DTA Staff

DTA Staff

By now, most people have accepted the not-so-fun reality of curtailing large holiday gatherings due to COVID-19. But, there’s no reason festivity needs to be canceled altogether. In fact, most of downtown Salt Lake City remains not only open but abuzz with eclectic shopping, glittery outdoor holiday and public art displays and the diverse dining and bar scene downtown Salt Lake is known for. Following are several ways you can meet—and beat—the final challenge of 2020: getting into the holiday spirit.

Find The Perfect Present

Sure you can check off your holiday gift list by browsing Amazon—yawn—again. Or you can head downtown to shop dozens of locally owned and national retailers, all bedecked for the holidays. At City Creek Center you can check out the Macy’s handcrafted candy windows and the Magical Décor Holiday Tour; peer into the Contactless Storybook Lanterns; and discover local artists, whose work has been incorporated into dozens of shop window displays. Over at The Gateway, in addition to its eclectic resident stores, restaurants and movie theaters, this open-air shopping mall will host the Holiday Art & Craft Market as part of the Winter Farmers Market—where you can get your artisan-made holiday gifts and groceries—on Saturdays through December 19; the Winter Urban Flea Market, where you can browse hundreds of unique finds on December 13; and the Winter Magic Art Stroll, a self-guided audio tour of 14 shop window installations by local artists.

Stretch Your Gifting Budget

Make your holiday shopping budget go even further while helping out hundreds of downtown businesses at the same time with Downtown Dollars electronic gift cards. Here’s how it works: When you buy a $75 Downtown Dollars e-gift card, you’ll automatically receive an extra $25 in Bonus Bucks; buy a $50 Downtown Dollars e-gift card and you’ll get an extra $10 in Bonus Bucks. To redeem, you simply show the e-gift card code (sent to you via text or email for you to use or gift to someone else) at a Downtown Dollars participating business at the time of payment. It’s that simple.

Downtown Dollars e-gift cards are accepted at dozens of downtown Salt Lake’s coolest independent retailers, restaurants, gyms and bars, including White Horse Spirits & Kitchen, Whiskey Street, Diabolical Records, Post Office Place, Salt Lake Power Yoga and Takashi, to name just a few. Downtown Dollars e-gift cards, which never expire (though Bonus Bucks must be redeemed by May 21, 2021), are available for purchase through December 31, 2020.

Light It Up

This year downtown Salt Lake City’s well-known holiday light displays have been infused with a brand new and unexpected dose of artistic creativity. At the Gallivan Center Plaza, amid the traditional holiday tunes and millions of lights adorning 285-holiday evergreen trees, are a pair of art pieces that originally premiered at Burning Man 2019. Concepted and made by California Bay Area-artist Paige Tashner, the Purr Pods are a duo of large, welded metal, interactive cat sculptures that envelop participants in sonic vibrations “leaving them feeling revived,” Tashner says. Best yet, at night these kitties glow with enchanting, color-changing LED lights. The luminescent Koro Loco (“heart place” in Esperanto) is a huge three-dimensional heart formed with hundreds of dichroic plexiglass squares that dance with multi-colored reflections from the sun during the day, and spotlights at night. Salt Lake City artists Emily and Ian Nicolosi and Steve Wong created Koro Loco to “provide a space for reflection on the action of love.” Another must-see art installation on display downtown through the holidays is Aurora Borealis, by Utah artists Day Christensen and Brook Robertson, at the Eccles Theatre’s Main Street façade. (Hungry for more public art? Spend an evening exploring downtown’s more than 60 public art murals.)

Don't forget to share your downtown SLC holiday lights experience with us by posting a picture to Instagram and using #DowntownSLCLights. You'll be automatically entered to win $200 in Downtown Dollars! Winners will be announced on Instagram each week of December. 

