City Creek Center is a new 1-stop shopping and dining destination, occupying two blocks of Salt Lake City’s downtown core. Opened March 22, the 700-sf center is one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. City Creek features over 90 stores and restaurants, a third of which are new to the market. Reserve the services of a personal stylist at Nordstrom or treat your group to an endless array of decadent desserts during a private dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.
The Center is part of the sustainably designed, 23-acre City Creek master plan. It is adjacent to the 675,000-sf Salt Palace Convention Center, only a 15-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. Groups can also cross the street to tour and learn about one of Salt Lake City’s most visited sites—the Historic Temple Square, which serves as the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The shopping center integrated sustainable design into both historic structures and new buildings. Because City Creek was built over two former shopping malls, 80% of the materials have been recycled or reused as part of an aggressive sustainability program.
The main architectural marvel in this one-of-a-kind destination is its retractable roof. It’s the nation’s first retractable skylight roof in a shopping center. The roof remains open most of the year, enhancing the shopping experience with an indoor/outdoor feel. This outdoor feel is further enhanced with a 1,200-ft recreation of City Creek that flows through the center, including a trout pond and two 18-ft cascading waterfalls. And there’s no need to worry about those cold months, either—the center features a heated snow-melt system on all outdoor walkways, to make winter shopping enjoyable. And it takes less than four minutes to close up the enormous glass roof.
Even window shopping is made more exciting as groups travel down the Skybridge—spanning 140 ft, connecting the center’s retail shops. The Skybridge is another display of impressive architecture, having no columns or supports, with the idea of creating a seamless flow. The glass walls of the bridge are made beautiful with artful etchings and 3D-looking leaf patterns that reflect down onto the streetscape below.
SHOP, STAY, MEET + EAT
Groups visiting City Creek Center can take advantage of several customizable packages that include savings coupons to many of the stores and great rates for stays at nearby hotels. The “shop and stay” package is honored by local hotels for tour operators, meeting planners and travelers. Participating hotels include the neighboring 504-room Marriott Salt Lake Downtown at City Creek and 499-room Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The center’s concierge-style customer service desk is the go-to place for coupons, flight schedules and local weather updates.
There is a private 120-pax banquet space inside The Cheesecake Factory for groups who wish to meet and eat. Others can opt to use the smaller conference room at Harmon’s. And large groups can use the convention center across the street.
Retail stores also offer some cool teambuilding ideas. Work with a gemologist at Tiffany & Co. to teach your group more about the qualities of the glittering gems found inside those iconic little blue boxes. Or work with a personal stylist at Nordstrom who will teach you which patent leather Christian Louboutins go best with this season’s hottest Little Black Dress. Even work with the event staff to organize a runway show where your group members strut their stuff on the cat walk, while others watch with bubbly in hand.