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Have Beehive, will travel.
By Enrique Limón
Along with inversion and silent road rage, there are probably few things that scream Utah as much as fry sauce. Called "the most incredible condiment you probably haven't heard of" by Huffington Post, Salt Lakers have been in the know of this silky ketchup, mayo and spice concoction since the 1940s when Don Carlos Edwards, Arctic Circle founder, came up with the pastel sauce. Maybe he did it as a gag, maybe he wanted to introduce local palates to Argentine salsa golf or maybe it was one of those "You got peanut butter in my chocolate" moments. Whatever the case, it'll make your favorite expat's tastebuds sing and dance.
Multiple locations, acburger.com
As mentioned in the Cheapskate section, Cahoots has you covered for stocking stuffers with an OMG blushy edge. Your favorite Utahn living abroad (California is abroad, right?) will rejoice in partaking from this prohibitive flask. Bonus points if you accompany it with a bottle of local booze. For a double whammy, Distillery 36's small-batch "Brigham Rum" ($26.99) should do the trick.
878 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City. 801-538-0606, cahootssaltlake.com
Retailers like the above mentioned have the "SL,UT" game down. It turns out our city- and (red) state's initials make for a pretty giggle-worthy acronym. Who would've thought the Wildwood Hutch gift shop inside the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, located just a stone's throw from the LDS Temple, would be in on the joke? Maybe they're not. Who knows? Other unintentionally ironic items for sale include gently used steamy romance novels and a magnet that states "Need Oxygen? Salt Lake City, UT."
122 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. 801-521-0130, plaza-hotel.com
Again, though locals never think of them, hotel gift shops carry a bevy of items—both cheesetastic and not—that are sure to bring a smile to giftees' faces. Perfect for just about anyone, Granstville's The Kristal Co. specializes in festive creations made from a special brine solution using salt from the Great Salt Lake. This keepsake is sure to last through generations. How do I know this? It looks pristine and the back of the case says ©1984. Available at the Sundries Shop inside the Little America Hotel.
500 S. Main, Salt Lake City. 801-596-5845, saltlake.littleamerica.com
Few things evoke instant nostalgia quite like ghost signs, and SLC letterpress artist Peder Singleton sought inspiration in one of the biggest ones around—the old Even Ritz Classic Bowling sign—for a limited-run of letterpress prints. "Bowling alleys and motels have incredible signs with such rich character," Singleton says. "They just have stories of their own. So, I found a way to photograph and reproduce them with some character of my own." Other sign-inspired pieces showcase Holladay's Villa Theatre and Sugar House's Steering Stark signs.
Laptops, windshields, notebooks, your little brother: They could all use a little sprucing up during the winter months. That's where Sticker Art, featuring original illustrations by Kayla Edgar, come in. Instantly evocative of the scenery that makes us all glad we live here, Edgar's colorful stickers depict everything from camping, van life and climbing Indian Creek's Scarface. Equipped with three layers of UV protections, these silk-screened vinyl stickers are guaranteed to last. You can find them online, as well as select brick-and-mortar locations like The Queen Bee in Ogden.
Sure it's cool to display local art on walls, but how about wearing it? Illustrator and muralist Trent Call came up with this design alongside fellow artist Patrick Munger during an exhibit at Captain Captain Studios in 2009 and decided to bring it back in wearable form. "The idea came from a little bit of thought, but mostly play. It's simply two iconic symbols of Salt Lake mashed together," Call says. "There's something about Brigham Young's head on the Morton Salt Girl's body that just works." We agree.