Festive Fall Events Happening Near Shadyside

Summer is winding down and Fall is making itself known. It’s the time for bouts of perfect weather between sporadic showers, and all the lovely things the season brings. Fall evokes images of pumpkin patches, apple picking, changing foliage, and even a few ghosts and ghouls later in the season.

It’s no wonder many festivals and events take full advantage of this time of year. Although options are more limited than in years past, here are some fall-themed events you can look forward to.

Phipps’ Fall Flower Show.

If you haven’t made it over to Phipps Conservatory yet, do yourself a favor and reserve a time you can wander around the displays. They host all sorts of themes and events throughout the year, and this year’s Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature begins on October 10.

Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory

You’ll see chrysanthemums aplenty here as they’ve been training all year for the event. Grab a few friends, bring a camera, and capture the beauty for your autumn photo collections. On the other hand, take a relaxing stroll by getting lost in the colors and scents of the many eloquent displays comprising Phipps. The event is going for only three weeks, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

The Frick

Henry Clay Frick is one of the prominent steel magnates who shaped Pittsburgh into the city it is today. Museum displays are once again open, but timed tickets are necessary. Visit his elaborate home and stroll the vast grounds.

The grounds sit on the edge of what is now Frick Park, so you’ll surely see beautiful fall colors as you make your way around the premises.

Photo Credit: the Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are open year-round, but if you’re planning a visit before it gets too chilly, now is the time. The Zoo always hosts fun events the entire family will enjoy, and fortunately, these events are continuing with social distancing measures in place.

Spot the Dots Scavenger Hunt

This amusing challenge is brought to you by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh and is inspired by the 5 new cheetah cubs at the zoo. Make your way through the zoo’s many exhibits and solve 6 riddles for prizes including Chick-fil-A meals and a mini plush cow. The six riddles will culminate in one winning word you can enter into this site when you’ve completed the hunt. The hunt ends on September 30, so get out there.

photo credit: Pittsburgh Zoo via Instagram

Pumpkin Palooza

Also at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, this year is the Pumpkin Palooza. It’s a true fall kickoff with pumpkin decorating, sweet treats, and a visit with the zoo’s education animal ambassadors. This event takes place on Sunday, October 4 from 10 to 11 AM. Bring your camera and watch the animals enjoy some fall treats too.

Make your way out and see the seasons change. When things really cool down, go ahead and grab a hot drink from one of your favorite Shadyside cafes before heading to your fall events.

Bike Shops & Rentals Around Shadyside

Over the last few years, Pittsburgh’s cycling scene has blossomed. In fact, the city drafted a plan in which 120 miles of new bike paths will be added in the next decade!

There has never been a better time for cycling around town. Whether you’re interested in leisurely exploring your neighborhood, using your bike to get you to work, or trying out cycling as a new exercise routine.

Get started and join the cycling community by visiting these bike shops in and around Shadyside. Then once you’re all geared up, check out some of Pittsburgh’s best bike trails.

Bike Shops around the Shadyside Community

Trek Bicycle Pittsburgh Shadyside

If you’re partial to Trek bikes, then this is where you should shop. Be it a road bike, mountain bike, electric bike, or kid’s bike – Trek in Shadyside has it all.

They have rentals available if you’re just looking for a one-off ride or if you’re with a friend without a bike. Already have a bike, but looking for an upgrade? Trade-in a bike for store credit and just pay the difference. Are kids growing too fast? Trek has a program for trading up bike sizes according to your kids’ needs. How cool and convenient is that!

Free Ride Pittsburgh

This Point Breeze spot is another DIY oriented bike shop so you can learn your way around your bike. The Free Ride Pittsburgh shop is community-run, so hours will depend on volunteer schedules. Check their website and Facebook page for hours.

Hours may be especially limited due to COVID-19, but keep an eye out for donation drives and used bike sale events. These donation drives result in tons of donated bikes and parts people can buy when the used bike sales come around. Check it out and find some great deals.

