Fantastic, Local Eateries to Try before Restaurant Week Ends

Adding a delicious twist to winter, Restaurant Week 2020 is here! Close to 100 restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week across Pittsburgh and it’s the best time to try something new. 

Plus, several eateries are just a short distance from Franklin West apartments. Here are a few fantastic and local eateries participating in Restaurant Week with 3-course dinners for $35.20.

Spoon

As one of Pittsburgh’s premier dining destinations, Spoon (South Highland Ave) is serving a new dish during Restaurant Week. The specials at Spoon will give you the choice with the 3-course meal. First is your choice of a winter citrus salad or a fennel and mushroom soup. A roast chicken breast or miso-glazed cod is your choice of entre, and finally, enjoy either pavlova or chocolate date cake for dessert!

Con Alma

Eat, drink, and listen to classic jazz at Con Alma (Ellsworth Ave) during Restaurant Week. To get you started, Con Alma is making roasted Brussel sprouts, crispy shallots, and cascabel chile-miso caramel. As an entre, you’ll get tandoori spiced jumbo prawn, pork belly, escarole with salsa verde, roasted yams. For dessert, enjoy Tres Leches.

Dinette

Focused on sustainable meals, try Dinette over on Center Ave during Restaurant Week. The first course is your choice of Soup of the Day, or Grilled Shishito Peppers with goat cheese, fried almonds and fleur de sel. For the entre, you’ll also have a choice of gourmet pizza with the freshest ingredients. But make sure to save room for dessert!

Fish nor Fowl

This American eatery celebrating Restaurant Week is over on Penn Ave. Fish nor Fowl is offering two choices for each course. Start with a house salad or charred broccoli. Then move on to the second course with your choice of Chicken Parmesan or Cacio e Pepe. Last but certainly not least, have Pannacotta or Affogato for dessert. 

 

Some honorable mentions with an expansive menu include Fujiya Ramen, Paris 66, and The Twisted Frenchman.

The week is coming to a close on Sunday, January 19th, marking the end of those specials. Visit Pittsburgh Restaurant Week to see all meal specials at several eateries across Pittsburgh. Your taste buds and wallet will thank you!

Become Healthier You with the Help of These Local Eateries & Fitness Spaces

The new year brings one constant tradition, resolutions. The most common resolution is to become the healthiest version of yourself. Thankfully, our very own Shadyside neighborhood has a variety of workout areas, fun classes, and good eats.

Here are the local places you need to check out if your resolution is to find your healthiest self!

Get a nutritious meal

Love eating out, but looking for a place that puts calories to the side? More and more restaurants are embracing different dietary dishes from gluten-free or vegetarian. There are a good handful of eateries in Shadyside that specialize in delicious, healthy foods. 

Honeygrow

First up, Honeygrow. The founders bring one specific passion to this eatery, “creating awesome things through the lens of nourishing foods.” We hear good things about the Spicy Garlic Egg Noodles!

Honeygrow received a 4.9 of 5 rating on social media with a reviewer saying, “I love this place!!! There was definitely a hip vibe and the food was so fresh and flavorful!! They use locally-sourced farm-fresh ingredients and it all comes together as yummy!!!”

Photo credit: HoneyGrow Instagram

Kahuna

This poke and juice bar will take your taste buds on a ride to Hawaii itself. When you stop at this eaterie on South Highland Ave, you experience, “bold flavors and fresh ingredients!” Kahuna is committed to working responsibly sourced seafood from the most sustainable fisheries. 

From Yelp, Kahuna got a 4.5-star rating with a reviewer saying, “If you’re looking for a sit-down or take-home dinner lunch spot for poke bowls, look no further than Kahuna.”

Photo credit: Kahuna Instagram

Salud Juicery

“Salud Juicery is committed to balance and connection for your health and healing.” If this isn’t a place to go for healthy eating we don’t know what is. Visit Salud Juicery on Copeland Street!

On social, Salud Juicery received a whopping 5 of 5 rating with one visitor saying, “Great food and employees are great. Definitely worth the wait and the perfect healthy thirst quencher when shopping on walnut! Must stop in and get a wheatgrass shot and an iced cashew blender with espresso. Unreal.”

Photo credit: Salud Juicery Instagram

So Fresh

This eaterie recently opened its door in our neighborhood just in time for the new year. So Fresh is dedicated to “fuel a life in motion through fresh food. Each meal we serve is rooted in transparency using only real ingredients.” Visit them on South Highland Ave. 

