Places to Work up a Sweat in the Winter

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Salt Lake City (SLC) has a lot to offer to its metropolitan area of over 1 million people. There are many fun ways to stay active outdoors in Utah. But what about staying active when the cold winter weather hits?

If you’re wondering how to stay fit in winter, you’re in luck. There are many great places to workout in SLC. Keep reading to discover your new favorite gym.

Feel Empowered at Boxing is for Girls

Boxing is for Girls is a boxing studio run by the inspirational Eliza James. All genders, not just girls, are welcome to train alongside hardworking women at the studio.

At Boxing is for Girls, you’ll find a wide variety of training and classes. You can choose from one-on-one training, group fitness, and yoga. You can even attend an inspirational and healing retreat through the studio. 

Find Boxing is for Girls in a gritty and colorful renovated garage in SLC’s beautiful Sugar House neighborhood.

Get Fit in 45 Minutes at Peak 45

Dominate your winter workouts in 45 minutes at Peak 45. Peak 45 has locations in Salt Lake City and Park City.

The workouts at Peak 45 are uniquely challenging. You will improve your flexibility, strength, core, and endurance every time in just 45 minutes. 

This studio uses a method called Lagree Fitness. Lagree is a series of low-impact exercises done with a unique machine called the Megaformer. The trick to the burn is that you are under continuous tension, and the movements are slow and controlled. 

Build Your Strength at 212 Fitness

If you want to focus on strength training, 212 Fitness in SLC is the place for you.

212 Fitness believes in crushing strength and conditioning goals with the help of the community. As a group gym, you’ll feel encouraged by working hard with a consistent group of people.

The experienced coaches at 212 Fitness will help you reach your goals and have fun along the way.

If you’re looking for cheap places to workout in Salt Lake City, you can get your first week at 212 Fitness for only $7. 

Sweat it Out at Rideologie

If you love cardio, you don’t want to miss the spin classes at Rideologie. Get your blood pumping and heart pounding during one of their dance parties on a bike.

All experience levels are welcome to join the indoor cycling classes at Rideologie. Wear some sweat-wicking clothing because these 45 or 60-minute classes will have you sweating and burning up to 700 calories!

At Rideologie, you can build a membership that fits your needs. Purchase drop-in classes or class bundles.

Challenge Yourself at Brickwall CrossFit

If you haven’t tried CrossFit yet, this winter is the perfect time to start. CrossFit is a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The method uses day-to-day movements like squatting, pushing, and pulling at a high-intensity level.

Brickwall CrossFit will train your entire body to prepare for whatever life throws at you. CrossFit will build your strength and endurance. Other activities, like biking, swimming, and hiking, will become easier and more fun.

Brickwall CrossFit encourages constant learning and improvement. The supportive group or one-on-one environment allows it to happen.

Now You Know the Best Places to Work Out in SLC

If outdoor winter workouts aren’t your thing, you’ve got some fabulous indoor options to work out in SLC. You don’t need to feel cooped up in winter when you can get active and have fun instead.

With all the great amenities Salt Lake City has to offer, there’s no doubt it’s a fantastic place to live. Be sure to contact us for help with your home search.

Real Estate Trends in 2021

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With so many significant changes in 2020, we expect to see some major developments in 2021 real estate trends. This is due to the pandemic, it has changed how many people think about housing and work. 

We’re expecting more people to move out of cities or away from their offices because they no longer need to be close to work. House hunting will continue to be affected by social distancing until we all can get a vaccine. And, younger people will realize they can afford more property than they thought.

Suburban Growth and Working from Home

Two big trends coming in 2021 are caused by the changes in 2020 to work and society. With so many people starting to work from home, realtors have seen an increase in people looking to move out of cities. They want space and safety in their preferred neighborhoods rather than commuting convenience.

The growth in buyers wanting to move to the suburbs is a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are realizing they can work from home. Those who used to live in a city have quickly realized they can get much larger housing for the same or less money as they would in a city.

Moving away from urban centers has also become a trend because of unrest and protest that we’ve seen in larger urban areas in the past twelve months. As we move into 2021, this trend for buyers to seek homes in less congested areas will continue.

