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Letter From The Editor What happens when our failures come to light and we’re faced with the fact that we’ve squandered an opportunity? We often toil in the desert wondering when will the moment come to build our palace again. When do we catch our big break? Redemption, in all forms, is a glorious juxtaposition crafting the fabric of our delicate infrastructure. Something about discovering a second chance to shine light into a dark place, reinvigorates the soul and ushers in a new meaning of hope. As we trounce through life, one thing is very evident, this journey is designed to breed strength and fortitude, as the hottest fires form the strongest steel. In this issue we discover the spirit of redemption through Zero Six Eight, an organization offering integration services and job placement for ex-offenders. They give legitimate opportunities to recreate the simple pleasures of life. Independence, responsibility, and trust. It’s encouraging in our very 2016 society that companies and people are still willing to open the labyrinth we call humanity and allow it to permeate our existence.

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City Living A housing and neighborhood guide


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The term listicle is a thing. And most likely, you’re familiar whether you realize this or not. Listicles are articles that are written in the form of lists.

Ah ha! You’ve probably read at least five in the past week as they are posted on

social media often. Perhaps it was “The Top Ten Best Places to Order a Grass Fed

Free Range Friendly Cow Burger with a Gluten-Free Bun in Portland,” or “The Top Five Things to do Before You Turn Twenty-Nine for the Fourth Time,” or “Unlimited Ways to Improve Your Life Using Only Amazon Prime”; nevertheless,

you get my point.

With that in mind, despite the truth that listicles have oversaturated the internet, I would like to share one with you all regarding two of my favorite topics: relationships and Pittsburgh. I seem to be somewhat of a resident expert on both these days, and it’s only fair to share invaluable insight with the masses, right? Thus, without any more traditional paragraphs filled with complete sentences, I present to you: The Top Ten Ways to Sabotage a Relationship in Pittsburgh.

1. Talk like a yinzer. And mean it.


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5. Twirl your Terrible Towel like an irresponsible rookie* by hitting your partner in the face with it during an important play of a Steelers game.

6. Resist compromise on highly sensitive topics like Squirrel Hill pizzerias (Aiello’s, Mineo’s, or Napoli’s) 7. Do not share your Fuelperks. Why would your

3. Speaking of partners, make your partner sit on the outer side of the Thunderbolt, Music Express, and/or Kanga-


partner’s birthday wish will be to wish you away.

9. Get “8 to 5” jobs on opposite sides of town that involve commuting through tunnels, on parkways, through Penn DOT “projects,” and over bridges. Trust me. You’ll rarely see each other during the work week.

10. Never visit the West End Overlook for the best view of the skyline. Because no partner deserves such simplistic, yet beautiful romance.

and/or Pitt vs. Penn State.**

2. Serve your partner any other tomato-based condiment but Heinz. Personally, I think folks should be deported to at least Ohio for all Heinz violations.

4. Celebrate your partner’s birthday without a Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte. Your

partner be worth 10 cents off of the gallon?

8. Remain ignorant to Pittsburgh’s bona fide restaurant culture and take your partner to a nice Italian meal at Olive Garden.

*Proper technique requires clutching it in the middle, not the end. **If you are dating me, I prefer the Napoli’s with pepperoni and peppers and I am a Pitt alum. Consider yourself warned.


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Mistakes are a part of life as we know. Most of us make a few thousand during our lifetime, costing us jobs, relationships, money or anything else in between. But for the most part, we dust ourselves off and try again. And then there are exceptions. Sometimes our mistakes can cause a tidal wave of destruction and anarchy that not only tears apart our lives, but the lives of people who are closest to us. The ripple effects are wide


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spanning, and many times it’s a difficult, and damn near impossible journey to rise out of the ashes to seek forgiveness from ourselves and the people we’ve wronged. Daniel Bull made that journey to hell and back. His venture capital firm defrauded investors, and he spent 21 months in jail for mail fraud. Bull lost his livelihood, freedom, and most valuable

relationships. Beaten, but not broken, Bull made the difficult journey to retribution after his release. He contacted all of his victims, and began repaying what he had taken. Most welcomed him with arms of forgiveness and understanding. Bull’s ex-wife then remarried him after he showed an extreme shift in his mental and spiritual ethos.

But Bull’s change wasn’t just internal, he wanted to make an exponential change, and in 2015 Bull and his ex-business partner founded Zero Six Eight (068), a for-profit incubator built to furnish ex-felons with the abilities and inspiration to take on the entrepreneurial mindset, find consistent work, and produce a chance to become productive members of society. The name 068 is derived from the prison system. The last three numbers of a prisoner’s ID represents their geographic location. 068 is Pittsburgh’s calling card. The program is simple in process and logistics. You have to be an ex-felon or business willing to hire ex-felons. The incubator space, which provides a working business environment for start-ups, now has 10 businesses on the roster. 068 also has its own business called Work Pittsburgh, a modular home construction firm. All in all, the programs represent around 40+ jobs, most of them going to ex-felons looking for a chance to simply exist in a positive environment.

