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Downtown Creators 2023:



Norbert Bueno, Kathy Stephenson, Liberty Sky Development/Cowboy Partners + The Boyer Company, Russell Weeks, Downtown Ambassadors, Martine Cafe, Robin Hutcheson, Babs De Lay, Broadway Media Group, Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, Representative Brad Wilson, Deputy Chief Mike Brown, Tom Guinney, The Depot, Mayor Ben McAdams, Valter Nassi, Neumont University, Salt Lake City Greek Festival, SelectHealth, The Downtown Merchants Association, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza /RDA, The Twilight Concert Series, Dick Wirick, Scott Beck, Royal Eatery, Chief Chris Burbank, OC Tanner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mayor Ralph Becker, the Utah Jazz, Broadway Merchants, Zions Securities Corporation, Bill Knowles, XMission, Walker Center, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City Weekly, Zim's Crafts, Robert Farrington, Downtown Rising, Squatters, Bennion Jewelers, Mr. Mac, Fidelity Investments, The Summit Group, Discovery Gateway, LDS Business College, The Eccles Foundation, Utah Heritage Foundation, Wasatch Property Management, Big D Construction, Zions Bank, Cowboy Partners, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Steven and Cleves Weber, Salt Lake City Council, Bishop H. David Burton, KUTV 2News, Meier and Frank, The Outdoor Industry Association, VNU Expositions, Salt Lake City Library, Clark Planetarium, Downtown Dine O' Round, Mayor Rocky Anderson, The Gateway, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, Jess Agraz, Transportation Management Assoc., Tim Harpst, Salt Lake City Parking & Transportation, 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Davis County Transportation Tax Initiative, Rick Davis, The Wells Fargo Center, The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake Art Center, Broadway Lofts, Zephyr Club, Utah Opera Company, TRAX-Utah Transit Authority, Hotel Monaco, Jon Schumann, Sr., FFKR Architects, Gastronomy, Inc., Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury, Gallivan Plaza, KSL Television, Hansen Planetarium, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Naylor Wentworth Architects, Bill Martin, J. Michael Martin, Cordant Technologies, Edwards & Daniels Architects, Living Traditions Festival, David Winder/Lou Watson, Greek Festival, Tony Caputo's Market, Sam Weller, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Temple Square Concert Series, Utah Arts Festival, Downtown Farmers Market, Simmons Radio Group, Salt Palace Convention Center, Brownstone Building, The Metropolitan, I. J. Wagner, Overland Development, Art Access, City Creek Park and Brigham Historic Park, Salt Lake Chamber, KTVX, American Stores Company, Henderson Building, Artspace, California Tire & Rubber Co., Stephen Goldsmith, Fred Ball, Salt Lake County, American Investment Bank, First Night, KRCL, Rio Grande Neighborhood Council, George Hofman, Harris Simmons, Hal Clyde, Neal Stowe, Salt Lake Gallery Association, Exchange Place Partnership, Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble, KSL TV/Radio, Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency, Non-Profit Housing Corp., Peter Lassic, John Williams, Eddie Bauer, The Gap, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Deseret News, Verl Topham, Larry H. Miller, SLCPD Bike Squad, 111 Main/City Creek Reserve, Gail Miller & Miller Family, Salt Lake Tribune, Vestar Corporation, Cultural Core & Vasilios Priskos, Fourth Street Clinic, Caputo's Market & Deli, Plan-B Theatre, Domain Companies & GIV Development, Russell Weeks, Salt Lake City Corporation, Cowboy Partners, The Boyer Company, Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, Norbert Bueno, Social Antidote.

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February 02, 2022


Ice Skate Disco: sizzling DJ vibes on the ice at Gallivan Center!

Social Antidote, Bandah, and friends will turn up the heat on the Gallivan ice rink experience on three Fridays in February with thundering music and dynamic club lighting from 6pm to 10pm, February 11, 18, 25. 

“I floated the idea of making the ice rink a disco dance floor and The Blocks loved it,” said Norbert Bueno, director of Social Antidote. “Even if you don’t skate, journey downtown and enjoy the music and atmosphere. This show is free and open to all.” 

“February doesn’t have to be drab,” said Lucas Goodrich, director of THE BLOCKS. “We are brightening the night with artistry and joy. Skaters can disco on the ice as Social Antidote illuminates the Plaza with club lighting and music echoing through downtown. Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing decisions.”

