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PLATES & NEIGHBORHOODS Picnic in the Park 4 Great Restaurants. 4 Great Parks.


DESIGN Tour the City's Outdoor Art


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Rich with History, Point State Park commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of Western Pennsylvania. Located at the confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers, the breathtaking panoramic view of Pittsburgh's rolling hills, bridges and skyline make it a favorite of both locals and visitors. In 1975, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. Fort Pitt Museum and Block House Built from 1759 to 1761, Fort Pitt was key to controlling portions of the Ohio River Valley and Western Pennsylvania. The first floor gallery features a wide range of interactive exhibits portraying daily life in 18th century Pittsburgh. The Fort Pitt Block House was constructed to help defend Fort Pitt from American Indian attacks during the mid-18th century. It is the oldest architectural landmark in Pittsburgh and also the nation’s only authenticated pre-Revolutionary War structure west of the Allegheny Mountains. The Found at Point State Park One of the most-loved meeting places in Pittsburgh, the newly renovated fountain is a delightful place to cool off or just hang out and enjoy the view. It features a raised fountain base, easily accessible seating and infinity edge waterfall. It is operated daily from 7 AM to 11 PM during the spring, summer and fall. Walking, Running and Biking There are paved promenades and benches on the riverfront and throughout the park that provide striking views of the city. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a public route for cyclists, walkers, runners, covering 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers.


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From tennis courts to nature walks, Frick Park offers many options for outdoor fun. When millionaire industrialist Henry Clay Frick died in 1919, he bequeathed the city 151 acres south of his Point Breeze mansion and provided a $2 million trust fund to help create the park and help with its long-term development and maintenance. Now the largest of Pittsburgh parks at 644 acres, Frick Park stretches from Point Breeze to the Monongahela River.


Biking, Walking and Running Trails Frick Park’s varied terrain and abundant trails make it a popular destination for mountain bikers, walkers, and runners. Most of the trails run through lush natural environments with steep wooded bluffs and slopes. Walking trails vary from the easy Tranquil Trail to the more challenging Falls Ravine and Riverview Trails. Bowling Green Frick also offers the only public lawn bowling green in Pennsylvania. Opened in 1938, the Frick Park Bowling Green consists of two carefully manicured sections of grass that can accommodate seven games at once. Located at the northern edge of Frick Park in Point Breeze, the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club maintains the bowling green and clubhouse. The bowling club offers free lessons to beginners, league play and informal bowling. It also hosts corporate and private events. Blue Slide and Forbes & Braddock Playgrounds The Blue Slide Playground at Beechwood Boulevard and English Lane features a castle theme which ascends to the Blue Slide and then finally to a climbing structure where kids can see for miles and admire the downtown Pittsburgh skyline. The Forbes and Braddock Playground boasts a nature theme, which includes an imaginary stream and natural rock displays with native plantings. “Frick Creek” winds its way through the play structure and ends at “Forbes Lagoon,” a wheelchair-accessible play zone. Dog Parks Just a half-mile past the Blue Slide Playground, there are two popular off-leash exercise areas on Riverview Trail and at Hot Dog Dam along Lower Tranquil Trail. These spaces provide plenty of room for your furry friends to run, play and cool off. Leashed dogs are welcome in all areas of the park.


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Now encompassing 456 acres, Schenley Park provides a reprieve from urban life for residents, university students and nature lovers. The park also offers miles of trails for hikers and bikers, picnic areas, pavilions, and numerous playgrounds. The Schenley Oval The expansive Sportsplex offers an NCAA-regulation running track, sports turf soccer field and high jump area, cross-country trails and 13 tennis courts. People of all ages use the Sportsplex for formal competition and informal recreation year-round. If you’re looking to beat the heat, the Schenley Pool is open from 1:00 PM to 7:45 PM (5:45 on weekends), Memorial Day through Labor Day. All city pools offer a variety of programs, activities and classes for children, adults and seniors. Throughout the summer, the pool features water shows and carnivals that provide splashing good fun for kids of all ages.

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This course offers 18 holes of 'unusual' golf. Also known as Frisbee Golf, at designated tee areas players attempt to throw frisbees into elevated baskets in as few throws as possible. It reaches from the Schenley Overlook to the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion, and winds its way through the park's wooded areas. The PNC Carousel at Schenley Plaza Created in 2006, this Victorian-style carousel carries on an historic tradition of carousels in Pittsburgh parks. Recently revitalized it's located between the Carnegie and Hillman Libraries. The plaza also features the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain, lawn and ornamental gardens.

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Dedicated in 1894, Riverview Park predates the City of Allegheny’s annexation to the City of Pittsburgh in 1907. Nestled between Perrysville Avenue, Woods Run and Marshall Avenue, this 259acre park is known for its wooded trails and steep hillsides. It features a swimming pool and activities building, space-themed playground, visitor’s center and the widely traveled two-mile Riverview Loop. Horseback Riding Riverview Park’s miles of unspoiled wooded paths and hills are a favorite for equestrians who enjoy trail riding. Located on Grand Avenue, Riverview Valley Stables uses the trails for horseback riding lessons.

