Local Pittsburgh Issue 3

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Embracing a


LIFESTYLE summer tradition at Pittsburgh’s beloved

Vintage Grand Prix

north side

discovery guide an interview with

chef bill fuller

he shares a recipie & his business philosophy

Serving full menu until 1 am 7 days a week

Monday All You Can Eat Crab Legs Tuesday Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week 33 rotating seasonal craft brews on tap



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Specialty Tacos

(Mahi Mahi, Steak, Shrimp & Chicken)


Wing Night Thursday

Peel & Eat Shrimp Friday

Fresh Seafood Saturday

Steak House Night Noon-1am Sunday

Backyard BBQ Noon-1am

More than a curiosity.

FEATURES Issue 3 | july 2014


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30 summer life part 1: embracing a three-rivers lifestyle

a look at pittsburgh’s developing riverfront


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2: three rivers park


3: quick getaways

a walking tour through “allegheny riverfront green blvd. “ day-cation destinations within 200 miles of pittsburgh

a journey up & down western ave. & deutschtown

randyland, bistro to go, the new bohemian, the priory, the north side christian health center, city of asylum, XOXO at the children’s museum

53 plates

some of our favorite dishes in the north side el burro, benjamin’s, james street gastropub, lola bistro, penn brewery

summer tradition

31 it’s race time! 2014 vintage grand prix your guide to driver features and what local fare to feast on at the races!


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Embracing a


LIFESTYLE summer tradition

north side

discovery guide an interview with

chef bill fuller

he shares a recipie & his business philosophy

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Embracing a Three Rivers Lifestyle — we’re all engaging! Walking our dogs, boating with our families. How are you enjoying the three rivers that hug our city? Tag Us. Hashtag Us. Let’s Engage! @local_pgh #localpgh #welovelocal #discoverlocal ◄ A little taste of what we found at Hometown Homegrown, on June 21st, held at the Heinz History Center.

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We’d have to say our Test Your Local Knowledge Tuesday’s and sharing discoveries around the city like the Sensory Depravation Tank at Capristo Salon & Wellness Center in Shadyside!


test your knowledge


the 1st Tuesday of each month, be the first person to correctly answer a trivia question at 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. For a chance at a local giveaway. Must be 18 years or older. You are eligible to win if you have not won a prize in 60 days.



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Through September 21.

Explore the complex emotions of love and forgiveness through words, movement, art making, performance and play in this interactive exhibit. TM

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CONTENTS Issue 3 | july 2014


12 design interests

34 21+

a shared recipes by a local fav

the mosley impact

learn how a family of north side artists are impacting pittsburgh —and the world!

rain in the park by boyd & blair

44 finance

39 living

advice from nadav baum of bpu investment management

the great “phase out”

a study on how the way we see things are changing

18 bites

big burrito restaurant group: building community

we talk to chef fuller and learn about his journey to pittsburgh and his future goals with “the big B”

things to do

8 outdoor fun 10 museums 17 night-life

plan your business and yourself

60 impact hidden harvest

meet rose and carolyn; learn how to join their mission to harvest abundant produce growth in pittsburgh


64 pet talk

taking care of fido

tips to survive together in the summer heat

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by Mahala Scott

photography by Martha Miller


RANDYLAND: 1501 Arch Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 Randy Gilson, founder of Randyland, is one of Pittsburgh’s friendliest residents. Located on Arch Street in the North Side, Randyland offers locals and tourists an imaginative adventure through 30 ft murals and recycled artwork. Gilson created Randyland in 1995 when the North Side was seen as a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood, but he believed in the area’s potential and set out to make a positive change. With a credit card, an abandoned house and a dream, Gilson gave the historic North Side home the TLC it desperately needed. Randyland is a central landmark in the revitalization of the North Side.


ith brightly painted murals that reach from the ground up of the historic home of Gilson, Randyland is brimming with positive affirmations that can turn any day around. “When you do more for others, you find that

you do more for yourself,” says Gilson and Randy -land is a reflection of that. Since the development of Randyland, Gilson has participated in many urban renewal programs by helping to build over 800 gardens, including 50 vegetable gardens, as well as numerous parks in the area.

Although Randyland is where Gilson lives, all are welcome to visit his home. The metaphorical doors are always open to the outdoor art garden where visitors can enjoy quirky trinkets, up-cycled household tools, a plethora of garden gnomes and so much more.

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415 E. Ohio Street

BISTRO TO GO: Nikki Heckman founded Bistro To Go in 2007 as a way to revitalize and strengthen the North Side. Heckman wanted to create a space that supplied fresh foods with an emphasis on community values. The mission of Bistro To Go has remained the same, “[To] create a neighborhood restaurant where good food brings people together.” Heckman has not only changed the way food is served in the North Side, but has changed the way food is seen. As an advocate for locally sourced foods, Heckman has turned Bistro To Go into a source of nutritious food that benefits the community’s health and well-being.


photo by Sarah Arndt

s Bistro To Go (BTG) grew, so did Heckman’s businesses. In 2010 the business expanded to include a catering company, Bistro Catering Company and a large banquet hall, The Company Room. Bistro & Company offers catering for occasions of all types and sizes. In addition, Heckman also offers gourmet-cooking classes to the community at an affordable price. With a daily changing menu, BTG offers seasonally inspired food. Taking inspiration from a variety of cultures, Chef Madeline Jones creates foods that anyone can enjoy, from signature sandwiches to specialty salads. In addition to the café classics, BTG will now be offering southern soul food to the lunchtime menu. On Sunday mornings BTG offers a breakfast buffet for only $10. Choose from a hot bar, famous French toast, or a made-to-order omelet bar.

887 Progress Street

THE NEW BOHEMIAN: Crossing over the 16th bridge into the North Side from the Strip District is the New Bohemian. Once a Czech Catholic church, overlooking the Allegheny River, now stands a tattoo studio and ever changing creative space. Founder Bill Earl took up shop in the retired church in 2012 as a way to continue on the road to “total creative freedom.” Bill created the NB as space for artists to congregate. Bill has worked in the tattoo industry for over 11 years while also practicing other artistic forms on the side.


pon entering the space you will find a list of 11 commandments based on the behavior expected of visitors at the New Bohemian. The intention is not to be governing, but to provide a safe space for artists the thrive. Number two of eleven states that “This building [New Bohemian] is a work of art-in-progress, and [we] ask that you treat it as such. [We] will show you respect within these walls. [We] ask that you show us; this building; our neighbors;


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and The North Side of Pittsburgh with equal respect.” It is through these guidelines that the space has done so well. In addition to a tattoo parlor, the NB features a small store, The Progress St. Library, where visitors can purchase art, antiques, books and more. All sales from the products located within TPSL profit the artist. The venue also hosts artistic events of every direction. From acrobatic yoga to monthly brunches the NB can provide the space for many artistic occasions.

