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Old 03-29-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: A Place With REAL People
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You are right Belle. Having spent over 40 years in the jewelry industry I have to say Utah is NOT the "high end" nirvana market for the Jewelry manufacturers. I covered 17 States and Utah wasn't even a consideration for my line, which was a designer line more modern than the traditional stuff found here typically. O.C. Tanner has probably the largest overall following of the LDS faithful who have REAL money. Bennion would likely be at least #2. Tiffany is cool and all but it won't attain the income levels of the average here. They are more used to the Sierra West, Shane Company or the wholesalers on 2nd South and the like. As for restaurants even though I prefer a good high end one if for no other reason than to avoid the kiddies, it's not something I do often. I guess the governing elite wanted to present to the public, that Salt Lake was a REAL big time city image wise. I'll stick with the tried and true here. Like good ole' Bachers Bakery
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I have to agree with dcesive, there are not a lot of flashy/blinged up people here. Not at the opera, not at the symphony, not at Sunday services, not at the better restaurents. This is an old-money, low-key kind of town. Bennion's Jewelry, which is an old-line store catering to old money, has tasteful items but not the in-your-face pieces you might see in other cities. (I heard Elizabeth Smart's rings were bought there, from someone who happened to be in the store the same day they were in.)
I kind of (well, really, really) question Tiffany's thinking they can make it here, as well as a couple of other stores. I think that in most of the other cases, though, there is a large enough market here to be able to pay support the stores. And the thing is, there's a good mix. I'm surprised at how many people love H&M. As far as I'm concerned, the clothes there may be fashionable, but they're certain not all that well-made. A lot of twenty- and thrity-somethings will be shopping there, as well as at Forever 21.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: PA/FL/UT
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I LOVE the Gateway in the summer months when it is warm enough to walk around without lugging a huge coat, being the winter hermit that I am, of course. I would expect that I am not the only one who feels like that. That could account for what would appear to be a lack of patronage right now.
Well I think it was in the 60s last Friday, and I am pretty sure I saw half of Utah at City Creek the same night. So I am guessing that weather had little effect on it.

On the bright side, since you like the outdoorsness of the Gateway, you should love City Creek then.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: The other side of the mountain
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You could be right, but I know that a mere 60ish degrees or so would NOT make me walk outside while shopping.

I do like Gateway so that I can shop on Sundays...I will check out City Creek sometime.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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I will go take a look at it in July, when my parents visit.I am more excited about the Harmons grocery store then anything else.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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You could be right, but I know that a mere 60ish degrees or so would NOT make me walk outside while shopping.

I do like Gateway so that I can shop on Sundays...I will check out City Creek sometime.
If you like Gateway, kaytidid, you will absolutely love City Creek.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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If you like Gateway, kaytidid, you will absolutely love City Creek.
Except that on Sunday, only 2 restaurants will be open but no stores. You can enjoy the fountain, the creek, and the architecture.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: PA/FL/UT
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I will go take a look at it in July, when my parents visit.I am more excited about the Harmons grocery store then anything else.
I read something about if you bring out-of-towners with you to City Creek, you can get discounted tickets to the planetarium and things.

There's something here about it:
http://www.shopcitycreekcenter.com/visitors#details

But the details were on some Trib article I can't find right now.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Happy in Utah
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Thank you, will have to look into that.
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