With this eaterie being new to its Shadyside location, there aren’t any reviews yet. You can be the first!

Photo credit: So Fresh Instagram

Clean Juice

Take a walk over to Penn Ave and stop in Clean Juice. Don’t let the name fool you. Sure, you’ll find a wide range of smoothies and juice, but you’ll also get Acai bowls, Greenoa bowls, and other snacks. The winter menu is out now!

Clean Juice is another 5 of 5 star rating on social media. One recent visitor said, “Everyone is so welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. The products are fresh and taste sooooo good!!”

Photo credit: Clean Juice East Liberty Instagram via @bracopgh

Get your sweat on

The other half to becoming your healthiest self is getting the right exercise. Don’t worry you definitely have your choice in workouts here is Shadyside. 

Dragonfly Pilates

Head over to Walnut street to get your sweat on at Dragonfly Pilates. Here personalized experience is taken seriously with certified coaches and encouraging atmosphere. Dragonfly Pilates have classes that work to “promote strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness to tone and energize the mind and body.” See class schedule here.

Yoga Flow Pittsburgh

Also on Walnut Street is Yoga Flow Pittsburgh where you can use yoga to gain flexibility, increase strength, or release stress. Teachers bring a unique experience so each student leaves, “encouraged to explore the ancient practice of yoga in a safe environment, unveiling new perspectives about themselves and the world.” See class schedule. 

The Barre Code

Over on South Aiken Ave, the Barre Code is dedicated to “helping women transform into their strongest, fittest selves.” Whether you want to focus on cardio, strength, or restoration, there are a variety of classes for each. Check out the class schedule here. 

Steel Revolution Pittsburgh

Curious about spin class? Head over to Steel Revolution over on Copeland Street. Spin is a full-body, rock-solid workout where you pedal, climb, and sprint on a stationary bike. See the schedule.

Go for a run 

If you’re itching to go out for a run, you’re in luck. Shadyside is one of the best neighborhoods in Pittsburgh for a walk, jog, run and everything in between since our community has wonderful tree-lined sidewalks. 

But if you want to shake up your surroundings, there are several nearby parks like Mellon Park, Frick Park, Schenley Park & Plaza, and Highland Park

Don’t give up on your resolution. After all, you have a whole community that can support you!

9 Unique Stores for Festive Shopping in Shadyside

In the spirit of last-minute shopping? Sure, Amazon may have gifts delivered to you in a day, but where’s the fun in that? Take part in the holiday spirit by supporting local shops located in one of the most shoppable areas in Pittsburgh. 

There are many unique places to browse for thoughtful gifts. Here are 9 stores around our Shadyside neighborhood with unique gifts for your favorite people.

Glassworks

You’ll discover charming household items at Glassworks over on Walnut Street. This creative local shop specializes in tabletop items like coasters, drinkware sets, photo frames, and more. Plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gifts here.

Shadyside Variety Store

Toys, books, novelties and more; if you can imagine it, Shadyside Variety Store probably has it. This fun shop on Walnut Street is open every day from 9:30 am to 5 with altered hours on Sunday. 

S.W. Randall

Over on Ivy Street, you’ll discover treasures that would make a child burst with excitement. S. W. Randall Toys and Gifts is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest specialty toy stores. If you have kiddos on your gift list, S.W. Randall is the place to go! 

Kards Unlimited

Doing business on Walnut Street since the late ‘60s, Kards Unlimited has become one of Pittsburgh’s favorite gift shops. You’ll surely find a few presents here. Kards Unlimited is stocked with a variety of items like t-shirts, toys, mugs, photo albums, pet products and much more!

Eureka Chocolates & Gifts

Eureka Chocolates & Gifts on Copeland Street is the local, specialty shop with a variety of mouthwatering chocolates! Need we say more? It’s the holidays after all. It’s time for everyone to have a little sweet tooth. Take a peek at all the flavors here. 

Synthesis 

This shop is all about the plant life. Over on Copeland Way, Synthesis brings exotic plants to a modern style. You’ll find cacti, succulents, handmade ceramics, hanging pots, gardening tools and more. Synthesis also offers plant consultations for homes, offices, restaurants, and shops around the Pittsburgh area for those who want to make a greener impact. 

