6 Local and Vibrant Spots to Celebrate RADical Days!

RADical Days are back! This year, RADical Days will take place over the next 25 days in celebration of the 25 years that RAD has existed hosting special events and wonderful family activities.

Never heard of RAD before? Here’s what you need to know. The Regional Asset District (RAD) supports libraries, parks and recreation, cultural organizations, sports and civic facilities, and more within our local Allegheny County area. 

You can find the full list of events and activities for RADical Days 2019 here, but we are going to cover all that’s happening near the Shadyside community. 

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

This Friday, September 20th, you can head over to visit Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum with free admission between 10 am and 4 pm. If you’ve haven’t checked out this wonderful museum yet now is the time to do it. 

Soldiers and Sailors is a unique military memorial dedicated to honoring all of those who have served our country. 

Photo credit: Darnell Creates via Soldiers and Sailors Hall Instagram

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Participating in this year’s RADical days, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater is offering free admission on Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 12 pm. Bring the kiddos (3-12 years of age) out for a pre-ballet and hip-hop demonstration then your whole family can put on those dancing shoes for Zumba session, line dancing and more!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Get excited about free historical tours through Andrew Carnegie’s Main Library on Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm, and Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Join the crew at CLP for a peek into the amazing architecture and wonderful art that lies within this historical landmark. 

Registration for this event isn’t needed but is strongly recommended. 

Photo credit: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh via Instagram

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

All-day free admission at Phipps! Yes, you read that right. On Wednesday, October 2nd, from 9:30 am to 8 pm, anyone is welcome to enjoy the awe-inspiring splendors of Phipps Conservatory. 

Wander through 15 acres of a 14-room glasshouse filled with 23 distinct gardens and three of the greenest buildings in the world. Right now, Phipps is showcasing a brilliant exhibit based on impressionist painter, Van Gogh.

Pittsburgh Glass Center

On Friday, October 4th, enjoy the sights within the Pittsburgh Glass Center during free admission between 10 am and 9 pm. A full day of heat defying acts from glass blowing to flameworking demonstrations. You’ll also get to experience the opening of a new exhibit called, Cuando el Rio Suena.

Photo credit: PGH Glass Center via Instagram

The Frick Pittsburgh

Come one, come all! The grounds at the Frick Pittsburgh are gorgeous this time of year and on Saturday, October 12, you and your family will get to enjoy free admission from 10 am to 5 pm. The Frick Pittsburgh will host many free family activities as well as open their museum to visitors to view the famous, restored Frick family mansion and art museum.

Photo credit: RADworkshere Instagram

Franklin West apartments are located throughout the Shadyside and East End areas allowing our residents to experience the best our community has to offer from local museums to parks, and eateries to local shops. Plus, we’re so lucky to have many seasonal festivals and events like RADical Days that happen right in our back yard.

Have fun, get RADical!

Awesome Events Coming to Shadyside this September!

Fall is on the way and many awesome events are coming to Shadyside this month too! From a fabulous fashion trunk show and tasty food crawls to a neighborhood house tour. 

Decades + Diana Mistic | Tuesday, September 10th

The king of vintage, Cameron Silver is giving a lecture at Diana Misetic Fashion Studio & Boutique on Tuesday from 1 pm till 5 pm. Silver is the founder of Decades Inc. and continues to be a leader in pre-loved vintage, neo-vintage, and contemporary designer clothing. 

Get your chance at being the first to view and shop the specially curated collection of vintage apparel and accessories with a focus on Chanel jackets, bags, belts, and more! 

Save your seat now for VIP access

Shopping and trunk show will continue to Wednesday, September 11th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Mansion on Fifth – Whiskey Sampling | Wednesday, September 11th

Mansion on Fifth is hosting a final Whiskey Sampling Summer event on Wednesday, September 11 from 6 pm to 7 pm. This hour-long event is curated by Deb Mortillaro of Palate Partners and Dreadnought Wines and will feature whiskeys of Mexico!

You don’t have to be a whiskey connoisseur to enjoy this event. Taste 3 special whiskey samplings including Black Corn Whiskey, White Corn Whiskey, and Red Corn Whiskey. Then dive into a discussion of the final products and learn about the different distilling techniques, ingredients, and philosophies. Some light, palate-cleansing food will be included. 

The cost of this sampling is $25 per person. Get your tickets here!

