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CONTENTS November / December 2013 12/ BTS Cover Shoot
14/ UNDERCOVER Olivia Culpo
22/ ART The Inn
24/ FASHION Alvin Valley
32/ FASHION Shot at The Thompson LES Hotel
44/ FEATURE NYFW
46/ HEALTH SAD
48/ JET SET Beirut
52/ MUSIC Havana Brown
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57/ SHOPS Statement Accessories & Winterwear
60/ HOME Do-It-Yourself
62/ FEATURE Maniac Mom
64/ EVENTS Women of Power at Arlecchino Ristorante
66/ EVENTS Savor Pittsburgh
We here at Maniac have experienced the ups and downs, triumphs and tribulations. Everyone in this issue has experienced that ‘Make It or Break It’ moment that advanced their career or new exciting project. Being a part of a city that is finally having its breakout moment is exciting. From the re-birth of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to the several new restaurants that are helping shape Pittsburgh as the next big culinary city, we’re truly making it to the big league. I would argue that it’s always been here, but now we are finally getting acknowledged from all over the world and it’s an exciting place to be. There is something thrilling about watching this city become great. We were even chosen as the first U.S. city to house The 40-foot Rubber Duck…now that is great.
70/ BEAUTY Pump Up the Volume
72/ FASHION Street Style
74/ GUIDE Making It in The Burgh
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When I was a kid I wanted to be Madonna. I wore lace gloves everyday to school when I was five and my mom got tired of getting calls from the teachers saying my wardrobe was a distraction. I looked up to Madonna because in my mind she embodied a woman who made it. A woman who wasn’t handed everything. A woman who worked for it. A woman who wasn’t afraid of the “borderline”. There is that borderline point in life where you can’t see the next step before you. The unknown or ‘what if factor’ tends told hold us back from succeeding, but to truly make it you must be willing to take chances.
In case you haven’t noticed, Lawrenceville is one of the most exciting places to be right now for young professionals. We had the opportunity to interview Pittsburgh native, Sarah Humphrey, who is fostering the idea of raw contemporary spaces. The Raw at THE
INN is a concept Sarah is experimenting with, which helps local artists install exhibitions. Another Pittsburgh hotspot that caught our attention this issue is The Livermore, a craft cocktail and light fare destination. The moment you walk in the door you’re greeted by an energetic staff and transported to a different era with its vintage charm. Susie Meister, our Maniac Mom, knows a thing or two about making it big. The former Road Rules and The Challenge contestant entertained us for years on TV before returning home to Pittsburgh and starting a family. She continues to reinvent herself through her standup comedy and podcasts and has made a positive mark on this city. We had the pleasure of meeting and working with Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo. She was the first beauty queen from the United States to win the title since 1997. Olivia had only competed in the Miss Rhode Island and Miss United States pageant before being crowned Miss Universe, which was definitely a breakthrough moment for her career. We had no idea she would be our cover until after we met and photographed her. She walked into the studio and wasn’t afraid to take a chance, throwing on a Playboy t-shirt and morphing into a rebel beauty queen. She stole our hearts with her charisma and we were truly mesmerized by her natural beauty. Everyone aspires to be something bigger and sometimes you need to go through a breakup in order to have a breakthrough. So whether you are making it or breaking it, we here at Maniac know the darkest hours occurs right before the dawn.
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Behind the Scenes WHO: Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2013 WHERE: New York City WHAT: We were inspired by Olivia’s natural beauty, but wanted to photograph her like nobody has before. Mixing luxe pieces with vintage tees, leather, and metals really gave this shoot the edgy style we were looking for. Olivia lit the room the moment she entered and was such an energetic, charismatic, fun soul. This beauty queen-turned-actress was just as sweet and lively in front of the camera as she was just chatting with our crew.
I have learned that inner beauty is so much more important than outer beauty.
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UNDERCOVER competed in three pageants and prior to that was a student at Boston University, studying Acting and Communications. “I thought it would be another opportunity to work on [my] stage performance and to take away something, whether it was how I carry myself, interview, or perform on stage.” She spoke about the likes of Halle Berry, Giuliana Rancic and past Maniac cover girl, Maria Menounos, who were all previous pageant girls-turned-host-or-actress. Both acting and hosting are two careers Olivia would like to pursue in the future.
