Nov 23, 2022 - Things to Do

Salt Lake City members-only social club set to open next month

The outside of Edison House in Salt Lake City with large windows

Courtesy of Edison House

Edison House, a membership-only social club, is coming to downtown Salt Lake City.

Yes, and: Axios got a sneak peek of the 30,000-square-foot space before its Dec. 5 opening date.

Details: For $225 a month and a $500 onboarding fee, Edison House members will have unlimited access to the three-story clubhouse and to exclusive social events.

  • Located at 335 South 200 W, it will feature a boutique fitness center, a rooftop pool, four bars and a restaurant.
  • Former Pallet Bistro head chef Buzz Willey is the club's executive chef. He joined earlier this year, Lauren Boyack, the club's head of membership, told Axios.

State of play: The social club was founded by Salt Lake City natives and brothers George Cardon-Bystry and Charlie Cardon.

  • "We're younger, more dynamic, more progressive," he said. "We are not your grandfather's country club."
  • The social club aims to further Salt Lake City's nightlife, which has not kept up with its rapid population growth, according to Cardon-Bystry.
Edison House lounge and bar. Photo: Kim Bojórquez
Edison House lounge and bar. Photo: Kim Bojórquez

Zoom out: Private clubs are making a resurgence in the U.S. among millennials due to the proliferation of remote work and digital burnout.

  • At Edison House, the median age of members is 37.

Zoom in: "It's exciting to see Salt Lake City jumping on the trend of a more youth-based social club scene that you'd see in Soho House," said Zack Bates, CEO of Private Club Marketing, which provides consulting services for private clubs.

  • He said Utah's capital is becoming increasingly attractive to young professionals for being business-friendly and for its affordability compared to top-tier cities like New York and Los Angeles.
  • Salt Lake City is already home to the prominent Alta Club, which was founded in 1883 — 13 years before Utah gained statehood.

What they're saying: "It's sort of an aesthetic that is not well represented in Utah," Boyack said, referring to Edison's expensive interiors and furnishings. "We've been sort of a medium market on the precipice of something bigger for a long time and, I think to me, [this] represents a huge step forward in that direction."

An indoor gym.
Edison House gym. Photo: Kim Bojórquez

How it works: Edison House memberships require a yearlong commitment. Members are vetted through an application process, interview and committee review.

By the numbers: Boyack declined to disclose its membership numbers, but Bates said a similarly sized club would aim to have 3,000 members.

Between the lines: Boyack said they are trying to be more inclusive of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community than traditional golf-centered country clubs.

  • While there are many similarities to Soho House, Boyack noted the club seeks members from various industries.
  • It offers discounted member sponsorships to make the community "more inclusive and dynamic," according to its website.
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