ON THE STREET 

The other day Pago on Main had a ½ hour wait for lunch. Sad face, right? But in this case, we’re happy for them–having a busy lunch service downtown means people are returning to their offices–and that is great news for the urban core’s retail and F&B outlets.

As the kids say, “this is going to be Gucci…”
West Quarter is the massive development on the block of Royal Wood Office Plaza (btw, even when new, there was nothing royal about it). Construction is happening in phases, but eventually there will be residential, retail, restaurants, and in October, the first tower to open will be Le Méridien. Kitty-corner from Vivint Arena, this upscale, design-focused international hotel brand will bring 144 guestrooms and Adelaide Restaurant and Bar, a farm-to-table concept. Our eyes lit up like Christmas morning when–near the end of the press release–these two magical words appeared: rooftop bar. 

Our hearts just grew three sizes! Now you have our full attention. 

Rooftop bars are sexy, they cultivate cool vibes. Do you know how often conventioneers ask where they can find a rooftop bar?! Oh… wait, press release, what now? You buried the lede? Now there are not one, but two rooftop bars at West Quarter!!! Another lounge will be perched atop Element, a longer-stay hotel brand from Westin. 

Journey with us, drink in hand (Grey Goose up a little dirty, three blue-cheese stuffed olives) as we watch the sun dip below the Great Salt Lake from the outdoor garden on the 13th floor. Email us if you’d like to be invited, we’ve already set a Google calendar alert.

Speaking of ascending, Pulp on Gallivan Avenue has permanently closed. Wait, no, they are launching a new concept,  Ascent Kitchen. It isn’t all about us, but this is a two minute walk from our office, so we’re happy this lively little space with great service will return. We spy an expanded menu with very yummy-looking Orange Kitchen, Thai Peanut Chicken Salad, and more. 

Oh Village Baker, how we miss your Meatball Sandwich. The space in the handsome 111 Building will soon be the new home of ALPHA Coffee. Sounds macho. Can’t wait. 

Next door, City Creek Center has set a date for The Capital Grille of March 25th to open this emporium of steak! Owned by Darden Restaurants, we hope this opens the door for more of their platforms to our market, including Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, and Yard House. 

Eva’s Bakery has expanded  into McKay Diamond & Jewelry. (Don't worry McKay, moved .01 miles to Regent Street. Even better: Eva’s plans to keep and refurbish the iconic neon sign).The new space will serve the grab-and-go crowd with faster coffee service, and rumor has it that ice cream is on its way!  

Have you been to the Winter Market at The Gateway? From 10-2 every Saturday, this bustling community experience is a healthy, wholesome way to start your weekend. Aziza, owned by Menna Rashwan, is new to the market and her Egyptian desserts, including kunafa cups and baklava are insanely good… we almost don’t want to let this secret out of the bag. For real. 

We can be frank about this: we welcome the triumphant return of J.Dawgs to downtown! Get your buns moving to their new location in City Creek, facing Temple Square in the Kirton McConkie building. This is a real weiner! On these chili days, we relish their reemergence downtown. We’re going to ketchup with them soon and often!

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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.

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

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