Benefit YOGA Pop-up| Wednesday, September 11th

The Shadyside Nursery on Maryland Ave is welcoming yogi Chelsea for Benefit Pop-Up Yoga from 7 pm to 8 pm this Wednesday. Bring your mat, some water, and arrive 15 minutes early to grab yourself a spot! 

For a one-hour session, this yoga class will cover all levels in a fun flow that will emphasize alignment. All proceeds will benefit the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 🌿

Click here to learn more about yogi instructor, Chelsea. 

6th Annual Educational Foodie Crawl | Thursday, September 12th

The Young Leaders Group’s annual Foodie Crawl featuring the Restaurants & Bars like Acorn, The Yard, and Frances/Franks from Shadyside is happening on Thursday, September 12th.

This isn’t your average foodie crawl. Each stop will feature restaurant representatives and real estate developers who will discuss the history and future of the Shadyside dining scene.

Check out the local dining scene and grab your ticket $25 for Urban Land Institue Members or $50 for Non-Members!

5TH ANNUAL Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival | Saturday, Sept. 14th

This year’s annual Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival will take place at Mellon Park on Saturday, September 14th, and celebrate the rich culture of China through entertainment, music, art, food, and exhibits!

It’s a fun-filled festival free to the public! You’ll experience local performances, renowned UNESCO Masters of Arts & Crafts from Wuhan, China, and exhibits of handcrafted items, information and much more. Plus, taste authentic food from Pittsburgh’s most delicious Chinese Restaurants!

East Liberty Wine Festival | Saturday, September 14th

Hundreds of Pittsburghers will head to the main street of South Liberty for the Explore East Liberty Wine Festival on Saturday, September 14th from 2 pm to 6 pm.

At the Wine Festival, you can expect to enjoy 25 eateries and product vendors, awesome live music, and a tour of the region’s best wineries! Some of those wineries include Narcisi Winery, Pittsburgh Distilling Co., KingView Mead, Threadbare Cider & Mead, and so many more

Tickets are on sale now for $25 or $35 for VIP treatment!

Thrival Interactive | Wednesday, September 18th

Carnegie Museum of Art partnered with Thrival Festival for the 3rd consecutive year of Thrival Interactive on Wednesday, September 18th! Come out for an evening that dives into the intersection of art and technology. This fest features workshops, art installations, performances, and all that explores the theme “Digital and Virtual Worlds.” 

In case you get hungry there will be good food, alcoholic drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. Keep in mind it will be cash only. Get the day’s details here!

Fall Fest at Steel City Cactus| Saturday, September 21st

On Saturday, September 21st, Steel Cactus is pulling out the stops for Fall Fest! Their crew will launch fabulous fall cocktails and margaritas. Sip on some tasty drinks, munch on the best Thanksgiving Burrito in The Burgh, and live music by Michael Festa.

Shadyside House Tour | Sunday, September 22nd

At the end of September, get ready for one of the biggest neighborhood house tours! The Shadyside Action Coalition is hosting the 40th annual Shadyside House Tour on Sunday the 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm.

Get all the details on ticket sales on this awesome self-guided tour beginning at Winchester Thurston School on Ellsworth Ave. Look out for the complimentary shuttle bus that will be circulating the route all day.

50th Annual A Fair in the Park Celebration at Mellon Park

Rain or shine, A Fair in the Park never disappoints! Thousands of visitors flock to this free, fine arts and crafts festival every year to enjoy the natural splendor of Mellon Park, the creative talent, musical entertainment, and some tasty bites.

Hosted by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, A Fair in the Park will take place during the first weekend of September.  Times vary based on the day, see below. 

Friday, Sept. 6th: 1 – 7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 7th: 10 am – 7 pm

Sunday, Sept 8th: 10 am – 5 pm 

Come hang out with more than 100 regional and national artists and crafters that specialize in unique work like clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. The talent at this Mellon Park event is an absolute must-attend weekend.

Photo credit to local artist, Stevo Sadvary, featured by A Fair in the Park Instagram

Arts and crafts aren’t the only media taking charge at this festival. You’ll be excited to hear all the talented bands and musicians scheduled to play during the weekend-long event. See the 2019 music schedule here.

Not to worry about getting your grub on. There will be plenty of food options at A Fair in the Park with diverse menus and some local favorites like Mac & Gold Truck, PitaLand, Randita’s, South Side BBQ Company, Wood Fired Flatbreads, Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh and in the lower section, grilled cheese with the Fermented Chef and Rita’s Italian Ice. Get the details on each of these fabulous vendors here.