ToadFlax

The items inside this local shop are just as unique as the name. Visiting ToadFlax on Walnut Street for any last-minute gifts is a must. You could snatch up great stocking stuffers like warm alpaca socks, awesome jewelry from Studebaker Metals, and much more. 

Shadyside Books

Do you love to pass the time cozied up with a good book? Open from noon to 7 pm every day, you’ll find Shadyside Books on Ellsworth Ave stocked with over 5000 books of any and all genres. 

Cienne Designs Vintage Market

Walking into Cienne Designs you’ll find home goods and vintage treasures! This unique shop on Ellsworth Ave is bright, cheerful, and filled with fabulous gift potential from Kantha throws to antique signs and so much more. 

Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget to shop to support local businesses this year! 

Celebrate 2019 at these Local Events Spreading Holiday Cheer

This festive month holds several awesome events for families and adults to enjoy. Dare we say, holiday cheer is in full swing in Shadyside!

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit as many of our favorite museums are pulling out all the stops, plus low key places like Patagonia and Shadyside Nursery has wonderful events in store too. 

Here’s everything that’s happening around our neighborhood during the rest of December. 

Mansions on Fifth

Explore this gorgeous mansion all done up with beautiful lights and holiday decor. Mansions on Fifth hotel is hosting a Christmas Concert, Cocktails, and tours event on Thursday, December 19th. 

Snack on tasty snacks and complimentary Christmas specialty cocktails or hot chocolate then enjoy an evening of festive music! Jen Vanella and the Rainbow Angels will begin the performance at 6 pm. 

Get all the info for this holiday event here.

Photo credit: Mansions on Fifth via Instagram

Patagonia

Over on Walnut Street, Patagonia is bringing its own Celebration to the Season on Thursday, December 12th.

Come out and shop around during a festive night of live music and munch on specialty popcorn from PGH Popcorn Company. Patagonia will also have a cookie decorating station set up for the kiddos.

Plus, there’s much more to this event like the Worn Wear program, upcycled gifts, and donations will go towards the local non-profit, Paws Across Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Decked out for the season, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is hosting a double feature inspired by the holidays. Come meet Sven the reindeer while you’re at it!

On Saturday, December 14th, a special “Holiday Around the World” edition of Super Science Saturday allows visitors to discover holiday-themed stations throughout the museum. Different cultures will be highlighted by sharing tradition, amazing artifacts, and hands-on activities. This won’t be the only time to experience this event.

Sensory Friendly Saturday will take place on the 28th of December and will meet the same festive theme between 8:30 am to 10 am. This specific event is catered to wonderful families with members on the autism spectrum or who otherwise easily experience sensory overload. It allows a chance to explore the museum during a quieter experience in a more controlled environment.

Tickets for Super Science Saturday here.

Information for Sensory Friendly Saturday here. 

Photo credit: CMNH via Instagram 

Frick Pittsburgh 

The Frick Pittsburgh goes all out during the holiday season. Not only can you experience fabulous holiday decor at Clayton house, but also enjoy performances with The Pittsburgh ballet theater or the C Street Brass Quintet. 

Head to the Frick Cafe for delicious treats and tea as well as browse through the holiday-themed merchandise at the gift shop.

Get all the details on upcoming holiday programs here.

photo credit: Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps is a Pittsburgh favorite. The holiday show is one to take the breath away, but there are more activities to explore at Phipps too.

Making the holiday light show even more magical, on specific weekend nights live musical entertainment will play throughout the museum for a treat for the eyes and the ears. See the full performance schedule here.

On Tuesday, December 17th, Chefs from Phipps Cafe will put a wonderful holiday buffet dinner together from 6 to 8 pm. Get more information on tickets here.

Phipps is also planning a New Year’s Eve family celebration on December 31. Your family will be able to enjoy all kinds of activities, live music, crafts, and more.

We hear Santa will make a few appearances too.

Shadyside Nursery

Shopping for a beautiful, live tree for the holidays? Head over to the Shadyside Nursery and find an abundance of locally farmed trees available to purchase. 

Don’t stop short at the trees though. Handmade ornaments made by local artists will also be available for sale along with charity wreaths. All sales from the wreaths will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pittsburgh.  

Get all the info here. 

photo credit: Shadyside Nursery via Instagram

Carnegie Museum of Art

The Women’s Committee within the Carnegie Museum of Art has put on another phenomenal holiday display. Your eyes will surely light up walking in the Hall of Architecture to find giant evergreens dressed in handcrafted ornaments along with CMOA’s 18-century Nativity scene!

