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CARRIE COHEN

SWOON AESTHETIC SPA AND ACNE CLINIC The love of skincare runs in the family. As the granddaughter of an Avon Lady, Carrie grew up playing with her grandmother’s makeup and skin creams. But it was her own struggle with dry skin and her daughter’s challenges with acne (and the effects of the medications) that compelled Carrie to debut The Swoon Aesthetic Spa and Acne Clinic. Unsatisfied with the results at traditional spas and the lackluster atmosphere at many MedSpas, Carrie set out to offer the best of both worlds. From that concept of clinical-level expertise in a beautiful and relaxing environment, Swoon was born. With Carrie’s team of Medical Aestheticians, physician assistant and medical director, Swoon uses the most modern products and the latest sciences and technologies to achieve the results their clients desire. Carrie’s great joy is helping them look and feel their best as they walk out the doors with renewed confidence. 12590 Perry Hwy. #500 Wexford, PA 15090 724.599.1400 | theswoonspa.com

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Table of Contents SWOON AESTHETIC SPA & ACNE CLINIC

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ARMINA STONE

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ISLE OF ICONS

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ALEXIS CORRY - ST YLIST

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HOWARD HANNA REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT REBECCA PLAZA-PONTE

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VCA ANIMAL HOSPITALS

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EVER SKINCARE

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BRONZE COCONUT

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KITCHEN & BATH CONCEPTS

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EXHIBIT D FINE ART

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LIFESPACE PITTSBURGH AGENT TESHA THOMAS

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MERAKI STUDIO

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SPAGNOLO DESIGN LLC.

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GERALD COOK: ATTORNEY AT LAW

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LA VIE LASHBAR

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BRANDON & COURTNEY LONG

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VINOGLAM 15 18|8 FINE MEN’S SALON

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EM & E EVENTS

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ESTHETICS BY ESTHER

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SOYIL CANDLES

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KRNLS 22 SHADYSIDE EYE ASSOCIATES

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AGENT HEATHER K ACZOROWSKI

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SUSHI FUKU

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URBANFITCO. 27 APRICOT LANE

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RUE BOUTIQUE

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WELL:BODY TRIBE

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V.O. GEORGE

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VALIANT3 COMMUNICATIONS

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ALISA RAWLS FINE ART

SENTI 57 DRAGONFLY PILATES

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SSB BANK

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CHLOE HUBAL

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K ATIE SASINOSKI BEAUT Y & FX

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SERENE HAIR STUDIO & SPA

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ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN HARDWOOD FLOORING 67 MATTRESS FACTORY

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PIT SHOP

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AGENT WILLIAM PORTER

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ABBIE T YLER PHOTOGRAPHY

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UNIVERSIT Y VETERINARY SPECIALISTS

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CRESCENT BATHS & KITCHENS

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CIT Y GUIDE

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PITTSBURGH DJ COMPANY

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SHULTS FORD

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HAVEN DESIGN

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RE/MAX AGENT ALYXIE HILL

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ALYSSA ANDRESS Director of Operations APRIL HUBAL Owner/Photographer


Foreword In the past 4 years of ICONS, we have been lucky enough to work with and feature almost 200 Pittsburgh-based entrepreneurs. When we released our first volume in 2015, Pittsburgh was really coming into its own. We were excited then about the thought of showcasing local business owners who embodied all walks of life. Some of the entrepreneurs that we featured were just getting started. Others have been around for decades. But, they were all changing the city for the better in some way. We’re so happy to have been able to continue this tradition to this day. In any city, being an entrepreneur is hard work. There is no separation of home life and business. No breaks are given. Sometimes, this entanglement can feel like navigating an urban jungle. The motivation and dedication of our clients is what inspired us to make this year’s cover an artistic metaphor for this reality. We chose a leopard to represent the internal and external ferocity that it takes to make the dream come true. Local artist and friend of the brand, Dino Misetic, unleashed his inner beast when creating this piece. We could not be more thrilled with how it turned out. This year was also the year that the ICONS brand expanded outside of Pittsburgh. We launched our first satellite city, Youngstown, OH, in August with the help of local curator, Dennis Schiraldi. We also acquired a home in Nassau, Bahamas where ICONS can go to be inspired and work outside of their office or local coffee shop. The Isle of ICONS is a dream come true and has been on my personal bucket list since I began my career. Moving forward, each year, we plan to auction off a week’s stay to help benefit local charities and continue the betterment of the city. I’d like to personally thank the people behind this publication; Alyssa Andress, Camden Leeds, Dino Misetic, and Mike Hoff, without whom none of this would be possible. They inspired the pages and worked endlessly to bring their artistic vision to life and because of this determination, execution, and production, we now celebrate Volume Four! ICONically yours,

APRIL HUBAL

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IS LE O F

The newest addition to the ICONS brand is the Isle of ICONS - a beach home in Nassau Bahamas that was designed to be the perfect escape for when you need to work somewhere other than your office or local coffee shop. Each room was inspired by the colors of Nassau and has been carefully curated for creative minds - with the goal being to make this the most Instagramable place to stay in the Bahamas. The private beach is just steps away from the front door and ICONS are always welcome to get away to this oasis.

