Editor's Letter: The devil—and the delight—are in the details

Seemingly little things make a big difference—take a look at the Utah Museum of Fine Art,  recently re-opened after a refresh. The new jewel-tone wall colors make the artwork pop and allow you to see familiar images in a whole new way (p. 82.) Life is better when you take the time to notice details.

A million little things go into forming a general impression. Our annual Best of the Beehive article (p. 61) of Salt Lake magazine gives editors, writers, friends and contributors a chance to shine a light on some of those little details that might go unheralded or get lost in the overall favorable opinion. For example, Campfire Lounge is a nice neighborhood bar—good drinks, friendly people—but one unusual detail, the thing that makes it special, is that you can sip your drink and pat your dog at the same time (with a little practice). And, amid the sea of craft cocktails invented by relentlessly creative young bartenders, it’s nice to find that Water Witch serves an unadorned, Hemingway-worthy daiquiri. Or maybe, in the whirl of our elaborately designed good times—ziplines, escape room adventures, pop-up dinners—you’ve forgotten how much fun it is to bowl a few old-fashioned frames at Bonwood and dine at the snack bar. No artisanal anything.

Little things, but all add their weight to the plus side of living in Utah.

There are negatives. We take a look at some of those in Wasatch Faults (p. 72). Because the flip side of appreciating the details is being vigilant about taking care of them. Utah is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We enjoy a vigorous and growing economy. It’s our job to make sure one doesn’t destroy the other. Apathy towards little mistakes and carelessness create big problems. It’s our job to notice.

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Maloufhttps://www.saltlakemagazine.com/
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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