How many people are locked up in the United States? The United States

Not Convicted 451,000

Public Order 149,000

Drug 212,000

locks up more

Local Jails 646,000

Convicted 195,000

people, per capita, Youth 34,000

than any other nation. But grappling with why requires us to first consider

Property 261,000

State Prisons 1,351,000

Federal Prisons 211,000

Publi Orde c 76,0 r 00

Drug 105,000

the many types of correctional facilities and the reasons that 2.3 million people are confined there.

Violent 718,000

PRISON POLICY INITIATIVE | Sources and Data Notes See: www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2016.html

“Zero Six Eight offers a hand up and not a hand out,” said Raymond Miles, Community Empowerment Specialist at 068. “That is our core value when assisting individuals who have been alienated due to a criminal conviction,” Miles reiterated. Employees with Work Pittsburgh earn competitive pay, along with fringe benefits, like a free modular home for employees who remain with the company for two years. 068 now resides in the old Berger Industrial Park where it houses Work Pittsburgh, Incubator and Office Space. Located directly across the river from Allegheny County Jail, inmates can see the opportunity ahead, and employees can see how far they’ve come. It’s not about the past at 068, it’s about the promise for a bright future.

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If we begin to think long term about the choices we make today, we can begin to change our lifestyle.

” Sharif Rasheed made himself a promise. He said that he would not give up. Despite his circumstances, he would not falter in the face of hell. Living in his car indefinitely, completely out of money, Rasheed knew he would create something one day to make his life better than it was. It was a blinding will to succeed that fueled his drive to get out of poverty’s wake, to put behind a past of food stamps and nights alone without his father behind him. To battle the endless arrhythmia of a dead end job, and a promise of no certain future. The proverbial twisting in the


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wind we all feel at some point in our lives, Rasheed was experiencing in all its glory, trying to find his footing. Some ride the wave, some crumble under the pressure, but the strongest steel is created in the hottest fires, and Rasheed birthed an idea that would not only save him, but save others. Safi Juice (safi is Arabic for pure) is a natural juice company birthed from Rasheed’s deep love for all things natural, and his philosophy that

Growing up on food stamps I understand why people think it is impossible to eat healthy. I want to show them that there is a way.

healthy living can be for everyone, no matter your economic background. “Health is extremely important to me not only as a businessman, but also as a man that did not grow up wealthy. My mother tried her hardest to make sure that I had fruits and vegetables on my plate, even if they were frozen and not fresh. I want to be an advocate for healthy eating in adolescence because childhood obesity and malnutrition are still huge issues that need to be solved. Growing up on food stamps I understand why people think it is impossible to eat healthy. I want to show them that there is a way,” said Rasheed. Safi Juice recently partnered with Zero Six Eight, an integration program for ex-felons looking for sustainable work. “Safi is dedicated to giving individuals a second chance at life. Erasing the stigma and barriers that are placed

on ex-offenders. It allowed me to combine my previous life with my current one and again, promote the fact that juicing, eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle can be for everyone,” said Rasheed. Safi Juice continues to grow and promote affordable and healthy living options to individuals, families, and children. It’s a crime what has become acceptable in the way of food choices, and Rasheed is passionate about education and awareness. “Children should know the importance of eating organic, fresh local food. Safi will play a huge role in making a difference in these issues. Safi wants to inform people that health is bigger than green drinks and salads. Health can be taking a walk a day or not over indulging in processed and fried foods. Healthy living should be a priority in every household but often times that is not the case

because of lack of education. If we begin to think long term about the choices we make today, we can begin to change our lifestyle.” After many hard fought battles, long nights, and longer days, Safi Juice is now a full-time business for the budding entrepreneur. “I began selling juice in March to friends, co-workers and random strangers around the city. It was a slow start that took a lot of hard work but eventually, people began coming back for more on their own. Following your dream involves risk and sacrifice. I invested ALL of my savings into an idea that I believed in and I refused to fail.”

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Whether you’re a native Pittsburgher or new to town, there are countless options when it comes to finding a place to call home in the city. Recently Pittsburgh has been featured in many “best places to live” lists across the country. Although it has a reputation as a smoky steel town, Pittsburgh has always been a bastion for the arts and is home to many industries that helped to build America. Since its inception, our city at the convergence of three rivers has been a destination for industry, trade, education, culture and technology.

With 90 neighborhoods, there are innumerable possibilities when it comes to different types of city living. From lively, trendy Lawrenceville to quiet, secluded Observatory Hill, each of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods has different things to offer.

Buying vs. Renting Are you looking to settle down or are you a student who’s planning on living in Pittsburgh for just a few years? Buying a home, condo or multi-family property is an investment that can pay off in the long run, but there is much more to owning property than a monthly mortgage payment. There are many additional costs and responsibilities involved in owning a home, such as repairs, taxes, and homeowner’s insurance. When you rent, your landlord is usually responsible for these things. Are you a DIY kind of person or would you rather just pay rent and call a guy when something breaks? When you’re looking for a new home, it’s important to determine what kind of space and environment will fit your needs and lifestyle. Here are a few questions and answers that can help you get started on finding the perfect place.