This Friday, December 13th come out to CMOA for a Winter Wonderland 21+ party. The celebration begins at 7 and will last till 10 pm. Grab your friends, get fancy, and have a blast on Friday night!

CMOA is also hosting several festive events throughout this month. This upcoming Saturday is the Winter Wonderland Pajama Party! This family-friendly, 2-hour event presents a special storytime, a dance party for the kiddos, and plenty more activities.

Still shopping for a few gifts? CMOA can help you out with the unique merchandise at the museum store. Enjoy special discounts and browse freely without exhibit admission fees. 

 

We’re wishing all our friends and neighbors a wonderful and safe holiday. Enjoy the season!

Your Shadyside Shopping Guide for Small Business Saturday

It may be tempting to sit at home and order friends or family gifts from Amazon or other online stores. But where’s the fun in that?

Go out and get involved in the holidays this year by supporting your local shops. These hardworking business owners can offer a better shopping experience and higher quality items anyway. Save yourself from the late deliveries, wrong sizes, and return hassle. 

At Franklin West, we love giving a shout out to our favorite shops within our Shadyside neighborhood! And what better time than during the biggest shopping season. 

Here’s your guide to all the sales happening over Thanksgiving weekend! Plus, we hear there’s free parking at city meters and lots this weekend only.

The Best in Fashion

The Picket Fence. When you walk into this women-owned boutique on Walnut Street on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, you can expect a 15% discount on everything, special sales on the Tea Collection, complimentary treats, and free gift wrap. Plus, the first 25 purchasers will receive a $25 voucher for the next purchase!

EB Pepper. This contemporary women’s boutique on Walnut Street is hosting a holiday coupon event on Thursday through Saturday. Get $20 off a $100 dollar purchase. Ask about all the discounts with the holiday coupon!

Roberta Weissburg Leathers. Between Friday and Sunday, shop at Leathers for the new Uno de 50 Trunk Show jewelry, plus get a free cashmere scarf when you purchase outerwear. (This excludes items on sale as well as sweaters.)

Pursuits. Over on Filbert Street, you’ll find the clothing boutique called Pursuits! Over Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday – Monday) select clothing will be 30% off. If you make a purchase, your name will be put into a raffle to win a Pursuits gift card.

Dina Ellen. On Aiken Ave, Dina Ellen women’s boutique will be closed on Thursday for the holiday. But come Friday and Saturday, they will be ready for the shopping season with 20% off any item of your choice and free gift wrapping.

Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations. This fine jewelry shop on Walnut Street is celebrating the season and giving 50% off select diamond and gemstone jewelry now until Saturday!

Your Inner Athlete

Patagonia Pittsburgh. The holiday can be really stressful. To mend that, Patagonia decided to host a free, community yoga class before the shopping madness ensues.RSVP for the class here.

Tennis Village. You have until closing time on Saturday to get in on the deals at Pittsburgh’s premier tennis shop. Receive 10% off on purchases between $50 and $100, plus, for any items above $100 you’ll receive 15% off

For the Home

Feathers. Starting Friday, visit Feathers for Pittsburgh’s best linens and downs and get 20% off select items from Yves Delorme, Sferra, Matouk, Scandia, and more! The sales at Feathers will extend to Tuesday, December 3rd.

Glassworks and Cheeks. During Friday and Saturday, you could get 20% off items at Glassworks (some exclusions apply), and 20% of all items from Cheeks.

Kards Unlimited. In the tradition of getting a new ornament to hang on the family tree? Receive 10% discount on ornaments at Kards Unlimited on Saturday and Sunday.

 

After all, the holiday season is about spreading joy and sharing. What better way than to support your neighbors with their business!

4 Family-Friendly Things To-Do during Thanksgiving Weekend

Go ahead. Dream of that roasted Turkey and sweet pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is a short week away and that traditional dinner is the only thing getting us through the day. 

This gratitude inspired holiday also means spending time with family and friends. Plan a wonderful weekend with the fun activities and events happening in our community from holiday shopping to enjoying museum festivities. 

We gathered local events happening that you can enjoy with your favorite people during the rest of November. 

Phipps Magical Holiday Show

Here in Pittsburgh, the holidays don’t truly begin until Phipps opens its doors to their Holiday Magic Winter Flower and Light show! This indoor and outdoor exhibit opens the day after Thanksgiving but tickets are on sale now. 

