The first twinges of cold are in the air and between house parties, romantic presents and family gift exchanges, it’s every queer’s favorite time of year – shopping season. With exciting developments in the Utah shopping scene, including the openings of clothing retailer H&M and home and kitchen décor store Crate & Barrel at Fashion Place Mall, there are plenty of options, from high-end to affordable.
We put together some of our favorite shopping spots to feel the holiday spirit. From designer clothing to home décor and adult novelty items, we’re gearing up for the best holiday season since Jimmy Stewart heard bells ringing. Without further ado, here is the QSaltLake Shopping Guide.
H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) specializes in high-end clothing at rock bottom prices. Think Versace slacks for $50 and &Denim jeans for $20. Before the new Salt Lake store, the closest location was in Las Vegas, and the retailer does not sell its inventory online. With more than 2,300 stores in 41 countries, the Swedish company has become a staple for any Utah gay visiting Las Vegas, Los Angeles or any other metropolitan location.
Crate & Barrel
Crate & Barrel, conveniently located next to H&M in Fashion Place Mall, is stocked with all the furniture, home décor and kitchen supplies any queer could possibly need. With The holidays fast approaching, the must-see store has amazing deals on dinner and flatware items, and has the items for an extraordinary celebration or get together.
Spoons N’ Spice
After nearly 40 years, the locally-owned and operated Spoons N’ Spice has two locations. One in Salt Lake City, 4700 S. 900 East, and a larger store in Sandy, 9400 S. 788 East. The selection of kitchenware is unparalleled and the variety is always top-notch.
“We’re that place where you can find the stuff you really need that you can’t find anywhere else,” said marketing director Tony Granato. “And we don’t just carry one option or color. You can come here and find things like potato peelers in all shapes, sizes and colors.”
Shop local this season and find some of the highest-quality kitchenware at affordable prices.
Arts & Crafts
With the farmers markets closing down for the season, finding locally-made artisan products for the holidays can be tough. Local stores and artists are lost in the sea of corporately funded advertisers. Here’s just a smattering of some of our favorite local artists and products.
Whether it’s time to decorate the tree with sexy mermaid ornaments or to buy that cheesy white elephant gift for the office party, Salt Lake has a terrific assortment of gift and novelty shops. Stop by Cahoots, 900 S. 900 East, Cabin Fever, 602 S. Trolley Square, and Unity Gifts, 380 E. 1700 South, for a queer-friendly shopping experience.