Photo Credit: Free Ride Pittsburgh Instagram


This Squirrel Hill shop carries bikes from a few different brands. You’ll find bikes here in addition to your standard mountain, road, and hybrid bikes. Speaking of hybrids, BikeTek has a great selection you can find online or in-store during their hours. See their website for up-to-date info on hours of operation.

Kraynick’s Bike Shop

This shop is a Pittsburgh staple. It’s not your traditional bike shop where you find what you want, pay, and be on your way. Kraynick’s Bike Shop is a one-stop-shop for learning all about the mechanics, maintenance, and repairs of your bike.

You’ll find die-hard bike mechanics volunteering and sharing knowledge with patrons looking for new assemblies and repairs. There are 10 work stations with all the tools you need for getting your bike up and running. It’s free of charge, but patrons are encouraged to buy replacement parts from the shop.

Photo Credit: Kraynick’s Bike Shop Instagram

Healthy Ride PGH

Healthy Ride has bike-share locations all over town where you can pick up bikes and drop them off at any of the 113 designated stations. Head over to their website or download the app and register, then you can grab a bike whenever and virtually wherever you please. You can pay as you go for $2 for every 30 minutes, pay $12 per month for unlimited 30-minute rides, or pay $20 per month for unlimited 60-minute rides.

Now you know where you can get your wheels, so hit one of these excellent bike routes.

Bikeable Areas Near Shadyside and More

Frick Park Trails

If you like immersing yourself in nature, then don’t miss Frick Park’s trails. You’ll find miles of bike trails suited for different experience levels and biking styles. Try Roller Coaster Trail for thrilling downhill mountain biking or head down to the Monongahela River on Nine Mile Run Trail for a longer ride. Frick Park info and maps here.

Great Allegheny Passage

Want an even longer ride? The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile path stretching from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. From there you can connect to the C & O Canal Towpath which stretches another 184.5 miles until you find yourself in our nation’s capitol. Much of the Great Allegheny Passage follows what were once railroad routes, so you can count on mostly flat riding. This picturesque trail takes you through many of Pennsylvania’s scenic gems. For a nice day-ride, park on the Waterfront and take the trail down to Boston, PA. Explore to your heart’s content before heading back. Great Allegheny Passage info and maps here.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

For Pittsburgh city-centric cycling, check out this series of trails lining the three rivers. You’ll see superb views of the point from various angles as well as spectacular sunsets if you time it right. Ride for leisure or as part of your work commute on the 24 miles this trail offers. Three Rivers Heritage Trail info and maps here.

Our Shadyside Community

We can’t forget to mention our very own neighborhood. This scenic, tree-lined community is one of the most bikeable areas in Pittsburgh!

Plus, with hundreds of local shops and eateries, there’s always a unique place to stop for rest or to grab a bite to eat. Here at Franklin West, many of our apartments have bike storage available for our residents, too.

Whether you’re looking for bikes used or new, road or mountain, for rent or for sale, you’ll surely find a nearby shop or trail that fits your needs. Visit BikePGH’s website for a comprehensive map of biking trails throughout Pittsburgh.

Shadyside Summer Sampler: 5 Days of Local Shopping and Outdoor Activities

Our Shadyside community and local businesses are finding creative ways to enjoy some of our favorite events this summer. Restaurants are making space on sidewalks or parking lots, vendors are moving inventory outside, and more transactions are becoming cashless.

We do miss our usual concerts, sports, restaurants, and museum outings, but fortunately, other things are popping up. In particular, Think Shadyside is coming in clutch with a brand new summer event: the Shadyside Summer Sampler.

It’s the community celebration of the summer that’s set to take place on August 12 – 16 all throughout Shadyside from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM each day. You can expect participation from over 40 businesses right here in Shadyside for the Sidewalk Sale. Shopping for excellent deals and supporting small businesses is bound to work up an appetite. Many local eateries will have food and drink specials for you to enjoy.

This summer celebration doesn’t end there. The Shadyside Summer Sampler will also host several fun games. Plus, whenever you need a little break, you can relax and listen to live Jazz performances. Feeling lucky? This inaugural Shadyside Summer Sampler is sponsored by UPMC and the URA and includes various promos and giveaways.

