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.
If it weren't for Frank Crail, Durango, Colorado would have been a much different smelling place. Decades ago, when he and his family first settled in the mountain town, he was considering two different business ventures: a chocolate shop or a car wash. Luckily, he chose chocolate, and since then, the air in Durango has carried its distinctly sweet scent. Inside the flagship shop, as well as in the hundreds of international franchises that have popped up over the years, cooks simmer caramel and fudge in hand-forged copper kettles, dipping skewered apples in the bubbling caramel and pouring the fudge onto 500-pound slabs of marble that cool it as it's shaped into 22-pound loaves.
Though they've now got a handle on efficient candy-making techniques, Frank and his early team members were hardly expert confectioners. In the beginning, all they had was a ping-pong table. Upon it, they would clumsily make too-big candy centers, which only got larger after needing several dips in chocolate to make them presentable. But now, oversize candy is one of Rocky Mountain's trademarks: two of their most popular items are the Bear, a "paw-sized concoction" of caramel, chocolate, and roasted nuts that will attack if it smells food, and the Bucket, an impossibly large peanut-butter cup with whipped filling. Shoppers can watch many of these creations being made right in-store, and satisfy their growing cravings with take-home candy packaged in decorative boxes and tins.
Main Street Quality Meats is the delicious product of a merger between two cherished, time-honored butcheries—Quality Meats, which opened in 1956, and Main Street Poultry, which opened in 1958. Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, this landmark carves up the best of both shops, stocking residential and commercial kitchens across the Intermountain West with fresh beef, pork, and all-natural chicken. Eight journeyman meat cutters deftly slice up Korean–style ribs, boneless pork-loin roasts, and boneless chicken-breast tenders to give discouraged freezers a reason to be happy.
Each day, Café Bella Rue’s Italian chef crafts 34 types of gelato and sorbetto that span the flavor gamut, blending everything from traditional panna cotta and pistachio to milk chocolate with whiskey. The kitchen staffers extend this playful mix of tradition and ingenuity to the rest of the menu, handcrafting a lineup of distinctive sandwiches, pizzas, calzones, and salads, all composed of fresh, surprising ingredients, such as pears, capers, and hunks of buffalo mozzarella. They aren’t afraid to stray from the written ingredients to accommodate customers, either, swapping out focaccia for gluten-free bread upon request and enhancing already stellar panini with jalapeño jelly, chipotle sauce, or cleverly hidden stacks of $100 bills.
In addition, baristas brew up a slew of beverages, including hot chocolate and affogatos. Guests can sip these expertly prepared concoctions on leather sofas encircling a 20-foot fireplace, or can retreat to the outdoor patio to soak up the sounds of live music drifting over from Oquirrh Lake.
Anyone who's completed four full Ironman triathlons must know a thing or two about staying in shape. Add to that the fact that Dr. Brent Larsen is board certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and has studied the field since 2010, and it's clear why people trust his clinic to provide weight-loss and aesthetic services at SLC Med Spa. The clinic's weight-loss methods are based on scientific testing of the client's metabolism and body composition, a practice that allows the staff of certified personal trainers to draw up meal plans and recommend supplements with greater accuracy than if they were basing their advice on a horoscope stained with meat sauce. On occasion, CoolSculpting provides a machine-assisted boost by crystallizing fat cells with targeted cooling. Peels and injectables such as Botox and Dysport put the finishing touches on complexions as they smooth away blemishes and iron out wrinkles.
Although clients are often there for their own good, the center doesn't feel like somewhere you'd visit as a chore. As guests await their treatments, they watch a flat-screen TV in a waiting room replete with leather furniture, earthen tones, and wood-paneled walls that reflect handsomely off the burnished tile floor.
Snider Bros. Meats is a family-owned protein packery that has been providing a wide variety of gourmet products to the Salt Lake Valley since 1938. Tasty take-home tastes include USDA choice beef, all-natural pork, fresh poultry, frozen seafood, homemade sausages, and delicious deli meats, cheeses, and salads. Feast your peepers on the brothers' impressive online catalogue before steaking claim to your favorite cook-ready cuts in-store, including a mouthwatering array of weekly specials. Or use this Groupon to grab a fresh, already-made lunch at the deli counter. To pre-order a customized Snider’s Sandwich (1/3 lb. of your choice of up to three meats and three cheeses, $5.29), Half Hoagie Sandwich (3 oz. of your choice of up to three meats and three cheeses, $4.39), or a Snider’s Combo (hoagie, 32 oz. drink, chips or a salad, $6.98), just order online or by phone and pick up your gourmet grub in-store.