Temple Square Goes Virtual

Viewing the Temple Square lights is, of course, one of Utah’s most beloved holiday traditions. And while Temple Square is indeed lit this season, due to an ongoing renovation, the lights there are viewable from surrounding roads and exterior city sidewalks only. A much more intimate alternative is tuning in for a virtual tour of the Temple Square Christmas lights, scheduled for live broadcast on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and on the Temple Square Facebook page on December 1 at 6 p.m. The tour is available for on-demand screenings after then.

Helping Those in Need

Lending a hand to those hit the hardest by this pandemic is a guaranteed way to feel the warm fuzzies of the holiday season. The Road Home offers multiple ways to help those in need over the holidays, including providing items to fill gift bags for shelter guests and donating new, unwrapped toys for its popular Candy Cane Corner. (This year, due to COVID-19, The Road Home is also looking for volunteers to shop for and deliver Candy Cane Corner toys to families.) Contactless ways to help include giving to the Shelter the Homeless’ campaign to raise $10 million, which when met, will be matched the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation. Or consider purchasing a gift or holiday tree from the Festival of Trees (benefiting Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital), celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a virtual silent auction and holiday shopping, and a live broadcast of the tour of the trees on display inside the Vivant Arena on December 4.

Donating time, service and money during the holidays is undoubtedly admirable, but remember that the needs of these communities must be met all year long. And if you are planning a charitable drive, first contact the organization you are hoping to support before you get started. This way you’ll actually get them the items they need most, and they can prepare in advance for the influx of your generosity with appropriate staff to assist in distribution to those who need it most. 

Getting Around

Pay street parking is in effect downtown Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ($2 per hour for a max of two hours); on Saturdays your first two hours are free; and on Sundays, parking is free all day. You can also take public transportation into downtown via UTA'S Frontrunner, TRAX or bus system. Once downtown, TRAX and buses are free within the Free Fare Zone. (Masks and social distancing are mandatory on all UTA buses, trains and TRAX.) As of the end of November, all GREENBike bike share stations remain in service, providing a fun way to get around, especially if you plan to tour downtown’s public art. Downtown parking pro tip: the first two hours of parking at City Creek Center are free!

There is no denying that 2020 is dealing us an unusual holiday season. So, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, choose this year to bundle up, put on a mask and embrace the many ways of celebrating the holidays in downtown Salt Lake City.

Shop, eat and gift local this holiday season with Downtown Dollars! Featuring dozens of downtown bars, restaurants and retailers. This electronic gift card can be spent at many of your favorite downtown merchants and is a great gift for your besties (including you!). Simply show your eGift Card on your mobile device at participating retailers to use.

Bonus Bucks are funded by a Shop In Utah grant and can be spent just like Downtown Dollars at all participating businesses. Click the button below to purchase your Downtown Dollars and browse participating businesses. 

*The Bonus Bucks offer expires 12/31/2020, or when available funds run out. Purchased Downtown Dollars do not expire, but the extra Bonus Bucks must be spent by 5/31/2021.

Don’t see your favorite downtown business listed? Have them contact to enroll as a participating business!

Buy Downtown Dollars!

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How can I purchase Downtown Dollars and receive Bonus Bucks?
Click on the "Buy Downtown Dollars" button above. When you purchase your Downtown Dollars in eligible amounts, you will automatically receive Bonus Bucks to spend at your favorite merchants.

How does the Bonus Bucks pricing structure work?
Purchase $50 or more in Downtown Dollars, get $10 in Bonus Bucks!

Where can I spend Downtown Dollars?
Downtown Dollars can be spent at any participating downtown business. You can view the list and map HERE. More businesses are being added all the time! Click here to add your business.

How can I purchase Downtown Dollars and Bonus Bucks for someone else or give them as a gift?
When purchasing Downtown Dollars, you enter the recipient’s name and email address to send directly to them to redeem, or you can send the eGift Card to yourself and forward the information to them. You have the option to send your original Downtown Dollars purchase and the extra Bonus Bucks to separate recipients.

