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Sugar House Journal

Faces and Places

Aug 04, 2016 13h25 ● By Natalie Mollinet

Sprague Library --- Natalie Mollinet

Natalie Mollinet | [email protected]

Sugar House, Utah - 

Sprague Library

If you want to see some Sugar House history, look no further than the Sprague Library, located at 2131 S 1100 E. The exterior of the building is all original, but since it was built in 1928, the inside has been redone. In 1935 the library was selected by the American Library Association as the “Most Beautiful Branch Library in America.” There has been additions to the library with new meeting rooms that increased the size of the library, but is still a token on beautiful architecture in the ever growing community in Sugar House. Even though the community is changing all around it, it still remains as it looked when it was originally built.

Sugar House Coffee

If you’re ever looking for a chill place to drink coffee and talk to friends, Sugar House Coffee is one place where you can get soups, sandwiches, pastries, coffee and even Vegan items. The coffee house features live music, and on their website at, you can see a whole listing. You can find Sugar House coffee at 1100 E 2110 S, tucked in next to Best Friends Society. It’s an easy place to walk to from the heart of Sugar House, and a great place to get a quick snack and hear some live music.

Nicole Stephenson

I’ve lived in Sugar House for 25 years (my entire life), and my family has a long standing history with Sugar House that spans back over half a century. My great grandparents immigrated here from Italy back in the early 1900’s, then around the 1960’s my grandfather and great-grandfather opened a shoe repair shop called TIp Top Shoe Repair right where the current Home Again store now is after our family closed the store in the early 1990’s. I’ve watched Sugar House transform from a desolate shopping district into an urban walking district with beautiful high rise living and a bright atmosphere. I love what Sugar House has become, but I will admit that I was one of the many residents who was originally upset about the old buildings being demolished. I love that I can just jump on the S-Line down to Sugar House and grab a bite to eat and then watch a movie. I really love the sense of community that they’ve created with the weekly food truck meet ups at the old Deseret Industries and the farmer’s market every Sunday. There’s always something happening in Sugar House which is what the neighborhood seriously lacked when I was a kid, I’m glad to watch it turn into such a popular weekend spot and to see all of these new businesses move in. Keep the development coming!

Nikki Christensen

Something exciting going on in my life? I am looking for things to do/see in New York City! I have waited 13 years to go and I am finally going!

Noelle Farr

Probably the stupidest but most exciting thing I’ve done was probably exploring an abandoned mine that was closed by the government in the 1930s. Pitch black had to use head lights. We had to crawl under the metal gate that was blocking the front of the mine. And also had to crawl over one at the end which I didn’t fit over so we had to go find metal polls and chip at the Rock until I fit, lots of old broken ladders- thought I was going to break one and die. Metal ladders bolted into the Rock of the mine. Still saw old lines the miners would communicate through with bells on them. Saw some soles of their shoes left behind, saw an old newspaper from the 30’s that was left their, saw old wrappers of dynamite, saw old broken glass bottles they use to drink from, saw mine tracks and carts that were left. There we’re multiple paths like a maze and thank goodness other people had written graffiti on the Rock saying which way to go or Im sure we would have gotten lost. I went with my friend and some other guys who were avid mine explorers slash trespassers.