Did you hear?... The Olympics brings price increases to SLC

Salt Lake City is gouging its way into the history books -- literally.

Salt Lake City is gouging its way into the history books -- literally. Being somewhat familiar with SLC prices since many of us attend Outdoor Retailer's twice yearly trade shows there, feast your eyes on the following facts: With the arrival of the Olympics, a pint of beer virtually doubled to $6.25 at the Port 'O Call restaurant. The Metropolitan adjusted its menu to standard dinner specials for $95 a person -- triple its most expensive entree. A downtown parking garage decided that boosting its daily rates from $5 to $30 made sense (cents?). Fortunately, many of the lots boosting rates are remaining less than full with folks opting for plentiful and FREE on-street parking. So, guess what goes around, comes around.


Did you hear?... Gert Boyle spotted signing posters at Galyan's in SLC

Our spies in Salt Lake noticed none other than Gert Boyle, the spirited matriarch and chairwoman of the board of Columbia Sportswear Company signing posters at Galyan's in Salt Lake City around 5 PM on Feb. 9. The unflappable and wildly popular "Mother Boyle" was holding court as ...read more

Did you hear?... German reporter unveils idiocies about SLC

In a recent feature column in Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SDZ), a reporter unveiled a few idiocies about Salt Lake City: First, he points out that the Mormons don't smoke, don't drink, don't consume caffeine, and visitors have to pay to join "clubs" to get decent alcohol ...read more

Did you hear?... Hats off to Team Salomon

Hats off to Team Salomon for its efforts at the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. One of our reporters on the scene for the entire two weeks told us the following: "Salomon had a hospitality house in Park City, and a constant parade of athletes through, as well as a great on-the-ground ...read more

Outdoor Retailer commits to shows in SLC through 2009

Following an endorsement and recommendation by the Outdoor Industry Association board, read by Lee Fromson, chair of the OIA board, that Outdoor Retailer trade shows stay in Salt Lake City for five more years, a spontaneous round of cheers and applause erupted from the crowd of ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> The latest Consumer Reports magazine (June 2003) has an analysis of athletic energy bars, taking a look at ingredients (calling some “iffy”), while also pointing out how confusing it is to consumers since the formulations are different despite being lumped under one label of ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of April 12-18 >> If you've ever wanted to attend the Outdoor Industry Rendezvous or been there in the past and don't want to miss it this year, act fast -- by April 30 -- to get $100 off the registration fee. Coordinated by the Outdoor Industry Association, this ...read more

Did you hear?... Reporter covering the Olympics ends up in hotel hallway naked

A Canadian reporter covering the Olympics in Salt Lake City ended up in a hotel hallway naked when he tried to grab his newspaper in front of his door, only to have the room door snap shut behind him. Ooops. So using the newspaper for a loin cloth, Francois Gagnon of the Quebec ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For Dec. 21 to Jan. 3 >> Health Fitness Corp. repaid $2 million on a note held by Bayview Capital Partners using funds from the company's $6.25 million Revolving Credit Facility with Wells Fargo Bank. "The prepayment of the Bayview note before its maturity made good financial ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Pacemaster's retailer who laid it all on the line at the company's annual dealer costume party each won a treadmill for their daring at the festivities at the Health & Fitness Business show on Aug. 19. First place went to Chris Newman of the Fitness Depot in Calgary who was ...read more