photo by Bill Earl

Hidden between row house after row house is the Priory Hotel. It was established as St. Mary’s Priory (SMP) in 1888 in connection with St. Mary’s Church. The Priory was used as a place for clerics of the Catholic church to congregate and live. SMP served as a home for traveling priests and Benedictine monks who were visiting the St. Vincent’s Arch Abbey in Latrobe. SMP and the Church thrived for many years until the 1970’s when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation presented a new highway route from Downtown Pittsburgh to the northern suburbs. The projected highway route would run directly through SMP and the Church. After months of discussion, the state of Pennsylvania agreed to pay $1,294,000 for the buildings. Post-sale, The Priory and Church’s visitors began to dwindle and occupancy continued to decline for many years.


ueled by their passion for historic preservation, Edward and Mary Ann Graf purchased The Priory and the Church from the state in 1984. After two years of renovations the Graf family opened the doors to the public as a historic hotel. It was a happy circumstance that the Graf’s discovered a family connection to the church and priory dating back to the late 1870s. The family owned and operated boutique and hotel has expanded to 42 rooms by expanding the original building. Mixing the historic building

614 Pressley Street


with new renovations allows The Priory to be a premier destination for all occasions. With the addition of the Grand Hall, the hotel is now able to accommodate large-scale business events and weddings. The Hotel prides itself on its deep-historic roots within the North Side community and continues to remain a historic site in the neighborhood. Visit www.thepriory.com for more information the personal connection of the Graf family’s passion to purchase.

816 Middle Street

THE NORTH SIDE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTER: The North Side Christian Health Center (NSCHC) was founded in 1993 as a primary and preventative medical facility for North Side residents. The NSCHC refers to the clinic as a “patient center, medical home” in that the patient is in the center of everything they do. Established on Christian principles, the physicians and community members who founded the NSCHC wanted to open a facility as a federally designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA) and a Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) in the North Side. The NSCHC is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the region (FQHC).


ffering a wide range of health care options from dental, medical, behavioral health, and pharmaceutical health, the NSCHC is nationally recognized as a federally qualified health center. This means the center is able to provide medical services on a sliding fee scale to income eligible, uninsured residents. According to Floyd A .Cephas of North Side Christian Health Center, “60% of North Side residents live at or below the poverty line so the need is great.” With a pediatric practice and primary care, the center is able to provide full family services. In 2007 the NSCHC was able to expand its business and now makes up a 5-floor, 13,000 sq. ft building on Middle Street. NSCHC is the first clinic to be Silver LEED Certified and the second business nationally. | Issue 3


330 Sampsonia Way

CITY OF ASYLUM: City of Asylum was founded in 2004 after more than seven years in the making. City of Asylum was created as a space of sanctuary for literary writers who have been exiled and under persecution from their home countries. City of Asylum provides writers with the assistance over the course of two years. Ranging from English translations of literary work to finding the writer employment, the staff at City of Asylum caters to the writer’s needs.


he idea for the Pittsburgh City of Asylum (CoA) was developed through the interest of North Side residents Diane Samuels and Henry Reese, who first heard about the project in 1997 after attending a lecture by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie, an exiled writer from Iran, created a network of exiled writers in 1993 with the help of European governments that led to the development of the Pittsburgh Chapter years later. While there are several locations for CoA, Pittsburgh’s location is the only one founded with the help of a grassroots movement rather than institutionally sponsored. Since 2004 CoA has continued to grow and gain acceptance in the North Side community with the help of Huang Xiang, a Chinese poet, who painted his home with Chinese calligraphy poems. The response to Xiang’s visual work was astounding and soon other CoA residents turned their homes into visual poems, dubbed ‘house publications’ by the staff at the center. Walking down Sampsonia Way you can view the residency’s house publications and see what makes the North Side a colorful and creative neighborhood. CoA believes the “North Side is a very warm, welcoming place to call home,” for their writers in residence. The CoA has worked with neighbors to create upcoming exhibits for the 2014 and 2015 year with the Alphabet Reading Garden and Alphabet City, which is said to include handwritten artwork from neighborhood residents. 10

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north side museums:

museums & entertainment current exhibits

The Mattress Factory

Exhibiting Room-sized Works “Founder Barbara Luderwoski, saw it as a way to “invest in a neighborhood that no one else wanted to” — in the 1970’s.”

The National Aviary

500 Birds of 150+ Unique Species “Marking the World’s only/first indoor theatre designed for the presentation of free-flight bird shows!”

The (Andy) Warhol

40th Anniversary & The Halston Collection “New ground floor lobby and café serve as a meeting place where our neighbors come, hang out, talk and come up with ideas to make our neighborhood shine.”

New Hazlett Theater newhazletttheater.org

“An incubator for artist— the mission is to cultivate the arts and provide a venue for world-class cultural events.”

Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History www.photoantiquities.org

“Photo Antiquities is dedicated to the preservation, presentation & education of the history of photography. The museum’s collection includes…Daguerreotype c. 1839 (the first commercially viable photographic image produced onto a silver coated copper plate) to present day digital photography.”

The Children’s Museum | 10 Children’s Way


photo by Kristi Jan Hoover


Like most museums, the Children’s Museum has both traveling and permanent exhibits. Currently featured at the Children’s Museum is the XOXO exhibit. With human connection dwindling, the XOXO reminds viewers the importance of love and forgiveness by showcasing hands on projects that emphasize the importance of human emotion.

he exhibit was designed to create a dialogue between museum visitors. “[We] hope that families are leaving the exhibit with a better understanding of how to talk to one another about emotions,” explains marketing coordinator Mallory Laporte. While curating the XOXO exhibit, The Children’s Museum [TCM] sought out North Side community members, such as a local reverend, education specialists and child therapists to serve on the advisory board. TCM is currently designing a summer program that will help youth in the North Side neighborhood learn to practice love and forgiveness in every day relationships. Looking towards the future TCM wants visitors to think of the neighborhood as a “cultural and educational destination.”

The Children’s Museum is nestled within two historic buildings, the Allegheny Post Office and the Buhl Planetarium. The museum was founded on June 12, 1983 by the Junior League of Pittsburgh. As an organization of women who advocate for young children in the Allegheny region, the Junior League of Pittsburgh wanted to create a museum for children to grow & explore within. In 1991 the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Association deeded the historic Allegheny Post Office to TCM and from there it really began to expand. By 2006 TCM became a certified green building (Silver LEED) and grew to include a three-story building connected by the Buhl Planetarium and the Allegheny Post Office.

The Children’s Museum has made great strides forward in the North Side community in recent years. In 2012 the museum led a 6.1 million collaborative effort to revitalize the city park at the crossroads of Federal and Ohio Streets. With the introduction of more than 100 trees, 200 shrubs, and 5,000 perennials, the museum has created a central green space for the North Side community and visitors alike. Listen on Saturday Mornings as TCM hosts a live and interactive radio show called:

The Saturday Light Brigade Radio Productions 88.3 WRCT Pittsburgh

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by Julianna Bagwell photos provided by Evan Sander and Tereneh Mosley

This father and daughter artist duo use very different mediums but have both managed to find a way to better the community around them through their artistic endeavours.


