Thursday, January 20, 2011

play tough all you like...

you know it looks fun.
admittedly, i have a "thing" for twangy, country-sounding music. especially old-timey stuff, and particularly any style that makes me want to dance. naturally, you can assume that i loooove this.

my amazing, bee-raising, beer-brewing, banjo-plucking friends, brit and jimmy, introduced me to what is now one of my favorite events. one friday a month, a rad group of people gathers at the gleason woodworking studio (courtesy of chris at 630 west and 540 north), where a sawdust-laden floor is then pummeled by happy feet...mine included. it's a square dance party. and it's probably NOT what you'd expect. it's void of formality - but complete with a super casual caller, amazing string bands, optional dress-up and a bring-your-own-beer atmosphere. doesn't matter if you've never done it, either; plenty of instruction is given to everyone before they officially start. the group makes it happen with donations from participants that work on a sliding scale, and it's worth whatever you give. come with me!
keep in touch with me for details on the next one! and if you would like to inquire about the furniture or events at the gleason woodworking studio, contact chris: chris@interestingfurniture.com

est. 2010

i may or may not have started to lose sight of what, exactly, "buy local" means lately. hear something enough, and you kind of stop hearing it. we all know the reasoning behind the local push; stimulate small business growth and, thereby, our city's economical climate, etc., etc. yes. it's good. we should all do it. i got a reminder, though, that "buy local" actually has a face. she has a face, and a name, and a vision for her business...and, if we don't support her, she won't make it. oh -- "she" is "erica". welcome to the rose establishment.
 the rose establishment feels organic. i love it. a number of really great decisions were made; decisions that may have initially seemed insignificant, but were given the attention they were due. the space is raw and open (and it doesn't hurt that the building is a restored meat-packing plant in the warehouse district). the entire cafe is unplugged. a substantial amount of time clearly goes into what they serve - as it should.  it's a vegan-based menu, but more importantly, everything is homemade (local! crafty!), starting with the pure ingredients themselves, on which she'll make no compromise.  try the amazing quinoa that macee whips up daily.
san fran-based, four barrel coffee roasters came to salt lake to train erica in the art form of making coffee and tea; another of her employees will be headed there soon to get the same. it will undoubtedly pay off. they're few, but i like knowing that there's one more place in our city where really great coffee is available.
one of my favorite details is the lack of 17 superfluous size options. your lattes, coffees and teas come in one size only. no...wait. my favorite detail is actually that beer is on the way. they'll be serving it soon, and extending their business hours (currently open until 8pm), which will make it the perfect place to go after...everything.

the rose establishment. 235 south 400 west. 801.990.6270. www.theroseestb.com