Word on the Street: New Business Openings

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:12 Written by Camille Winnie
Published in Downtown Life


Game Works, a family entertainment venue complete with food, games and a sports bar has been announced at The Gateway in the former Sky Box space plus some additional adjoining space.

Impact Hub, a new collaborative workspace, innovation lab, and event venue for entrepreneurs is under construction at the Former Zim's building at 150 S State St. it is scheduled to open in late spring.

Beer Bar is opening right next to Bar X and owned by the same people that own Bar X. It is scheduled to open this spring and will feature Viet Pham as the consulting chef.

LunaSoft a one stop retail shop that helps business owners built their own websites and other online resources such as email newsletters, social media and CRM. They are located at 12 West Broadway in the former Bee Hive Tea Room location.

Cucina Toscana at 307 W. Pierpont Ave has a new owner and has changed its name to Toscana.

The Shilo in has been sold to a new owner and will be undergoing both an exterior and interior makeover this year and changing brands to a Holiday Inn.

Marriott Courtyard limited service hotel is under construction just south of the Energy Solutions Arena. A second limited service hotel, Hyatt House is planned on the same lot in the near future.

Rocket Fizz opened in January at The Gateway in former Blickenstaff location selling retro candy, soda and gag novelties.

Diabolical Records recently moved downtown to 238 S Edison St. from their former location in the Granary District.

OPENED in 2013:

Especially For You Floral & Retro Rose moved from Broadway to 221 West 400 South this December.

Now and Again, a vintage & antique consignment shop opened in the Former Retro Rose location at 207 E Broadway in December.

Utah Artists Hands moved from 100 South to Broadway in November.

Vive Juicery opened this winter inside of Zest Kitchen & Bar, opened in mid-September at 275 South 200 West offering healthy cold pressed fruit & vegetable juice blends.

Free People, a women's clothing store, opened at City Creek Center in October.

Bad Apple opened at 15 E. 400 South in November offering iPad and cell phone repairs for all brands as well as accessories.

LaFountain, a Mexican restaurant opened in the former Ginza location at 209 W 200 South in November.

Bloesem Flower Lab is a new florist that opened at 11 East 400 South in October.

Spitz, a restaurant specializing in kebabs opened this fall at 35 East Broadway.

Vosen's Bakery moved to a new retail location at 328 W 200 S and added coffee and sandwiches with café seating.

Alamexo - Zy Wine & Cheese closed this fall and underwent a makeover and came back as Alamexo, a new fine Mexican dining concept from Chef Mathew Lake at 268 South State.

Bistro 222 – a new Italian bistro from the owner of Toscano Italian Bistro opened this fall in the street level of the 222 S Main building.

From Scratch - A wood-fired pizza restaurant opened in the retail space in the lower level of the Wells Fargo parking structure on Gallivan Ave in late fall.

Whiskey Street opened at 323 S Main in the former Café Co2 space in December. It is from the former owners of Green Street at Trolley Square.

Jouissance Drybar & Salon opened at 217 East on Broadway this summer.

By the Glass - A wine bar and small plate restaurant by the owners of Café Molise opened this summer in the former Speakeasy location at 63 West 100 South.

Red Hot – a gourmet hot dog joint serving %100 percent Kobe beef hotdogs, opened at 165 S Main in mid July. This is a new offering from the owner of Lambs Café next door.

Spa Day – a full service spa opened at 74 S Main in the Chalk Garden Co-Op in July. It offers a hair salon, massage, facials and body treatments.

Dunkin Donuts opened its first franchise in Utah in the former Burger King location on the corner of 200 East & 400 South in June.

Bon Bon Desserts opened in June in the former Ben & Jerry's location at The Gateway in June serving artisan gelato and ice cream.

Hokulia Shave Ice is another new offering that opened early this summer at The Gateway as a summertime seasonal offering – should be back next summer.

Bodega & The Rest opened at 331 south main on June 15th providing a funky mix of a convenience store/tavern (Bodega) and a hidden "speakeasy style" restaurant (The Rest) below.

Sonny Bryan's – This BBQ restaurant, a second offering by the owner of Toscano Italian Bistro is also opened in the ground level of the 222 S Main building in early July.

Neumont University, a leading computer tech school has opened a Salt Lake campus in the in the former Tribune Building at 143 S. There will be 350 students at this Main St. campus and over 80 students living in on-site student housing starting in August.

City Creek Center opened additional stores in late spring including: Albion Apparel, Alex & Ani Daisuki Sushi, Microsoft and most recently BRIO Tuscan Grille. CCC reports that they are %98 occupied at this point.

Johnny Rocket's, an old fashioned 50's style burger, shakes, and fries restaurant just opened City Creek Center in March

Image Eyes Optical opened in the lower retail level of the 222 Main building in January. This is a second location for a locally owned full service optical center.