When beauty pageant contestants are crowned, they are judged on the criteria of personality, beauty, talent and intelligence. Most generally excel in certain areas, but there are those rare women who shine throughout. During our cover shoot with Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, she showed us that she is one of those women. She arrived with her deep brown locks slicked into a bun on top of her head. Her beauty stunned all in the room. She quickly ‘let her hair down’ and posed for our cameras like a natural, setting the tone for the day by making funny, yet effortlessly beautiful faces at the camera. We were instantly drawn to Olivia and it is not hard to see how this young queen, who is relatively new to pageants, captivated her judges, fellow contests and the ‘universe’ so quickly. In November 2013, the next Miss Universe pageant will be held in Moscow, Russia. It is there where Olivia will pass on her crown and the world will watch to see what life after ‘Universe’ has in store for this brown-haired, brown-eyed beauty. Olivia’s story begins in Rhode Island with a tightly knit Italian family of musicians. She began playing the cello at the young age of two and performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as playing in Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. As one of five children, her family was the driving inspiration throughout all her experiences. “Family was what my upbringing was all about,” said Olivia. When she won the Miss Universe title she was extremely excited to make her family proud. “They were sitting in the front row and the first thing I thought of was them.” Olivia was catapulted into the spotlight in 2012 during the Miss USA pageant, where the newcomer found success. She had previously won the Miss Rhode Island title, which advanced her to compete and ultimately win Miss USA. Olivia had only 16
The Miss USA pageant stirred controversy when Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, made comments that the pageant had been rigged. When we asked Olivia what she would say to Sheena now she responded by saying, “ I do not really like confrontation, so I would probably tell her I wish her the best of luck and I think at this point it is obvious the allegations were not true, and that she was wrong. There is no rigging of the pageant. I would just tell her I wish her the best.” We asked her if she thought her fast success had anything to do with the comments made my Monnin,” I never really wanted to get that thought in my head. I never considered it a reason people would be resentful against me. I did not have any dramatic encounters with anyone. A lot of the girls were really nice and confident and did not seem to be intimidated by my success.” She went on to say one of the biggest misconceptions about pageants is that the women are “all surface, no substance” but she believes this is the furthest thing from the truth. “Throughout my reign, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most remarkable women with talents and experiences that stretch far beyond their exterior.” She especially talks about her relationship with roommates, Miss USA, Nana Meriwether and Miss Teen USA Logan West, and how she will miss living with these extraordinary women when her time as Miss Universe is complete. During the 2012 Miss Universe pageant, Olivia made her entrance in a short, sequined navy dress, her hair down in signature beauty pageant curls. For her crowning, she wore a stand out, red velvet Georges Hobeika dress, with long sleeves and a plunging neckline. Winning Miss Universe Olivia says, “ I didn’t think it was possible. Miss USA hadn’t won Miss Universe in over 15 years.” Turns out it was possible, and in that moment a new journey was created for newly crowned beauty queen. This journey would lead her to places across the world, better opportunity to work with her charities in HIV/AIDS, learn about new cultures and immerse herself in her duties. She recalls one of her favorite trips to Indonesia, “I love its rich history and unique culture. The landscape and the people are beautiful. I was really interested more in how the culture is and how spiritual the people are. It was my first time in Asia so I will never forget that. It’s a completely different lifestyle and different world.” Since being crowned, Olivia has had the opportunity to travel all over the world and although her busy, jet-setting schedule can be difficult she says, “My time management skills have improved! Since winning my title, I have a lot less leisure time. However, I’m lucky enough to have had the opportunities of a lifetime. I wouldn’t change it one bit.” So what does Miss Universe do to relax and unwind? She shared with us this tip,” Meditation is a great way to relax. When I was competing for Miss Universe, meditation helped me de-stress and find peace. Even if you have a lot going on, it’s really important to take that time for yourself. And when I do get some free time, I love visiting my hometown in Rhode Island and spending time with my family.”
ecently, Olivia has come under fire for a footwear photo shoot that took place during her travels to India. When speaking with her about the controversy she shows us how authentic, graceful, and kind her character is, “That was another one of my favorite trips. I really, really enjoyed everything about India. I loved the people. I thought they were so friendly. I loved the spiritual aspect of it. I loved how embracing everyone was in celebrating everyone’s religion. I went to temples, Muslim and Sikh, a Catholic church, every sort of spiritual gathering. It was really cool. I really enjoyed my time in India and it is a shame that I was, unfortunately, part of a photo shoot that the Miss Universe organization did as part of the diaries for my travel. Every location we tried to find an area that was important to the culture of the country, so for India, their vision was to have this in front of the Taj Mahal. Naturally, as Miss Universe, I was looking at it in that way, and that is unfortunate because I really do regret having done anything that offends the culture and I can’t say enough, how sorry I am for this, it is unfortunately what I was put in to.” Her words not only speak for themselves, but give us an insight into her poised and respectful personality that she embodies.” In the future, Olivia, who wants to continue her education in acting, now also wants to pursue a degree in philosophy and credits this interest to her India trip. “Going to India and learning so much about the different cultures, religions and spirituality, really inspired me to learn more about that.”
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I didn’t think it was possible. Miss USA hadn’t won Miss Universe in over 15 years
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One “of the biggest misconceptions about pageants is that the women are “all surface, no substance” ”
With school in her vision, she also tells us, after some much needed time off, “I want to get a job!” Olivia will continue her charity work no matter what her next steps are, but says, “I get out of this (Miss Universe) in time for pilot season so that’s going to be really cool to start working with my new management and get the ball rolling” Knowing Olivia, we also know her success will continue and although her reign is over, her story is just beginning. Olivia has not only captured our attention, but has also captured the attention of Nick Jonas, and the two have officially confirmed their relationship. Although life for this pair of twenty-one year olds may seem different than the average, their relationship is just like Olivia’s personality: strong and sincere. “For both of us we feel very lucky to have met each other. We make each other really happy so for us that’s the bottom line. He makes me really happy, so I feel lucky, and I wouldn’t have met him if I hadn’t have been for Miss Universe! He hosted Miss USA.” Who is the one person Olivia met and could not believe it was really happening? She says, “Sandra bullock. I’ve always admired her so it was kind of one of those star struck moments that I don’t have too often.” Conversation with Olivia was easy and natural, she even told us about her favorite fall fashion trend, “I can’t get enough of layering for fall. It really allows you to switch up and outfit while staying warm.”
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Popularity has not changed Olivia from the strong willed, well-spoken and talented woman she has always been, but during her time as Miss Universe Olivia says, “I have learned that you can make the most out of any situation. Only you can make the most of the opportunities you’ve been given. I have learned that inner beauty is so much more important than outer beauty. When you look beyond someone’s exterior you will find so much more.” Her natural beauty and intelligence carries through all her conversations, paired with her strong sense of dedication it’s pretty clear the ‘universe’ is only beginning to see who Olivia Culpo is. “I hope you will all follow my journey and see where it takes me!” We know we will Olivia!
