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Best Custom Metal
Off the Back Fabrication
If you’ve got custom eyes to customize a tired, beat-up old motorcycle, car, truck or even just a bumper, then take it to the good folks of Off the Back Fabrication, formerly Ogden City Murder Cycles, and let them transform your factory-issue ride into something uniquely you. As maestros of custom metal fabrication, they’re handy when it comes to the use of CNC plasma cutters, which allow for incredibly intricate designs to be cut directly into metal. After you’ve chopped your chopper, it’s time to consider getting the custom details down with laser-like precision. Beyond vehicle work, the mad scientists of Off the Back also do custom metal decorations and signs.
1430 Gibson Ave., Ogden, Facebook.com/OTBFab
Best Green Emporium
Green the World
It used to be hard for Ogden greenies to find a one-stop eco-friendly shop. That is, until Green the World opened. Now Ogdenites can make one stop and pick up organic cotton T-shirts, personal-care products, reusable bags, baby clothes, biodegradable stationery, hemp products and Earth-friendly cleaning products. It’s like a mini, not-evil Walmart for the environmentally conscious.
143 25th St., Ogden, 801-781-3931, GreenTheWorldStore.com
Best Throwback Shop
Whether you’re quirky or artistic or just looking for items from a bygone era, retro is one of the biggest trends. Many shops have carved out a niche in Salt Lake City and Ogden, but one of the most successful is Rocket Rebellion in Spanish Fork. The selection of vintage-inspired dresses, cardigans and shoes to match, along with trinkets and collectables, hearken back to the days of 5 cent sodas and helpful gas attendants.
168 N. Main, Spanish Fork, 801-798-5301, Facebook.com/RocketRebellion
Best Cycling Bags
Velo City Bags
Nathan Larsen’s Velo City Bags combine the best of the bag worlds: a high-quality, sturdy messenger or backpack that can be personalized to meet your aesthetic fancy. You can choose your own color scheme, pocket placement and material, or pick from many ready-made products. Best of all, they are locally made with salty pride.
Best New Chapter
Weller Book Works
After struggling with low foot traffic on Main Street and limited parking, Sam Weller’s Bookstore finally found a new home in Trolley Square. Thanks to a years-long bargain sale, Wellers lightened its load of dusty tomes and has a more curated selection at its new digs, as well as a new name. Big-name author events are in the works, and favorite book clubs are back, including the twice-monthly Lit Knit nights.
Trolley Square, 602 E. 600 South, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2586, SamWellers.com
Best Eye-Catching Crafts
Ever since their debut on the local craft scene, the Grimmleighs have become synonymous with handmade goods and DIY marketing. The hand-knit dolls with handpainted faces, twisted vegetables and a catalog of animals ranging from ninja kitties to demented squid, caught on quickly with the Craft Sabbath crowds. Since then, the line has expanded into custom orders of people and pets, most notably local-celebrity re-creations such as those of Sister Dottie S. Dixon and Fox 13’s Big Budah. But the most popular creations have become the zombies, both originals and versions of popular cartoon and comic-book icons.
Best Green Auto Mechanic
Everyone knows that driving a car on a daily basis is a great way to expand your carbon footprint. Really, though, commuting on a bike in Utah is usually only possible six or eight months out of the year. So if your soul is truly green, take your car to Clark’s Auto. Clark’s has been operating in Salt Lake City since 1964, and new owner Alan Boyer’s commitment to recycling and eco-friendly products makes this green garage the only place to take your ailing auto if you’re feeling guilty about your oil dependency.
506 E. 1700 South, Salt Lake City, 801-485-2858, Facebook.com/ClarksAuto
Best-Kept Fashion Secret
Q Clothing has been a part of the thriving small-downtown-business culture for nearly three years, and ever since it took up shop on Broadway, it’s managed to be a focal point for local fashion while remaining something of a closely guarded secret. A fine mixture of local names and carefully chosen national brands have kept the boutique ahead of the trends and the customers coming. Q Clothing is also a must-see store every time the SLC Fashion Stroll holds an event just a few hundred feet away.
215 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-474-2000, QClothing.com
Best Designer Lingerie
Estilo Hair & Brow Salon
Conventional wisdom tells us that if your bra is showing, you need to re-adjust your clothing. But all of the bras packed into the little room on the second level of Estilo Salon come in daring cuts and peek-a-boo-pleasing styles, with accessory-worthy straps that are a sin not to show. Estilo Salon is the only seller in the United States that carries the full line of Marlies Dekkers bras, a designer line of lingerie that has transformed the way women look at and wear bras. These bras should forever be peeking out of tops and dresses instead of buried beneath layers. The salon’s staff knows fit, style and sexy, and will have you walking out of the shop in a bra that will make you want to rip your shirt off in the middle of the street.
380 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-9300, EstiloHairAndBrowSalon.com
Best Corner Market
Grocery shopping isn’t always a particularly fun activity. Stores can be huge and crowded, making you trek a mile to get from the cereal to the toilet paper. At The Store, you can get all of your basic shopping necessities and more in an entirely different atmosphere. The Store feels like the corner market where your grandparents shopped. It’s small and quaint and, if you’re a regular, the cashier is likely to know you by name. It carries hundreds of products made locally, and within its aisles are treasures you can’t find anywhere else.
Multiple locations, TheStoreUtah.com
Best Main Drag
Ogden’s Historic 25th Street
Those who won’t step a toe past the northern point of the mountain don’t know what they’re missing. What Salt Lake City lacks in a true Main Street experience, Ogden has in spades on 25th Street. The downtown street is packed with local restaurants, shops, clothing boutiques, bars, coffee shops, salons and entertainment venues. A robust farmers market fills the sidewalks and park in summer, and a Christmas village gives the area a Rockwellian air in winter. With the Ogden Frontrunner station just a block away, it pays to visit Ogden.
Best Baby Your Binky
If you’ve been the parent of a baby and toddler, you are familiar with the dropped pacifier—and hoping that the “three-second rule” applies to stuff you’re allowing your precious child to shove back into his or her mouth. Salt Lake City-based BinkySpritz is a nontoxic, all-natural, alcohol-free cleaning agent that allows for guilt-free disinfecting—and it doesn’t have a cleaning-product taste to make your bundle of joy unhappy. It also works for dropped utensils, high-chair trays and anything in the vicinity of a teething child’s mouth.