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Savvy Shoppers Go Treasure-Hunting in Salt Lake's Distinctive Neighborhoods

Published: 01/19/2011
Salt Lake City (January 2011) -- Name it and you can find it here. That's what shoppers are discovering as they explore Salt Lake's many shopping districts, from the city center to some wonderfully quirky neighborhoods.

The City Center is the heart of Salt Lake's shopping experience, offering a combination of familiar stores and eclectic shops, from Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore, one of America's largest bookstores specializing in used and rare tomes and is home to a cozy coffee café to the friendly Oxford Shop providing top-drawer shoes for men. Next door, the UTah Artist Hands specialize in local art while Bennion Jewelers, Utah's oldest jeweler, is just a block from O.C. Tanner, the legendary goldsmith and maker of Olympic medals. Salt Lake's nearby Avenues neighborhood frames Queen Anne cottages, Victorian gingerbreads, and Arts and Crafts bungalows with specialty boutiques. Nordstrom's will anchor the new City Creek project, a mixed use retail, office and residential project spanning entire city blocks, due to complete in 2012.

In a national historic site made up of vintage red brick trolley barns, shoppers enjoy a cozy enclave of shops, galleries, and restaurants at Trolley Square. Among the Square's national and local shops, Tabula Rasa may be the region's finest stationery, pen and luxury gift store. Shoppers will also be glad to find Restoration Hardware, Whole Foods, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma stores in this convenient location.

Foothill Village, an open-air mall on the city's East Bench, is home to numerous fine shops and restaurants, most locally owned. The Village Sports Den is one of the city's best ski equipment (to buy and to rent) and clothing stores like the nationally renowned style house of White House/Black Market. Scentsations offers lotions, potions and select clothing and Three French Hens is a wonderland of French antiques, finery and designer shoes.

The hip little Ninth and Ninth neighborhood, recently renovated with new benches, a flower-filled median and outdoor art, includes an art movie house, gift shops, and galleries. Western River Flyfisher is a renowned fly-fishing purveyor, while Chameleon Art Wear stocks international clothing and jewelry and Charlotte's is an emporium of specialty items, from handbags to teacups. Notable shops include: Hip and Humble (resale extraordinaire), Country Home Antiques, The Vug Local Jeweler, Contender Bicycles, and specialty boutiques Blue Cockatoo, Gypsy Moon Emporium, Apt 202 and Fresh. There is a wide variety of restaurnats in the ninth and ninth area: Pago (Farm to Table), Dolcetti Gelato, Garden Gate Handmade Chocolates and Toffee, Mazza Middle Eastern, the venerable Coffee Garden, Great Harvest Bread and the Thai Garden Noodle House.

The Fifteenth and Fifteenth neighborhood is the grown-up sibling to Ninth and Ninth. One of Salt Lake's premiere Italian cafes, Fresco, shares a house with the beloved King's English Bookstore. Caputo's on 15th stocks distinctive regional Italian and Southern European foods and is known for big sandwiches, while Albert Chloe stocks high fashions, and the 15th Street Gallery offers fine art and framing. Shoppers can relax for a nice dinner at the Paris Bistro after shopping

Shopping goes big city bohemian with art galleries and hip second-hand collectible shops on Pierpont Street in the Warehouse District. Tony Caputo's stacked-to-the-rafters Italian deli is just around the corner from gourmet shops Carlucci's Bakery and Aquarius Fish Co. And, next door is the Aloha Island Style Sushi and Bruges Waffles and Frites. Also gracing this area is Cucina Toscana, an award winning Italian restaurant owned and overseen by famed New York restaurateur, Walter Nassi. The grand Gateway, a two-level urban lifestyle center in Salt Lake boasts over 105 stores (30 you'll find only at The Gateway), the Megaplex 12 theatres, the Clark Planetarium, Olympic Legacy Fountain and a multitude of terrific restaurants. The Gateway is home to the interactive children's museum, Discovery Gateway, while the beautifully restored 1908 Union Pacific Depot features French Renaissance architecture and original artwork. The Olympic Legacy Plaza is overlooked by a classic clock tower and features the "dancing waters" of the Olympic Snowflake Fountain.

Visit Salt Lake is a private, non-profit corporation responsible for the promotion of Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. VSL's mission is to improve the area economy by attracting and providing support to conventions, leisure travelers and visitors while being a leader in environmental responsibility. Salt Lake is a unique fusion of metropolitan city and quaint mountain town; the towering Wasatch Mountains that embrace Salt Lake offer a dramatic backdrop to the vibrancy and activities of downtown.