Do Downtown Dollars and Bonus Bucks expire?
The purchased value of your Downtown Dollars do not expire. Bonus Bucks must be used by 05/31/2021 After 12 months of inactivity, a $3 fee will occur monthly.

Recent rule changes now allow downtown restaurants and bars to add seating in adjacent outdoor (or indoor) areas. Retailers can also activate additional space. The intention is to allow businesses more physical space to operate under health guidelines that require physical distancing among patrons and workers.

“Downtown restaurants have been innovative in adapting their operations and implementing health safety guidelines. But to achieve physical distance standards between diners, restaurants have reduced their guest capacity by 40 to 70 percent. We are hopeful that many restaurants can expand their safe seating under these new provisions,” says Dee Brewer, Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance. 

Downtown Alliance has been working with other economic development and business associations in support of provisions that would let businesses expand their footprint for service.

Mayor Mendenhall’s Emergency Proclamation No. 11 temporarily relaxes rules throughout  Salt Lake City. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) also temporarily amended regulations to allow alcohol service in those outdoor areas. 

This week, 117 downtown restaurants are open with dine-in and/or take-out service. The number of open downtown restaurants has grown each week since May 9. Some customers are dining in restaurants. Some are dining on restaurant patios.  Some are picking up their favorite meals and picnicking at Gallivan Center, the State Capitol or other nearby public spaces.

Related Articles: 

Utah Gives Restaurants A Break for Alcohol Service Outdoors  The Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City restaurants, shops cheer as mayor allows them to expand into parking areas, side yards during coronavirus The Salt Lake Tribune

As you prepare your business to safely welcome employees and customers, the state advises, and in some instances requires, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)--face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other items--for everyone at your place of business. 

Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees can acquire a PPE Push Pack at no charge through the State. Register here to receive your PPE Push Pack.

The State has also compiled a vendor list of Utah companies where you can purchase PPE and other critical supplies. A Mask for Every Utahn ensures every resident can access a personal mask.

As we prepare to reopen our businesses, go back to our offices, and move about downtown, we must continue to practice social-distancing and take personal responsibility to minimize the spread of COVID 19.

Governor Herbert has declared a moderate risk phase (orange phase) for most Utahns.  Accordingly, the state Department of Health has published guidelines for individuals and businesses. Please note that high-risk individuals should continue to operate under the high-risk guidelines.

Be safe. And let’s support one another as we adapt and innovate.  Do you have information or best practices to share?  Send it to and we can amplify it here.

Here are helpful resources we received recently:

A century after Salt Lake City was established, a group of downtown stakeholders began working on a remarkably enduring vision for downtown—the Second Century Plan which they unveiled in 1962.

The Downtown Planning Association, Inc and the Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects put big ideas forward in plan. They proposed a campus of cultural buildings for performances and gatherings (think Salt Palace and Abravanel Hall) and called for a farmers market and a transportation center. They sketched plans for a modern government complex to anchor the south end of downtown. And the planners suggested that City Creek Park be extended toward downtown (which it was) and programmed with a planetarium, aquarium, natural history museum and a children’s science museum.  

They called for mid-block crosswalks and covering downtown sidewalks with canopies. They advocated for “increasing the density, efficiency and attractiveness of the undeveloped interiors of downtown blocks” with inviting walkways and plazas. “Main Street should become a street where pedestrians have right-of-way all of the time” they declared. 

The stakeholders wrote at length about transportation and how the new interstate highway should be integrated. They designated West Temple and State Street as downtown car corridors and envisioned shuttle bus systems to connect the various anchors and reduce unnecessary car traffic. “Once autos and busses have brought people downtown they should be able to shed their vehicles easily.” And they advised downtown development should accommodate helicopter service from the new airport. Helipads didn’t catch on, but it is impressive how much of the plan has been implemented. 

Culture, technology and our economy have evolved immensely in the last sixty years and the next sixty years will be even more transformative. As we plan for those transformations, I think we can borrow the 1962 planners’ guiding principle to illuminate our path: “People give life, vitality and excitement to any city’s downtown—their needs and desires must be the dominant factor in any plan for the future.”