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What’s your budget? Before you start your search, it is essential to look at your income and determine what your budget will be for your rent or mortgage. A general rule of thumb is that no more than 30 percent of your income should go to housing. This does not include other expenses such as insurance, taxes, utilities, etc.

What kind of lifestyle do you live? Do you enjoy dining out and nightlife or are you more of a homebody who enjoys spending time with family? Different areas of the city offer different styles of living. A neighborhood like Point Breeze provides a quiet residential area with abundant parking and is close to Frick Park, so if you’re a nature lover, it might be great for you. Some people prefer more urban living in neighborhoods such as Bloomfield, which offers conveniences like restaurants, bars and grocery stores within walking distance. Its central location is also perfect for those who prefer to bike, walk or take the bus to work. If you have a family, how much room do you need? Would you like a large, private yard or would a shared courtyard suffice? What kind of education do you want for your kids? There are a multitude of public and private schools in Pittsburgh that offer top-notch education and services for children. Think about the kind of community in which you want your kids to grow up.


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Houses Great for singles and families alike, houses in Pittsburgh range from 100-year old mansions with sweeping grounds to tiny row houses with postage stamp lawns. There are houses scrunched together all over the city; you don’t necessarily have to live in a strictly residential area to find a single-family home.


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There are a wide variety of apartments available in Pittsburgh. In Squirrel Hill and Shadyside you can find art deco architectural treasures in buildings with multiple floors and hundreds of apartments. There are also thousands of apartments around the city in smaller buildings, usually owned by friendly locals who love talking about their neighborhoods.

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Condominiums If you want to buy a condo, the Strip, Downtown and East Liberty offer many different styles of condos with all kinds of amenities, from ultra-modern lofts with rooftop pools to classic apartment-style condos in buildings that provide the basics. Keep in mind that you will have to pay monthly HOA fees in addition to your mortgage payment.

Multi-family or Commercial Property When looking for a home, consider purchasing a duplex or other multi-family property in which you will live. Real estate in some areas of Pittsburgh is still notoriously cheap, and rental units can help to cover the cost of your mortgage and expenses. Just make sure you are prepared for the responsibilities that arise when you become a landlord. Get to know state and local tenant-landlord law. Still one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S., Pittsburgh has so much to offer that this is by no means a comprehensive list of where what and how to buy or rent a home. Look for more on city living in Pittsburgh in our next issue. 24

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the publishing world but, when all's said and done, most people that went to school for anything related to writing are either working the freelance hustle or currently pursuing an unrelated career.

Life of a Freelancer Misconceptions and Living The Hustle Written by Julianna Bagwell

here, $50 there, and never truly get to have that "aha!" moment where all the work feels worth it. Being a freelancer is all about the hustle, compiling small amounts of money, constantly seeking new gigs, often supplementing your income with unrelated part time work, and becoming an expert on self-branding. Freelancing is different for everyone who pursues it but, from my experience, I'll admit that I've sometimes had to work for free in order to land writing gigs. This isn't to say I condone any artist giving away their work for less than it's worth. But, when you live in culture that

is constantly asking you to market your own skills, it becomes necessary to get your work into the public eye in whatever way you have to. Freelancers learn to face constant rejection and continue selling their brand regardless. It seems as though the word "freelancer" is often met with questioning looks and sympathetic nods because, after all, freelancing isn't a real job, right? This is just something to do until you get a real offer in your field, of course. Well, as a writer, maybe not. Sure, there's always the chance you'll land a staff position at Buzzfeed, or move into

Now, I realize that I'm not exactly selling the freelancer life. It's true that a freelancer, at least at first, has difficulty finding stability. It's a common misconception that a freelancer can sit at home and the work will come to them. In reality, freelancers are constantly seeking a new assignment, a new editorial, and researching current events so that they can make relevant and sellable content. But the trade off, the "job perk" that I would never want to give up, is the ability to be your own boss. You'll always have editors, content managers, and a slew of other people that you might consider your co workers but, without the confines of a traditional workplace, you can choose to turn off your computer for half an hour and walk away from your job frustrations.


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Arguably the single­most common cause of project incompletion is DIY procrastination. Think about it; how many times have you heard, “Oh, yeah.. I started to (insert cool sounding project), but I’ve just been too busy to finish it yet,” come out of someone’s mouth? (Maybe even your own? No judgement here.) It’s classic. But why does this happen to us? These are some possible causes for this senseless DIY procrastination and suggestions for how to get around it.