One of our favorite parts about A Fair in the Park is its family-friendly activities for the kiddos. The event sponsors are happy to encourage teaching young kids the power of art and music by presenting several hands-on activities. Check out the Blick Art booth, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media booth, Calliope and many more!

This event is absolutely one you won’t want to miss! A Fair in the Park is a celebration of culture, talent, and one the whole family will enjoy.

Photo credit to local artist, Katie Koenig, featured by A Fair in the Park Instagram

 

 

*Header photo credit to A Fair in the Park homepage.

Shadyside’s Biggest Art Festival is this Weekend!

Once a simple street fair has now evolved into one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved and impressive art shows. The Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut will return for its 23rd year! 

Walking through this annual festival, you’ll experience around 150 beautifully skilled artists showcasing a variety of mediums from painters to jewelry makers, and sculpturists to wood-workers. 

An absolute must-see event, this year the Art Festival on Walnut falls on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of August. It is a day time event. Both days will open at 10 am while Saturday will close at 7 pm and Sunday will wrap up a bit earlier at 5 pm. 

It’s an opportunity to meet the people behind all the wonderful art and maybe add a few pieces to your home. If you’re interested in checking out some of the exhibitors beforehand, visit the official website for the Shadyside Art Festival here

photo credit: Howard Alan Events Instagram

Here are a few unique artists you’ll see at the festival this weekend!

🎨Tony Landolina is a Pittsburgh artist that specializes in an ancient technique of encaustic painting. What does this really mean? Landolina’s paintings are created with beeswax, a propane torch, and razor blades. Talk about unique! Check out his work on Instagram and make sure to stop by his tent this weekend. 

🎨Another PA native, Julie Hill is a furniture maker that will have a booth at the Art Show. Hill mainly focuses on rustic-style, wood pieces where she offers custom pieces and refinishing work. She has said, “All of my work is made from scratch and finished to perfection – although the occasional imperfection is exactly what makes each of these pieces special.” She has debuted some artwork on Instagram that she plans to showcase at the Shadyside art show, check it out here

🎨Brining whimsey back, acrylic artist Alexandra Hall plays with tons of color bringing wonderful life to mundane things. She says, “It is my hope that I force my audience to exercise their imagination, that my works inspire conversation and that they evoke joy.” Hall has public and private collection for sale across the US and is a must-visit during this weekend’s event.

🎨Last but not least, Justin Noelke specializes in bronze and wood abstract sculptures. Noelke best selling piece of work is custom, hand-carved coolers made from local KY materials called Copperbox Cooler. Yes, this artist makes coolers out of antique crates, insulated, and lined with hand-bent copper. Check out his site for more details!

There will be over a hundred more unique vendors at this weekend’s art show. If any of the ones we mentioned interest you then head over to Shadyside, you won’t be disappointed by what you see.

Local Eateries Participating in Pittsburgh’s Summer Restaurant Week

Ready for one of the most delicious times of the year? This year’s Summer Restaurant Week is happening now in Pittsburgh and we’re excited about good food at awesome deals! 

For a full week, you can grab a bite to eat at some of Pittsburgh’s best eateries whether you’re downtown, Southside, and yes, even Shadyside. Here’s a list of the local Shadyside eateries participating with awesome menus for Restaurant Week!

BRGR 

If you’re in the mood for a gourmet burger and handmade shake, you have to go with BRGR in Eastside. This Pittsburgh burger joint is a great place for a classic American dinner. 

During Restaurant Week, BRGR has a lunch or dinner for two special for $20.19 that comes with 2 Average Joe burgers, a basket of fries, and 2 PBRs’ or Miller Lites!

Plus, eating at BRGR during summer means it’s patio season. With a variety of places to sit, the patio offers a chance to have a meal and enjoy the fresh air. One Yelp reviewer has even said, “The rooftop bar and seating area is GORGEOUS! The flowers and lighting gave such a summery vibe.”

photo credit: BRGR via Instagram

Paris 66

Paris 66 Bistro has been awarded Pittsburgh’s Best French Restaurant time and time again. The authentic French Bistro on Centre Ave prepares every meal with local, fresh ingredients. 

For this week only, Paris 66 is serving up a special, 3-course menu for lunch and dinner. Moules Marinière-Frites or mussels prepared with white wine, and a NY Strip Steak are just two of the many options you might see on the menu. Paris 66 also has a wonderful outdoor area!