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Allegheny Observatory Located at the highest elevation point in the park, the observatory offers magnificent views of downtown Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley. Operated by the University of Pittsburgh, it is home to three telescopes. A must-see for avid stargazers, the 13-inch and 16-inch refractors are open to the public on Thursday and Friday night tours. The 30-inch Thaw Refractor is used for research and is only viewable by the public during one open house event each year. Stars at Riverview Jazz Series On Saturday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30, Observatory Hill features Stars at Riverview Kick back, relax, and enjoy some of the best jazz Pittsburgh has to offer. Cinema in the Park Saturday night is also movie night on Observatory Hill. After listening to some cool jazz on a hot Saturday night, stay for an evening of free cinema under the stars. Movies begin at dusk and are also featured on various evenings at Arsenal Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, Grandview Park, Highland Park, and the West End/ Elliott Overlook.

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Much of Pittsburgh’s charm comes from its vast green spaces and parks. But how did these parks come to be in their current state? This article will explore brief histories and origins of major green spaces of the area including Schenley Park, Frick Park and Point State Park. In some cases, history is more entertaining than fiction. Thus is the curious case of Mary Elizabeth Croghan Schenley, who had inherited large amounts of land from her maternal grandfather, James O’Hara. When she was 15 (and a student of a Staten Island boarding school), she eloped with Captain Edward Wyndham Harrington Schenley and moved to London, England. This scandal sparked domestic and international outrage, with even Queen Victoria expressing her displeasure, as Capt. Schenley had been absent from service without leave. Mary’s father, William Croghan, Jr., fought to retain Mary’s inheritance rights, and obtained legal victory in 1884. Five years later, Mary Schenley donated much of her inherited land to the city and became a prominent Pittsburgh philanthropist for


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the remainder of her life. Despite living in England for most of her life, she always referred to Pittsburgh as her “old home.” Frick Park’s history does not share the same intrigue and scandal as Schenley Park’s does, but still has an important background. Henry Clay Frick, a prominent businessman and bastion in the steel industry, donated 380 acres of land that would become Frick Park upon his death in 1919. In association to land donation, he also established a $2 million trust fund to assist with maintenance of the park. His daughter, Helen Clay Frick, expanded the park’s size to 561 acres through land purchases. Today the park sits at 64411 acres, making it the largest park in Pittsburgh. Since the

" The park opened in 1974 upon completion of the grand fountain at the confluence of the rivers." opening of the park in 1927, it has served as a nature preserve for local wildlife, an

educational center, and outdoor activity center for the Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods. At the tip of the Golden Triangle, Point State Park meets the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Once an industrial and commercial slum, the park was commissioned in 1945, with 36 acres of land purchased the next year for construction of a “private” space.2 The park opened in 1974 upon completion of the grand fountain at the confluence of the rivers. The site’s historical significance stems from the heritage of the Seven Years’ War, Fort Pitt, and Fort Duquesne. Over the course of the war, the British and French forces fought to secure the Ohio Valley region and the fort(s)’ location served as a strategic location for control of the frontier. If you would like more information about these parks, their histories, or their current events, there are bounties of resources available ranging from local publications and journals to broader research collections located in libraries and museums around Pittsburgh.


Sources vary on the actual size of the size. This number is taken from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Some sources have labeled the park as being as small as the original 561 acres established by Helen Clay Frick; others have the park at around 600 acres.

2 Much debate surrounded what the space was to become. Some local politicians believed the space should preserve the history and significance of the space, while others wished to build a civic center to bolster cultural traditions.

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On a Tour of the City’s Outdoor Art BE YOUR OWN GUIDE Written by Andy Feathers Photographed by Katie Krulock

It’s not just the weather that’s beautiful outside this Summer. As Pittsburgh progresses into “progressiveness,” a greater significance is obviously being placed on all actions traditionally and newly associated with progress— “green” methods of transport, grants, artistic development, and (for the purposes of this article) the products of their collaboration. Despite some opposition, the city is forging ahead and extending its hand to these exciting developments, resulting in many eclectic additions to Pittsburgh’s summertime cityscape. In Trusts We Trust Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trusts’ dedication to public art, and other local foundations, artists are being recognized and commissioned to make works for urban display. With sculptures of eyes for seating, the Agnes R. Katz Plaza exhibits a 25-foot bronze fountain, and is the hub for the Cultural Trusts’ regular JazzLive musical performances. The familiar Haas Mural on the façade of the Byham Theatre, and the murals on East Carson Street have also been providing a consistent artistic presence

in the city for several years. But some new developments and other lesser known works should also be included in your tour of the city’s outdoor arts. Call on The Cell Phone Disco, for example. Tucked away behind Crazy Mocha on 801 Liberty Avenue. This exhibition, designed by Netherlands-based collective Informationlab, “visualizes the electromagnetic field of active cell phones” and presents them in an “interactive display” through a giant LED light screen. Alley Art & Other Alternatives To look even deeper into the streets, it’s likely to find some hidden treasures from 2009’s commissioned vandalism by renowned street artist Shepard Fairy. Many of his wheat-pasted murals from that campaign are weatherworn, but still provide an interesting aesthetic to the alleys Downtown, in the South Side, Garfield, and the North Side. Thorough spying is key for these, though, since Fairy’s works have not been well maintained. But they are the epitome of guerrilla art, and definitely worth the extra work to find. “The Artist” and entrepreneur formerly known as Pittsburgh Steeler Baron Batch has also played his hand in the outdoor art scene with his series of free paintings strategically placed about Pittsburgh’s surrounding areas. This style of see-itand-keep-it artwork and other alternative venue displays is becoming increasingly

popular among new artists seeking exposure outside of the gallery. Waning numbers of collectors and art buyers in the city have forced this movement, and success by trendsetters like Fairy and outdoor artist Swoon—who is now working on a project in Braddock called Braddock Tiles—has done much to inspire Pittsburgh’s new decor. In a “formerly abandoned church in North Braddock,” Swoon’s Braddock Tiles project is set to be a “community-based micro-factory” with a St. Stephen’s Cathedral-inspired mosaic roof of over 20,000 ceramic tiles. It has been an ongoing venture since 2007, but promises to be an incredible