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ALEXIS CORRY STYLIST

Lex & Lynne founder and creative director, Alexis Corry, opened her flagship boutique five years ago in Sewickley’s historic flatiron building. Alexis carefully curates her boutique’s collection each season, focusing on timeless silhouettes that complement a woman’s figure, while always on-trend. Alexis’ signature collection of handmade sweaters and jewelry accompany fellow designer lines like LoveShackFancy, For Love & Lemons, and Rebecca Taylor. You won’t only find popular brand names here, as Alexis makes a point to include unique independent designers from all over the world. Explore Lex & Lynne Bridal, an exciting departure from the expected and where every dress tells a story. The collection boasts heirloom gowns and styling beyond the dress; including bridesmaids, mother of the bride, and all the little details. Where the traditional meets a free-spirited aesthetic, L&L Bridal is the perfect fit for every new-age bride looking for something bold and different. 514 Beaver Street, Sewickley, PA 15143 | 412.259.8955 lexandlynne.com lexandlynnebridal.com

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DR. JENNIFER LOPEZ, DR. MICHELE PIETRZAK, DR. PAUL MIGGINS & DR. JOHN TUTTLE VCA ANIMAL HOSPITALS The proverb, “There’s safety in numbers”, may be old, but has never been more true when it comes to your pet’s care. With over 850 animal hospitals located across the US and five Canadian Provinces, VCA attracts some of the most talented veterinarians, especially to our corner of the world. VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital located in Castle Shannon, is led by Dr. Jennifer Lopez, MBA, who graduated from St. George’s University. VCA Met Vet West Animal Hospital located in Robinson Township is led by Dr. Michele Pietrzak, who graduated from Ohio State. VCA Fox Chapel located in O’Hara Township, is led by another Ohio State alumnus, Dr. Paul Miggins. VCA Duncan Manor located in Allison Park, is led by Dr. John Tuttle, who joined VCA from the University of Pennsylvania. These four dedicated professionals lead their teams by sharing a passion for educating clients and improving veterinary medicine daily.

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VCA Castle Shannon 3610 Library Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15234 vcahospitals.com/castle-shannon 412.885.2500 VCA Met Vet West 5309 Campbells Run Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 vcahospitals.com/met-vet-west 412-788-6400 VCA Fox Chapel 1152 Freeport Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15238 vcahospitals.com/fox-chapel 412-781-6446 VCA Duncan Manor 1720 Ferguson Rd. Allison Park, PA 15101 vcahospitals.com/duncan-manor 412-366-7374

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MICAHLYNN FOWLER BRONZE COCONUT

It began as a wish that the sun would shine all the time in Pittsburgh. Given that impossibility, Micahlynn and her husband Christopher opted for the next best thing — opening Bronze Coconut. Inside their Cranberry boutique, there’s a feeling of endless summer, where customers can relax, enjoy, tan and shop for trendy women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts. Their collection is designed to fit virtually any personality and compliment virtually any wardrobe with unmatched style. And when it’s time to step outside, visitors can walk out looking and feeling like they just spent a sun-soaked day at the beach, complete with beautiful bronze skin. Because life is better bronze. 1187 Freedom Rd. Unit #C103 Cranberry, PA 16066 bronzecoconuttanning.com | 724.591.8184

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EXHIBIT D FINE ART

DENIELLE DESANTIS

One part teacher, one part artist, one part global traveler. Denielle brings it all together in amazing style. Her work is infused with the exciting experiences of her journeys, her days as a textile/graphic designer for fashion icons Donna Karan and Norma Kamali, and her love of her hometown — especially the fun and kitschy side. Denielle describes her style as loose realism, with expressionistic qualities through the use of color, splatter, and layering. She has recently been incorporating spray paint, giving her art a graffiti/street quality. Future projects involve large-scale mural work for sports facilities and local businesses, custom pet portraits, and hand-painted apparel. And the success of her style speaks for itself. Whether a print, original or commissioned one-of-a-kind, her work is increasingly in demand across western Pennsylvania and beyond. @denielledesantisart

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BE THE KIND OF WOMAN THAT MAKES OTHER WOMEN WANT TO UP THEIR GAME. –JAY LIOON

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JAY LIOON VINOGLAM

Words like “Flawless,” “Amazing,” “Speechless” and “Slay!” jump from pages of Vinoglam’s customer reviews. One look at the gallery and there’s little wonder why. Jay’s customized, hand-painted glassware is a show-stopping reflection of artist and buyer alike, with each unique piece based on a personal consultation, and each result exceeding every expectation. As the glowing reviews attest, Jay’s creations are highly treasured as unforgettable gifts, event showpieces or personal statements that exude one-of-a-kind style. And command accolades from customers around the world. vinoglamglassware.com jay@vinoglamglassware.com

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18|8 FINE MEN'S SALON WALT & CATHY KOZLOWSKI

When Cathy and Walt met the people at 18|8 corporate, they knew their search was over. Having both lost jobs within a week of each other, the couple chose to explore the opportunity to work for themselves as franchisees. At 18|8, they discovered an experience that would be unlike any other in Pittsburgh — a salon that truly catered to the needs and comforts of men. Here, clients enjoy much-wanted privacy for cuts, styling, straight-razor shaves, color and waxing. All provided with personal attention in a relaxing atmosphere that includes welcoming touches like a Beermeister. For Cathy and Walt, 18|8 was exactly the opportunity they were searching for. And that’s true for Pittsburgh men as well. 8011 -C McKnight Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15237 eighteeneight.com | 412.564.4911

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EMILY CAPITANO EM & E EVENTS

Inspiration is everywhere. But the passion to turn that inspiration into something memorable and beautiful… well, that’s far less common. For Emily, it began as a junior at Duquesne University when she assisted with her first wedding and fell in love with the joy and creativity of unforgettable occasions. After several years assisting some of Pittsburgh’s premier planners, she launched Em & E Events with an uncommon flair for bringing dream events to life. By blending each client’s personal style with Em & E’s unique combination of modern/chic and Romantic/timeless, each wedding and special event becomes a one-of-a-kind work of art in natural harmony with the myriad charms of our city. emandeevents.com | emily@emandeevents.com

