Comings and Goings, Regulars and Shorts

Comings & Goings: November 2012

By catalyst

What’s new around town.
by Carol Koleman


Grand opening for new outdoor and sport consignment shop, Fun & Frolic.

I love the whole concept of this store: Not only do they provide unique consignments but they also give back to the community (they support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program), and they’re environmentally conscious as well—in fact, you could say the place is one big recycle shop. Just our kind of store. On Saturday, November 10, Fun & Frolic will hold its grand opening. Blue Star juice and coffee truck and the cupcake truck from So Cupcakes will be there. Events such as face painting and a treasure hunt are scheduled.

Fun & Frolic sells items for travel, outdoor recreation, and leisure time. It’s expensive to begin a new sport; this is a great way to break into it and not break the bank. They also carry gently used clothing and accessories, mainly for outdoors and sports.

The shop is owned by the wife and husband team, Kathleen Bratcher and Richard Kerr. Kathleen started her adventures in the outdoors at an early age: Her father worked for National Forestry Association and was “Smokey Bear” for the Salt Lake Valley during most of her youth. As an adult she has spent her time hiking, camping and exploring the wild outdoors. Some of the reasons for starting the shop were to facilitate women spending more time in the outdoors, and overcoming their fears of traveling alone. To top it off, Kathleen is a massage therapist.

Richard is a junior high special education teacher in Granite School District. He also taught outdoor recreation skills to NATO troops and their families in Germany. He has been a professional river guide in Colorado, Austria, and Australia, worked on sail boats in France, and taught skiing in Colorado and Utah.

An example of some things carried at Fun & Frolic are: backpacking items from cooking stoves to sleeping pads, seasonal sports equipment, bike equipment, dog items, all kinds of clothes and accessories, outdoor guide and sport books and even items for the home such as vintage cookware and “how to” handicraft books.

2066 S 2100 E. Open house: Sat., Nov. 10, 10am to 5pm.

Sugar Space turns 5

Congratulations to Sugar Space on its five year anniversary! Sugar Space provides workshops and classes, an arts-focused pre-school, great performances—this month they host Body Logic Dance Company and the art of Susan Spransy—and classes in contact improvisation, hoop dancing, acting and yoga. It’s also available to rent.

Brittany Reese, director and founder, was born in Utah and later attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance. She has performed as a professional dancer and taught and choreographed around the world. She founded Sugar Space in 2007. Its mission is to produce innovative, multi-disciplinary arts programs and to support emerging and established artists locally and abroad.

616 E Wilmington Ave. (just north of Dancing Cranes).

Smile, you’re on camera!

The Downtown Alliance has installed web cameras on Main Street, allowing all internet users 24-hour access to activity in the area. I’ve seen live feeds like this in other cities, mainly beaches and tourist areas so you can set a time with your friends/family where you dance around, wave your arms maniacally, and generally make a fool of yourself for all the world to see….

Located on the Frank Building (270 S. Main St.), the cameras offer a 180-degree field of view, including the Gallivan Trax stop, the corner of 300 South and Main Street and sidewalk activity.

“The primary reason is to let people know about the great things happening on Main Street,” says Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis. “In addition to that, if it helps prevent any illegal activity, that’s not a bad thing—but that would be the icing on the cake.”

The live feed to the cameras can be found at’


Red Butte’s Water Conservation Garden

Beautiful gardens can be colorful and vibrant without heavy applications of water or chemicals. And that’s what Red Butte Garden aims to demonstrate. The future three-acre garden, to be located east of the of the Fragrance Garden and north of the Children’s Garden, will feature water-wise native plants, drought-resistant specimens from around the world and water-conserving irrigation techniques.
Utah is the second driest state in the nation; our residential landscapes consume the majority of our municipal water supply. Through plant displays, de­signed garden spaces, and interpretive signage, the Water Conser­vation Garden will teach people how to landscape and maintain water-wise gardens
Projected completion date for the garden is spring 2014. The Dumke family has donated $2 million to the project. Red Butte Gardens is scrambling to raise $1 million by February 2013 to meet a $3 million matching grant from the Alternative Visions Fund.

Growing campaign for healthy school lunch

Congratulations to Provo City School District for excellence in teaching Utah’s youth to eat right. The Provo City School District Child Nutrition Office has become a model district for schools across the nation to engage, educate, and encourage their students to enjoy eating more healthy meals. They have been recipients of Utah’s Best of State (Education Support Personnel) for the last three years, and the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award in 2011.

New Eateries

Taqueria27 is an innovative new restaurant and coffee bar by Todd Gardiner that uses local and seasonal ingredients. Todd has directed kitchens of Z’Tejas and Snowbird’s Aerie and has worked alongside chefs at Log Haven and the New Yorker for the past 25 years. The restaurant is beautifully designed and uses reclaimed wood and other recycled products for the interiors. His menu includes several versions of guacamole, from traditional to mango served with house made tortilla chips. Salsas too come in chipoltle to verde and are made fresh. Corn tortillas are handmade and filled with ingredients like achiote marinated chicken or chile-marinated prime beef. Housemade mole, creative salads, dessert, tequilas and a coffee bar—this establishment has just about everything.

Taqueria27, 1615 South Foothill Drive, in Lamplighter Square. Monday-Saturday, 11am- 9pm.

The coffee bar is open 6am-8pm and is now serving breakfast.

Frisch on 5th East: Salt Lake’s latest local vegan-friendly diner is the brainchild of Leigh and Rachel Kade, who may be familiar to many in the art scene as the creators of Grimmleighs scary stuffed creatures. While they feel that creating art was a great business, the couple had dreams of opening a cafe for a long time. Initially thinking about doing a food truck, the couple came across the old Rico location on 500 East and took up residence.

Leigh and Rachel had been vegetarians for years and switched to vegan foods a few years ago, so creating a menu from their own recipes wasn’t too difficult.

The tempeh kale salad contains organic veggies with toasted almonds, a quinoa black-bean dish called the Toni, and the Broccoli Burst. Sandwich wraps, such as the Fancy Boy, made with spicy soy chicken and vegan mayo. A special feature of the Frisch menu are dips like red-lentil-curry and edamame-spinach served with veggie sticks or tortilla wedges.

Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm Saturday noon-5pm. 779 S 500 E.

Beer tasting at Epic Brewing: One of our ever-changing, byzantine liquor laws is that you may not drink without eating. In response to that, Epic Brewing Company has found a creative way to conduct business and stay within the law by providing a cafe to accompany their beer tasting room. You may now visit their sandwich shop (meats and cheeses from Caputo’s market) and try out their beer—of course, provided you eat, as well.

825 S. State St. Open seven days a week and holidays.

This article was originally published on October 29, 2012.