Photography

The Dahlia Room, A Grown Up Sex Shop For Salt Lake

Owner Jen Fei inside her tasteful Broadway shop.

Owner Jen Fei inside her tasteful Broadway shop.

Assorted instruments of pleasure and pain.

Assorted instruments of pleasure and pain.

Celebrate sexuality, freedom, diversity and connection.
— Jennifer Fei

I met Jen several years ago when she was knee deep in leather handbags running her 9th and 9th store Purse Dreams. She won me over with her smile and winning attitude on more than one occasion. Jen is impossibly awesome, that's all there is to it. So when I'd heard she was going to open a sex shop on Broadway I was excited for her and the pleasure deficient people of the Wasatch front. We chatted about Jen's approach to the shop when I popped in to her lovely space earlier this week and she told me the following:

"I opened up The Dahlia Room when I saw that there was a need for a progressive sex shop that catered to adults. Navigating the extensive world of sex toys can be intimidating. I wanted to create a clean and non cluttered space offering a well curated selection of high quality items for people to enjoy. Our focus at The Dahlia Room is education and conversation about all kinds of sex. We know you can purchase most of these items online, so the advantage in shopping with us is the knowledge that we can provide to help you expand your sexual boundaries. From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone and want to make you feel comfortable shopping for your new toy."

Stop in and get to know Jen while perusing the upscale store. One can never have enough toys in the bedroom and she'll give you knowledge you need to wield them expertly.

The Dahlia Room
247 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 953-0088
www.thedahliaroom.com

Tracy Aviary

My lazy Sunday drive prompted an inaugural visit to Tracy Aviary this past weekend. Hard to believe, but I've never been after so... so many years here in SLC. It was a great day for it as well with Liberty park not yet fully enveloped in it's seasonal din of screaming children and drum circles. Birds are dinosaurs with wings but they're pretty cool to see up close. The flamingos are this gorgeous creamsicle color and the peacock was all kinds of friendly. The redeveloped visitor's center and park grounds by AJC Architects adds geometric and experiential layers making the Aviary a lovely diversion right in the heart of downtown.

Dallas Modern

Discovered this vein of Dallas modern architecture from Modernhepcat, an account I follow on Instagram. The book Dallas Modern authored by The Dallas Architecture Forum can be purchased at Visual Profile Books, Inc.

Description: Dallas Modern is a beautifully photographed, handsomely designed and superbly reproduced hardcover book featuring 20 private homes in “Big D” that represent the talents of internationally renowned architects and revered Texas regionalist architects alike. Defying stereotypical attitudes about modern design, the homes reveal private spaces, ranging from intimate, small-scaled dwellings to sprawling, grand opera-sized estates that illuminate the style, comfort and charm often accompanied by spectacular natural settings. What unites them is a profound respect for the families they shelter and a deep commitment to the art of homebuilding.

Jared Gold Archive

Jared Gold has a new website archiving his photos, flyers and always entertaining words surrounding his career up to now. Many of the flyer scans come from my Idaho Rave Flyers gallery posted some years ago, of which I'm happy to share. Such a wild and wacky time for all who experienced it. Visit www.goldjared.com.

Jesse & Jared, circa 1995

Jesse & Jared, circa 1995

From Jared's Facebook:

As a work of gratitude to all the people that have assisted and supported me during my creative endeavors, I have assembled a complete archive of everything we ever did together. After a full year of data mining and memory excavating, this is now a permanent home for all our daring times and fascinating making. Black Chandelier, House Jugular, Jared Gold Collection, Nightclubs, Parties, and Runway events. When it comes down to you and the darkness…you know who must win.

Big Cartel Believes in the Artists

Big Cartel has curated HANDMADE products, locally and nationally from their online sellers for a pop-up brick-and-mortar space on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City.

The shop is a temporary extension of their online gift guide which changes slightly by day for the month of December leading up to Christmas. 100% of the proceeds go to the artists so if you’re in Salt Lake during the holidays, stop in and enjoy!

Visit online: http://shopindie.bigcartel.com/#popup

Follow @bigcartel for additional open hours and more info.


HOURS:
Wednesday - Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

LOCATION
163 S. Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Shop At 'Mall'

'MALL' is a pop-up concept retail and art experience that opened this weekend for limited run. A dream realized from years of scheming by our man Gary Vlasic, just know that it's amazing on every level. Visit often and tell your friends! More at shop-at-mall.com and instagram.com/shop_at_mall

 
 

Pop-up shops will explore new formats in graphic design, fashion, music, publishing, and food. Featured collaborators include JugarV. ProjectNumber 047D8, and more. Shop at Mall on Nov. 282930 and Dec. 567 at (new location) 159 W. Pierpont Ave. Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

 

Where no man (or woman) has gone before

krcl polar jubilee

Some great photos by the force of nature that is David Newkirk from this past Friday at KRCL's annual 'Polar Jubilee' which was held in a vacant shop space at historic Trolley Square. Loved the looks on display backed by bowie-esque rock bands and a retro sci-fi soundtrack that bled into a stellar space disco dance party! Thanks again for the invite Bad Brad Wheeler and everyone at the station who made it so fun.