Paris 66 ranks at a whopping 4.6 of 5 in reviews on Facebook with one reviewer saying, Great dinner. For the fans of true French taste.”

A cool extra experience that isn’t a part of Restaurant Week, but one you can enjoy any time of year is the cultural and educational program. Paris 66 hosts this program dedicated to immersing yourself in the French language, wine, and culture. Check it out here.

photo credit: Paris 66 Bistro via Instagram

Spoon

For nearly a decade, Spoon has been keeping Pittsburgh’s food scene at the top! This eatery has a modern-American vibe with a “farm to table” menu as well as a unique cocktail and wine selection.

For Restaurant Week, Spoon is also serving a 3-course meal featuring delicious plates like crispy zucchini blossoms, and chicken with heirloom tomatoes and spaghetti squash. Yum!

A recent review from Yelp has said, “Very enjoyable dinner meeting tonight. Service was good.  Food was fantastic especially a number of the appetizers.”  

Photo credit: Spoon PGH via Instagram

Fish Nor Fowl

Fish Nor Fowl is another awesome pick for a night out during Restaurant Week. This eatery is on Penn Ave and it focuses on a contemporary approach to American cuisine. The menu is inspired by ingredients and techniques from around the world. 

It’s truly a unique dining experience at Fish Nor Fowl! During Restaurant Week, their crew is offering exceptional entres like Mushroom Bolognese and BBQ Halibut Collar. Plus, Fish Nor Fowl’s open-kitchen concept only adds to the truly organic dining experience. 

A recent reviewer from Facebook says, Excellent menu of eclectic dishes! Each one is better than the next. Terrific ambiance, in a small, personal setting. Will definitely revisit it again👍👍👍👍

photo credit: Fish Nor Fowl via Instagram

Fujiya Ramen

Fujiya Ramen came to life through a passion for Japanese cuisine and the dream of a father and son. If you’re in the mood for authentic ramen, this is where you get it!

Taking part in Restaurant Week, Fujiya Ramen is preparing lunch and dinner specials that include Tonkotsu Ramen Spicy Miso Ramen, Pork&Chive Gyoza Tempura Shrimp, Katsu Curry and more! Don’t forget to save room for dessert and get any flavor of mochi ice cream.

At this local Shadyside eatery, you’ll be transported to Japan culture. One recent reviewer from Yelp says, “I think Fujiya has the best ramen I’ve tasted in Pittsburgh so far. I usually get their tonkatsu ramen and their broth is rich and delicious.”

photo credit: Fujiya Ramen via Instagram

The Twisted Frenchman

Last but certainly not least, The Twisted Frenchman is a modern french restaurant on Baum Boulevard with a mouth-watering menu!

For Restaurant Week, this local eatery is serving up a two-course dinner with meals like Parisian Gnocchi Alla Ratatouille, Sweet Pea Risotto, Bouillabaisse and much more.

With a 4.8 of 5 rating on Facebook, the reputation at The Twisted Frenchman won’t disappoint. One reviewer has said, “This has to be the best-kept secret and best bargain for fine dining in Pittsburgh.”

photo credit: The Twisted Frenchman via Instagram

If you’re living in Franklin West’s apartments, you can easily walk to any one of these fantastic eateries and enjoy the splendors of Restaurant Week!

9 Fantastic Events in Shadyside You Won’t Want to Miss

One thing Shadyside does well is catering to its neighborhood with plenty of things to do during summer. From cozy outdoor concerts to big art festivals, Shadyside doesn’t disappoint. While those living in other parts of the City have to travel to experience Shadyside… for Franklin West residents, all of these exciting events are virtually at your doorstep!

Here are the biggest summer events happening in Shadyside!

Shadyside Farmers Market | June through September

It’s Farmers Market season! As one of Pittsburgh’s favorite walkable suburban areas, Shadyside hosts a summer market with an assortment of vendors at the Liberty School parking lot every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Liberty School, located at the corner of Ellsworth Avenue and Filbert Street in Shadyside, is only a short walk from many Franklin West properties. Nothing sounds better than a Sunday morning stroll to get fresh fruits, veggies, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and even bread vendors from local farmers.

Visit Think Shadyside for information on how to get involved this summer!

Photo from Think Shadyside Facebook page.

