Hidden Gems of Provo

  •  Downtown Provo 1

    This is my third and last instalment of Hidden Gems of Provo. I explored Center Street and University Avenue in my earlier posts (part 1, part 2). Now, please allow me to introduce you to a few lovely places located at The Shops at Riverwoods.

    SÜSS COOKIES
    4801 N University Ave #210

    I love cookies. When I heard about this gourmet cookie shop I said, “Yes please!”

    I was not disappointed.

    This shop has a lot going for it:

    1. It’s small—this makes the cookie selection process a more personal experience.

    2. They have a variety of flavors (including not one but TWO specialty flavors of the month).

    3. The aesthetics are lovely. 

    I would recommend this spot to cookie lovers and aspiring cookie connoisseurs.

    5.29 Suss

    MOON'S RARE BOOKS
    4801 N University Ave #340

    If a bookstore, an antique shop, and an art gallery had a child together, then it would be Moon’s Rare Books. The beauty of this place made me gasp when I walked in.

    This store not only carries an array of beautiful books and antiques, but it also houses events and opportunities for locals to showcase their passions. Check out their calendar for more information.

    5.21 Celtic TalesI found a lot of specialty books here and I will return to purchase them. For now, please appreciate the beautiful Celtic Tales book I acquired there.

    Fun fact: This book is also found in our library’s catalog.

     

    BLICKENSTAFF'S
    4801 N University Ave

    They have a reading nook.

    Pardon me, let me repeat that.

    THEY HAVE A READING NOOK.

    In addition, this lovely toy store has a fabulous selection of card and board games, vintage toys, and beautiful children’s books.

    5.29 RapunzelI mean, just look at this Rapunzel book:This book is also in our catalog.

     

    Blickenstaff’s is the embodiment of every toy store that filled my childhood dreams. Whether you visit as an adult or a child there is something there to entertain.And thus ends my recorded explorations of hidden gems in Provo. What other hidden gems have you found?

     
  • Downtown Provo

    In my last post I wrote about some hidden gems on Provo Center Street. If you enjoyed that and want other fun places to explore in Provo, here are some other hidden gems that I found on University Avenue.

    DRAGONS KEEP
    260 N. University Ave.

    My friend and I meandered in not really knowing what to expect other than comic books. As it turns out, they have a lot more to offer! The store is set up in two rooms. The first room has board games, dice, trading cards, role playing games, and miniatures (primed and ready to paint). Tables are also set up that the store uses for game tournaments. You can check their calendar for more details.

    The second room has an impressive collection of comics, graphic novels, and manga. There are old school products (I found Archie and Peanuts) and newer ones (think current movies and TV shows). Whether you’re a novice in the comic book world or you’re a well-seasoned pro, there’s something for you here.

    As an added bonus, they occasionally have free comic book days (usually around the time a new superhero movie comes out). The next giveaway will be the first Saturday in March. Mark it on your calendar and pay them a visit!

    180 TACOS AND GLOBAL STREET EATS
    3368 N. University Ave.

    You know those teen novels that describe the boyfriend/girlfriend relationship as the one thing that keeps them going? Well, that’s what these street tacos are for me. They are delicious, perfect portion sizes, and come in a variety of flavors. I like their Korean Barbeque, Old Skool Steak Asada, and the different specials they offer. There’s always a flavor to satisfy any craving.

    What’s entertaining about my visits to this place is that my life really becomes a teen romance. The rivalry between my love of their tacos and adoration of their tater tots can only be described as one thing: the love triangle of the century. Try both of these items and let us know if you are #teamtaco or #teamtater.

    THE ATTIC AT ACADEMY SQUARE
    550 N. University Ave
    4th Floor, Academy Wing

    Yes, this is technically located at the library. But I worked here for almost two years and plenty of people said, “I had no idea this was up here!” So, I’m claiming it as a hidden gem of the library and (by extension) University Avenue.

    The Attic is the beautiful museum space located on the fourth floor of the Academy Wing in the library. Here we have art shows, programs, events, history exhibits, and much more. The Attic makes for a good date night location or proposal spot (yes, I witnessed one there. It was magical). The nice thing about the exhibits is that they rotate every few months. Even if you’ve gone in the past, you are guaranteed a new experience when you visit again.If you want more information about current exhibits, here is The Attic’s website.