Introducing Provisions, an American Craft Kitchen

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Get an eyeful of the new, bright and bushy tailed Provisions Restaurant in East Millcreek which is housed in the former Lugäno space on 3364 S 2300 E. Still in transformation but looking great at the preview dinner we attended this past Tuesday.

I was happy to assist chef/owner Tyler Stokes with the branding, menu and web design of Provisions which took cues from the interior touches designer Rachel Hodson brought to the project ...like, that amazing wallpaper. The punch of modern coral orange is kept at bay by classic, clean white moulding and a slick grey cement floor throughout. Orange continues into the kitchen, cladding the wood-fired oven in a warm inviting glow.

Stokes was associated with two restaurants prior in Sun Valley, Idaho, (Owner of Dashi and Executive Chef of Globus which was featured on Rachel Ray) opened Provisions to highlight "regional, organic and sustainable ingredients... using new and old world technique’s to create exciting flavor profiles, textures and visual enjoyment." What's also inspiring is that he'll be serving house made pasta, wood fire pizzas, seafood, local meats and vegetables from the same kitchen he worked in as a teenager growing up in nearby Park City. An impressive third act from a young and talented chef.

More information and reservations can be found at www.slcprovisions.com.

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PROVISIONS
3364 S 2300 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
T. 801-410-4046

Frame Your Photos In An Instant

Have you heard about the iPhone app by local Utah gallerists turned entrepreneurs that can "Instantly Frame" photos from your phone to your doorstep? I gave it a try last week and the resulting piece turned out beautifully.

Just upload any photo (or file) from your phone to the Instantly Framed app. From there, I.F. prints it on photo luster paper using archival inks and frame it in a beautiful USA made FSC certified black walnut frame with recycled backing materials. The whole process takes less than 5 business days. Pretty cool no?

NCM Readers can use the discount code "CINEWCITY10" to get $10 off one frame and $20 off 2 frames from now until Monday Oct. 6th. Learn more and download the app over at www.instantlyframed.com.

A Visionary Art Environment

In a state full of magnificent strangeness, Gilgal Garden is a likely contender for crown jewel. It is a local treasure that we Salt Laker's grew up hearing about or discovering at random. Myself in the early 90's, sneaking in over the fence one night with my x-wife's older brother from the above parking lot which was sandwiched between a Wonder Bread factory and a Chuck-A-Rama buffet. The garden and sculptures, built by a crazed religious stonemason were overgrown and badly in need of repair. It wasn't until a Canadian company tried to buy the property for a condo development that the local arts community, the city fought to preserve it. The Mormon church even threw in a chunk of change. It's now a beautifully manicured Utah state park, full of magnificent strangeness.

From Wikipedia: The Gilgal Sculpture Garden is a small public city park, located at 749 East 500 South in Salt Lake City, UtahUnited States. The park, which is filled with unusual symbolic statuary associated with Mormonism, notably to the Sphinx with Joseph Smith's head, was a labor of love designed and created by LDS businessman Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. (1888-1963) in his spare time. The park contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems and literary texts. Gilgal Sculpture Garden is the only designated "visionary art environment" in the state of Utah.

To learn more and to become a 'Friend of Gilgal Garden', visit the official website at  www.gilgalgarden.org.

Throwback Thursday: The Globe Cafe By Moonlight

Where Cindy Lee asian cafe sits today on Main Street once lived a fairly amazing restaurant called The Globe Cafe. I used to DJ there around the turn of the century before moving to the Red Door. I'm not sure who took the above photo (please tell me if you know...) but it came to light on an old hard drive and is bringing back some great memories. One might argue that bits of our current dining scene's stardust could be traced back to the Globe's big bang of ahead-of-it's-time food by chefs Adam Kreitzel, Joe DiMeo and others. The Globes owners, management and staff were always so fun to be around which made it feel like family. I hope they know what an impact they made. 

In The Control Room

Some highlights below from last Saturday's Control Room (8.23.14) via DA\AR Photography.
The entire FB gallery can be seen here. Thanks again to the keen promoters for having me, and for throwing such an awesome event. Also to all the other DJ's who destroyed it. Definitely one for the books! Archived streaming video should be up at Quality Control's Daily Motion page soon.