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On the move?

New to town, or just a new neighborhood? If you haven’t tried transit before maybe now is the time. Port Authority has convenient and frequent service to and from the urban areas of Pittsburgh. East Liberty is the heart of the East End’s transit service. Many Port Authority bus routes use the East Busway to bypass local traffic including the P1 and P3 from East Liberty’s busway station which offer quick rides to Downtown and Oakland. Various other routes have stops on Penn Ave. and serve just about anywhere in the East End of the city. Living Downtown? You CAN get anywhere from here. You can catch a bus or T to almost anywhere in Allegheny County. Groceries in the Strip District, take the 88. For all the flavor of Lawrenceville the 91 works. Nearly all of Port Authority's 100 routes travel in and out of Downtown. For more neighborhoods go to onthemove.portauthority.org and make this town your own.

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DESIGN Jordan Mitchell Art Director

Emily Catalano Food Editor

PHOTOGRAPHY Julie Kahlbaugh Photo Director

Ben Hamrick History Editor Leah George DIY Editor Carrie Rose Copy Editor Aleita Hermanowski Features Writer Lacey DiYanni Editorial Intern CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Heidi Balas Kate Benz Mike Buzzelli Onastasia Youssef Jeff Rose

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Letter From The Editor When I was growing up, my hero was Bruce Lee. He inspired me to dust myself off and practice martial arts, boxing, and pretty much molded my entire incense-filled adolescence. His self-control and energy went far beyond anything I had seen in my world. I was encouraged to harness my fears and take control of my life. Throughout the years, I adopted more heroes; those who would serve for my journey into adulthood. Steven Segal inspired my oldest son’s name, Niko. “The Crow” reaffirmed my love of film noire, Ernest Hemingway told me it was ok to write without asking for forgiveness, and Richard Branson encouraged my entrepreneurial adventurism, but most importantly, he taught me how to fail without seeing myself as a failure. Heroes, in all forms, implant a belief that we too, can accomplish greatness within our lives. Your teacher, doctor, or family members may be the catalyst to your greatness. If you’re fortunate enough to be within arm’s length of your hero, make sure they know it, and never forget those who inspire your growth. In this issue, you’ll be inspired by entrepreneurs, pioneers, performers, crafters, and storytellers. Pass our magazine along to your friends and family, and if you have a minute, write to us, and tell me who inspires you and why. I’ll pick four stories to tell in our next print edition. Enjoy our creation, and we hope inspiration continues to find you.

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Do Stuff. Now.

Get friendly with our new DIY editor, Leah, as she prevents you from drowning in the deep end of the DIY pool. It’s ok to need a floatie. She’s here to help.


Good Food Pittsburgh


Ready For Her Close Up


No Name Players Are Kind of a Big Name


Tea is best when it’s One-on-One

Chocolate, News, and our favorite foodie staples.


LOCALfilm: Michael Anton

Take an intimate peek into the mind of a filmmaker.

Theater Dynamo Daina Griffith talks Broadway, Batman, and theater in the ‘Burgh.

Behind the team that has tickled a funny bone in the local theater community.


Can I get a Venti macchiato with whipped cream, sprinkles, extra foamy steam, and six sugars? Not a chance.


All About Una

The refreshingly natural beauty company opens their first storefront in Lawrenceville.


History of Bloomfield

Butler Street Oasis

You just never know what’s hiding on our city streets. Enjoy this hidden gem of a home located in Lawrenceville.

Get the real story behind the Little Italy of the ‘burgh.

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Pittsburgh by the Numbers

Have you ever wanted to know how many times toilets flush on a daily basis in your neighborhood? Well, we have no idea, but we do have some other interesting facts that you might find helpful.

Blog Roll

Our bloggers rip through your soul with various topics. It’s quite entertaining, actually.




Rising above the city, we shoot a pair of illuminating redheads in edgy attire.




Women’s Shelters


LOCAL Heroes: Aggie Brose


Viva Italiano! We cover five stellar eateries that would make Rocky Balboa proud. These are heavyweight culinary marvels that you definitely get in the ring with. 6

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Our highlight of the ink that decorates our city.

Where women retreat when the world they love crashes around them and the unthinkable happens.

We follow her relenting desire to keep fighting for the people of Garfield and Bloomfield.


Crowning Glory You might never be the queen, but you can surely rock a crown with regal fabulousness.

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Picture this: you’re wandering through your favorite store and come across the mirror you never knew you needed. There is

It’s February so you may have already fallen off from your New Year’s Resolutions of dusting off that treadmill you swore you’d use daily (three years ago) or squirreling away every five dollar bill you get to save for your vacation to Jamaica. Hey, it’s okay. Let’s stick to a more practical resolution: lowering the amount of money you spend on things you could totally do yourself. You might even save enough to go to Jamaica without the five dollar bill gimmick. Together, we will tackle home-related DIY projects that can save money and bring a true personal touch into your home. You, too, can become a self-proclaimed

DIY extraordinaire as we rehab, create, and upcycle our way through 2016. You’ll be able to read about projects here each month, see tutorials and bonus projects on www. local-pittsburgh.com, and watch videos on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. Don’t be shy, either. If you’ve had the experience described earlier and have been wandering through life with no sense of purpose because you’re still without that item, reach out! If you think it’s something that’s possible to make yourself, you just have NO idea where to start, send an email to DIY@local-pittsburgh.com and let’s figure it out.

absolutely no way you will be able to carry on in your apartment without this mirror. You look at the price tag - $850. Ouch. Befºre you reconsider your existence, breathe; there’s still hope for you here on Earth. With a little determination, you won’t have to choose between being able to see you and your shoes and paying rent. (Granted, we already determined that without the mirror, there would be no sense in continuing to pay rent anyway, right?) 8

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In its current state, few would recognize Bloomfield as it was once a combination of sprawling farms and plantations. The town took its name from its wealth of wildflowers as described by early settlers. Its strategic vicinity to the Allegheny River and open livestock pastures encouraged German immigrants to settle the area in the mid to late 18th century, around the time of the Revolutionary War. John Winebiddle, considered by many to be the founder of the community, entered the war allied with the English, but defected to the Continental Army’s pursuit of freedom. Winebiddle came from Germany already a wealthy man, which he used to purchase cattle and open tanneries in the Bloomfield/ Lawrenceville area to supply the American war effort with food and clothing.

