Ryan Mack

Ryan Mack

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:

Bambara
Bangkok Terrace
Beerhive
Blue Iguana
Bourbon House
Carson Kitchen
Chakra Lounge
Chettinad House
Chili Tepin
Copper Common
Copper Onion
Dave & Busters
From Scratch
Ginger Street
Gracie's
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
Monkeywrench
Nacho Daddy
Padeli's
Pallet
Pleiku
Poplar Street Pub
Post Office Place
Quarters
Ramen 930/Cupbob
Red Door
Red Lotus Bistro
Red Rock
Rich's Burgers
Sicilia Pizza Kitchen
Spitz
Squatter's
Stoneground
The Melting Pot
Twist

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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Effective Friday, September 4th, Salt Lake City will shift to the yellow restriction phase of the State’s COVID-19 health guidelines. 

“We commend Mayor Mendenhall and her administration’s efforts in taking this important step to shift restrictions,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Downtown Alliance and Salt Lake Chamber. “The Mayor’s data-informed decision making allows Salt Lake City to balance the financial health of its businesses while maintaining the wellbeing of its citizens.” 

According to the State of Utah’s Health Guidance System, all businesses are allowed to open their doors under the yellow restriction so long as reasonable precautions such as mask-wearing, social distancing and frequent sanitization are followed. A full list of individual and business guidelines can be found here

“While this is not a return to normal, a decrease in the level of restriction means an increase in economic opportunity for downtown Salt Lake City’s 2,000+ businesses,” said Dee Brewer, executive director of the Downtown Alliance. “We look forward to safely welcoming hotel guests, shoppers, downtown workers and patrons to the myriad of restaurants, bars and retail favorites that are open.” 

Stay Safe to Stay Open is a statewide campaign to meet the critical imperatives of helping Utah address the health-related objectives to prevent and recover from the coronavirus while at the same time assisting the business community in an effort to appropriately strengthen our state’s economy.

Stay Safe to Stay Open seeks to educate, inform and help businesses communicate to their consumers that they have pledged to follow safety guidance from the Utah Department of Health.

Businesses participating in the campaign will be able to clearly identify their participation by colorful signage displayed in their windows and throughout their establishments, demonstrating that they have taken a pledge to follow the state’s guidelines.

Join the following downtown SLC businesses in taking the Stay Safe to Stay Open Pledge. Join here. 

Participating downtown SLC businesses:

The Depot 

City Creek Center

LDS Business College

Especially For You

Theory Salon

Utah Woolen Mills

Dexterity Salon

Latter Day Bride

Discovery Gateway

The Hilton

Western Nut Company

Downtown Farmers Market

Tailor Cooperative 

Caffe Molise

BTG Wine Bar

Hotel Monaco

BW Productions

Caputo's Market and Deli

Industrious

Poplar Street Pub

Presto Print

Salt Lake Power Yoga

Peak 45

GOED

World Trade Center Utah

Taqueria 27

Array Tattoo

The Heavy Metal Shop

Ken Sanders Rare Books

United Way Salt Lake

Department of Workforce Services

Salt Lake Film Society

Quarters Arcade Bar

Rich's Burgers

Washington Federal Bank

The Leonardo

Ginger Street

Smith Bespoke 

Twist 

While the pandemic may have put a pause on many social gatherings, dozens of downtown summertime staples have adapted to provide safe and innovative fun in the city. 

You can enjoy walking tours, virtual events, bike-in concerts and even some organizations that will bring the show to you! Here are 10+ ways to safely enjoy downtown. 

THE BLOCKS Public Art & Mural Trail
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Take a colorful walking tour of downtown’s array of public art and murals with THE BLOCKS’ Public Art & Mural Trail app. Learn who created each work of art and discover some hidden gems nearby. Get your walking tour started by scanning this QR code or by walking up to a BLOCKS plaque at 40+ downtown murals. 

Downtown SLC Farmers Market
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Grab your reusable shopping bags and head down to Pioneer Park to pick up the freshest produce in the state. You can safely support our intermountain agriculture community every Saturday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. through October 24th. Social distancing measures and safety protocols are enforced - view them here.  

City Creek Center
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Catch some rays under the retractable open-air roof as you choose from over 80 retailers and restaurants at City Creek. Click here to see a full listing.

At The Gateway
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The Gateway is chock full of socially safe events, dining and shopping opportunities. Highlights include Yoga on the Plaza, Utah Arts Alliance’s Art & Craft Market, GOGA (Goat Yoga), Dreamscapes and Movies on the Plaza. See their full calendar of events here.

SLC Concert Cruise Bike Concert
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Throughout downtown SLC, different local musicians will be stationed in locations to perform pop-up style shows for attendees. Concertgoers bike from 20-minute concert to concert in groups of 20 people or less. Get your tickets here.

SB Dance
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CURBSIDE THEATER PICKUP is a mobile, outdoor art munchie. It comes to you at home or another location that you choose in Salt Lake or Summit County. The audience is safely distant from performers and each other. The 5-minute show blends dance, movement, theater and often live music. Suitable for ALL Audiences, this project is free. Suggested donation if you’re able. Schedule your reservation here.

Restaurants & Bars
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Safely enjoy pick-up, delivery and dine-in meals from your favorite downtown SLC restaurants. Dining in? Don’t miss out on some of downtown’s favorite patios such as White Horse, Pallet, Gracie’s, Ginger Street, Eva’s, Spitz and more. See the full listing here.

Repertory Dance Theatre Virtual Dance Classes
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Learn from the pros! $10 gets you access to 20 virtual dance classes taught by RDT dancers. Choose from hip-hop, Bollywood, ballet, modern and more. Up your dance game here.

Excellence in the Community Concert Series  
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Featuring some of Utah’s finest musicians, this year-round concert series has gone virtual. Head over to excellenceconcerts.org every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. to tune in for free!

Salt Lake Power Yoga
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Experience signature Salt Lake Power Yoga classes from the comfort of your own home with SLPY ON DEMAND. Choose from live stream in-studio yoga or recorded classes. The studio is also open for socially distanced classes with strict safety measures in place. Learn more here.

Torrent Cycle
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Looking for a high-intensity workout to help kick your Corona 15? Get those legs back into shape at Torrent Cycle. Their spin classes have been reformatted to ensure patron safety with mandatory health checks for each guest and plenty of space between each cycle. Sign up for a class at torrentcycle.com 

**Know of an event or business that should be included in this listing? Please e-mail to have them featured.

June 26, 2020

Nichole Matthews

Market Manager, Urban Food Connections of Utah

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