Think Shadyside calls The Summer Sampler the “first, socially-distanced event of the summer”, so hopefully there will be more like it coming soon. Keep in mind, the entire event is subject to state safety regulations, so carry on practicing social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing, and wearing your mask. Help keep Shadyside safe and support this terrific community event!

Save this event in your calendar or head over to the official Facebook event page where you can mark going or interested. Either way, Facebook will send you a reminder about the event. Share it with your friends and neighbors too so they know all the details. Visit the Think Shadyside website for more announcements and for the full schedule of events!

Photo Credit: Think Shadyside

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth In Shadyside

Your weather app may promise sweltering sunshine, but there are plenty of ways you can stay cool right here in Shadyside. 

Enjoying the air conditioning indoors is one way to go about it, but a sweet treat is always welcome. Ice cream is a summertime staple, and there are a few places you can get your fix. If you prefer different types of confections, then look no further because we have those too.


This ice cream shop has quickly become a go-to in Pittsburgh. If you haven’t been yet, then it’s time you gave it a try. You’ll find some classic flavors as well as some unique seasonals you’ll love. There are even dairy-free flavors for your enjoyment. Load up a scoop or two with your favorite toppings, or grab a pint to go.

Photo credit: Millie’s via Instagram

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

It doesn’t get much cooler than nitrogen ice cream on a hot day. You’ll get a treat and a show here. Sub Zero has tons of flavors you can mix up with a variety of cream bases and toppings. Vegan, lactose-free, dairy-free, and reduced sugar are all options you’ll enjoy here. Did you know liquid nitrogen cools ice cream at -321 degrees Fahrenheit? Although liquid nitrogen will keep your cone cool, these are hot days so don’t let it melt!

Photo credit: Sub Zero via Instagram

Salúd Juicery

Already got your ice cream fix? Salúd has juice and smoothies for a refreshing summer beverage. Get all your veggies in with a healthy drink and add your favorite fruits for your sweet tooth. It doesn’t stop there – nuts, spices, supplements, and so much more is available and ready to order.

Photo credit: Salud via Instagram

Kahuna Poke & Juice Bar

Kahuna serves up some tasty dishes in Shadyside. While Poke does hit the spot on a summer day, we’re highlighting their juices. Cold-pressed juices here encompass everything from green concoctions made with cucumber, celery, and kale to carrot, orange, and ginger. Still, want something sweeter? Their smoothies will do the trick!

Photo credit: Kahuna via Instagram

Prantl’s Bakery

This one may not cool you down in the same way, but it won’t satisfy your sweet tooth any less. Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte has been called the greatest cake in America by the Huffington Post. If you enjoy almonds, then do yourself a favor and try the original Burnt Almond Torte at its home in Shadyside. But, we can’t forget to mention, there’s a “walking torte,” and Prantl’s just announced a new pina colada-flavored torte

Photo credit: Prantl’s Bakery via Instagram

Let’s continue to show our support to local eateries any way we can. Go ahead friends, we deserve to treat ourselves!

DIY Veggie Gardens & Local Markets for Apartment Life

When sourcing fresh produce for meals, big-box grocery stores are ever popular. Even now, supermarkets are evolving to cater to shoppers in various ways. But summertime is near, and it’s the time of the season for some DIY veggies and supporting local farms.

Here are a few simple kitchen garden veggies and herbs practically made for your windowsill. No worries if your thumb isn’t too green – we’ve got some recommendations for farmer’s markets in and around Shadyside.

Indoor Herbs

Quite a few herbs do well in apartments. It’s nice having them fresh and readily available, so plant away! Make sure they get the sunlight they need and keep the soil moist.

  • Basil – Pack moist soil into a small pot and sprinkle the surface with seeds. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and water gently.
  • Mint – Start with a seedling and transfer to a pot with drainage holes. Water it well after planting and keep in indirect light.
  • Chives – Add moist soil to a pot with adequate drainage and sprinkle seeds on top. Add about ¼“ of moistened soil on top and expect germination within two weeks.

