It’s starting to feel like we’re in the home stretch of the pandemic with vaccine distribution finally underway. We are looking forward to the summer months when the impacts from the vaccine start to take hold and outdoor dining becomes an option again. Until then, our retail businesses need customers as much as ever. Let’s be sure to support our shops and restaurants to make sure they make it through for us to enjoy after the pandemic!

Recently Opened:

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The Ivy | 55 West 100 South
This cocktail bar-restaurant has been in the works for a little while now and was finally able to open its doors recently. It considers itself a modern American bar offering a contemporary, ingredient-led menu. Personally, I’m hoping the falafel waffle tastes as good as it is fun to say, but there are plenty of mouthwatering options available. Look forward to patio season as they are reinvigorating the old Caffé Molise patio, and they’re working on a secluded outdoor space for private events.


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Janela Bay | At City Creek Center
Based in Orem, Janela Bay designs stylish but modest swimsuits for all body types. You’ll find a selection of one-piece suits and tankinis, and they even have maternity designs and kids’ suits.

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Paper Source | At City Creek Center
This stationary chain opened just in time for Valentine’s Day! Visit to get your hands on custom cards and gift supplies to send to all of your valentines even if you won’t be able to see them in person this year. Of course, you can visit year-round to get everything from custom stationary and calendars to craft kits and party supplies.

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Varley | 63 West 100 South
Sister concept to The Ivy, Varley is located right next door. They even share a kitchen so you can order from a selection of the food menu in addition to one of the signature cocktails. The space is outfitted with custom wood tables and other elegant finishes. Varley is brought to you by the folks behind Soundwell, so we expect to see some great live music over time.

Opening Soon:

Ascoli Espresso | 30 East Broadway
Its flagship store is at Pike Place Market in Seattle, but Ascoli Espresso is preparing to open a location in the center of Downtown SLC. You can expect a true Seattle coffee experience as they bring their signature blends and pastries. The coffee shop is expected to open for business next month.

Cotton On Kids | At City Creek Center
Hailing from Australia, Cotton On has proven to be a popular fashion outlet among hip Salt Lakers. City Creek Center is preparing to add a version geared specifically toward an even younger audience.

Edison Street Brewery | 229 South Edison Street
We’ve been hearing rumors for a while about a brewery going in on the east side of Edison. While we still don’t know much about it, we did receive confirmation just last week. You know we’ll share details as soon as we know more!

Karma | 122 West Pierpont Avenue
We recently noticed the signs change on the spot that most recently featured Button Down. It is set to be another nightclub, maintaining the growing nightlife in the area. 

Niccoli’s I 270 South 300 East
I shared this one with you a few months ago, but have since learned more details that it only felt right to provide an update. Behind the Italian market featuring high-quality local and imported goods, Niccoli’s will include a fine-dining space featuring special chef tasting menus. They are planning 3 private suites that will be utilized for special events and available for private functions. There also some unique amenities in the works, like a water sommelier as is trending in many major cities. Niccoli’s is expected to open next month.

Regent Street Restaurant | 126 Regent Street
The team behind Silver Star Café in Park City is coming down the canyon to develop a new restaurant concept in SLC. The space was formerly occupied by Fireside has sat vacant for a while now, but is sure to see new life with this activation anticipated to open by early summer.

Roctaco | 248 South Edison Street
This storefront on Edison has been a work in progress for quite some time. Its Instagram feed features some gourmet-looking taco concoctions. If nothing else, we can appreciate the enormous octopus mural made by local artist Chris Peterson on the exterior! Did I mention there’s a walk-up window?

TruFusion | At The Gateway
The Gateway will soon be home to a 13,000 square foot gym. This will be the first location for TruFusion, a national boutique gym chain with an innovative focus on group fitness and yoga. Situated on the corner of 100 South and Rio Grande, the gym will prove to be a valuable amenity on the west side of downtown as workers start to return to their offices and residential density continues to increase. Keep an eye on The Gateway as we hear there are some other new concepts in the works!

Uniquely Utah Souvenir Co. | 122 South Main Street
Tourism may not be at its peak right now, but Uniquely Utah will be ready for visitors as early as next month. They are working with local artists and businesses to curate a selection of unique merchandise for anyone to bring home memories of Salt Lake City. The store is perfectly situated on Main Street just south of City Creek Center.

Why Kiki | 67 West 100 South
Drive down 100 South and you’ll notice a new pink facade just in front of the Salt Palace. Downtown Salt Lake City will soon be home to a tiki bar called Why Kiki. Their Facebook page features a recently-posted video touring the space, which looks ready to open very soon. It also previewed some tiki glasses, so get excited for some tropical drinks!

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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.

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