View the Second Century map and text plans. 

The Downtown Alliance, with the support of the Salt Lake Chamber policy team, is monitoring the following bills through the legislative session.

Bill and Title Sponsor Summary Position Status Taskforce

HB 32 - Crisis Service Amendments

Rep. Eliason

Directs the Dept. of Health to apply for a Medicaid waiver to allow for inpatient mental health treatment.

Increases the grant program for mobile crisis outreach teams in counties of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth class.  

Creates a Behavioural Health Receiving Center pilot program and the “statewide warm line.”

Support Committee

  Health Care


HB 52- Intergenerational Poverty Solution

Rep. Thurston Creates the Earned Income and Education Savings Incentive Program, which provides a process for an individual experiencing intergenerational poverty to receive a state match of deposits into certain 529 savings accounts. Support Committee



HB 131- Rent Control Jurisdiction Amendments

Rep. Dailey-Provost Repeals provision prohibiting a county, city, or town from enacting an ordinance or resolution that would control rents or fees on private residential property. Oppose Committee   Housing   Affordability

HB 147- Division of Real Estate Amendments

Rep. Mussleman

Increases the fee for an application for registration of subdivided lands from $50 to $100.

Creates a strict liability standard for violations of the division of real estate licensing code.  

States that it is a violation of a real estate education license or real estate mortgage license to be convicted of a crime of dishonesty whether or not it is related to the business of real estate.


House / 3rd Reading

 Business   Climate

  Housing   Affordability

HB 155 - Homeowner Association Provisions Amendments

Rep. Acton

Requires that before selling a housing unit that is within the jurisdiction of a housing association, the grantor shall provide a copy of the homeowners manual and any associated fees.  

Expands the information that homeowner associations must provide to the Department of Commerce in order to register (governing documents, report of fees, information about the maintenance of reserve funds).

Requires the Department of Commerce to publish educational materials related to homeowner associations on its website.

Monitor House / 2nd Reading   Housing   Affordability

HB 185
 - Tax Restructuring Revisions - Repeal

Rep. Gibson Repeals the recently passed Tax Restructuring Revisions.  Monitor  Governor signed   Business   Climate 

HB 203 - Beer Delivery Program

Rep. Spendlove  Creates a beer delivery license.  Monitor  House Rules 

 Business   Climate



HB 211
 - Renter Expenses Disclosure Amendments

Rep. Judkins

Requires an owner of a residential rental unit to disclose expenses to a potential renter before accepting an application or an application fee.

Prohibits an owner from charging a renter under a rental agreement an amount that was not disclosed in the rental agreement unless the tenancy is month-to-month. 

Monitor  Committee - Held    Housing   Affordability 

HB 215 - Occupational Restrictions Amendments 

Rep. Stoddard  Allows an employee of a restaurant licensee who is at least 18 years of age to notify patrons of the availability of alcohol to purchase.  Support  House Rules    Business   Climate 

HB 223 - Statutes of Repose and Limitations Amendments 

Rep. Musselman 

Provides that a breach of contract or warranty action involving improvements to real property must be brought within three years of the day on which the breach is discovered.  on real property within the six-year statute of repose for contract and warranty actions.

Provides an improvement that is required to be made by warranty must be brought within six years of the completion of the improvement.  If a provider is required to complete an improvement after six years, an action must within two years of the refusal to complete the improvement. 

Monitor  House / 2nd Reading 


  Real Estate 

HB 226 - Storm Water Permitting Amendments 

Rep. Snider  Enacts the Storm Water Permitting Act, which prohibits government entities from requiring stormwater permits related to construction, directs that stormwater containment be studied, and requires the  Division of Water Quality to report on the study of stormwater containment.  Monitor  House Rules 

  Environment   and Natural   Resources

  Real Estate

HCR 7 - Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Congressional Action on Medicare Drug Prices 

Rep. Harrison  Encourages the United States Congress to provide Medicare with the policy tools necessary to negotiate significant reductions in the prices it pays for prescription drugs.    House / 2nd Reading    Health Care 

SB 23 - Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Amendments 

Sen. Bramble 

Allows the division to issue an administrative fine up to $1,000 for each instance of unlawful conduct.

