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JESSE WALKER & SHAOMA AT 2014 CLIFF BAR PSICOBLOC MASTERS FINAL, FRIDAY AUGUST 8

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2013 Clif Bar Psicobloc Masters Series Competition (Photo: Beau Kahler)

2013 Clif Bar Psicobloc Masters Series Competition (Photo: Beau Kahler)

Psicobloc (Spanish for “crazy bouldering,” or what is commonly referred to as “deep-water soloing”) is a form of solo climbing over a (deep) body of water and is undoubtedly one of the most unique and purest forms of climbing. Elite climbers like Chris Sharma make regular pilgrimages to exotic locales like Mallorca to push the envelope of technical climbing and experience the special challenge afforded by Psicobloc. 

Now in it's second year the 
Psicobloc Masters Series is split across three days from August 6 – 8, 2014 with Finals rounds being held on August 7th and 8th respectively at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT. Last year’s competition drew an estimated crowd of over 5,000 spectators to the event, and over 50,000 viewers watching the live stream and the event re-broadcast. This year’s competition will again feature a men’s and women’s division, and will be in the style of a “duel”, where competitors race head-to-head on identical routes, with the highest or first to the top advancing to the next round. The competition wall, designed by Walltopia, reaches over 50 feet above the pool and overhangs roughly 25 feet. The climbers use no ropes or harnesses, creating a thrilling plunge into the water below if they fall.

Guest DJ's JESSE WALKER & SHAOMA will be providing sonic disruption on the final night of August 8th from 6-12pm.

Tickets are on sale now at: 
www.psicocomp.com/attend

$25 Bronze Level Seats
$50 Silver Level Seats
$100 Gold Level Seats

More info:
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C. G. Sparks, a sensory-rich shopping experience in Salt Lake City’s Warehouse District

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My tangential connection to C.G. Sparks goes back to it's infancy as a catering/production company started by Chrisanne Olsen and Gary Vlasic, who lent their initials "C.G." to the name. Through their travels abroad, specifically to India, the company divined it's true calling sourcing antiques, objets d'art and beautiful custom-made reclaimed furniture.

Now, more than a decade later, C.G. Sparks is still rocking the imported goodness here in Salt Lake and humming exquisitely under the direction of owner Michael Hennessey and his team of "design-obsessed" individuals, including business manager Brandalynn Davis and art director Frederick Vaughn Robison (to mention a few of my friends). Together, they provide an embarrassment of talent which is poured seasonally into their 13,000 square-foot showroom and equally impressive online presence, turning C.G. Sparks into less of a furniture store and more a full-on sensory, travel experience.

C.G. Sparks
454 SOUTH 500 WEST 
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 
tel. 801.519.6900 
M-F 10 A.M. - 6 P.M. 
SAT 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. 

CGSparks.com
https://www.facebook.com/cgsparks

Salt Lake One Of 'America's 5 New Foodie Cities' – Wine Enthusiast

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Wine Enthusiast –

You can find uni butter in any backwoods burg these days. However, some unexpected cities are becoming gastro destinations, seizing upon local products and traditions. And where great food lives, great wine service follows, even though these restaurants haven’t made our 100 Best list this year. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as culinary capital? Read on. —Nils Bernstein and Alexis Korman

Even Stevens, A Sandwich Shop With A Cause

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Even Stevens is the new sandwich shop with a cause, opened by Utahn Steve Down, with an A-Team of community minded people including Karen Olson, Jamie Coates, Jason Dreelin, Trevor Down, and Sara Day. For every sandwich they sell, they donate one (or equivalent supplies to make sammy's) to a local non-profit partner. Kind of a Tom's shoes model for food but on a local level. To start they are currently giving to the Good Samaritan Program, the Rescue Mission, Volunteer's of America Homeless Youth Outreach and the YWCA.