Revelers can also enjoy GLOW, a temporary sculpture garden staged at Gallivan Center. Ice skating at Gallivan costs $10 and is open every day.

Attention all downtown restaurant, bar, retail, arts and hospitality workers 16 or older. Below is information on how you can secure a COVID-19 vaccination as quickly as possible. Your vaccination will help protect you and your customers as we continue our path to recovery.

Salt Lake County Health Department - Registration is now open at Note: SLCO appointments will be for dates after April 4, as appointments through April 3 are booked by people belonging to previously eligible groups.

Vaccinate.Utah.Gov - Online registration begins Wednesday, March 24th. After you've scheduled your appointment, be sure to check back periodically as cancellations and new slots will open up.

Call nearby pharmacies - Local pharmacy "waste lists" are a real option for anyone age 16+ in Utah right now. Call or visit at the end of the day and ask if they have any leftover doses. Tell them you live or work nearby and can on-call for leftover doses. Don't be concerned about jumping the line -- your initiative is helping providers be more efficient in getting expiring doses to people who need them. After getting your first dose, they will schedule your second dose for 4 weeks in the future. Find local pharmacies here:

Pharmacies are responsible for scheduling their own vaccine appointments. To find out more about pharmacy vaccinations, visit each site’s website at the links below.

Dan’s Fresh Market
Fresh Market
Intermountain Healthcare
University of Utah Healthcare

Cover your bases!
You can also pre-register for a spot now at the Nomi Health website through the state:

If you have any additional questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine, visit

Ditch the chalky conversation candy hearts this Valentine's Day and head downtown where you'll find top-notch shopping and dining deals to enjoy with friends and loved ones! In addition to scoring some unique gifts and mouth-watering meals, you'll be showing love to our local downtown retailers, it's a win-win. Scroll down to browse downtown SLC's Valentine's Day offers. 

Blue Iguana SLC:

Valentine's Special - Paella for $15 per person. Offer valid from Feb 12th-Feb 15th.  Various drink specials. 

Caputo's Market & Deli:

-Ultimate Date Night - a Caputo's Online Intro to Chocolate class, or any of our other in-person or online classes.
-Downtown location will host The Petal Coop Grab n' Go Flower cart on Feb 13-14. Beautiful bouquets using fresh, local flowers - pick up your chocolate and your flowers in one stop!
-Utah Craft Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Caputo's in-house pastry chef is creating a limited-edition treat just for Valentine's Day - strawberries dipped in three kinds of chocolate, each from a different Utah craft chocolate maker: SolsticeAmano, and Ritual Chocolate. Each Caputo's location will offer the berries, Feb 12-14. 
-Special Valentine's Day-themed Artisan Support Pack starting this Friday, Feb 5 - artisan cheese, chocolate, and more to create the perfect date night in.
-Cheesemongers are always ready to help create the perfect cheese + charcuterie board for an intimate night in. Or, choose one of Caputo's gorgeous composed boards!
-Filled chocolate bonbons by Blue's Chocolates, using local chocolate maker Solstice Chocolate for the exterior.

Charlie Chow's

Free dessert with purchase of an entree. 

City Creek Center:

-Kendra Scott - All the Heart Eyes! From Hearts and Arrows to the stone of love, jewelry that will make her say “be mine”. Come shop the Valentine’s Day heart collection today! 
Kendra Scott + Children's Service Society: Supply Drive. Bring a donation to the Kendra Scott at City Creek Center & receive 20% off your entire purchase. See the list below for details.
Personal Items needed: toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, chapstick, Kleenex, diapers, wipes, baby supplies, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush/paste, etc.

-Kay Jewelers -  25%  - 50% off the entire store. See store for details. February 4 – 15.

-L’OCCITANE - Free gift with purchase of $120 now through 2/16/21. Buy any fragrance from the woman’s line, and pair it with a lotion, receive FREE shower gel and hand cream   ($32 value), 2/5 – 2/13. See store for details

Morgan Jewelers - February 4 – February 27. Shop in-store and save up to 60% off on select merchandise and 25% off on Seiko watches!

Curry Up Now: 

Downtown location. The offer is a 25% discount for Valentine's Day total bill. Does not include alcohol. Must mention code "V14". Offer NOT available online.