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Upon Winebiddle’s death in 1795, his tract of land was divided among other prominent German settlers in the greater Bloomfield community. Much of his land would eventually become parts of Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Garfield, and Friendship. His daughter, Barbara, married Jacob Negley who was instrumental in the initial construction of Penn Avenue and funding several business ventures in the region. Their descendants also married into prominent Pittsburgh families including Baum, Mellon, and Roup, which defined the Winebiddle legacy in the Bloomfield region. The town was incorporated into Pittsburgh following the Civil War in 1868. During this time, the plantation-era lifestyle faded, giving favor to Victorian homes and row houses among the growing industry of late 19th century. As the years passed, the majority of Bloomfield’s residents became working-class Italian immigrants from the Abruzzo region, bringing with them traditions of bocce, food, and Catholicism. As the 20th century dawned, Bloomfield experienced a commercial and industrial boom, which led to infrastructure improvements. In 1914, the Bloomfield Bridge was built, which offered new connections to the downtown Pittsburgh area. Liberty Avenue grew as the heart of the business district and

in association to Penn Avenue, served as a gateway to the industrial boom of the entire East End. Despite this, the community remained heavily impoverished. Livestock roamed the cobblestone streets unkempt and living conditions were rather paltry for those who settled in the greater Bloomfield business district. Residents developed a reputation for being tough and proud people, letting their hard-working nature define their neighborhood. Today, you can find the Italian colors and flag scattered around Bloomfield’s parking meters, markets, and businesses; symbols of people’s pride for their close-knit community. Between the two World Wars, the influx of Italians dwarfed all other immigrant groups settling in the Bloomfield area. Working-class people bonded over lingual and cultural connections and, despite living in the relative squalor of run-down row houses, maintained a high quality of life. In addition, the cultural traditions of Bloomfield became more prevalent. Italian markets, shops,

and businesses dominated the local scene for much of the 20th century. However, the unfortunate reality of industrial decline led to a large percentage of families to move away from Bloomfield and the Pittsburgh area in search of work. Bloomfield’s location worked in its favor, serving as an outlet from the downtown lifestyle and retaining the neighborly qualities that made it special. It remains a close-knit community in the midst of an economic and cultural revival in Pittsburgh. Over the years, Bloomfield has transitioned into a community where tradition meets modernity. So, the next time you’re in Bloomfield, step into its eclectic shops, markets, and eateries and be sure to mark your calendar for Little Italy Days held the last weekend of September every year to commemorate Bloomfield’s Italian heritage.


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Estimated number of students enrolled in 4-year academic programs at local colleges and universities, as of 2014

Number of coffee shops in Downtown Pittsburgh per 10,000 people

Year of the creation of the emoticon by CMU computer scientist Scott Fahlman


in Pittsburgh, PA; three more than Venice, Italy


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Number of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. See if you can name them all!

Square miles of Pittsburgh, PA

Acres of park space in Frick, Point State, Schenley, Highland, and Riverview parks

CHAMPIONSHIPS by Professional sports teams

Number of parking spaces available in Downtown Pittsburgh parking garages run by the Parking Authority Number of institutions of higher learning, public and private

Number of breweries according to Beer Advocate

According to census data, Pittsburgh’s population peaked at this number in 1950


Estimated number of ketchup sold by Heinz in a year


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When it was over. by Heidi Balas www.thesteeltrap.net

Much to our chagrin, surprise, or even relief, we all have experienced that moment when we knew that it was over. Flings, complicated “friendships,” affairs, and marriages all have the potential to end, some more or less gracefully than others. Whether a relationship was just into the first moments of a hopeful possibility or well into several years of a meaningful partnership, whether we knew it right away or we took longer to take off our rose colored glasses (beer goggles even), at some point, we have all seen and felt

the end, the combustion, the demise. Ironically, perhaps it’s our breakups that have the potential to bring us together into ragtag band of survivors. The more that we share our stories, the more we are able recognize how our own experiences actually parallel each other’s. For that reason, I have made a yearly tradition of collecting anonymous submissions of the many moments when folks knew it was over. On Valentine’s Day, I then publish them on my blog with the hope of humoring those

who are not stricken by Cupid’s arrow and who are not truly feeling whatever brand of love that the stores are selling. I firmly believe that if we cannot laugh at ourselves, we would cry; thus, I choose laughter. This year is no different, with the exception that I have yet another ex in my relationship history, ultimately providing me with even more upon which to reflect on this most romantic of holidays. Alright, that was sarcasm. While I do love love, I do not love superficial holidays.

So, in the spirit of my own tradition, I have compiled a list of the my top five moments when I knew it was over. Take whatever you can from them, as I try my best to remember these lessons when any new relationship what comes my way.


I knew it was over when he was holding hands with another girl on the playground. Now if this isn’t an example that transcends the elementary school setting and survives all the way through adulthood, then I don’t know what is.


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I knew it was over when he said that he “didn’t read.” No one in their right mind should be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t read, especially with someone who openly admits it. Some folks may attribute my aversion for non-readers to my profession as an English Language Arts teacher, but au contraire. My intolerance for ignorance is the reason. I read voraciously on a variety of topics, on a variety of genres, and on a variety of mediums. It makes me a better writer, and it allows me to gain perspective on all of it and everything in between. If I feel that I cannot have a meaningful conversation with someone, it’s over.


I knew it was over when I wasn’t his “Hell yes!” response. If a relationship with me isn’t an absolute, then I don’t want any parts of it. Being a first choice is far more critical to a relationship’s survival than being an option.


I knew it was over when his jokes were no longer funny… and he held his fork like a toddler… and he ate his cereal so loudly that I could hear it through three walls and one floor… and he [insert any cringeworthy idiosyncrasy here]. My point is that sometimes all it takes for something to be over is for a quirk to lose whatever shred of charm from which it was barely dangling.