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ESTHER BWAYLA MULENGA ESTHETICS BY ESTHER The allure for her clients is unique: Esther intimately understands beauty from both sides of the chair — as a model and actress in New York City, and as the visionary behind Esthetics by Esther. Here, she combines her on-camera experience with the finest products, modern techniques, and an appreciation for the old-world principles she grew to embrace as a child in Zambia. Paramount among these is to make each client’s visit as comfortable, personal and relaxing as possible, which Esther achieves in her inviting, private suite. Whether full-body waxing, eyelash extensions or makeup, Esther brings together old world, new world, and around-the-world perspectives for an experience like no other. 100 5th Ave. Ste. 318 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 estheticsbyesther.com | 412.482.7619

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GRETA FALVO CICERO SOYIL CANDLES

Working at CBS Radio, Greta first came across soy candles and instantly adored their true scent and the way they burned so cleanly. But to Greta, the way they looked was bland, lifeless and uninspiring. So just for fun and inspired by a love of decor, she began to design her own using more stylish and vintage glass and an original scent inspired by burnt almond torte. And people loved it. Soon, candle making grew from hobby to thriving small business. Today from her studio on Mt. Washington, Greta blends unique scents and crafts each Soyil creation by hand for wholesale customers, special orders, and bridesto-be seeking one-of-a-kind wedding favors. 269 Republic St. Pittsburgh, PA 15211 | www.soyil.com

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THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO ULTIMATE SUCCESS: THE FIRST WAY IS TO BE KIND. THE SECOND WAY IS TO BE KIND. THE THIRD WAY IS TO BE KIND. –MR. ROGERS

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SCOT MACTAGGART & OLGA POGODA KRNLS

Olga is a community builder. During the Obama years, she represented the maker community to the White House and Department of Defense. Following that, managed the PR and community outreach for Nation of Makers. She’s crowdfunded millions of dollars for start ups and developed an expertise for marketing and branding strategy. Scot is a big-picture developer — both in business and on his popular podcast, Pitchwerks. He’s served in an array of sales, marketing, management and advisory roles for start-ups and growing companies alike. Together, they grow businesses. Olga and Scot founded KRNLS to help businesses take the next step. That means working along side clients to plan a course, bring in experts and assemble a specialized team to put that plan in action. All to help companies launch, grow and blossom. 744 E. Warrington Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15210 krnls.com | olga@krnls.com

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DR. ALICIA TELEGA

SHADYSIDE EYE ASSOCIATES Eyesight is the most important thing we take for granted. But when a problem arises, finding a solution becomes priority one. Enter Dr. Telega. A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, she opened Shadyside Eye Associates and Dry Eye Center to help patients who needed more intense, effective treatment of dry eye, ocular allergy and ocular surface disease. Today, her practice includes specialty contact lens fittings, keratoconus management, treatment of glaucoma, and detection and monitoring of diseases related to diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and skin disorders. All to help her patients more fully enjoy life and the wonderful sights it has to offer. 5730 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 shadysideeyeassociates.com 412.404.2626

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HEATHER KACZOROWSKI BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

Discovering the perfect home for a client takes more than an eye for real estate. It takes a genuine appreciation of Pittsburgh — the trends, traditions, quirks, culture, and everything the city has to offer. That’s where Heather stands apart. More than studying the market, she’s embraced it, experienced it and reveled in it. And she views being a realtor as an opportunity to meet new, intriguing people and to help them enjoy the city’s unmatched lifestyle. To get there, Heather and her team blend expertise with personal attention, expert marketing and negotiating skills, and state-of-the-art resources to make buying or selling a home a uniquely enjoyable decision for their clients. heatherkaczorowski.com 9840 Old Perry Hwy. Wexford, PA 15090 412.608.5331

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TING YEN & MIKE LIN SUSHI FUKU

The name means “Lucky Sushi.” And it’s Pittsburgh’s amazing luck to be the home of a new and welcome way for people to order the delicacies they love. At Sushi Fuku’s fast-casual locations on Oakland Avenue, Craig Street and inside the UPMC Presbyterian Cafeteria, the experience is fun and personal. Rather than choosing from a set menu, patrons order sushi exactly the way they want it, providing opportunities to create unexpected combinations that surprise and delight the palate. The result is a dining experience that’s unique to every customer, every time. Which is the lucky break that sushi lovers have been waiting for. 120 Oakland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | 412-687-3858 417 S. Craig St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | 412-251-0541 200 Lothrop St. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | 412-647-3858 sushifuku.com

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MAKING MONEY IS ART AND GOOD BUSINESS IS THE BEST ART –ANDY WARHOL


URBANFITCO.

KC KALUHIOKALANI

To inspire the seamless transition between fitness and fashion — that’s the mission of KC Kaluhiokalani, at her dynamic Sewickley boutique. From a barre class to a dinner date and everything in between, urbanfitco. specializes in reflecting the inner awesomeness of women in all shapes and sizes from all walks of life in everything from tanks and tees to dresses and accessories. This year, KC has added fashion and beauty lines to her already wide array of brands. With a dedication to personal service, urbanfitco. is ready to help all women feel confident, beautiful and comfortable in what they wear and who they are. 412 Beaver St. Sewickley, PA 15143 urbanfitco.com | 412.259.8709

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TAYLOR & DEBBIE JAMIESON APRICOT LANE Sometimes it takes two of a kind to make the oneof-a-kind possible. That’s just what the mother and daughter team of Taylor and Debbie has done by bringing Apricot Lane Boutique to the Pittsburgh region. With a flair for fashion and a passion for the unique, the duo found a perfect fit with Apricot Lane. The California-based franchise emphasizes an experience that is uniquely designed and merchandised by location, offering an on-trend, affordable and constantly updated selection of clothing, accessories and gifts. In Taylor’s and Debbie’s Shadyside store, that means a carefully curated collection of well-known and up-andcoming brands that capture forward trends in a classic style. And for their customers, that means a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. 5533 Walnut St. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 @apricotlanepittsburgh