Especially For You Flowers:

Stunning Roses, Mixed Valentine Arrangements, Custom Designed for Your Valentine. Order Early, We Deliver Valley Wide and Offer Curbside Service for Your Convenience. Romantic Flower Packages, Flowers, V-Chocolates Heart, Handwritten Valentine Card and Rose Petals. Call for Prices.

The Gateway:

-Bath and Body Works - Mix & Match Body Care: Buy 3, Get 2 Free. Or Buy 2, Get 1 Free all month. Valentines items and scents available now

-‘Bout Time Pub & Grub - Buy one meal, get one of equal or lessor value for free on Valentine’s Day

-Dave & Buster’s - Buy $20 and get $20 in gameplay on Valentine’s Day.

-Dreamscapes - Dine and Dream Special, February 14th only. $5 off each Dreamscapes ticket (up to 2 tickets) for every receipt from any Gateway restaurant.

-Fleming’s - Valentine's Day Lunch Menu February 13 - 14. Click here to see details.

-Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center - Fotona 4D laser facial - usual price $1500.  Valentines special $1299. Male (Gainswave) and Female (ThermiVa) rejuvenation 15% off - call for details.

-Gradient - Offering a "LOVE YOUR SKIN" package that includes skin consultation, clay mask, custom facial steamer, custom made toner, custom made facial oil. All for $55 vs. actual value of $75 (25% off). Offer valid from February 11-14.

-Mystery Escape Room - 20% off tickets with the code 'LOVE20' from February 10-16. Only valid for bookings with a minimum of four tickets

-MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company - Couple's Special. Feb 12th - 14th. 2 pizzas or 2 calzones, 2 side salads and 2 soft drinks. Dine-In only. 20% off all Take-Out for the month of February.

-The Store Fine Foods Market & Deli - Selection of Valentine’s candy, cookies, etc. Heart-shaped Filet Mignon and other meat items.

-Tresor Jewelers - February 1st-February 15th, 40-50% off select items. Free small gift with any purchase. Free jewelry cleaning and inspection.

-Tucanos - February 13th – February 16th. Click here to see details. 

-Urban Arts Gallery - Valentine’s Day Art Sale, February 14th Only. 20% off all art 

-White Agent Bridal Boutique - Feb 1st – February 15th, 15% off select dresses. Free piece of jewelry with purchase of any dress.

Settebello Pizzeria:

Valentine's Day Special - Share an insalata, choose two pizzas from the menu, share a gelato - $40.

Stoneground Italian Kitchen:

Click here to view Stoneground's offer.

Takashi/Post Office Place

For the first time ever, Takashi will be open on Sunday!  That's right, this February 14, Takashi will be offering curbside take-out with some "lovely" specials available!  OR, diners over 21 may enjoy a romantic meal at Post Office Place, which in addition to Takashi's menu will feature some potent specials to help celebrate love. Advance orders for Takashi take-out are highly recommended.  (We had to cut off orders on New Year's Eve due to such high demand). Post Office Place will serve Takashi menu until 9:00, and then offer a limited menu until close.

More details to follow on Instagram:  @takashi_slc or @postslc

Winter Market at The Gateway:

In addition to the freshest produce, meats and cheeses in the State, you can pick out unique handmade gifts from local artisans at the Winter Market at The Gateway. The Art & Craft Market is located in the north end of The Gateway in the old Apple space near the water fountains.

Know of a downtown business that should be added to this list? E-mail us at

Each year, the Downtown Alliance recognizes extraordinary contributions to downtown’s vitality, safety and livability with the Downtown Achievement Awards at our annual State of Downtown event. Acknowledging the challenges that many faced in 2020, these award winners rose to the top in the Downtown Alliance’s nomination discussions.

Each of the 2020 Downtown Achievement Award recipients exemplifies what we can solve, accomplish and create when we work together,” said Dee Brewer, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance. “Our downtown is better because of each of their contributions."