WHAT’S WRONG: Do you really know exactly how to finish it? WHY: Sometimes when you get started with a project you’ve never done before, you may realize that you’re nervous to attempt one or more of the necessary steps to finish because the task is intimidating. This lack of confidence can be a huge deterrent for you to move forward because overanalyzing the task makes it seem very daunting. HOW TO FIX IT: Just try it. There is no better way to learn how to do something than to try and see what happens. Making mistakes teaches you more than getting it exactly right on the first try ever will. Oh, and congratulations, you just made a new best friend: YouTube. | Issue 12


you just have to have a bit of faith that it’s going to come together.

Never give Up! WHAT’S WRONG: Do you hate the way it’s turning out? WHY: When a project is in progress, it may be missing some key elements that tie everything together. With those elements missing, you might absolutely hate the way it looks and find that you have lost the will to continue on with the project and start asking yourself contemplating questions that seem to go much deeper than the project, such as: “Why should I invest time and energy into something I don’t even like?” HOW TO FIX IT: To overcome this, you just have to have a bit of faith that it’s going to come together. According to some very scientific research, approximately 94.3% of projects that look weird while in progress end up turning out great in the end, so just go with it! The worst that can happen is that you finish it and still hate it, but if that does happen, you will have at least learned a thing or two along the way to prevent it from happening again and that’s all that matters, right? 30

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WHAT’S WRONG: Is it becoming more expensive or time consuming than you had planned? WHY: When a “cheap, weekend project” turns into a “not­-so-­cheap, month­-of-­weekends project,” it can really kill your DIY vibe. When this happens, it can be easy to just throw in the towel and say “Forget it” (or some other choice words, if you prefer). HOW TO FIX IT: When projects get more expensive than you thought, look for alternative sources for materials. Have you checked Craigslist to see if anyone is selling or, better yet, giving away things you could use? How about heading to Point Breeze to check out Construction Junction and/or Creative Reuse? You’d be amazed what you can find for fractions of retail prices. And if you get burned out because a project is taking too long, find a way to make it fun. Grab a couple friends and some adult beverages and make it a DIO (do it OURselves) project.

Regardless of the cause for your DIY procrastination, find a way to overcome it and finally finish your half ­finished project (or projects! Again, no judgement here.). Getting this off your to-­do list will inevitably relieve some stress for you and quiet that taunting, nagging voice in the back of your mind every time you walk past your partially completed project.

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When I moved back to Pittsburgh four years ago, my friends were at a loss. “Isn’t that just an old, industrial wasteland? And you don’t even like sports!” But defending Pittsburgh was easy. I was proud to be part of the surge of young millennials who were helping cultivate new seeds of lifestyle and culture in old neighborhoods, many of which I knew by name but never had reason to visit. With new bars and restaurants opening every month to serve an expanding urban employment base, I had a front row seat for the revitalization of a once downtrodden city that I had long considered home. That sunny perspective shifted one day when I fatefully turned on NPR and listened to a moving story about black Pittsburghers and the neighborhoods that they, too, called home. They shared experiences of exclusion, repression, and ultimately, segregation. The younger generation — my generation —felt that there was no place for them in Pittsburgh. And they longed to move to a city that more fully embraced its African-American culture. Until that moment, I strongly believed that tightly-knit, culturally homogenous neighborhoods were what truly made Pittsburgh great. My love for this city was based on rosy childhood memories of weekends shopping for Polish food in the Strip District and Italian food in Bloomfield.


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RE MAKING PITTSBURGH: G E N T Written by Alison Hillard

And I still love it here. But I am wary. Like most cities, ours has a problematic past — a past of thick segregation and ruthless urban redevelopment. It happened to the Hill District in the 1940s, and East Liberty in the 1960s, and the examples just go on and on from there. But now is our chance to use that past to inform our future. What happened then were systematic forms of exclusion, and what is beginning to happen now is yet another: Gentrification. Pittsburgh is being redeveloped, and whether or not we like it or intend for it to happen, that redevelopment is largely benefitting the upperclass while the lower-class — which is predominantly African American — continues to be edged out of the city. The edging out of the lower-class is a byproduct of the idea that lowincome communities exist in a semiconstant survival mode. The need to focus on day-to-day wellbeing

leaves little energy to notice or prevent drastic community change from happening until it has already occurred. The lower-class don’t have the privilege of time or financial infrastructure to protect their community until it has already been taken out from under them. But right now, many Pittsburghers do have that privilege. I have that privilege. I can’t be a voice for those of us who are being pushed out of the city, but I can be a voice of someone who wants that process to stop. As a community, we need to take the same amount of time that we spend frequenting the



wealth of new businesses that surround us to think about how those new businesses are changing the face of our commonwealth, and what that means to us.

This is a small city, and right now, it still belongs to us, and our voices can still be heard. But “us” does not just mean me, the white college-grad bartender columnist from north of the city. Nor does it just mean my friends who own, manage, and work in many of the small businesses that have sprung up throughout the East End. It also means the residents who have been excluded by these new developments, who deserve a safe space in these neighborhoods that they have lived in since long before I wanted to.

