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 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!

Up Your Valentine’s Day Game at these Local Shops & Eateries

It is hard to believe February is right around the corner. Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Today, Valentine’s Day is more than just spending it with one special person. You can spend it with friends, family or even your favorite neighbors from our Franklin West community. 

Here are a few places to help organize the perfect plans for your Valentine’s Day, no matter who you spend it with. 

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s on Penn Ave is a great place to pick up your weekly produce, but they also have an affordable selection of flowers and cards for anyone you might want to make feel extra special this year. Not interested in dining out? Pick up items for the perfect meal and enjoy a night in. 


This burger joint on Centre Ave is great for date night or a group outing. Enjoy the variety of apps they have to offer or try customizing your own burger. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat on Valentine’s day? Finish off your meal with one of their deliciously crafted milkshakes. 

Prantl’s Bakery

Cupcakes, cookies, pies – oh my! Prantl’s Bakery over on Walnut Street has nothing short of every sweet you would desire. Treat someone else (or yourself) to a delicious dessert like their famous Burnt Almond Torte or a decorated cupcake. 


Nothing says love like sharing a few plates of pasta. With sunset hues and tables gathered close together, Casbah’s interior exudes warmth and coziness perfect to share with close friends or a special someone. Plus, it’s a short walk over to S Highland Ave.

Phipps Conservatory

This Valentine’s Day enjoy hundreds of orchids, plus their cosmic collection of tropical bonsai at the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World! Finish the visit with something special from the gift shop or a visit to Phipps Cafe. 


This neighborhood hotspot on S. Highland Ave always seems to have a line out the door but it is worth the wait. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy a dish of Pad Thai or one of their other specialties. In addition to a menu with a ton of delicious options, it is also extremely affordable and a BYOB establishment. 

Millies Homemade Icecream

Tempted to splurge on some dessert after dinner or maybe even second dessert? Stop by Millies on S Highland Ave. Whether you grab a bite at Noodlehead, Casbah, or BRGR, make sure to save room for the most delicious ice cream!

Enjoy these delicious places with someone (or a few people) you love.

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.


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.


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. 


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


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.


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. 


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. 


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


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!