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AYELLET RUBINSTEIN RUE BOUTIQUE

The storefront is found in Pittsburgh’s north hills, but it’s foundation is in the streets of Paris. Captivated by the city’s blend of old and new, Ayellet was inspired to bring the soul of the city’ back to Pittsburgh. So after 24 years as co-owner and buyer at Footloose, she designed and launched Rue Boutique with a mix of well-known and ascendent brands for men and women. Here, you’ll find Theory, Velvet by Graham & Spencer, and Bailey 44, as well as Late Sunday Afternoon, Grounds and Hounds & Stark. There’s even antique, vintage and refurbished furniture from around the world. From the selection to the ambiance, Rue Boutique is true to the city that inspired it. 730 Providence Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15237 www.rueboutique.com | 412-635-9900

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KRISTYN BANGO & STEPHANIE WHARTON WELL: BODY TRIBE Co-founders Stephanie and Kristyn have made it their mission to educate the community on evidence-based, functional health approaches tailored to each member’s needs and goals. From fatigue and cravings to weight issues and thyroid dysfunction, their expertise has been helping others live healthier, vibrant lives through their array of life-changing services, including private consultations, wellness-based online courses and retreats, and their newly launched program, Rise UP - a one-of-a-kind online membership which delivers access to a variety of wellness professionals and resources, from member Q&A videos and Coaching Circles to live interactive cooking classes. Stephanie is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with advanced training in Blood Chemistry Analysis, and Kristyn is a Master Herbalist and Certified Level 3 Clinical Aromatherapist. wellbodytribe.com hello@wellbodytribe.com

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KATE SCHUSTER V.O. GEORGE

When you’ve been thriving in any business for over 40 years, you’re doing a whole lot right. For Kate, that means continually building alliances with industry leaders in specialty building products, and providing an unparalleled level of personal attention to each of the general contractors her Women Business Enterprise serves. Kate’s award-winning team has built their reputation by setting high standards, measuring results, and implementing strategies to ensure that they remain a valued resource in their competitive field — and that includes staying committed to their clients’ success well after delivering the product. vogeorge.com | 724.935.1500

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I'VE NEVER MET A PERSON I COULDN'T CALL A BEAUTY –ANDY WARHOL

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BETHANY VIETMEIER

VALIANT3 COMMUNICATIONS Bethany is a true believer in the philosophy of “love what you do.” And what she loves to do is drive her clients’ success. As the Founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of Valiant3 Communications, Bethany combines her passion for planning events with proven expertise in digital marketing, public relations and social media to create lasting impressions through unforgettable moments and powerful messaging. With an energetic work ethic, outgoing personality and exceptional creative eye, Bethany has excelled in the industry by delivering inventive, focused and customized solutions. valiant3communications.com | 412.720.5195

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ALISA RAWLS ALISA RAWLS FINE ART

Alisa’s artwork is all about fusion — of abstract with modern, Puerto Rican with African-American (thanks to her parents), memory with imagination, emotion with contemplation. And it’s the coming together of these influences that has brought a breath of fresh air to the world of art. The winner of several international awards, Alisa’s work graces the collections of aficionados in the United States and abroad, and has been exhibited in Italy, Madrid and Dubai. Each piece is a reflection of her desire to awaken the spirit, captivate the mind and provoke thought, all of which she accomplishes through movement and color to create the fusion of beauty and honesty. alisarawlsart@gmail.com

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ABBIE TYLER

ABBIE TYLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Abbie wears her heart on her sleeve and in her work, always anticipating deeper connections with clients which allow her to reveal their love stories in the most beautiful and memorable ways. It was her own love story — her wedding — that uncovered her passion for portrait photography, and compelled her to leave the corporate world. Serving her clients and being a part of their most significant moments in life is such an honor. Sharing and celebrating their joy and creating an unforgettable experience preserves every layer of the story to tell. abbietylerphoto.com abbietylerphoto@gmail.com

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STEVE BAKER & EMIL NEUFELD CRESCENT BATH & KITCHEN

What began as a traditional plumbing and heating supply business in 1950 is now one of the premier bath and kitchen centers in the region. Along the way, Crescent expanded to three locations, serving western and central Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. It also garnered its share of awards, and enjoyed the spotlight of industry-leading publications like Supply House Times, as well as various local magazines.. Their showroom has been recognized for excellence by Forte Group. Today, Steve and Emil continue Crescent’s tradition of family ownership, as well as a commitment to the finest quality bath and kitchen solutions, and a dedication to providing that experienced, personalized service that has been trusted for over 65 years. 6301 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201 crescent-supply.com | 412.782.3300 39


THE TEAM AT PITTSBURGH DJ COMPANY Everything abouta awedding weddingday dayororspecial specialevent eventshould shouldbe beabsolutely absolutelyperfect perfect— — and and that that includes includes the the DJ. Everything about DJ. That’s That’s been Dean McAfee’s mission since he founded Pittsburgh DJ Company in 2006. With a determination to shatter the stereotype been Dean McAfee’s mission since he founded Pittsburgh DJ Company in 2006. With a determination to shatter of stereotype the cheesy of wedding DJ, and a commitment bringing aboard only the top local mission has been the the cheesy wedding DJ, and ato commitment to bringing aboard onlyprofessionals, the top local that professionals, unquestionably accomplished — firstaccomplished place in the 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fan Favorites poll, winner of the “Best of that mission has been unquestionably — first place in the 2018 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fan Favorites Weddings” award seven straight years from The Knot (the nation’s largest wedding publication), and exclusive invitations poll, winner of the “Best of Weddings” award seven straight years from The Knot (the nation’s largest wedding to rock the dance floor at some of Pittsburgh’s premier events. From planning to coordination to performance, publication), and exclusive invitations to rock the dance floor at some of Pittsburgh’s premier events. From planningDean and renowned team have energized events from Ohio to New toenergized Florida, and earned a reputation for delivering on tohis coordination to performance, Dean and his renowned teamYork have events from Ohio to New York to that promise of perfection. Florida, and earned a reputation for delivering on that promise of perfection. 10 South Fremont Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15202 | pittsburghdjco.com | info@pittsburghdjco.com