Summer Fridays at The Frick | Now – August 23

Summer Fridays at The Frick is a variety of free, outdoor performances. This 10-week event series is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, and yes, it’s absolutely free! Spend the day at the Frick touring the beautiful Clayton home or the latest exhibit. You can also grab something to eat before the Summer Friday performance begins at The Frick Cafe.

This Friday, The Frick welcomes The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Some lucky audience members will even get to play “Name That Tune!” Don’t forget your blanket and picnic basket!

For the full schedule of Summer Fridays performances, visit The Frick website here.  

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch | Now – August 11

This Sunday is a double whammy at Mellon Park! Join WQED-FM in hosting the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a free event.

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch will be held every Sunday morning from now until August at Mellon Park featuring a variety of wonderful musicians. Get your picnic basket, mix up some mimosas and, between music and the arts, experience all that makes Shadyside so special.

If you are so inclined, consider joining WQED, the home of Fred Rogers, as a member. We are so lucky to have these incredible opportunities!

Learn more about this event through WQED.

11th Annual yART Sale | June 30

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts presents the 11th annual yArt Sale on Sunday, June 30th. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, spend the day outdoors at PCA’s gorgeous tree-lined campus in Mellon Park, at the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues exploring the work of local artists. Plus, it’s free!

What’s a yART sale? PCA describes it as “a creative spin on the traditional yard sale!” This yART Sale features about 70 local artists with a variety of specialties like ceramic, photographs, jewelry, art books, fabric, prints, glass, and even art supplies. 

See the full vendor list through Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ website

Weather Permitting | July 14

Outdoor concerts, food trucks, and fantastic brews…now that’s a pretty good Sunday night. Weather Permitting is hosting a concert for everyone on Sunday, July, 14th at the Shadyside Nursery on 510 Maryland Ave. The night starts at 5 pm and you don’t have to go home at 9 pm but you do have to leave the Weather Permitting concert.

Your ears will be delighted with the featured bands: Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, and Zach Schmidt. To read more about the musical artists, visit the Weather Permitting Facebook event page here

Photo from Weather Permitting Facebook event page.

Potterfest After Dark | July 19

Any Potterheads roaming the streets of Pittsburgh? If so, PotterFest After Dark at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is absolutely for you!

On Friday, July 19th from 6 pm to 10 pm dress up in your favorite house robes for a night of Harry Potter worthy adventure. Learn about the science that inspires the potions, show off at Potter trivia, and meet awesome animals in the Care of Magical Creatures.

Visit the PotterFest After Dark Facebook event page for admission tickets and other details.

Save the Date!

This year the Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale will be held from Wednesday, July 24th through Sunday, July 28th. More details to come! 

Courtyard Cinema | August 1

Courtyard Cinema is putting a little spin on movie night. The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting an outdoor movie event in their courtyard on Thursday, August, 1st from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Here’s the twist, CMOA wants you to choose the movie. Vote for one of these three movies for the Thursday night showing: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” John Waters’ “Hairspray,” and Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.

Put your vote in for your favorite movie pick here.  

Back to School Block Party | August 11

It’s a block party! Pittsburgh Trap Yoga will host a Back to School Block Party on Sunday, August 11th from 1 pm to 5 pm. Join your neighbors near the shopping and business district of Ellsworth Ave for a final summer celebration before the kiddos get ready to get back to school. 

Visit Pittsburgh Trap Yoga Facebook event page for details.

Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street | August 24 – 25

To close out the summer, Shadyside will put on one of the best fine art festivals and neighborhood street fairs in Pittsburgh. During one weekend in August, come out to Bellefonte Street between 10 am to 5 pm for the 23rd Annual Shadyside Art Festival. Yes, it’s a free admission event.

With over 140 artists, you’ll experience a variety of original, handmade work from vendors like painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, and so much more. 

Get all the information you need from city details to hotel rates and how to become a contributor on the official event website.

 

Get these dates marked on your calendar! Whether you’re having a movie night out with the whole family, planning a date to explore Pittsburgh’s latest art scene, or enjoying an outdoor concert with a group of friends, summer in Shadyside has an event with your name on it.  

Tour Some of Shadyside’s Most Historic and Beloved Architecture

Who’s up for spending an afternoon walking through the historical and absolutely gorgeous town of Shadyside?

This neighborhood is known for more than it’s tree-lined sidewalks and many unique, local shops. There’s plenty of history here too. As a matter of fact, Franklin West is a proud steward of the historic landmark, Highland Towers! More than one hundred years old, Highland Towers was built in 1913 by Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr and is still considered one of Pittsburgh’s most wonderful examples of American Modern Architecture.