2020 Achievement Award Winners:

Fourth Street Clinic - Improving the Lives and Health of Homeless Utahns
For over 30 years, the Fourth Street Clinic has served homeless Utahns. Each year, the Clinic provides primary care, dental, behavioral health, specialty care and pharmacy services to over 5,000 homeless men, women and children. In 2019, the Clinic launched a state-of-the-art mobile healthcare unit that brings the clinic’s services to clients at eleven locations including Salt Lake's three homeless resource centers. In 2020, Fourth Street Clinic was on the frontline of COVID-19 screening and testing for individuals experiencing homelessness and completed over 8,000 tests. View Fourth Street Clinic's video profile below: 
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Caputo’s Market & Deli - Exemplary Leadership and Innovation During the Pandemic
Downtown restaurants and retailers felt an outsized impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The healthy flow of typical customers--downtown workers, event patrons, and business travelers was reduced to a trickle. As businesses scrambled to adapt to safely serve guests, Caputo's Market was exemplary in their quick adaptation. They recognized the health imperative to do business differently. They reassigned employees and communicated their safety measures and service adaptations to customers. View Caputo's video profile below. 
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Plan-B Theatre - 30 Years of Amplifying Diverse Utah Voices   
Since 1991, Plan-B Theatre has produced unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights. Plan-B nourishes our local community of playwrights. It develops relationships with playwrights rather than just developing plays. Plan-B represents the many faces of Salt Lake City. View Plan-B's video profile below.
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Domain Companies & GIV Development - Progressive Mixed-Use Development at Avia and Mya
Avia and Mya are two distinct buildings in one impressive new Transit Oriented Development that is successfully balancing attention to design, carbon neutrality and affordability.  The mixed-income environment leverages diversity as a key amenity at this downtown mixed-use, mid-rise development. 

GIV has developed successfully in the Salt Lake market over the last decade. Domain Companies is bringing new energy and capital to Salt Lake. This is Domain’s first project in the West. View Avia and Mya's video profile below.
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Bill Knowles - Downtown Construction Ombudsman 
At the Downtown Achievement Awards, the Vasilios Priskos Honors were presented to Bill Knowles, Downtown Ombudsman. Bill Knowles has been an ombudsman for construction mitigation on key downtown developments over the last 25 years. These include the Eccles Theater and 111 Main office tower, the original TRAX construction and currently, 95 State tower. View Bill Knowles' video profile below.
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The 2020 State of Downtown report offers insights into key industry sectors: commercial real estate, retail, residential, nightlife, arts and culture. The report was researched and compiled by the Downtown Alliance and CBRE. This report is an excellent resource for developers, planners and policymakers to help guide decisions about investing in our central business district. 

Click here to view the full report
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Whether you treated yourself with some Downtown Dollars or received them as a gift during the holidays, there are plenty of ways you can spend your Dollars and support local businesses! Featuring dozens of downtown bars, restaurants and retailers - this electronic gift card can be spent at many of your favorite downtown merchants. Simply show your eGift Card on your mobile device OR printed card number at participating retailers to use.

Click here or the map below to see where you can spend your Downtown Dollars.

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Mark your calendar and buy your tickets today for the virtual State of Downtown with urbanist Charles Montgomery, the presentation of the 2020 Downtown Achievement Awards and the release of the 2020 Downtown Economic Benchmark Report. Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE.

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Support some of your favorite downtown SLC businesses while saving some dough thanks to the Shop in Utah Grant Program! Shop in Utah offers support for local businesses such as restaurants, bars, retailers, cultural performance groups, fitness studios and hotels while providing discounts to their customers. Pick up some take-out, book a staycation and even get free money at vendors like the Downtown SLC Farmers Market. Check out the full list of participating downtown businesses below and learn more about Shop in Utah here

Downtown SLC Shop in Utah Offers: 

AC Hotel, Salt Lake City - 50% off online prices

Array Salon - Buy a hair color service and get one free

Ballet West - 40% off tickets to Nine Sinatra Songs to the general public starting 10/13. Beginning10/9 we will exclusively offer subscribers and donors 50% off tickets to Nine Sinatra Songs.

bastille - 50% off a huge selection of inventory

Blue Iguana - Contact the business for more information

BTG Wine Bar - Contact the business for more information

Caffe Molise - Buy One Get One Free every day for lunch items

Dexterity Salon - Various service promotions and product giveaways

Downtown Alliance - Get $10 extra when you buy $50, Get $25 extra when you buy $75

Downtown Farmers Market in Pioneer Park – Urban Food Connections of Utah - $10 in Market Cash to be used at ANY market vendor