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HAVEN DESIGN

KATIE & LAUREN TRAPUZZANO

They share a last name as sisters-in-law, but it was their love of all things beautiful and a passion for design that truly brought them together — as friends and as business partners. With Haven Home Furnishings, Katie and Lauren have added something truly new and special to the South Hills, grounded in tradition and in step with up and coming trends. Whether complete interior design, working with contractors and builders from start to finish, discovering the perfect color of paint, or helping to find that one crowning home furnishing, Katie and Lauren work hand-in-hand with each customer to turn a home into a true haven. 719 Washington Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15228 haveninteriors.net | 412.531.0200

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YOU COULD HAVE THE WORLD IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, BUT IT DON'T MEAN A THING 'TIL YOU CHANGE IT. –MAC MILLER

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ALYXIE HILL RE/MAX

Any Realtor can show a home. But it takes a special kind of Realtor to not only show one as it is, but as what it can be. That’s exactly what Alyxie brings to the table. A graduate of LaRoche College, she began her career as an Interior Designer, developing a sharp eye for seeing beyond what a home looks like to the potential that it holds. It’s this unique skill that has helped Alyxie quickly establish herself as one of the Premier Agents in Pittsburgh’s western suburbs where she closed 27 properties in her very first year. Whether buying or selling in virtually any price range, Alyxie helps each client imagine — and realize — what’s possible. 1915 Park Manor Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15205 814.319.2297

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EMRE BASMAN ARMINA STONE

Traveling the world, meeting quarry owners, sleeping atop mountains to be the first to pick the best stones for customers. Emre literally learned the business from the ground up. And as his career progressed, so did his aspirations, and in 2015 he launched Armina Stone. Today, Emre is a board member at Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh and Armina is the city’s largest indoor stone gallery with over 5,000 slabs and nearly 500 colors that the company imports, fabricates and installs. From a homeowner on a budget to the developer of a large commercial complex, Armina provides the finest gemstone, granite, marble, onyx, quartz, quartzite and soapstone, all crafted with exceptional skill. Whether it’s a countertop, backsplash, fireplace or wet bar, Armina makes it a beautiful, lasting statement. 780 PA-910 #100 Cheswick, PA 15024 arminastone.com | 412.406.8442

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REBECCA PLAZAPONTE\ REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT HOWARD HANNA

Sales. Marketing. Business management. Negotiation. It takes more than real estate expertise to become a successful, soughtafter realtor, and Rebecca has it — along with the passion to ensure that each client finds the perfect home or investment property. As a Pittsburgh native, she knows the features, charms, and advantages that each of our region’s unique neighborhoods hold. She embraces the hard work it takes to match buyer and seller, and to find the price that’s fair for both sides. And she acts as a champion for her clients to make it a smooth and worry-free process to list it, buy it, and love it. 1090 Freeport Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15238 rebeccaplaza-ponte.howardhanna.com rplazaponte@howardhanna.com 412.897.1402

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GRETCHEN BIERENBAUM EVER SKINCARE

What began with a passing suggestion has grown beyond all expectations. A friend of her college roommates connected via Instagram and offered to meet up for coffee. When talk turned to skin care, the friend mentioned Ever — a new skincare line based in California. But Gretchen was skeptical. She’d used high-end spa products, only to be disappointed with the results. But after one try, she discovered the remarkable difference that Ever made — not only in how she looked but in how she felt. By July, she began “social selling” Ever Skincare and Makeup to friends and family, but news of these remarkable naturalbased products soon spread like wildfire. She soon had her own employees and by March had reached a high level leadership position with EVER. Today, Gretchen’s parlayed that success into something bigger and close to her heart — using her success to support local charities. everskin.com/with/gretchenbierenbaum @everprettyinsteelcity

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TOM TRZCINSKI, EMILY MILLER, & TOMMY TRZCINSKI KITCHEN & BATH CONCEPTS Kitchen & Bath Concepts (KBC) is a family-owned and operated design business dedicated to re-imagining the space you call home. Innovative, creative and vastly skilled, the team at KBC is guided by one goal: to bring their three generations of design expertise to work for each of their esteemed clients. Continually honing their craft through ongoing training and research, the team creates fully-functional, personalized home design and renovation solutions – from kitchens to master suites and bathrooms, outdoor living spaces, and more. The recipients of numerous national design awards, KBC prides itself on imagining, crafting and executing bespoke designs that transform any space in the home. 176 Rochester Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15229 kbcpgh.com | 412.301.8000

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TESHA THOMAS

LIFESPACE PITTSBURGH Sometimes, appreciating the beauty and functionality of homes starts with tearing a few up and putting them back together again. That’s exactly how Tesha’s real estate career began. Renovating and flipping homes as a hobby gave her an intimate understanding of the market and what truly resonates with homebuyers. After becoming a licensed agent, she combined this hands-on insight with a passion for helping first-time homebuyers find hidden gems in some of Pittsburgh’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods. Today, she’s recognized as one of the region’s leading realtors and luxury home specialists. With an unrivaled understanding that buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions her clients will ever make, Tesha is committed to ensuring that it’s the right one, every time. 5150 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 www.teshathomaspgh.com tesha@lifespacepgh.com

