Since the news that Salt Lake was to host the 2002 Winter Olympics, shopping options in the valley have gotten more numerous and better, depending on what you're in the mood for. The Gateway at 90 S. 400 West , modeled after outdoor California malls, is the newest shopping addition and includes most of the big names: J. Crew, Banana Republic, The Gap, etc., and a handful of local boutiques. The biggest shopping center in Salt Lake, it's part of a larger complex that includes condominiums, theaters, and office buildings. New and shiny, The Gateway differs markedly from smaller, homespun shopping areas in town like Main St. in downtown.

The newest shopping center opening at the end of March 2012 is the City Creek mall located just across the street south of Temple Square.  Beautifully designed, the renovated downtown area includes restaurants, upscale stores and local favorites. For another mall-type complex, visit the Sugarhouse Commons at 2100 S./1300 E. or Cottonwood Mall at 4500 S. To escape that scene, check out the various local shops and boutiques in Sugarhouse from 1100 East to 1300 East and around 2100 South--they range from punk to music to adult to second-hand. Also enjoy the smaller shopping areas around 1500 E./1500 S. and 900 E./900 S. for coffee shops, jewelry stores, book stores, and the like. For art, most of the galleries are downtown and offer an open stroll the first Friday of every month. And if you're up for it, drive around the avenues (especially around Q and R and 2nd Aves.) and the blocks east of downtown up to the foothills; you'll spot the random interesting shop, salon, deli, book store, and most will make your seeking worthwhile.