“This style of see-it-andkeep-it artwork and other alternative venue displays is becoming increasingly popular among new artists seeking exposure outside of the gallery.” site upon completion. Artists print releases and website updates are made sporadically, and for development news they invite mailing list sign-ups through mailinglist@braddocktiles.org. You can also visit http://braddocktiles-org. myshopify.com/pages/contact for more information. Pittsburgh is more than just beautiful sites, however.

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Works to Lock Onto Local artists and trusts are also funding and creating works dedicated to the function of our daily routines. For the second wave of its Public Art Bike Racks project, the Cultural Trust is calling artists to design another round of unique bike racks for installation on Penn Avenue by August 7, 2015. Each of the selected artist/applicants has received $3,000 towards their creation, and if the results prove as creative as last year, expect to lock up your ride in style. Most importantly—don’t be afraid to “touch the art.” Though not the standard parking spot, each design accommodates two or more bikes, so keep an open mind and don’t feel bad about using what the city’s creatives are providing for you. The weather and the trends make this summer the perfect time for art outdoors. If you’re looking for something a little less traditional and a little more interactive, that experience is more accessible than you might think. In fact, it is out there waiting—no scheduled dates or hours of operation—just part of your routine, driving commute, bike ride to work, or a slow summer’s walk away.



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IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER HOT PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX Written by Andy Feathers Photographed by Edwin Shaw

With Italy’s best leading around the first turn, racers and loyal fans rev up for another festival of philanthropy and fun. Whether we intend it or not, the vehicles we drive are often reflections of ourselves— we adopt lifestyles and find the most fitting form of transport. These vehicles are our daily drivers. But what about our fun sides—the risktaking, impractical, odd elements of being human? Well, there are vehicles for that, too. And for 10 days in July, roughly 250,000 spectators, 1,200 volunteers and 150 racers congregate in Schenley Park to celebrate that beautiful uniqueness at The Vintage Grand Prix. 28

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History Founded in 1983 by a “group of car enthusiasts” seeking to provide a free, fun, community building attraction in Pittsburgh amidst the downfall of the steel industry, The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix—despite its growth in scale and popularity—has remained true to its original intent: a vintage sports car race on city streets, free to the public, and benefitting charity. This Year Since the first races, the event has become the “longest continually running vintage road race in the nation,” and has expanded into a festival that includes a showing of over 2,000 cars with cruises, | Issue 7 29

a Kick-Off Rallye (7/5), and shows on the Schenley Park Golf Course and other areas around downtown, a BlackTie and Tailpipes Gala (7/10), parades, Cars and Guitars Concert (7/16), and roughly seven races a day—the Pitt Races (7/10 – 7/12) and the Vintage Races (7/19), which will comprise of cars only fitting this year’s marque— Italy.

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The Marques Hosted by the Grand Prix and its Italian Cortile, this year’s tribute to the cars of Italy will feature Fiat Club of America’s FreakOut Annual Convention including over 200 Fiats from around the country. Combined with the Grand Prix’s Marque cars, expect a fairway full of Fiats, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis, to the lesser known names like Lancia, Stangueillini, and Bandini, all on the 18th hole of the Schenley Park Golf Course. For more information the marque of Italy, be sure to visit www.pvgp.com. Outside Italia, this year’s “spotlight” car is the Ford Thunderbird. To honor the Thunderbird’s 60th year, The Pitt Birds Thunderbird Club will be “displaying models from all eleven generations” from the car’s first clay modeling in 1953 and production in 1955, to its last run in 2005. The Spotlight Car Show will be on the third fairway, with an additional full, 2.3 mile, parade lap during the Grand Prix’s Vintage Race opening ceremonies on July, 19th. The Cause This celebration, the careful attention to the detail and maintenance of these extravagant vehicles, some might argue is all in excess if it wasn’t for the true intent of the Grand Prix event—to benefit the community. And to be more specific, The Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1983 The Grand Prix has been able to raise nearly $4 million for these charities, and last year it set a new high with $360,000. So if you’ve got a gem collecting dust in your garage, get out your Armor All, consider the cause, and be sure to stop by the LOCALpittsburgh Hospitality Tent as you enjoy the festivities at the 2015 Vintage Grand Prix.


