Best Music Venue: Velour in Provo

Best Place to Stylize Your Storage
Signed & Numbered
Husband-wife team Phil Sherburne and Leia Bell are behind so many cool SLC endeavors, they deserve an award just for being cool. But here we’re recognizing Sherburne for his beautiful, affordable, customizable frames, benches, shelves and boxes, all handmade from the same gently weathered wood. 2320 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-596-2093,

Best Man of Steel
Anthony Stilinovich
This metal man designs and makes steel artwork for gardens—hearts, signs, agave plants, birdbaths, fire bowls and, of course, expressions of Ute love. Find him at the Downtown Farmers Market or other art markets throughout the year. 801-381-5489

Best Place to Act Young in Ogden
Mojo’s Caffe
For young people, by young people: the club’s Facebook page is practically incomprehensible to anyone out of college, but Mojo packs in hipsters of all ages for concerts of the hippest kind. 2210 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-603-6737,

Best Place to Paint the Town
The Neighborhood House
This organization provides daycare to families based on ability to pay, after-school and summer programs for children, and care for adults at two Salt Lake City facilities. In September it functioned as a huge canvas for eight Salt Lake urban artists. Organized by Executive Director Jacob Brace, the art project coincided with a fundraising event for the facility, which attracted about 250 people. Music blared and spectators were welcome to watch the two-day masterpiece marathon. Go see it. 1050 W. 500 South, 801-363-4589,

Best Guy to Get 
Your Message Across
Colt Bowden
Sign painting used to be an art and a craft, but technology has erased the hand of the artist from most messaging. Luckily, Colt Bowden is one artist who embraces hands-on design through sign painting, an anachronism in today’s digital design world. 801-707-1948,

Best Way to Arts and Craft
Craft Lake City
Slug magazine’s Angela Brown started Craft Lake City four years ago, forging a union between Utahns’ craftiness and coolness. It’s become one of the most popular events of the SLC summer, exhibiting work from about 200 craftspeople and hosting live music. This year, the event will happen on Aug. 11, from noon until 10 p.m. at the Gallivan Center.

Best Music Venue
Velour Live Music Gallery
The best music venue in Utah is in Provo. Yes, Provo.
It turns out the true alternative nexus, the cutting-edge of music in the Beehive, is in Utah County. Corey Fox’s Velour hosts open mic nights, roots rock, indie, alt-pop and local bands—all new and local music you’ve probably never heard of. Yet. 
135 North University Ave., Provo, 801-818-2263,

Best Place to Find Old-School Super Heroes
SLC attracts all types of heroes, and we’re not just talking the Black Monday Society. NYC’s very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man made a visit… well kind of. It was actually his clone, Ben Reilly, but if it helps, the comic book story had us believing it was the real Spidey at the time. Order the Clone Saga books at our pick for best place to find old-school superheroes, Heebeegeebeez, 2574 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-392-5094,

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