As a family event, Phipps pulls out all the stops! Your eyes will gaze among millions of twinkle lights and gorgeous flowers. Phipps will also have Santa visits, family fun evenings, and musical entertainment on select dates. 

Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory via Instagram

Sloane Street Truck Show

You won’t have to wait very long to enjoy the shopping season. Henne Jewelers on Walnut Street is introducing a new collection, Sloane Street Trunk Show, on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. 

If you’re looking to get something incredibly special as a gift, visit one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and best jewelers. You can’t go wrong with their selection. 

Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market

Get your shopping on! After all, it is the shopping season for big deals and discounts. Instead of taking the fun out of the holidays and using Amazon, Ace Hotel is hosting one awesome holiday event called Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market.

Pittsburgh Pickers is an event series that highlights the local vintage community. The event is totally free with over 20 different vendors. Visit the Facebook Event page to see specific vendors and other details. 

Clayton Tour at Your Own Pace

The Frick Pittsburgh is another locals tradition during the holiday season. See a grand Victorian home decorated for the season as almost all items and furniture are original.

You’ll also discover local history and hear stories about one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families. Holidays at the Frick begins on November 21st. Visit the official site to learn more about ticket details. 

Photo credit: The Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram

Of course, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th this year, and many of our favorite local shops on Walnut Street are set to participate in all the fun! Shop local, give thanks, and enjoy the best time of the year. 

New Community Event: The Shadyside Holiday Trunk Show

That’s right. There’s a new event coming to our Shadyside neighborhood this year to get us ready for the holiday shopping season! 

Think Shadyside shared the news, The Shadyside Holiday Trunk Show, to take place next week starting on Wednesday, November 13th to Saturday, November 16. It’s a shopping extravaganza just a short walk away with over 20 participating stores along Walnut, Ellsworth, S. Highland, and others.

We aren’t just talking about store sales. Our local shops are going all out with fashion shows, happy hours, trunk shows, giveaways, raffles, and more. 

Keep reading to discover what fun activities are in-store.

Caesar’s Designs

Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations over on Walnut Street is hosting an exclusive Sapphire Trunk Show. You’ll undoubtedly have a twinkle in your eyes viewing the gorgeous sapphire jewelry and loose gemstones at 25% off during the Shadyside Holiday Trunk Show. 

PHOTO CREDIT: CAESAR’S DESIGNS VIA INSTAGRAM

Dina Ellen

Dina Ellen has no problem going all in for the four days of the Shadyside Trunk Show. Any guest is welcome to her store to enjoy daily specials on jewelry and shoes. Plus, why shop empty-handed when you can also sip on some wine and snack on yummy treats!

PHOTO CREDIT: DINA ELLEN SHADYSIDE VIA INSTAGRAM

Feathers

Feathers is taking the Shadyside Trunk Show to the next level on November 15th and 16th. You’ll want to run over to Walnut Street to get a peek at the beautifully crafted pieces by Dea Luxury Italian Linens. Fusing old-world methods with contemporary designs and fabrications, these bed, bath, and table pieces by Dea are no joke.

PHOTO CREDIT: DEA LUXURY LINENS VIA FEATHERS SHADYSIDE INSTAGRAM

Four Winds Gallery

With a short stroll on Walnut Street, you’ll come across the wonderful Four Winds Gallery. During all four days of the Trunk Show, Four Winds Gallery will present two talented artists at their store: Jorge Lovato, a miniature wood sculpturist and Shawn Bluejacket, a jewelry designer. 

Plus, when you purchase something during the Shadyside Trunk Show you’ll automatically be added in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate!

PHOTO CREDIT: FOUR WINDS GALLERY VIA INSTAGRAM

The Inn on Negley

During all four days of the Shadyside Trunk Show the Inn on Negley will kick things off every day at noon up to 6 pm. This luxury Bed and Breakfast on South Negley Ave will celebrate the season with 20% off gift shop items, a chance to enter to win tea or brunch for two, and offer their gourmet hot cocoa and cookies.

PHOTO CREDIT: THE INN ON NEGLEY VIA INSTAGRAM

Petagogy

Get ready for PAW-liday kick-off on November 15th and 16th by Petagogy. You’ll have the chance to call dibs on all limited edition holiday-themed pet toys and treats. Petagogy is also running a sale of 15% off all dog coats and sweaters to keep our furry friends warm this winter season. 