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LAURA ESCOTT MERAKI STUDIO

The name comes from modern Greek and signifies pouring heart, soul, and creativity into what you do. It’s a word that captures the essence of Laura’s sanctuary-style studio in Pittsburgh’s dynamic Strip District, where her team provides classes for all ages and levels in a variety of energizing methods. Meraki helps clients forge a connection between mind and body, physicality and emotion, through the challenge and exertion of movement — from Pilates, to the dance-influenced and intensive body-shaping BarreAmped workout (of which, she is a Teacher Trainer), to low-impact, high-adrenaline Bounce trampoline classes. Laura earned her BarreAmped Method certification under creator Suzanne Bowen, and her credentials as a Pilates Method Certified Teacher. And for more than 10 years, she’s committed heart and soul to inspiring holistic, healthful lives. 2350 Railroad St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 merakistudiopgh.com | 412.333.333

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KAROLYN SPAGNOLO

SPAGNOLO DESIGN LLC. Your inspiration. Karolyn’s expertise. Together, this combination creates some of the most beautiful, unique, comfortable and efficient interiors in the region. And Pittsburgh knows many of them. From the more modern neighborhoods in Shady Side and the North Hills to the grand old residences of Fox Chapel, Sewickley and Mt. Washington, the touch of Karolyn’s interior design graces countless homes — including those of some

of the city’s best-known names in sports and television. With an unmatched eye for color, remodeling and furnishings, she’s earned a variety of prestigious awards including Builders Assoc. of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP) and Best In Area the title of National Color and Design Consultant from PPG, and accolades from HGTV. From total home remodels to smaller scale details of furnishings, Karolyn efficiently and enthusiastically instills in every setting both the allure of a showpiece and the warmth of home. Her passion for her work is evident in the elegance of every project she touches. 109 Vilsack Rd. Glenshaw, PA 15116 spagnolodesign.com | 412.213.0102 52


GERALD COOK

ATTORNEY AT LAW Even though he graduated cum laude from Pitt law school and had already launched a successful career in litigation, franchise law was something Gerry had to learn on the fly. He was part of GNC’s legal team when the global brand decided to begin franchising, and Gerry stepped up to take on the job of navigating the legal aspects of the endeavor. Soon GNC was the #1 ranked franchise opportunity in the country and franchising internationally from Canada to Indonesia— and Gerry had found his calling. He later joined Fox Rothschild (twice named Franchise Law Firm of the Year) before opting for the freedom and flexibility of independence. Today, Gerry provides the full range of legal services to both established and first-time franchisors — from clients with 3,000 locations around the world to those with as few as 10 around the region. And all with the confidence of having Gerry’s 35 years of success behind them. cooklegal.com

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KIMBERLY WISNIEWSKI LA VIE LASHBAR

“For best results, always turn to a professional.” That timeless adage is never more true than when it comes to beauty. And no one personifies that professionalism more than Kimberly and her team at La Vie Lashbar. After graduating cum laude from Penn State, she spent 10 years in the fashion industry and developed a passion for beauty. She obtained her Esthetician’s license, became a certified lash stylist, was named a brand ambassador for Borboleta Beauty (one of the leading lash brands in the industry), and earned further certification in Classic Lash, Volume Lash, microblading, brow services, and lash lift and tint. Today, the expertly trained La Vie team provides these services with unmatched skill while taking the time to understand what will leave each client looking and feeling her best. 12703 Perry Hwy. Wexford, PA 15090 lavielashbar.com | 412.436.9075

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BRANDON & COURTNEY LONG Courtney is the Instagram fashionista. An aficionado of affordable, designer fashions who scours Pittsburgh boutiques, explores New York City (among many other travel destinations) and browses the internet, all to find and share new, stylish discoveries with her myriad of followers. From world-renown labels, to newly emerging brands and as-yet unknown gems, Courtney’s discerning eye has earned her the reputation as an expert on style. Brandon is her photographer — when he’s not busy being the owner of Long’s Commercial Services. Whether it’s commercial cleaning, delivering office supplies, or providing lawn care, landscaping and snow removal, Brandon has earned a reputation for above-and-beyond service. After nine years in business, he’s still found at every job site, right alongside his employees. Which proves that with Courtney and Brandon, leaving people delighted just runs in the family. blongscleaning@gmail.com | fashionablesenseofstyle@gmail.com 724-664-0769

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ANNETTE ISHIDA & FRANCO BRACCIA SENTI

Authentic Italian food. Traditional European service. A gallery-like layout paying homage to Lawrenceville. Annette and Franco unite the best of the old world with modern sophistication at Senti. In the dining area, guests enjoy a selection of masterfully crafted dishes that retain the integrity of Italy’s original recipes. In the wine bar/lounge, the state-of-the-art automated wine dispenser features exquisite Italian varietals at affordable, measured pours. And from the walls to the tabletop, dramatic original art creates a dynamic atmosphere. More than a restaurant, Senti is an experience that delivers a delight for the senses. 3473 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201 sentirestaurant.com | 412.586.4347

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MISTY LYNNE CAUTHEN

DRAGONFLY PILATES Life has been a continual evolution for Misty Lynne. She transitioned away from influencing minds through advertising toward energizing them through the physical and uplifting art of Pilates. In addition to opening her own studios, she’s become a Pilates ambassador, launching programs across the region and teaching for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Point Park’s department of dance, and many more. Misty is one the first teachers of the Bodhi Suspension System and the Balanced Body Barre program, and is also a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor — a natural fit for her desire to help people of all ages achieve the ideal balance of body, mind, and motion. 5518 Walnut St. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 dragonflypilates.com | 412-586-5059