Sometimes it is veiled, sometimes it is blatant, but it is always horrifying. Pittsburghers are nothing if we are not opinionated. Probably more than anything, we know what Pittsburgh is not, and we can tell that it is changing, and we have opinions about that change. But do we know what Pittsburgh is? Do we like it? And now that we have the momentum to move forward, do we know what we want it to become? Sure, it could be great to live in the next Brooklyn. But, more and more, I am beginning to realize that Pittsburgh has an opportunity to be something better than that. Pittsburgh can be the next Pittsburgh — an inclusive Pittsburgh, that leaves none of its culture behind for the sake of becoming an idea rather than the place that I am proud to call home.

My generation — the Millennials — are doing well in this regard. We are getting better. We are interacting with our differences more, we think less of variations in race and sexuality. We are more inclusive. But we need to be very aware of the racism that remains, because it is there, and it is causing harm. I see it on a daily basis on the other side of both of the bars where I work. | Issue 12


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There is a Balance to Working Behind a Bar Written by Alison Hillard

Photography by Julie Kahlbaugh

A balance between tending to a guest’s needs and lingering; between over-involving yourself in their experience versus not doing enough to shape it. You must give them what they need (water), what they want (alcohol), and then back away. You will feel the tug of their eyes on your back if they need more, and be open and willing to give it. You must smile, and you must be sincere. You are a facilitator, not a performer — but if necessary, you will facilitate a performance.

your plans together for the next day when the bar is closed; they will only make the night feel longer. A balance between a guest’s needs and yours. Sometimes, oftentimes, that balance will tip in their favor (it should). You will be hungry, you will need to pee, and you won’t relieve either of these needs. You will want to be behind the bar to make sure that a guest’s food arrives, that they have the proper silverware, that their glass is full, because you are good at your job.

A balance between working with coworkers who are also your friends. Be professional, pleasant, and kind. Forget your frustrations, your debts, and

A balance between watching your guests eat coursed-out meals of freshly-cooked food, prepared to their preference, while you eat a grano-


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But in a few hours, you will be at home, and work will still be at work. la bar in the kitchen. You will smell seared scallops, ragout, béchamel, and while you wonder if you still have steel-cut oats stuck in your teeth, a guest will ask you how nice it must be to work in a restaurant that prepares such amazing food. And you will smile, because even if you never get to eat the food you serve, the happiness of your guests is somehow worth it.



2.0 oz Mezcal .75 oz fresh lemon juice .75 oz house-made ginger syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters 1 slice jalapeño

A balance between difficult and easy — as in, bartending is neither. The thing is, the cracked, dry skin on your knuckles may be burning from fresh citrus and astringent alcohol, and you might be so tired that the muscles in your feet and back are enflamed. But in a few hours, you will be at home, and work will still be at work. No lives will have been saved or lost or changed. They came, they drank, they smiled, they ate. You shook, you stirred, you smiled, you poured. And now it is past last call and you can rest easy knowing that you spent your night making people happy. Wonderfully, drunkenly, frivolously happy. The kind of happy that you need to balance everything else.

Muddle the bitters with the jalapeño slice. Remove the muddled jalapeño, add remaining ingredients, and shake. Double-strain into a small coupe glass. Garnish with a dash of cayenne pepper. Serve.

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Mercurio's Creamery The Foreign Favorite

Who knew that Mercurio’s and Mercurio’s Creamery were two separate businesses? The former, located on Walnut Street in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside, produces delicious pizzas crafted from house-made dough, cheese, and whole Italian tomatoes. The latter is the business’s gelato wing, owned by siblings Anna Crucitt, Michael Mercurio, and Joey Mercurio. In addition to the 36 flavors sold at the Shadyside shop, the Creamery also sells to several restaurants and sweet shops around Pittsburgh, including My Favorite Sweet Shoppe in Bridgeville, Big Dog Coffee in the South Side, and the Sewickley Confectionary. Can’t decide on a flavor? We recommend the pistachio, which is pureed pistachios in a rich vanilla base.


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Dave & Andy’s Ice Cream The Hometown Hero

If you’ve been making ice cream in the same spot since 1983, you’re probably doing something right. Andy Hardie and Dave Tuttle started Dave & Andy’s Ice Cream in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood over thirty years ago, and though Dave left in 1990, Andy has been churning out ice cream since. At any given time, he offers 16

ice creams, which includes ice cream store staples—chocolate, vanilla, cookies and cream, cookie dough, birthday cake—as well as new and different flavors like White Chocolate Cinnamon Habanero, which swirls pureed habanero pepper and white chocolate through cinnamon ice cream. He also offers 8 yogurts, 2 sorbets, and homemade waffle cones, which you can smell from over a street away. If you’re trying to sample Andy’s wares, you’d best start lining up now—on warm days in the summer, the line at Dave & Andy’s Ice Cream often stretches out the door.

