After watching his father work in the glass industry for more than 30 years, Troy Mason followed in his footsteps by opening his own full-service glass shop in 1991. Not content with simply fixing cracks, Troy also developed an in-house technician-training program that allies itself with the standards set by the National Glass Association. Two of its graduates were honored as half of the top four installers in the United States, earning the esteem of their peers and a gold medal made from old hood ornaments at the United States Auto Glass Olympics.
When they aren't competing for glass and glory, technicians replace windshields with parts and products purchased directly from the manufacturers, and back their work with lifetime warranties. Techna Glass also offers a lifetime rock-chip-repair membership, which entitles owners to unlimited repairs of damage caused by errant stones. When they aren't competing for glass and glory, technicians replace windshields with parts and products purchased directly from the manufacturers, and back their work with lifetime warranties. Techna Glass also offers a lifetime rock-chip-repair membership, which entitles owners to unlimited repairs of damage caused by errant stones.
Inspired to help car owners save money in the wake of an economic downturn, The Wrench-it Center's founder, Zachary Anderegg, opened the heated bays of a full-service, do-it-yourself garage lauded by the Deseret News as "Salt Lake Valley's most innovative—and hands-on—automotive repair business." Amateur mechanics can access both high-rise and low-rise lifts as well as a 200-piece toolbox, and they can also plug into the garage's Alldata automotive repair database so they don't have to ask their car to honk three times when it stops hurting. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, when visitors hit a snag, this computer system "shows drawings of just about every part and how they fit together for all makes and models." When the garage doesn't have the part for a required repair, free parts delivery can summon rare factory components and more aerodynamic bumper stickers. Owners can enlist the shop's mechanics to coach them through the repair process, and at any point they can hand the job off and enjoy the full-service treatment.
Trifecta Design's florists construct elaborate arrangements with blossoms sourced from around the world, earning Best Flower Shop accolades from City Weekly in 2010. Owners Pamela Ostermiller and Lindsay Vieta-Vest draw on their love of fashion, architecture, music, and visual art to stylishly arrange colorful seasonal blooms such as orchids, lemongrass, kiwi, and roses. Finished bouquets reside inside tinted glass cubes and handcrafted wooden boxes chosen to highlight their inventive compositions. The creative establishment also compiles edible gift boxes, which entice gourmands with artisanal breads and cheeses, smoked meats, and local chocolates nestled amid textured wrappings.
A 3.5-acre horticultural haven, Millcreek Gardens gives bloom-seekers a means to realize dreams of colorful, lush outdoor spaces by presenting a wide array of shrubs, trees, and assorted flowerpot inhabitants. Stroll amid verdant rows of plant life, perusing prettified foliage ranging from the serene cerulean hues of a delphinium to the cheerful, bubbly blooms of a hydrangea. Accent a lovely lawn with a classic apple tree ($40+), make the bed for a plot of fragrant flowers ($2–$20), or cover up barren yards with a symphony of shrubbery ($6.50–$50). The one-stop shop also stocks organic plant foods, soil amendments, and fertilizers for keeping growing greenery as strong as a box of oxen.
Forsey's Furniture Galleries gussies up living quarters, stocking its two stores with furniture, art, and home accessories from high-end designers such as Stickley, Copeland, Dale Tiffany, and Global Views. A Fred and Ginger sculpture ($105) pays tribute to the human form with an abstract rendering of two dancers in midtwirl, and the Aarhus box ($147) stylishly protects documents and jewelry from dust, light damage, and thieves who don't know how to open boxes. Customers can cast a multichromatic glow over living spaces with lamps from Dale Tiffany ($197), each channeling the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright with geometric patterns forged from richly hued stained glass.
For more than 35 years, Cactus & Tropicals has livened up sparse plots and reinvigorated depressed patios with a vast, verdant variety of cacti, flowers, and gardening gear. Focusing as much on sprouting seeds as fostering field creativity, the lush storefront boasts an elaborate display area showcasing high-end floral fashions. Winding catwalks guide buyers through crowds of leafy house plants ($3.95+), annuals ($1.79+), and a colorful gathering of orchids culled from around the globe ($16+). Growers with a history of prickly relationships with plants can learn how to care for a cacti garden ($1.95+ each), get paired up with an easy-to-please perennial ($4.29+), or adopt a well-behaved bonsai guaranteed to sit still during fussy grooming sessions.