Virtual House Hunting

Another 2021 real estate trend is the move to online house hunting. Whereas home buyers have always wanted to visit houses in person as part of buying a new home, the pandemic has meant that more people are willing to view homes through virtual appointments. This is a significant change in how realtors and buyers operate.

Expect to see improvements in virtual home tours as we move into 2021, as we’re still practicing social distancing and dealing with the effects of the coronavirus. 

Millennials Moving Up

Millennials are one of the fastest-growing homeowner demographics. Moving into 2021, more millennials will enter the housing market. They will soon account for more than half of all home buyers. 

Millennials buying homes also ties into the first of the 2021 real estate trends we discussed. In the past, the youngest age demographic segment tended to look to rent or buy in urban or downtown areas. However, with remote work becoming more accepted, millennials are also joining the hunt for homes outside of cities. 

Part of this trend is that millennials realize they can now afford more of a house than before if they swap high-priced rent in cities for land and square footage in the country or smaller towns. This change in mentality leads to the trend of millennials “moving up” in the housing market.  

Keep an Eye on 2021 Real Estate Trends

As you can see, the changes that have occurred in all our lives will keep affecting real estate. We’ve highlighted three of the biggest 2021 real estate trends here because they are going to change how you think about buying your next home.

Remember, cheaper, larger, safer property outside or urban, downtown locations are booming. Improving technology will make house hunting virtually much better. And, the market is getting an influx of younger buyers with money to spend.

For more advice on real estate, get in touch with us today.

Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

Please Note: We’re continuing to post about local businesses, events, and area attractions; however, things often change due to COVID-19 restrictions.  So please, double-check before you visit any of our recommended spots to confirm availability, accessibility, or any restrictions.  Stay safe. Be well. And support Local! Thank you. 

It is the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many fun things to do at Christmas time around the city. You can find an activity that is perfect for families, friends and couples who want to enjoy the holiday goings-on and embrace that festive spirit. From outdoor holiday light displays to indoor fun, there is lots to see at Christmas time in Salt Lake.

Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees 2020 has moved virtually!

The annual Festival of Trees, produced by the Intermountain Foundation and benefiting Primary Children’s Hospital, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this is the first year that the event will be the first-ever live broadcast celebration. You will be able to purchase on the virtual shops, or bidding online on special auction items, every contribution benefits the kids at Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Hospital.

The Santa Shack in Sugar House

Yes! Santa will be in his Sugar House Shack in December for socially distant visits beginning November 28! Visits are outdoors and masks are required. Children of all ages can visit Santa in his festive shack this season. The shack is open Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 11am-7 pm. Visiting Santa to tell the jolly fella what you want for Christmas is free, there are photo packages available for purchase.

Zoo Lights

Thanks to a generous grant funded by the Utah Legislature through the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, this year’s ZooLights will be FREE to the public! With over 200 animal displays, all lit in holiday glow, you can meander around the zoo with a hot cup of chocolate and take in all the sights. New this year are 10 life-size animal-shaped lanterns that are sure to be impressive. And don’t forget to visit Santa at his station.

Lights at Temple Square 

Christmas lights are a glow on the grounds covering 35 acres of Temple Square. Decorations are hung throughout, along with nativity scenes placed along the way.

Christmas in Color

Load the family up and experience a synchronized light display from the warmth of your car. Set to classic holiday music favorites, you’ll gaze upon dancing snowman, giant candy canes, and tunnels of flickering lights.

$25 per car

The Grand America Holiday Stroll 

Due to physical distancing and capacity control guidelines, the 2020 holiday stroll will be exclusively for overnight hotel guests and patrons of the restaurants and The Grand Spa. The Windows at The Grand America will take you on a storybook journey set to be a memorable holiday experience for hotel, restaurant, and spa guests.

Where to Shop Small on Shop Small Saturday

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Did you know that there’s a whole day dedicated to supporting small businesses? Consumers spend over $15 billion on Shop Small Saturday. Shop Small Saturday is a great opportunity to buy all your holiday gifts or to see the small businesses that are out there. And while you already feel great about supporting mom and pop shops, you might be overwhelmed with all of the possibilities.