Good Dog, a gourmet hot dog eatery opened in the former Quiznos location at 30 E. Broadway in January.

Bangkok Terrace – Thai restaurant, opened on Gallivan Ave., January 13th

The owner of EVA's opened new bakery cafe called Boulangerie in the former Vasuvio's location at 155 S. Main the second week of January

Smoked Out Ink – Tattoo parlor opened at 262 South Main St. in early January in the former ATG Wireless location

Café Shambala took over the former Everest Tibetan restaurant location at 123 E 200 South in January


Creating A City of The Future

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:15 Written by Jason Mathis

Cities of the past were built on trade routes, the convergence of waterways, industrial engineering and manufacturing. Cities of the future will be built on the free flow of information, new technologies, innovation and collaboration.

Ideas, and the translation of those ideas into products, services and innovations are the new building blocks of future commerce. That's one reason everyone in Salt Lake City should take an interest in the announcement that Google intends to bring Google Fiber to Salt Lake City residents. 

Thanksgiving and Smart Giving

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00 Written by Jason Mathis

Abraham Lincoln was a genius.

Yes, he saved the Union, championed the end of slavery and wrote the Gettysburg Address – an eloquent and succinct argument for freedom and equality that celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. But in addition to his many other remarkable gifts to humanity, he also made Thanksgiving a federal holiday, forcing us to pause and express gratitude in whatever way suits us best.

We have much to be thankful for in our community. While there are a host of issues that need attention (funding Utah's schools, air quality, provincialism, etc.) the people of our fair city and state are generally honest and good. Indeed, there is a well of decency here that doesn't exist in every other community.

How to Sundance in Downtown SLC

Friday, 17 January 2014 10:17 Written by Jesse Dean
Published in Dining & Nightlife

Downtown SLC may not have the same outlandish furs or Gucci as Park City during Sundance, but it is by no means quiet. Looking for shopping, music, dining or drinks? Downtown is the place to be if you want to catch some action outside of Park City’s Main Street. Below is the “locals” guide on how to make the most of your Sundance experience in SLC. 


Downtown is home to two world-class malls and charming boutiques. Looking for Hugo Boss, Anthropologie, Nordstrom or Apple? City Creek Center is the place for you. City Creek is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00AM-9:00PM.  From City Creek Center you can hop on the free TRAX train over to The Gateway and find stores like Aldo, Forever 21 and Dick’s Sporting Goods if you need any last minute gear to hit the slopes. The Gateway is open 7 days a week. If you are looking for some local flavor hit Beckett and Robb for custom suiting and men's wear or the Green Ant for locally made mid-century modern furniture on Main Street and Broadway, respectively.

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 11

Friday, 27 December 2013 11:03 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

X96 asked to sponsor a venue with fire. To this we said, "Oh yes, something very much ablaze!" This is how The X96 Stage Ablaze was born for EVE 2014. Not enough fire? Samba Fogo will be dancing and playing with fire Monday and Tuesday. Check out the pyrotechnics this EVE 2014. Let's burn the house down SLC! 

Come see Neighborhood Brains, DJ Jarvicious, Smallpools, Beyond 5 and more this EVE.

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 10

Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:25 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

Your 3 day EVE pass gives you free entry to the funniest show in town: Laughing Stock Improv at the Broadway Theatre. Every show will be ha ha ha-larious. 

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 9

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 14:20 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties


Discovery Gateway is non-stop, hands-on fun with 6 different exhibits to entertain and tire kids out. Our personal favorite... the Terrace. We always wanted to be pilots when we grew up.


12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 8

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:16 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

BounceTown is not just for kids. It's for EVEryone! Come enjoy the new bounce areas we have this year. Just remember there will be actual kids in there DADs.

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 7

Monday, 23 December 2013 11:50 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

#secretEVE back this year. The stroll from Discovery Gateway to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to the Salt Palace showcases 14 installations from local artist. Capture and share what you find on instagram using #secretEVE and you could win prizes. 

For more info visit and click on the #secretEVE link.

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 6

Sunday, 22 December 2013 09:44 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

Temple Square is not just known for its amazing holiday lights. During EVE 2014, they're going to be rocking and rolling with a massive music line up. Check out to see all the music and more.   

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 5

Saturday, 21 December 2013 15:58 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 5...

Clark Planetarium has lasers. 

You really shouldn't need another reason to go there this EVE 2014. But if that's not enough, they have 3D animation and two Rock Concerts. 

Check out Clark Planetarium's full EVE line up at

12 Days of EVE Countdown: Day 4

Friday, 20 December 2013 08:08 Written by Downtown SLC
Published in Events & Parties

This year your EVE pass gets you a ticket to the Jazz vs. Bobcats. Do you think we have enough?

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