Indoor Vegetables

Herbs aren’t the only edible plants you can maintain indoors. Some veggies are just as easily doable.

  • Carrots – Depth is important here, so use an 8” – 12” deep pot. Fill the pot to an inch from the top with moist soil and plant seeds ¼” deep. Once they germinate, separate them so they’re at least an inch apart from each other.
  • Lettuce greens – Fill a pot with moist soil and sprinkle around 10 seeds on the surface. Cover with ⅛” of damp soil and move seedlings apart when they germinate.
  • Arugula – Follow the same steps here as you would for lettuce greens and you’ll have harvest after harvest of scrumptious arugula. Just remember to pick the bigger leaves and leave the smaller interior leaves to grow.

Farmer’s Markets Near Shadyside

Farmer’s markets are terrific, open-air excursions with tons of variety. Get your fruits, vegetables, meats, and more at the Bloomfield Saturday Market and the East Liberty Farmers Market.

  • Bloomfield Saturday Market is located at 5050 Liberty avenue
  • East Liberty Farmers Market is located in the Garland Park lot on N Euclid Ave

Local vendors showcase the freshest foods you can get. Supporting these vendors helps local farms, bakers, cheesemakers, and more so check them out.

Keep in mind, these markets are doing their best in adhering to health and safety procedures. Refer to the Bloomfield Saturday Market Facebook page and the East Liberty Farmers Market website for more information regarding current restrictions.

Re-opening Allegheny County: What the Yellow Phase Means for Shadyside Community

As of May 15, 2020, Allegheny county moved to the Yellow Phase. But what exactly does this mean for our Franklin West Residence and Shadyside neighbors?

There will be some changes under this new designation, but it is still important to take the same precautions as before to maintain the health and safety of yourself, as well as others. While people keep each others’ best interests in mind, it is up to each of us to help ensure the success of this new phase. 

As residents of Franklin West apartments, we want to keep you informed of some of the changes you may be likely to see since Allegheny county has moved into this Yellow Phase.

When walking through Shadyside, have you noticed posters on business doors or windows outlining do and don’t guidelines relating to COVID-19? As we return to normality with shopping either for groceries or retail, you can expect businesses to address whether you need to

– stay at least six feet away from other people

– wear a mask

– use credit cards and apps instead of cash

– respect the limits of how many people are allowed inside at one time

– wash your hands frequently with soap and water

– use hand sanitizer with 70%+ alcohol 

– stay home if you are feeling sick

These precautionary measures are likely already familiar to you, but it is important to know they still apply in the Yellow Phase of Pennsylvania’s reopening. Remember, these asks aren’t meant to hinder your daily activities but to keep you and your family safe. 

Sourced image from Pa Gov – Responding to COVID-19


At this point, only retail stores with outside entrances will be open for in-person business. This includes many businesses operating in Shadyside as well as open-air malls found elsewhere. Enclosed spaces, like indoor shopping malls, will remain closed for shoppers for the time being since they pose a greater risk for the spread of COVID-19.

Ready to go shopping? Discover which local businesses around our Shadyside neighborhood are opening their doors and when:

– Shadyside Nursery will re-open to the public on Friday, May 22nd.

– Footloose Shadyside is open by appointment on Sundays-Tuesdays, and 11 am – 5 pm on Wednesdays – Saturdays.

– Henne Jewelers opened on May 15th to the public

– Caesar’s Designs is currently open on Tuesday through Saturday by appointment from 12 pm to 4 pm

– Weisshouse is back and opened the doors to the showroom.

– Rex Glass and Mirror is open by appointment only with Shadyside’s showroom.

– Penhollows re-opened with regular hours of 12 – 4 pm on Sunday and Monday, plus, 11 am to 5 pm on Tuesday – Saturday. 

– Feathers will allow 2 customers inside at a time as well as enforcing wearing masks during normal hours between 10 am to 4 pm. Appointments are welcome!