I knew it was over when I knew that there was nothing I could do to keep it from ending. Perhaps the hardest lesson for me to learn, and one that makes it so very challenging to breathe and to eat and to sleep, accepting that there were things of which I could not change or fix was the antithesis of that hopeful possibility we so enjoy feeling. And that is why it hurts.

This year I encourage you all to share your stories with each other (and with wine, as it makes all stories better). Remember, we are only able to appreciate our current happiness when our prior unhappiness is clearly in focus.

- Heidi


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Matt Cavanaugh started his culinary career at Red Bull Inn as a 15 year old busboy (where he also met his wife who was a server). At the age of 21, he left there as a kitchen manager to run Sarafino’s in Crafton.

GOAT CHEESE BRUSCHETTA Herbed goat cheese with fresh tomatoes and a balsamic reduction served on grilled bread.

Prior to opening Matteo’s in Lawrenceville, Matt continued to work for 10+ years at Sarafino’s and also Domenico’s Ristorante in Cranberry. Opening Matteo’s took some time (over a year!) to complete the buildout of the restaurant; this included everything - the hoods, the bar, the kitchen, running every pipe and wire (not personally!) and the bathrooms. In 2013, Matteo’s vas voted Best New Restaurant by the readers of The City Paper. A great feat for someone who didn’t go to culinary school. Matt lives in Crescent Township with his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Leah and Ryan.

SALMON Jack Daniel’s glazed salmon grilled to order served with asparagus and roasted redskin potatoes.

TIRAMISU Homemade by Chef Matt’s wife, Andrea, with ladyfingers, Kahlua, cocoa, and mascarpone.

PIZZA TAGLIO TONY GIARAMITA, CHEF/OWNER 126 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 https://www.facebook.com/tagliopgh/

Tony Giaramita, a native of Pittsburgh’s South Hills, grew up making Sicilian-style pizzas at his grandmother’s and father’s pizza shop in Mt. Washington. After college, Tony chose to pursue a law career, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2007. While studying abroad, Tony visited his family in Rome, Italy, and he fell in love with Rome’s culture, coffee bars, and seemingly unlimited variety of pizza. In April of 2014, Tony traded in his attaché for an apron, and opened Pizza Taglio in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. There, guests can enjoy Rome-inspired pizzas like Pizza Carbonara (with a pecorino-béchamel, cured pig jowl, and egg yolk) and Pizza Amatriciana (spicy tomato sauce with chili flakes, pecorino cheese, cured pig jowl, and shaved red onions). The ever-changing variety of toppings are offered up on two types of crust: scrocchiarella, a crisp and cracker-thin variety served all over Rome, or a Testaccio-inspired crust that’s crunchy on the outside and light and airy on the inside. For both crusts, Giaramita blends special unbleached, unbromated flours and uses higher hydration and fermentation times to ensure that pizzas are light and digestible.

PICCOLO FORNO DOMENIC BRANDUZZI, CHEF/OWNER 3801 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 http://www.piccolo-forno.com

QUATTRO STAGIONI Four Seasons: sections of prosciutto, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and artichokes

Together in the kitchen, Domenic and Carla strive to recreate traditional Tuscan dishes in the form of wood-fired pizzas and fresh hand made pastas. Always keeping Antonio’s words in mind: “Fare Tutto con Amore,” “Make Everything With Love.”

TORRE DI SFORMATO Eggplant, zucchini, roasted tomato, Romano, sweet pepper coulis

Daniel Bartow was born in Long Island, New York, and graduated from college in upstate New York. After college, he interned at The Disney Inn at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and worked at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His interest in Italian cuisine grew while he worked at a number of local Pittsburgh restaurants.


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SPINACH RAVIOLIS Homemade spinach and ricotta filled raviolis, served with a fresh made tomato basil cream sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil

Domenic Branduzzi opened Piccolo Forno in March of 2005. He trained as a pizzaiolo at Regina Margherita under Roberto Caporuscio. Prior to that he spent much of his youth working at his parent’s (Antonio and Carla) bakery in the Strip District. Carla Branduzzi, who also learned to cook in Italy, happily joined her son where she was able to add some of her savory items to the menu.

SMALL PLATES SAMPLER Hot antipasto grilled artichokes, greens and beans, house made fresh mozzarella and fried

On May 30, 2002, Legends of the North Shore had its grand opening and Dan’s dreams of opening a restaurant became a reality. Many of his customers come to his restaurant come from all over the ti-state area to taste his continental Italian specialties. Chef Dan’s passion to search Pittsburgh’s Strip District for the freshest and finest ingredients compliments his personally-selected menu.


TIRAMISU Homemade with love and a dash of lemon

JOSEPH TAMBELLINI, CHEF/OWNER 5701 Bryant Street, Highland Park

Tender veal cutlets, with white & shiitake mushrooms, in a sweet marsala wine sauce, served over a creamy risotto.


TAGLIATELLE CON RAGU DI AGNELLO Homemade spinach pasta, braised lamb, olives, orange zest, cacio cavallo

MUSSELS BIANCO Linguini topped with jumbo shrimp and mussels in a spicy crushed red pepper red gravy (also available with a white wine garlic sauce)

CHICKEN ROMANO Breaded chicken breast, pan fried, squeezed lemon, parsley and white wine, served with a trio of vegetables on parmigiano mashed potatoes

Joseph Tambellini is no stranger to Italian cooking as he got his start in the restaurant business with many of his family members. He first started working in his father’s restaurant (Robert Tambellini’s on Liberty Avenue) along with his uncle, Joe, in 1979. After his father retired, he then went to work at Louis Tambellini’s on Saw Mill Run Boulevard for the following year. Joseph also then worked in the private catering sector for a short time. Stints then followed at Carmassi’s Tuscany Grill and Bravo Franco Ristorante. It was at Bravo Franco Ristorante that Joseph learned the “Franco” style of Italian cuisine. After Bravo Franco, Joseph partnered up with his cousin, Joe D’Amico, to open Franco’s Trattoria in Dormont. In 2007, Joseph and his wife, Melissa, purchased the building where Joseph Tambellini Restaurant opened in Highland Park. You can find it in the Bryant Street business district.