Removes the responsibility of offering opinions regarding the interpretation of a code from the Uniform Building Code Commission. 

Allows active duty personnel to waive licensing fees for licensure renewal.

Removes good moral character provisions for many licensed professions.

Adds a definition for “approved hair design apprenticeship.” And allows for hair design licensure through an apprenticeship. 

Removes aiding and abetting from unlawful conduct related to engaging in activity without a license.  

Exempts the State Superintendent for the Utah State Developmental School from licensure as a health facility. 

Defines architectural “incidental work” if done by an engineer. 

Allows the release of information from the controlled substances database when it is released as part of a criminal prosecution.  

Specifies that the division may not provide more than one hearing panel for each alleged medical liability case against a healthcare provider. 

Monitor  Senate / 2nd Reading 

  Labor and   Employment

  Business   Climate

  Real Estate

SB 39 - Affordable Housing Amendments

Sen. Anderegg 

Appropriates $20,000,000 one-time and $10,000,000 ongoing to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund.

Allows a community reinvestment agency's housing allocation to be put towards the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of income targeted housing outside of the community if the housing is located along or near a transit investment corridor that services the community.

Authorizes the Housing and Community Development Division to partner with one or more housing authorities or other entities to provide rental assistance.

Authorizes the division to partner with the State Board of Education and one or more housing authorities or other entities to identify and to provide rental assistance to families with children who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.

Allows low-income housing tax credits to be assigned to another tax payer; and modifies the distribution of excess money in the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund. 

Support/Priority  Senate / 2nd Reading 

  Housing     Affordability



SB 68 - Mental Health Counselor Licensing Amendments 

Sen. Weiler  Permits a clinical mental health counselor to satisfy licensure requirements if they can show Board certification as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor from the National Board of Certified Counselors.  Support  House / Received from Senate 

  Health Care

  Labor and     Employment 

SB 89 - Mental Health Services Amendments

Sen. Thatcher 

Creates the Mental Health Services Fund administered by the University Neuropsychiatric Institute to help provide mental health therapy, access to evaluations, coordination of short-term care, and to develop a system to access information and referrals for mental health therapy for qualified individuals.

A Qualified Individual is an individual who is referred for mental health therapy to the University Neuropsychiatric Institute by a mental health therapist, a crisis worker, based on the individual's call to a local mental health crisis line, or the statewide mental health crisis line. 

Support  Senate / 2nd Reading 

  Health Care


No bill yet    This initiative would allow municipalities RDA taxing authority.  monitor     
DCFM evaluation of Rio Grande Depot for future uses Rep. Handy  DFCM appropriation for evaluating the Rio Grande Depot building for future uses including a permanent public market.  Urban Food Connections of Utah and Downtown Alliance support this appropriation. UFCU would like to operate a full-time public market (farmers and makers market) in the Rio Grande Depot building.  Support     

from Derek Miller, President & CEO, Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance

As Shelter the Homeless is following through on plans to build and staff new resource centers and has closed the Road Home shelter on Rio Grande Avenue, some are expressing concern that people in need will literally be left out in the cold. These concerns are borne out of empathy and compassion — great qualities of our community.

Fortunately, the Road Home and other direct service providers have committed that people seeking shelter will be provided for through the transition with arranged housing, the new facilities and overflow shelter mechanisms. Thanks is due to Catholic Community Services, Volunteers of America and The Road Home for operating the new resource centers.

The Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance support the new Resource Center Model that Shelter the Homeless is implementing. We recognize that the end goal is not getting people into a temporary shelter, the goal is to help people achieve housing and income stability, food security, and get the health services they need.

