Each year, the editors and writers at Salt Lake magazine scour the state for the best of, well, everything. We eat the food, shop at the shops, drink the beer, go to the shows to guide you to the Best of the Beehive. It’s hard work, we know. You’re welcome. Here are our completely random and amazing selections from Sugar House and East Bench. Check back each week for another dose of the Best of the Beehive. Or just buy the magazine already to get it over with.—Eds.

Best Bar in Sugar House: The Ruin

Best of Salt Lake City The Ruin is a slap in the face of the new sanitized chained-up Sugar House. The model of an urban walkable neighborhood everyone is trying to create from scratch, funky Sugar House with its original mom-and-pop stores and browse-around charm, has been re-done to death. Now it could be Anywhere, U.S.A. If you’re up to here with chain-store shopping, stop into Ruin for a reality refresh. Good cocktails, comfortable chairs and the sense of being in a one-of-a-kind place. 1215 Wilmington Ave., SLC, 801-869-3730, ruinslc.com

Best New and Used Goods: Unhinged

Part new, part vintage and all awesome—Unhinged is a go-to spot for gifts, clothing, housewares, local art, up-cycled jewelry and more. Be sure to go upstairs for the real treat—on-trend clothing that your grandma could have worn as a teenager, and in mint condition. 2165 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-467-6588, unhingedslc.com

Best Place to Buy an Old Fireman’s Hat: The American Rust Company

Best of Salt Lake CityOr old pharmacy bottles. Or an old washboard. Who knows what you need? You won’t until you go poking around American Rust, an eccentric store that feels like someone’s grandfather’s garage, crammed with old tools—or are they art?—cool signs, architectural bits and pieces and who knows what else? Mantiques, antiques, hertiques—lots of it and in the condition indicated by the moniker.  825 E. 2100 South, SLC, 385-415-2916

Best Dental Treatment: Dental Spa

Have you ever sat in a dental chair wishing you were at a spa instead? Well, you don’t have to choose. Get those pearly whites shined or filled while enjoying a chair-side manicure, pedicure, massage or facial. When you factor in that the clinic accepts many major insurance plans, we only have one thing to say: What dental anxiety? 620 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-466-6645, thedentalspa.com

Best Kind of Store We’d Like to See More of in Sugar House: Commerce & Craft 

Affordable handmade art, mostly in functional forms—pottery, glass, weaving, jewelry—is the raison d’etre of this newish marketplace in Sugar House. Owner Gail Piccoli curates a collection of one-of-a-kinds in a charming browseable space. Remember when Sugar House was a trove of little owner-run stores like this? We do too. 1950 S. 1100 East, SLC, 801-207-1030, commerceandcraft.com

Best Store for Handmade Jewelry: Pixel and Torch

Johanna Kirk’s jewelry designs reflect her childhood in Sweden—they have a fluid simplicity about them that evokes Scandinavian design. Wearing one of Johanna’s pieces is like adorning yourself with serenity. 2030 S. 900 East, SLC,  801-598-6005, pixelandtorch.com

Best Wax and Tint: Big City Brows

If it’s true that the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the eyebrows are the doorway to the soul—and a little curb appeal goes a long way. Get your brows in shape with waxes, tints and microblading at Big City Brows. Vanessa Lavey, owner, is the unofficial brow whisperer of Salt Lake City. 774 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-970-5555, bigcitybrows.com

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