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Kathy Stephenson
Kathy Stephenson has been the food writer at The Tribune since 2000. A Utah native, Stephenson's first job was picking zucchini on her grandparent's Kaysville farm. Every Christmas, Stephenson's neighbors and colleagues look forward to getting a plate of her baklava. Last year, she gave away nearly 300 pieces.

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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Shoppers cross the bridge over Main Street during the City Creek Center Charity Gala in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The event featured entertainment, food and beverages, and a chance to be one of the first to shop the City Creek Center stores.
To Macy's at City Creek: 'Lighten Up'

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I had a fun assignment last night, talking to the shoppers who attended the charity gala at the opening of City Creek Center.

I interviewed lots of happy folks in awe that Salt Lake City's downtown has come of age.

I had an especially enjoyable discussion with Janet Healy and her daughter Angela inside the new Macy's store. After I thanked them for their time, I was quickly approached by a Macy's employee.

"Macy's doesn't allow customers to be interviewed inside the store," the associate said with that fake smile they all seem to wear. " We like them to have a good shopping experience."

"Does that mean you're kicking me out?" I asked

I was amused at the exchange, but left peacefully and went on to interview plenty of other shoppers in friendlier stores.

After 20-plus years as a journalist I've learned if people don't want to be interviewed, they will tell you. They don't need a corporate big brother to look out for them.

Anyway, to Macy's at City Creek, I say "It was a party -- not Watergate -- lighten up!"

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