– Glassworks & Cheeks opened with regular hours on May 15th and ask customers to wear a mask. 

– Pursuits Boutique is currently open by appointment only.

– Dina Ellen is opening with limited hours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and strongly encourages making a private appointment.

– Roberta Weissburg Leathers is currently open by appointment only. 

– The Dress Circle opened by appointment only but will be available everyday between 9:30 and 3:30.

– Scribe is reopening with normal hours. 

– Eons Fashion is limiting 5 customers at a time asking shoppers to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before entering. Open every day from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

– E.B. Pepper has opened and asks that all customers wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

– Ten Toes is opening with adjusted weekly hours and allowing 2 customers in at a time. Wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer will be mandatory.

– The Picket Fence is open with regular hours. 

Please, keep in mind this list and details can change and does not reflect all information. Be patient with local businesses as they are working to keep you safe and offer the very best service!


For your dining needs, countless restaurants around our community work diligently to fulfill orders. In this stage of the Yellow Phase, dine-in is still suspended, and it’s uncertain when dine-in restrictions will be loosened.

For now, there are tons of options for delivery, takeout, and curbside pickup. Hours of operation may have changed on a restaurant-by-restaurant basis, so refer to the respective restaurant’s website, or call for updated hours. 

Let’s continue supporting local eateries by ordering food to-go, and limits the potential risk to staff and other customers. 

Outdoors & Gatherings

Make a point to enjoy the outdoors when possible; just remember to practice social distancing, and wear a mask if you’re around others. 

If regular walks, bike rides, or running are part of your routine, then it is okay to maintain these routines while being careful to avoid crowded areas. Large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. While events such as weddings and funerals are okay, the maximum number of guests can not exceed 25. 

Ensuring the health and safety of residents is the primary goal of Franklin West and its staff. It’s exciting to see our county moving into a less restrictive phase, and it’s worth keeping in mind, this was only possible due to the compliance of individuals throughout the state. 


In order to see more restrictions lifted going forward, we must continue to be diligent in our efforts to closely follow guidelines and curb the spread of COVID-19.

All of these changes reflect measures outlined on pa.gov. If you feel ill or have been exposed to someone who is confirmed or suspected to be infected with COVID-19, then please follow CDC guidelines as outlined here and isolate yourself from others if you have not done so already.

7 Online Fitness Classes to Keep You Active

As you continue to stay indoors to help ensure your own health, and the health of others around you, it’s important not to let COVID-19 get in the way of your regular exercise routine. While it may not align with your normal routine, there are many alternatives to going to the gym or participating in fitness classes.

Thankfully gyms and fitness studios across the US and the rest of the world are learning to adapt to the needs of their members. Studios are offering convenient access to online classes and regimens to keep you active. Some services are free and others are included with gym memberships, so determine which is right for you and get started.

Keep reading to discover several fitness options you can try in the comfort of your own home!

Orange Theory

You’ll find 30-minute exercise videos released daily from this endurance-focused gym. You won’t need any special equipment since using other household objects as weights are perfectly acceptable.


This boxing studio has taken to Instagram Live to bring you cardio and body workouts every day.

305 Fitness

If you prefer dancing to get your blood flowing, then check out this cardio workout and find out what has been all the rage in NYC. You’ll find twice-a-day workouts live on Youtube at 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM EST.

CorePower Yoga

If yoga is your preferred workout, then look out for CorePower Yoga’s YouTube live streams and get your stretches in. See their channel and find out what they have scheduled for the days ahead.


Don’t have a stationary bike? Don’t worry! Peloton is offering a free 90-day trial, which includes so much more than pedaling. Their streaming app brings you meditation, yoga, running, cycling, and strength training. You don’t need any of their branded gear or equipment to join in.


It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A, and with online access to their free online community program, it’s fun to stay at home now too. With YMCA 360, you’ll have access to some of the Y’s popular group classes like Bootcamp and Yoga. There’s even a section for kid-friendly exercise so the whole family can benefit.