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SSB BANK DAN MOON & TEAM

What began in 1922 as Slovak Savings and Loan Association is today a “best of both worlds� bank. One that combines genuine, personal care and service with the in-demand technology that makes banking an anytime/anywhere convenience. In the age of national powerhouse banks, SSB Bank continues to live by their founding principles of Commitment, Community and Culture. Under the leadership of President and CEO Dan Moon, SSB focuses on helping their neighbors reach their financial goals, from buying a first home, to saving for college, to accessing the capital to remain competitive businesses. Whether on a laptop or smart phone, in their landmark North Side location or their newest branch in McCandless, SSB Bank remains personally committed to providing a seamless banking experience by incorporating the most modern technologies online, via mobile and inbranch to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go personal and business banking clients. 8700 Perry Hwy. Pittsburgh, PA 15237 | 412.837.6955 2470 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 | 412.482.9010 ssbpgh.com

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From left to right: Jennifer R. Harris, Chief Lending Officer/SVP of Lending; Ben Contrucci, Chief Financial Officer; Heather Dieckmann, Mortgage Loan Originator Deborah Label, Commercial Loan Manager; J. Daniel Moon, President/CEO; Camille Kersey, Director of Business Development.

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ARE YOU READY TO BE THE NEXT ICON OF PITTSBURGH? OR YOUNGSTOWN? OR CLEVELAND? We are currently selecting ICONS for our 2019 publications in these three cities. We’re also looking for our next location! Think you or your city would be perfect? Contact us at info@theiconsbook.com for advertising and licensing opportunities.

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CHLOE HUBAL

ANIMAL FRIENDS It’s a rags to riches story. An orphan, beating the odds to become Pittsburgh’s most fashion-forward model, agility star and hero to the kids at Children’s Hospital. That’s a full life for any 11-year old. Chloe was adopted from Animal Friends in 2007, and in between fetching purses, unwinding at the dog park, eating snow cones and peeling bananas, she reminds us how unique, amazing and lovable shelter dogs truly are.

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KATIE SASINOSKI BEAUTY & FX

For Katie, makeup does more than highlight, accentuate and enhance. It tells a story, invents a story, and makes every facial expression a chapter in that story. A Certified Professional Makeup Artist, SFX Artist, and Licensed Esthetician, Katie began her career by training at New York City’s renowned Make-Up Designory, completing the Master of Makeup Artistry program. She serves both the film and bridal industries, expressing her passion for makeup by creating unique looks for beauty and fashion editorial photoshoots, as well as bringing her own original special-effects characters to life. A seasoned expert in skincare, color theory, psychology, and anatomy, Katie blends art with science and uses her knowledge and skill to create a look that speaks volumes — bold or soft, daring or demure — whether for a bride on her wedding day or an actor on set. katiesasinoskibeauty.com 412.417.4370

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LAREE SMITH SERENE HAIR STUDIO & SPA

To find serenity, you need to step off the beaten path. For LaRee, that aptly describes her journey to owning Serene Hair Studio & Spa. After attending cosmetology school, she began her career at a high-end salon but soon enrolled in massage school. She then shifted career tracks to work in a full-service spa, but somewhere in those twelve-and-a-half years, she began nursing school and considered a path toward becoming a nurse practitioner. A conversation with a client, who happened to be a broker, set her on a different road: the owner of Serene. LaRee extended the spa’s high-end focus to include a more mainstream audience, and emphasized giving back to the community. Today, Serene’s outgoing, friendly and giving staff includes five stylists, three massage professionals, four estheticians and two nail techs in a welcoming — and yes, more serene — setting away from the main thoroughfare through Mars. 158 Brick Yard Rd. Suite 300 Mars, PA 16046 serenehairspa.com | 724-772-6070 66


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JESSICA, DENNIS JAKE, AND LARRY HICKMAN

ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN HARDWOOD FLOORING It started in 1938 with a crosscut saw and team of horses. Today, what patriarch Harry Hickman, Jr. launched as a lumber mill has transformed into a tree-to-floorboard operation of unsurpassed efficiency and excellence. With control of the process from the forest to the final product, the family can maximize yield and set the standard for quality in the industry. Recently, they were featured on This Old House and Restored by the Fords, an HGTV show that is shot in Pittsburgh. They’re not the largest. They’re not the oldest. But when it comes to hardwood flooring, the family prides themselves on being the best in products and service — and that’s been a Hickman hallmark for four generations. 510 Main St. Emlenton, PA 16373 hickmanwoods.com | @hickmanwoods 724.867.9441

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MATTRESS FACTORY From its inception, the Mattress Factory has provided the space and resources for new, site-specific installations from around the world. Throughout its 41 year history, one idea has always guided the organization: Art is not about art, art is about life. It’s about where you live and how you live. The dialogue that forms springs from the intersection of our educational programming and museum visitors opens the discussion about life in Pittsburgh and across the globe. The Mattress Factory has always believed in the equal importance of art and artists, and that showcasing artists from South Africa and Brazil is equally as important as highlighting our community of drag artists like Kierra Darshell. mattress.org facebook.com/pghdragbrunch

Art: OSGEMEOS, work in progress, 2018.

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KIERRA DARSHELL Pittsburgh’s First Lady of Drag

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JO ANA VAZ

PIT SHOP

During her weekly workplace deliveries Jo Ana’s signature yellow boxes filled with healthy snacks and local fruit are met with excitement and anticipation. Jo Ana not only brings smiles, but also health and wellness to Pittsburgh businesses who want to offer their employees healthier nutrition options. With a passion for wellness and a love of local fruits and healthier snacks, she launched PIT Shop in June of 2016. Jo Ana now has a devoted client following committed to keeping their workplaces healthy and happy. She also offers custom boxes that make a healthy difference for corporate meetings, conferences and other special events. jvaz@pitshopnow.com pitshopnow.com

