Comings and Goings, Regulars and Shorts

Comings & Goings

By Staff

What’s new around town.

Original Oil Shop specializes in the essentials

Jill Franklyn opened the Original Oil Shop in downtown Salt Lake last fall.

The 300 sq. ft, tranquilly decorated shop in the front space of Impact Hub on State Street (the former site of Zim’s Crafts, has a display of over 250 essential oils, gift baskets, skin care products, and two small treatment session rooms, as well as two treatment rooms on the floor below.

Franklyn became interested in essential oils five years ago when her son, then 12 years old, had unexplainable health problems. Franklyn treated him with essential oils and he became better. Now, she uses a combination of multiple essential oils on herself and her family daily.

The shop carries the essential oil brand Butterfly Express, a therapeutic-grade oil, which Franklyn says compares to the more expensive multi-level brand doTERRA.

She has been teaching classes about essential oils for over two years and uses them in her capacity as a certified foot zoner (similar to reflexology). Foot zoning sessions are available at the shop by Cydny Wright ($40 for a treatment, or $105 for three treatments)

The Original Oil Shop also offers Migun massage table sessions ($15 for 35 minutes, $10 for 15 minutes). The table combines jade rollers with far-infrared technology to aid relaxation and detoxification.

Franklyn’s go-to essential oil is Deliver­ance, a combination of cinnamon bark, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, oregano, rosemary and thyme. She puts a drop of it on her toothbrush each morning. Franklyn says the combination supports the immune system and is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Franklyn also recommends putting a drop on the bottoms of the feet, on the ball and right below the balls of your feet.

Franklyn is in the process of producing and importing her own line of essen­tial oils. She also expects to have a table at the Downtown SLC Farmers Market this summer.

Franklyn hopes she can help bring essential oils more into the mainstream. She’s off to a great start, by creating an unintimidating place to learn about them.—SS 150 S. State St. 801.205.8163

Suzanne Wagner in SLC

Just a reminder that CATALYST’s “Metaphors” columnist, Suzanne Wagner, will be in Utah March 21-April 11. In addition to her Wild Women Symposium, April 1-3, at the Leonardo and “Elemental Feminine—Radical Spirituality and Ma­gi­kal Storytelling” workshop April 8-10 in Midway, she is available for appointments. One-hour readings cost $120 ($60/half-hour). We at CATALYST have been benefitting from readings with Suzanne for several decades. She has a special gift and has devoted her life to cultivating it.,

David Littlefield


If you’ve attended arts events in Salt Lake City and beyond—Ballet West, Sundance Film Festival, Utah Opera and, back in the day, Grateful Dead shows, to name a few—you’ve probably encountered David Littlefield. A passionate fan of all kinds of music, art and film, David relished the opportunity to explore new sights and sounds, both here and abroad.

Born in Salt Lake City and educated at the University of Utah and Cornell Law School, Littlefield was well known as a generous and compassionate advocate for abused children, and a nationally recognized immigration lawyer whose firm, Littlefield & Peterson, thrived for 37 years.

His vast and varied circle of friends and family knew him as a wise mentor, a deep-soul being with a huge, inclusive heart—a heart his daughter says was “so bursting with love that it came to a stop” on a sunny Sunday afternoon in February.

David was a force in the Salt Lake community. While we may not see him again at the opera or at the next Dark Star Orchestra show, his passion for life’s gifts lives on in countless souls in this valley and beyond. —CB

Publik Coffee Roasters opens in the Aves.

Publik Coffee Roasters’ “coming soon” sign hung on the door of the former Two Creeks building for several years, due to construction and City Planning setbacks. Last month, Publik’s Avenues location (502 E. 3rd Avenue) finally opened its doors.

The Avenues location, much like its Central Ninth (975 S. West Temple) sister store, serves interesting variations of toast and oatmeal, as well as a wide variety of teas and in-house roasted coffees.

If you’re looking for more than coffee and oatmeal, and still want to be a part of Publik’s vibrant atmosphere, head over to Publik Kitchen in the 9th & 9th area, which boasts a full breakfast and lunch menu.

The Central Ninth location features large meeting spaces for social and professional gatherings. Publik implies “public”; the name was chosen to convey a sense of community.

Publik has grown exponentially since it opened in 2014. One contributing factor to this growth is their thoughtfully crafted roasting process. “It’s an art and a science,” says owner Missy Greis, an art and science that Publik remains committed to testing and improving.—ZS

Central Ninth: 975 S. W. Temple. Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm, Sat & Sun: 8am-6pm.
Avenues: 502 E. 3rd Avenue. Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm. Sat & Sun: 8am-6pm
9th & 9th: 931 East 900 South (Publik Kitchen). Mon-Fri: 7am-3:30pm. Sat & Sun: 8am-4:30pm

This article was originally published on March 1, 2016.