24 Hour Fitness

Good news for members and non-members: Anyone can access the 24 Hour Fitness app and take advantage of premium content for free at this time. If you’re already a paying member, then your membership will be extended for as long as your gym is closed. Don’t want to download their app? Join their live community workout experiences on YouTube.

There are plenty of options out there for in-home workouts, so find one that works for you. As always, be mindful of the hours you schedule your workouts so your neighbors aren’t disrupted from their own routines, or woken up by loud noises during your workout.

Inspiring Women Leaders with Businesses in Shadyside

Our greatest pleasure is spreading the word about local businesses within Shadyside whether it’s through our blogs, in social media, or by talking to our residents. Even more so, when we can support our fellow female business owners!

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’d like to highlight three fantastic female leaders who started a business right here in our neighborhood!

The Barre Code

This local fitness shop welcomes anybody and every body to its results-driven program! The Barre Code passionately promotes personal growth and self-acceptance in a place where women feel supported. This is all thanks to founders, Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin. 

Ariana is a certified fitness professional specializing in women’s fitness and MMA conditioning and Jillian is a recognized post-natal fitness expert with a passion for choreography. After opening the Barre Code, both women were featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Entrepreneur, and more.

Dinette Pittsburgh

Dinette opened its door in October of 2008 serving thin-crust pizzas & small plates made from sustainable ingredients by using their rooftop garden to source veggies used in all their dishes. It’s also been recognized as a “Sustainable Restaurant” by Sustainable Pittsburgh (2015).

The Chef and Owner of this amazing eatery is Sonja Finn. She learned her skill through the Culinary Institute of America reaching many achievements since like Mother Nature Network’s “40 Chef’s Under 40,” and being named an ACDA “Woman of Achievement.”

I Made It! Market

Formed in 2007, the I Made It! Market lets small and local businesses promote and sell their quality, handcrafted goods at accessible marketplaces year-round. The goal is to support our community and support sustainability by encouraging all to shop small!

Carrie Nardini is the leader of this wonderful organization and of the Neighborhood Flea as well as director of local event, A Fair in the Park. She’s passionate about cultivating a strong, supportive craft community, “It hit me once while driving over the Liberty Bridge toward the city — I had created my dream job without even realizing it,” (sourced from Pittsburgh Magazine)

Visit Barre Code, Dinette Pittsburgh, and the I Made It Market in Shadyside to show your support. Happy Women’s History Month!

5 Excellent Cafes to Frequent In Shadyside

Whether you’re just popping in on your way to work or you’re looking for a spot to relax with a great cup of joe on a Saturday, these cafes in Shadyside will not disappoint. Check them off your list and enjoy the splendors of the neighborhood.

Arriviste Coffee Bar

5730 Ellsworth Avenue 

This bright and open space showcases local artwork and sets itself apart by serving sustainably-sourced, single-origin coffees from roasters across the East Coast and Midwest. You can also choose from a selection of locally made pastries to round out your relaxing and fulfilling experience. If you enjoy this spot, then be sure to sign up for their rewards program.

Photo credit: Arriviste Coffee Bar via Instagram

Adda Coffee & Tea House

200 S. Highland Avenue 

Adda was created with the goal of bringing people together. In fact, ‘Adda” is a Bengali word that means “to indulge in informal or friendly conversation with a group of people, such as friends, family, or colleagues.” Here you can indulge in healthy snacks, scones, specialty lattes, and take part in a high-tea service.

Photo credit: Adda Coffee and Tea House via Instagram

Jitter’s Cafe

5541 Walnut Street

This small shop serves specialty lattes that people rave about! They’re a great grab and go option. But if you want to hang out, then pull up a chair at a table outside and enjoy the Shadyside scene. Too hot for a coffee? They serve ice cream too!

Photo Credit: Jitter’s Cafe via IG

The Coffee Tree Roasters

5524 Walnut Street

Here’s a spot where the outside makes its way in. On warmer days, Coffee Tree Roasters open up their large garage door entrance to enjoy the fresh air. Looking to accommodate a bigger group? This cafe stretches back and provides ample seating for many to enjoy. Keep your order simple or try a seasonal favorite like a S’mores Mocha.

