Category Archives: Community and Business

Articles about businesses and community centers.

Cosmic Wolf Vintage

Kristin Thomas of Cosmic Wolf Vintage. Photo by Steven Vargo.

Cosmic Wolf Vintage is a vintage shop founded by Kristin Thomas in 2011. It’s located on the second floor of Unhinged in Sugar House (2165 Highland Drive). Thomas’ interest in selling vintage clothing is heavily influenced by the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

“The biggest thing for me is the music,” says Thomas. “I feel like the music inspired me with the clothing and the clothing inspires me with the music.”

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Tailor Cooperative is a fairly new addition to the growing creative community on Pierpont Avenue. They set up shop in May 2016 and seized the opportunity to tailor quality-made suits in the local market. Only three people run The Tailor Cooperative, Co-founders Adam Malmborg and Chase Murdock and Personal Tailor Eduardo Xavier. Both owners have travelled abroad extensively, coming across robust tailoring businesses. Murdock, who spent time in Southeast Asia, became familiar with their tailoring practices. Though he admits that the quality was a bit underwhelming, the experience was one he wanted to bring home to the U.S. “Tailoring is a lost art here in the U.S.,” says Murdock. “There aren’t a lot of corner-shop tailors. There’s certainly not a place where you can go and get a suit made, and they know you on a first-name basis; [where] they keep your pattern on file and they know your style preferences.” To address this, The Tailor Cooperative seeks to provide just that with a more upscale experience.

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Photo courtesy of Amy Greer

This Saturday, Dec. 17, Aggro 1969 will set up a pop-up shop at Velo City Bags (341 W. Pierpont). Amy Greer runs Aggro 1969, which is known for selling Warrior Clothing England, Alpha Industries and their own Aggro 1969, brands inspired by mod and reggae subculture. Nate Larsen Nate Larsen invited Greer to set up shop—just in time for the holidays. Admittingly, Greer doesn’t do pop-ups very often, since Aggro 1969 usually attracts a particular, subculture-minded clientele. However, Greer says, “It’s a good time of year to do business.”

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An Ethos on Climbing: Shingo Ohkawa

Photos of Shingo Ohkawa by Andrew Burr

When in Salt Lake City, Shingo Ohkawa can be found working at the climbing equipment shop, IME (International Mountain Equipment). There, he finds himself in an interesting and sometimes, conflicting spot when it comes to the materialism side of the climbing culture. “In this town, or towns like Boulder, Colorado, or other places, it’s become sort of a subculture,” Shingo says. “You’re kind of identified in your tribe by what you wear and what you’re seen with. That’s sort of weird ‘cause climbing, before it got popular, used to be something that only fringe people did.” This “clique” side of climbing is a far cry from what Shingo is familiar with.

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Photo: John Barkiple

Coffee Garden has long been the staple of 9th and 9th along Harvey Milk Boulevard. The coffee shop opened in May of 1993 amid a rise in popularity for specialty coffeehouses. In 1992, Alan Hebertson had lost his job at a hotel. Facing the prospects of working at RC Willey, he and his husband, Dieter Sellmair, decided to go into business for themselves. “It was just before the coffee thing really took off, but I had a pretty good idea about it because I had a friend who lived in Seattle,” says Hebertson. “We were driving up there, and we saw how the new coffeehouse thing was beginning to come to life in Seattle.

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Hidden Garden Tour Turns 20

The Hidden Garden Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary. The tour was originally organized in 1996 by Intermountain Healthcare in Provo. “They started the Hidden Garden Tour as a way to raise money for their volunteer programs,” says USU Extension Horticulturist Michael Caron. “Then several years ago… they asked Utah County Master Gardener Volunteers if they wanted to organize and take over that tour and use it as a fundraiser for their education programs.

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Adam Tye and Alana Boscan began infecting the public with solid and infectious grooves at Diabolical Records’ brick-and-mortar location in December of 2013. Photo: Gilbert Cisneros

On July 5, Diabolical Records celebrates its second-year anniversary. Their existence in Salt Lake City has made a remarkable impact on the music scene—both as a record shop and the hottest new all-ages music venue. Diabolical Records first opened its doors at Granary Row in 2013 and quickly attracted a following, and after Granary Row ceased operating for the winter, Diabolical Records moved to its current location at 238 S. Edison Street. There, Adam Tye and Alana Boscan began infecting the public with solid and infectious grooves.

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These loyal riders of the night meet at 9 p.m. at 9th East & 9th South every Thursday night for the 999 Ride. Photo: @clancycoop

Out on any given Thursday night at 9 p.m.— through rain, sleet or snow—odds are you’ve seen an assortment of cyclists hanging about Coffee Garden at 878 E. 900 S. This large group of two-wheeled miscreants have been gathering here for almost five years with a simple mission: “The goals of the ride are to have fun,” says organizer Phill Faber. The ride attracts a wide diversity of cyclists who come from all aspects of the cycling community. Administrator Nicholas Lotze says, “Salt Lake has a really fragmented community. That kind of ends with 999: It pulls every rider style, every kind of bike—high-end track bikes to steel bikes to cruisers to monstrosities people weld together like three bikes tall.”

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