If you’re unsure where to begin, we created a special guide to get you on the right track. Here’s where you can shop small in Salt Lake City!

1. Local First Utah

If you’re looking to buy a home in the Salt Lake City area and want to celebrate Shop Small Saturday, you should definitely check out Local First Utah once you’ve settled in. They are a huge network of all the small businesses in Utah and have a useful business directory. This is a great tool to use to find local independent companies to support.

2. Picture Line

We couldn’t promote Shop Small Saturday without shouting out our friends at Picture Line. For over 30 years, Picture Line has been serving consumers in the Salt Lake City area with their exemplary service. If you’re a photographer in the area looking to buy, trade, or rent equipment for your business, you have to give Picture Line a try. With hundreds of options to choose from, the products and experts at Picture Line will surely exceed all of your expectations.

3. Uintah Standard

If you’re looking for a local business that sells great women’s clothes, look no further than Uintah Standard. Their high-quality, trendy clothing is perfect for those fashionistas with an active lifestyle.

And they’ve got great testimonials. Their 5-star Google reviews affirm both their brand and personable ambiance. There’s no doubt that this is a place you want to shop on Small Business Saturday.

4. Payne Anthony Jewelers

Choosing a trusted jeweler in the Salt Lake City area can be difficult, as there are plenty of options. But we really love Payne Anthony‘s gorgeous selection. Payne Anthony has been serving customers since 1972, and they’re an independent business to boot. You’ll find exactly what you need at an affordable price, and their store is beautiful, too.

With the skilled jewelers at Payne Anthony, you can create your own statement jewelry. They can craft truly one-of-a-kind pieces. You can also combine different design elements such as style, gemstone shape, and metal to create something that tailors your tastes perfectly.

5. Mabo Kids

Last but not least, you have to visit Mabo on Shop Small Saturday. Besides finding adorable clothes for your kids in this store, you can buy cute accessories, women’s clothes, and even home decor. And because small businesses are the backbone of our economy, it’s comforting to know that all of Mabo’s garments are made right here in the United States.

Shop Small Saturday Tips and More

Did you know that we’re also a small business? We’re based in Salt Lake City, and whether you’re inquiring where to shop on Shop Small Saturday or are looking to buy a home in the Salt Lake City area, we’re here to help.

We also know how difficult it can be to find a trusted realtor. Fortunately, we’ve spent years helping clients find their dream home. We can bring your vision to life.

On the market to buy a house? We’d love to help you out. Be sure to visit our Contact Us page, and a member of our team will reach out to you as soon as possible. And remember our guide on Shop Small Saturday. Happy shopping!

Halloween Fun in Salt Lake City

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Please Note: We’re continuing to post about local businesses, events, and area attractions; however, things often change due to COVID-19 restrictions.  So please, double-check before you visit any of our recommended spots to confirm availability, accessibility, or any restrictions.  Stay safe. Be well. And support Local! Thank you. 

With spooky costumes, activities, and candy galore, who doesn’t love Halloween? While Covid-19 has seemingly taken over our lives, there is still plenty of Halloween fun in Salt Lake.

While there are many reasons to relocate to Salt Lake, the plethora of exciting events is at the top of the list. For the top events to attend this Halloween season, read on.

1. Halloween at Home

If you’re looking to spend Halloween at home this year, have no fear. There are many spooky activities and delicious treats to try from the comfort of your own home.

If you’re not trick-or-treating this Halloween, consider making these fun treats perfect for the whole family. A simple, favorite Halloween treat is the classic Witch Hat Cookie.

For this recipe, start by baking regular chocolate chip cookies. Then, dip the cookies into the chocolate sauce (a bowl of melted semi-sweet morsels.) After, place the dipped cookies onto a baking sheet and refrigerate.

While the cookies are hardening in the fridge, create orange, purple, and green topping by mixing vanilla icing with food coloring. Finally, decorate the chilled cookies with colorful icing and top with a Hershey’s kiss. This at-home sweet treat is creative and delicious for all to enjoy.

2. Strangling Brothers

Are you wondering where to go for Halloween this year? Look no further than Utah’s own Strangling Brothers.

