Best Hair Aware
Landis Lifestyle Salon
When you call to book your first appointment with Landis Lifestyle Salon, you’ll speak with a clairvoyant. Or at least that’s what we’ve decided based on the evidence of being paired with stylists who already know how to handle our hair, because they’ve been blessed—or cursed—with the same mane. Have hair that’s curly-ish, slow-growing and prone to frizz? They know how to make it shine and grow to Rapunzel lengths. Maybe your hair is long and stick-straight and yearns to be both low-maintenance and stylish. They can make that happen, too. And, of course, if you want to try something new, they’re eager to experiment—and can tell you, from firsthand experience: bangs, definitely; asymmetrical layers, hell, no.
Multiple locations, LandisSalon.com
Best Recovery Support
House of Hope
Addicts in recovery who have young children face enormous struggles. At House of Hope, women can find confidential treatment for alcohol and drug dependence and other difficult issues through counseling, education, classes and inpatient services. Utah has a deep and desperate need for the quality substance-abuse counseling that House of Hope is determined to provide.
Multiple locations, HouseOfHopeUT.net
Best Massage on the Go
Kudzu Body Clinic
For those of who carry stress knotted up in their necks and backs, part of the problem is not having time for stress relief—there’s the rub. But there’s a solution for those in need of a quick massage that they can fit in between errands or on their lunch break. The friendly and talented muscle-kneaders of Kudzu Body Clinic offer all manner of massage. But for those short on time, the fast-break treatment is ideal. For $35, you get 30 minutes focused on just the areas giving you trouble, so you can get de-stressed for success.
835 E. 4800 South, No. 230, Murray, 801-810-7226, KudzuBodyClinic.com
Best Dog in a Blanket
An old, flat baby blanket might be the default item to keep your little dog warm—but there’s a better way. This Utah-based company created a patented design that stays in a nice, sleeping-bag-like shape to help small dogs retain body heat. It’s also an ideal way to keep lap dogs on your lap without worrying about getting covered in hair, and carry them in a way that keeps them calmer and more secure. Choose from a variety of sizes and designs.
Best South Salt Lake Barbering
The Hair King Barber Shop
The unofficial center of South Salt Lake is arguably The Hair King Barber Shop. Owned and operated by James McCullar, this neighborhood hangout is packed any time of the day. McCullar has more than 15 years of experience and has trimmed the heads of celebrities like Terrence Howard, Ginuwine, Slim Thug, Jaamal Tinsley and Lamar Odom, just to name a few. He’s also one of the few barbers in town who can lay down some decent hair art.
363 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-897-4258, HairKingSLC.com
Best Undead Family Fun
Eaten by Zombies
Ogden-based graphic designer Max Holliday first launched Eaten by Zombies in 2011. Since then, the turn-based zombie-survival card game has been shambling into homes across the country. The popular card game follows a Magic: The Gathering model in which players use a simple starting deck of weapons cards to fend off the undead waiting in the zombie deck to attack them. Players then scavenge for supplies and last as long as they can. Even when you die, you get to come back to eat the players still remaining in the game. It’s horrific fun for the whole family!
Best Furry Heartstring Tug
Best Friends Animal Society Trolley Square Pet Adoption Center
How much is that kitty in the window? Practically free and ridiculously adorable. Best Friends Animal Society and Salt Lake County Animal Services teamed up in 2012 to bring pets in need of “forever homes” to Trolley Square, where they can be seen by shoppers who might not have otherwise known they needed a new furry friend. It’s an ingenious idea, and more than 400 pets have found owners in less than a year.
Trolley Square, 505 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-521-4103
Best Hometown Comics Pride
Black Cat Comics
Greg Gage has established a mecca of comics in Sugar House, adding to the overall tapestry of the Salt Lake City comics scene in an important way. He’s helped local artists get their books out and stocked as many local comics as possible. He’s even willing to join forces with competitors to promote the entire comics medium—a sure sign of a winning store.
2261 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-461-4228, Black-CatComics.com
Hip & Humble
Though it’s easy to become dazzled by the funky seasonal items and bright kitchen accessories, don’t leave Hip & Humble without stopping to check out their amazing array of shoulder bags, clutches, totes and more. Fossil—always a whimsical yet upscale choice—is the big brand here, but Hip & Humble also features names you won’t find at the department store, in trend-setting colors and styles you didn’t know you needed but won’t be able to live without. The budget-friendly purses are carefully curated to be only of the highest quality, and quantities are limited—good if you want to be one of a kind, bad if you lollygag and miss out on the beautiful purse of your dreams.
Multiple locations, HipAndHumble.com
Best Dressy Boutique
Through the decades, Wight House clothing boutique in Bountiful has withstood the onslaught of big-box retailers, chain stores, Internet shopping and more. The family owned & operated boutique clothing store for women and teens offers brands you just won’t find at the mall and personalized service to help you coordinate a fun, tasteful outfit for the first day of school or Easter Sunday. Want something unique? You need to drop by the Wight House.
85 N. Main, Bountiful, 801-292-2200
Best Way To Pimp Your Ride
Everyone knows that the best way to make something slightly more badass is to add airbrushed flames. So, if you’re looking for a way to make your boring PT Cruiser turn some heads, Todd Kirby of TK Customs is Salt Lake City’s airbrushin’ Bob Ross. If you need some sweet new flames, a skull or a flaming skull, Kirby can do it. After all, he’s been painting since 1985 and is comfortable working with anything, including hockey masks, RC planes and your shiny new whip.
2123 W. 2200 South, West Valley City, 801-908-5580, TKCustoms.com