Millie’s The Artisan

Two years ago, Chad Townsend left Salt of the Earth, where he was Executive Chef, to open his own restaurant. As he worked through the restaurant starting process, he began to make ice cream as a fun side project. Eventually, he started selling his ice cream as part of a CSA subscription. After he and his wife, Lauren, went out to eat one evening and tried a low quality dessert, they decided to open Millie’s, an ice cream shop on South Highland in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Currently, Millie’s makes all their flavors by hand at a facility in Homewood, and drives them daily to the shop, which sells Lactaid pills for 50 cents at the counter. Of the dozen flavors, four are staples—Chad’s Vanilla, The Best Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Vietnamese Coffee—while two are sorbets. Every flavor uses real ingredients, meaning no additives, preservatives, or emulsifiers. Millie’s serves straight up cream, eggs, milk, and other natural ingredients.

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Klavon’s The Classic

Every National Ice Cream Day (July 17th, for those counting down the days), Klavon’s owner Jacob Hanchar releases experimental flavors, as well as free samples. The convivial owner runs Klavon’s with his wife, Desiree, in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Almost everything in the former drug store looks the same as it did in 1945, when James and Mary Klavon built a bar from which to serve ice cream—at the time, they ran a drug store, and ice cream was believed to help the stomach absorb medicine. Maybe the only thing that’s not old is the ice cream, which gets made fresh weekly, without the use of preservatives. Try an ice cream float, like the Whitehouse Cherry Soda (cherry syrup, soda water, vanilla ice cream), or one of the decadent sundaes, like the Strip District Split.


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Stickler’s Popsicle Truck

Gus and Yia Yia’s SticklERs For When You're Feeling Icy

The Newcomer

In the summer of 2013, Todd and Laura Saulle started selling homemade popsicles from two coolers attached to a bicycle. “Pop Stop” was a hit, known for its mobility as well as for the popsicles themselves, which were made in the style of Mexican Paleta, a puree of fresh fruit with herbs. In the summer of 2015, the Saulle’s expanded their operation into a mobile food truck, and this year they’ve found a permanent home and production space in Milvale, in a building that once housed an ice cream shop. Newly opened for summer 2016, Stickler’s wants to offer 8 flavors, with 4 staples and 4 flavors that change with the month. Current staples include Strawberry Lemonade, The Elvis (peanut butter, banana, honey), and Orange Mango, though Todd isn’t afraid to push the envelope: he’s toying with the idea of a “Cold Pizza” popsicle, made with basil, tomato, and crushed red pepper.

For over fifty years, Gus Kalaris and his wife, Stella (nicknamed Yia Yia, which means ‘grandmother’ in Greek), have been selling ice balls. The business got its start in 1934, when Kalaris’ father bought the ice ball stand, and Kalaris took over after his father’s death. Also served: popcorn and peanuts. Find the stand in Pittsburgh’s North Side for a truly unique taste of city history.

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BAYARDSTOWN SOCIAL CLUB There’s something exceedingly cool about a social club – even if (for the right price) anyone can be a member. And when that price is less than $100 for a season? Even cooler. Bayardstown Social Club, located in the heart of the Strip District, gives members a cool place to party the night away. Food and beer are strictly bring-yourown (they have grills to use), but there’s usually live music, plus outdoor games for entertainment.

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The Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of time for outdoor eating in Pittsburgh. From sidewalk cafes to rooftop bars, diners all over the city are taking advantage of the great outdoors, while enjoying a great meal at the same time. Over at Good Food Pittsburgh, we’ve been scouring the city for the best eating and drinking spots, plus a few tropical-inspired cocktails, to enjoy this season.



at North Park Boathouse: Paddle right up to the OTB Bicycle Café at North Park Boathouse, the casual, comfortable spot with killer sandwiches and local brews. Overlooking the lake at North Park, the views are beautiful, and the vibe is quiet and cool. Plus, with the fire pit on the patio, you can enjoy some lake-side dining even on the chilliest summer or fall days.

The outdoor garden at Pusadee’s Garden is a sight to behold. The upper Lawrenceville Thai restaurant is known just as much for their authentic, spicy Thai dishes as they are for their tranquil outdoor dining space, filled with flowering plants, string lights, and crawling vines that shut out the rest of the city. At least once this summer, make it a point to make reservation, and relish in its beauty.

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SIX PENN KITCHEN Six Penn Kitchen has become a downtown staple, serving up creative cocktails and bar bites from their corner rooftop patio. Located just across the river from PNC Park, it’s the perfect spot to grab a drink (or two) and enjoy the sunshine before a Pirates game.

MARIO’S EAST SIDE SALOON The open, airy rooftop deck at Mario’s East Side Saloon in Shadyside is made for laid-back weekend drinking. With tons of TVs, the game is always on, and there are always drink specials to keep the crowd happy.