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Diamonds are great, and flowers are nice, but the way to our heart will always be paved in chocolate. This year, bypass the mass market sweets, and give your love the gift of a locally-made treat. Each of these Pittsburgh favorites has a strong following, and for good reason – they really are just that tasty.

Written by Emily Catalano


This Canonsburg, PA, landmark has been selling chocolates, ice cream, and candy for more than 50 years, but are best known for their famous chocolate-covered pretzels. With dozens of varieties of handmade chocolates, from salted caramels to peanut butter meltaways, their heart-shaped boxes fly off the shelves before Valentine’s Day, though pros know that around Easter, when their giant meltaway eggs are released, is the best time to stock up.


Located in the heart of downtown, Sinful Sweets is best known for their crazy chocolate combinations, like their chocolate-covered jalapenos, beer-candied bacon, and peanut butter chocolate S’mores. The sweets company is also getting into the baking game, with the introduction of a new line of house-made cupcakes.


If you’re aiming to impress someone this Valentine’s Day, A519 Chocolate will give you instant culinary credibility. These decadent, rich chocolates are made with French premium Valrhona chocolate, and look almost too pretty to eat. But with flavors like Apple Cider and Rye (with Wigle straight rye whiskey) and Devil’s Caramel with intense dark caramel, somehow, we think you’ll be able to take a bite or two.


Even though the milkshakes are to die for, every time we stop into the South Side’s Milkshake Factory, we can’t help but load up on Edward Marc chocolates. The gourmet chocolatier is known for their ever-changing chocolate bark selection (we’re crazy about the gummy bear one), and they offer a full line of hand-made truffles, caramels, and exotic nut chocolates, too.


Started in 2012 by former Eleven pastry chef Shelby Ortz, Lux Artisan Chocolates has taken small-batch chocolate making to a whole new level. With offerings as diverse as chocolate-layered toffee (mixed with toasted, salty almonds and pecans), and chocolate bars with mix-ins like Pistachio & Black Fig and Dried Cherry & Hazelnut, every bite we’ve taken has been unique. Find the bars in a number of retail shops around town, like Aspinwall‘s Feast on Brilliant.


Why choose just one restaurant, when you can have four? That’s the idea behind Smallman Galley, the newly-opened restaurant incubator space in the Strip District. With four distinct restaurants under one roof (and a bar that connects them all), the Smallman Galley is packing a major punch, with a beautiful space, and high-caliber chefs turning out creative dishes for lunch and dinner.

Emporio: A Meatball Joint has officially opened in the North Hills. The downtown staple has opened their second location in Wexford, serving up a variety of meatballs with sauces, plus a bar with 32 drafts on tap.

Over in Troy Hill, the neighborhood is excited about the recent opening of Scratch, owner

Don Mahaney’s elevated comfort-food restaurant, with affordable craft cocktails, and lots of local beers.


Located in lower Lawrenceville, the Pittsburgh Juice Company offers a number of juice cleanse programs designed to kickstart your metabolism, and a wide selection of juices, including a rotating seasonal menu, in flavors like Strawberry Fields, Carrot Apple Ginger, Pomegranate Punch, and Spiced Apple Cider. You can also find smoothies, coffees, and a raw, vegan, and gluten-free menu at the shop.

For the kid in you, Bloomfield’s new Peanut Butter Jelly Time offers so much more than standard lunchbox fare. This gourmet PB&J restaurant has elevated creations, like an apple butter, peanut butter, and apple sandwich on fresh cinnamon and raisin bread, along with milkshakes, gourmet grilled cheese and more.

New year, new you. And what better way to kickstart your health in 2016 with a pint or two of fresh fruit and vegetable juices? With more juice bars than ever in Pittsburgh, it’s never been easier to enjoy a glass of fresh-squeezed goodness – no juicer required. Here’s a few spots where you can get your green on.



With their organic, cold-pressed juices that taste as good as they look, Local Press Juicery is a go-to spot for health nuts and not-so-health-nuts alike. Located in the Frick Building downtown, bottles of their juice are easy to grab and go. Local Press’s menu is loaded with started juice options, like Spicy Lemonade, with lemon, ginger, agave, and cayenne, and has some surprises, like their super-tasty #PGH Punch, with pineapple, orange, blackberry and lavender.

Big things are happening in Regent Square. Chef/owner Jimmy Brown will soon be opening Ease. Brown promises modern comfort cuisine, with twists on comfort food classics, like four-cheese Mac & Cheese, oven-roasted chicken with smoked cheddar mashed potatoes, and braised rib stroganoff. Ease is expected to open in mid-March.

The family-run Living Juicy Raw Café in Shadyside sells organic cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, plus salads, soups, and healthy snacks. Their extensive juice menu offers bright flavors, like The Light, a cucumber-pineapple concoction, and My Sunshine, a citrus-heavy juice spiked with ginger and cayenne. For a heartier treat, we recommend the Cacaobana smoothie, made with banana, dates, almond milk, vanilla, cacao and sea salt, giving it a sweet and salty finish.

After closing for about a year, CIBO has reopened, with a new chef leading the kitchen. Jennifer Buehler Burfield (who did stints at Cure and Portland’s Lauro Kitchen), is serving classic Italian dishes, like Buccatini alla Matriciana, Ricotta Cappelletti and Beef Sugo at the newly re-imagined neighborhood Trattoria. Want even more Pittsburgh restaurant and food news? Visit GoodFoodPittsburgh.com for daily updates.


This Wexford staple works with local producers to find organic produce from sustainable farms for their cold-pressed juices. In addition to single bottles, they also offer two-day, four-day and six-day cleanses, each featuring a number of their signature flavors, like Limey Green and The Works, a vegetable-heavy sipper with green, red and cayenne peppers, broccoli, carrot, lemon and ginger.


