Axios Salt Lake City
November 23, 2022
It's Wednesday before Thanksgiving!
- Today's weather: Mostly cloudy with a high of 43°.
Situational awareness: This is your last newsletter of the week as we all enjoy the holiday. Gobble gobble, and we'll see you Monday!
Today's newsletter is 833 words — a 3-minute read.
1 big thing: Edison House set to open
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 access 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.
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," Cardon-Bystry said. "We are not your grandfather's country club."
- It aims to further Salt Lake City's nightlife, which has not kept up with its rapid population growth, he said.
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.
How it works: Edison House memberships require a yearlong commitment. Members are vetted through an application process, interview and committee review.
Between the lines: Lauren Boyack, Edison House's head of membership, 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.
Plan your future
2. 🎼 Salt Lake's mariachi prodigies
- So when I went to an elementary school festival earlier this month, maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised to stumble upon the best child singers I've ever heard.
What's happening: Salt Lake County is home to two rising stars of mariachi, and they are just 11 and 12 years old.
- But if they were 18 and 19, I still would have fallen out of my chair when they started singing.
- Accordingly, the Magna singer is now recording an album of Disney songs in mariachi style.
- Her father, also a musician, began taking her to band practices when she was about 5, she said. "He showed me my first mariachi song: La Chancla," Jaramillo told Axios.
- Bucio said her mom noticed she could recognize and repeat melodies before she was a year old, and she began studying when she was 4.
- The West Jordan tween also has recordings on Amazon and has performed around the country. You should watch this kid work a crowd.
3. Fry sauce: Feast on these headlines
🏘 Utah's housing market saw the nation's biggest drop in home sales last month. (Deseret.com)
🗳 Salt Lake City's west side voters turned out at a significantly lower rate in the 2022 election than east siders did. (KSL.com)
- Analysts cited socioeconomic factors and noted the west side had fewer voting centers and only one dropbox for ballots.
Dozens of families were left homeless after a massive fire Tuesday at a new affordable-housing apartment building in Richfield. (KUTV)
🎓 USU president Noelle Cockett announced her resignation Tuesday. (The Salt Lake Tribune)
- It's unclear why she resigned or whether the board of trustees requested her to.
- Her tenure has been marked by multiple high-profile allegations of sexual assault and mishandled investigations.
4. 😋 Our Thanksgiving treats
The big day is almost here, and we're looking forward to our families' traditional feasts. Here's a favorite from each of us!
Erin's pick: Blue Hubbard chiffon pie is pumpkin pie for people who don't love it (and I actually like pumpkin pie).
- The lightness of a chiffon's whipped egg whites lets the floral, fruity notes of Blue Hubbard squash shine through — and even if you use plain ol' canned pumpkin, it loses that dense, squashy taste.
- Pie tip: Brush a very thin layer of melted white chocolate over the cooling crust to keep the pastry from soaking up the filling.
Kim's pick: This year, my family plans to make a Guatemalan-inspired vegetable medley as a side dish.
- The dish is made with a smoky recado, or sauce, that contains dried guajillo and poblano chilis, bell peppers, and roasted pumpkin and sesame seeds.
- I love eating it by itself or on a freshly baked dinner roll.
As for Ross, his is a Thanksgiving classic of mac 'n' cheese.
🥧 Erin is clearing counter space to roll out her pie crusts.
🦃 Kim is almost done with her grocery shopping.
This newsletter was edited by Ross Terrell and copyedited by Natasha Smith.