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Sarah Humphrey, 29, is the founder, director and curator of The Inn, a raw space that serves as a rustic art gallery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Walk up the flight of wilted, wooden stairs of the once tire factory to find an industrial - yet domestic atmosphere of bare brick, wooden planks, exposed electric, narrow hallways, cinderblock, timber shutters, a concrete slab and lofty ceilings. Before The Inn was even an idea in Humphrey’s mind, she was spending her childhood on the East End of Pittsburgh. Eventually she made her way to New York where she attended Syracuse University to focus her studies on Art History and French. With the ambition and agenda to learn, Humphrey completed her undergraduate education early to further explore her interest in Art History by attending graduate school in the Big Apple at New York University. Humphrey took on the vigorous work to obtain a PhD. “I have about 5/8 of a PHD, which is what I tell people,” said Humphrey. “I dropped out of my third and a half year.” Humphrey didn’t want to obsess over her dissertation any longer and made the decision to make her way into the real world by conducting lectures and writing for freelance gigs. “I realized pretty quickly that not only was everyone in the city applying for those jobs, but I was competing with my former professors and there was really no way to get from: ‘ok, having a masters degree means absolutely nothing to, you have to do something with your time.’”
RAW ART at THE INN When people think of Pittsburgh, arts and culture is not necessarily the first thought that comes to mind. What many don’t know is the arts play a huge role in urban renewal. People are devoting their time and developing the arts in their communities. This in itself is bettering the city and bringing a new revitalization to the area. Take The Inn for instance. BY S H AY B A D O L AT O
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Six years in New York City was enough for Humphrey and she ventured back to the ‘Burgh. “I wasn’t going to feel comfortable taking risks [in New York] for quite awhile and by the time I would have been in the position to, I would have had my soul sucked out by the nine to five grinder.” The move back meant that it was time to explore what her hometown had to offer. Humphrey was out for a run one day when she saw a building that caught her attention and got her thinking about how using a raw, temporary space as an art gallery wasn’t being done in Pittsburgh. The Journey of The Inn began in June of 2011 in a gutted building in Shadyside, just east of Downtown Pittsburgh. Humphrey decided to call the 1500 sq.ft space The
College Inn Project, appropriately named to stick with the Pittsburgh tradition of using the name of the building for the name of the business. “The first show gave me a sense that a whole new audience had been created,” said Humphrey. Over the course of five months, The College Inn Project exhibited a four monthlong show, three film viewings and many other events. While hunting for a venue for Humphrey’s sister’s wedding, she stumbled upon Bar Marco in Pittsburgh’s Historic Strip District. The bar scene could only benefit Sarah’s client list and audience for potential art buyers. “Yinzers just like to sit at the bar and yak, and I find that very interesting and appealing,” said Humphrey. She established a relationship with the owners of the bar and took over their upstairs to curate virtually a dozen artistic events, including her first exhibition that involved 50 artists. The Inn currently calls its home 5601 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. “It’s an area with a lot of transplants, which is cool. It seems to be a place that people who come from other places want to live for the most part,” said Humphrey. The Inn is now in its fourth exhibition and Humphrey hopes to host private events, weddings and encourage more photography opportunities. Through word of mouth, an ever-growing client list and the duty of attending local events, Humphrey has been able to draw crowds from all over. What did Humphrey have to say when asked how The Inn fits the current theme of Maniac Magazine, ‘Make It or Break It?’ “I wouldn’t say I have made it, but I don’t think I have totally destroyed the possibility either,” said Humphrey. T O E X P L O R E PA S T, P R E S E N T, A N D F U T U R E E X H I B I T S AT THE INN, PLEASE VISIT: W W W. C O L L E G E I N N P RO E C T S . C O M
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New York Fashion Week kicks off 'fashion month' and while the New York shows are all varied, a unique set of characteristics always ties them together. This was especially apparent in the Spring / Summer 2014 collections where sporty, effortless, wearable, feminine clothing had everyone reminiscing of the uncomplicated, understated, ultra-sexy style that defined '90s fashion. Joseph Altuzarra's show was one of the strongest, pioneering, most talked about of the week. Only an exceptional talent could cause such commotion with a collection inspired by 'subtlety, restraint and quietness.' His magnificent designs flirted, whispered and seduced in the most elusive yet effective manner. I didn't dare blink and apparently, no one else did either; feedback from around the world via Twitter and various social channels, told Joseph he nailed his goal of creating clothes 'women would want to wear."
You're invited to the most exclusive, unpredictable, magnificent, month-long traveling costume party meets circuit party extravaganza! Known to fashion insiders as, 'fashion month', what used to be an invite only affair, hosted by designers attended twice a year by top editors, buyers, socialites and starlets, is now open to the public. From live-streaming shows to design forums, social media has given consumers and runway devotees the opportunity to tell designers what they want to wear, and in effect how they want to feel. Fashion dialogue has always been encouraged, but these new channels of communication have given designers a way to listen. BY J O N AT H A N YO U NG
For decades, Narciso Rodriguez has delighted women with his ability to consistently re-invent new languid designs, that are always flattering, playful and unstrained. This season was certainly no exception. Narisco kept the silhouette simple but played with proportions, raising hemlines sky-high with his version of the, always in season, mini skirt. He may have named it a 'half skirt' but several bloggers have already named it a 'must have.' Carolina Herrera and Reed Krakoff both layered transparent fabrics in their collections to create clothes that felt light, airy, fresh and modern. Herrera opted to layer print over print to create an ocean wave-like motion, anchored by a structured silhouette. Krakoff layered sheer and transparent fabrics in long billowing panels but his sportswear inspired cuts kept the clothes relevant. Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg, both of whom had major influence in the movement towards, and creation of, minimalism in the '90s, showed flawless collections that evoked standing ovations, buyers tears of relief and women shouting, “I want that in EVERY color” and “this is what American fashion is ALL about!” Everyone put on your wildest pair of oversized sunglasses and join the discussion! Commenting on this article at www.maniacmagazine.com, is the perfect way to start.
