SLC Staycation: Bike Edition

As we ease into May, the length of daytime in each day increases, and we awake from our long slumbers bright-eyed and thirsty for some vitamin D. What better way to fill that overdue sunshine depletion by hopping on our bikes and learning to love the outdoors again, sans snow and rain? Luckily, there are many bikeable local amenities to enhance your tour of downtown SLC. Marmalade’s cyclist-centric bar is the perfect stop for a beer and a bite, actors and performances are around the corner via our local acting company, and for the music lovers, an all-ages music venue is just a few blocks away. Local coffee and shopping are just a few blocks east, and to top off your long day of adventuring, pamper yourself at a spa that is a short ride south. Take a break. Winter was tough. Stay in town, but get out in the sun for this—your SLC Staycation!


 

Photo: John Barkiple

Skinworks

2211 Nowell C. • Tu: 9:30a-8p • W–Th: 9:30a-10p • F: 9:30a–5p • Sa: 9:30a–4:30p
801.530.0001 • skinworks.edu

Between the respectfulness of their students and the calming atmosphere, every visit to Skinworks feels like discovering a safe and cozy cocoon away from home. There’s a lot on tap: manis, pedis, waxes and luxury facials—no matter what you choose, a capable student will craft detailed feedback on how to treat your personal skin-care challenges. After a session, they may offer you specific products to handle your needs, but it’s no pressure. Located just off State Street and 2100 South, Skinworks is easy to find and low-hassle. It’s an affordable and easy go-to pampering spot for those low-energy days. Pictured: Owner Natalie Parkin. –Parker Mortensen
Photo: John Barkiple


Photo: @clancycoopKings Peak Coffee Roasters

412 S. 700 West Ste. 140    M–F: 7a–4p    Sa: 9a–2p
385.267.1890    kingspeakcoffeeroasters.com

Even the most seasoned SLC coffee aficionados are unlikely to know about the city’s newest entry to the scene, King’s Peak Coffee Roasters. They are located in a charming early-20th-century building that was the accounting office of a steel foundry, and even have the vintage vault on display. They offer baked goods from Honeycomb and Streusel, and also have Hans Kombucha and Mamacharie Kombucha, both local, all served in a cozy, exposed-brick and filament-light-bulb-adorned-environment. Modern West art gallery is right next door, which shows compelling original art that is always changing. Saltgrass Printmakers is on the other side, which makes the building a must-visit bohemian outpost. –Tyson Call
Photo: @clancycoop


City of Industry

209 E. Broadway • F-Sa: 11a–6p • Su: 11a–3p
385.419.1352 • cityofindustryshop.com

With bright baubles and crafty stationery creating the window display for City of Industry, it’s difficult to resist coming in to check out the eclectic offering. Stocking the shop with unique gifts for friends and family who prefer a more personalized touch, owner Sarah Anderson (pictured) chooses the curios in her inventory from women-owned and family-owned businesses, most of which use Salt Lake City locals. Anderson’s brand of charming kitchen and houseware-inspired pins are the hallmark of the shop, along with an area for crafting classes, which are offered about once a month. Once you’re drawn in by the tantalizing window display, you’ll want to stick around for the quirky, pop art–inspired treasures. –Ali Shimkus
Photo: John Barkiple


 

Photo: @clancycoopSLC Bicycle Collective

2312 S. West Temple    Tu: 2p–6p    Th: 2p–6p
Sa: 12p–6p    801.FAT.BIKE (801.328.2453)
bicyclecollective.org/salt-lake-city

The weather is warm and it’s time to dust off the bicycles—but during winter, the tires have gone flat and the chain has dried out—maybe that missing part is destined to keep it unused all year. That is where SLC Bicycle Collective comes in. They offer workbenches and tools to use at an affordable hourly rate, and they offer inclusive educational programming for those who don’t know a derailleur from a crank arm. The nonprofit has been in SLC for 17 years, and they seek to promote two-wheeled, human-powered transportation. They also receive donated bikes, refurbish them and donate them to people in the community who can’t afford bicycles. –Tyson Call
Photo: @clancycoop


The Beehive Social Club

666 S. State Street •  Hours: vary, depending on events
thebeehiveslc.com
Mark of the Beastro M–F: 6p–9p • Sa: 11a–2p • Su: 11a–2p, 6p–9p

The Beehive Social Club has established itself as a hub for Salt Lake City’s underground culture. From shows to flea markets, the Beehive is an essential destination for those who want to get in touch with what characterizes SLC’s punk culture. The front of the establishment is the brand-new vegan restaurant, Mark of the Beastro, and further in the back of the building is the performance space, featuring a stage, soundbooth and enough room to fit a decent-sized crowd. The Beehive Social Club is a staple for food and tunes on a bike ride around SLC. –Zaina Abujebarah
Photo: John Barkiple


Salt Lake Acting Company

168 W. 500 North    801.363.7522
saltlakeactingcompany.org

This year, the Salt Lake Acting Company (pictured) celebrates 49 seasons as a subversive addition to the Utah art scene. The 2019 season will include kid-friendly offerings and the 42nd of the famed Saturday’s Voyeur series. This year also marks the first all-woman directorial lineup. In its centrally located, repurposed church building, SLAC’s performance space and clever lineup is a must for locals and visitors—and an easy ride for cyclists. This season’s offerings are certain to whet your dramaturgic appetite, whether seeking humor, humanity or simply an entertaining and easy ride from your delicious Downtown dinner date. –Paige Zuckerman
Photo: John Barkiple


Photo: John Barkiple

Handlebar

751 N. 300 West • M-Su: 11a–1a • 801.953.0588
handlebarslc.com

Adorned by an array of nuts, bolts, tires and spokes, Handlebar provides a comfortable, low-key, bike-themed bar and restaurant. With karaoke on Monday nights and poker on Wednesday nights, Handlebar encourages a social atmosphere and healthy interactions between strangers and friends alike. Their food menu is vegan/omnivore-friendly, and their kitchen offers items like the Vegan Pig Candy ($8), which is brown-sugar caramelized “porkless” bites. They proudly offer a large selection of local beer from breweries like Bohemian, Wasatch, Squatters, Proper and many more. Hop on over to the Marmalade District’s cyclist hub and try out what they have to offer! Pictured: Bartender Chris Hooten. –Bianca Velasquez
Photo: John Barkiple


More on SLUGMag.com:

SLC Staycation (2018)
Salt Lake City Staycation (2017)