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Best of Utah 2007 | Goods & Services Page 5

Posted // June 11,2007 - BEST HIGH-ALTITUDE PRICK
Park City Ink Tattoo & Piercing
If you think that getting tattooed up in Park City lessens the machismo of it, remember this: You produce more blood at higher altitudes. Park City Ink has already become a welcome addition among the high-priced restaurants and tourist shops that populate Main Street. Now, families can return from their ski vacations with matching “Best Snow on Earth” tattoos. 255 Main, Park City, 435-649-4972,

Fuzzy’s Bicycleworks
Rider-owned and -operated, here’s where you’ll find local friendliness and small-town service. Owner Fuzzy “the Bike Guy” Nance is the area’s bike go-to guy who will help you trick out your mountain bike. Why fight the tourists in Moab? Support someone living the dream who wants to share his wild adventure with you. 640 E. Main, Price, 435-637-2453

This not your average mutt’s store. Not by a long shot. iPaw has all the accoutrements for the fashion-conscious pooch. Looking for a nice rhinestone-studded collar or a dish of doggy bon-bons? This is the place, so to speak. Pricey it is, but it’s also oh so cute. It does have items for the, ahem, bigger dog, but frankly, iPaw caters to the little yippy (yuppy) pups. 2146 S. Highland Drive, 355-0820

Finnish Touch Day Spa Brazilian
The best part about getting a Brazilian is that you’ll want to show it off. Better yet, give one as a gift to a friend, and they’ll want to show off. Plus, men, pay attention: Have you noticed how women don’t like hair down there? Do you think they hate their bits and pieces being furry, but love your hairy buttocks? Wrong. Certainly there are advertisements aplenty for people who will yank your chain and pull out your hair. I just felt very comfortable in the prone position letting it all hang out with Lisa at Finnish Touch Day Spa. 2100 E. 1301 South, 582-3467,

The Lace Place
Whether it’s for wrapping up a package or decorating your little angel’s pigtails, the right color matters. If your local gift store’s selection leaves you unimpressed, trek to Sugar House, where there isn’t a color in God’s creation that you won’t find on a spool. Snip off your favorites by the yard, in plain colors or a variety of patterns. 2682 S. Highland, 474-2697

Red Light Books
The pioneer of American exploitation cinema would feel right at home in this brand-new downtown shop. The selection of books and magazines leans towards material that wouldn’t exactly make the cut at Deseret Books—the walls sport more cleavage than a Porky’s movie. With plans afoot to screen vintage B-movies in the back room, this is one risqué business that understands its roots. 179 E. 300 South, 355-1755

Slowtrain Music
Even though the tickets that actually make it onto their menu board are limited at best, those that do surely make the trip into the hip music store well worth any extra expended energy. The Ticketmaster wars of the ’90s brought the issue to the forefront of the music industry—not to mention the egregiousness of various services fees that can quickly add up to a whopping 50-percent plus of actual ticket prices—and Slowtrain’s underlying philosophy toward ticket retailing is a surprisingly fresh and fairly revolutionary response. Charging a mere $1 per ticket, Slowtrain provides another good reason, as if one more is even necessary, for consumers to shop local and take one more stab at sticking it to the man. 221 E. Broadway, 364-2611,

Megaplex 20 at The District
It’s not easy for the hearing-impaired to keep up with current theatrical films, and the few that do make it into theaters with open captions don’t appeal to hearing people who prefer their movies without words on the screen. The new Megaplex 20 in South Jordan helps out with regular weekly showtimes in an auditorium equipped with rear-view captioning—essentially, allowing hearing-impaired patrons to view captions projected backwards in the projection booth onto a mirror that fits into the armrest cup holder. The theater’s other patrons might never even realize that they’re watching a film with value added. 11400 S. Bangerter Hwy., South Jordan, 304-4020;

Nobrow Coffee & Tea Co./Kenny Riches
It’s hard out there for a pimp, even harder for a Salt Lake City gallery owner whose attempts to support local art are foiled at every turn. Last summer marked the deaths of The Unknown Gallery and Kayo Gallery, the latter of which also served briefly as an all-ages music venue. Down but not out, owner Kenny Riches resolved to restore Kayo when funds allowed. To keep his big-city space out of corporate developers’ hands, Riches subletted it to Joe Evans, who needed a new home for NoBrow Coffee & Tea. Brown barely remodeled, adding only a slim espresso station. He also hosts art shows and free music showcases, preserving Kayo’s spirit until Riches brings back the real deal. 315 E. 300 South, 364-3448

Backbeats Drum & Backline
Local drummers choose this independent music store over corporate peddlers largely employed by annoying sales staff whose unwarranted suggestions taint the shopping experience. Backbeats’ Kelly, Shawn, Nate and Meter offer advise when requested—and each tip is gem. They’ll even address minor malfunctions for free. Whether you pound skins or simply love someone who does, stop in. They’ll make it worth you’re while. 6089 S. Highland Dr., 274-8400,

Monster Mural
Private parties, street fairs and public gatherings around the country have been singing the praises of this unique Web business launched by Salt Lake City resident Collin Surles. Monster Mural creates massive tarps and wallpapers (up to 20 feet by 6 feet) and table-size sheets that can be selected from standard designs or customized for any occasion. The giant pieces then become participatory art projects for kids, who can bring them to life with paint. Here’s a monster no child need be afraid of. 296-6644,

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