Founded in 1966 as a professional modern-dance company, the Repertory Dance Theater has a long-standing commitment to engaging the public with dance, both through performances and community programs. In the early '90s, RDT helped to invigorate downtown Salt Lake City's cultural and social presence by building the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, where the company continues to practice, teach classes, perform, and host free lectures on the importance of laundering leotards.
A lifelong bookworm, Tony Weller has been working at Weller Book Works since the age of 10, though the bookstore’s story begins well before that. In 1929, Gustav and Margaret Weller—two German immigrants—opened Zion’s Bookstore, the first version of what would evolve into Weller Book Works. After three generations, countless moves, and one building fire that nearly incinerated the early store’s inventory, Weller Book Works is thriving at a new location in Trolley Square under the management of Tony and Catherine Weller.
Though he has had his hand in all facets of the store, Tony mainly oversees the rare-books department, where he acquires estates, performs appraisals, and hunts for the elusive first edition of The Great Gatsby bound in Michael Jordan rookie cards. At Weller Book Works’ massive location, stacks of books line the walls and floors holding titles in genres that range from fiction and reference books to Mormon books and science fiction. The store also holds special events, such as book signings from authors such as Mormon author Joanna Brooks.
With its vibrant, modern décor and dazzling handcrafted nouvelle-American cuisine made from local, seasonal, and organic ingredients whenever possible, Metropolitan has earned a multitude of accolades. From the lunch menu erupts the metro bison burger, a galloping herd of mushrooms, onions, swiss, and truffled pomme frites ($10), and the Mediterranean sampler, a tantalizing tray of hummus, baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, stewed tomatoes, and seasoned Bluetooth ($8–$12). Adventurous options pepper the dinner menu, including the Metropolitan mushroom appetizer, flanked by truffle potatoes and red-wine sauce ($6 taste, $12 full plate); the Utah trout, decorated with fiddlehead ferns, radishes, pear, and a pistachio puree ($25); and the veal chop, donning an ensemble of green apple, celery root, quinoa, and mustard jus ($35). Find repose in the martini lounge to tackle the tasty bar menu, which includes entrees such as chicken pot pie ($12); appetizers come two-for-one during the bar’s “attitude adjustment hour” starting at 5:30 p.m.
Voted Best Bar Grub by City Weekly, the Lumpys menu provides hearty entrees alongside appetizing, phalange-friendly fare. Grab a signature 3/4 lb. Lumpy burger layered in bacon and cheddar with a choice of side ($9) or a 12 oz. NY strip steak in a shroomy sauce served with garlicky mashy potatoes and veggies ($15). Or snack sparingly on marinara-friendly mozzarella logs with fries ($8) or saucy chipotle jalapeño poppers ($7). Those who dare can enter the garden of eating through a veggie platter piled high with broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, temptations, carrots, and cauliflower ($7).
The nail technicians at Salt Lake Nails beautify hands and feet with manicures and pedicures. Guests relax in high-backed leather massage chairs as staff members attend to their feet, sloughing away dead skin after dunks in the footbath. A variety of polishes are available, including long-lasting Shellac, to ensure that each guest finds the perfect color to complement outfits or help them blend in with lawn ornaments during garden parties.