Humble Hero Spotlight: The Monarch

If you haven’t noticed, good things are happening in Ogden. Even to the most casual observer, the renewal of downtown Ogden shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise.

From the charm of Historic 25th Street -- honored as one of the greatest streets in America -- to the boisterous success of Ogden’s Twilight Series (anyone else stoked to catch The National this year?) Ogden has not so quietly defined itself as the cultural cornerstone of Northern Utah.

Expanding on this success, the City of Ogden recently created the Nine Rails Creative District. Paying tribute to the city’s history as a railroad town, and a hub for all nine major railroads in the early 20th Century, the Nine Rails Creative District will serve as an epicenter for art and culture, providing  opportunities for the creative community of Ogden’s artists, citizens, and visitors.

At the heart of it all, is a Local First Utah Humble Hero Member: The Monarch, a collaborative environment where artists, creative businesses and makers of all types can connect, inspire and create together.

Formerly the parking garage of the Hotel Bigelow, the building dates back to the 1920s, and is the last surviving example of an enclosed parking garage from the Depression Era. Transforming this one of a kind building into The Monarch as it now stands, is the work of Fischer Regan Enterprises, social entrepreneurs who are committed to the redevelopment of Ogden’s historical assets, districts, and community, one building at a time.

“We don’t do anything if we can’t walk to it,” said Thaine Fischer about the manner in which he and his partners select their revitalization projects. Their past successes bode well for The Monarch, as Fischer Regan has re-developed a number of properties in the Downtown Ogden area, including the buildings that house Zucca, Pig & A Jelly Jar, Office Evolution, Harley Bucks, Even Stevens, and the Peery Lofts.

The Monarch is set to open late spring and be fully occupied by the end of 2019. The Monarch’s studios are now available for lease to artists, designers and creative businesses of all types. Widening Ogden’s cultural footprint, The Monarch will house 25-30 creative studios, (including Local First Utah member business Thomas Printers), a non-profit exhibition space, community event space, and WB’s a new restaurant concept by Amy Britt, of Pig & A Jelly Jar.  The "neighborhood daily will be a coffee house by morning and wine bar by night featuring whimsical menu items with Latin European flair in a cozy and artful space.” Also, a killer patio.

Want to join Local First Utah as member? Check out our member benefits page to find the right spot for you business, or email Kristen@localfirst.org for more details.

Kristen Lavelett