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On Tuesday, September 12th, Local First Utah is hosting the 2017 Independent Business Conference. Our day will include an insightful and invigorating keynote address from Dionne Baux, of the National Main Street Center, as well as breakout sessions and networking opportunities featuring local experts in small business matters.

While our official conference agenda concludes at 3 pm (and tickets for this portion of the day are only $35), we’re excited to a debut a unique experience at the Independent Business Conference with our Mobile Neighborhood Tours.

Conference guests, who have pre-purchased their full day event pass before September 8th, will be able to register for the Neighborhood Tour of their choice during our breakfast networking session.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of our Mobile Neighborhood Tours that will take us through the newly designated Main Street program areas of State Street and the Granary District. We’ll also stop in the Central Ninth neighborhood to learn how developing neighborhoods can put themselves on the map.

Stop #1 Epic Brewery on State Street

Epic Brewing CompanyEpic Brewing Company opened in Salt Lake City, Utah with six fermentation tanks giving it the flexibility to create a variety of small batch, artisanal beer. They quickly made a name for themselves with they bottled, high point beers. Within a few short months, Epic began earning medals for its beers domestically and internationally. The beer became a big hit with locals and out of state visitors alike and demand quickly increased. The brewery currently houses eight times its original fermentation space.

Guests on this tour will have the opportunity to see behind the scenes at Epic Brewery’s “Tapless Taproom” on State Street (but, do to DABC requirements, beer samples will not be available).

Stop #2 Publik Coffee in Central Ninth

The epitome of a neighborhood coffee shops, Publik has locations in Central Ninth, the Avenues, and 9th & 9th.  Each location has its own signature. The Avenues shop is a small, quiet shop perfect for cozy moments of conversation and relaxation. The Central Ninth spot is Publik’s flagship location and home of their roastery, and the 9th & 9th location – Publik Kitchen – is built for brunchers. 

For the second stop of this tour, we’ll check out Publik’s roastery in Central Ninth, learn about their sustainability practices and more.

Stop #3 Rico Brand Foods in the Granary District

When Jorge Fierro came to the United States from Mexico he was less than impressed with the Mexican food available in local grocery stores.  Using his mother’s recipe, he began selling freshly cooked “De La Olla” pinto beans at the Downtown Salt Lake Farmer’s Market in 1997, with the desire to share the diverse and authentic flavors of Mexican cuisine with America.  The beginning of Rico Brand products was humble, but would soon become a symbol of freshness and quality recognized across Utah.  Rico Brand still manufactures De La Olla beans along with salsas and guacamole, flour and corn tortillas, burritos, tamales, enchiladas and more, which are available in supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants.

While visiting the Ricos Warehouse we’ll see the process of making Rico's delicious tortillas, and sample a bevy of Ricos salsas, chips and dips.

Stop #4 Happy Hour at Fisher Brewery

From 5-6 pm conference guests can mix and mingle while enjoying a cash bar at Fisher Brewery. Recently re-opened by the great-great-grandson of Albert Fisher, a German immigrant who first launched the brewery in 1884, Fisher Brewery survived prohibition and was a staple in Utah’s beer culture until 1960. We’re delighted to conclude our day together at an independent business that represents both the history and the future of Salt Lake City. Busses that bring conference guests to Fisher Brewery will return to the Downtown Public Library at 6 pm. 

Published in Local First Utah Blog
Thursday, 26 September 2013 13:02

Central Ninth Launch Party: Happening Today!

New things are happening in Salt Lake City’s Central Ninth district. What kind of new things, you ask? Come find out at our neighborhood launch party, tonight at the Local First Utah headquarters on 900 South 200 West.

Central Ninth is a neighborhood where we don’t just live, work, eat or wander around. Sure, we do all those things, but at the end of the day, we’re part of the community where we live, work, eat, and wander around. Each of us contributes to the diverse patchwork of Central Ninth’s unique identity. This neighborhood launch is a celebration of everything that the Central Ninth district is—the food, the businesses, the music, and most importantly, the people.

Bumble, mascot for the The Bees baseball team will be on site, Sage’s Café a new resident of Central Ninth, and Kaiser’s BBQ will provide food. The SLC Redevelopment Agency will showcase potential development plans for the neighborhood, and there will be live music on the patio of No Brow coffee shop.

Please join us for an evening of food, music, and camaraderie tonight from 5-9 pm to celebrate the unique neighborhood of Central Ninth! 

Published in Local First Utah Blog