When you purchase a holiday-themed item, you’ll receive a free raffle ticket entry to win one awesome stocking stuffer gift basket!

PHOTO CREDIT: PETAGOGY VIA INSTAGRAM

Roberta Weissburg Leathers 

Roberta Weissburg Leathers is showcasing an exclusive Trunk Show Collection to celebrate the first Shadyside Trunk Show. During all 4 days, shop for one of a kind winter outerwear. When you do find the perfect outerwear you’ll receive a free Cashmink scarf with every purchase. 

Stay hydrated with complimentary beverages, shop till you drop, and get the chance to win a $100 gift card to Leathers.

PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERTA WEISSBURG LEATHERS VIA INSTAGRAM

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

Ice cream in winter? Absolutely! Sub Zero Nitrogen on South Highland Ave is one of the newest additions to our neighborhood opening its doors earlier this year. 

Stop by Sub Zero to enjoy a delicious treat and spin the wheel to win discounts or free items! For guests who want to stay warm, try gourmet hot chocolate flavors in pumpkin cheesecake, orange spice, or chocolate-covered cherry.

One more thing, Sub Zero will also collect toy donations for Pittsburgh nonprofit, Beverly’s Birthdays. When you donate you’ll receive 25% off your entire purchase.

PHOTO CREDIT: SUB ZERO SHADYSIDE VIA INSTAGRAM

Ten Toes

The chilly weather also means the best of boot season. Ten Toes on Walnut Street will join all 4 days of fun during the Shadyside Trunk Show. The team at Ten Toes will feature the entire fall line from J. Renee. Plus, prizes will be drawn daily for free shoes (yes, a free pair of shoes) along with other specialty items.

PHOTO CREDIT: TEN TOES VIA INSTAGRAM

TILE & DESIGNS, INC. 

Last but absolutely not least, Tile and Designs, Inc on Spahr Street is jumping in on the Shadyside Trunk Show excitement. They’re running a 20% off select items sale. But the real fun is the mini scavenger hunt. Tile and Designs will hide a gift in their showroom for visitors to find. When found, the gift would be yours to keep! 

PHOTO CREDIT: TILE AND DESIGN VIA INSTAGRAM

See the full list of participating shops through Think Shadyside.

Experience the splendor of the holidays. Shadyside local shops are pulling out all the stops this year giving you a wonderful shopping season. 

6 Must-Visit Shadyside Eateries for Tasty Fall Flavors!

What warms the soul better than pumpkin and apple flavors. The crisp weather has us ready to cuddle up in a warm sweater by a fire with some of Fall’s wonderful flavors. 

Where can you experience these yummy flavors? From endless desserts to tasty meals with favorite Fall veggies, here are some of the eateries around our Shadyside neighborhood you should visit to warm your bones. 

Gluuteny Bakery

The sight of delightful Sugar Skull cookies and the sweet smell of caramel apple macarons has us running to the Gluuteny Bakery. But this isn’t your average bakery. 

Gluuteny Bakery is on a mission to offer wonderfully tasting and allergy-friendly treats daily. Yes, that includes gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and soy-free options. 

Photo credit to Gluuteny Bakery via Instagram

Prantls Bakery

Bakeries are an excellent place to shake off the chilly weather. Prantls Bakery makes for a great stop! A walk over to Walnut Street, Prantls has a Fall menu of fantastic treats with apple pies, cranberry nut loaf, pumpkin spice cake and so much more.

Photo credit to Prantls Bakery via Instagram

Brueggers 

Sidestepping the sweet treats for just a moment. Let’s move to a different kind of dough. Bagels! 

Brueggers is serving up pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese, and pumpkin spice latte. Grab the fall taste with authentic NYC-styled bagels right here in our Shadyside neighborhood.  

Photo credit to Brueggers via Instagram

Honeygrow 

Delivering high-quality, wholesome, and simple foods, Honeygrow has a passion for “creating awesome things through the lens of nourishing foods.”

The Fall menu is out now. Head over to South Highland Ave for some Harvest Soba, or a stir-fry with seasonal vegetables like roasted parsnips, curly kale, and pomegranate seeds.