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ON YOUR MARQUE. GET SET. GO. Vintage Grand Prix Driver Interviews Written by Alieta Hermanowski

MARK MAEHLING A Pittsburgh native, Mark Maehling grew up frequenting race tracks since he was a small boy. As a child, close friends of the family who were into racing took him and his brother to races in Ohio and various places. For Mark and his brothers, Peter and Kevin, racing is still a family affair. Peter holds the track record in the Porsche class at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and all three will be competing in numerous races this year. First to run the track this year will be the bright green, eye-catching 1969 Abarth Scorpione SS, which Mark owns with childhood friend Kirk Jones, is one of only five created by Karl Abarth. Of the five that were made, only three are believed to still be in existence. Mark recently acquired an MG Midget, which he will also be racing at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this year. “I will be crossing the finish line and literally jumping from one car to another. My crew is certainly going to be busy,” he laughs. “The Scorpione is extremely expensive to run. All parts have to be made,” says Mark. “When 34

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I need a spark plug it’s not like I can just go to a parts store and buy one. Everything has to be fabricated. I know a little bit about cars, and [I] am fortunate enough to be the custodian and driver, but I have access to one of the best machine shops and mechanics in the country,” chuckles Mark. His brother Peter often helps with parts for the car. He studied race car technology, holds a degree in industrial design and has built several award-winning racecars from scratch. Mark has been a supporter of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix since its inception, and started racing in in 2002. In 2014 he won Group 2: Preservation & Production Under 1 Litre. Last year he also competed at the inaugural Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational and set the track record for Abarth there. “The event hosted 729 of some of the best vintage cars and drivers in the country,” says Mark. “It was pretty cool to set a record at Indianapolis.” Mark frequently races at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex

Find your escape. in Beaver Falls, but enjoys the thrilling course at Schenley Park. “The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is one of the most beautiful and challenging old-world style courses. It’s as close as you can come to Monte Carlo in the United States,” says Mark. “I also think the charities it benefits, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School are amazing. I am so proud to be a part of it.”

ALAIN RAYMOND Alain Raymond, a six-time racer and twotime winner in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, has been fascinated with automobiles since he was a teenager growing up in Lebanon. His first car was a Fiat 600, a distant cousin of the 1964 Fiat Abarth 1000 TC he started racing in 2002. “I started reading auto magazines as a kid, and fell in love with the Fiat Albarth. I promised myself that one day I’d have one,” says Alain. Based in Quebec, Alain has been an automotive journalist for many years. Now retired, he worked as a professional technical translator and manager of translation services for 40 years in both the private and public sectors. In the early '80s he founded his own translation firm in Ottawa, specializing in the automotive

field. He still writes a column for Paris’ La Vie de L’Auto, and covers international vintage racing events for various Canadian automotive publications. Alain is an enthusiastic fan of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. “I love it for several reasons,” he says. “Pittsburgh is the only city in North America that holds a vintage street race. I love the ambiance. To me, it is a fiesta; a celebration of the automobile. Because of the spectators it is very retro in its atmosphere. This is how they used to race in Europe back in the '50’s, in the streets.” He also enjoys the challenge of Schenley Park’s twisty, narrow terrain. His 1964 Fiat Abarth 1000 TC handles twists and turns with ease. “It is challenging, but my car is small and nimble. I can pass much larger and more powerful cars, which I can’t do on a track. My car is at an advantage because it is made for these kinds of roads, but regardless of the car one is driving there is still no room for error.” In 2013, Alain hit a curb and blew a tire. “I was fine,” he says, “I just ruined the wheel and didn’t win my category that year.” It’s easy to see why he is thrilled that the “Marques of Italy” are being featured this year, and has volunteered to manage the Marque of the Year race. “Frankly, I like everything about Italy,” says Alain. “I’m excited that the 2015 Fiat FreakOut National Convention is also being held at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Italian cars have a glorious and interesting history, and are part and parcel of Italian DNA,” he chuckles. Alain is an avid collector of cars. “Yes, it’s a sickness,” he laughs. “At last count I had six. I just got one last week, an Alfa Romeo.”


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It’s Summertime And Gardens Are Blooming. Herbs that can be found in your backyard garden are commonly used in drinks as a garnish. Here are a couple of ways to get them into your cocktails and add some unexpected flavors to your favorite summer beverage. Muddling is the process of pressing fresh herbs against the side or bottom of the glass which releases the flavors of the fresh herbs, helping them bind with the alcohol better. The mojito is a classic cocktail that uses this process. Another popular way to use your garden harvest is to infuse the alcohol. You simply need to pick your favorite base liquor, pour it in a jar and add a fresh aromatic herb, fruit or vegetable to act as an infuser.. Taste your infused creation daily. Until you're happy with how it tastes, strain your infused spirit and serve it to your impressed friends at your next gathering. Here are three recipes from some of LOCAL's favorite watering holes.