A juicery with a holistic approach, Salud Juicery was launched in 2013 by a licensed professional therapist and a food crusader. Since then, the Sewickley shop has become one of Pittsburgh’s go-to spots for healthy fare, from fresh-pressed juices to smoothies, power bowls, and kombucha. You can also find Salud Juicery in Shadyside.


Right in the center of downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square, you’ll find the oldest restaurant and bar in Pittsburgh. The Original Oyster House has been around for more than 140 years, and is still serving traditional oyster house fare – meaning seafood, mostly fried. Though the interior has gone through numerous renovations over the years, you’ll still feel a sense of history as soon as you walk through the doors.


At Good Food Pittsburgh, we are always reporting on shiny, new restaurants and chefs. But as excited as we are about Pittsburgh’s burgeoning food and dining scene, there’s always going to be a few Pittsburgh restaurants that, year after year, we keep going back to. Call them staples, call them institutions – these restaurants aren’t going anywhere. And we like it that way.

Is there anything better than the ‘O’? Oakland’s Original Hot Dog Shop is a Pitt campus classic, with hoards of students ordering Hot Dogs, Cheese Dogs, Slaw Dogs and Super Dogs. And their fries? Hand-cut and peeled, and twice fried in peanut oil, these crispy, crunchy bites are worth the trip on their own. They’re open every day until 3:30 a.m., making the ‘O’ the final stop of the night for the bar-hopping crowd.


We hear it all the time: “You’re from Pittsburgh? Don’t they have those sandwiches with the fries inside?” We fight back. “The new Pittsburgh food scene is so much more than just sandwiches with fries inside. We have world-class chefs, conjuring up bold, innovative dishes every night! We’re the new foodie frontier,” we say. But deep down inside, we know that those sandwiches are in our blood. Primanti’s is the great equalizer; everyone in town – elitists and everymen – has their own favorite order, favorite location, and favorite Primanti’s story. We could eat at a new restaurant every day of the week, and love every minute of it. But when we need a taste of home? We go to Primanti’s.


For more than 20 years, Kaya has been serving up eclectic island cuisine in the Strip District. With their conch fritters, jerk chicken, and muchloved fried chicken, their unique take on Jamaican flavors has solidified their standing on Pittsburgh’s best-of lists for two decades running.

It’s a fact: everyone loves Pamela’s. Whether you’re at their original Millvale location, or visiting one of their five other spots around town, you’re in for a good meal. Pamela’s has cornered the breakfast market in Pittsburgh, with their oversized, super-thin pancakes (stuffed, if you’d like), and their famous Lyonnaise potatoes. The lines may be out the door, but the wait is worth it.

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If you’ve seen theater in Pittsburgh, then you’ve seen Daina Michelle Griffith.


The fire-haired beauty has been featured in shows at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, PICT Classic Theatre, City Theatre, Quantum and Off the Wall. Just about everywhere there’s a stage, Griffith has trod the boards. In 2013, Daina (pronounced Day-na) was the Post-Gazette’s Performer of the Year. Recently, she was nominated for the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, an award that recognizes an emerging artist with potential for significant future work. Griffith grew up in Fairfield, Ohio, with very cool parents. She said, “When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Little Shop of Horrors, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My mom played the cast albums when I was little.” She knew that she wanted to sing, dance and act. Griffith recounted, “I thought it was a regular job, like a factory job.”

“After I came back from New York I was a little disenchanted. I ran into my friend Kiesha Lalama who was teaching dance at the CLO. She suggested I teach there as well. At first, I turned her down, but she encouraged me to teach.” Now, Griffith teaches fourteen-to-eighteen-year-olds and gets them ready for their college auditions. Her students are landing leads in high school plays like Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella, Little Women, Tarzan and more.

She said, “I had a friend, Nick Cearley (see sidebar), who taught me a lot about Broadway.” She came to acting late in her senior year. She attributes her success on stage to her high school teacher Kathy Sullivan. Griffith said, “She got me to believe in myself. She cast me as the lead in Barefoot in the Park.” Griffith played Corie Bratter, the free-spirited young woman married to a conservative lawyer in the Neil Simon play. It was her first big break. Griffith elucidated, “Miss Sullivan helped me with auditioning.” To enter college, Griffith learned show tunes, pop songs and an Italian aria. “The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music required that you be able to sing in a foreign language.”

Previously, Griffith earned a speaking role in The Dark Knight Rises, a movie about Batman filmed in Pittsburgh, and Holidaysburg, a film that rose up from a reality show The Chair, which pitted two directors against each other, each responsible for making a full length film from the same script. This year, Griffith will appear on the television show Outsiders, a WGN show about the struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia. Ted Pappas, Producing Artistic Director at Pittsburgh Public Theater, said, “Is there anything that Daina Michelle Griffith can’t do and do brilliantly? She is a wonder to behold, onstage and off. Every performance that she’s given at the Public Theater has been definitive and exciting and I can’t wait to see what she does next.” Griffith was recently cast in “Guys & Dolls,” which ran at Pittsburgh Public Theater, and in episodes of WGN’s “Outsiders.”

A BROADWAY BFF REMEMBERS In high school Griffith also met Nick Cearley (Pageant: the Musical and founding member of the Skivvies, a national touring musical group that performs in their underwear). Cearley was a few years younger than Griffith, but fostered her love of Broadway. Cearley said, “We got close in a production of Enter Laughing. She

was a senior and I was a sophomore and she sort of took me under her wing. We both had similar paths. She actually took me to my first concert [Fiona Apple] and she was instrumental for me in realizing it was essential to have outside interests that occupied our brains that wasn’t just theater.”

Cearley adds, “We would take our cars through a specific gas station car wash, it was timed perfectly to the overture of Once Upon a Mattress from beginning to end. It was magical and we did it regularly.” The two kids from Fairfield, Ohio, with musical ambitions, are now living out their high school dreams.

The No Name Players are making a name for themselves with their latest project, The Sisters Sorella, a monthly live sitcom. The show is about three distinctly different sisters who move into an apartment together. In November 2015, the No Name Players received Steeltown Entertainment’s Indie Grant for the project. With help from Steeltown, they are taking their live show and turning it into a web series and producing a pilot.

