The temptation afforded by the accessibility and rock-bottom pricing of big box stores is ever present, but never more so than during the holidays. The way we see it, what you do on Black Friday is your business, but what you ought to be doing on Saturday is small business. That is to say, you should be taking part in the new(ish), semi-official national counterargument to Black Friday that is Small Business Saturday. As a locally owned business ourselves, we strive to shout out our brothers- and sisters-in-small-biz-arms whenever possible, and there are puh-lenty of lovely shops dotting these salty streets. If you needed more incentive to patronize them in the coming weeks (aside from avoiding hectic parking lots and hoards of puffy coat-wearing strangers), we're here to give you 15 good reasons to hit the pavement this weekend. Armed with this list of a few of our faves and a good cuppa something warm, you'll be ready to make a serious dent in your "To Buy" list...
Fellow Shop: This Broadway shop is a veritable catch-all for gifts, whether you’re searching for something for a friend, family, coworker, or treat yo’ self day. With a vibe that's one part bohemian and two parts androgynous, there are cute prints, cards, jewelry, home decor, and clothing (both new and vintage) to choose from, so you can easily snag the perfect gift for a few on your list in no time atall. 217 E. Broadway, Mon. - Sun., 11:00a - 6:00p
King’s English: We’re of the belief that books are some of the most versatile, meaningful gifts you can give, and this staple of 15th & 15th is a great spot for paperbacks and the like. Their selection is extensive, and the staff is always willing to offer an excellent recommendation--not to mention, perusing these shelves will be a welcome repose from the madness of holiday shopping. 1511 S 1500 E, Mon. - Sat. 10:00a - 9:00p, Sun. 11:00a - 5:00p
Animalia: This Central 9th spot supports “passion over profit,” and sports a punch of much-appreciated personality. Touting consciously and independently made home goods and gifts, these shelves are dotted with cute, quirky, and handcrafted goodies (mugs, incense holders, reusable shopping bags, and makeup, among them), as well as a bulk refill center, with eco-friendly top-offs for your soap, detergent, rose facial toner, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant. 280 E 900 S, Sun. - Thurs. 11:00a - 6:00p, Fri. - Sat. 11:00a - 7:00p
Salt Lake Film Society: Nobody doesn’t like seeing a new film on the big screen, so why not snag a couple of movie passes for those on your list? Grab them from SLFS, and you’ll effectively double down on spreading holiday cheer: our support of the Broadway and Tower Theaters is wildly important, as they’re the only two spots in our city for independent film, documentaries, and international film (AKA all the incredible flicks that you won’t find in mainstream theaters). See website for details.
The Stockist: We’ve been heart-eye emoji-ing this local joint since day one, and we’ve no plans to stop anytime soon. Owner, Helen, and co. are curating that which we love to love, from candles to crew necks and balms to beanies. Brand-wise, think Aesop, Brixton, Obey, Barney Cools, N:Philanthropy, Native Youth, and everything else for the best sort of outfitting and home-filling. 875 E 900 S, Mon. - Sat., 10:00a - 8:00p, Sun. - 11:00a - 5:00p
Orchid Dynasty: As the name implies, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spot for orchids in this city than at the Dynasty. The 9th & 9th store has stunning arrangements pre-made and ready to go year round, and the staff is more than willing to help you whip up with something custom, as well. There's a lot more than orchids here, so finding your holiday centerpiece or host's gift just got a lot simpler. 959 E 900 S, Mon. - Sat. 9:00a - 6:00p, Sun. 9:00a - 5:00p
Randy's Records: A good spot for a discerning few. Not everyone appreciates the velvety, warm pops and clicks that often come with listening to vinyl…but for those on your list that most certainly do, Randy’s Records will probably have just the LP (or single) you need. After 40 years in the analog biz, the musical knowledge runs deep and the selection is anything but slim. 157 E 900 S, Tues. - Fri., 11:00a - 7:00p, Sat., 10:00a - 6:00p
Arte Haus: Firmly holding down the burgeoning Central 9th area, Arte Haus Collectif is the physical embodiment of Scandinavian sensibilities and hygge sentiments. Concrete-potted succulents, oversized, macrame throws, and fabulously minimal, hand-crafted housewares can be tied up in all-too-fitting craft paper boxes and bags. Get in, get out…get to the party on time. 352 E 900 S, Mon. - Sat., 11:00a - 6:00p
Hathenbruck: Arguably SLC’s most streetwear-forward spot, Hathenbruck is a safe bet for the design inclined in your life. Beyond stocking some seriously celebrated designers, the 9th & 9th store also has a super accessible in-house clothing line and loads of killer accessories. Feeling lost? Trust the staff's picks--they know this stuff. 925 E 900 S, Tues. - Sat. 11a - 7p, Sun. 10:00a - 2:00p
Creminelli: Holiday meats! We did a story on Creminelli a couple years back, and this is the stuff of cheesy, carnivorous dreams. We’d offer a hearty hug to the friend that gifted us an artisan salami, well-chosen cheese, and accompanying bottle of wine. Better yet, let’s eat it together. Click here to find retail locations.
Children’s Hour: The 9th & 9th corner staple stocks kids’ toys, gifts, books, and clothing…all of a slightly more cultured variety. Artsy reprints of classic children's tales, charmingly toned-down toys and dolls, and onesies sans the sporting equipment print can be found on these artfully packed shelves (bonus: a curated selection of ladies’ clothes and shoes, too). 898 S 900 E, hours vary
Ruby Snap: Always reliable in a pinch, this cookie kitchen ranks among the city’s most delectable treats. Whether you’re stuffing them in stockings or dolling them out to your co-workers, acquaintances, and family friends, a couple dozen Ruby Snaps are always a solid gift. Try a dozen or so, and see how fast they go. 770 S 300 W, Mon. - Sat. 8:00a - 7:00p
Land of Salt: This small shop—sidled up between Jed’s Barber Shop and Koo De Ker in the Maven District—is filled to the brim with candles and bags, salts and scents, dainty bangles, and other assorted bric-a-brac. It’s a one-stop win for neat and petite pressies. 177 E 900 S suite #A, Tues. - Fri. 11:00a - 6:00p, Sat. 10:00a - 4:00p
Thyme & Place: Another Central 9th gem, this "botanical boutique" is brimming with greenery, hand-throw ceramics, and fabulously friendly vibes. Whether you're looking for a hand-woven basket and its perfectly matched palm, a dreamy, paint-dipped terra cotta pot, or a slightly more homespun take on a holiday wreath, plant yourself here. 362 E 900 S, Mon. - Sat. 11:00a - 6:00p, Sun. 11:00a - 5:00p
Fice: A nicely curated mix of streetwear and sneakers is what we’ve come to perennially expect from Fice. Plus, with new releases happening all the time, this downtown spot is your best bet for snagging a pair of coveted kicks that might well make somebody’s Christmas morning. 160 E 200 S, Mon. - Sat. 11:00a - 8:00p, Sun. 12:00p - 5:00p