Here are a few of my local favorites -- please check them out during this holiday season.
Each and every one of these places is owned or operated by some of the most intelligent, passionate, kind people I've had the pleasure of associating with in my adulthood. The care they give to their establishments is reverent. The sheer amount of raw labor that goes into making Salt Lake City an eclectic and worthwhile community is unimaginable, and all of these places have made sacrifices to put us on the map.
iconoCLAD for all of your clothing and knickknack needs! They have some of the most unique gifts in the entire state. They're running an amazing gift card promotion so head over and do your Christmas shopping today.
Mischievous PleasuresSLC is here for all of your sultry needs. There are a lot of sexy little boutiques in Salt Lake City, but this is the only one that combines serious sexual health knowledge and a sex-positive, safe environment. As someone who has seen the worst infections and injuries from sexual misuse or lack of education during my time working at Planned Parenthood, I can say with confidence that these are the professionals you want behind you.
Tabula Rasa is where I go on little mini mental vacations after a bad day -- they have the most incredible, beautiful gifts that make you feel positively decadent and cosmopolitan. I have purchased the bulk of my Christmas gifts from this store for the last few years.
Even Stevens Sandwiches is delicious do-goodery with real, measurable results. The work that they do using the funds you give them by purchasing delicious sandwiches is irreplaceable to the community. Their unpretentious approach to good eats is honest and brave. I crave their collard green wraps on the regular and usually end up eating two in one sitting. I'm not even embarrassed.
Finca is my new favorite restaurant located next to one of the most classic dive venues in Utah -- Urban Lounge. They pipe the unpredictable sounds of the venue on show nights, creating a sort of symbiotic relationship between the two businesses. Fina strives to take care of you and help you relax, even late at night. Their offerings are ever-evolving and completely surprising.
Feel free to add your local favorites in the comments section! Happy consumerism season, SLC-ites!