Steve's eye-popping, rustic interior is over the top awesomeness. A massive Trent Call mural by the entrance takes your eye up to a beautiful reclaimed wood ceiling Karen says they scavenged from all over the valley. A 'big ass fan' hovers over a planter festooned poof, surrounded by wood tables with bright yellow chairs. Those bicycle wheel light fixtures by Brett Millet are pretty neat as well. A lot of effort with into this 'not just another sandwich shop'. The sandwiches themselves most definitely deliver the goods. I had the 'Turkey Day' which is an homage to Thanksgiving. Turkey breast, provolone cheese, cucumbers, cranberry jalapeño jelly and slow roasted tomatoes on French artisan bread. Delicious! Usually bread is the looser in sandwichville, but what Even Stevens are using will bring a single perfect tear to your eye. The ruben is another popular item which I look forward to checking off my list. They carry a nice selection of beer and have been playing the World Cup games as well. Could be a great place to catch one over lunch this month. Have you been to Even Stevens yet? What do you think?

Evenstevens.com
200 South 414 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
8:00am - 10:00pm
(801) 727-7234

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Utah may not “constitutionally deny a citizen the benefit or protection of the laws of the State based solely upon the sex of the person that citizen chooses to marry.”

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Wonderful news today with a decision (finally) from the 10th Circuit Court in Denver striking down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban! I heard the breaking news on KRCL this morning while I was brushing my teeth and nearly spit out my toothpaste. Now following more closely with Fox 13's Ben Winslow. Here's the gist of todays decision:

Fox 13 News | SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has overturned Utah’s Amendment 3, which defined marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

In a ruling just handed down, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Utah may not “constitutionally deny a citizen the benefit or protection of the laws of the State based solely upon the sex of the person that citizen chooses to marry.”

The court also decided to stay their mandate pending an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. In other words, same-sex marriages in Utah will not begin right away.  The Supreme Court will first decide whether or not to hear the case.  If they decide not to, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling will stand.

There's going to be a huge rally for equality tonight at City Creek Park to celebrate with all the organizations who've made this possible, hosted by Utah Unites for Marriage:

WHO: You, your family and friends!
WHERE: City Creek Park 110 N State St Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
WHEN: 7 PM on the day the 10th Circuit rules
INFO: 
http://www.utahunites.org/decisiondayblog/

Salt Lake City: Insider's Guide, OUT Traveler

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Evan Lewandowski, sommelier at Pago restaurant, Adam Sklute, artistic director of Ballet West and myself gave OUT Traveler our tips on navigating Salt Lake City for their recent Insider's Guide by Nate Zubal. Nate also touches on SLC nightlife, where to stay, eat and what to do practically year-round. Here's an excerpt:
 

Salt Lake City: Insider's Guide

5.11.2014  |  BY NATE ZUBAL

We asked some of the numerous LGBT professionals and business owners of Salt Lake City for the inside scoop on their city. 

Jesse Walker, DJ at Zest Bar:

What is gay nightlife like in Salt Lake?
There’s a bit of something for everyone. While we have your more traditional gay bars like Jam, Try-Angles, Sun Trapp, Metro and the Paper Moon, you’ll find that all of our hip(ster) spots are basically overly tolerant of gay/straight/etc. people, from our many diverse brewpubs (Squatters, for instance) right down to the edge-of-town rockabilly road house, The Garage. Basically, if you drink coffee or alcohol, there’s a good chance you’re standing in a room full of liberal-minded folks looking for other liberal minded people. Some of my regular haunts are Zest (vegan kitchen/dance club), Urban Lounge (college/indie music with a stellar lineup weekly), Bar X (craft cocktails by extremely talented bartenders, part-owned by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell). Amazing restaurants and coffee shops, of which there are many, pick up the slack with a fantastic food revolution happening here over the past five years.

