Downtown News and Blog

Word on the Street - December 2019

December 13, 2019 Written by Derek Deitsch

Published in Downtown News and Blog

The holiday season can only mean the new year is just around the corner! Downtown doesn’t wait for the new year, though, and there are plenty of new businesses that have opened recently. Whether you’re looking for some gifts, or need a bite to eat amidst your shopping, check out some of these new establishments!

Also, there’s a lot going on downtown this reason. Take a look at the holiday guide on our site for some helpful how-to’s to help get you through.

Recently Opened

Bluprint | At City Creek Center

Bluprint is a unique community for creators of all sorts. The online platform provides opportunities to learn all types of skills, from quilting and knitting to cake decorating and art. The new store at City Creek Center provides a range of project kits with everything you need to get started, perfect for yourself or to gift to someone else!

Louis Vuitton | At City Creek Center


You probably don’t need much of an introduction to this French luxury retailer. Many have been waiting anxiously for the opening of Utah’s first Louis Vuitton store. Well, it’s here in plenty of time for your holiday shopping!

Mr. Shabu | At The Gateway
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Many Salt Lakers aren’t as familiar with Shabu Shabu, an Asian hot pot dining experience. Mr. Shabu hopes to introduce you to an upscale version at the new Gateway restaurant. Start out by choosing your broth, select from an array of quality sliced meats, and finish by loading up on veggies and other tasty add-ins at the stocked salad bar. 

Momi Donuts | At The Gateway

Doughnut lovers, get ready for a new spin on your favorite treat! Momi’s “mochi doughnuts” are made with glutinous rice flour and tapioca starch, giving them a chewier texture than traditional ones. In case you have any question as to whether these are breakfast or dessert, the store doesn’t open until noon daily.

Smith Bespoke Tailors | 311 South State Street
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Formerly known as Chalk Mark, Smith Bespoke has been around since 2015. With their new location on Broadway, they are ready to serve the downtown market. While there is a range of custom when it comes to suiting, you’ll find truly bespoke options to customize every aspect and ensure your suit fits your size and style. 

Sweet Rolled Tacos | At The Gateway

The southern California chain has opened its second Utah location. If the name sounds intriguing, just wait until you taste the combination of rolled ice cream in a waffle cone shell finished off with candy and other sweet toppings. It may be cold outside, but that won’t keep you from enjoying the clever creations at Sweet Rolled Tacos.

Top Shelf | 65 West 100 South

Top Shelf is a high-end streetwear boutique specializing in exclusive sneakers. Visit LA or New York and you’ll find similar stores requiring you to wait in hours-long lines or try your chance in a lottery. Here, you’ll see a wall of hard-to-find Jordans, Nike, and Adidas shoes ready for purchase alongside Supreme and other merchandise.

Toro Toro | 55 West 100 South
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The space formerly occupied by Caffé Molise is now home to a new Mexican restaurant. Toro Toro is focused on bringing an authentic Mexican dining experience to downtown. It is still in soft opening, so expect to see some menu changes over the coming weeks and months. No patio yet, but we’re hoping we might get to see it closer to the warm summer months!

Opening Soon 

Calavera Cantina | 63 West 100 South
We’re still waiting to hear more about Calavera Cantina, but we’re looking forward to plans for a tequila bar opening up in the old BTG space. It could be the perfect nightcap after dinner at Toro Toro.

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