Maren Mullin, owner of Gallery MAR, shares her tips on must stop shops from a design perspective in the final of three installments. Check out Maren’s tips on the artful and the stylish stops on the street.
The winter season is the perfect time to stroll Historic Park City's Main Street. The holiday lights are hung, stores are open extended hours (most from 10 am to 9 pm), and everyone is in a cheery mood. Park City was recently named one of the Friendliest Cities in the nation, and as our shopkeepers are our city's unofficial ambassadors, you can be assured to meet the merriest faces in the mountains.
But as an art gallery owner, I'm not only looking for the "charm" in our quaint town, I'm looking for the artful, the stylish, and the well designed. I've put together a list of the Main Street stops through my design-oriented eyes.
THE WELL DESIGNED
Main Street is the latest stop for all things design, and you can't miss our gorgeous furniture stores and design shops. With so many new visitors finding their home in Park City, a new niche of designers have met the call for elegantand artist home decor.
Following, are a few of my favorite stops for the well designed life...
Barclay Butera: a Main Street original, this furniture and home accessories store has been in town for decades, and is owned by the jet-setting celebrity designerMr. Butera himself. The look here is Newport Beach regal (plush couches with leopard print pillows and rattan occasion chairs) but outfitted for the mountains. When furnishing an entire home, this is the perfect design/decorate/install shop.
Root'd: a cool, crisp contemporary decor dram, this (enormous!) store has prime Main Street real estate, and it's well deserved. Run by a team of well-heeled young ladies, Root'd offers everything from coffee table books and crystal geode book-ends to gorgeous bed linens and tea towels. Oh, and they are a full service design shop, too -- decorating some of the most fashionable residences in Park City. Take a peek upstairs to see the design workshop in person and pick from thousand of fabrics and furniture lines.
Bear Bench Walkway: Bear what? Yes, this is a walk-way, but it's well worth your time to visit and stay awhile. Anchored by the beloved bronze bear, this area is perfect for sitting down to check your Instagram feed or grab a snack. Adjacent to the Transit center, it serves as the primary walk-through for our pedestrians and has several highlights: overhead Edison bulbs, embedded led foot tracks, and concrete bench seating.
Craig Elliot Architects: one of our best kept secrets on Main Street are our businesses that pop up in between retail, and CER is certainly one of them. As the owner and lead architect, Elliot knows the ins and outs of designing and building in Old Town, which includes a logistical nightmare for many historic homes. His style leans towards the modern, helping to balance out the "Disneyland effect" of recreating Victorian homes in Old Town, common in recent years.
There you go -- few of my (and my staff's) favorite spots for the artful, the stylish, and the well designed. Historic Park City has more than 200 merchants and businesses, so make sure to allow plenty of time to stroll upon your next visit.