This haunted circus offers all the heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping fun you could ask for. Voted the number one Utah Haunted House, the special-effects and over-the-top characters will blow your mind.

Take all Covid-19 safety precautions with sanitizing stations, social distancing, and face masks. Secure your tickets today before spots run out.

3. Halloween Carnival: Trunk or Treat 2020

Located at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake, this Halloween Carnival Trunk or Treat takes place on October 17th from five to eight PM.

With Halloween costumes, auctions for adults, and hotdogs for all, the whole family will enjoy this spooktacular outing. To support the fight towards ending Huntington’s Disease, all proceeds will go toward the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Utah Chapter. Be sure to wear masks and practice social distancing.

4. Gateway Halloween Nights

Every Saturday in October, Gateway Halloween Nights offers month-long fun for Halloween. With a new classic Halloween film shown every weekend, there are also exciting contests, a spooky photo booth, and takeout food options. Be sure to bring a blanket, comfy chairs, and up to five of your friends.

With social distancing, masks, and sanitizing stations, you can celebrate safely under the stars. Be sure to pre-register before attending.

5. The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show

For America’s largest Dinner Detective interactive murder mystery show, this event is a must-attend. Enjoy a four-course dinner and an interactive show that requires audience members to solve a Halloween crime mystery. You may even find yourself as the main suspect.

This event is perfect for those who love comedy, mystery, and the magical spirit of Halloween. With social distancing and masks required, all Covid-19 guidelines are strictly enforced for all guests’ safety.

Experience Halloween Fun in Salt Lake

This vibrant city has much excitement to offer, and the Halloween fun in Salt Lake is no exception. Your friends and family will love taking part in one or all these unique Halloween ideas.

Are you ready to move to Utah? Start your search for the perfect property today.

How to Help Your Teenager Transition When Moving to Salt Lake City

How to Help Your Teenager Transition When Moving to Salt Lake City

Moving to a new city is often a difficult adventure for everyone involved, but even more so for children. They’ll need to leave behind friends and comfort in favor of forging new bonds all over again. It affects them in ways that last for years.

That’s why it’s vital to find ways to make the move as seamless and stress-free as possible.

If your family is moving to Salt Lake City, then we’re here to help. Listed down below are several ways to help your teenager learn how to cope with moving.

Look For Exciting Places in the Area

The next step should involve looking for points of interest in the area you plan to live in. Places like cool bike trails, shopping plazas, or movie theaters are ways to get the family excited about the move.

They’ll have something positive to focus on, rather than only focusing on the negative parts of moving.

Visit the New School

Moving to a new school is the hardest part your teen will face during a move. That’s why it’s essential to give them a chance to scope out the new school before being thrown into the deep end.

If possible, take a trip together to visit the school and check out the main features of the building. They’re going to be spending a lot of time there, so it’s a significant relief to know where to go. It gives them a chance to focus on other things when the first day at school begins.

It could even facilitate a few new friendships along the way, which is an essential part of every teen’s life.

Encourage Involvement

Many of us don’t know how to deal with moving since it’s such a stressful time. Whenever it comes to making different decisions, try to involve your teenager in the discussions.

By asking for their help or their opinion, it gives them a semblance of control in this situation. It’ll make them feel as though their point of view matters and they’re not being dragged into something they don’t want. Instead, they’ll have a voice in the decision, and it’ll make them accept the transition more easily.

Expect Some Rebellion

Learning how to deal with moving is a different journey for everyone. Some teens might take to the change with an open heart, while others will act out until things normalize again.

As a parent, it’s good to expect some form of rebellion from your teen. Try to remain calm and accepting during this challenging time so that the situation doesn’t escalate. Sooner or later, your teen will find ways to love their new city.

Moving to Salt Lake City With a Teenager Takes Extra Care

Although moving to Salt Lake City opens up a lot of beautiful new avenues for the entire family, your teenager might not see it that way for a while. It’ll take time and effort to help your teen learn to love their new home.

With the help of these tips, that transition will be a whole lot easier.

Are you looking for a new home in this beautiful city? Contact us today to find the perfect match for you and your family!