Thaddeus Mosley is one of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Even at the age of 83 Thaddeus continues to arrive in his North Side studio at 9 a.m. daily to work on his sculptures & welcome any and all visitors into his art adorned and inspiring work space.

Having started your career in English and Journalism, what pulled you towards the visual arts? I guess I’ve always liked art. When I was going to Pitt, Carnegie [Mellon] was next door; I had a friend that was a pretty good painter and we used to go there. But mainly, after I graduated I just had a very ordinary job. So I began to use my time [differently], I began to carve. My early work, some of which is still the same, were things that were based on African tribal art: mass forms, figures and heads and that sort of thing. 12

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Were your sculptures based on things you had studied in school? No, I’m self taught. The studying that I did was going to the museum and looking at a lot of books and as much art as I could find. Also, Scandinavian designed furniture had come out in all these brochures. They had decorative sculptures like fish and birds on metal rods. That was another thing I started to do. I started carving outlines of fish and birds and putting them on metal rods and sort imitating what I had seen in the stores.

The Mexican War Streets are one of Pittsburgh’s most important historical areas and a continuously growing artistic hub. What made you decide to live/create in this part of the North Side? Do you think this area has impacted your work? I used to live in Manchester. I’ve lived there a couple of times. Way back in the 60’s when I lived there we had an art group called Group One and back in those days I guess there were more groups [that were] unaffiliated or grew out of mutual interests. But when I moved to where I am now about 25 years ago I had 3 children with me and, of course, it was close to schools and close to bus lines and that sort of thing. They went to after school programs and there were things they could do. Of course, the library was very close at hand. There a lot of things they could do in the neighborhood.

At what point in time do you believe the North Side started to become the artistic hub it is today? They had The Aviary here but it wasn’t until The Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory started that the shift

happened. Once the city shifted Pitt took most of Oakland so the ballpark moved over here. I guess it also drew a lot of people to the North Side.

Having contributed sculptures to a number of organizations over the years and receiving a number of artistry awards in the Pittsburgh area, would you say that environment has had a crucial impact on your work? My art is sort of influenced by African tribal art. Some of [my sculptures] were influenced by Constantine Brancusi (a Romanian sculptor) and Isamu Noguchi (a Japanese American sculptor). It’s multi-layered, multi-influenced. Living in Pennsylvania, I use a lot of wood in my work because trees are such an abundant resource. The availability of the medium

(in Western Pennsylvania) is the biggest influence. When I first started I saw that the furniture in Sweden and Denmark was mostly made of wood and I could get a great deal of [wood] when I first started so I could always get plenty of raw material in the parks.

a sculpture at the Carnegie (Museum of Art) once. I do have a conceptual sculpture in the Box Spring Cafe of the Mattress Factory. I’m usually at the studio almost every day and people can contact me and come to the studio at any time.

Tell us about your work with City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. How did the plight of these nearby exiled writers influence your craft?

Your daughter Tereneh is currently working abroad to create the Eco-Fashion line Idia’Dega and says that her artistic endeavours have always been fully supported and encouraged by her family. How would you describe your artistic relationship with your children?

I personally knew Diane Samuels for a long time. She was director for Touchstone Center for Crafts and I taught down there at the same time. So I knew her and her husband Henry from the Art Association. I did the sculptures that embellished the front of the [CoA] house and that was my largest contribution. But I’ve also done other things like interviews. Why I thought the City of Asylum* was an important institution. Not only through doing concerts and poetry readings and bringing that aspect of culture to the neighborhood, they’ve been able to provide homes and in some cases occupations for people that were refugees or in distress from other countries. They have a very large celebration (Summer on Sampsonia Way*) and it’s free and open to the public. They have different international poetry readings and that sort of thing. So far as I know, it’s the only event of it’s kind in the city.

Where can people in the Pittsburgh area find your art? The biggest thing I have is probably a bench on the second floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. And then there’s a couple pieces at the Hill House on Centre Avenue. And another stone sculpture that’s on Herron and Milwaukee. I also had

Like most families, when your children are young, you take them to things you’re interested in and we went to the museum a lot. All three of them went to the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (youth arts association). One of my sons is a painter in California. He was a natural and went to IUP for art. My kid’s were surrounded with art at home. They were probably far more influenced than other children who didn’t have that. *For more information on City of Asylum and upcoming events check out cityofasylumpittsburgh.org *This year’s Summer on Sampsonia Way will take place from June 19th–July 15th. For event details visit cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/events


Thaddeus’ daughter, Terenah, has also f ollowed in her father’s footsteps by making art a crucial part of her life. Her love of fashion has led her to recently launch an Eco fashion line and OMWA Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans collaboration in Kenya.

Given your background in business, what were your initial reasons for getting into the world of fashion? I have always loved fashion. Ever since I watched movies from the 1930 –1950s with my dad. He would comment on how beautiful Dorothy Dandridge, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepbrun and others looked. He would also buy Vogue magazine for me and I would memorize the names of the designers, the photographers, the stores where the clothes could be purchased. (I still do!) But then there was a point when I felt that fashion was not serious enough to pursue as a career. I thought “What is the

point of clothes, it can be a hobby.” So I went to school for business and worked in marketing for several years. Then one day I realized I did not want to do what my bosses were doing, I did not want their jobs so why am I in it? Books are a great love of mine. I have too many, I even travel with them (I know I need an e-book reader especially with all this traveling.) So one day I took an inventory of the books I have, I said to myself “Ok self, the topic you have the most of is what you need to spend your life doing.” Fashion, design and art kicked business/ marketing butt, so I decided to get a masters in fashion design which I did in ‘07.

ADVICE FROM DAD: “ I had called him all upset about something or other, he listened and then he said ‘Now what pumpkin?’ He calls me pumpkin sometimes (!) Meaning okay that happened now come up with a solution and move on. That’s the best advice.” | Issue 3 13

OMWA OLOGRESAILIE MAASAI WOMEN ARTISIANS Idia’Dega Elegant Ethical Apparel was founded in 2008. How long did it take you to get this project off the ground? Well initially Idia’Dega was just a clothing line. I moved to Los Angeles because Eco, with a capital E, seemed liked a better market. I found a clothing manufacturer and put together two collections. Of course in 2008 the economy was horrible and so I had to work two parttime jobs as well to make ends meet. It was a tough time and I felt like things were not coming together as I wanted them to, even with a couple of stores in LA carrying the line, it was not enough. Even when a wedding that I designed the bridal outfit for was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings in 2010, it was not enough. So I moved back to NYC and started teaching at Parsons, then I went to Asia and taught at a design school until 2013. The whole time I am designing, making clothes and selling when I can. But the main thing I learned during my time in Asia is that world has so many beautifully diverse cultures and ways of adornment that I had to get back to designing full-time. So in 2013 I took my last paycheck from teaching, including a visiting lecture gig at Yale University – National University of Singapore and went to Kenya in November 2013 to launch the OMWA Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans collaboration. 14

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This is only the beginning I hope to fulfill the initial dream to connect indigenous cultures all over the world.

