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Best of Utah 2007 | Goods & Services Page 3

Posted // June 11,2007 - BEST COOL PURCHASE
B. Ashworth’s
Can you put a price on cool? If $25,000 sounds reasonable to you, drive down to Provo’s Main Street where collector Brent Ashworth has for sale the tweed sports coat James Dean wore in Rebel Without a Cause, among a host of movie memorabilia that reminds you how they just don’t make stars like that anymore. 127 W. Center, Provo, 801-368-6001

Rose Call
Rose Call is a split personality when it comes to pottery. On one hand, the 36-year-old potter produces homey batter bowls for pancake-making, along with jars resembling cut-crystal popular with those shopping for a wedding present. Add that to the cheery sense of humor on cups embossed with “I can handle it” and the abiding image is comfortable kitchen fare. But then there’s her little Satan-head bells, inspired by the expression “hell’s bells.” These bright red sculpted devils draw the curious at art fairs. The bells sit next to the batter bowls, managing to look both spicy and acerbic at the same time. Which begs the question, can satanic pancake plates be far away? 466-1635

Real Salt
Most Utah residents concern themselves with the highs and lows of Real Salt Lake soccer. Others, however, are more interested in the tasty effects of Real Salt, a product manufactured in Redmond, Utah. True, the Morton Salt Girl is more pleasing to gaze upon, but she’s promoting a substance filled with additives. Real Salt is unrefined, Kosher-certified sea salt—something you can feel good about when risking high blood pressure on a plate of delicious pasta.

Jared Gold (Black Chandelier)
Black Chandelier always seemed like such a marvelous little secret. While Jared Gold has left his mark on New York City runways, he debuted his ready-to-wear Goth renaissance in Salt Lake City—a town typically two years behind fashion trends. Gold (who’s not a businessman, but a business man) opened his flagship store in Trolley Square before branching out to The Gateway, Fashion Place and River Woods shopping malls. He recently took Chandelier public with plans to open an additional 50 shops nationwide, officially ending our monopoly on his brilliant, bizarre talents. It won’t be long before Misfit Toys and giant horror puppet shows replace Leslie and the Lys as hipster-household names. 602 E. 500 South, 359-2426; 170 S. Rio Grande St., 456-0197; 6191 S. State, 268-0439; 4801 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-224-0728;

Saltgrass Printmakers
Many argue it’s just a matter of time before paper is irrelevant. Tell that to Stefanie Dykes and Sandy Branvard, founders/organizers of Saltgrass Printmakers, a local nonprofit dedicated to the art of printmaking. Located in a modest brown bungalow, Saltgrass provides interested community members with professional printmaking facilities, educational programs, networking opportunities and gallery exhibitions. Reach out and touch something tangible with upcoming classes on press-and-peel etching, mixed media and drypoint lithography. 2126 S. 1000 East, 467-1080,

SLC Bike Collective
Thanks largely to soaring gas prices, bicycles aren’t just for kids, athletes and hipsters anymore. The mainstream market is blowing up with nontraditional customers purchasing sweet rides for their daily work commute. But with new wheels come new responsibilities—and a whole boatload of questions: How do I fix a flat tire? Which routes are safest at night? Salt Lake City Bike Collective saves the day with courses designed to increase mechanical skills and confidence on the road. They also have a shop with tools for DIY repairs and used bikes available to purchase when your wheels finally give out. 2312 S. West Temple, 328-2453,

Children’s Hour Bookstore
Despite seemingly endless construction blocking its entrance, the 9th & 9th boutique attracts hordes of shoe shoppers hip to its stash of unique heels, flats, sneakers, slippers and boots tucked amid pop-up books and pricey, handmade kiddie clothes. A unique selection of imported and boutique items range from high-end to college-student affordable. Stop in every month or so to see what new items fit your budget—and personal style. 914 E. 900 South, 359-4150,

Sid Sports
For many, the idea of jetting around lakes in gas-guzzling vehicles is more offensive than voting for Bush. These greenies would rather visit Sid Sports to support their nonmotorized boating needs. Weekend warriors swear this is the place for kayaking, canoeing, rafting and sailing enthusiasts anxious to exercise ninja-stealth. 265 E. 3900 South, 261-0300

Aztec Highway
And when was the last time you got to watch a Dave Matthews Band video while shopping for, ahem, tobacco supplies? Aztec Highway’s got you covered the minute you walk through its age-restricted swivel doors and right into its bounteous collection of glass pipes and other paraphernalia, including Blunt Wraps, hookahs, vaporizers and rolling papers. This shop’s got most everything for the discerning smoker, who also might just be a rock & roller. 675 E. 2100 South, 466-2235

Pib’s X-Change
The last weekend in October generates an outpouring of frenzied shopping comparable to Christmas Eve’s last-minute consumer chaos, with would-be Halloween celebrants scrambling for gear to assemble something, anything that might pass as a costume. Local consignment shops supply more creative options for the adults. Pib’s X-Change is especially ideal for those planning to attend a party or concert in disguise. With a hefty stock of ready-made outfits, myriad wigs, make-up and naughty-nurse apparel, there’s no reason anyone should leave without a passable get-up. Pib’s even opened its basement this season to accommodate demand for tutus, sunglasses and other scary stuff. Wicked! 2144 S Highland Dr., 484-7996

Grunts & Postures
While Grunts & Postures holds its own against competing consignment shops at Halloween, the popular thrift store enjoys year-round appeal. Loyal customers feared Grunts might lose its counterculture charm after ditching its original 300 South digs, but the newly relocated space is groovy and easy to navigate. Clean and bright, it houses row upon row of vintage shoes, clothing and accessories along with racks toting local band merchandise. Still lost? Owner Marguerite Casale and her loyal staff will help you achieve at least a hint of their stellar style. 579 E. 100 South, 521-3202

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