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On the road to home, William is the navigator in the passenger seat. His philosophy is that while the client drives, he’s there to guide, advise, educate, and above all, listen William’s patience and understanding helps make the home buying process smooth and stress free. With an unmatched work ethic and an extensive range of expertise in negotiating, marketing and sales, William uses every tool at his disposal to help buyers and sellers guide through the home buying and selling process. He works to stay ahead of the curve on the trends that continually shape the Pittsburgh market. It’s an approach that takes the stress and uncertainty out of the process. And it’s one that’s established his reputation as a Realtor® who does it the right way — with each client’s best interests as his roadmap. 9401 McKnight Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412.367.8000

WILLIAM PORTER

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

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APRYLE HORBAL VMD, MRCVS

UNIVERSITY VETERINARY SPECIALISTS

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From undergrad to veterinary pioneer in just 11 years. That’s been the dynamic trajectory of Dr. Horbal’s career. Inspired by a love of horses, she earned her BA cum laude in 2007 and VMD in 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania, completed her residency in equine dentistry at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and an internship in large animal medicine, surgery and ambulatory practice at Texas A&M’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2012. Returning to Pittsburgh, Dr. Horbal founded the south hills’ University Veterinary Specialists, an emergency and speciality care hospital for small animals, equine and exotics. She also co-founded VetNOW, a TeleHEALTH clinic and collaborative platform for veterinarians, and opened City VETS, downtown Pittsburgh’s newest veterinary wellness and urgent care clinic. Dr. Horbal has earned an appointment to The Pennsylvania Veterinary State Board where she helps guide legislation and streamline veterinary practices. And every chance she gets, she returns to where it all began — with her love of riding horses. 2810 Washington Road McMurray PA 15317 uvscares.com | 724.717.2273

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CITY GUIDE 2017

SHOP NO. 14 BOUTIQUE 4601 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201 412.260.6088 no14boutique.com RAGGED ROW BAKERY SQUARE 116 Bakery Square Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412.441.1730 raggedrow.com BASIL Pittsburgh, PA @basilofficial_ www.basilofficial.com KRISTI BOUTIQUE 339 First St. Aspinwall, PA 15215 412.782.2033 kristiboutique.com COMMONWEALTH PROPER 124 S. Highland Ave. Studio 201 Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412.218.0784 commonwealthproper.com LEX & LYNNE BRIDAL 514 Beaver St. Sewickley, PA 15143 412.259.8955 www.lexandlynnebridal.com

DINE ALLA FAMIGLIA 804 E. Warrington Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15210 412.488.1440 www.allafamiglia.com TALIA 425 Sixth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.456.8214 taliapgh.com THE VANDAL 4306 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201 412.251.0465 thevandalpgh.com BAKERSFIELD 940 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.586.5024 bakersfieldtacos.com SUPERIOR MOTORS 1211 Braddock Ave Braddock, PA 15104 412.271.1022 superiormotors15104.com

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KI RAMEN PGH 4401 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201 kiramenpgh.com

MANSIONS ON FIFTH 5105 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412.381.5105 mansionsonfifth.com

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OMNI WILLIAM PENN HOTEL 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.281.7100 omnihotels.com

ASCEND 2141 Mary St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412.745.2141 www.ascendpgh.com ESCAPE ROOM 569 Greenfield Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15207 412-742-4645 escaperoompgh.com THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM 117 Sandusky St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412.237.8300 warhol.org CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412.622.3131 cmoa.org PHIPPS CONSERVATORY 1 Schenley Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412.622.6914 phipps.conservatory.org HEINZ HISTORY CENTER 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.454.6000 heinzhistorycenter.org

S TAY FAIRMONT PITTSBURGH 510 Market St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.773.8800 fairmont.com/pittsburgh

PA M P E R DESTEFINO BEAUTY BAR 2751 Sidney St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412.488.4418 destefinobeautybar.com IZZAZU SALON 301 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.325.1600 izzazu.com HAPPY FEET REFLEXOLOGY 2212 E Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412.488.8868 happyfeetpitt.com THE SKIN CENTER MEDICAL SPA 806 S Aiken Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412.621.5115 theskincentermd.com SERGIO’S STYLE 2891 W. Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15216 412.344.6696 www.sergiosstyle.com DENHAM & CO. SALON 100 Fifth Ave. Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.338.9977 denhamandco.com

ACE HOTEL PITTSBURGH 120 S Whitfield St. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412.361.3300 acehotel.com/pittsburgh HOTEL MONACO PITTSBURGH 620 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412.471.1170 monaco-pittsburgh.com HOTEL INDIGO 123 N Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412.665.0555 hotelindigo.com/pittsburghpa

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'HORSE POWER'’ GIVES ME AN EXUBERANT OVER THE TOP EXPRESSION OF HAPPINESS...OR...

YEEHAW! –RICHARD BAZZY

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Shults Ford of Wexford 10401 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090 724.934.2388 | shultsford.com

Shults Certified Pre Owned of Wexford 10537 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090 724.719.6063 | shultsford.com

Shults Lincoln of Wexford 10207 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA 15090 888.761.1076 | shultslincoln.net

Shults Ford of Harmarville 2871 Freeport Rd., Harmarville, PA 15238 412.828.2300 | shultsford.com


RICHARD BAZZY SHULTS FORD

It’s safe to say that everyone knows Richard Bazzy. Even if you’ve never been to one of his dealerships, you’re bound to be familiar with his upbeat, fun, infectious television and radio commercials. And this is where his true passion lies. Richard encourages Pittsburgh, as part of the Bubba show, to reach out and lift up their fellow members of the community. He has been able to help so many people - whether they’re kids starting school or families at the holidays - not as promotions for his own brand, but as a symbol of what this city is and does. Using the media to bring people together and watching the city respond with warm hearts and a genuine passion for charity is what truly sets him apart as an ICON. Richard believes in the future of Pittsburgh saying, “We can accomplish great things, and my part is just a cog in that wheel. And sometimes, simply making us all aware is how we achieve greatness.”

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