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2 tsp. Lavender Flowers (super organic) 1 or 2 fresh basil leaves 1/4 fresh lemonade or a very good bottled brand 2 or 3 pumps of simple syrup (optional) 1 basil leaf for garnish Steep lavender flowers with basil in 8 ounces of 185 degree water (just before boiling) for 7 to 10 minutes. While tea is steeping fill glass with ice and add simple syrup. Once tea is steeped remove basil leaves and pour tea over ice add the 1/4 cup of lemonade, garnish with basil leaf and ENJOY! | Issue 7 37

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Defining Dona Jo Written by Reese Randall

Chic minded, healthy living, frequent trips to Brazil and a passion for reinventing a yogi’s staple style has generated success for the Pittsburgh-based fashion company Dona Jo Fitwear. Ashley Ferraro, 26, founder and president of Dona Jo Fitwear and Rapha Costa, 27, co-founder and COO have found a market for designing fitwear while defining what makes yogi’s wear their sought-after brand from a workout to work. The duo says it doesn’t matter what you wear to work as long you get the work done. Ferraro adds, “We make the trip from a workout at the yoga studio to a meeting at work a colorful transition.” However, before collaborating on the business of yoga, crossfit active wear and the like, the two were focused on pleasure—first,

as girlfriend and boyfriend, now as a married couple. Ferraro and Costa met six years ago at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) where Ferraro, a North Hills native majored in marketing, while Costa of Brazil majored in business management with a minor in entrepreneurship. “I was on the tennis team and Ashley was on the swim team,” says Costa, who explains being active has been a part of their healthy lifestyle. This helped to create their mission of how to take an old idea that fitwear can’t be fashionable and on the go—to fitwear that fits into every facet of an active woman’s life. Life evolved for the couple when they moved to Pittsburgh upon landing jobs here after graduating from FGCU. Ferraro was pleased to move back to the Pittsburgh market to be closer to her family. “I worked in non-profit advertising and Rapha worked in business consulting,” says Ferraro. “We always wanted to start our own business." "We just didn’t know what it was,” added Costa. After a trip with Costa to visit his family in Brazil, Ferraro found there was more uniqueness, vibrancy and color there. The duo knew they wanted to bring the essence of that style to Pittsburgh. After working on the quality and fit of the apparel, they tested their product and launched Dona Jo in June 2013.

Do you have a signature element? Our signature aesthetic is our prints—they stand on their own. How has our economy enabled your business to grow? It’s really [through our] social media that has made our brand grow. Our quality is high and we introduce a new print every week to keep our design dynamic going strong. Describe your start-up style. Ashley: I stay sporty and every girl in our office, including me is wearing leggings. Today, I’m in sneakers and leopard leggings. Rapha: I can’t wear leggings, but I wear my jeans and running shoes. Is Dona Jo produced in Brazil? Our manufacturer is in Brazil. We started with two seamstresses and now have 13. We run the business via Skype and travel 4 times a year to Brazil. When we decided we would produce our own pieces, it just so happened my aunt and mom found a manufacturing business for sale and we bought it.

Describe Dona Jo and the JoJo Tribe. We express ourselves differently and we don’t want women only to have access to the same What is the meaning behind the Dona Jo fitwear clothing. If it weren’t for the logo on name? big name brands you wouldn’t be able to idenWe tried to combine our names, but it just didn’t work. One day Rapha was on Skype with tify one from another. Our brand empowers people to feel unique and special. We design his grandparents and his grandpa called for Dona Jo for every woman—from working his grandma. I heard him say, “Dona Jo” and I loved it. Rapha’s grandmother’s name is Joana women ages 30-45 to stay-at-home moms. and they call her Jo for short, and Dona means Our line performs well and has a great fit. Because of that, we have a following of stylish Ms.—so together it creates Dona Jo. women who refer to themselves as JoJo’s— and they’re our JoJo Tribe! Where in Pittsburgh is your studio located? We’re located in the Strip District. We actually What’s your design goal? started Dona Jo in our apartment with invenWe want to make sure people can express tory stacked in our closets, but that lasted themselves differently while they embrace for a year. In March 2014 we moved into the warehouse equipped with loading docks. As of their personality—allowing them to move seamlessly from working out to out-and-about. right now it’s just an office and a warehouse— not a boutique.

What’s on Dona Jo’s vision board? We’re excited to introduce a men’s line in Spring 2016. This will mean we’ll need to grow the manufacturing in Brazil to accommodate the line, which will include men’s T-shirts and compression shorts—and, of course it will be very colorful. What’s the must-have Dona Jo piece for workout-to-work? Our core product is our legging and because we launch a new print every week, you have to move quickly to make sure you get the print you want in your size. To shop Dona Jo Fitwear, go to donajofitwear.com.

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A Vintage Mix


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“How often should you shampoo?” It’s a question hair color expert and co-owner of Isle of You Hair Color Studio [http://www.isleofyousalon. com] in Lawrenceville Shari Geldrich gets a lot. “You’d be surprised at the answer,” she says. “When it’s dirty.” Over shampooing is like a moisture zap for already thirsty hair, and with summer’s exposure to sun and water hair loses its luster, color dulls and ends split. Shari offered up a few tips to keep in mind to help combat the damaging effects of sunshine, salt water, and chlorine. Lather up less. Too much shampoo will strip away the oils that hair naturally produces to protect it from the sun’s UV rays. Try shampooing half as much, and when you do, choose products that are sulfate-free, which helps to increase hydration and reduce oxidation (when those brassy and dull hues creep in).

Get wet before you get wet. “Hair is like a sponge,” explains Shari. “Wet your hair before you jump into the pool. If your hair has absorbed water, then [like a sponge] it can’t absorb more and there is less of a chance it will soak up the damaging chlorine. Not to mention, that less chlorine means there is less of risk of damaging the color. Another moisture saving tip: go easy on the heat by opting for an air dry over a blow dry. Hide your hair from the sun. Hey, who said you can’t pull off a retro swim cap? Another semi-solution, pull it up—a pony tail, a man bun, braids, whatever allows for the least exposure to the sun. The alternative is to buy SPF made for your hair. You can use a UV protectant spray or any styling product that contains SPF. Kevin Murphy makes Body Builder, a spray mousse that contains sunscreen and UV filters.