Earlier in 2015, Glover had been kicking around two ideas. She wanted to do something to honor the woman in her family, particularly her great grandmother Concetta (for whom her Sorella character is named), and she wanted to produce a monthly live theatrical event. When she decided to merge the two ideas, it all came together, literally and figuratively, with The Sisters Sorella.


President and CEO of the Steeltown Entertainment Project, Carl Kurlander said, “Ironically, it is almost the opposite of the way sitcoms are traditionally developed in that they are staged and shot in one week, filming them on a Friday. But No Name have been getting real feedback from audiences for this past year who have falling in love with them as much as we have.”

Artistic Director Don DiGiulio founded the No Name Players in 2000 while in college. DiGiulio said, “I wanted to foster a creative outlet for me and my classmates. We wanted some non-collegiate performance opportunities.” He became the founder and Artistic Director for No Name. DiGiulio met Tressa Glover in 2004 at

the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater. Later that year, he asked her to audition for his company in Charles Mee’s Big Love. The show was the No Name Players Pittsburgh debut and it played to sold out crowds. It also earned a spot as Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Top Ten Plays of 2004. DiGiulio and Glover found big love outside of the show as well. Three years later, the couple got married inside the New Hazlett Theater on the Northside. Since they began their collaboration, they have gone on to produce several sold out shows, such as Viva Los Bastarditos, and Evil Dead: The Musical.

In September she asked herself, “What am I waiting for?” She and DiGiulio plowed ahead. Glover said, “I was looking for women who could write and act. I wanted Italian women. I knew Julianne Avolio was Italian and Irish. And I knew she was funny… so I asked her to collaborate. I wanted Maggie Carr, too, but she was living in New York. She loved the idea and she decided to come back every month to write and act in the show.” The three write and perform in each episode. Glover added, “Not every episode is about dating. I wanted a show with a human story. It doesn’t matter that they’re women. The show could be about anyone.” A recent episode featured Raffie running around an abandoned Macy’s Downtown Pittsburgh store

THE SISTERS SORELLA: THE TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY BACK AFTER THESE IMPORTANT MESSAGES… A greeting card author Raffie, short of Raphaela (Maggie Carr) and her slacker sister, Ernie, short for Ernestine (Julianne Avolio), learn that their uptight, older sister Cetta, short for Concetta (Tressa Glover) is stopping over. The visit goes horribly awry, and the two roomies can’t wait to jettison their big sis back to her husband, but

somehow, against their better judgement, they keep extending her stay. Soon, Raffie and Ernie learn that Cetta has left her husband and has nowhere to go. They reluctantly ask her to move in with them, and it’s been delightfully chaotic ever since. The episodes are on YouTube. You can find them at www. nonameplayers.org

But wait! There’s more! Just because The Sisters Sorella is a live, monthly sitcom doesn’t mean there aren’t commercial breaks. Longtime Pittsburgh improvisational troupe Hustlebot provides some filmed interstitial material, and John Feightner, a Hustlebot founding member, joins the fun during the breaks and pitches products based on audience suggestions. He’s joined on stage by Connor McCanlus who provides additional comedy by singing songs about made up products also based on audience suggestions. McCanlus also sings The Sisters Sorella theme song. 29

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Kurlander said, “What Tressa, Maggie, and Julie have been doing (along with Don) staging a live action sitcom at the Arcade Comedy Theater is truly innovative, and we are very excited to help them take this all to the next level in helping them turn this into a web series or a pilot or whatever Sisters Sorella is destined to be in this day of new media.” With Steeltown’s help, Glover and DiGiulio have met with directors, showrunners and producers, including Reed Agnew (Wilfred, Crank Yankers, Drawn Together) and Rusty Cundieff (Chappelle’s Show, The Wanda Sykes Show, and The Bernie Mac Show). At a recent Steeltown event, Glover, Avolio and Carr recreated the opening act of the first Sorella episode in front of a live audience. Afterward, two young girls came up to Glover and praised the show. Glover said, “I realized there that we were three women who were up there being funny. Three women who wrote and performed their own material. When do you get to see that?” Apparently, Glover had no idea she was an inspiration. When he began the theater in 2000, DiGiulio’s mission has been to be artistically challenging and accessible. The Sisters Sorella is an amalgam, a situation comedy that both pays homage to the genre and bends it a little. DiGiulio said, “I’m not looking to change the world. I just want to change your night – for the better.” Glover interjected, “I think when you change someone’s night…bring them joy…you do change the world – in little wonderful ways.” No Name Players wrapped the first season of The Sisters Sorella on December 18 and 19. They begin shooting the web series on January. In April, they are planning a fundraiser with the hope of raising additional money to shoot the pilot.


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Nestled in Squirrel Hill on the corner of Beacon and Murray lives Dobra, a Bohemian-style tea room, filled with an eclectic mix of design and cultural elements that encourages visitors to take a step back and enjoy every moment of their visit.

Owner, Nathaniel Pantalone, opened Dobra in March of 2013. Prior to his adventure, Pantalone was writing tea reviews for various companies until his passion for tea morphed into something bigger. Over the last few years, Dobra has become a sanctuary that embodies a relaxing step away from the rigors of the daily grind. Throughout the year, Dobra holds different types of events and gatherings including poetry readings, live music, and yoga classes. These events in turn help unite the community and let people enjoy both art and tea. “Drinking tea is itself a life experience,” said Pantalone.

nlike traditional coffee shops, Dobra doesn’t focus on churning out a triple shot of espresso in -3 seconds, but instead, provides visitors with a slower-paced and comforting environment. The seat yourself establishment lets visitors choose from intimate floor seating rooms, couches, or traditional tables. Tea lovers are given a menu and accompanying bell to summon the “Devoteas” when they’re ready to order from the vast array of tea options. Over 100 types of teas are available on the menu, which includes: black, white, green, yellow, oolong, puer, flowering, herbal, and other “specialteas” that are unique to Dobra. Quality is the number one key to good tea, and Dobra goes 52 32