How has your time in Pittsburgh influenced your career as an Eco-fashion designer? Growing up in Pittsburgh was great. I have not lived there as an adult for much time, but growing up, especially with a artist dad, met that all of the many cultural institution that are in Pittsburgh were not only at my disposal but that I was expected to take advantage of them. The museums, galleries, artists’ studios, the library – they are inspired me to be curious and to look, see, experience everything that is around me. That was a great influence, it still is. Whenever I am visiting family in Pittsburgh I go the museums and the libraries, what a treasure.

What’s the inspiration behind Idia’Dega and the collaboration with the OMWA Maasai Women? My masters thesis was on the socialcultural context of clothing and how to incorporate indigenous design into contemporary clothing. I did my research in Kenya and the Maasai had to most

impact on me in terms of their culture and adornment. It was in fact an experience at Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya, the first time I was able to spend time in a Maasai community that I saw not only their own beauty as a culture but their connection to other cultures. There was a moment where the Maasai women was placing an animal hide on the ground to prepare it for use as leather that I saw a connection with Native Americans. I thought at that moment that I wanted to not only work with indigenous cultures but to connect indigenous cultures with each other. That’s the idea of Globalization

for Good—if globalization works it has to be global, we all have to take part. Globalization is not homogenous style, culture, design, it should be. It is also why I believe sustainability has to include human beauty and cultures as well as nature. So the project with OMWA is about all of those things, creating a global market and platform for the beautiful work they do and to make sure it is co-design, a collaboration of equals.

How has your family encouraged your path as an artist? The best thing about my family is that we encourage each other period. I never remember hearing anyone say “You shouldn’t do that.” So whatever we wanted to do as kids, we could do. My dad told us we could be anything we want to be. So that’s how I raised, that is what I knew to be true.

My brothers, sisters and I are all very different in personality, style and interests, though my brother Anire is a visual artist, like our dad. But we really like each other and like being in each other’s company. We love each other and that is the main encouragement.

How can Pittsburgher’s be of support on your mission abroad? They have! We had an IndieGogo campaign to complete our first OMWA + Idia’Dega collaboration which is why we are having this conversation with me in Kenya and you in Pittsburgh. People from all over the world contributed and Pittsburghers played a major role in our successful campaign. We also hope to do a trunk show of the collection in Pittsburgh this summer. But also the way to support my mission is really to think about what can be done in Pittsburgh to encourage creativity, to encourage diversity and encourage


“ I thought at that moment that I wanted to not only work with indigenous cultures but to connect indigenous cultures with each other... that’s the idea...”

curiosity. To support the art institution, the museums, to have art, design, music, physical education and dance in schools! I mean that is really it, to create a community that loves beauty and loves to think about things. That means that we creative types have an audience otherwise we are just talking to ourselves. We need to build a community where we have an interest in one another and support each other’s efforts.

Are your designs available for purchase? The OMWA + Idia’Dega collection launches in July. We are excited and cannot wait to share what we have been doing with everyone. The website www.idiadega.com will have all the designs up by mid-July.

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by Julianna Bagwell

photography by Carmon Rinehart

big Burrito Restaurant Group: Building Community Since their conception in 1993, the big Burrito Restaurant Group has been dedicated to service. The company’s commitment to accommodating customers needs has continuously set them apart from many restaurants in the region.

pursue a career in cooking rather than Chemistry, Fuller found that decent paying work was hard to come by. Being a Western PA native, Fuller found his way to Pittsburgh where he was introduced to the founders of big Burrito. When asked what kind of influence the city of Pittsburgh has had on big Burrito, Fuller replied that “Pittsburgh loves Pittsburgh. It’s an insular city out on the “ wholesome and delicious food… frontier that doesn’t really in a warm and unpretentious setting”. belong to the midwest or the east coast Fuller moved to Pittsburgh in 1994 You have to love this region and from San Francisco where he had be willing to give people what they been pursuing a master’s degree love in a way that makes sense”. in Chemistry. Fuller worked in big Burrito does just that. Across a number of prestigious kitchens the board these restaurants offer including Bay Wolf in Oakland, settings that are friendly and California. But after deciding to welcoming with menus that offers chef at Casbah, once again bringing a great deal of creative influences to the restaurant’s menu. In his current position of corporate executive chef Bill Fuller believes that big Burrito and himself have managed to impart their vision of creating


ill Fuller, corporate executive chef for big Burrito, has been heavily instrumental in making the company what it is today. Since 1994, when Fuller first joined the big Burrito Group as a sous chef for Kaya, he has made major contributions to many of the restaurants menus. In 2000 he was promoted to head


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Pancetta Vinaigrette ¼ c. each of Rice, Red Wine and Balsamic vinegars ½ c. Diced, rendered pancetta 1 ea. Shallots minced 2 tbs. Picked fresh thyme 2 qty. Zest and juice of lemons, minced 1 tbs. Sugar 1½ c. Rendered pancetta fat (may substitute olive oil) ½ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1. Combine all ingredients in blender, except for pancetta fat and olive oil. 2. Start blender and slowly drizzle in oil and fat to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper. vibrant choices dictated by customers wants instead of fads and trends. With nearly 1,000 employees the bBRG continues to grow both inside and outside of Pittsburgh. Two Mad Mexes are set to open this year, one in Philadelphia this Summer and the other in Erie during the Fall. For the past 20 years this company has set the bar for other restaurants in the region by taking responsibility for the happiness of their customers and employees, preparing unique dishes and providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for all their patrons. As Bill Fuller puts it, “We try to run these restaurants while keeping in mind that they will be around for a long time: a 50 year business plan” where generations of families will be able to keep coming back for a long time.

Arugula Salad

Insuring the enjoyment of their patrons and maintaining their involvement in local sourcing have enabled their brand to grow exponentially. The big Burrito Group now owns and operates Kaya and Eleven Contemporary Kitchen in the Strip District, Casbah, Soba and Umi in Shadyside, a catering company and 10 Mad Mexes throughout Pittsburgh, Ohio and Philadelphia. All these restaurants share the same vision; excellent service that always puts the customers needs first.

¼ c. Small diced, fried potatoes ½ c. Quartered and sautéed crimini mushrooms ¼ c. Diced, rendered pancetta ½ lb. Fresh arugula 6 tbs. Pancetta Vinaigrette 8 oz. Fresh goat cheese 1. Warm the pancetta, potatoes, and crimini in a sauté pan. 2. Place the arugula in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper 3. Drizzle in the warm pancetta vinaigrette 4. Lightly toss the arugula to dress evenly. 5. Plate the salad and garnish with the potatoes, mushrooms, and Pancetta. 6. Top with the crumbled goat cheese.