What is one misconception about Salt Lake City that you'd like to disprove?
We are not all Mormons, or Republicans. Not all of us ski. Salt Lake proper is truly progressive in its history and culture. Mostly stemming from the often ridiculous fight for our right to party, or marry for instance, vs. the Utah Legislature.

What is one thing out-of-towners should know about your city?
While things may seem ordinary on the surface, there’s more to see and experience once you find the rhythm of the city and its inhabitants. We absolutely love visitors and because of our location between the East/West coasts are accustomed to opening up and being good hosts. Part of what makes living here truly worthwhile is the genuine sense of community and authenticity you find in people. The cost of living doesn’t hurt either. There’s an unabashed hunger for what’s next. Occasionally you have to invent it, but that’s the pioneer spirit. It’s also why thousands of people show up for our Pride weekend, our Twilight Summer Concert series, Downtown Farmers Markets, our world-renowned ballet, dance and opera companies, and annual film festivals.

Read the rest at www.outtraveler.com.

Jared Lindsay Clark, Makia Sharp at CUAC

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Another show you should check out at tonights gallery stroll...

CUAC Contemporary Art
175 E 200 S
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Today 6:00pm
 

Jared Lindsay Clark is one of Utah’s most successful contemporary artists.  He received a BFA in painting from BYU and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Sculpture.  He was featured in New American Painters earlier this year and is a recipient of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums’ Artist Fellowship.  He has exhibited his work multiple times in Los Angeles and New York City.

Clark’s exhibition Seer Screens is comprised of objects that blur the lines between painting and sculpture.  Taking pieces of found Styrofoam used to ship monitors and televisions, he fills their negative spaces with colored but transparent silicon resin.  The resulting compositions engage with the traditional tension between flatness and depth which has been explored throughout painting’s history as well as that same tension that is inherent to the ubiquitous computer and television screens that mitigate our contemporary life experience.  Laying on tables constructed for this purpose, they become like transparent pools of color for the viewer to see in and through, and to contemplate transcendence (at least of material).  These objects, at once paintings and sculptures are mystical Seer stones—Urim and Thummim—that speak to another kind of transcendence that is both a serious exploration of spirituality and belief and an ironic statement about the role television and computer monitors play in the creation of culture.


Makia Sharp is a recent BYU graduate with a BFA in Painting.  Her exhibition Passing is also an investigation of different modes of seeing and types of transcendence, both material and spiritual.  She uses lowbrow materials and images to reference cliché or kitsch examples of the sublime that is loosely based in landscape but truly rooted in minimal formalism.  She also uses screens and projections to explore light in the context of the painting tradition as well as how ideas of beauty and transcendence are expressed through the mining of popular imagery.  Hers is wrought with the existential angst that every passage in her work is a metaphor for death with only a glimmer of hope for something else.

Rest Stop

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This week's nod from the NY Times Travel section could be a tipping point for the elusive Rest bar/restaurant concept underneath Bodega on Main Street in Salt Lake City. Some friends and I got on famously there this past Friday, out on a mission to try new cocktails by beverage director Caleb Cannon. The contrast of coming from Beer Bar's populist World Cup fever to the more private, darkly lit, rustic funk of The Rest was an interesting contrast, and just one example of the adventures to be had discovering SLC's increasingly thirsty bar scene

While I have admired The Rest from the get-go, it was a bit formal for my liking when they first opened, partly due to a strict reservation system. Thankfully, The Rest has loosened things up with a 'walk in's welcome' policy aided by more aggressive beer and shot specials in the street level tavern called El Borracho, ($2 whiskey & tequila shots. $4 draft beer. $5 high point bottles, check them out on Instagram.com/bodegaslc). People come for the tacos, craft brew beer and cheesy balls upstairs and then hit The Rest for bolder cocktails, mountain man inspired cuisine and rustic tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. I also appreciate owner Sara Lund's drive, vision and genuine personality. She and her employees have always been nothing short of accommodating and fun-loving, which is the real lynch pin of success for a service industry joint. Sadly, I'm not a huge fan of the food menu, but when you want to try something totally different vs. the same old expected watering holes, The Rest is truly a welcome diversion. I think with a little more experimentation, the whole place will continue to hit it's stride.

