are as unique as the people who own them and the wares they sell. From rare books and fresh-brewed coffee to mid-century modern furniture and oysters on the half-shell, this downtown district offers retail eclecticism unmatched anywhere else in the city.
Born from the beloved Copper Onion and just steps away, this downtown watering hole ups the class factor with bar food that includes burgers with duck fat aioli and lobster ravioli, not to mention a top-notch selection of handcrafted cocktails. Great for a full-out dinner or as you wile away the wait for a table at the Onion.
The fourth edition of Downtown The Magazine is live, hot off the (digital) press. Read about Micah Peters (cover story), CEO of Clearwater Homes and his vision for downtown living with projects such as Broadway Park Lofts and the Westgate Business Center's transformation to Paragon Station.
Other features include transplants who have moved from around the world to SLC, hot shopping on Broadway, co-working office spaces, exciting developments, stunning architechture profiles and secret gardens.
Also included are stories on the Gateway Rising, by reinventing itself as an entertainment hub, as well as a roundup of summer festivals, new bars, cool patios and restaurants.
Launch the entire digital magazine here: Downtown The Magazine.
Our downtown is set against one of the most stunning natural settings of any city in America. Salt Lake City's parks, trails and open spaces define our values as a community that is dedicated to outdoor recreation, healthy living and sustainability.
As you may know, the Salt Lake City Council is considering a new parks and open space bond, paid for by an increase in property taxes, that could be on the November ballot. We hope the following four guiding principles will be included as part of their decision making process:
The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of the "Windy City". Read about day one here, which finished with a reception at Google's Chicago headquarters. Their open office concept represents a design many other tech firms have mimicked to provide a collaborative and energetic environment for their workers. And the view wasn't bad, either!
The Downtown Alliance hosts an annual trip with local leaders and elected officials to explore other American cities. This year, we've chosen Chicago, visiting a wide range of neighborhoods in the "Windy City". Here's a quick recap of our first day:
All Chicago is a collaborative partnership of the Chicago Alliance, the Emergency Fund and the Learning Center. The partnership works with an extensive system of community resources, providing stability and support to individuals and families in Chicago who face crisis, are without a home and its related benefits. Using a collective impact approach on homelessness, the partnership works to create and support housing solutions in Chicago while improving resources for service providers with one goal: making homelessness history.
Downtown SLC will soon have another protected bike lane installed, this time the seldom used 200 West will play host. The new protected corridor will run North - South from South Temple to 800 South, with a projected completion date of early Fall 2015. This protected bike lane will provide downtown's growing workforce and residents with more interconnectivity into the heart of the city, multimodal transportation options and contribute to downtown SLC's burgeoning economy.
There is an energy downtown you cannot find in suburban office complexes, generated from a diverse mixture of all elements of society in constant vocation or avocation. I find downtown exciting and stimulating, an atmosphere which is complemented by an equally exhilarating mode of transportation: the unicycle. It's green, it's easy to store and carry, and it's sidewalk compatible. When commuting both hands are always free; imagine that for texting! It's faster than walking, but not so fast you sweat or cover your backside with mud. A unicycle's maneuverability is unequaled yet spandex and Gore-Tex offer no advantage. Sidewalk rage just isn't the same thing and parking is never an issue. A unicycle is the perfect downtown car, but beyond all that, it's just plain fun!
The Gateway, City Creek Center and everything in between. All year long
people can enjoy shopping at artesian markets, luxury stores and popular
The Gateway (18 N. Rio Grande, shopthegateway.com) is a large open-air shopping center with
more than 100 shopping fronts and restaurants, residential and office space. Some of the more
notable destinations that call The Gateway home include The Depot, Clark Planetarium, the
Megaplex theater, Discovery Gateway children's museum and the Olympic Legacy
Snowflake Fountain, which is choreographed to a wide range of incredible music and lights at
The elegant, curved glass case holding shelves of jewel-like Chocolatier Blue confections in
the middle of Tony Caputo's Market & Deli is more than just a dazzling display. It's a
symbol of one of many audacious leaps Tony Caputo and his son, Matt, have taken together
in the past decade or so as they've continued to put downtown Salt Lake's premiere
specialty food emporium on the culinary map. "Most of those leaps scared me to death,"
laughs a not-quite-retired 65-year-old Tony as he eyes the $20,000 case they bought to show off
the artisan chocolates. "I thought I wouldn't even live long enough to pay for that case. But after
about six months, it was pretty much a break-even. And, when Matt proposed bringing in a
$100,000 cheese cave, I told him he was out of his mind! Turns out it was an incredibly far-sighted
move. It took a while, but it's paying off, too."
Downtown Salt Lake City is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment in the Mountain West. With significant public and private investments and infrastructure improvements in the last two decades, downtown's skyline has reached new heights and levels of sophistication as a regional destination for work and for play. However, this burgeoning metropolis is only a complementary component to the Salt Lake Valley's prized natural surroundings- in particular the Central Wasatch Mountain Range.
The welcoming gardens at Temple Square provide a much-needed escape
from the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City. Filled with famously
beautiful flowers, these gardens offer a sense of serenity that lifts the spirits
of millions of visitors every year—thanks in large part to countless
Each year more than five million people enjoy the spectacular colors and well-manicured
lawns of Temple Square. As Utah's No. 1 attraction, Temple Square brings in more
visitors than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park, and was named the 16th
most visited attraction in America by Forbes magazine in 2009. And for good reason.