Best Place to Be Someone Else for a Night
The Anniversary Inn, Logan
The romantic theme rooms at The Anniversary Inn make couples feel like they’ve taken a trip to a faraway land. Here, you can lounge in the splendor of the Taj Mahal, climb the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse or even take a trip back in time to rediscover the glories of young love. The Joanie’s Diner suite is a sweet throwback to the ‘50s, complete with rose wallpaper, a chenille bedspread, dressing tables, charming vintage knick-knacks and even your own personal jukebox and retro dining area (with complimentary banana splits). And it’s more than just cutesy—as in all of the inn’s suites, there’s a large bubbler tub and two flat-screen TVs for the ultimate night of relaxation and romance.
169 E. Center St., Logan, 435-752-3443, AnniversaryInn.com/Logan
Best Nail Love
Aesthetics By Shelece
We’ve all found strip-mall nail salons to drop in on for some tootsie love. And sometimes, that experience can be in a noisy setting, with somewhat indifferent operators, who provide rough, ticklish or even painful treatment. But make an appointment with Shelece Salazar and you’ll see you’ve been denying your feet a gentle, pain-free pedicure, one that leaves your feet moisturized and callous free, with nails perfectly clipped and polished. The best part: It’s all done in a peaceful room that accommodates only you, or if you must, a best friend or spouse.
Melt Away Retreat, 1910 E. Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, 801-231-9585, AestheticsByShelece.com
$99 Furniture Outlet
If you want to create a groovy lounge straight out of the ’50s or ’60s, you’ll need a wide leather sofa, a glowing bar table, a giant photo of Audrey Hepburn and a neon mirror in the shape of a martini olive. At $99 Furniture Outlet, furniture comes in all textures, shapes and hues. Pick a purple chair as an accent piece, or go wild and furnish your home with pieces inspired by every decade and color of the rainbow.
711 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-8000, 99FurnOutlet.com
Best Coffee For Your Body
You start your day with a healthy dose of coffee, anyway—but maybe what you really need is to have some of that coffee on you rather than in you. Blissful Bean founder Sherri Williams—a veteran massage therapist and wellness consultant—created Turtle Scrub, making use of the coffee bean’s natural astringent and anti-inflammatory qualities. Find it at local merchants, including The Kura Door and Cali’s Natural Foods, or purchase online.
Best Utah Cigars
You know it’s a Utah smoke when you find old Brother Brigham right on the label—that’s also how you know you’ve stumbled onto Beehive Cigars’ new line of custom-rolled and-crafted cigars. The Sandy cigar and pipe emporium has been lauded previously by City Weekly when it was Hungry Trout Cigars; now, the shop has rebranded itself with the aid of a new line of cigars. The Beehive Gold cigar carries a subtle, toasted-honey flavor in a golden Connecticut wrap. The more medium-bodied Beehive Classic features a Habano wrapper, while the Beehive Signature combines the best of both worlds: combining the Gold and Classic wrappers, interwoven into a cigar that is almost as visually smooth as it is to smoke.
8634 S. 700 East, Sandy, 801-566-5178, UtahCigars.com
Best Mad-Men Style
Best Local Lenders
America First Credit Union
It’s hard to have respect, admiration or gratitude for big banks after the largely bank-created economic meltdown-cum-recession of the past few years. That’s prompted some customers to move their money from Wall Street to Main Street banks. As a member-owned, nonprofit credit union that was founded at Fort Douglas in 1939, few banks have local cred like America First, which is also the 11th largest credit union in assets and has 100 branch locations. You don’t have to give up the frills of the big banks to go local.
Multiple locations, 800-999-3961, AmericaFirst.com
Best Alternative Gallery
Opening in an old photography studio in 2010, Caleb and Hillary Barney started up the clothing shop/art gallery as a forum for alternative and pop-culture artwork that probably wouldn’t see the light of day in normal gallery settings. Since then, they’ve seen massive success from their line of affordable T-shirts, hosted packed crowds for their open-gallery nights and brought new life to their small section of 400 South.
15 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-355-9075, BlondeGrizzly.com
Capital City Antique Mall
If you’ve ever been riveted by Antiques Roadshow, here is a spot you shouldn’t miss. More than 60 antiques collectors and dealers have found a home in one giant warehouse (that was formerly Moriarty’s), with furniture, finery, jewelry, memorabilia and more, open seven days a week. And if you’re in the market to sell or are liquidating an estate, this is the place for you. The inventory is constantly turning over, so every visit might be a chance to find a one-of-a-kind treasure.
959 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-521-7207, CapitalCityAntiqueMall.com
Best Urban Chicken Outfitters
So, you’re into organic and cruelty-free foods. Why not feed yourself organically and get a few fine-feathered friends in the process? By gearing up with Chickoopy, you can get your hands on its unique mobile chicken coop. The coop rolls on wheels, so you can move your chickens over different patches of your yard at a time. Since the floor of the coop is mesh and sets down over the lawn after it’s been moved, you don’t need to worry about messy cleanup, and the eggs remain in the mobile coop. With Chickoopy’s gear and helpful Website that keeps you up to date on supplies, tips and local urban chick-coop ordinances in Utah, any city slicker can become an urban farmer with ease.
