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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

January 1, 2013

South Jordan - MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Thomas Medical Products, Inc. from GE Healthcare. Merit Medical also acquired the assets of Medigroup, Inc., a manufacturer of peritoneal dialysis catheters based in Illinois.

South Jordan - CORNERSTONE TITLE acquired the contract to handle closings on behalf of the DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT in Utah.

Salt Lake City - KIRTON MCCONKIE recently launched a new firm website, www.kmclaw.com. The firm’s entry into the Interactive Media Council’s Interactive Media Award (IMA) competition garnered the Best in Class, the highest honor presented by IMA.

The New Performing Arts Center  Begins Next Phase
By Sarah Cutler
Salt Lake City - The third step of the new PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’s public outreach program wrapped up with an open house for the community.

Attendees saw the feedback gathered from the public formatted into a display of ideas and beginning stages of the design process. “We’ve been out in the public the last couple of months asking them what they think about the performing arts center, what they want to see downtown, how can it invigorate the area,” says Lindsey Ferrari, consultant on the new center.

The arts center will be a 2,500-seat theater on Salt Lake City’s Main Street. And according to Robert Farrington, economic development director for Salt Lake City Corporation, it’s not enough just to create the space, it needs to be programmed and activated. So the design process has begun to include Regent Street (directly behind the theater, in between 200 and 300 South).

“Regent Street, which has been a backdoor loading alley street, has a good scale and it has a good connection from City Creek to the Gallivan, but that’s about all it had going for it,” says Farrington. “And [City Creek] has the lights that they’ve strung, so the thinking was [to] extend that feel all the way down the street.”

The parking garage on Regent Street has approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, according to Farrington. “With some cosmetic changes to that structure, a little bit of extra retail that will be in the back of the theater itself and changes with signage and programming, maybe tables and chairs in the street when it’s not being used for loading the theater, you can really transform that street into a more intimate, pedestrian feel.”

Regent Street will tie into the entire feel of the reactivated downtown area and will be a part of what the community has asked for in an arts district, which includes the possibility of having art stores and galleries, light displays, “green” walls, temporary art displays, restaurants, coffee and tea shops, a wine bar and a brew pub.

“The general intention of the theater is both to have this new fabulous performance center,” says Farrington, “but it also is meant to be a catalyst for the neighborhood, and that was one of the reasons the site that was picked was chosen.”

Family, Fun and Fitness Brought to you by The Wairhouse
By Sarah Cutler
The WAIRHOUSE TRAMPOLINE PARK recently opened its doors at 3653 S. 500 West in Salt Lake. The venue features more than 35,000 square feet of indoor trampoline entertainment, two full-size dodge ball courts, four basketball lanes, an open jump court and more.

“We want it to be a place for families to accomplish some fitness goals without going to a gym and being able to do it for fun,” says Chris Steele, president. “If we can provide an environment where mom and dad can actually engage in an activity with the kids and it is quality time, that’s what we want to do.”

CFO Kelly Steele hopes that the venue will offer something for everyone. “We want to be known as a place where it’s fun, family and fitness, all together,” Steele says. “We’re going to be also marketing to special-needs classes, like Autistic kids. We have several friends who have Autistic kids and so that’s been an important thing, because a lot of the time those kids don’t really want to exercise, so this gives them an opportunity to come and get exercise and not even think of it like that, just think of it as they’re just going to have fun. So it’s a win-win.”

Steele also points out the Parent Power Plant: “We have a work station for parents, with Wi-Fi, places to charge a cell phone, [and] work on their laptops while their kids are jumping. It gives the parents an opportunity to do something they’ve got to get done while the kids are having fun and getting some exercise.”

The trampoline park also has a full café with healthy alternatives such as hummus and pretzel chips; Springer, the tree frog mascot that will go and jump on the trampolines; five private party rooms with different party package options and add-ons; and the opportunity for corporate retreats with a bounce.

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