Strolling Salt Lake City’s Main Street

Hi!  This post is more from mine and Shirley’s first adventure with the pop-up gardens.  We actually spent the whole day wandering up and down Main Street in down town Salt Lake!  It was great fun spending the day window shopping and enjoying the atmosphere of the city.  We rode the bus in from Kaysville, trying to get the most for our $$$ with parking, but we found parking for $6.00 all day on the corner of 4th and Main. Unless you plan to spend your time in the City Creek Mall or specifically Temple Square this parking lot is a gem.

You will see quickly that I am an architecture nerd.  I love buildings from almost all eras of human history and I love close ups of buildings as well.  Unfortunately I don’t remember when this or that was built or the names of the types columns etc.  I lost that knowledge somewhere along the way between college graduation and now.  Ah well, it’s still fun to see all the “pretty” buildings.

First Security Building
I love this building mostly because it’s caught between two modern buildings it would be out of place but it’s height adds it’s own weight.
corner of 2nd and main
in front of this awesome building are amazing artistic tiles seen below!
Ray's Barber Shop
This picture was taken by Shirley S Page, (not me :)). The incredible barber shop full of smells from another life time…ahhh….


honoring our fallen
When I saw this my heart was touched. I am proud to be part of a community that recognizes our officers who put their lives on the line every day for the protection and well being of our city, state and country. Thank you Officers Honey and Huntsman for your service.

This concludes today’s post, with any luck there will be another with some of the other pictures that I want to share but haven’t yet…I hope you enjoyed this stroll as much as we did.  It’s great way to get out and do something a little different,  to see and appreciate what most of us just drive or walk by without a second thought.


Strolling Salt Lake City’s Main Street

How many times have you looked up at the buildings as you pass them and just enjoyed the architecture? I’ve done that many times as a passenger, and sometimes while driving, and every time I wish I could spend more time just enjoying what I see. The only ways are to stop and get out of your car or take a walk down the street so you can really look. Robyn and I did just that in Salt Lake City the same day we discovered the Pop-up Gardens of Main Street.

Salt Lake City has some beautiful historic buildings dotted throughout the city. We only saw some of them as we strolled down Main Street, but we did see some great historical sights like the old ZCMI (Zion’s Cooperative Mercantile Institute) building, known as the first department store in the US; Ray’s Barbershop, an old barbershop that is set up in the same style as it was originally set up in the early twentieth century; and Lamb’s Grill Cafe, Utah’s oldest restaurant founded in 1919 and on Main Street since 1939. See Robyn’s post for pictures of these sights.

My favorite part about the historical buildings is the intricate architecture. I wonder in awe at the time the masons took to carve the designs into the stone, the vision they must have had to create the beauty seen on these structures. Robyn’s post will have some amazing pictures of this architecture and other places we experienced.

I also love the smell of old things. We went into Ray’s Barbershop to take pictures and we cold smell the age of the building. That was exciting to us because it means that the history is still around to be experienced. We also went into an old used book store, Eborn Books, that has hard to find books and first editions. We could also smell the old books, though it was muted because they were behind glass. We browsed the bookstore and saw several books that are significant to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints or Mormons. There was another junk and used book store located across the street that we also visited. It also had the old smell, along with old movies, books, costumes, decorations, and many other interesting things randomly scattered through the store.

We then took a break at Boulangerie: Eva’s Bakery where we shared some absolutely decadent pastries. One of the girls behind the counter took several minutes to recommend  pastries that are unique to this bakery. We each purchased a pastry and a cookie to share then went to sit down at a table. The same girl that took such good care of us earlier saw that we were sitting at an empty table and got us plates and glasses of water and generally made sure that we were well taken care of. I would go time and again just because of the service, but the pastries were absolutely decadent and well worth repeating.

We also wandered through the Galivan Center Plaza and sat under a tree and enjoyed a breeze. We also read a poem on a wall just below the plaza that read:

Visions of the end may secretly seduce our thoughts like water sinking into water, air drifting into air; clouds may form, when least expected, darkening the glass of self, canceling resemblances of what we are. Even here, while summer sunlight falling through the golden folds of afternoon brightens up the air, we mark our progress by how much we leave behind. And yet, this vanishing is burnished by a slow melodious light, as if our passage here were beautiful because no turning back is possible. It is our knowledge of the end that speaks for us, that has us weave, as slowly as we can, an elegy to all our walks. It is our way of bending to the world’s will and giving thanks.

This poem says to me that the reason we live our lives the best we can is because we look forward to what we gain at the end of our lives and we want to leave something beautiful of ourselves behind. I feel that this is true of me. I can feel it in my bones.

We ended our day by sitting in a small plaza just off City Creek Mall, but right on Main Street and watched some finches fly in and out of the bushes and just enjoyed the afternoon sun, each other, and the games of the birds. What a pleasant way to end a stroll downtown.

My POP-UP Garden Tour




Today we started our tour by wandering down Main Street in Salt Lake City UT. As we walked we ran into a garden “park” along the side walk and fell in love with the idea, as we continued we found that it was a project created by artists in Salt Lake City.  These sidewalk gardens will only be appearing for a short period of time, through May 14, 2017.  This was a definite hight light of our trip today.  There were 8 “pop-up” gardens to explore and see.  Here are some pictures of what we found!


My Pop-Up Garden Tour


If you are looking for something fun and unusual to see in Salt Lake City, go down Main Street. Downtown Salt Lake City presents Downtown Garden Stroll: Parks Pop Up on Main located between South Temple (Center Street) and 300 South. These small gardens are placed on either side of the street in strategic places for passers to enjoy a place to sit, play, or even meditate. They all have some form of edible plants to brighten the scene and they are all artistically designed. But, hurry quick; the Pop Up gardens go away May 14, 2017.

What really impressed me about these pop-up gardens was the diversity in the plants and structural design. Not only were there flowers, but there were also herbs and vegetables at some of the gardens. This was different and unusual, therefore, really eye catching.

I had two favorite gardens that we spent time at. One had benches and tables with checkered boards painted on them and checkers and chess pieces so people can interact with each other while sitting and enjoying plants and sunshine. The other was set up as a Zen garden complete with sand and a rake. I had never run a rake through sand before and found it very soothing. It was a wonderful end to our tour.