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In 2014, the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WCSGP) in Shadyside provided temporary housing for over 500 women and children but had to turn away 755 individuals because of minimal funds which led to a bed shortage. After 2015 the shelter started their “Shelter from the Storm” campaign to raise $10.9 million dollars. These funds would enable the shelter to expand their facility with major renovations including an updated therapeutic garden for victims and a revitalized play area for children. As of December of 2015, the shelter is almost halfway to their $10.9 million dollar goal. The WCSGP has operated at 110% of occupancy for the past 7 years, consistently running out of room in the 36 bed facility. Because of this they have had to turn away over 5,000 women and children since 2008. But the “Shelter from the Storm” campaign will enable them to increase their capacity to 47 beds and offer better security and resources for their occupants. One of the most crucial needs amongst displaced women is feminine care and hygiene products. In recent years, a variety of organizations have formed to address the unattainability of feminine care products worldwide. Days For Girls, an international non-profit, has been bringing sustainable feminine hygiene products to girls and women in over 85 nations for nearly a decade. Locally, SisterFriend is an organization with similar goals working to undermine the gender bias affiliated with menstruation that negatively affects so many girls and women. They have donated feminine care products to over 60 sites in the region and are helping women to deal with their periods in a safe and consistent manner. Haleigh Kopinski, a recent Point Park graduate, worked with women’s shelters Bethlehem Haven and Genesis House

over the 2015 holiday season to bring homeless women feminine care and hygiene products. Last October, Kopinski started collecting handbags and backpacks to house the products and, out of her own pocket, bought dozens of travel size containers of items like mouthwash, tampons, deodorant, and shampoo; products that might seem easily obtainable but, for those living in temporary housing, are essentials that can often be difficult to come by. Although the project is in it’s infancy, Kopinski hopes to expand her reach to other shelters and eventually provide these much needed products year round. Everyday, hundreds of women seek out the help of Pittsburgh’s shelters. Many of these women are fleeing abusive relationships and volatile households where they no longer feel safe. It is easy to forget how many of the individuals within our own region are being denied basic healthcare, childcare, and general access to essentials simply because they have nowhere left to turn. To find out how you can help fund some of Pittsburgh’s most vital organizations, visit domesticshelters.org to locate nearby shelters and learn about volunteer opportunities.




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In 1975 Aggie was living a quiet life in Garfield raising her three children, witnessing the decay of the beloved neighborhood where she spent her childhood. Plagued by drugs, gangs and spiraling into a physical and economic decline, Garfield was sinking into the abyss of a forgotten, dilapidated ghetto. In November of 1975 the Reverend Leo Henry of St. Lawrence O’Toole parish felt compelled to do something about it, and gathered members of the Bloomfield and Garfield neighborhoods for a community meeting. There the idea for the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation was born. An active member of the church and Democratic committeewoman, Aggie was immediately on board.

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The BGC’s mission is to improve quality of life for all in Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods through active community engagement. Along with Executive Director Rick Swartz, Aggie has worked to improve the community by ridding it of blight, developing affordable housing, supporting commerce, education and more. A woman with a powerful sense of justice, community and integrity, Aggie has a unique and solid understanding of the need for stable, diverse and connected communities. “I’m in charge of public safety and acquiring land for development, but we all multitask here,” says Aggie. “Our organization is unique in that we take a comprehensive approach to improving our neighborhoods. From the beginning we knew that focusing only on brick and mortar would not build or sustain the community. Our human development office is where the rubber hits the road.” The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation is one of Pittsburgh’s most active community groups that focuses on the education, employment, health care, and social development of children. In 2014, over 80 students at Obama Academy and several other high schools

received help from volunteers to recover lost classroom credits. The BGC also offers an Out-of-School Youth Employment Program for youth ages 17-21, which provides assistance with finding a job, career guidance and temporary job placements.

Our organization is unique in that we take a comprehensive approach to improving our neighborhoods. After 40 years of perseverance, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s efforts continue to show. Over 100 units of affordable housing have been constructed in the western portion of Garfield, and work is set to begin tearing down blight and rebuilding housing in the eastern part of Garfield this year. The section of Penn Avenue that runs through Garfield is finally being improved, with new streets, sidewalks and trees. The Penn Avenue Arts Initiative has breathed new life into the neighborhood with studios and galleries, bringing it closer to the vibrant community it once was. “There is great value in having a safe, stable neighborhood,” says Aggie. “There is always more work to do, but I think we’re winning.”

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People have a lot of questions about what it takes to make a movie in Hollywood. The Great American Movie Hustle is writer/director Michael Anton’s brashly unapologetic answer.

The film is, in essence, a proverbial middle finger to the Hollywood machine, mapping the insanely ludicrous gap that independent filmmakers must bridge to get their movie from “concept” to a screen near you. He and his co-writer/cousin Michael Monsour, who also starred in Anton’s Potheads and Bad Trip, play exaggerated roles of themselves - the deadpanned writer/director and the entitled actor used to getting gold stars for bad behavior. Dampening their journey is the harsh reality of funding and distribution, epitomized by an insufferable distributor with a penchant for poolside hand jobs who demands so many changes to the film that it’s guaranteed the final version will look less like Anton and Monsour’s baby and more like the neighbor’s bucktoothed underachiever. Most would assume this is why the guy exists on two hours of sleep every night. Well, that and the four kids the 32-year old shares with his wife, Ti Bureau. It’s not. “That’s when I’m writing, from midnight on,” he explains, a cup of matriculated coffee in hand. He enters a small room on the first floor of his Greens-

burg home. It’s a utilitarian space –all function, with three Mac computers occupying a slightly battered black desk. On the floor is a nest of wires. The walls are practically barren. A 1915 Underwood typewriter sits in the corner. The version of Hustle he’s about to show is uncut, which he emphasizes more than once.