Today, Highland Towers maintains its 36 one-bedroom and two bedroom apartments that feature original stained glass windows, colorfully painted murals, and built-in mahogany cabinetry. Individual apartments have been renovated over the years, however, it’s historical charm will never be lost. It’s Franklin West’s mission to respect the rich architectural history of this amazing building.

If you’re interested in exploring Highland Towers, now you can! We are teaming up with Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation (PHLF) which will lead two separate tours through the eastern edge of the Shadyside neighborhood.

The Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation was originally founded on the belief that historic preservation is a true key toward renewing communities, lifting pride among residents, and reaching sustainable economic development. The tours and events held by the PHLF reflect this and Franklin West is more than thrilled to share in that belief as well.

Learn about the neighborhood’s unique apartment architecture on Sunday, June 16th and August 4th, 2019. Both tour dates will include historical sites like the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sellers-Carnahan house, the former Hunt Armory, the Highland Towers and more! Hurry up and register; space is limited!

See all the available details for the PHLF tour here!

While you’re on the tour make sure you check out the treasured stained glass windows. Apartment 16A, that is currently available, features one of our favorite stained glass window pieces. You’ll find a mixture of art that brings dragons, butterflies, birds in flight, and a variety of flowers and foliage to life.

What honestly sounds better than exploring our charming Shadyside neighborhood for a few hours of architectural genius? We couldn’t think of anything better either. See you on the tour!

The Ace Hotel Upgrades a Local Fan-Favorite Event

A fan-favorite event at The Ace Hotel is getting one awesome upgrade. The popular culinary event, Sharing Knives, is now becoming Sharing Farms!

For one day during June, July, August, and September, this dinner series will have a  farm-grown focus featuring, “…expanded chef collaborations and independent farmers and foragers that are the lifeblood of kitchens across the city of Pittsburgh.”

The best part, The Ace Hotel is a short walk away from many Franklin West properties and we’re excited to see local chefs from some of Shadyside’s best eateries involved! Let’s dive into the details.

Photo Credit: The Ace Hotel event page

Sharing Farms June

Starting at 6 pm at the Ace Hotel on Wednesday, June 26th, the first Sharing Farms event will welcome chefs Csilla Thackery from Legume, Neil Blazin from Driftwood Oven, Kevin Sousa from Superior Motors, and Nate Hobart from Morcilla.

This crew of amazing chefs will showcase ingredients from Tiny Seed, Braddock Farms, and Goodness Grows.

Get tickets to this event. Be quick there are only 50 spots available!

Sharing Farms July

For July’s event, The Ace Hotel is putting on a celebration for 20 years of the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance. The chefs leading the show will be Lily Tran of Soba, Ben Sloan of Alta Via, Ryan Spak of Spak Brothers Pizza, and Kate Carney from Or, The Whale.

This fantastic four is bringing ingredients to life from Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance. Get your tickets for the Sharing Farms event, which starts at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 31st.

Bonus!

Are you a member of the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance? If so, you get a 10% discount for this event at checkout! To get your discount, email aaron.clark@acehotel.com with proof of membership.

Sharing Farms August

The Ace Hotel will host the third Sharing Farm on Wednesday, August 28th from 6 pm to 9 pm. This dinner experience is jam-packed with awesome chefs like Derek Stevens from Union Standard, Curtis Gamble of Station, Chad Townsend from Millies Ice Cream, Tony Giamarita of Pizza Taglio, Justin Steel from Bar Marco, and Dianne DeStefano of Independent, Hidden Harbor, Lorelei.

Featured produce farms for this dinner have yet to be announced. But, we do know lamb from Jamison Farms is on the menu! Get your ticket for the August event here.

Sharing Farms September

To wrap up Sharing Farms for the year, the last event will be held on Wednesday, September 25th. Full details of this event are still in the works.

So far, the September event will involve chefs Kate Romane of Black Radish, Jamilka Borges from Lorelei (Hidden Harbor and Independent Brewing), and Casey Renee from Confections. A few more chefs are expected to join this wonderful crew to showcase beef from Jubilee Hilltop Ranch and other regional farms.

Buy tickets for this event here.

 

Get full details on this awesome, summertime event by visiting The Ace Hotel’s website.