Eva - Free dessert with 2-person meal nightly

Eva’s Bakery - BOGO - promo code: SHOPINUTAH to any online orders to receive a discount

Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Downtown - 15% discount for Utah residents

Hilton Salt Lake City Center - pay for a $150 room night and you receive a $100 City Creek gift card and a $50 Spencer’s credit

Hotel Monaco - Buy one get one free package; credit for dining 

LatterDayBride - 50% off all prom dresses including our sale prom

Mr. Shabu at Gateway - Make a day in advance reservation for 20% off an entire meal for parties of 4 or more

Odyssey Dance Theatre - Thriller (Capitol) & Shut Up and Dance (Kingsbury): $35 seats discounted to $17.50

Peak 45 LLC - 50% discount on all class packs and private and semi-private lesson; 30% discount on all retail

Poplar Street Pub - 15% discount any food item; $5 Monday wings special (dine-in only)

Post Office Place - SOLD OUT

Repertory Dance Theatre - 50% off performance tickets; 50% off Dance Center on Broadway drop-in classes and punch cards; 50% off digital concerts; 50% off Winter Dance enrollments made before Dec. 30, 2020

Salt Lake Power Yoga LLC - 50% discount on all class packs for both in-studio and live stream; 30% discount on all retail both in-studio and online

Smith Bespoke - 50% off $1000 suit for first time customers

Soundwell - Contact the business for more information

Sweet Rolled Tacos - Contact the business for more information

Takashi - SOLD OUT 

Taqueria 27 - Buy 1 gift card online or in-store and receive a second card free at 50% of the purchased value

Toasters - for every total dollar amount spent, get a 50% gift card of that amount

Tucanos - Contact the business for more information

Utah Arts Alliance -  Up to $25,000 in discounted tickets and local art

UWM Men’s Shop, Utah Woolen Mills - Contact the business for more information

Visit Salt Lake - 50% off all Connect Passes & Salt Lake Brewery Passes

Vosen’s Bread Paradise - 10% off

Whiskey Street Cocktails and Dining - 50% Off Gift Cards

White Horse Spirits and Kitchen - 50% Off Gift Cards

Zest Kitchen & Bar - Gift card discounts; Buy $25, get $5; Buy $75, get $25, etc

Know of a Downtown SLC business that should be on this list? Let us know by e-mailing  

September 15, 2020

Downtown SLC Open Streets

Downtown SLC Open Streets - Closed For Fun

Join us for a Downtown SLC Open Streets from 6-10 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 17th through October 10th. 

Downtown SLC Open Streets will animate the spacious Main Street corridor with expanded patio service areas for restaurants accompanied by buskers and artist activations in various locations from Exchange Place to City Creek Center. This is not a street festival or a block party, but rather an expansion of Main Street pedestrian options to allow residents and visitors the space to enjoy the energy of downtown.
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Parts of Main Street will be closed to automobile traffic and open to physically distanced urban fun. We are excited to welcome people downtown for safe shopping, dining, buskers, and pop-up performances.
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133 restaurants and bars and over 100 local and downtown-only retailers are open for business. Open Streets is not only an invitation to enjoy Main Street but downtown at large.

Physical distancing, face coverings, frequent disinfecting and other safety guidelines are requested. Restaurants and shops require facemasks upon entry. $2 parking is available in the parking garage located on Gallivan Avenue thanks to the Wasatch Group. City Creek Center offers complimentary parking for the first two hours. 

Open Late! Enjoy nearby bars and restaurants during Open Streets:

Bangkok Terrace
Blue Iguana
Bourbon House
Carson Kitchen
Chakra Lounge
Chettinad House
Chili Tepin
Copper Common
Copper Onion
Dave & Busters
From Scratch
Ginger Street
Green Pig
Hall Pass
Himalayan Kitchen
Itto Sushi
Jackalope Lounge
Junior's Tavern
Kaze Sushi
Keys on Main
Lake Effect
Mali Thai
Market Street Grill + Oyster Bar
Michelangelo's on Main
Nacho Daddy
Poplar Street Pub
Post Office Place
Ramen 930/Cupbob
Red Door
Red Lotus Bistro
Red Rock
Rich's Burgers
Sicilia Pizza Kitchen
The Melting Pot

Open Streets is a partnership between Salt Lake City, the Downtown Alliance and THE BLOCKS to sustain downtown restaurants and retailers
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