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by Stephan Bontrager

photography by Carmon Rinehart

Nonprofit group Riverlife builds the city’s riverfront parks with partnerships and vision With all the right ingredients—sunlight reflecting on the rivers, flowers and grasses swaying gently in the breeze along the riverbanks, kayakers paddling slowly under the distinctive yellow bridges—an afternoon spent along Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront parks can be downright spellbinding. “It’s hard to believe that only fifteen years ago, none of this existed,” says Lisa Schroeder, shielding her eyes and looking out over the wide North Shore promenade that winds past PNC Park and Heinz Field next to grassy lawns, splashing fountains and boat launches.


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chroeder is President and CEO of Riverlife, a nonprofit group formed in 1999 to work with riverfront property owners, elected officials and neighborhood groups to create a master plan for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s urban waterfronts. “Before 2000, very few people wanted to come over to this side of the river. You had parking lots and roads and not much else. That changed as soon as Pittsburgh invested in building green riverfront parks here on the North Shore, and eventually the South Side, Mon Wharf and the Convention Center. Now you have joggers, cyclists, boaters and dog walkers flocking here to enjoy the public recreational spaces, trails and greenways. It’s tremendously exciting.” After decades of industry, limited access and neglect, Pittsburgh has a new attitude about its riverfronts. For anyone who’s moved to the city in the past decade it may be hard to believe, but

local architecture: there was a time when Pittsburgh’s riverfronts were considered too dirty and unsafe to go near. “Neighborhoods were cut off from their waterfronts by highways, railroads and industrial buildings,” says Lisa Schroeder. “There has been a real effort to cut through that tangle of obstacles so the people can spend time along the rivers, which are truly public assets for everyone to enjoy.” And the best is yet to come. As Pittsburgh’s Downtown real estate market continues to blossom, so do plans for the city’s “next frontiers” of urban riverfront development. Three areas are particularly hot. The neighborhoods of The Strip District and Lawrenceville host a wealth of underdeveloped riverfront along the Allegheny, beginning at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and extending almost 6.5 miles upriver.

The possibilities of this stretch were exciting enough to capture the attention of the Federal Sustainable Communities program, which granted $1.5 million to the City of Pittsburgh, Riverlife & other partners to study the possibilities for public open space, real estate, public transportation & environmental sustainability along the corridor, dubbed the Allegheny Riverfront Green Blvd.

The Fort Pitt Block House

West of Point State Park near the confluence of the three rivers, Riverlife is advancing designs for a proposed West End pedestrian bridge that would connect ongoing development near Rivers Casino and the Chateau neighborhood with activity across the Ohio. And Almono (short for Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio) is a $900 million development on a former steel manufacturing site in Hazelwood, which is expected to bring 1,200 residential units along with public parks, trail connections and stormwater landscapes. “The rivers have always been here, and Pittsburgh has always been defined by them,” says Lisa Schroeder. “But it has taken time for us to embrace them as an asset rather than a liability. Other cities would love to have the opportunity we have here—over 13 miles of riverfront in Downtown alone. People are rediscovering Pittsburgh as a true river city, and that continued investment is what will continue to make Pittsburgh a great place to live.”

Pittsburgh has seen it’s share of sunny & cold days. Did you know ‘TFPBH’ is known to be Pittsburgh’s oldest building. In 2007, the oak roof was removed for the first time ever known. It is one of many restoration projects that have taken place in recent years. By removing the roof Kelly Linn—TFPBH curator at the time—was able to learn more about the build of TFPBH than had ever been discovered. Evidence discovered that all of the rafters were numbered to aid in construction—the original tab A / slot B concept. Centuries old insulation was composed of twig, hair and twine. Elements of neighboring shipping excelsior, boiler, and twine factories.

Photo’s provided by one girl’s graphics This year Pittsburgh celebrates the 250th year Anniversary of the building. For more stories visit:

The Fort Pitt Block House, located in Point State Park.

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n 2001 Steve and Jody Choder purchased the Corps of Engineers’ Lockmaster’s House at the Highland Park Dam. Since that time, the Choders have lovingly created an oasis of peace along the Allegheny River in the City’s East End—minutes from the City’s bustling activities. In 2013 after Jody and Steve both found themselves separated from corporate America, they decided to pursue their dream of starting a Houseboat Bed & Breakfast and purchased two vintage houseboats. In addition, they have opened up this unique, one-of-a-kind venue for intimate gatherings such as corporate retreats, family reunions, birthday parties, garden parties, yoga classes, concerts and weddings of up to 100 guests. Choderwood gives out of town visitors —and Pittsburgh residents—an opportunity to connect to Pittsburgh’s rivers in a new and exciting way.


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part 2

by Stephan Bontrager

Here’s a walking tour adventure to get you re-acquainted.

1. Start

in The Strip.

Drive, walk or cycle to The Cork Factory, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular residential complexes housed in the historic former Armstrong Cork Factory. There’s ample parking for cars and bikes across the street in the garage above Marty’s Market. Grab a coffee or smoothie at Marty’s to enjoy as you make your way to the riverfront trail along the Allegheny River. Head downriver toward downtown and drink in the spectacular views of buildings and bridges. Take note of how things look around you – The Strip riverfront is poised to become one of the most exciting neighborhoods for new residential buildings, parks and restaurants, and in a few short years this area will look a whole lot different. Please note: portions of the Strip Riverfront trail may be detoured due to ongoing construction. Please follow detour signs.

2. W aterfalls

welcome you to the Convention Center. You’ll soon arrive at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Riverfront Plaza, which provides waterfront access to thousands of annual conventioneers and a place for boats to pick up and drop off. You can’t miss the enormous water feature that cuts through the heart of the Rafael Vinoly-designed building: color-changing waterfalls flanking the sides of a gently winding path leading up to 10th Street which also provide natural air conditioning to the environmentally friendly building. A hidden gem and great place for a photo-op.

3. Make

it to the Point.

Continue downriver toward what is arguably the most recognizable feature of the Pittsburgh skyline, the majestic fountain at Point State Park. Situated at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, the fountain operates seasonally at a height of around 150 feet. Point State Park and its signature fountain reopened in 2013 after a massive renovation, and visitors have flocked here in record numbers ever since (including a rather famous duck: artist Florentijn Hofman’s internationally famous “Rubber Duck Project” was docked here recently.) Feeling inspired and maybe a little hungry? Cross through the Park to find Stone Neapolitan Pizzeria across the street from the Park’s entrance. The wood-burning oven creates ooey, gooey pizzas in 90 seconds which can be enjoyed along with floor-to-ceiling views of the Point. | Issue 3 25

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activity directory Calendar Events

Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruises Riverlife’s Party at the Pier

Adaptive River Sports

Dynamic Paddlers Three Rivers Adaptive Sports

On Foot

Triangle Bike Rental Historical Segway Tours The Party Pedaler Pittsburgh Running Org 4. Cross

a Bridge (take your pick).

Pittsburgh’s known as the City of Bridges—446 in all—and from Point State Park you have several options to cross the river to get to the North Shore. You can double back up the Allegheny to cross one of the yellow “Three Sisters” named after Pittsburgh heroes: Robert Clemente (6th Street) Bridge, Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge, or Rachel Carson (9th Street) Bridge. Or take the Ft. Duquesne Pedestrian Bridge directly from Point State Park, which lets you off on the North Shore next to the popular Water Steps fountain near PNC Park. During the warm weather months the Water Steps are packed with kids and families cooling off and enjoying the stunning views of the downtown skyline across the river.