Photo credit to Honeygrow via Instagram

Mad Mex Shadyside 

Mad Mex brings a unique blend of American, Mexican, Southeast Asia, and Spanish cuisines to their dishes creating something special and incredibly delicious. But, for this blog, we’re more interested in one of their drinks. 

The Apple Cider Margarita with its caramel-sugar coated rim causes quite the commotion during the Fall season.

Is it five o’clock yet?

Photo Credit to Mad Mex via Instagram

Salud Juicery

If fresh-pressed, healthy juice and smoothies are more your style, Salud Juicery is your place. This team is serving a few Fall-inspired juices like Pom Cha-Cha that features pomegranates, apple and chia seeds, or The Beet Goes On featuring beets, apples, ginger and more. 

Photo Credit to Salud Juicery via Instagram

The best of Fall flavors are all over our neighborhood. A little chilly weather can’t stop us from visiting these local, tasty eateries. Enjoy Fall while it lasts. After all, Winter will be here sooner than we know it. 

Fang-tastic Halloween Events for Everyone in our Shadyside Neighborhood

What a great way to close out October than with a few Halloween festive events in our Shadyside neighborhood. Whether you’re in the mood to enjoy a night of music or ready to dress up in an awesome costume and mingle with new friends, there’s something for you. 

Some of Pittsburgh’s frightfully awesome events are right in our back yard. Here’s your guide to all Halloween-themed activities happening in the Shadyside area.

Booseum Trick or Treat | Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History getting ready to host a hair-raising, spine-tingling event with Booseum Trick or Treat! This family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 12 to 4 pm. 

Have a blast meeting live animals, enjoy a big-screen movie, and trick or treat around dinosaurs and mummies! Don’t forget to put on your costumes. You may win a small prize!

Halloween Tech Trivia | Mario’s East End Saloon

Trivia night is always a good time. It’s become a staple social event to share with friends or co-workers. 

On Tuesday, October 29th get your team name ready because at 6 pm Mario’s East End Saloon is hosting a Halloween edition of Tech Trivia. This event is a 21+ event and in the spirit of Halloween, costumes are encouraged.

Nightmare on Hellsworth | Free Outdoor Concert on Ellsworth Ave

Who’s up for an outdoor concert? On Friday, October 27th head over to Ellsworth Avenue to see pop icon and broadway star, Debbie Gibson take the stage! She’s sold more than 16 million albums worldwide and has competed on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars. 

This is a free event for everyone. Though anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you’re up for it, there are $30 tickets for the VIP area that includes complimentary cocktails, and of course, witches brew!

Jam on Walnut | Outdoor Concert on Walnut St

Speaking of concerts, we can’t forget to mention the last Jam on Walnut music session of the year. One of Pittsburgh’s best block party is coming to an end after Saturday, October 26th. 

The headline for this Halloween-inspired event is Velveeta. This local Pittsburgh band is all about the best and cheesiest of 80s music. Don’t forget, Jam on Walnut benefits our furry friends! Funds are being raised to support the Humane Animal Rescue!

Halloween Fiesta | Steel Cactus

Steel Cactus is hosting a Halloween Fiesta on October 26th from 5 pm to 2 am. If you’re still looking for plans on Saturday night, this is it! 

Come hang out and get excited about new flavors on a revamped menu. Plus, this event is the same night as Jam on Walnut. Listening to great music on the patio bar at Steel Cactus sounds pretty good to us.

Day of the Dead Beer Dinner | Con Alma

There are several ways to celebrate the spooky season. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday meant to remember family and friends who have passed. 

This year Con Alma on Ellsworth Avenue is partnering with Hop Farms beer to host a Day of the Dead Beer Dinner on Wednesday, October 30th. Make your reservations for a 5-course Baja-Mexican cuisine with beer pairings. 

Halloween Happening | Phipps Conservatory

Halloween Happening at Phipps Conservatory is one of our favorite events. Phipps pulls out all the stops for this spooktacular, family-friendly event. 

With regular admission, your family can enjoy the ghoulishly delightful festivities like face painting, Halloween-inspired games, carve pumpkins, pot creepy plants and much more!

The Freaks Come Out | The Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

For a special Halloween night, Ace Hotel is hosting the Darkness is Spreading: The Freaks Come Out in the Lobby Bar on Thursday, October 31st. Break out those costumes! This event is opening with local DJ Huny and then DJ Stylus will take over. Come out for the music, candy, good food, better drinks, and an all-around spooky time!

 

Happy Halloween!🎃

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!