The Utah Pride Festival is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to rock a pink boa, leather harness and platforms while sashaying with a full-size rainbow flag down Main Street. But finding all the rainbow and glitter gear necessary to bedazzle and amaze during the most fabulous weekend of the year can be such a chore! No need to fret, because Gay Salt Lake has recommended some the best shops, boutiques and gift stores to stock up on everything from jewelry and T-shirts to rainbow collars for you and your animal companions.
Unity Gifts: Since opening the gift and adult toy store last year, owner and operator Amber Draper has gained a reputation for trendy, cute and very queer-friendly gifts. A recent shipment of Pride gear makes this a must-see for all festivalgoers. The stellar Pride selection includes sweat bands, beanies, hats, boas, tote bags, flip-flops, belt buckles, hair clips, hats, jewelry, flags and pet pride gear.
“I see some people walk past the rainbow section and just turn around and leave,” Draper said. “I don’t care. I mean seriously, they need to get with the times.”
Unity Gifts is located at 1700 S. 380 East in Salt Lake City. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cahoots: This adult store and toy gift shop is a staple in the Utah gay community and is conveniently located in one of the queerest areas of town, the 9th & 9th District. From rainbow-colored socks to coffee mugs and all the gay magazines, Cahoots is a one-stop shop for all your Pride gear. The Pride selection is available yearlong, but is really beefed up during the early summer months. Feather boas, T-shirts, adult toys, lube, bracelets, belt buckles, beer cozies and other trinkets are available at this queer-affirming store.
Cahoots is located at 878 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City. It is open daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cabin Fever: This eclectic store has an enormous selection of gifts, cards and other fabulous items. Pride flags, pins and other items are stocked yearlong. Located in Trolley Square in the building next to Whole Foods, Cabin Fever is one of the best options for rainbow-shopping in Utah.
Cabin Fever is located in Trolley Square at 700 East and 600 South in Salt Lake City. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Pride Clothing: Nothing says pride like a rainbow T-shirt or a ‘Legalize Gay’ tank top. While shopping for all the other gear, stop by Hot Topic in the Gateway or Fashion Place Mall, American Apparel in Trolley Square, and Our Store in downtown Salt Lake for all the queer-themed clothing.
Unhinged: The local boutique-style clothing and vintage store for men and women will transport you out of Utah and into a place where well-dressed individuals are the norm and the stores aren’t all corporations. Think Urban Outfitters, with a Utah twist. Stop by for bright-colored jeans and other adorable handmade and locally made items. It’s located at 1121 E. 2100 South.
Hot Topic is located at the Gateway at 82 S. Rio Grande St. in Salt Lake City and at Fashion Place Mall, 6191 S. State St. in Murray. American Apparel is in Trolley Square at 700 East and 600 South. Our Store is located at 358 S. 300 East.
Underwear: Nothing says Pride like strutting around in a pair of low-cut Andrew Christian briefs or a rainbow-colored pair of Calvin Kleins. For a great pair of undies to show off your ‘pride,’ visit Spark/Cockers and Mischievous Pleasures. From jockstraps to wrestling singlets and all the latest designer briefs and swimwear, these two locally owned stores are just chock full of Pride! They’re both great to stock up on lube, condoms and other Pride necessities.
Spark/Cockers is located at 629 S. State St. and is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
Mischievous Pleasures is located at 559 S. 300 West and is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.