In layman’s terms, it’s edited, but still raw – like a model before the makeup artist gets a hold of her. Over the next 82 minutes, each scene unfolds with over-animated, slapstick, sophomoric humor that doesn’t seem to have an off switch. Which can be funny. Until it isn’t. Because by the end, it’s clear that happy endings for filmmakers come as frequently as unicorn sightings. Namely, because it seems no one in Hollywood cares about the concept you poured your heart and soul into. They’ll swing the ax, hacking away at your masterpiece, caring only about its perceived monetary value. It’s enough to dim the light from any filmmak-


MASTERPIECE, CARING ONLY ABOUT ITS PERCEIVED MONETARY VALUE. er’s eyes. Anton’s are like those of a parent whose kid just saw thirty seconds of playing time before getting benched again: proud, but with a perpetually clenched jaw. Damn. So much potential. You get the feeling that movie making, much like life, is a series of small victories strung together just tightly enough to serve as a lifeline when all you’re inspired to do is take the nearest bridge. Hustle is the sixth film Anton has written and directed. At the tender age of 19 he sold his first film. Two years later, he made his directorial debut with Potheads, which was written while he was sitting on a toilet in Texas. It had a micro-budget of $15K, received critical acclaim, and earned him the distinction of being dubbed the “21st century Monty Python,” by High Times magazine. Tesla, his biopic on inventor Thomas Edison’s nemesis Nikola Tesla is currently courting international sales distributors, although he’s tight-lipped on details until they find the right director to helm the project. The Great American Movie Hustle is in the hands of multiple distributors with a sequel in the works.

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What does the name Una mean? I chose the name Una Biologicals to represent the simplicity of our products. Una in different languages means “one, the, a” it’s the simplest building blocks and that is where we begin with our products as well. Because we are 100% plant based, Biologicals tied the name together for us. What were you doing before Una? As a mom, a traditional career was secondary to my primary focus of raising a healthy & happy family. Prior to Una, I created a professional life that allowed me to focus on my passions of organic food, farming and helping others to grow in a positive and healthy way. Una Biologicals grew along with my children; most of these products I have made and sold for years before officially starting our company.

What sets apart your business from others? Una Biologicals is a woman-owned, independent, 100% All Natural Beauty & Wellness Company - a real unicorn in the billion dollar beauty industry. Beyond that, we make super fresh products with the intention of actually helping people to live a little better, a little healthier, without a big hit to their pocketbooks. We put a lot of love in our work and that is obvious from the first time you encounter Una. We are a rare breed and it shows!

What are you doing when you’re not at work? When I am not at work, I spend a lot of time with my family comprised of my main squeeze, 2 teenage children, and Bentley the dog. This means the usual stuff, games, practices, cooking (which I love) and dog parks. When I get time for me you will find me in the garden or doing yoga - often this is simultaneous (garden yoga is awesome!).

How important is it for Una to represent natural products? Natural is what it’s all about here! Una Biologicals is the epicenter of natural products, we know no other way and we are passionate about spreading the word that organic (and handcrafted) is awesome! It is our mission to make organic and natural products accessible to everyone. We do this by keeping our prices affordable and making a product that is appealing to all. Many of our clients have never used organic (because it is too expensive or too ‘hippy dippy’). We create a culture that is welcoming and non-judgmental and pair that with fabulous products that smell and feel amazing. In the end you get great skin and the bonus of a truly healthful product as well. What kind of culture are you creating in your store? Herbal wisdom meets local grassroots beauty. Our store offers a bit of respite from the world within its walls, and is a place where people can breathe deeply and sample some tea on their lunch break. We are here to help identify products that can meet your personal needs and make shopping for your sweetie a little easier. At the same time, we are creating a community here where people can delve deeper into herbal knowledge with our monthly herbal classes and yoga workshops or drop by our monthly open knitting nights to hang out with other cool cats (final Thursday of the month).

Three things women should pay attention to when purchasing a beauty product. There is only 1 - ingredients, ingredients, ingredients. Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs more than 60% of what you put onto it. I don’t like to proselytize, but ingredients really do matter. Key words to watch out for - fragrance (often a formaldehyde derivatives), parabens (connected to a slew of hidden health hazards), and synthetic preservatives (things aren’t to last forever, those chemicals hangout a long time on/in you too!). What have been your biggest business challenges up to this point? There are too many challenges to list for any small business. The biggest hurdle is to see these as part of a process to growth and not an impediment. If I had to pick one true challenge, it would be keeping up with demand. We are blessed to have very loyal customers and at peak times it can be a challenge to keep production ahead of our clients’ needs. How has the Lawrenceville community supported Una? Lawrenceville has been completely amazing for Una! The business district has an incredibly strong support system and the Lawrenceville Development Corp. is very helpful for new businesses. However, it’s the folks who drop by to say hi and ‘We’re so glad you are here’ that really make my heart happy.

What’s your best customer story? We get so many wonderful customer stories about how our products have healed their scars, stopped their bruising or soothed their eczema. The stories of where we have helped someone are my absolute favorite (I hear at least one a week, so picking one would be impossible). I have so many wonderful long term clients that are also very heart-warming. These are people that have left high-end face creams ($200+ a bottle) for our Luxe face cream and then give it to everyone they know because they love it so much, or the folks that gift us to their hairdressers, teachers, kids, friends and more because they love the lotions & salves so much they feel they must spread the word. It’s very humbling. www.unabiologicals.com

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When I say resale shop, conjured images of moth ball ridden stores that carry the frightful knit sweaters and sub 70s angel figurines may emerge. We took a peek at a few shops that have redefined vintage fashion and accessories; so instead of channeling Grandma Ethel, you’ll summon Audrey Hepburn, Madonna and a young Brad Pitt (yes, they have men’s fashion and - surprise 90s chic). Whether you’re looking to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe or just want someplace to pop some tags, put these places on your list.

Decorated with painted mannequins, colorful art, and even a bright red dressing room, Clothes Minded is an offbeat shop that buys, sells and trades both current and vintage clothing for men and women. Funky sunglasses, stylish purses, designer boots and more can all be found from around seven to forty bucks, so it fits any budget. Looking for a statement piece? Maybe a pair of original Air Jordans, King Kong buckle, Ace Hotel letterman, or bottle-cap belt will tickle your fancy. Artist and owner, John Fedorski, also displays and sells his original artworks, which he showcases on the store walls. You can find Clothes Minded on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield.


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