A few years ago, as part of my ongoing effort to be the best "me" I can be, I took up meditation. The busyness of life sometimes causes me to fall in and out of my formal meditation practice. However, I've taken a few courses in Mindfulness and Compassion Cultivation from local mindfulness facilitator Becca Peters. A Stanford alumn, Peters is also a clinical therapist.
Why am I bringing this up? Because I approach my everyday purchasing decisions in a mindful way. To me, being "mindful" means supporting the local economy and rewarding shop owners for taking risks. According to Local First Utah, a nonprofit that raises awareness about the importance of shopping at local stores and businesses, studies show that for every dollar spent at a locally owned business, four times more of that dollar stays in our Utah economy. I realize that I am not perfect in my quest for only local because all of my needs can't be met on a local level. I am a global being who still loves to shop at Whole Foods, Target, Nordstrom and beyond. After all, they do employ locals. The difference is I am cognizant about supporting local first. Local stores are the backbone of every community and they truly make our community amazing. In honor of the Best of Utah I've compiled a short list of some of my favorite local stores:
Bohem (623 S. State, 385-202-7517, Bohem.co) This shop is for dreamy, magical, bohemian home goods needs. They carry jewelry, table linens, bedding, leather goods, kitchenware, rugs, furniture and more, infused with an eclectic Indian twist.
The Children's Hour (898 S. 900 East, 801-359-4150, ChildrensHourBookstore.com) Imagine you've just walked into a Parisian clothing boutique with thoughtfully curated toys, books and accessories. It's a boutique for children and women, but will make you want to be a child again.
Fice (160 E. 200 South, 801-364-4722, FiceGallery.com) Sneakers are as ubiquitous as jeans. I'll let you in on a secret: Fice is the only store in Utah to carry one-of-kind limited edition releases of Nike, Vans, Saucony and Asics. They have lots of cool street wear too. The ladies section is growing, but it's really about the guy here, as it should be, since guys have much more limited options in Salt Lake City.
Apt. 202 (955 E. 900 South, 801-355-0228, Apt202Boutique.com) If you're a regular Shop Girl reader, you will know that I'm always talking about Apt. 202. Whether you need a perfect dress for an event, a head turning outfit for a night out with the girls or a cozy cashmere sweater—it's all here: Classic clothes, incredible brands and personal shopping attention from owner Ashley Rothwell-Campagna.
Dancing Cranes Imports (673 E. Simpson Ave., 801-486-1129, DancingCranesImports.com) So what if go from cashmere to crystals? I embrace it at Dancing Crane, an ode to everything spiritual—rocks, crystals, books, incense, meditation, wind chimes and on and on. I earn my chakras back just by walking in the door. Don't miss their cafe, Café Solstice.