Yes, there is potential for oversight in a large-scale transition. Shelter the Homeless partners must manage the transition this winter with outreach, communications and transportation solutions.

In addition to the new dispersed resource centers, the 4th Street Clinic, Catholic Community Services and St. Vincent’s will also operate some services downtown. The downtown community must stay engaged in helping people access the services they need at the resource centers best suited to serve them. 

Beyond this involvement, we must also increase efforts and broaden strategies to engage the service-resistant people currently camping on the streets and in the foothills. We must help them find sustainable shelter solutions, and get those in need of mental health and drug treatment care. Addressing the needs of those camping on the streets is a uniquely difficult challenge and distinct from addressing the needs of those transitioning to the new shelter locations.

Downtown Alliance Street Ambassadors patrol the Central Business District daily to engage people in need, direct them to resources, arrange transportation and schedule appointments for them with caseworkers in the new resource centers.

How can you help? Give to the service providers that can positively intervene and support individuals in need. Please donate directly to Shelter the Homeless to double your donation due to the generosity of the Miller Family match. We strongly encourage people not to give to panhandlers, which perpetuates their dependence on the unsustainable and unsafe path of living and sleeping on the street. 

Anyone seeking shelter or resources is encouraged to call 801-990-9999

The dropping temperatures are evidence that we are close to the holiday season. As you get ready for some major shopping, keep an eye out for some stores opening up downtown. Of course, you don’t want to forget the new restaurants to keep you nourished amidst all the frenzy!

Recently Opened

Arempa’s Venezuelan Cuisine | 350 South State Street
Visit Arempa’s for a menu full of Venezuela favorites ranging from arepas and cachapa to empanadas and patacon. Perhaps you’re like me and not totally familiar with all these dishes, but a quick look at their menu will prove you’ll want to become familiar.

Coming Home | At The Gateway
Just in time for all your holiday decorating needs, Coming Home has opened up a pop-up shop at The Gateway. Various fall and holiday decor includes centerpieces, wreaths, and even fully-decorated trees. Located right next to Salt & Honey Market, you’ve got a one-stop-shop this holiday.

Gem Studio | At City Creek Center
Gem Studio is a local workshop where you can learn to design and create your own unique jewelry. The experience provides an opportunity to utilize silversmithing skills and gem placement. Proceeds go to support humanitarian efforts in Uganda, so you can feel good about your new skills!

MCycle | 355 West 400 South
The cycling studio is now open right across from Pioneer Park. It joins a collection of boutique exercise studios to provide amazing options to stay in shape downtown, perfect given the cooling temperatures we are currently experiencing. With 50 bikes and several classes daily, you’re sure to find a class that works for you.

Stance x Donovan Mitchell | At City Creek Center
The ever-popular Jazz player has teamed up with Stance to open up a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at City Creek Center. The store features some of Donovan Mitchell’s favorite brands, including some of his own signature gear. Stop by and maybe you’ll even have a chance to run into Spida in person.

The Store | At The Gateway
There’s always a demand for more grocery options in the downtown area, and The Store has delivered. Conveniently located within The Gateway at the intersection of 100 South and Rio Grande, you can find an assortment of quality, local food on the western edge of downtown. 

Opening Soon 

Alpha Coffee | On Regent Street
The local coffee roaster recently opened their first storefront in Cottonwood Heights, and is now expanding downtown. We’re told the concept will include a full café, adding perfectly Regent Street as an increasingly vibrant dining destination.

FreshFin Poké | On Regent Street
Another new addition coming soon to Regent Street, FreshFin is an expansion out of Milwaukee offering up a variety of different poké bowls. “Coming Soon” signs are already up in the windows, so we’re hoping we may see this one up its doors before the full force of the holiday season.

Good Burger | On Regent Street
If you want a good burger, this Boise-based chain claims to have found the right recipe. You’ll be able to choose from a selection of premium hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and even a veggie burger. We’ll see how it stacks up to some of our local favorites.