Dual Opening Reception at UMOCA - Friday June 27, 7-9pm

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"God Complex" Christopher Kelly

"God Complex" Christopher Kelly

Dual show opening at UMOCA that looks interesting towards the end of June.

From Utahmoca.org:

FRI, JUN 27 | 7 - 9 PM
Join us for a celebration to commence UMOCA's two newest exhibitions. Bring your friends and experience today's art and mingle with the artists. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. 

Bikuben
Bikuben, (Danish for "the hive") was inspired by the research for this exhibition. Between 1876 and 1935, Bikuben was a newspaper published in Utah for the Danish immigrants as a way to foster cultural connectivity and a sense of community. For this exhibition, the word bikuben is reimagined as a way to examine how the symbolism of a beehive is interwoven with concepts of industry, heritage, and utopia. 
 
Artist Q&A  JUN 27 | 6 PM 
On the 27th, come early for a Q&A with renowned Danish contemporary artist Mie Olise hosted by UMOCA's Curator, Rebecca Maksym. Olise's installation piece Shipsearching (2011) is featured above.  
 

Christopher Kelly: GOD COMPLEX 
Christopher Kelly's GOD COMPLEX references science fiction to expand on the universal human desire to develop and control an alternative place. A genre often associated with futuristic pursuits of new worlds and extraterrestrial life, sci-fi is also an apt metaphor for the discovery of the differences between self and other, human and alien.

Summer in Your Step

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I made a conscious effort to play different styles of (house) music during our massive Gay Pride weekend. Starting with Saturday's Supersonic Supperclub at Zest which verged on intergalactic. A near perfect rise in energy, shifting from dinner to dancing with people coming out of the woodwork, hungry for whatever we gave them, right down to the deepest, truest acid house and techno. Have to say, I've been surprised by all the transplants to SLC that crave Detroit/Berlin techno... I'm not complaining. I love it all. Red Spectral (Cody Layton) a prodigy of the renegade Provo edm/rave scene, was incredible. Focused and amazing as he always is. > > > Fast forward to Sunday afternoon, where many of the same faces ended up on stage with me at the Utah Pride Festival. 40,000+ people in attendance this year, ...some of which had the stamina to dance for two hours under the glowing sun and proved their love for soulful house music. My hope is that young and old left with a song in their heart and spring (summer?) in their step. Truly great memories. Thanks to everyone who was there!!! If you have video or some good photos send them my way.

Both DJ sets are posted above and at my Soundcloud page. Keep in mind we played hour-ish sets at Supersonic. Cody 0:00, Jesse 1:06, Cody 2:09 and me again from 3:30-End. It's all pretty great stuff though, so we hope you enjoy it! XOXO
 

Live @ Utah Pride Festival Tracklist:
1. All Over The World (Beatless Version) by Terra Deva, Furry Phreaks
2. Start To Play (Christian Prommer Rmx2 (Piano Mix) by Christian Prommer
3. In It Together (Director's Cut Signature Togetherness) by Human Life
4. Take Pride by J. Lettow
5. We Are On The Move (Joey Negro Revival Mix) by Zo!, Erro
6. Proof Of Love by Daniel Roe
7. All About The 90s by Gilbert Le Funk
8. Out Of My Mind (The Swiss Dance Mix) by Tyson
9. Candidate For Love (Joey Negro Disco Blend) by Joey Negro, Horse Meat Disco
10. Lionels Jam (2012 Remix) by Miguel Migs
11. Pushing On by Oliver $ & Jimi Jules
12. Wake Me Up (Mathias Kaden's Rhythm Remix) by Nick Curly
13. I Wanna Be More feat. Taliwa (Dj Booman & Dj Spen Mix) by Souldynamic, Taliwa
14. Mother Mother (Cosmodelica Remix) by Fat Freddy's Drop
15. Feel it (Ron Carroll BMC Gospel Vocal) by Darryl D'Bonneau
16. If You Take My Love (Booker T Vocal Mix) by Kings Of Soul
17. O' Darlin by Cajmere, Gene Farris
18. Larry Classic (Victors Latin Breakdown) by Johnny Dangerous
19. Conga! (Pied Piper Freestyle Regroove) by Miami Sound Machine
20. I Am Somebody by Technasia
21. Gonna Be Mine by Audiowhores
22. Hey Now (Sasha Remix) by London Grammar
> Sample: Finally (Acapella) by Kings of Tomorrow
23. The Pressure (Classic Mix) by Sounds Of Blacknes