5. Welcome

to the North Shore.

Constructed in 2001 along with the new football and baseball stadiums, the North Shore has become the epicenter for downtown riverfront activity. Want to get out on the water? Kayak Pittsburgh offers affordable seasonal kayak rentals under the Clemente Bridge. Feeling cultural? Just upriver from the kayak launch is Allegheny Landing, one of the nation’s first outdoor sculpture parks with an impressive collection owned by the Carnegie Museum of Art. Head back downriver, past the Carnegie Science Center and you’ll find Rivers Casino sitting along the northern bank of the Ohio River. The casino’s outdoor amphitheater is so lovely that you’ll want to linger before trying your luck inside. After you’ve completed your adventure there are several ways to get home: via the regional Three Rivers Heritage Trail that runs through Three Rivers Park; by water taxi or Gateway Clipper Boat which can take you back to the Strip or Station Square across the river; and the Port Authority T (light rail) station which is just steps away from Rivers Casino and can take you back Downtown via a tunnel under the river.

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What is “Locally Sourced” Food? One of America’s fastest growing trends is the “Locally Sourced” food movement. While we see and hear this phrase consistently and see that these products have perceived positive connotations, the actually meaning of the words is often overlooked and unquestioned. Food labeled as “Locally Sourced” by grocery stores and restaurants is usually food made with products that have been grown or manufactured in the same region. This movement is an effort to enhance the economic and environmental health of particular areas. By buying locally made products consumers can invigorate the economy of their region and support the growth of local agriculture and small business.

Moraine State Park 40.2 Miles This 16,725 acre park is not only beautiful but also an example of superb environmental engineering. Despite years of exposure to coal mining & gas drilling practices this park has been restored to its original glory.Aside from it’s array of Summer-time activities including wind surfing and an 18-hole disc golf course, Moraine offers several options for all season recreation. Every August the park sponsors the Regatta at Lake Arthur which is two days of family fun and activities including entertainment, boat races and educational opportunities.

Raccoon State Park

On the Road Recipe

(makes about 4 servings)

In a backpack—tote a light tupperware container. Fill with the items below. Combine ingredients from home with fresh vegetables from a roadside farmers market. Wash, slice and mix it all together. Don’t forget to pack your favorite snack as a treat, napkins & utensils, and plenty of water! from home: • 1/2 bottle of dressing • 1 can of garbanzo • feta cheese, to your liking

from F. Market: • 1 green pepper • 1 cucumber • 1 red onion

34 Miles Created in 1945, Raccoon Creek State Park is home to such historical sites as Frankfort Mineral Springs and King’s Creek Cemetery. The Park contains large areas dedicated to swimming, picnicking and boating and offers canoe, rowboat and kayak rentals as well as overnight camping from the second Friday in April to mid-October. With 172 campsites and 44 miles of trails, Raccoon Creek is a great destination for those looking to not venture too far outside of Pittsburgh.

Summersville Lake 204 Miles West Virginia’s Summersville Lake offers over 28,000 acres of high quality water and 60 miles of shoreline. Technical rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and scuba diving by appointment are just a few of the exciting activities offered at this beautiful retreat.


Cook’s Forest

111 Miles Tionesta Lake is an ideal spot for both aspiring and experienced fisherman. This mountain stream fed lake is teeming with everything from trout & bass to walleye and muskie.

91 Miles This old growth forest was once called “Black Forest” and is a Registered National Natural Landmark. Cook’s Forest is home to Northwestern Pennsylvania’s Clarion River which offers canoe, kayak and tube rentals to all visitors. The Sawmill Craft Center and Theater also resides within this state park. This non-profit organization offers art classes, a gift shop and crafts on display as well as The Verna Leith Sawmill Theater which presents plays and musicals during the Summer season.

This lake offers miles of preserved shorelines ideal for water-based recreational activities.



Cheat Lake

65.2 Miles Located just outside of Morgantown, West Virginia, this stunning body of water is 13 miles long and was created in 1925 by damming the Cheat River. In June of 2000, Allegheny Energy designated this lake as a recreational area as a symbol of it’s commitment to community and environment. The park’s 4.5 mile handicap accessible trail runs along side an abandoned railroad right-of-way and is available to both hikers and bikers. This environmentally friendly park makes great efforts to carefully monitor the lake’s water quality while maintaining the area’s natural integrity.


Stay ‘local’ in Western Pennsylvania’s finest parks, forests & lakes.

by Julianna Bagwell

sign illustrations by ©iStock.com/Aaltazar

photograph by ▲Evan Sanders ◄ Marth Miller

Ohiopyle 75 Miles Covering more than 20,500 acres of land, Ohiopyle is one of our regions most popular and expansive state parks and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands. Ohiopyle’s unique landscape includes two natural waterslides and homes The Youghiogheny River; one of the east coast’s most thrilling whitewater boating destinations. The park also welcomes overnight campers from April to mid-December at any of their 200 campsites, cottages, and yurts.

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VINTAGE GRAND PRIX The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Because of the generous support and contributions from LOCALpittsburgh and other contributing sponsors they have been able to donate over $3.5 million to two deserving charities: the Autisim Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. Please join us this summer to show your support and enjoy the races!

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by Mahalah Scott

photo by Carmon Rinehart


INI of Pittsburgh knows how to have fun. They shared some of that fun with the staff at LOCALpittsburgh by allowing us to test-drive the all-new redesigned 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop for an entire weekend in June. With its classic Bulldog stance, famous go-kart handling, 3 driving modes, and TwinPower turbo engine, this iconic Bulldog has learned some new tricks. The interior is much more refined, with loads of new technology, thanks to BMW engineering. Motoring down Washington Avenue with the dual sunroofs open and windows down, the staff of LOCALpittsburgh rocked out the six speakers with a synched Jay Z Pandora station

through a gorgeous silky smooth interface. We flipped on the Sport Mode for some extra punch, hugging the curves of the Highland Park back-roads which was much more fun than any other standard city car. Even though the car was small in size the MINI Cooper still felt safe and reliable, it even has 8 airbags standard. MINI of Pittsburgh offers a variety of cars from Hardtop to Convertible, and even a four-door allwheel drive MINI Cooper Countryman. The salesman at MINI of Pittsburgh are called Motoring Advisors. They are there to help you choose the model that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a vehicle like the one the LOCALpittsburgh team drove, try out the MINI Cooper Hardtop S. This car will not disappoint, with a healthy diet of automotive steroids, a turbocharged cylinder, 189 horsepower, all with 3-year/3,600 mile Boot to Bonnet No Cost Maintenance. Pittsburghers can do no wrong with any model MINI of Pittsburgh. The cars get great mileage, are small enough to fit in those narrow strip district spots, and can fit a family with enough space for belongings in the trunk. Test drive the all-new Hardtop for yourself at MINI of Pittsburgh. Let’s Motor. | Issue 3 31

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** Vintage Qualifying Races ** 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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International Car Show 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 Vintage Warm-up Sessions 8:15 a.m.– 11:00

Parades & Opening Ceremony 11:00 a.m.- 11:50

** Vintage Races ** noon – 5:00 p.m.

International Car Show 9:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.


