It may not be as interesting a shopping destination as places like Park City, but Salt Lake City does offer plenty of retail opportunities. Keep in mind that many Salt Lake City stores are closed on Sundays (the influence of the LDS Church); typical store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Shopping malls are often open Sunday afternoons from noon to 5 or 6pm, and also stay open a few hours later on weeknights.
The most popular shopping destination in the city is the Gateway, 18 N. Rio Grande St. (tel. 801/456-0000; www.shopthegateway.com), a large, open-air shopping mall and entertainment and dining center. It covers 2 city blocks near EnergySolutions Arena and features 90 shops (anchored by Barnes & Noble and Dick's Sporting Goods), plus movie theaters, museums and other attractions, and restaurants. The historic Union Pacific Railroad Depot serves as the main entrance.
Before Gateway debuted, the Temple Square area had long been the city's top shopping destination, with two downtown malls, the ZCMI Center and Crossroads Mall, offering 130 shops right across the street from the square. The malls are being redeveloped as the $1-billion City Creek Center, scheduled for completion in 2012 and anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom.
Also downtown, Sam Weller's, 254 S. Main St. (tel. 801/328-2586; www.samwellers.com), is Utah's largest bookstore, selling both new and used titles as well as coffee.
Mormon Handicraft, in the Family Center Deseret Book at 1110 E. Fort Union Blvd. (tel. 800/843-1480 or 801/561-8777; www.mormonhandicraft.com), was born during the Depression to encourage home industry and preserve pioneer arts. It carries a large inventory of quilting fabrics and supplies, as well as handmade quilts. It also stocks a wide variety of other crafts, plus religious books and videos.
A major redevelopment -- including luxury condos -- is underway at Historic Trolley Square, 600 South at 700 East (tel. 801/521-9877; www.trolleysquare.com), with modern shops, galleries, and restaurants in an old-fashioned setting. You'll also see two of the city's original trolley cars, a historic water tower, and two of the city's first streetlamps.
Although you couldn't yet call Salt Lake City an arts center, it does have a growing arts community, along with 20 or so galleries. One of the oldest galleries in Salt Lake City, the Phillips Gallery, 444 E. 200 South (tel. 801/364-8284; www.phillips-gallery.com), represents over 100 artists, most of whom are Utahns, displaying everything from traditional to contemporary paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. The "A" Gallery, 1321 S. 2100 East (tel. 801/583-4800; www.agalleryonline.com), is a large, long-standing contemporary art gallery featuring a sculpture garden. The Hope Gallery, 151 Main St. (tel. 801/532-1336; www.hopegallery.com), is a 15,000-square-foot facility focusing on late-19th- and early-20th-century European and Scandinavian fine art.
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