Condition more. Lots of lather is not synonymous with clean hair, so don’t be afraid to skip the suds in favor of a condition-only rinse. Let the conditioner set for two minutes. Another option is a product like KeraColor’s no-lather cleansing conditioner that purifies hair by neutralizing chlorine and the trace minerals found in tap water.



Protect Your Skin From The Sun There is a saying in Hungary. “You can shut your mouth but you can’t hide your skin.” says Katalin Reimann, a Hungarian esthetician and the owner of Method Aesthetics & Wellness Spa in Wexford [http://www. methodspa.com]. She has taut flawless skin and appears nearly two decades younger than she is. In today’s world, a layer of sun-shielding SPF is a given, but Kaitlin shares a few other skincare methods to help keep that sun-kissed glow.

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Summertime Care For Your Hair & Skin

It’s summertime, and here in this Western Pennsylvania climate we love to get outside and soak up the sun, but that same vitamin D soaked sunshine can wreak havoc on our hair and our skin. Aside from the most direct sun-shielding advice “stay out of the sun,” as in, "wear a Pirates hat or walk around with a parasol," we’ve gathered some helpful information from two local experts who know a thing or two about taking care of your hair and your face. 46

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Choose the appropriate cleanser. Different skin types have different needs. More often than not, no one needs to exfoliate everyday. In fact, as a general rule oily skin types do well with a gel-like cleanser, while dry skin types need to use a cream cleanser with a milky base. Using a cleanser that doesn’t jive with your skin type leaves it more susceptible to UV rays.

Moisturize. Most of us go right for the lotion-variety moisturizers; however, there is a pretty obvious argument for opting for a serum. The molecules in lotions are bigger and often stay on the surface creating a coating that makes it hard for the skin to breathe. Serums, Katalin explains, are made of smaller molecules which allow for the moisture and the nutrients to go deeper into the skin without clogging the pores. Take care of your skin, just like you would your car or your teeth. “When’s the last time you had an oil change?” Katalin asks her clients. Followed up with, “And when’s the last time you had a facial?” Therein lies her point. At least every six to eight weeks schedule a facial that is within your budget. Instead of choosing from a spa menu, ask an expert help you decide what kind of treatment your particular skin will benefit from. Cooling peppermint is not for everyone and is often not what is necessary, even in these hot summer months.

Start using toner. Toner is the often overlooked, extremely important step to facial care. Don’t want to buy toner? Katalin has a simple DIY formula that allows anyone to create their own. Have skin on the oily side? use one part apple cider vinegar (balances the PH level) and 10 parts water. Have skin on the dry side? use one part witch hazel (reduces pores) and 10 parts water. | Issue 7 47

ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR? In the last 5 years, Pittsburgh has seen a big increase in the number of new business startups. These startups vary in the types of business that they are: food related, technology, manufacturing, retail and any other type of industry that you can imagine.

The area is also seeing an increase in the number of organizations that provide services to help these entrepreneurs grow their businesses. The business support services provided by these companies can range from providing great and unique office space, business education and mentoring, funding and incentives (such as tax credits) and paid interns. Most of these businesses are a nonprofit organization and the services that they provide are free or heavily discounted but there are others that operate for profit and charge for their services. These support organizations work with businesses in various stages ranging from startup to maturity. Unfortunately, for too may entrepreneurs finding the right business support services is difficult. For those entrepreneurs that get connected to the right services, the time spent is often well worth it. Getting connected to the right business support services can help entrepreneurs limit the number of mistakes they make, can be the difference between getting funded or 48

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not, can get their product or service to the market sooner and help the business become profitable faster. Answering a few questions will make the process easier to navigate. What is your business sector (technology, retail, service, etc.)? What type of business services do you want to receive (assistance with creating a business plan, training on Excel, access to funding, assistance with exporting a project, etc.)? Are you looking for office space? A good place for any business to start is the website www.ura.org, The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency. Some other places of reference are the Small Business Development Center of Duquesne University (www.sbdc. duq.edu), the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (www.entrepreneur.pitt.edu), the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (www.chatham.edu/cwe/), CEED Pittsburgh (www.usaceed.org) and Urban

Innovation21 (www.urbaninnovation21. org). If you run a technology, energy, or manufacturing company, Innovation Works (www.innovationworks.org) is a good place to start. However, if you have business that is doing social good, the Idea Foundry, (www. ideafoundry.org) has several programs that might better serve you. Trying to find a loan with better terms than a bank, then Bridgeway Capital (www.bridgewaycapital.org) and Kiva Zip Pittsburgh www.kiva.org/pittsburgh are two good places to start. If you are a company looking to be in a cool space that is low cost and will provide you with the ability to network, there are several organizations that you should check out. The following are some business accelerators and co-working spaces that could provide you with just tha t: Riverside Center for Innovation (www.riversidecenterforinnovation.com), Thrill Mill (www.thrillmill.com), The Hardware Store (www.workhardpgh.com), StartUptown (www.startuptown.org), C-Leveled (www.cleveled.com), and The Beauty Shoppe (www. thebeautyshoppe.org). If you need to rent space for your food business, check out La Dorita (www.ladorita. net) and the Pittsburgh Public Market (www. pittsburghpublicmarket.org). In addition to providing great space these organizations also provide a diverse array of business support services. Many of these business development organizations host networking events which would be worth the time to attend. So, if you’re looking into ditching that 9-5 job and starting out on your own, check out any of the number of businesses listed above to point you in the right direction.