Enjoy Spring in Shadyside with these 6 Awesome Events

Heads up, there are a ton of awesome events happening this month in Shadyside. Spring is here and has started to warm us up around the Burgh.

You’ll absolutely want to celebrate by seeing some gorgeous and unique flowers at Phipps Conservatory’s spring show or grab your bike for the Pale Ale Keg Ride.

Plus, the Great Shadyside Yard Sale is at the end of this month too!

Like we said, there are plenty of events to mark down on your calendar this month so let’s get started!

Gardens of the Rainbow | Phipps Conservatory | Happening Now!

First on our list is Phipps of course! The Garden Spring show is happening now but will end on April 21. There really isn’t a better way to greet Spring.

Here are some of the items in the show that will definitely have you buying a ticket asap…

  • There’s a giant 9-foot-tall topiary peacock (need we say more?)
  • Become dazzled by the winding rainbow road of spring floral favorites
  • Make water jump and dance among captivating prism sculptures through a giant interactive fountain in the Victoria Room
  • Have fun with the interactive kaleidoscope of blooms
  • You’ll be mesmerized at the Himalayan blue poppies when they bloom

Get tickets to the Gardens of the Rainbow show here.

Photo credit to Phipps Conservatory

Latin America & Caribbean Festival | Pitt University | 4/13/2019

Pittsburgh’s University Center for International Studies are the hosts of this year’s Latin American and Caribbean Fest.

Immerse yourself with Latin American and Caribbean foods, arts, crafts, music and dance, plus information on local and regional organizations. Many vendors will also be there with amazing, handmade goodies!

Head out to the Galleria and Patio of the Wesley W. Posvar Hall from noon to 8 pm for one amazing experience!

Get the event details from it’s Facebook event page here.

Plant 101 | Shadyside Nursery | 4/16/2019

Whether you own a home with a back yard or rent an apartment, the biggest trend this year is fully embracing nature. If you’re someone who wants to add more plants in your home this event is a must attend!

The Shadyside Nursery wants to make it easy for you to grow your green thumb by teaching Planting 101: How Not to Kill Your Plants. You’ll walk away from this class with tons of knowledge with planting and become a better plant parent.

You won’t go home empty handed either. The projects you learn in class, you’ll take home with you.

Class starts at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 16th so don’t be late!

Read about the instructor here.

Photo credit to Shadyside Nursery Facebook page

Fiesta Flamenca | Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 4/16/2019

You can bring the whole family out to this event! Kelly Strayhorn Theater is hosting the annual Fiesta Flamenca on Tuesday, April 16th. The doors open at 7 pm and the show will begin an hour later.

Fiesta Flamenca is a community celebration of music, dance, and friendship. The show will feature a flamenco performance from Alba Flamenca and the students at Flamenco Pittsburgh.

Get tickets and more event details here.

Made & Found Spring Market | Ace Hotel | 4/21/2019

The Ace Hotel on Whitfield Street is hosting this month’s Made and Found Spring Market. You’ll discover over 25 of the region’s best vintage shops, makers, and artists!

Did we mention admission is free? Yep, this kid and dog-friendly market is completely free to enjoy, which means you don’t have to feel shy about buying more beautiful items from vendors. While you’re enjoying the vendors, coffee, brunch, and cocktails will also be available for purchase.

See the full list of vendors here.

Photo credit to Made & Found Spring Market Facebook page

Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride | East End Brewing | 4/27/2019

How does a bike ride through Pittsburgh with a ton of fresh, local beer in tow sound? It sounds pretty awesome to us!

On its fifteenth year, the Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride is happening on Saturday, April 27. You will pedal along with an awesome group of people and stay refreshed with some delicious beer. Once the crew reaches the mystery destination, East End Brewing will reveal this year’s Pedal Pale Ale!

It’s not all riding and drinking though. This keg ride is also one of the biggest charity events of the year and raises money for the Auberle Foster Care Foundation!

Get the details and your tickets here!

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The Leading Women Behind the Businesses in Pittsburgh

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we wanted to feature some of the female business owners in our backyard!

Leathers

Roberta Weissburg opened the doors to Leathers back in 1991 and has been selling gorgeous outerwear and accessories for men and women ever since. This shop is definitely one of a kind.

In the beginning, Roberta was working toward her dream by running Leathers from her apartment! Fast forward to 2008 and one major storefront renovation, Leathers now happily sits at 5415 Walnut Street.

Read about her story and the opening of Leathers here.

