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Posted // June 11,2007 - BEST SPICES
India Unlimited
The name is truth in advertising. India Unlimited is a one-stop shop for everything Indian from groceries, to dresses, to precooked and frozen meals, to videos from Bollywood. Indian music is always wafting through the store mixing with scents from cooking. The best thing about India Unlimited, however, is the collection of hard-to-find spices, curry pastes and oils. If you are working from a recipe that calls for ingredients that can’t be found anywhere else, they are probably here. 1615 S. Foothill Drive, 583-3300,

Silver Star Hardware
The last stop for your home remodeling, here you’ll find bathroom towel bars shaped like tree twigs, plus hinges, outdoor art and nice knockers in baroque and lion head varieties. The store additionally carries odds and ends like a collection of vintage plastic motel keys. Silver Star is also the only hardware store we know with a coffee bar and a “peace” section, featuring peace symbols in stained glass, rusted metal, banners and flags. 2327 E. 3300 South, 487-1117,

Tutoring Toy
Ever see a kid playing with something that looked like it would be more fun for an adult than an 8-year-old? Well, Tutoring Toy is probably where it came from. Ignoring the action figures and video games of the chain stores, they specialize in toys specifically designed to help kids learn while they play. With a knowledgeable staff ready to answer any and all questions, it’s one of the friendliest stores around, too. 1400 Foothill Dr., No. 108, 581-1060,

Sports Den
There aren’t many places where you can get a real race tune for your skis, but Sports Den in Foothill Village sports two World Class ski techs. Mark (Ho Ho) spent time on the World Cup circuit, tuning skis for the U.S. ski team racers. Brother Matt opened the well known Arcs ski shop in Park City. But the two are artists of the edges, not businessmen, so they ended up closing their shop and coming to the valley. A race tune will improve your skiing exponentially, even if you don’t race. Skis will be easier to turn and control. Get the job done by Matt and Ho Ho before you hang ’em up for the season; you will thank yourself when the lifts start again in the fall. 1350 Foothill Dr., 582-5611,

Super Saigon Market
Look to your right as you walk in. A gold leaf Buddha sits in an alcove on the floor, surrounded by fresh flowers, fruit and burning incense. Feel free to take a stick, light it and place it into the sand-filled container. Then, stroll around the overflowing shelves. Fresh sesame oil is cheaper than in the supermarkets. Try some of the many fish sauces and pastes, especially the sour fish paste and holy basil paste; they’re addicting condiments. There’s a large selection of beautiful Oriental dinnerware at very low prices. Best food buys: whole barbecued duck, $11; traditional Vietnamese sandwich of mystery meat and veggies on a crispy hoagie roll, $2, also addictive. 1850 W. 3500 South, 975-7244

The Bookshelf
As the 21st century matures, it’s abundantly clear that books are unfortunately becoming more and more the domain of online retailers and chains. It’s immensely refreshing, then, to come across a store where science fiction and fantasy titles thrive among games, comic books, obscure VHS titles for rent, and a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. That’s the Bookshelf of Ogden, your one-stop shopping for used Philip K. Dick titles, more than 14,000 cult and specialty movie titles, and even a tabletop game and Frank Miller graphic novel if you so choose. After more than 25 years in the business, some 80 percent of book titles here are used and therefore highly affordable for word hounds of all types. 2432 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-621-4752

Double Save
Got a pair of pants you want shortened? A skirt to be hemmed? A jacket you want taken in? Here’s a place that does superb alterations at great prices. Shortening or hemming a pair of men’s or women’s pants is only $7, doing a full skirt will cost just $10. Of course, there are always drawbacks to such a good deal. The owner does not speak great English. She talks in a kind of fast yelling tone, as if angry; and if she’s on the phone when you come in, she will ignore you until her conversation is finished. So what? She can tailor your jeans to make them fit perfectly. 1839 W. 3500 South, 972-5397

Music to the Maxx
Aside from the Hill Aerospace Museum and the wondrous “PorcuPig,” (see the March 12 issue of Weekly World News), the distance between Salt Lake City and Ogden may be dotted with precious few roadside attractions. But Layton does have one fine music store in Music to the Maxx, especially in light of the dwindling offerings of Salt Lake City music merchants. Though cast in the grand strip-mall tradition, this is a store that seemingly has it all, from karaoke to country and classical and Christian to pop and rap. A coming expansion will see its offerings branch out into Apple products as well. 763 W. Antelope Dr., Layton, 801-776-1642

Taylor’s Bike Shop
At this family-owned business of 20 years, you’ll find an astonishing inventory of competitively priced Diamondback, Giant and Raleigh brands. You’ll get five free tune-ups with every new bike purchase, and any purchase over $350 includes an accessory kit. Plus, Taylor’s repair shop services all makes and models. But why listen to us? On its Website, you’ll see “10 Incredible Reasons to Make Us Your Choice.” No. 8 includes: “Studies have shown that people who purchase our bikes live longer, have brighter smiles, are promoted quicker, encounter fewer red lights, are 17 times more likely to win the lottery, produce smarter children and, of course, are infinitely more physically appealing.” 3269 W. 5400 South, Taylorsville, 969-4995; 1520 N. Freedom Blvd., Provo, 801-377-8044,

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