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With over 760 vacant buildings in just 2.3 square miles, Wilkinsburg appears to be another community in distress, littered with abandoned homes and boarded up storefronts. But this historical neighborhood is home to entrepreneurs and residents devoted to the area’s revival. The Vacant Home Tour, recipient of Pittsburgh’s Community Development Award, has encouraged people from all over the city to explore an area in need of rehabilitation and given them the tools to bring Wilkinsburg back to its original glory. May 9, 2015, marked the first Vacant Home Tour. An estimated 600 people attended this self-guided walking tour through Wilkinsburg which highlighted five vacant and abandoned houses. Thirty-nine residents served as guides and talked about each properties’ rich historical backgrounds, highlighting the families that had once called these houses home. Visitors were reminded that all of these properties have the potential to be renovated and once again turned into a home; that despite Wilkinsburg’s current state, within this community exists a landscape of beautiful architecture and dedicated residents. The Vacant Home Tour was created by Ken Chu, a CMU Public Policy graduate student. Last fall, Chu enlisted the help of classmates to develop ideas for reframing the issue of blight in Pittsburgh. They met with residents of the Hamnett Place

“ despite Wilkinsburg’s current state, within this community exists a landscape of beautiful architecture and dedicated residents.

neighborhood to discuss what improvements were needed within the community and the plan for the tour was set into motion. With the support of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC), the project has since secured $17,000 in grants. Although the tour began in Wilkinsburg, Chu 52

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hopes to take the same model into other areas of the city that are in need of an economic boost. During the tour, two workshops on acquiring vacant property were offered and attended by 109 people. These classes helped to deflate the anxiety often associated with this challenging process, according to Wilkinsburg’s Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Marlee Gallagher. The WCDC works to shift negative perceptions of the neighborhood by highlighting what it has to offer: “unique mom and pop businesses, artists, gardens... access to public transit… and an incredible historic building stock”. Gallagher stated that the tour has “encourage[d] people to move to and invest in Wilkinsburg” and that one out of three inquiries at the WCDC are related to acquiring vacant properties. The Vacant Home Tour, while still in its in-

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Have you ever tried out a hot new restaurant with a celebrity-status chef, only to be mortified when opening the menu and never having heard of half the entrees? This scenario is slowly creeping its way into pet food. Case in point: I tried a new brand of food for my dog, and noticed one of the ingredients was Menhaden. I had to google it. Just like trendy food for twoleggers, the food selection for our four-legged friends is becoming more exotic, which means pet owners may be

confused by persuasive ad campaigns touting expensive brands with bizarre ingredients. But here’s a tip: Avoid these four additives, and it’s likely your dog will get the nutrition needed for a healthy life. Corn Ground corn, corn bran, corn flour, or corn gluten meal. Regardless, of which form it comes in, your dog’s digestive system is not designed to process corn. Dogs are by nature carnivores and most do best with a meat-based diet.

Meat and bone meal (MBM) MBM, often found in low-cost dog foods is a rendered product that may include 4D animals (dead, dying, diseased and disabled), grocery meat past its expiration date, and used grease from fast food restaurants. Animal digest Animal digest is comprised of chemically broken down parts of animals the slaughterhouses can't sell, like condemned liver and carcasses, inedible offal (lungs) and bones. Many species of animals are used, which is problematic if your pet is allergic to a particular animal protein. Chemical preservatives Most packaged dog food contains preservatives. Just make sure they’re natural, like ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherols (vitamin E) and rosemary oil. Beware of chemical preservatives, especially, BHA, BHT, propyl gallate, and ethoxyquin. These additives have been linked to cancer, as well as other health conditions.


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Now that you know what to avoid, what should you look for in dog food? Meat and poultry of course (the real stuff, meal or by-products); grains like rice, wheat, barley or oats; pet-safe veggies such as broccoli, spinach, green beans, carrots, and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils, flaxseed and canola oils) and omega-6 fatty acid (pork or poultry fat, safflower and sunflower oils, and vegetable oils). And oh yeah, Menhaden (a variety of herring fish used to make fishmeal).