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Mini Mango Roll Tuna, asparagus & avocado wrapped in soy paper, topped with mango, jalapeno & green onion & drizzled with spicy mango sauce


akama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar offers a hip, trendy scene where patrons can enjoy the knife wielding skills and showmanship of specially trained hibachi chefs. They also offer a unique selection of appetizers accompanied by an outstanding variety of sushi and noodle dishes. Located on the corner of 17th and E. Carson Street in Pittsburgh's South Side, this 1893 historical landmark building has been totally renovated, seamlessly integrating the most modern restaurant equipment including the first smokeless hibachi tables in Pittsburgh. Nakama’s cuisine is based on their strict policy of providing only the freshest, prime quality seafood and vegetables. The finest cuts of beef and poultry that has been aged and trimmed to Nakama’s demanding specifications. This quality control has been the cornerstone of Japanese cuisine and standards for centuries.

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n 2006 Grill Master Jason Capps, built Bella Sera, PA’s first caterer and event venue certified by the Green Restaurant Association. Bella Sera blends Jason’s cultural heritage with his years of experience developed in world-class establishments. Jason was honored as the 2008 & 2010 Star Award Recipient from the International Caterers Association. In addition, Jason regularly appears on KDKA’s morning program—PITTSBURGH TODAY LIVE—to share his delicious recipes. When you meet Jason for the first time, you’ll be struck by his incredible passion for food.

— Giuseppe DiGristina Executive Chef, Bella Sera Catering Take Jason up on an opportunity to become a master griller by visiting bellaserapgh.com for inquiries on his Grillin’ and Swillin’ series. Jason & Chef DiGristina will spend an evening with you pairing in-season local produce & meats with complimentary libations. | Issue 3 33

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atrona Bottling has made sure that every batch of soda is individually mixed with all its premium ingredients measured by hand. Using the same vintage equipment applied to produce soda at the turn of the century,

Natrona Bottling is the only soda company in the United States to still use a process called “pinpoint carbonation�. It creates small bubbles instead of the large gaseous bubbles used in all contemporary soda production. The tiny bubbles combined with the exclusive use of pure cane sugar create a smooth and unique soda incomparable to anything else on the market.

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he Pop Stop works hard to be a healthconscious & environmentally responsible business. We accomplish this by using fresh and often local ingredients for each ice pop we make. And, instead of a truck, we sell our pops from a trendy push cart built for hauling frozen treats. The Pop Stop believes that by producing a healthier ice pop while promoting sustainability, we can inspire others to eat better and live more responsibly.

t Rivertowne Brewing our mission is to brew quality, craft beer that embodies our commitment to using the freshest ingredients, state of the art brewing processes and sustainable packaging. The decision to use cans began with our mission but doesn’t end there. Cans are the only container that keep out both oxygen and light. A bottling process inherently introduces beer to large quantities of both. The lining in cans is completely different from what it used to be. Our cans have a water-based polymer lining that eliminates any metallic contamination. The can locks in flavor better than even a dark glass bottle, because there is no light penetration and the seal is tighter than any bottle cap. Thus, fresher beer, longer.

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jay thier Jay Thier moved to Pittsburgh in 1979 by way of Connecticut. Settling in to the comfort of Fox Chapel, Their and his family moved into the old O’Briens house. When Thier and his family moved to Pittsburgh —the racing always stuck with him. Thier has always had a passion for cars & racing. He spent much of his childhood listening to the Indy 500 on the radio. If he was lucky during the summer on hot Saturday evenings, Thier would go to the races at the Danbury Fairgrounds. In 1960 Thier bought his first car; a fourdoor Ford Fairline. Although the car only cost him $65.00, Thier poured his heart into fixing it up. From polishing off the rust to mending the holes in the interior’s fabric, Thier did it all. “When I eventually lost the keys,” remembers Thier, “[we] were able to keep starting it via the under dash wiring. A 3 speed on the “tree” and an am/ fm radio.” Six years later Thier was still fixing up cars. He spent the summer of 1966 flipping through the Hemmings Motor News until he found a 1936 Plymouth for sale in a farmer’s field. Although he wasn’t able to keep up the costs of owning an antique

a u to mobile, and six months after purchasing the car Thier’s father made him sell it. Thier will be racing a 1964 Triumph Spitfire at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. This will be his second year racing the Spitfire at Shenley. One year previous, Thier raced his 1969 Ford Formula Macon Open Wheel. While Watkins Glen is Thier’s favorite racetrack, he finds Shenley Park to be the most challenging. The Ford Formula has also been driven for eight years from the Pittsburgh International Race Complex to the Virginia International Raceway. When Thier isn’t on a race track you can find him at Byrnes & Kiefer Company where he is the president. Thier and his wife travel often to car shows in their freetime. This past May, they traveled to Monaco for the Monaco Historiques.

Born & raised Pittsburgher, John Guehl is a man of many hobbies, most importantly a vintage car collector and participant in the Vintage Grand Prix. Guehl grew up fascinated by cars. When he was 14 years old he bought his first car, a 1936 Packard. The packard was an American luxury automobile made in Detroit, Michigan, by the Packard Motor Car Company. Unlike other vehicles made in Detroit at the time, the Packard Motor Car Company produced cars on a single production line which made the automobiles more affordable. The 1936 Packard was a classic car to own. For twelve years Guehl watched from the patron parking area on the golf course at the Vintage Grand Prix every year telling himself that next year would be the year he would race one of his vintage cars, but as each year passed he remained a bystander until he wasn’t. Guehl started the Vintage Grand Prix with a 1959 Turner Sports Car. This “entry-level” British vehicle as Guehl calls it allowed him the entry he needed to participate in the race. After a few years with the Turner Guehl entered an ELVA Formula Junior known for its racing capabilities. In recent years Guehl has participated in the Vintage Grand Prix with a 1939 Mercury Sprint, under the Pre-War and Select MGT-Series. Considered a luxury car

john guehl in its prime, the Mercury Sprint still runs well to this day. While Guehl knows his car isn’t a typical sports racecar he enjoys a friendly competition. He says “even the best driver couldn’t win in [this] car.” Guehl describes it as comparing a sports car to a family car, “it just isn’t possible,” he says with a smile. However, Guehl says when he started racing his daughter told him, “nobody likes a loser,” and so these days he participates in friendly competitive banter with other racers, secretly knowing that if he had a car capable of higher speeds, he could win. In addition to the Vintage Grand Prix, Guehl is an Ophthamologist at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Bloomfield. This year Guehl will participate in the Ironman Triathlon at Lake Placid the weekend after the Gran Prix. Guehl is also training for another marathon. Outside of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Guehl also partakes in antique car tours around the country and visits antique car shows frequently. These days Guehl says he has “more cars than he knows what to do with.” With a mechanic garage in his home in Indiana Township, this car collector has sure made a life out of his love for vintage cars. With automobiles ranging from a 1904 Oldsmobile to a 1959 Triumph, Guehl says he is running out of places to store his cars. | Issue 3 37