To Everything There is a Season
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The looming change in season in temperate climates, heralded by decreased daylight and falling temperatures, prompts many changes. While some animals hibernate and others grow thicker fur to cope with the harshness of the winter months, humans—the rational animals— adopt daylight savings time in order to maximize access to sunlight. However, not all humans cope equally well with this change. One unfortunate and potentially serious issue that arises perennially in some individuals is the presence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression correlated with the change of seasons. What is SAD? The official medical term for SAD is “recurrent major depressive disorder with seasonal features.” In essence, SAD is a form of major depression that recurs in a seasonal pattern. In 1984, Dr. Normal Rosenthal formally described this type of depression which has been increasingly recognized since that time. However, changes in mood prompted by winter had been recognized for centuries. SAD is relatively common and thought to affect 10% of the population in northern latitudes; it is estimated that 5% of the U.S. population experiences the condition. Why does SAD occur? Since SAD is seasonal, its origin is thought to relate to physiological and evolutionary changes that stem from seasonality affects on life. For many animals, including humans, winter months tend to be more barren with less sources of food. As such, 46
many animals hibernate to expend as little energy as possible. Could SAD be a human analogue of hibernation that is maladaptive in the modern context? Neurobiological explanations focus on disruptions to the circadian rhythm induced by altered exposure to light and attendant changes in the relative levels of substances such as serotonin and melatonin. A rarer summer-induced form of SAD also exists. What Are the Symptoms of SAD? The symptoms of SAD are the usual symptoms of depression that recur in a seasonal manner and can include:
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5IF3PMFPG-JHIU5IFSBQZWith all types of major depression the pillars of treatment are standard anti-depressant medications in combination with cognitive-behavioral therapy. However, given the unique features of SAD and its occurrence with
decreasing light exposure, trials were conducted with artificial light exposure. These trials proved successful and light therapy has become the mainstay of treatment for this variant of depression. Light therapy involves individuals positioning themselves approximately one foot away from a 10,000 lux (a measure of luminosity) white florescent light source for 30 minutes a day upon waking. This is continued until remission of symptoms ensues and is then tapered accordingly. The rationale behind this mode of therapy is the ability of enhanced light exposure to recalibrate a flawed circadian rhythm which is contributing to the individual’s symptoms. Light boxes can be purchased over the counter for a few hundred dollars and some insurers may reimburse the cost if a physician has prescribed the device. Combination therapy with medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and light exposure may be more effective than any modality alone. There is also evidence that preventative measures such as employing anti-depressant medications and light therapy in the fall may prevent recurrences of SAD. As with all medical conditions, awareness of the existence of a problem is paramount for future diagnosis and treatment. If you or someone you know has symptoms consistent with SAD, an evaluation by a healthcare provider is warranted.
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Finding Beauty in Beirut The moment I stepped foot onto the Middle East Airlines flight from Istanbul to Beirut, Lebanon, I knew this trip was going to be exceptionally magical. As I glanced around at the rows of empty (not to mention extremely spacious) first class seats, I turned to the flight attendant and said, “So, when am I getting my upgrade?” The young attendant nervously laughed and turned back towards the pilots who were also chuckling. As I settled into my bulkhead middle seat, I stare mindlessly into first class imagining what my first trip to the Middle East would’ve been like if I was fully reclined and sipping champagne. The daydream of flight attendants showering me with trays of fabulous food was abruptly interrupted by the stern voice of a man in a white uniform. “Umm. Ms. Kraemer?” I looked up in shock and could think of no other response than sheepishly nodding. “Come with me please.”
I look over at a friend sitting next to me, awkwardly shrug and proceed to follow the man down the aisle towards the exit of the plane. Panicking, I am suddenly sure I’m getting kicked off the plane and that some other knowing security guard is already gathering my belongings from the overhead bin. He stops me as we get to the front of the plane and then says to me as he opens the door to the cockpit, “We have your upgrade.” So from takeoff to touchdown I am strapped into the middle seat - of the cockpit! It was the most amazing way to start my journey to not only a new country but an entirely new continent. Beirut was one of the most mystical places I’ve ever been. The combination of a huge city stretching across the Mediterranean Sea, that backs up to a beautiful mountain range was truly breathtaking. Of course there are risks and uncertainties when traveling to a country in the precarious Middle East but if done the right way, Beirut has a lot to offer a savvy traveler. Whether you’re shopping in the beautiful open air souks, browsing a cutting edge art gallery, eating a five course meal and smoking hooka on a mountain-
top restaurant or just relaxing and soaking up the Lebanese sun at one of the many ocean-side pool lounges, there is certainly something for everyone.
Accommodations: There are a handful of lovely places to call home during your trip to Beirut. They range in price, location, style and amenities. It is best to tailor your decision based on what’s most important to you as a traveler. These are the top two recommendations based first and foremost on their location, customer service and atmosphere. Le Gray Hotel: This is a modern luxury hotel created by the infamous hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. The hotel is located in the historical city center and has all the five star amenities you can dream of. At Le
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Gray hotel, you are surrounded by worldclass extravagance. This hotel comes with a futuristic gym outfitted with personal trainers, an infinity pool, a 360-degree rooftop bar and a holistic spa delivering both Eastern and Western services. This forward-thinking customer service driven hotel was seen by the hospitality industry as high risk for the battle-scarred city; however, this modern gem seems to be exactly what both local tourists and international travelers were looking for.
Price: $290 avg/night Albergo Hotel: This whimsically chic boutique hotel offers a completely different style of accommodations from that of a more mainstream hotel. Thirty-three stylishly outfitted suites make up the intimate quarters of this quaint mansion from the 1930’s. Located in the lavish Achrafieh district, known for its charming winding
streets and prestigious apartment buildings, this hotel offers charm and sophistication with contemporary amenities. This area is also known for its strong gastronomic options and the Albergo hotel offers its visitors and guests a fabulous option for French cuisine on a luxurious ninth floor terrace with outstanding views. This quieter neighborhood is conveniently close to all the attractions in Beirut yet becomes the perfect “estate escape” from the bustling city life.
