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By Sophie Silverstone

What’s new around town.
by Sophie Silverstone and Jim Hensler

Muralists, paint, and community support needed to help save Sugar House artist warehouses, Wasa Laza
The warehouses tucked away between 500 E. and 600 E. on 2100 S., deemed “Wasa Laza,” have provided Salt Lake artists affordable studio space since the 1970’s. Now that the Sugar House Streetcar runs past this block, the warehouses are drawing more attention to the area, and decades of citations and building violations on the place have drained the City’s patience on the situation. The City is threatening to close the artist workspaces down for good. Neighbor complaints include that the buildings are unsightly and unsafe. Unfortunately, the elderly landlord is not in any state to take action.
As city-issued red tags appear on the warehouse doors, many artists are beginning to move their studios elsewhere. One local artist, Barabara Roller (aka Barbarella), who has a work space in the warehouse, sees “a space with such a rich history and community of artists dissolving.” But not if she can help it. While in talks with the city the last two weeks, Barbarella proposed one possible solution that seems to have garnered a more favorable response than any other negotiation thus far: “What if we painted murals on these buildings?”
Yes, apparently the City would love that. The problem is, we’re not talking about one building exterior, we’re talking about an entire city block of warehouse wall murals. Love art, artists, and want to keep the City from destroying an artistic cultural commons, and (perhaps) repeating history of the corner in Sugar House on 2100 S. and 1100 E.? Want to save Wasa Laza from becoming an unsightly hole in the ground? Email -S

New Holistic Wellness Center at Dave’s Health
Dave’s Health and Nutrition has opened a holistic wellness center that offers chiropractic, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, nutrition, and acupuncture treatments. The team includes Terrilee H. Rydalch CMS-CHt, Jeanne M Chadwick, NMT, Anne Dorsey and Dr. Shannon Parisi, D.C.
To celebrate the opening, Dave’s Health will host an open house during their storewide sale September 18-20. All sessions for the Wellness Center booked at the Open House will receive a 30% off the regular price (limit three per person, other discounts and coupons do not apply). There will also be a drawing for some great giveaways. -S
Wellness Center, 880 E. 3900 So., 801.337.3967. (Dave’s Health & Nutrition, 880 E. 3900 South, tel. 801.268.3000. West Jordan: 1817 W. 9000 South, tel. 801.446.0499.

Also new from Dave’s: hormone balancer
Dave Card, founder of Dave’s Health, has formulated Healthy Cycles, to help support healthy hormone balance for pre-menopausal women. The custom-made and locally produced herbal combination contains vitex, white peony, raspberry leaf, yarrow, dong quai, blessed thistle and licorice root to promote inner equilibrium. For more information on how Healthy Cycles can help you, talk with a Wellness Counselor at one of Dave’s Health stores or schedule a consultation with Dave Card himself. -S
Dave’s Health & Nutrition, 880 E. 3900 South, tel. 801.268.3000. West Jordan: 1817 W. 9000 South, tel. 801.446.0499.

Our favorite dentist’s office expands
Natural Smiles Dentistry, home to Dr. Brickey and his team, welcomes back Dr. Laura Provine, who recently received her DMD from Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Provine worked at Natural Smiles five years ago, and not only is she now returning as a dentist, she is actually Dr. Brickey’s dentist! Dr. Provine is a nature lover and enjoys biking, hiking, and downhill skiing. Welcome back,
Dr. Laura! -S
Natural Smiles Dentistry, 3191 S. Valley St. #101. 801-463-6657.

New fall dinner menu items at Oasis Café
Not only does Chef Efren Benitez offer new starter and entrée options on Oasis Café’s dinner menu, General Manager Will Keesen is pleased to announce an all-new wine list, as well as their first real cocktail program. They have some fun concoctions like the Manmosa (Wasatch White Label white ale, orange and cranberry juice) and a delightful, but not heavy Chocalate Espresso Martini (Stoli vodka, kahlua, Ghirardelli chocolate and espresso). “In addition, our wine list has been completely re-tooled to best complement our new menu, but also to help stretch our diners’ palates a bit,” says Keesen. These new dishes include starter courses of a grilled shrimp dish with eggplant, a new antipasto plate of meats and local cheeses, and a caprese salad. New dinner entrée courses include a pan-roasted halibut, sea bass, pork chili verde, paprika crusted chicken, and a tiger prawn penne pasta. -S
151 So. 500 East. Reservations suggested,
801-322-0404 or on

40% off at Dancing Cranes
Dancing Cranes Imports invites CATALYST readers to the big September Summer Clothing Sale. Get 40% off an array of creative, relaxed and breezy apparel: skirts, tank tops, blouses, shawls and more. Discover a colorful Earth-friendly and people-friendly collection, with features such as organic cotton, low-impact dyes or fair-trade items. If you haven’t been to Dancing Cranes yet, this is a great time to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere, carefully sourced global products, popular class offerings, and the ever-delicious and always-nourishing Cafe Solstice menu while you shop.
Open daily. 673 E. Simpson Ave (2240 So.). 801.486.1129.