• Dogs should always ride in the backseat, never the front. They should be fitted with a car harness that attaches to a seat belt buckle. The Guardian Gear Ride Right Car Harness ($13.99-$17.99) is adjustable for a comfortable fit. It includes harness, a seat belt clip that fits most cars, and allows the dog to sit, lie down or stand comfortably. • Smaller dogs can ride in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Midwest Crates come in a variety of sizes, ($29.99$109.99). These crates set up easily with a fold and carry configuration that requires no tools and provides safety, security and comfort. • If your buddy gets nervous or scared in a car, consider an appeasing pheromone. Dog DAP ($35.99) is a natural chemical that reassures dogs and gives them a feeling of security. It does not affect humans or other animals. Simply spray the crate or blanket. Finally, assemble a travel kit for your pet with food, bowls, a leash, plastic poop bags, a pet first-aid kit, toys and blankets to add a sense of familiarity. With smart planning and the right supplies, your puppy will whiz through the drive like a pro. The Western PA Humane Society’s, “Woof, Purr, and Hop Shop” carries these and other items to make traveling with a pet safe and fun. All proceeds benefit the shelter. Visit them at 1101 Western Avenue, on Pittsburgh’s North Side, just two blocks from Heinz Field. wpa.humane.org

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What was your start in the food industry? I was a dishwasher and then a fry cook at a diner. I later got into the front of the house as a waiter and as an assistant manager. I was going through the motions and was like, "This isn’t cutting it." I always loved food and loved cooking so I had this bright idea to go to culinary school. Then I got my first job at the Kansas City Country Club as the apprentice there and it was like jet fuel. I dedicated 4 years of my life and just said teach me everything you know. I was working at two other restaurants at the time and the chefs had all gone to the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and I decided to try and get in. That was the next stepping-stone in my career.

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You have gardens at The Porch, how much does the restaurant use? I grow a good amount of herbs and vegetables on the roof. It’s unfortunately not enough to sustain the restaurant volume. I have about thirty beds on the roof and beehives. It allows me to show the staff how to garden and use things from the garden in certain specials. Your favorite chefs or places to go on your day off? Off the top of my head, Justin Severino of Cure is a good friend of mine, Keith Fuller from Root 174, Jamilka Borges from Bar Marco, she’s solid.

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What brought you to Pittsburgh? Well, there was a girl, the romance thing, but my brother lived here at the same time which was a good fall back. Hindsight being 20/20 it was a good time to move on. In this business

we can get caught in a rut. It’s always better to go into the unknown and push myself to succeed. What was your first restaurant in Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh Golf Club, I was the executive sous chef and that was short-lived, about 8 months. Then I hooked up with the Eat ‘n Park hospitality group and started working with the Parkhurst Division, our contract dining services. This was a quick segway into Six Penn for a couple of months while they were doing a chef switchover and then on to The Porch. How do you classify your style of cooking? I guess if I was going to classify it, it would be Mediterranean farm-to-table style. Not only how they treat the ingredients, but the family aspect of food. It’s not only about the food, but how they go about enjoying it.

Do you enjoy the impact social media has had on the restaurant business? I think as with everything, it has its pros and cons. It’s great for everyone to see what people are doing. I think sometimes it educates people to think they know more than they really know. It can create a lot of rush to judgment, everyone’s a food critic. What do you enjoy doing on your days off? I like to get out to the park. I play frisbee golf, go for a drive with my girlfriend, anything to decompress. When you’re at home what are you cooking? I keep it simple; soup, pasta, maybe a pork tenderloin. My girlfriend is not a foodie but anything I cook she enjoys. Do you have any bad eating habits? I have a deep addiction to ice cream, Cold Stone is my favorite.

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Southside BBQ Company hanging out outside of the brew house. If you’re craving a backyard get-together, but you’re missing a backyard, head over to the Strip District to Bayardstown Social Club. The members-only outdoor club (membership is open to all, and starts at $45) provides an outdoor space with entertainment, seating, BBQ grills, a fire pit, charcoal and firewood. You provide the food, drinks and fun. Hidden in the back of Open Bottle Bistro in Shadyside, you’ll find a secret garden, complete with a koi pond. The covered patio, which is heated and open year-round, offers a quiet, private place to enjoy Open Bottle Bistro’s extensive wine list and European-style small plates. Finally, summer vacation always provides the perfect excuse for a road trip, and visiting Out of the Fire Café is worth the drive to Donegal. The BYOB is known for its elegant entrees (pan-seared duck breast with lavender-blackberry reduction is a favorite), and for the amazing views from their outdoor dining deck, overlooking the Laurel Highlands. We bet that you’ll be so impressed with the view that you’ll be ready to visit again to see the leaves change color in the Fall.


My name is Emily Catalano, and I run Good Food Pittsburgh, a website dedicated to good food in our region. We’re always on the hunt for the best food that Pittsburgh has to offer.

From downtown spots with views of the city, to quiet sun-filled patios, Pittsburgh offers some truly amazing outdoor dining options. Now that it’s officially summer, we thought that we’d round up some of our absolute favorites for dining al fresco. One of Pittsburgh’s newest rooftop hot spots is the Biergarten at the Hotel Monaco, an 88-seat open-air beer bar on the 9th floor rooftop of the hotel. With 16 draft lines (plus lots of special German beer bottles) and a culinary menu filled with German staples like currywurst, sauerbraten and house-made pickles, a trip to the Biergarten feels like a mini-vacation. And the sprawling downtown views are nothing to complain about either. If brunch is more your thing, you won’t find a better outdoor brunch locale than Square Café. The Regent Square institution recently celebrated their 12th anniversary, and have become the go-to place to enjoy people-watching (and pancakes!) along South Braddock Avenue. For a casual weekend bite and brew, Braddock’s The Brew Gentlemen has lots of beer, and a monthly food truck roundup that hosts some of Pittsburgh’s best rolling trucks. On the first Saturday of every month, you’ll find Pittsburgh favorites, like the PGH Taco Truck, Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches, and



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