Price: $375 avg/night
Restaurants: Balthus- Easily one of the most famous French restaurants in Beirut, this brasserie offers the highest quality foods, along with an impressive French wine list for my sommeliers out there. The menu is filled with politically incorrect must-try dishes like the foie-gras as well as the lamb with gratin dauphinoise.
Iris Rooftop- This amazing rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant is located in the infamous An Nahar building and creates an urban oasis as well as a perfect vantage point to start the night off right. With jawdropping views of the Mediterranean Sea and soft amber lighting, grab a table for dinner, watch the sunset and order a drink while the party shifts from day to night. Prices are good and the music keeps you well entertained before heading out for a night on the town. La Posta- If you’re looking for your Italian food fix, La Posta offers wonderful Italian cuisine with an enchanting garden and rooftop terrace. The service is very friendly and upbeat with the ambiance of warm yellows and candlelight to serenade you as you gawk at the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. There is a wide range of dishes including pastas as well as a variety of mixed salads. The seafood is also extremely fresh with my personal favorite being the salmon carpaccio. This warm and inviting atmosphere is great for a date night or just relaxing by the sea and eating to your hearts content.
The nightlife is also extremely wild in Beirut. The place to be all depends on the experience you are looking to have. These are a few of the big clubs and parties to know of. Each vary in size and status but all are sure to be an amazing time. B018 (Bunker)- This club is easily one of the coolest spaces/concepts in all of Beirut. Located in an area where refugee camps held over 20,000 evacuees during the Lebanese civil war, this underground space provides an environment that is completely out of the box. When the retractable roof on this savvy bunker opens to cool the club down your ceiling becomes the backdrop of the night sky (stars and all). And the massive mirror on the retractable roof, which is perfectly angled at 50 degrees once opened, then reflects the soft glow from the lights in the city around you. It is an extremely magical experience that perfectly explains the delicate balance this city has. A balance of appreciating the turbulent times they’re currently living in, while also constantly choosing to live in the moment and live life to the fullest.
SKYBAR- This is a huge open-air club that is oozing with status and wealth. Loud top 40 music blares over their immense sound system. When this mixes with their light, fog and fire shows, it offers an experience like nothing else. However, the people aren’t typically dancing the night away and getting down. It is more about the bottles you order, who you are with and what you are wearing unfortunately. Because of this, it can come off a bit like some of the big pretentious clubs in NYC or Vegas. With SKYBAR you get the club scene on a grand scale with everything you would expect from a nightclub with the added flare of the Lebanese mindset. Go big or go home. Decks on the Beach- This is a low maintenance party on a dock overlooking the water. The lights are low and the music played is typically minimal house. The crowd is a bit of a mixed bag and ranges from the local devoted fans to the doe-eyed tourists scoping out the place. There is only one main bar that tends to get a little crowded towards the middle of the night. There is also a light up dance floor in the middle for the dancing enthusiasts. This is a good party if you are looking for something more laid back. Decks on the Beach is the blend between a nightclub and a beach lounge.
It was at Deck on the Beach that I overheard a Lebanese man explaining that because the women to men ratio is 7:1, every night’s a party. This also explains why the women won’t leave the house until they’ve had their hair, nails and makeup done. Talk about glamorous. So whether you are traveling there to explore the terrain or just lounge by the pool, I see the reason Beirut was once called the Paris of the Middle East. With enough attractions, restaurants, clubs and shops to keep you on your toes and exploring during your stay, you will leave Beirut a little wiser, more cultured and beautifully tanned. I take my (sun)hat off to a city that, during troubled times, can still wine, dine and get down with the best of them. Wishing Beirut sincere HBH: Health, Beauty and Happiness.
Most popular DJ’s are primarily known for mixing together and playing other people’s music. They stand behind a booth, occasionally waving their hands in the air, while watching a room full of people soak in the energy of the electronic dance beats projected from their computer generated creativity. Havana Brown is not one of those DJs. Her story begins in a small singing group in the United Kingdom. “I’ve always been singing. Growing up I never really even thought about DJing,” Havana says. Brown and the three other male members, began recording an album with sounds of reggae, R&B and dance music. “I really thought that being in this group was going to be my breakout point. I just finally thought it was all going to happen for me.” She was so close, yet so far. To Brown’s disappointment, the group fell apart right before their first single was to be released. After the group went their separate ways, she says, “I just kind of crashed. I felt like I had nowhere to go, like that was as far as I was going to get and that I’d just gotten right back where I started.”
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However, as we all know, when one door closes, another opens. Brown felt at home in London’s party scene, and turned to the clubs for comfort. “I was out every single night, just partying my sorrows away,” she says. “I was dancing, partying, I was happy. Well, no, not happy. But I was happy when I was out. “ All that partying soon paid off and the stars began to align for the Australianborn singer. “One night, after a solid six moths of partying, I was just looking at the DJ and I thought, that is the best job to have. You get to come in here, you get to have fun, you get to play music and entertain a crowd, and make people happy. And I just thought, that is exactly what I want to do. And so the next morning I woke up and called a good friend of mine who actually was a breakout DJ, and I really thought he would laugh at me, but he actually thought it was a great idea. Basically, that was it.” This revelation lead Havana to push her career towards what it is today. Brown’s switch in musical direction allowed her to display all her talents and gave her the chance to create music the way she wanted to do it. “While I was DJing, at the time I was trying something different and trying to be creative, and I would come out in the middle of my set and
I love that my life changes day by day, I don’t like it to be mundane. I’m just really happy to get to do what I love every single day.
