A hub for sociable quilters, Elaine's Quilt Block hosts classes and get-togethers alongside a stock of more than 5,000 bolts of fabric and armfuls of notions, patterns, and books. Inside the homey space, which Quilt Sampler magazine lauded as "a beautiful setting for inspiring quilters" thanks to its 19th-century style and scenic location near the Wasatch Mountains, a massive baby room mingles bright hues among pale pink and blue fabrics. Books and patterns teach sewers to arrange geometric strips of fabric into trees, birds, or mime outfits using various stitching styles, such as appliqué and strip piecing. Sociable events including Sew & Tell gather quilters to show off ongoing projects and glean inspiration and information from others. During Civil War–themed classes, history-minded staffers and crafty time-travelers celebrate the heritage of their hobby with patterns that showcase old-timey arrangements and commemorate women's struggles during the war.
At Tan Utah, experienced staffers help patrons select tanning plans to suit their beauty goals. From a hue built gradually in a UV bed to a Mystic booth's instant bronze, tanning experts help clients find the right look to stand out. As a distributor of top-flight tanning accouterments, the team gets such up-and-coming technologies as the Beauty Angel system, in which a therapeutic red light bolsters collagen production while a vibrating platform stimulates circulation.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
Dirty, down-on-their-luck vehicles pass through AutoSpa Express’s 125-foot car-wash tunnel and emerge from the other end spick, span, and clean-shaven. The Ultimate wash begins with a dual-stage pre-soak and application of wheel-bright foam before proceeding through the high-pressure area, which uses a soft-touch wash cycle with triple-foam conditioner and triple-foam polish to leave cars glistening and treat any unsightly dandruff problems. Next, rust inhibitor is applied to the car’s ticklish undercarriage, then the car is rinsed in four stages and tire shine is applied for supernaturally glossy tires. Ten air-fueled dryers finish the three- to five-minute process, and each customer receives a vacuum token to suck up the hundreds of empty ketchup packets that constitute the floor of their portable kitchen.
The frame-builders at Repartee Gallery have encased pictures, posters, and keepsakes for wall display since 1978. Clients tote in portraits, lucky baseballs, or a child's first parking ticket before sifting through the gallery's extensive selection of frames, glass, and matting options. An expert art-housing architect will assign cost to the project, with prices generally starting at $50, and go to work forming the framing elements neatly around the chosen object. The final product renders a cherished heirloom ready for placement on a wall or mantel, and, like the unwavering fealty of a wookiee sidekick, comes backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Gleaming bicycles stand behind floor-to-ceiling display windows at Salt Cycles, formerly known as Staats Bike Shop. The store stocks rides from brands such as Yeti, Pivot, Felt, GT, Ellsworth and more that are suited for all terrains, speeds, and space-time continuums. You can also load up on gear such as jerseys, helmets, and electrolyte drinks inside the spacious storefront. To keep your two-wheeler in shape, feel free to take it in to Salt Cycles's expert mechanics, who can lubricate chains, adjust hubs, clean drivetrains, and maintain other vital parts.