Author: Lindsay Johnson

Vintage resurfaces at Velour 

Every five months or so, Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo transforms into a vintage-lover’s paradise for two days. Displays of discounted vintage clothing, home decor and retro jewelry fill the music venue. On March 5 and 6, Velour hosted another vintage flea market, coinciding with Downtown Provo’s monthly Gallery Stroll. Vintage collectors and people just looking for a crazy find poured in to discover secondhand treasures. Velour is familiar to many concert-goers in Utah Valley. On any other given weekend, the worn hardwood floors house crowds of hipsters. The exposed brick walls practically drip with condensation, and owner Corey Fox stamps hands and takes entry fees instead of trading vintage items for cash. “I’ve been collecting vintage for 20 years, along with a few people in my circle of friends,” Fox said. Two of the people in Fox’s circle of friends, Maht and Liz Paulos, owned Coal Umbrella, a vintage boutique located upstairs from Velour. They recently closed their business however, due to a declining economy and landlord issues. “We started doing the flea market when Coal Umbrella was still in business,” Fox said. “They have this whole warehouse of stuff from different flea markets like the famous Pasadena one. It’s a good way to offer vintage at a discounted price.” Some of the items at Velour’s flea market still have Coal Umbrella labels on them. The only...

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Food to feed the starving student on a budget

Ah, the enduring grandpa-esque sentiment: “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” The pearls of wisdom may ring true in a metaphoric sense, but around town, restaurants are offering free food without a catch. Well, maybe just a little catch. In an attempt to increase their revenue, online presence, and popularity with younger generations, food establishments have recently been offering free food when you sign up for their “E-club,” become a Facebook fan, or follow them on Twitter. The phenomenon of sites such as Twitter and Facebook is any corporation’s marketing dream come true. If you can stand daily emails offering new coupons, codes, and updates, some restaurants will reward handsomely with delicious food. Mimi’s Cafe: Free breakfast under $9 with e-club sign-up. Free appetizer when you order a meal online. www.MimisCafe.com. Del Taco: Two free chicken soft tacos with e-club sign-up. Free shake on your birthday. Free shrimp taco with any purchase when you become a Facebook fan. www.DelTaco.com. Rubio’s: Free taco with e-club (“Beach Club”) sign-up. www.rubios.com. The Melting Pot (Salt Lake City): Free chocolate fondue for two with additional purchase with e-club sign-up. www.TheMeltingPotClubFondue.com. Dairy Queen: Free 16 oz. Blizzard with purchase of a 16 oz. Blizzard with e-club sign-up. www.DairyQueen.com. P.F. Chang’s: Sign up for a “Warrior Card” and receive 10% off every purchase in 2010. www.PFChangs.com/WarriorCard. Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Free appetizer when...

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The Sweet Tooth Fairy: a bite of sweet in a world of sour

The inside wall of The Sweet Tooth Fairy bakery in downtown Provo reads, “Our bake shop is a haven for people who share a common belief in the magic of sweets.” You walk in to the small, unassuming shop on University Avenue and the nostalgic aroma of vanilla cake fills your head. The music of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra quietly play in the background, recalling a simpler time. Your eyes are immediately drawn to a lit display of baked sweets and colorful cupcakes generously swirled with frosting. Cookies, cream cheese brownies, lemon bars, cupcakes and cake-bites fill the white case like art on a blank canvas. They look too perfect to eat, and smell too good to not. Vintage-style cake plates and 1950s kitchen aprons decorate the walls. The experience is truly magical. It is an escape. Founder, principal baker and self-proclaimed “Sweet Tooth Fairy” Megan Faulkner Brown started the business in January 2009, a time when many local businesses were closing their doors. Not only is Brown surviving her first year in business, she has already gained loyal patrons and plans to open a new bakery by 2010. Bloggers, businesses and media sources have spurred quite the following. Brown’s signature “cake-bites” were even featured on the Rachael Ray show. Brittany Smith works full-time at The Sweet Tooth Fairy. “Megan uses family recipes. There is a staying power...

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The real “Rain Man” visits campus

Everyone remembers the 1988 Oscar Award-winning movie, Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, but few people realize the movie was based on an actual person, a Salt Lake City resident, no less. Students had the chance to meet and question Kim Peek last week when he visited campus to share his miraculous story and special gift.

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