Andrea Gomez

Galleries ― and the Gateway ― bring Salt Lake's warehouse district to life

Tom Price,  – March 1, 2006

Long overlooked, the warehouse district on Salt Lake City’s west side has been transformed by artists and developers drawn to its pioneer-era brick-and-steel façades.

Now bustling with boutiques, galleries, and Vespa scooters, the area boasts ethnic and artistic diversity with an organic, urban frisson, explaining why a homeless shelter can sit right across the street from the Gateway ― a multimillion-dollar shopping and entertainment complex ― and seem perfectly at home.

Aloha Island-Style Sushi
Think pineapple and mango plus wasabi. Chef “Billy Z.” slices and rolls his fish fresh every morning. Ready-to-go boxes make it easy to grab takeout. WHEN: Lunch Mon-Sat. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 336 W. Broadway; 801/322-3224. 

C.G. Sparks
A cavernous warehouse packed with Tibetan and Indian furnishings and rugs, as well as hand-spun wool from Kathmandu. WHEN: 10-6 Mon-Fri, 10:30-4 Sat. WHERE: 454 South 500 West; 801/519-6900.

Olympic Snowflake Fountain
Hundreds of jets shooting water 30 feet into the air at random intervals. The fountain and its adjacent stream are located at the north end of the Gateway shopping center ― a perfect place to pause after a day on your feet. HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: On Rio Grande St. at S. Temple St.; 801/456-0000. 

Pierpont Avenue gallery stroll
Monthly tour of an unpretentious row of galleries and studios ― many artists live upstairs and are happy to chat about their work. Check out the one-of-a-kind belt buckles at the Women’s Art Center (open during gallery stroll and 12-6 Wed-Fri, 1-4 Sat; 345 W. Pierpont Ave.; 801/577-8367). WHEN: Third Fri of every month (next event is 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Apr 21). HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: Pierpont Ave. between 300 and 400 West.

A Cup of Joe
A cafe with overstuffed chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows, and inspiring Open-Mic Poetry Slams every Sat (8–midnight; free). WHEN: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 353 West 200 South; 801/363-8322.

Info: Salt Lake’s arts district is still finding its boundaries; you’ll discover lots to do between 300 and 500 West and 500 South to 50 North.

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