Great Taste | At City Creek Center
We don’t have much to report on this one just yet, but the signs that recently went up on shop windows suggest we might be having a cooking-related retail store coming soon. Here’s to hoping it opens up before the holidays!

Do you know of a new business I missed? Got a tip of one getting ready to open? Let me know at !

“I grew up in the restaurant business,” says Bourbon Group (bourbongroup.com) Executive Chef Matt Crandall of his years in hospitality. His great-grandparents owned and operated downtown neighborhood staple Hale’s Market, and grandfather Don Hale founded Salt Lake City institutions Hires Big H and Litzas Pizza. Crandall’s first job was parking lot picker-upper starting in fourth grade. Says Crandall with a laugh, “It was a big deal when I got promoted to dishwasher,” as a teenager.

He’s come a long way since those seminal years in the family shops’ parking lot. Crandall attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland and worked at Aspen, Colorado’s prestigious Caribou Club. “It was great,” he says of the experience, “but my intention was always to come back to Utah.” He did so in anticipation of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games restaurant build-up, leading kitchens at some of Salt Lake City and Park City’s top spots including a five-year stint at Spencer's for Steaks and Chops.  

Crandall also credits good timing with joining the Bourbon Group. “[Managing partner] Jason LeCates approached me right after he opened Bourbon House (19 E. 200 South, bourbonhouseslc.com). And then we opened Whiskey Street (323 S. Main St, whiskeystreet.com) together,” bringing the group’s concept of great food, top-shelf spirits and craft cocktails to Main Street six years ago. Shortly thereafter, the team opened White Horse Spirits and Kitchen (325 Main St, whitehorseslc.com) with an upscale American brasserie vibe. Says Crandall of overseeing three distinct concepts, “We had to have each spot stand on its own,” for both the menu and ambiance. “You can’t compete with yourself,” and still make all three successful, he says.  
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Beyond the walls of Crandall’s three kitchens, however, the competitive gloves come off. He won multiple “Taste of Utah” events while at Spencer’s, has had recipes featured in national competitions (such as his cherry and kirsch-soaked lava cake, which won the national Cherry Institute top prize) and was the winner of the inaugural Downtown Alliance Chef Showdown in 2017. “That one really challenged me as a chef,” says Crandall of the live throwdown starring kohlrabi as the mystery ingredient. “I’d never even seen it before, so it really made me think outside the box.” His Southern-inspired first course of kohlrabi prepared in the spirit of fried green tomatoes with a vibrant smear of pimento cheese was a crowd favorite. Most recently, the Bourbon Group received a much-coveted spot in the Salt Lake City airport terminal expansion, set to open September 2020.     
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The key to keeping innovative? “Travel,” says Crandall definitively. “You’ve got keep trying new things to stay on top of your game.” As Bourbon Group Food and Beverage Director, he says pulling inspiration from great food cities like Chicago, Portland, Nashville and Seattle is a crucial and on-going part of his job. He also credits his wife (who also has a background in the restaurant biz) and four children with keeping him grounded. “Maintaining a balance of work and family life is key,” he says of the industry’s notorious time sacrifices. “Getting outside makes for great family days,” spending most of his summer hours off boating and wakeboarding with the Crandall crew.  

But Crandall’s earliest family foundations remain the core of his success. “My grandfather was all about having the best quality ingredients,” he says of his youth spent in kitchens: “Everything was made from scratch in-house.” Each Bourbon Group restaurant shows the same attention to detail, from house-made ketchup to his superlative smoked Tasso ham. “It’s a commitment to quality that I learned early,” Crandall says with a smile.

August 22, 2019

Ready, Sweat, Go!

