Local artisans in Salt Lake City are as unique as they are celebrated. If you’re hoping to buy something local and made with love, look no further than these four shops: Salt & Honey Market, The Hive Market, Urban Arts Gallery and the gift shop at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. These galleries and boutiques showcase local goods with pride, giving Salt Lake City creatives a chance to share their work and—in turn—support the local economy. Spanning a wide range of products suitable for any style or budget, there’s a piece of The Beehive State for every visitor to take home with them.
Shopping Local is Sweet at Salt & Honey
926 E. 900 South - (385) 368-6088
“We know the heart and soul (and sweat!) it takes to craft a career from creativity,” says Ashley Collett, Co-owner of Salt & Honey Market. Both artisans themselves, Collett and Co-owner Nicole Choules-Paul started Salt & Honey as a pop-up in 2015 to aid creatives in establishing their brands. That pop-up has now grown into a successful boutique with two locations—one at 9th and 9th and another inside The Gateway—stocked to the brim with a wide range of local-made and vintage treasures.
At Salt & Honey’s 9th and 9th location, the second floor periodically opens up to even more vendors through themed markets like Back-To-School and Christmas. “We have shoppers who come back year after year and purchase their entire Christmas gift list with us,” Collett says. “It’s so impactful to the vendors and the local economy.”
Collett and Choules-Paul are especially conscientious of curating products made by women, BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ individuals. Through products ranging from stationery and candles to handmade clothes and accessories, each artisan tells their own story. “We believe art is the sweet and savory (hence “Salt & Honey”) part of our lives,” Collett says. “Everyone needs creativity to thrive … We are proud to be a part of the revolution of ‘making art that sells.'"
See What All the Buzz Is About at Hive Market
602 E. 500 South, D109
Another one-stop shop for gift-worthy goods from local artisans is Hive Market, located inside the historic Trolley Square. Small business owners Erica Bruin and Jacqueline Lopez originally started Hive Market as a pop-up when they saw a need for more shops in support of people like themselves. “Participating in pop-up markets opened up connections and support that we never wanted to lose,” Bruin says. “Hosting and encouraging that is what made sense.”
Although specific vendors rotate each month, visitors of the Hive Market can “most definitely expect handmade,” Bruin says. She and Lopez carefully choose a variety of vendors to feature inside Hive Market, with products spanning everything from bath salts to clothing and CBD oils.
Originally erected in 1908, Trolley Square is a destination all its own. Bruin and Lopez fell in love with the location while hosting pop-ups there during the holidays and were excited to land a permanent spot in the building. “It has the most lovely historic feel,” Bruin says. “It doesn’t feel like a mall but rather a quaint little shopping center.” Visitors to Trolley Square will find a shopper’s paradise of boutiques, galleries and restaurants to explore.
Get Inspired at the Urban Arts Gallery
116 S. Rio Grande St. - (801) 230-0820
Intersecting the categories of art museum and boutique is the Urban Arts Gallery, a nonprofit space that showcases a diverse collection of local artwork. The gallery features a true taste of Utah’s local flavor by displaying street art, fine modern art and everything in between. Both seasoned art professionals and emerging artists have a chance to be seen and celebrated here.
From $3 stickers to $5,000 oil paintings, there’s something for everyone at the Urban Arts Gallery. “Artists receive 60% of all sales,” says Gallery Manager Scott Tuckfield. “Beyond monetary support from sales, showing work in the UAG is great exposure for new and emerging artists, and an excellent learning opportunity for working with galleries as they develop their careers.”
Located in the vibrant arts district of The Gateway, the Urban Arts Gallery is in good company. The Utah Arts Alliance, the gallery’s parent organization, created the gallery as a part of its mission “to create an aware, empowered and connected community,” Tuckfield says. “In addition to the gallery, art lovers can find Dreamscapes at the Gateway, as well as the New Land Gallery and Art and Framing Now.”
Shop Contemporary Gifts at UMOCA’s Art Shop
20 S. West Temple - (801) 328-4201
Art lovers may already have the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art on their list of Salt Lake City destinations, but the museum’s Art Shop is not to be overlooked. “As an institution that specializes in the art of our time, we continue our support to local artists and makers,” says Museum Experience Coordinator Golda Dopp Ovalles. “The Art Shop is an extension of that commitment to Utah’s creatives.”
Featuring everything from books on current museum exhibitions to soy candles, unique jewelry and handmade ceramic mugs, the Art Shop is a perfect place to shop small and find meaningful, eclectic gifts. Museum-goers can even purchase limited-edition prints by resident artists to complete their UMOCA experience.
“The Art Shop is another testament to our passion for showcasing Utah artists,” Ovalles says. “We are beyond lucky to live in a state where the art scene is so vibrant and innovative. It is important to support all artists and UMOCA is here to help deepen your knowledge and appreciation for the art of our time.”
It pays to shop small, and each of these four shops make it easy. The creations of our city’s local artisans are as special as the individuals who make them. As a whole, they’re a reflection of the melting pot of ideas that make Salt Lake City such an exceptional place.