” do a dance performance. It was a little corny, but it got me noticed and really changed everything,” she says. But it wasn’t only her dancing that caught everyone’s eye, it was the sound she was producing that was, quite literally, music to a manager’s ears. “I was dropping everything from Lenny Kravitz, to Daft Punk, to pure pop stuff, to older stuff, and it was a really great mixture of songs. Next thing she knew, the manager of the Pussycat Dolls came up to her and said, “Whoa, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve gotta have you on the tour.” From this, Brown scored her first tour with the Pussycat Dolls and was given the chance to elevate her sound to the next level and get her music and name out in the world. She’s come a long way since her tour with the Dolls. Though most famous in the US for her chart-topping hit ‘We Run the Night’ with award winning hip-hop artist Pitbull, she has just released her new single, titled ‘Warrior.’ On this track, we can still hear an upbeat dance hit; however, Brown says this will stray slightly from her usual sound. “It’s a bit of a new sound for me. I’m not necessarily changing my entire sound, but I want to mix it up and I want to be able to change with the times. I consider myself pop more than anything, and this album, brings a mixture of sounds, including inspiration from the 70’s funk era, which I love. ‘Warrior’ is self-empowering dance anthem. Its all about channeling the warrior within.” So far, it’s been a whirlwind of a career for Brown. She does not take her success for granted and still appreciates what she has. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Every little step of the way, I was so excited. Everything just keeps flowing, and I keep getting bigger and bigger jobs. I’m having such a good time, you know? I mean the last seven years of my career have been amazing. I remember everything, like from getting my first tour to releasing my first single. And I still love it! I still get very excited for everything that I do.” Though DJs are increasingly climbing the ladder of fame in pop culture, more than ever before, Havana seems to have set the bar high above all. With an album, entitled ‘Flashing Lights’ due out in early 2014, and a new hit single, the Aussie is on the rise to stardom. Success or not, she is truly passionate about what she does, no matter what happens along the way. “I love that my life changes day by day, I don’t like it to be mundane. I’m just really happy to get to do what I love every single day.”
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Chemistry owner, Jeneane Hugus, saw the potential and ran with it. Sharing ownership with John Nicklas and her husband, Brent, the boutique’s name comes from mixing your personality with your style of clothing and accessory choices. Now that’s an experiment we can get behind. MM: Who are some of your style Gods? Rachel Sanzone : Rachel Zoe is my favorite stylist. She and her son, Skylar, and husband are the most perfectly styled family. Her looks seem so effortless. Plus, I am a huge fan of black, white and neutrals. I also love the design of her home and office. I love Marc Jacobs because his designs are so fun, and he can be both pretty and edgy at the same time. His runway shows are amazing. Coco Chanel would be another with her relatable quotes and timeless designs. Alexander McQueen was beyond creative. He was a fashion genius.
Maniac Magazine: Have you always known you were heading to a fashion career path? Jeneane Hugus: No. In fact, I also teach sixth grade math full time. I’ve been doing that for six years. I always knew I wanted to work with fashion, but I also adore children. That is why we also sell baby clothing, accessories and furniture. MM: What steps did you take to get to where you are today? JH: John Nicklas and my husband, Brent, helped make it all possible. I handled opening up new accounts with brands and showrooms and the initial order. We attended several trade shows in New York, Las Vegas and Atlanta to purchase clothing. One thing I learned quickly is to never order straight from a lookbook without seeing and feeling the clothing. Brent chose the space and I designed it. The build took much longer than anticipated so we had clothing and no store to sell it in.
MM: What is it about Chemistry that makes it stand out in Pittsburgh?
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MM: What is the number one fashion mistake you see people make? JH: The number one mistake I see is wearing clothing that does not fit and/or flatter their body type. We have flaws and clothing should hide it instead of enhance it. I also notice that some people are nervous to take a risk and wear something different than what they normally do. You never know until you try. So my advice would be to try things on that you don’t normally see yourself wearing.
MM: How do you find the pieces for your store, and then how do you put the word out? JH: We attend trade shows where lines bring their collection. They are a fashion lover’s dream. Then we make appointments to review the collections and select pieces for the store. We are just getting the word out now through print media. We have put out ads and have had articles written on the store. Being in an “up-and-coming” neighborhood is getting us some press because many publications are writing about the change. We also have a Facebook page and an Instagram account that we post pictures of merchandise on.
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Maniac: How would you say style or fashion is different in Pittsburgh than other cities? JH: Pittsburgh has extreme weather. We can go from a heat wave to freezing all in one day. I think we are lucky to have it all though. From winter coats and accessories to bathing suits and sandals, what’s not to love? JH: Chemistry stands out because it has a highly edited selection of merchandise. We have up-and-coming brands that are new to high fashion department stores such as Nordstrom, Barney’s New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. We also carry many lines that are in boutiques in large cities like Kitson and Intermix and on websites such as Shopbop and Revolve.
MM: If you weren't in this line of work, what do you think you would be doing with your life? Rachel Sanzone : Teaching. I love helping others and sharing my passions. I remember my sixth grade social studies teacher presenting a lesson on economics to my class. I remember sitting in that class saying, “One day I will be an entrepreneur.” Chemistry is located on 5979 Broad St in Pittsburgh. You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook.
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MATERIALS: A bold and gorgeous mirror can be the focal point of any room, or visually expand a small space. You can use mirrors in room lacking light where they can create a greater impact. If you use mirrors together on a wall, you can group them in a visually-pleasing way. They’re similar to art pieces and can create a dramatic, decorating effect. I spent a weekend scouring estate sales and antique and used furniture stores in search of vintage mirrors. I look for shape, beveled details and that sought after natural silvering that happens to mirrors over time. Here are some of the mirrors I found in my travels.
Remember: Mirrors are like art in that the style should coincide with other pieces. Here is the adjacent wall filled with vintage artwork and the mule deer taxidermy as the ‘piece de resistance’
All the mirrors I was able to pick up had a gold patina to the frame. I staggered the mirrors along a wall in my shop, choosing them randomly for size while still keeping some balance in mind.