Photo Credit: The Coffee Tree Roasters via IG

Crazy Mocha Coffee Co

5830 Ellsworth Avenue #100

This local chain has locations throughout town and delivers great service in a relaxed atmosphere. It has plenty of room to breathe and outlets throughout so you can get some work done. If you enjoy their coffee, then know that you’re never far from a cup as you roam around the city.

Photo Credit: Crazy Mocha Coffee via IG

When you need to wind down from the workday (or the caffeine), try the local happy hour spots featured in this article

9 Local Spa’s to Freshen-Up and Relax

The holidays have come to a close. Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror and now we wait for spring, which we all know how long that can take in Pittsburgh. Give yourself something to look forward to. Treat yourself to a salon or spa appointment right in your Franklin West neighborhood.

Invite a friend, a parent or even enjoy some alone time. Shadyside offers an array of salons and spas with services like hair styling, manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, and so much more. Here are ten establishments you can explore next time you need some self-care.

Evolve Wellness Spa Shadyside

Evolve has a passion for making people look and feel their best. Whether you desire freedom from skin concerns, relief from pain or just an increase in your level of happiness, Evolve can help. Some of their treatments include acupuncture, facials, massage therapy, self-improvement counseling, and even yoga!

Where to find them: 228 S Highland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Centre Ave Massage & Spa

The team at Center Ave Massage & Spa is highly trained to address muscular imbalances and postural problems, chronic pain, stress management, inflexibility, and the enhancement of athletic performance. Their specialists can help with providing a little relaxation or even specialized treatment to help with pain and discomfort. Don’t forget to check their website for current specials!

Where to find them: 5701 Centre Ave / Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Anna Skin Care

No matter what your skin type is, Anna Skin Care can meet your facial needs. Begin with a deep cleansing facial followed by a customized skincare treatment. Looking for extractions or a hot stone massage? Look no further than this lovely salon right on Walnut Street.

Where to find them: 5541 Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Pittsburgh Float

Find balance and release tension with this trend-setting treatment located right in Shadyside. Sensory deprivation tanks contain a warm, shallow pool of highly dense saltwater. The tank is light and sound-proof, and the water is maintained at a constant skin temperature. Experience the benefits of this treatment that has been around since 1970.

Where to find them: 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa

Experience a day of pampering at this family-owned salon located in the East End of Shadyside. As the official salon of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, your stylist certainly won’t disappoint you. They also offer services like laser hair removal, massages and facials. Book a day dedicated just to you!

Where to find them: 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Whitehouse Salon

For a fashion-forward, boutique salon, look no further than this hidden gem. This bright, sun-filled salon (at least on those sunny Pittsburgh days) is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or slip away on a Saturday for that haircut you have been dying to have.

Where to find them: 731 Filbert Street, Pittsburgh,15232

Brush Nail Studio

Looking for a fresh manicure and pedicure? Stop by Brush Nail Studio and enjoy a little bit of luxury in your day. We recommend making an appointment, but feel free to pop in and see if they have time to fit you in. Yelp users give this great little spot 4 stars, which should definitely seal the deal on your decision to try it out.

Where to find them: 731 Filbert Street Pittsburgh, PA 15232

AEY Nail Bar

AEY sets a standard for nail salons in the area. Owner, AEY, has been a consultant across the country but finally decided to settle down and open her own salon to make clients feel relaxed and pampered. They also offer pedicures in reclining chairs for an elevated level of comfort.

Where to find them: Address: 5501 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

GLAM-Nail Salon

The next day you need a little time for yourself head over to Glam-Nail Salon on S. Aiken Ave. Looking for the perfect pedicure or a manicure that can make your day? Schedule both at this adorable Shadyside salon. They also offer haircuts, extensions, makeup, and skincare. Afterward, head over to Walnut Street for some shopping.

Where to find them: 816 S Aiken Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232


Feeling good doesn’t come just from pampering yourself, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle too. Check out these healthy eateries and fitness studios too!