After much huffing and puffing and three years of the city acting like total goof heads. WE FINALLY ARE RUNNING THE BUSINESS COMPLETELY LEGALLY ACCORDING TO THE CITY!!!!!!!!! What pray tell took three and one half years? WELL THE lovely (heads up their backends) Salt Lake City Business permit office has literally been giving us the run around this WHOLE time trying to tell us we HAD no choice but to clandestinely call ourselves artists and ONLY sell through a broker or second party(wholesale only) or require us to have a ONE MILLION DOLLAR bond and PROVEABLE ONE MILLION DOLLARS in assets and equipment or they WOULD under NO CIRCUMSTANCES whatsoever allow us to be licensed to build any sort of furniture (even one of a kind)! We fought, we argued, we ranted and raved to no avail.....So we clandestinely call our selves artists, set up a business license through the state and city out of the house for arts and crafts, and continued doing what we have been doing, KNOWING full well we had been bullied, lied to, manipulated and drug through the mud so to speak......A few weeks ago the city comes in and starts coming down on all the artists in the building, the same ones they all gave the same song and dance to over the last 4 years. Telling us all we are NOT legal and that they are going to shut us down.....The unmitigated GALL of these people is just unreal! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAD BEEN GIVEN THE SAME SONG AND DANCE OVER THE YEARS>>>>> Well guess what we found out. THE city cannot get the grant money for the extension of Gateway and the planning and federal funding(federal grant money in the form of block grants, federal main street improvement block grants, and general bonds) in place for the planned entertainment district(running from Gateway to 900 South from The freeway to Main Street) unless they can prove to the federal goverment that their numbers of ARTISTS and SMALL BUSINESS owners meets the goverment grant laid out formulas.....AND they are lacking BIG TIME!!!!! So all this CRAP and I am calling it CRAP (we call a spade a spade around here) that we have been hearing over the course of the last year and one half from all the city P.R. people and the feeds the media have been regurgitating to the public is nothing more that a BIG FAT COME ON(oh you know the ones...This city is SO artist friendly, we really really embrace the arts here and Salt Lake City really loves their artists. And the enviroment for artists here is SO VIBRANT AND WONDERFUL!!!!!< WHAT A LOAD OF HOCUS POCUS!!!!!) so they can get grant and federal dollars(What games people play for big bucks , just makes me sick!)..........So now the westside artists are being EMBRACED and WELCOMED into the world of legimate REAL business men and woman(SO we can later end up being kicked in the you know what, when they get their precious grant money, change the zoning to commercial,entertainment only and as usually we will go back to kicking artists in the "BLEEP" once we have our goverment cha-ching(pay day for the already rich in Salt Lake City).....I can lay bets and be rich beyond my wildest dreams that within 2 years of getting the grant money the City will see to it we are all back to clandestine status or run out of town on a rail!!!!! WATCH AND SEE IF I AM NOT RIGHT!!!! POLITICS, POLITICIAN and CITY PLANNERS CAN SOMETIMES BE GOOD, BUT MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THE STINK STARTS AT THE ARM PIT OF THE GOVERMENTS POCKETS>>>>>And the SMELL JUST GROWS FROM THERE!!!!!! ISN'T LIFE JUST A PEACH, WHEN YOU ARE JUST SMART ENOUGH TO REALLY KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON........sometimes I really do wish I was an idiot, life would just be so much nicer, prettier and easier!!!!!!