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Before you start throwing your burning bras at me, let me qualify my assertion. I don’t think men are innately funnier than women. Rather, the qualities that make someone funny such as rebellion, irreverence, confidence and intelligence are not the qualities that are encouraged and rewarded among girls and women. As such, women unconsciously (or consciously) stifle these characteristics in favor of more feminine traits such as civility, beauty, deference and demureness. There’s really nothing funny about someone being well-behaved and lovely. Not that I would know.
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The idea that a full-term pregnant woman would get up on stage and try to be anything but maternal was an affront to societal norms for women. I was breaking the silent code that mothers are supposed to be quiet and long-suffering. There’s no room for comedy in that womb.
There I was, nine months pregnant, (but looking more like fifteen months pregnant) waddling up on stage at the Improv to open a comedy show. I have performed comedy many times over the years, and was convinced I would kill it, because, to me, there’s
It’s not easy to recover from bombing night after night at a comedy club, especially when you are not allowed to do shots or even have a Diet Coke for fear that you’ll damage your kid forever (as if me being his mom won’t be enough damage). But the recovery really started when I realized that with the birth of my son, I could teach him that hilarity isn’t a masculine trait, but something found in both sexes, as long as we stop demanding that women be so darn sweet all the time.
nothing funnier than the assault pregnancy has on your body. The beauty of it, I thought, is that everyone can relate. Even if you’ve never been pregnant, you’ve known someone who has been, and it’s a universal experience dating back to the beginning of time.
I WAS WRONG. I did six shows that weekend and I bombed all six. I’m talking crickets here, people, and there wasn’t even any awkward sympathy chuckles either. But it wasn’t just silence either; it was judge-y silence. These people were offended that I would make a joke out of something so “beautiful.” One woman in the front row on Saturday even yelled, “It’s BEAUTIFUL,” when I started a joke about disgusting things that happen to women’s bodies when they’re pregnant. The lesson, here, is if you find yourself on the verge of labor, do not try to tell jokes on stage about your condition. People do not like it. This experience got me thinking about the age-old debate about whether men are funnier than women. My answer, which may surprise you, is that men are funnier. Ladies, let’s be honest for a second, there is nothing more unfunny than a baby shower, bridal shower or LaLeche League meeting. Wanna know why? Because they consist of a bunch of women giggling about stuff that’s not funny.
Whenever I make the argument that men are funnier than women I am asked to consider some amazingly funny women like Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, and Lisa Lampenelli. These women are incredible, and there are countless other examples of successful female comedians. I would posit, though, that none of them got where they are by acting like “ladies”. In fact, many of the most successful female comedians present strong masculine energy when they’re on stage, even “feminine” ones like Chelsea Handler. Let’s face it: Chelsea is not exactly polite (and we love her for it). I realize, of course, that I’m stepping into some murky gender issues, here, and these types of topics require a lot of tiptoeing and qualifying. I suppose I’m just suggesting, that perhaps if we allow girls to bend the rules a little more and exhibit aggression outside of the normal catty competiveness, we might end up with some hilarious off-spring. And, for our boys, maybe we as moms could demonstrate a little healthy societal rebellion as an example that women aren’t just pretty things to admire. I recognize, by the way, that I’ve come up with this whole theory just to help me cope with the fact that I bombed on stage. I realize there is a chance that my jokes just weren’t funny, and I’m a hack who should never try to tell jokes. I prefer to believe that I might be on to something; that women are taught implicitly every day that being funny is not women’s work. I argue there’s enough room on stage for everyone. Even me and my giant baby. Susie Meister hosts The Meister Piece podcast where she interviews celebrity guests. Check them out at www.susiemeister.com. Follow her on Twitter: @susie_meister
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Every year, Maniac Magazine publishes an issue honoring powerful women in Pittsburgh. Whether it is business owners, or females making an impact on the community, the issue is always filled with inspiration and girl power. This year was no different and had everything from boutique owners to women changing the salon and spa industry. And every year, there is a party inviting men and women alike to celebrate the success of these ladies. The ‘Women of Power’ event was held at Arlecchino Ristorante and it was a perfect fall night for a party. At first glance, it looks like an old schoolhouse (which it was); however, once inside you feel like you are in Italy’s backyard. You had the option of enjoying the crisp air on the patio or you could make your way inside to the upstairs bar. Regardless of the choice, dimly lit candles and magazines were at every table creating the ambiance for the night. On top of that, the food was delicious. Before the food was served, servers satisfied our taste buds with delicious hor d’oeuvres. Stuffed peppedews and coconut chicken were just a few items that were being passed around to satisfy the guests until we could really indulge. Guests also had the option of an outside or indoor bar. The drinks were a delicious pairing to the food served that night. Stations were set with pasta with vodka and Bolognese sauce, mini meatballs (to-die for), hand pulled mozzarella with tomato and basil salad and an antipasta display with fresh fruit. Let’s not forget the mini raspberry tiramisu that Arlecchino is known for. It was a perfect treat to end a delicious meal. The invite stated until nine but the mingling certainly lasted longer. It was a great night to celebrate and the crowd’s vibe was contagious. We can’t wait until next year to see what Pittsburgh has in store for the women of Steel City. Pinnacle donated alcohol for the event and Mini of Pittsburgh was the event sponsor and was present for photo opts throughout the evening. Arlecchino Ristorante is located at 133 Camp Lane in McMurray, PA. Arlecchino is a representation of the heart and soul of the wonderful world of Cuisine di Italiano. They are a full service restaurant, gelateria, maccheroni factory and artisanal bakery. 100% of their items are hand crafted duplicating the integrity of the old world. 64
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SAVOR PITTSBURGH: A Celebration of Cuisine A Celebration of Cuisine brought hundreds out to SouthSide Works for the highly anticipated 8th annual event. The appetizing affair ended summer with a “BANG” (thank you Emeril) and on August 29th, Pittsburgh’s finest chefs were all under one giant, deliciously-aroma-filled canopy competing for the coveted “Dish of the Year” title. The evening was focused around flavorful food and fun as over 25 restaurants gathered together to cook up amazing dishes, which guests sampled throughout the night. Event-goers were welcomed with champagne and enjoyed an array of cocktails and cuisine throughout the night as they listened and danced to the sounds of No Bad JuJu. At the end of the night, the honorable winners were announced. I ask myself, “How were they able to choose?” but four restaurants in particular walked away victorious. The “Best Appetizer” title went to Bar Marco for its Corn Custard with Shrimp Escabeche, Crispy Garlic and Tomatoes and Table 22 walked away with “Best Entrée” for the Sesame Scallops with Bourbon Infused Teriyaki they prepared. 66
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant SouthSide Works took home the “Best Dessert” honors, making a delectable Pistachio Semi-Freddo. Once again, Savoy Restaurant & Lounge won “Dish of the Year” for its Salted Chocolate Caramel Torte with Milk Chocolate Mousse, Hazelnut Bark & Blackberry Sauce. Honestly, every dish, dessert and cocktail was mouthwatering, savory and sinfully scrumptious. I’m happy it’s not my job to judge and choose the best. Savor Pittsburgh is sponsored by C. Hackett Motors and presented by McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, and SouthSide Works. The event benefits Magee-Women’s Research Institute & Foundation in their efforts to end premature births. It was a great night and an even greater cause. We can’t wait for next year.