RYE, the new joint for early morning eats and late-night bites

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Logo, menu design and interior elements commissioned by Dan Christofferson.

Logo, menu design and interior elements commissioned by Dan Christofferson.

Rye, a new venture from the fine folks behind Urban Lounge, has opened its doors.

Here are some details about Rye's origins and offerings via their press release:

The owners of Urban Lounge, Chris Wright, Lance Saunders and Will Sartain, have always talked about having a restaurant next door to their already successful bar and music venue — so when Al Forno’s closed its doors, they sprung into action.

“There’s three things that bands ask me the minute they unload: Where can I find good food, coffee and a beer?” Wright said. 

The concept of Rye is simple. It’s a place where people can get early morning eats and late-night bites. Beer and cocktails will also be available. 

Rye and the Urban Lounge were meant to complement each other.

On nights when Urban Lounge is hosting concerts, audio and video from the shows will be pumped into Rye’s dining room. This along with the hand-crafted interior (designed by Ryan Manning) makes Rye a truly unique space. 

 “A lot of blood sweat and beers went into Rye,” said Saunders, who helped build the restaurant from the ground up.

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To make sure Rye runs smoothly, Wright, Saunders and Sartain recruited help from all over Salt Lake City.

Tommy Nguyen, formerly of Takashi, will head the kitchen. His cuisine is diner food with an Asian fusion twist — think imaginative scrambles and pork belly bowls at breakfast and shoyu fried chicken for dinner.

Willa Wright, Chris’s wife, will co-manage with Samantha Starr, formerly of Mazza. Anyone who has had pastries from The Rose Establishment will recognize Alexa Norlin’s work. Norlin helped with the pastries, which along with Charming Beard Coffee will be available at the cafe section of Rye.

Coffee bar will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Brunch and lunch daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight, with extend hours until 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Black bean burger (top), 'Rye' burger (bottom), which was perfectly cooked and absolutely amazing. Spicy fries were great too, served with garlic and spicy aioli.

Black bean burger (top), 'Rye' burger (bottom), which was perfectly cooked and absolutely amazing. Spicy fries were great too, served with garlic and spicy aioli.

Sam races past Tatiana Subbotin and friends.

Sam races past Tatiana Subbotin and friends.

Marcus MacDonald munching on some delicious fries.

Marcus MacDonald munching on some delicious fries.

Watch and hear Urban Lounge shows from two closed-circuit TV's. On this particular night, we had tickets to the the fantastic TUNEYARDS making RYE the perfect spot for pre-drinks and a bite.

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Rye is located next to Urban Lounge at 239 S. 500 East.

NOW International's 'FEAST' A Stunning Success

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Performance from the sidelines with Jo Blake (dancer) and Robert Scott Smith (actor/dancer).

Performance from the sidelines with Jo Blake (dancer) and Robert Scott Smith (actor/dancer).