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MAGGIE’S FARM RUM You can’t make a seriously good tiki drink without a seriously good rum – and Maggie’s Farm Rum is seriously good. We never know what’s going to be on their cocktail menu each week, but the bartenders at the bar at Maggie’s Farm Rum always have at least one or two tropical-inspired offerings. Seasonality is key to creating their cocktails, so look for lots of fresh fruit throughout the summer.


ROUND-UP Pittsburghers now have a new option to satisfy their morning sugar fix. Just Good Donuts has opened up in the Pub Chip Shop, selling old-fashioned cake doughnuts, yeast-raised doughnuts, and coffee. The Southside shop-within-a-shop will feature a rotating list of flavors, including spicy bacon and maple. Serving up their own tasty treats, Prohibition Pastries is set to open a storefront in Point Breeze. Formerly known as Eliza’s Oven, the boozy bakeshop takes beers and spirits, and infuses them into cupcakes,


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breads and pastries. Prohibition Pastries will be open later this summer. In ‘these restaurants can’t open fast enough’ news, we’re keeping an eye on a couple of new spots from some of Pittsburgh’s best culinary talents. Dennis Marron, formerly of The Commoner, will be launching his own space in Lawrenceville later this year. Merchant Oyster Company will feature all manner of sea-worthy dishes, and is slated to open this fall. And, over at the building that housed the former Salt of the Earth (may it rest in peace), Richard DeShantz (chef/owner at Meat & Potatoes, tako and Butcher & the Rye) is currently in the early planning stages of his next concept. For that, we’ll have to wait until 2017.

And finally, the people have spoken. And the people want a cat café. With days to spare, Olivia Ciotoli and Indigo Baloch, Pittsburgh friends and cat lovers, were able to raise more than $20,000 on Kickstarter, and fully fund their plans to open Black Cat Market, a Japanese-inspired cat café. They’ll serve coffee, tea and pastries, and adoptable cats will be available for playing and fun in a separate room. Right now, the two are looking for a location, but plan to open this fall. Want even more Pittsburgh restaurant and food news? Visit GoodFoodPittsburgh.com for daily updates.

HIDDEN HARBOR When Hidden Harbor opened in January, it instantly became our go-to spot whenever we needed a little taste of summer. Now that the weather is warm, we’re still loving their tropical Tiki drinks, and their wall of rum (up to 99 different bottles, at last count). With a menu full of inventive, ever-changing and Instagramworthy punches, slushes, and smoking cocktail bowls, Hidden Harbor has made going out for drinks a seriously fun occasion.

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and Chris offers a diverse plethora of styles. From superhero sleeves to warlocks, his detail is top flight. Enjoy our interview with Chris and Jesse as we talk about the industry, weird stuff, and hidden talents.


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Lp: What got you into tattooing? Chris: Dumb Luck. Jesse: Art has always been in my life. I started having a passion for tattoos at a young age and knew I wanted to tattoo when I was 15.

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Chris: It varies from tight line details to more bold neo traditional.

Jesse: Hand with rose and a love letter Chris did on my thigh.

Jesse: Traditional, bold, bright colors.

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“My dad was a live sound engineer for the family business and that’s how he met my mom. Neither of my parents are musicians, but the love and respect for music in my family runs really deep,” said Annibale. Annibale began writing songs in third grade, and began taking it seriously as a teenager. At that time she also took up guitar and drew inspiration from artists like John Mayer. “I felt a natural inclination to play guitar because it was always in my family,” she stated.

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Brooke Annibale’s emotive vocals produce a clean and relaxing experience with her latest album, The Simple Fear. The Pittsburgh native was born and bred in the music business, with her family owning and operating a retail music store and live sound business that’s still functioning presently. While musically gifted, Annibale decided to pursue a degree in Music Business from Belmont University, and placed her laser focus on the entrepreneurial side of music in order to give her a dynamic edge in an ever-changing landscape. 54

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As an adult, Annibale moved to Nashville to get more dialed into the music scene, but returned back to Pittsburgh in 2014 to parlay what she learned in the music capital of the world to the steel city, a place notably struggling to define its commercial music relevance.

" I don’t think there’s really any better way to express myself or relate to other people than through music. It’s just really powerful,” said Annibale. Upon a first listen, Annibale’s voice soothes, and drips residue of Sarah McLaughlin, Norah Jones, and Christina Perri. While most of The Simple Fear is light an airy, she does showcase a more melancholy side with songs like "All Over Again" and "Patience". For a journey into Annibale’s more soulful side, "Answers" utilizes her lower register and a nice repertoire of vocal gymnastics. Overall, Annibale is one of Pittsburgh’s strongest female vocalists. Her vocals in combination with her musical acumen, solid songwriting skills and great production quality fills a void in the city for a sustainable sound that’s native to our region. Visit brookeannibale.com for more information

"It's strange to feel like you are one of the last of your own kind," said Gene, the front man of the quintet. With the release of the band’s third studio album, The Loner, Gene the Werewolf continues to blaze their own rock trail come hell or high water.

