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Word is out on the showy stuff: the retractable skylight roof, the 18-foot waterfalls and the glitzy shops, a third of which are new to Salt Lake City.
But City Creek Center's amenities run deeper than the 1,200-foot-long re-created creek.
Start with the underground heaters. Shoppers can navigate the wintertime slop without getting ice or salt on their shoes, thanks to a snowmelt system along the outdoor walkways. It is so strong, promoters say, that snow and ice will melt the second it touches the pavers.
Inside, expect a "concierge-style" customer-service booth, complete with an airline flight monitor. Three fountains, made by the Bellagio designers, will feature fire and water shows and animations for children choreographed to music.
Nearby hotels will offer "shop-and-stay" packages. And the "IT" savings booklet for tourists includes discounts for certain stores and eateries. If you live at least 50 miles outside Salt Lake City, you can get the booklet with proof of residence.
Locals can bring a friend or family member from outside that 50-mile radius for two booklets plus one free admission to a museum in the city.
The center boasts a four-sided outdoor fireplace overlooking the waterfall and winding creek, historic plaques, statues and sculptures. It has a self-guided architectural walking tour and dog bag dispensers to clean up after your canine. Pooches are allowed inside stores with dog stickers.
And City Creek is more "green" than beige, since 80 percent of the material was recycled from the property's former malls.