With a combined 15 years of experience, the trained and certified technicians at ActionLink Wireless mend flagging phones in a 2,300-square-foot store and repair center. Patrons can drop off their personal devices and rest assured that circuit-board veterinarians will refit phones from their stock filled exclusively with new, factory-approved parts. Expert technicians scrutinize screens to erase cracks or scratches and check advanced phones for signs of sentience to squash budding robot uprisings. The ActionLink team can also solve technical imperfections besides out-of-touch screens, such as draining water-damaged handsets or polishing shells marred with scratches, dings, and remora fish.
Taylor Andrews Academy's beauticians-in-training brandish Pureology and Redken products and execute a menu of professional hair services. In a session of up to 90 minutes, clients can choose to soothe split ends with a deep-conditioning treatment ($8) before a complementary haircut relaxes the scalp with a calming shampoo and massage ($12). A coif crafter in training will then snip and style follicles into a fashionable 'do ready for your nightly slow-motion hair flips.
Local quilters’ pinwheel and patchwork creations adorn the walls of Floyd and Lizzie’s, their kaleidoscopic colors and patterns enlivening the high-ceilinged space. It’s the most conspicuous sign of the shop's mission to foster a community of quilters within their spacious environs. In addition to proudly displaying patrons’ finished pieces, they offer a diverse class curriculum that equips crafters of all ages and levels to confidently embroider patterns, operate sewing machines, and free hopelessly tangled kittens from balls of yarn. Staff members can also help customers sift through hundreds of fabrics, including a vast selection of intricate batik patterns, and hone in on Husqvarna Viking, Pfaff, and Singer sewing machines.
Darlene Casanova, owner of Imagination Place, believes that music holds the power to strengthen familial and community-based relationships. Drawing from her extensive training and careers in the performing arts, she now strives to nurture family bonds and child development via music and movement classes. Along with a team of certified teachers and music instructors, she leads a harmonious selection of internationally recognized programs open to adults, children, and operatic family dogs. In Music Together, an early-childhood series in which caregivers join their tots in song and movement, children choose from a basket brimming with instruments and Baroque-style wigs to identify their individual musical styles. Teachers spark early creativity with yoga, art, and theater in the Imagination Workshop, and motivate youngsters to explore music theory in Musical Bridge.
When she?s not crooning with kiddies, Darlene teaches AntiGravity fitness. Suspended from an AntiGravity hammock?a soft, pliable fabric used to enhance stretches?she guides pupils through an aerial series of movements that meld techniques from dance, Pilates, calisthenics, and classic yoga.
In addition to her wide range of family classes, Imagination Place hosts music- and art-filled birthday extravaganzas. During the warmer months, an assortment of summer-camp programs fills the studio with creative children eager to escape the stresses of babysitting their parents.
The University of Utah considers the blooms of spring flowers, the colors of fall leaves, and the greenery of winter pines to be public resources. With that in mind, the university oversees the Red Butte Garden, a community funded, non-profit outdoor attraction. Across its hundreds of miles, visitors find opportunities to view seasonal foliage or simply relax outside with a good book.
Size: more than 100 acres, with miles of hiking trails, walking paths, and display gardens
Eye Catcher: the garden's springtime display of approximately 350,000 bulbs in full bloom
Don't Miss: the wide variety of roses that bloom along the Floral Walk and in the Rose Garden during summer
Ways to Explore: private and public tram tours and hikes during warmer months; snowshoe expeditions during the winter
Special Programs and Entertainment: events for kids; plant sales; gardening classes; film screenings; live shows in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Pro Tip: complimentary WiFi suffuses the grounds, making the garden a scenic place to get some work done or play virtual farming games
Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.
They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.