SLC Staycation


March is an unpredictable time for Utah, weather-wise. We never know if we’ll be in our snow coats or soaking in some rays at Liberty Park at this point around the sun. What we do know is that our local options to spend a weekend—or a day off—span everything from shopping for artisan-crafted products to punk records, from eating vegan food to renting and watching VHS tapes of obscure films. If this sounds appealing, it may be time for your next SLC Staycation. Read on for a day around town, with some odds n’ ends thrown in to help you shape your following weekend as well. Whether it’s a longstanding Salt Lake City mainstay or a newcomer on the scene, you’ll be able to find your next stop or revisit a local favorite. Oh, plus, there are cats involved. Staycation up!

Photo: John Barkiple


341–3 Pierpont Ave. |
M–F: 11a–6p; Sa: 12–6p

The lovely Atelier shop is a must-see, go-to spot on Pierpont Avenue, sandwiched between a handful of other local craft businesses. With hanging plants and Kurt Vile playing in the background, time stands still while navigating every shelf and nook of the store and studio, featuring Malinda Fisher (Desert Rose Jewelry), Olivia Henrie (Innerspacism) and Chelsi Hunsaker (Scoutt Shop). Nearly every surface is covered with quality products to please the senses: jewelry, embroidery, natural bath salts, plants and hand-crafted pots, pine-infused natural balms, artwork and clothing. To browse Atelier is an aesthetic and relaxing experience, but to walk out with a unique treasure is even better. –Lizz Corrigan

Photo: John Barkiple

Boltcutter & Monkeywrench

57 E. Gallivan Ave. |
M–Th: 11a–3p; 5p–11p; F–Sa: 11a–3p; 5p–12a

Located in the Gallivan Center, this dining duo is a must-see for vegans and omnivores alike. Boltcutter offers amazing, plant-based, Mexican street food and never disappoints when it comes to flavor, presentation and overall deliciousness. For dinner, they offer iconic dishes like nachos, street corn and carne asada tacos, and a brand new stuffed quesadilla, which are my personal favorites. They’ve recently expanded their business hours to accommodate for lunch, and their new menu does not fall short. Monkeywrench is a destination for coffee- and sweets-lovers. They offer a gorgeous selection of specialty ice cream and have a full cafe menu to suit any coffee connoisseur. Almost every time I visit, I treat myself to a scoop of their rocky-road ice cream with extra marshmallows. –Zaina Abujebarah

Photo: John Barkiple

Raunch Records

1119 E. 2100 S. |–Sa: 11a–8p; Su: 12–6p

Raunch Records is a subculture essential in Salt Lake City. Not only does it house punk rock records and CDs, it also doubles as a skate shop and is the mecca of all things low-brow, alternative and generally punk as hell. The storefront alone is bold, attention-grabbing and stands out on 2100 South, welcoming punk rock veterans and newcomers alike. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to find something obscure for your record collection, but they never leave out the classics. From fans of  The Misfits to Black Flag all the way to Screeching Weasel, no punk rocker is left behind at Raunch. –Zaina Abujebarah

Photo courtesy of RDT

RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway

138 W. 300 S. | 801.534.1000 | | Class times vary

Staycation doesn’t mean you have to stay still. Within the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Repertory Dance Theater’s (RDT) Dance Center on Broadway offers a variety of drop-in dance classes for all levels of dancers (16 years old–plus). Drop-in classes cost $12, and student pricing, discounts and punch cards are available. No prior dance experience is necessary—all you have to do is show up a few minutes before the class starts. Indulge in the RDT atmosphere and tap into your groovin’ side while learning about the creative art of dance. From hip-hop to ballet, contemporary to Bollywood, RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway is a fun and accessible way to let loose and get moving in the City of Salt. –Lizz Corrigan


Photo: John Barkiple

Tinker’s Cat Cafe

302 E. 900 S. | | T–Th: 11a–7p; F–Su: 11a–8p

For just $8 an hour,  you can lounge, drink lattes and snuggle cute kitties at Tinker’s Cat Cafe. A brand new attraction to Salt Lake City, Tinker’s Cat Cafe offers the love of adorable cats in a cafe setting. Not only do you get to enjoy the company of the cats, but they’re also available for adoption. That way, if you fall in love with one, you can give them a forever home. They offer an array of different people treats, all from local businesses such as, City Cakes, Les Madeleines and Ditta, as well as coffee from Rimini Coffee Roasters. You may also feed cat treats to the furry friends. Grab yourself a Cat-puccino and spend an afternoon with some of the cutest faces in Salt Lake. –Zaina Abujebarah


Photo: John Barkiple

Tower Theatre

876 E. 900 S. | 801.321.0310 | | M–Su: 12–11p

The historical Tower Theatre has stood proudly in the 9th & 9th neighborhood since 1928. Operated by Salt Lake Film Society, Tower Theatre is a treasure box for VHS and movie rentals, old, new, out-of-print or never released to Blu-ray/DVD. Hundreds of films line the walls, floor to ceiling, from Bob Dylan interviews to quirky foreign films. At $3 for three days, Tower’s VHS rentals allow you to sort through history and settle down for a night in. (While Tower Theatre doesn’t rent out VHS players, spots like Deseret Industries almost always have a few at each location.) –Lizz Corrigan

Photo courtesy of Fellow Shop

Yoga & Mimosas at Fellow Shop

217 E. Broadway | 801.455.8139 | | T–Sa: 11a–6p

Burrowed on Broadway, the Fellow Shop is a brightly lit, local craft goods and clothes shop, decorated with greenery and hanging, woven tapestries. But the second Sunday of each month, the Fellow Shop lends itself to the Yoga + Mimosa series. For $10, artist and certified yoga instructor Brinley Froelich offers a 60-minute all-level, rejuvenating yoga flow, ending with a complimentary mimosa. Since the beginning of 2018, Froelich has added Chakras + Mimosas, with each monthly class focusing on one of the seven main chakras. Visit the Fellow Shop’s Community Event Calendar to sign up for Yoga + Mimosas. –Lizz Corrigan