Download Philip Bimstein’s Refuge-inspired quartet
Refuge is also the name of Philip Bimstein’s composition, performed by the Abramyan String Quartet (members of the Utah Symphony), which features Williams reading phrases of passages of her book. “If someone came and expected to hear it as if in an opera or play, from beginning to end, even in skeletal form, they would be disappointed,” Bimstein said. Rather, “it’s the essence of what Terry writes about. . . . I added a musical dimension to it, not that it didn’t have one already.” 25% of all proceeds from the sale of this EP will be donated to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge; the Utah refuge that was first threatened, and then healed, in Williams’ book. You may download the recording on iTunes or -S

Artistic opportunities
Arts post is a newly launched website created by Sugar Space and with the support of Salt Lake City with the intention of bringing artists together. On the site, artists can both find and post artistic opportunities in their area. Openings in organizations, those seeking collaborators, and artistic job opportunities of all kinds are posted on an easy-to-read list that can be browsed and refined to suit whatever it is an artist, aspiring, struggling, established or other, may be seeking.
While created by Salt Lake locals, seekers and posters can select any state or area, down to the zip code, to search or post opportunities. Listings can be either paid or unpaid, include brief descriptions of what the poster is seeking, and all postings are separated into categories for easy perusal.
With the motto of “For the artist, by the artist” this community-based site will be an invaluable resource for the talented looking for opportunities to utilize their skills and for those looking for artists to find the talent that our state has to offer. -J

Progress for parking strip plantings
On the corner of 3rd Avenue and I street in the historic Avenues neighborhood, Heidi Keilbaugh constructed 7 planters in the park strips between her home and the street. She used the planters to grow flowers and vegetables for her own use.
Heidi was issued a citation on April 10th for the planters. This led to a Historic Landmark Commission meeting. Despite community concerns over maintenance of the planters and the beds “not being consistent with the character of surrounding properties in the Avenues Historic District” the commission ruled that Heidi’s planters could stay.
Even more exciting for Salt Lake urban gardeners is that this case is being used as the basis for The Historic Landmark Commission in writing up guidelines for park strip planters for all of Salt Lake. -J

“Our Town” awards
The Sorenson Unity Center and Salt Lake City Arts Council were recently announced as the recipients of $75,000 from the National Endowments for the Arts “Our Town” project.
This money will be used primarily to support community engagement and arts programming in west-side neighborhoods of SLC, including commissioning public artwork, implementing guidelines and standards for public art, and engaging youth and community in arts throughout the neighborhoods. -J

Get out of debt free
Powerpay is a new app based on a PC-based financial tool designed to help debtors become savers. Co-developed by USU staff Margie Memmott and Dean Miner, the app allows users to enter balances, payment amounts and interest rates for each of their debts and the app will calculate the best repayment schedule to save time and money. The app is for the iphone/ipad and has been downloaded in 11 countries. -J
To download the free iPhone/iPad PowerPay app, visit the iTunes app store. For a more comprehensive version of PowerPay and additional debt elimination tools, visit

Downtown construction update
There’s a lot of construction activity downtown these days. Here’s the lowdown on a few of them, in case you’re wondering what all the chaos is about. The end result for some of these will be pretty interesting.
3rd & 3rd UnCommons Project: The former antique store on the NW corner of 300 South & 300 East is being renovated into a multiple-use location, to include a market, focusing on fresh, local produce and a restaurant featuring natural foods.
Ballet Center: Construction is nearing completion on the Ballet Training & Practice Center extension to the Capitol Theater. The project requires closing a portion of the roadway through the summer on 200 South. Accommodations are being made to keep adjacent businesses fully accessible during this time. Completion is set for fall of 2014.
Plaza on State Street: Construction is underway on The Plaza on State Street, between 200 & 300 South. It is a mixed-use project with residential housing and ground floor retail space. The project should be completed by late spring of 2015.
Broadway Media Center: Wasatch Partners is near completion in the process of retrofitting the bottom two floors of the 50 West Broadway Office Tower to accommodate a full service restaurant and Wise Guys comedy club, planned to open in September. The sky bridge connecting the Tower to the former Key Bank Building to the west is also being converted to house a Simmons Broadcast Company radio station.
Air Center: Construction on the world-class night club and event center will begin soon on the corner of West Temple and 400 South. The first building in this project is completed and Evern T. Brown relocated to the new building.
Eccles Theatre: Demolition of the Metro Building has been completed and is now underway on the former home of Braza Grill building immediately south of the Neumont University. This demolition will provide the opening for a future mid-block crossing from Main Street to Regent Street. Regent Street will remain closed to through traffic at mid-block throughout the duration of the project. Both Walker and Regent Street Parking garages will remain open and accessible. The project is expected to last two-plus years. A 24/7 hotline has been established to respond to any emergency issues or concerns: 801-831-5991.
Source: Bill Knowles, Construction Mitigation Ombudsman

This article was originally published on August 30, 2014.