Wellness is having a moment, and the fitness world is riding the wave—just look to the rise in athleisure, Instagram “fitfluencers” and boutique fitness studios for proof. From cycling to boxing and yoga to barre, niche workouts and specialized classes held in modern, stylish studios (some with swanky amenities like juice bars and day spas) are trending across the country. These studios offer more than just a way to break a sweat—they dish-out a high energy dose of positivity, motivation and a sense of belonging among their clientele. Ahead, check out four boutique studios in downtown Salt Lake City where you can get your fitness fix and maybe even make a few new friends.

Rebel House

The Workout: Rebel House (320 W. 200 South, rebel-house.com) offers a trifecta of classes: RIDE, a rhythm-based cycling class; RIOT, a beat-based boxing/HIIT class; and REHAB, a beat-based yoga class. 

The Backstory: Utah locals and husband and wife duo Devin and Nina Pearson opened Rebel House in August 2017. Prior to Rebel House, the couple owned a trucking company and mobile bar business. Nina also worked for Delta, and amidst their travels, they discovered fitness studios similar to Rebel House, but realized there was nowhere in Salt Lake City to enjoy the same type of workouts. So they decided to create their own.

The Vibe: Classes are held in dark rooms so clients can focus on being present and their own personal practice without distractions. “Rebel House is a place for all skill levels,” says Nina. “You will never hear us talk about weight because we want people to focus on what growth looks like to them. Our clientele is friendly, optimistic and treats everyone with respect.” 


The Workout: Peak45 (250 Broadway, peak-45.com) offers high-intensity, low-impact Pilates. “Think of Pilates mixed with cardio, upbeat music and fast-paced transitions that is safe on your joints,” says Kristen Kenney, a co-owner and instructor.

The Backstory: Kenney has been around sports her entire life—she played D1 soccer at the University of Miami and currently works as the team sideline reporter for the Utah Jazz. She moved to Salt Lake from Los Angeles, land of the tanned and toned, and home of the Megaformer and Lagree fitness method. “The method didn’t exist in Salt Lake and I desperately missed it,” says Kenney, who partnered with Salt Lake Power Yoga to open Peak45 in the fall of 2017.

The Vibe: Students workout on Megaformer machines in small class settings, which allow instructors to be hands-on and helpful. “We cater to people of all fitness levels,” says Kenney. “There are modifications and options for everyone.”

Salt Lake Power Yoga
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The Workout: Salt Lake Power Yoga (250 E. Broadway, saltlakepoweryoga.com) offers heated power yoga, yoga sculpt, restorative yoga, kid’s yoga and meditation.

The Backstory: Greg Galloway, Jen Reuben and Marc Weinreich opened Salt Lake Power Yoga in the fall of 2012. “Each of us come from a different background, but the one thing that ties us together is the power of our style of yoga practice and the community that has developed over the years,” says Galloway.

The Vibe: Classes are held in a variety of studios, including a large sun-filled space with panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains. “From athletes to professionals and students to mothers, our community is a collective of like-minded individuals who seek a mind-body connection,” says Galloway. “For some, this community is a family since many are transplants to Salt Lake City.”

Torrent Cycle
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The Workout: Torrent Cycle (252 Broadway, torrentcycle.com) is a rhythm-based indoor cycling studio. “Clients can expect a 45-minute, full-body workout with high-intensity intervals, upper body strength training and lots of dancing on a bike!” says co-founder Dan Cooney.

The Backstory: Cooney and Mike Barney opened Torrent Cycle in December 2018. Barney previously worked in New York City in the hedge fund industry, while Cooney was the director of product development for a clothing retailer. They met in 2013 and discovered their mutual passion for fitness while living in the city—both are NASM Certified Personal Trainers. They were inspired by the close-knit fitness communities in big cities and wanted to bring the same type of fitness experience to Salt Lake.

The Vibe: Torrent Cycle is a true boutique fitness studio with professionally trained instructors and full-service amenities including showers, towel service and Malin + Goetz bath products. “Top-tier amenities and facilities make the whole experience fun and luxurious,” says Cooney. “Many of our clients look forward to getting ready in our locker rooms after class.”