196 Sugar St., Studio 5, Layton, 801-706-6001, Chickoopy.com
Best Kitsch-Free Living
Best Assistance When a Pet Passes
Cottonwood Canyons Pet Memorial Garden
Animal companions are members of the family, and that includes thinking about how to remember them when they’re gone. This Salt Lake Valley pet cemetery offers a variety of services for those who feel they’ve lost more than just an animal. Pet burials, cremations and memorial services are standard features, but Cottonwood Canyons also offers monthly grief-support groups for those coping with the loss of a beloved pet. For those who wish to remain close to that companion forever, there are even personal burial spaces for pet parents east of the pet garden.
3115 E. 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, 801-943-0375, UtahPetCemetery.com
Best Witch Crafts
Earth-centered spirituality in this country has gone from being celebrated only at the risk of one’s life to gradually increasing in acceptance. Another milestone on that road to the mainstream is this new multi-use facility in Salt Lake City. The retail store offers materials for a variety of pagan rituals and other needs, from candles and herbs to educational materials and clothing. A lounge, classroom and large ritual/demonstration space are also part of the operation, allowing Utah’s wiccans the comfort that comes from knowing it has a place of its own, and a place to educate the community about what it means to be pagan.
2470 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-906-0470, CronesHollow.com
Best Fashion for Boarders (and Poseurs)
Decade Snow & Skate
People who spend each winter on the slopes say they’re there purely for the love of the fresh pow, but, come on—at least some small part of their obsession with gnar is motivated by the cool fashions that make up any snow bro’s wardrobe. Now you, too, can wear the baggy pants and fluorescent colors that are the hallmark of those who ride the snow (or the cement). Decade Snow & Skate has a huge selection of the coolest outerwear and accessories fit for the best boarder—or the person who just wants to look like the best.
1695 E. Skyline Drive, No. 5, Ogden, 801-475-7433, DecadeSnowAndSkate.com
Best Sleep Relief
Ever tried getting a good night’s sleep when you just got a new tattoo? Had a broken leg? Or were pregnant, perhaps? If you have, you know that cotton sheets, while otherwise comfy and inviting, can sometimes conspire to ruin your night by bunching up around you as you toss and turn. That’s why West Jordan’s Peggy Mills of Body Pains Solutions blog has created a fitted sheet made of special materials that enable the sheet to move with you, without friction, as you shift your position at night. The sheet also comes with a two-week money-back guarantee, also comforting to the buyer looking for a sheet to rest on, not wrestle with, at night.
Best Fancy Jewelry Without the Fancy Price
Tucked away in Trolley Square, the standout at Casa Bella is the jewelry, from silver charms to milky pearls to elegant cameos to sparkly owl rings and exotic beads. The proprietors cull these unique adornments from estate sales and from local and international artisans. Best of all, the pieces—all gorgeous—range in price from the shockingly affordable to the extravagant.
Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-0256, CasaBellaTrolley.com
Best Utah Iconography on a Mug
Everett Ruess Blockprint Merchandise
Everett Ruess may have been a native Californian, but he became a part of Utah history when the writer/artist/explorer disappeared in Escalante in 1934 at the age of 20. His linoleum-block prints provided unique images of Utah wilderness, and after they were restored in the 1980s and 1990s, local designer Steve Jerman made them available in officially licensed T-shirts, prints, mugs, journals and more.
Best Little Shop of Fashionable Horrors
Best Darning of the Moth Hole
Express Tailoring & Reweaving
Repairing anything might seem passé in the disposable culture we find ourselves in, but economic concerns have people thinking how to keep older items in good shape. Woolen items damaged by time, moths or other factors aren’t often the purview of tailors, but Express Tailoring is a rare exception. Owner Dung Nguyen has been turning first-time customers into regulars for years, taking that sweater or pair of pants that has seen better days and making it look almost new.
672 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-596-1321
Best Torquing & Taming of Teeth
Do your chompers qualify you for a lead role in an Austin Powers movie? Crowded, crooked teeth might be OK on the other side of the pond, but in the U.S. of A., you need an all-American smile. Orthodontist Jack Feller has a straightening method for every mouth, lifestyle and budget. For adults in a hurry, his SureSmile and Damon wires put accelerated torque on the teeth to get the job done fast. His office is a visual stunner, with murals, colorful furnishings and vivid epoxy floor coverings that help calm each patient’s freaked-out inner child. On your way out, grab a fresh-baked cookie, but don’t forget to floss.
2505 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-466-0040, FellerOrtho.com
Best Place to Surround Yourself with Cuteness
Frosty Darling is Salt Lake City’s epicenter for stuff you don’t need but really, really want—a pastel-colored melting pot of home décor, accessories, personal care, candy and stationery. You might not die without a jewelry box made out of a Candy Land game board or a pillow shaped like a cupcake. But once you know there’s a place where such wonders exist, you won’t be able to pass them up.
177 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-532-4790, FrostyDarling.com