You could hear a pin drop in the hour and ten minutes spanning NOW International's latest show on the edge of the Great Salt Lake this last Saturday. These are just a few moments I caught on my iPhone over the intense 'FEAST' experience we created at Saltair. Such a marvelous night, made possible by so many beautiful patrons, gracious sponsors and volunteers. From the load-in of an enormous 50ft. custom 'table' (our stage), lighting and sound–through to our strike yesterday some some strong helpers...  'FEAST' was a huge undertaking for a company this size. Six months in the making, and fully realized by our incredible guest performers with direction by Charlotte Boye-Christensen, founder and husband Nathan Webster in collaboration with Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratories.

The talented David Newkirk and Dena Eaton have posted select photos. More will be coming soon, either here or at NOW-ID.com. We want to thank everyone for taking this journey with us. We hope you felt it was as stunning a success as we did.

My view from the DJ booth, near the very end of the show. I got to play on the same sound system that SLAYER used the week before!

My view from the DJ booth, near the very end of the show. I got to play on the same sound system that SLAYER used the week before!

A model of the original Saltiar in the gift shop.

A model of the original Saltiar in the gift shop.

The beautiful sunset at Saltair mid-performance, with Lewis Bros. food truck off to the side. (click to expand)

Norway Day

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Two of the finest human beings I know. Elizabeth Gilman and Philip Gunderson at their annual Norwegian Independence Day party. Philip is, as you may have guessed, from Norway and they take the holiday seriously enough to make it a tradition. It also marks the first time I really got to know them as my (then) neighbors, about four years ago. I love you guys. You are model citizens.

Publik Coffee Roasters

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Fourth-wave gentrification is moving at a steady clip here in the 'Ballpark' neighborhood just South of our newly minted “Central 9th District". The naming of which seems to have brought a renewed sense of purpose to what can seem like a zombie-transient thoroughfare between a triad of social services and Walmart. It's colorful around these parts, but I don't mind that much. One thing I have learned from my urban planning friends however is that getting more 'anchor' businesses in the area will help grow the common good. Not box stores or chain restaurants, but the kind of locally owned, walkable gathering places residents really desire spend their time and money. The quality of life goes up, and with it, property values. That's the plan at least. So as of late my faith has been renewed with the opening of some great local businesses like Atlas Architects, NoBrow Coffee Werks, City Cakes & Cafe, Meditrina, Sage's Cafe, and now Publik Coffee Roasters on 975 S. West Temple. Publik is branded as a community coffee shop, a co-working space and event venue. If that sounds like a lot to take on, don't worry, they have the space and resources for it.

Co-founders Missy Greis and Matthew Bourgeois along with help from head barista/roaster Dylan Sands (formerly of Rose Estb.) have left no stone unturned in their quest for coffee perfection. The enormous reception area used to house a Dutch owned lithography business, which luckily for Missy and Matt, dovetailed perfectly with their Dutch themed roastery ('Publik" is Dutch for "Community") and helped facilitate a smooth transition in ownership. From there, despite a few major holdups from the city, they transformed the building into something else entirely. Raw materials mix with clean, modern and eco-conscious design touches to bring out the character of the building. Breakout meeting rooms have large tables and mid-century modern chairs, the counters offer convenient hanging outlets and everyone will enjoy the "big ass fan" in the exposed center of the main business. Publik also has the most efficient small and large batch coffee roasting equipment on the market said Matt. Behind They taste all their beans in small batches before they roast and brew on site behind the visible glassed-in roasting room. Their larger commercial machine is from Diedrich, an Idaho based company that utilizes proprietary ceramic infrared burners instead of traditional blue flame. The process dramatically reduces noxious gas emissions (hello neighbors!) and makes things much cleaner and easier to control.

I myself am not a true coffee snob, but I know when it tastes exceptional and also enjoy the one-on-one with the people serving it to me. There are a vast array of coffee pioneers in SLC who we should all continue to support. But I have a good feeling about Publik and more than anything am tickled to see great new community focused businesses opening in my neighborhood.

Publik Coffee Roasters
975 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
http://publikcoffee.com

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