*Photo credit to Roberta Weissburg Leathers via the website

Footloose

“Now I gotta cut loose. Footloose, kick off my Sunday shoes.” 🎶

Jill Rubinstein is the owner running the Footloose Shadyside Boutique on Walnut Street since its opening in 1987. When you visit this shop you’ll be immersed in designer footwear, chic bags, and stylish accessories for women.

Read more about this story behind Footloose Shadyside boutique here.

*Photo credit to Footloose Shadyside via the website

Gardell by Graciana

This local jewelry shop has been described as “Organic Elegance.” The owner and designer behind this beautiful shop is Graciana Rodriguez Fennell.

Her love and instinct for art swayed her from practicing medicine, and with a focus in jewelry design, she opened the doors to Gardell in 2006. Graciana’s influence from traveling the world makes her craft so much more special.

Visiting this local shop on Walnut Street should definitely be on your to-do list. Read more about Graciana here.

*Photo credit to Gardell by Graciana via the website

Pursuits

When looking for contemporary fashion, Pursuits is the Shadyside boutique with high quality, name brand items. Roberta Brody actually founded Pursuits back in 2002, but it has since changed hands.

After being an employee for years, Maria McManus became the owner in 2008 fulfilling a life long dream of owning a business. She’s made one successful career from the retail clothing industry. She’s been featured in Pittsburgh’s WHIRL Magazine, as part of the “Class Of 2010 Women In Business.”

Ask Maria about Pursuits and she’ll say, “We help women feel great one outfit/accessory/handbag at a time… without breaking the bank.”

Discover more about Maria here!

*Photo credit to Pursuits Pittsburgh via Facebook

Studio Chiz

Ellen Chisdes Neuberg has been making and selling her art since the 70s. She recently opened her very own studio in Shadyside where you can watch Ellen at work and even buy her pieces.

Her artwork has been featured all over Pittsburgh as well as galleries in New York, Florida, and Texas. Listen to Captured Pittsburgh’s Darkroom where Ellen is the guest star of the podcast episode.

*Photo credit to Studio Chiz via the website

Pam Eisner Design

Pam Eisner is the businesswoman behind this local jewelry shop! Pam designs and hand makes all of the gorgeous pieces in her shop. Just last Fall, Pam Eisner Design was featured in several high-end publications like the August edition of Vogue magazine – Jewelry Designer Profile

You’ll find this local jewelry store on Walnut street. Read more about Pam’s story here.

*Photo credit to Pam Eisner Designs via Instagram

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma is a pretty well-known retail store around the US, but did you know the CEO and President is Laura J. Alber? She is a University of Pennsylvania alum and became an American businesswoman who has led this retail giant since 2010!

The retailer is known for high-quality products for your home. You’ll be able to visit this store on Walnut Street!

“Our customers love their homes, and we have a singular focus on helping make them a reflection of who they are” – Laura Alber

*Photo credit to Williams Sonoma via the website

Eureka Chocolates and Gifts

When you have a craving for chocolate, you have to visit Susan McGinty at Eureka! Susan has transformed her passion into a business by offering the finest products and personalized shopping experience.

Check out Eureka on Facebook

*Photo credit to Eureka Chocolates and Gifts via the website.

Lily & Val

Valerie McKeehan is the creative soul and businesswoman bringing hand-lettered chalkboard art to life through Lily and Val. First hustling as a small, virtual shop on Etsy, Lily and Val is now a boutique on Liberty Ave.

Learn more about the Lily and Val story here!

*Photo credit to Lily and Val via Instagram

Alex & Ani

Carolyn Rafaelian is the CEO and Founder of Alex & Ani. As an American-Armenian entrepreneur and businesswoman, she runs her business with a force of positivity! You’ll find this beautiful retail/jewelry store on Walnut Street.

“We are connected with each other through signs, symbols, and things that resonate to our core.” – Carolyn Rafaelian

See more about the Alex & Ani story here.

*Photo credit to Alex and Ani via Instagram

Weisshouse

President and owner, Stacy Weiss, has spent over two decades leading her family business toward success. This local home furnishings shop specializes in high-end flooring, furniture, and kitchens. Elle Decor has even pegged Weisshouse as, “The best home furnishings store in Pittsburgh.”

Check out more of the Weisshouse story here and visit them on Highland Ave.

*Photo credit to Weisshouse via Instagram

Happy Women’s History Month!