Don Polo Photography owner Adilfa Ford named her business after the grandfather who raised her on a rustic farm in La Luz, Venezuela. The only surviving pictures of her late mother and grandparents were taken by Adilfa herself as she honed her shutter skills and nurtured the seeds of photographic passion into a blossoming love of the visual arts. Accompanied by her husband, Russ Ford, Adilfa travels the globe to teach photography seminars and add to an impressive resume of more than 800 weddings, returning to her Taylorsville studio to snap more portraits of familial love and newlywed bliss. An ample amount of studio and garden space accommodates small and large portrait groups as they have their contagious smiles immortalized, posing in front of vibrant backgrounds or flourishing greenery. After the team of professional flash dispatchers finishes capturing precious moments, they digitally enhance, retouch, and spellcheck each picture's 1,000 words.
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.
Mike Olson blossomed early. After first taking a shine to photography at age 12, he was already snapping shots of weddings and senior portraits in five states while he was still a teenager. Mike hasn't slowed down in the years since, serving as photographic supervisor at the inauguration of President George Bush, framing famed personage such as Donny and Marie Osmond, and running two photography studios. These days, Mike captures images of weddings, families, and children during on-location or in-studio sessions. Newlyweds can preserve their pictures with custom albums or high-resolution files, while portraiture patrons can print shots on artistic canvases or paste them onto the spare Picasso canvases moldering in the crawlspace.
At each of FatCats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each FatCats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory and Champzz Bar at its Salt Lake facility.
For more than 30 years, Green Street has been dishing out a full menu of beer-hall staples while invigorating ears with live entertainment five nights a week. During warm months, customers can lounge on Green Street's palatial garden patio while noshing on palate-pleasing appetizers such as sweet potato fries ($4.99), artichoke dip ($7.29), or the Combo Mombo—a platter of chicken wings, potato skins, southwestern egg rolls, and battered fried mushrooms ($9.99) easily shared among friends or devoured by one huge toddler. An onslaught of entrees includes the blackened-salmon caesar salad, which parades across the palate led by an 8-ounce filet ($9.49), or the chili verde burrito ($7.99) served as a special on Tuesdays, sating beginning of the week tortilla-entrapped cravings. An Angus bacon cheeseburger ($7.99) and a half-rack of grilled, barbecued baby-back ribs ($12.99) round out meat-centric menu options.
The professional framers at Signed & Numbered handcraft each individual frame from raw wood to create an expansive selection of premade frames as well as myriad options for custom-designed frames. The custom-designed variety ($7–$18/linear sq. ft.) allows customers to enclose masterpieces in parameters meeting their own specifications, whether sized to fit oversize wall tapestries or shaped to resemble the DNA double helix. After meticulously sculpting portrait houses, a seasoned specialist coats wooden surfaces in a color of the client's choosing and in an eco-friendly water-based finish.