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Steel City Artist Aug09

Steel City Artist

Documenting parts of Pittsburgh past and present, self-taught artist Charles Ott creates beautifully detailed pen and ink illustrations.    Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Ott primarily focuses on the architectural statements that define our region such as The Heinz Chapel or Three...

Quinlan’s Quilts Jul30

Quinlan’s Quil...

These ain’t your granny quilts!  This amazing Pittsburgh fabric artist has turned the old fashioned comforts into modern art.  Shawn Quinlin’s controversial work has been featured in shows at the Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Museum of Art and many more.  Instead of making you...

The Last Lecture Jul27

The Last Lecture

I was determined not to read The Last Lecture.  I already knew the awful ending with author Randy Pausch dying from pancreatic cancer.  I don’t like tear-jerkers and the thought of getting into something that I knew would make me cry was just too much for me.  I had seen his heroic...

The Fire Escape Jul26

The Fire Escape

The Fire Escape is quietly tucked away in Ben Avon and my friend suggested it was the perfect place to meet and share summer vacation stories.  It’s not easy to find (thank goodness for GPS!). It’s in the middle of a neighborhood on Church Avenue but that made it all the more...

Hahn Nursery

Driving on Babcock Boulevard you can only get a peek of Hahn Nursery & Flower Shop in Ross Township.  It’s nestled down at the bottom of a small hill beside a tire company which makes it hard to appreciate but it’s definitely worth the turn down the steep curved entrance for a...

Nicholas Coffee & Tea Jul24

Nicholas Coffee ...

This is a coffee shop brewing with character.  Nicholas Coffee & Tea Company has been roasting coffee in PIttsburgh for 80 years and has done a beautiful job of maintaining its charm.   Between enjoying the beautiful old woodwork and breathing in the rich smell of  coffee beans...

JT’s Rib Shack Jul15

JT’s Rib Shack

I’ll give this one away right from the start: Fantastic food. Terrible atmosphere. JT’s Rib Shack offers melt-in-your-mouth barbecue that’s smoked with cherry wood in an outdoor smoker. Delicious! I tried JT’s for the first time today when my coworker insisted we stop...

OMG Cream

OMG seems to be named after your potential reaction the first time you use it: OH MY GOD!  and that’s just about the reaction I had.  This formula is the creation of Murray Avenue Apothecary owner Susan Merenstein and it is divine.  Three reasons I only gave it three stars: #1...

Warhol D.I.Y. Pop Ap...

The newest app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to come out of Pittsburgh honors the late pop artist Andy Warhol.  It turns your photo into a Warhol-esque work of art.   It retails for $1.99 (debut price is only $0.99) and I say it is worth every penny! It takes any photo you have through a four...

Coffee Buddha Jul12

Coffee Buddha

Coffee Buddha is the newest hip coffee hangout in Ross Township.  The building is a converted former home on Route 19/Perry Highway in Ross Township.  My expectations were high as we stepped up onto the big and cozy front porch. The three of us were ready to enjoy a wonderful morning of...

Jessica Rutherford Designs Jul11

Jessica Rutherford D...

It is well worth your while to browse through Pittsburgh jewelry designer Jessica Rutherford’s creations. Her one-of-a-kind pieces include hand made glass, gemstones, and pearls.  Her distinctive designs showcase Rutherford’s talent and her commitment to...

Ransom Seaborn Jul08

Ransom Seaborn

Full disclosure from the start:  I have been a big fan of singer/songwriter Bill Deasy since his days with the Gathering Field. So when I heard his debut novel was being published, I eagerly awaited Ransom Seaborn’s arrival. It didn’t disappoint.  The songwriter inside of Deasy...

La Pomponnée

The name alone sounded too good to be true.  Anything I’m not sure how to pronounce causes an involuntary eye roll from me.   But my suspicion that this Mt Lebanon salon would be annoyingly pretentious quickly faded as soon as I walked in the door.  Feminine without being foo-foo, La...