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The Bride's Shop and Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop

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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

The Greater Avenues Street Fair kicks off tomorrow at 9 a.m. Fair attendees can obtain a "Passport to South Temple Businesses" from participating merchants, have the passports "stamped," then entered into a drawing for prizes, such as airfare for two to anywhere in the U.S., tickets to sporting and art events, as well as other prizes.

One of the businesses you won't want to miss is the Bride's Shop, on 430 East and South Temple. During the fair, Owners Kathy and Richard Halford will be giving out bottled water to the store's first several hundred visitors. The Bride's Shop offers wedding dresses, gowns for mothers and bride's maids, tuxedos and all of the accessories that go along with a wedding.

Kathy and Richard have been on South Temple since 1983. The Bride's Shop, they said, is a full service bridal salon. Most of their clients, they told me, are referred to them by current customers — a sign, I say, of a business that knows its business.

Of course, the Bride's Shop isn't the only bridal salon in town, and so I asked Kathy and Richard what makes their store unique. They told me that much of their stock comes to them from designers in New York and Europe — styles you won't find anywhere else in Salt Lake. I didn't try one on myself, but they were certainly very beautiful.

Next door to the Bride's Shop is Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop, a South Temple landmark for more than 60 years. Recently, I spoke with Renee Backer. She told me that baking has been a Backer tradition for more than 800 years. Apparently, Renee's ancestors from Germany began the family tradition as early as the 13th Century!

But it's the cakes, not the family tree, that have made Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop famous, due largely to the fact that Renee and her family have turned the cake making process into a science. The result — at Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop, cakes not only look good, they even taste good.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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