In a world of glitter pop and skinny jeaned rockers, Gene the Werewolf simply gives the middle finger to anyone and everyone who says Rock and Roll is dead. The most perfect manifestation of East Bound and Down’s Kenny Powers is a hard core fan of everything rock, and believes that real rock has been on the chopping block for a long time.

Some might call the band’s manifesto somewhat antiquated; parodied videos, power ballads, simplistic lyrics, high notes, big riffs, and guitar solos as far as the ears can hear. But for Gene, he’s right in the pocket of where he needs to be. For the Rock and Roll purist, someone who fancies Whitesnake and Kiss with a little twang of Twisted Sister, Gene the Werewolf is magnificent album of attrition, waging war on the metrosexual auto-tuned world we call today’s music. Songs like “The Walking Dead” talk about the inevitable onslaught of the zombie apocalypse. Vocally, the song is solid, with a meaty guitar solo, and an accompanying animated video that’s either great or insane, just depending on what you’re drinking that evening. The title track, “The Loner,” is actually a pretty catchy tune with solid vocals from Gene, great hook, and solid guitar. Overall, Gene the Werewolf quite simply is not for everyone. It screams 1985, but it’s well-produced, and is sure to provide any Rock enthusiast with a bevy of notable tunes to listen to while watching old videos of the immaculate reception.

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A month-long celebration of creative reuse, sustainability, and transformation including the North American Premiere of Drap-Art, International Festival of Recyling Art.

left: Sylvester Damianos (b. 1933), Urbanscape Four, 2012 (detail); photo by Damianos Photography right: Kathleen Mulcahy (b. 1950), Tidal, 2008 (detail); photo by Mark Perrott

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Opposites Attract: Kathleen Mulcahy & Sylvester Damianos November 5, 2016–February 5, 2017 Featuring the work of two well-known and respected artists, who are both past award winners from the Associate Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition.

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Alexandra Bodnarchuk Asks ‘Why’ Through Dance

When dealing with an eating disorder, one doesn’t choose to recover, says dance artist Alexandra Bodnarchuk, one chooses to stop killing themselves. “It’s a daily choice to live,” she says. Her latest, original production, Something Pretty—which world premiered at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in August—tackled the subject head-on. Visiting Bodnarchuk’s website, one is struck by two things. First, the fact that a question is immediately posed— What is honesty in dance? Bodnarchuk, who has studied both in America and in Europe, and performed across the country, says the question is really for herself.

“It's a reminder to me to constantly be asking ‘Why?’. Why am I making this decision? What is the intention behind this gesture? This hand? This jump? Why is my weight in this foot?” The difference between “how is it” and “why” is vastly important in the arts; one can study the reasoning behind their craft, but there is no real reason. Asking why is a lifelong pursuit; and Bodnarchuk, who has been studying dance since the age of 2, is not giving up on this pursuit. Written by Eric Boyd Photography by Hannah Altman Photography (www.hannahaltmanphoto.com)


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The second striking thing about Bodnarchuk is that she doesn’t merely call herself a dancer or a ballerina, a performer or a choreographer. She calls herself a dance artist. “The distinction is that I’m not being told what to do by somebody else. The work I’m creating is my idea and I’m constantly looking at ways to make it better, constantly asking ‘why’.” Again, the idea of why. It’s a huge question which Bodnarchuk’s new show wishes to engage. Something Pretty, which originated from Bodnarchuk’s own experiences in the past, will feature herself, five professional dancers and two non-dancers, as well as music by Brandon Musser; the show aims to physicalize the struggles of disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (a striking image of Bodnarchuk figuratively pulling the skin off her of body, taken by well-known Pittsburgh photographer Hannah Altman, displays the show’s intent clearly). Each performance seeks to open a dialogue within the audience about what these illnesses are.

eating to full blown eating disorders, over half of the dancers they’d worked with would fall on the continuum of having a disorder. “It’s almost a cliché how common it is,” Bodnarchuk says. “And it’s a problem that we have that cultural mindset.” A mindset, she admits, she shared while growing up. “Wanting to be a dancer, I wanted to look like the other dancers,” she says. “You’d see the really thin girls on stage and think, ‘Well, I wasn’t cast in that piece.’ You’re trying to put two and two together, asking, ‘What do I need to do to get there?’” For many, Bodnarchuk fears, getting there means eating

less or restricting themselves in unhealthy ways. In Something Pretty, her character goes down that path until she’s on the edge of self-destruction. Later in the show she has the chance to go further down that path, but chooses not to.

Something Pretty will navigate the battle one has when having to decide, day by day, to live.

“Throughout the course of your disease you’re given the choice to love yourself,” she says. “At the bottom of this show is the idea that you have a choice to decide if you’re worth it. And you are.” Alexandra Bodnarchuk’s character makes that choice--to love herself--but that doesn’t mean things will get easier. Her work as a dance artist, in seeking honesty, can ask the question, Why? However, that is a question it cannot answer.

“I’m not trying to make a happy ending because I know this is an ongoing struggle.”

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