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12 Staff Favorite Small Businesses in Salt Lake County

Posted By Regional Development
November 27, 2020

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The are literally thousands of businesses in Salt Lake County that provide shopping, services, entertainment, retail goods, and more. As residents Shop Small on Nov. 28, the Office of Regional Development staff shares 12 small businesses, in no particular order, that have gained their devotion over the years. 

Hatch Family Chocolates

"Hatch's makes the best ice cream in town, not to mention incredible chocolates. The owners and staff are always incredibly helpful and good-spirited. They have been a staple in my life for a long while, but when COVID hit, they became even more integral. Walks and bike rides to Hatch's helped me and my family get through the months of social distancing. While Hatch's is officially a purveyor of fine chocolates, it's also a purveyor of joy." -- Ruedigar Matthes, Economic Development Manager

Location: 376 8th Ave. Salt Lake City

The Nest Boutique

"My wife loves this Boutique that sells women's apparel and shoes, plus pillows, candles & kitchen accessories." -- Ryan Perry, Regional Planning & Transportation Director

Location: 11259 Kestral Rise Road South Jordan

Bjorn's Brew

"Their coffee tastes amazing. Nice and strong and their prices are fantastic, plus they donate to animal shelters and sponsor a different fur baby every month." -- Erika Fihaki, Housing and Community Development Office Coordinator

Location: 2358 Foothill Dr. Salt Lake City; 2165 State St. Salt Lake City

Street Tacos SLC

"There are few places to eat high quality food after 9 or 10 p.m. across Utah. Street Tacos SLC is one of them. They have a late-night drive through with authentic and AMAZING Mexican food that my wife and I love -- burritos, tamales, and tacos. They are new to Downtown Salt Lake, and really a wonderful family-run business." -- Vikram Ravi, Housing & Community Development Impact & Implementation Coordinator

Location: 243 W 400 South Salt Lake City

Delice French Bakery & Cafe

"Fantastic eye catching bakery items, desserts. sandwiches/panini's and breakfast." -- Mike Gallegos, Housing and Community Development Director

Location: 2747 S. State St. Salt Lake City

Central Book Exchange

"Amazing little bookstore in Sugar House that I love going to! It has a charming, cozy atmosphere, they have a good selection of different genres, and the prices are reasonable. Even if you're not looking for a specific book, it's fun to just browse for 15 to 20 minutes and find hidden gems that you weren't initially looking for. Their customer service is also some of the best I've seen. I had an experience where they went out of their way to help me find a certain book that they had in their database, but that I could not find on the shelves. I don't think many stores these days would be helpful at that level, and it really impressed me." -- Todd Andersen, Municipal Economic Development Coordinator

Location: 2017 1100 East Salt Lake City

Santo Tacos

"Umm, tacos! Doesn't hurt that the family that runs it is lovely and customer service is top-notch." -- Emily Burch, Regional Development Coordinator

Location: 910 900 W Salt Lake City

China Chefs

"It's family owned and great food!" -- Ryan Perry, Director of Regional Planning & Transportation

Location: 12487 Pasture Road Riverton

The King's English Bookshop

"Books are essential to my quality of life, and bookshops are essential to a vibrant city and community. Ever since the Waking Owl bookshop went out of business when I was a child, the King's English has filled a need for me. As a place to buy gifts, take part in children's story time, or just browse the shelves for new reading recommendations, The King's English has meant so much to me. The staff are thoughtful and kind. They are a local gem." -- Ruedigar Matthes, Economic Development Manager

Location: 1511 S. 1500 East Salt Lake City

Murray Car Care Center

"I've had great experiences and have come back many times. Kelvin is a very nice and straightforward mechanic. When I needed to replace the AC unit in my older car (that turned out to be a rare unit that was only used one year in production), Kelvin spent a lot of time calling around trying to find a replacement system for me, and I appreciated it. The manager, Ming, is a really nice guy as well. They also get you in and out in a decent amount of time, so you're not bored sitting in a mechanic shop all day. Quality mechanic shops like this don't come around too often!" -- Todd Andersen, Municipal Economic Development Coordinator

Location: 5815 State St. Murray

The Store

"I love that there's a central location where I can find multiple locally-made products, from salsa and pie to cheese, coffee, and chocolates. They're the ultimate supporters of local small business." -- Jordan Carroll, Regional Development Communications Manager

Locations: 2050 E. 6200 South Holladay; 90 S. Rio Grande Salt Lake City


"The macarons are a must! Also sells cookies and other desserts." -- Ryan Perry, Director of Regional Planning & Transportation

Location: 13292 S 5600 West Herriman