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ost of us knew it was coming, but the reality of the incandescent light bulb phase-out is finally here. Each burnt out light bulb, the ones we’ve conveniently picked up at our local grocery stores over the years, have us seeing things, well, in a new light. First things first. What is the “phase-out” and why is it happening? The legislation passed by the U.S. Congress for the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs began in 2007. As of 2014, 40-watt through 100-watt incandescent bulbs are no longer being manufactured. This phase-out has been occurring world-wide for the past nine years in an effort to introduce more energy-efficient lighting alternatives. The regulations that have been put into place require that the incandescent light bulbs being manufactured must use 30% less energy in order to meet global efficiency standards. Since the beginning of the phase-out most of us have been under the impression that new light bulb alternatives may not be able to offer the warm, amber glow that is commonly associated with filament bulbs. But this is not the case. Many options can now be found conveniently and at a reasonable price that can Energy Efficient 60 W replace your incandescent bulbs. Light-emitting diodes (LED) are semiconductor devices that produce light from electricity unlike an incandescent light bulb which uses a filament to create a glow of light by heating up. Because LED bulbs don’t emit heat, they are for more efficient in terms of the amount of energy they use up. LED bulbs are the most accessible and price pointed Frosted Efficient bulbs for your everday lighting needs. 60 W Halogens are more luminated and efficient version of Edison’s incandescent bulb. They use iodine or bromine to create light and get very hot. Halogens are designed to mimic the kind of lighting achieved by incandescent bulbs, although the glow they emit is subdued in comparison. These bulbs are relatively easy to find but they are more expensive than many other lighting options. Every household has a unique and ideal comfort zone. To achieve your desired ambiance in your home one girl’s graphics has curated a study to help you better understand the types of hues that come from different bulbs. By comparing different types of bulbs we have not only figured out how each can affect your space but also how each will impact your pocketbook and the environment.

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Pittsburgh has become a hotbed of new business start-ups.

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by Mahala Scott

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These days the concept of urban gardening is no longer a farfetched idea. We are living in the age of the local food movement, where neighborhood residents are flocking to farmers markets to access locally-sourced foods that weren’t always available.


ven neighborhood grocery stores are lining their produce aisles with seasonal vegetables, carefully labeling where the food was grown. In fact, many of the apples you might find in a grocery store or farmers market were grown within the state of Pennsylvania. PA is 5th in the nation for the production of apples with over 10 million bushels of apples produced each year. With so much fruit being produced in PA it made us wonder if we were missing produce growing naturally in our own backyards. It turns out there is plenty of naturally growing fruit and nut trees in Pittsburgh. Carolyn Barber and Rose Smiechowski have created a group that helps identify all of the edible trees in Pgh through their organization, Hidden Harvest (HH). Carolyn & Rose are no strangers to the outdoors. Carolyn received a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. After completing her degree in Toronto, Carolyn moved to the United States where she spent a few years lecturing in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University before she moved to Pittsburgh and began lecturing at Chatham University’s School of Sustainability and the Environment. It is at Chatham that Carolyn met Rose, a student of Environmental Studies.

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While at Chatham, Rose worked at the “The process for starting HH so far has University’s sustainable garden, Eden really been about meeting people and Hall, where she learned to grow and proconnecting them to this idea,” duce crops from planting to harvesting. says Carolyn. Since graduating from Chatham in 2013, HH will hold their first tree-picking Rose has joined AmeriCorps Public Ally event for late June in Highland Park. Program as a Program Coordinator for the The two women plan to harvest one Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens. Rose has of Pittsburgh’s more popular fruit trees, also worked with Tree Pittsburgh and varthe Mulberry. The women want to create ious other environmental groups in the a “flash-mob model” for their first event. area. When Carolyn approached Rose in This means they want to create a network 2013 about starting HH Rose was immeof Pittsburgh residents who are collecting diately interested. fruit from their mulberry trees this summer. “[I] personally loved the idea of HH “HH is not a resource for individuals because it combines two things that I’ve intending to capitalize on their privately discovered along my path of enjoying; owned or municipal fruit and nut trees,” trees and gardening,” says Carolyn. “The says Rose. “I additionintention of HH is “I think outreach’s number ally thought it was a to help communinoble cause to work ties identify their one mission right now, just towards reducing food harvest in their to get people familiar with waste and finding ways own backyards.” to feed hungry people.” us. I think our second goal is For the future The idea of creating HH plans to conrecruitment, recruitment for a network of wild edtinue to educate individuals to join us in pick- pittsburgh residents ibles isn’t new. Urban harvesting is taking ing trees, and then down the on the use of urplace all over America ban edibles. They road feeding hungry mouths.” want to explore and abroad. Carolyn & Rose are most familiar partnerships with with the Toronto based group, Not Far From local organizations to help spread the the Tree, which HH loosely resembles. The message of urban foodways and in the mission of HH is to help create a network long run, the produce collected. As the orof edible plants in the Pittsburgh area. ganization grows, they would love to see The two women want to help educate Pittsburghers participate in identifying residents of Pittsburgh neighborhoods local food sources on their HH website. on properly identifying trees that proCarolyn & Rose want to create an urban duce edible fruits and nuts. HH isn’t about landscape map of all edible fruit and planting trees, it is about utilizing trees nut trees in the area. HH will not disclose already found in the area and putting the privately owned property where fruit and harvest to use. nut trees are grown. While the orgaAs HH is a new startup organization nization is developing slowly the two in the Pittsburgh area, the women are women are excited to get the project planning on ways to moving forward. up and running for the summer and fall


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DO YOU KNOW by Andrew Marrangoni

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Summer Safety Tips for Our Four Legged Friends • Even on a mild 75-degree day, the temperature in a car with the doors & windows shut can escalate to the hundreds within just 15 minutes. Dogs should never be left in a car, for any amount of time. • Dogs with light colored fur have fair skin sensitive to the sun’s rays. Lather them up with sunscreen before heading outside for extended periods of time. • On a hot summer day, concrete can burn the bottom of your pup’s paws. Consider applying a paw protectant, such as Musher’s Secret, to protect his paw pads. • If your dog is outside during the day, it is required by law that he has a shaded place to rest as well as water. Make sure the area is consistently shaded throughout the day, regardless of the sun’s position. • When taking your dog on walks during the summer, it is important that your dog stays hydrated and cool. Keep walks to under 20 minutes and carry water with you. For longer walks, stay in the shade as much as possible. • When taking your dog to a picnic, be aware that there are many foods on the menu poisonous to dogs. These items include onions, grapes, chocolate, and garlic. Be mindful of your dog’s activities while off-leash in food-heavy areas.

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