n the corner of South Highland and Baum Boulevard is “The Livermore”, East Liberty’s newest café and cocktail bar. It was launched by high school buddies, Bobby Fry, Kevin Cox and Justin Steel, the same ownership team that started Bar Marco in the Strip. Bobby formerly worked on an institutional trading desk and was inspired after reading a book authored by Jesse Livermore, an early 20th century Wall Street trader who famously made and lost great fortunes then later committed suicide. Bobby was inspired to leave a potential career on Wall Street and build something of value with his friends. His make it or break it moment. After having successfully introduced Bar Marco in the strip, they felt East Liberty needed a place to facilitate and compliment the fine dining restaurants, citing Notion and Spoon, which have emerged in this burgeoning area in recent years.
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In the former home of the Waffle Shop, Carnegie Mellon art school’s reality talk show, The Livermore, crosses the line between that of the growing trend of craft cocktail lounges and a local neighborhood cafe and it is not by accident. The owners are trying to introduce an environment and menu that is perfect for both an inspired lunch, as well as, pre or post dinner destination. The space is inviting and unpretentious, boasting a high maroon decorative ceiling, clean white tile walls, a 16-foot L-shaped wooden bar made from wood reclaimed from a bowling alley, a handful of high top tables and metal diner style stools. There is a deli-counter in the corner that holds a sampling of tempting deserts and other small bites. The entire place can seat 30-35 people including seats at the bar. While the first impression is definitely more unique café than trendy cocktail lounge, the drink menu may suggest something entirely different. Guiseppe’s Mistress, The Perfect Martini, Funky Fresh, Aquavito, Fig Reynolds and Almost Home are the listed main attractions on the drink menu. The cocktails combine classic spirits and unique house made ingredients. Try The Fig Reynolds, a unique creation of house bartender, Carrie Clayton, combines Fino sherry, Smith & Cross
rum, orange juice and her own home made fig and five spice syrup. However, if tried and true is more your style, classic cocktails such as a Scotch ‘n Soda, Gimlets and Manhattans, are also featured on the menu, along with an assortment of wines and craft beers. On Friday night, house bartenders Abbie and Carrie, were certainly willing and able to go off menu with both classic cocktails like a Sazerac or something more unique like a Bebo, 1 ½oz gin, 1oz lemon juice, ½ oz orange juice, ½oz honey. All of the drinks are served in an eclectic array of antique style glassware that appear to have been handpicked out of the period in which many of these cocktails were first popularized. As for the food, The Livermore offers a variety of small bites perfect for accommodating either pre-dinner appetizers or a sweet bite with your after dinner drink. Artisan cured meats, cheeses and other assorted snacks are available by the piece. Notable on the menu, are the deviled eggs and assortment of five varieties of crostini. A few different creative sandwiches and salads are also available for those seeking an out of the ordinary lunch. A prosciutto pear and blue cheese sandwich pared with an Aperol Spritz, certainly sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon. If nursing a hangover from too many cocktails the night before, The Livermore opens at 11:00am and doubles as a juice bar during the day. Juice Up 412, a social enterprise focused on bringing innovative juice combinations with pointed health benefits and local community impact, is serving up enticing concoctions like the Orange Sunrise or Incredible Hulk, green grapes, lacinato kale and Granny Smith apples. There is more to come on the horizon for The Livermore. They are planning to be open daily, with a Sunday brunch, as well as, opening at 7:00am, once they can establish a serious coffee program. So, Is it worth a stop? “In the end the decision must be your own.” - J.L. Liver
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MAKING IT IN THE BURGH
Pittsburgh has come a long way in the past year... It’s an ever-evolving city with so much to offer the people that live here. We’ve compiled a unique list of businesses with so much to offer. They’re services are why they’re making it in Steel City so don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience them.
By Helen Cestra Photpgraphy By Pamela Salai, Elizabeth Vincent, and Gianna Paniagua
MIND & BODY
24 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
3818 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
3392 Saxonburg Blvd #330 Glenshaw, PA 15116
412 261 2299 · www.moxiemindandbody.com
412 407 7689 · www.yobroapparel.com
412 406 7799 · www.tanmepgh.com
The owner of Moxie Mind&Body Pilates Studio, Aubrey Johnson, had a desire
It all started with a hobby. Greta Falvo, started making candles at home, and
Yobro was created by two Pittsburgh natives, Lori Sipes and Marybeth
Don’t let your tan fade this winter! Visit Tan Me, an upscale Airbrush Tanning
to create a place to educate and empower the people of Pittsburgh on what
when her Almond Cake and Home Sweet Home scents became popular it
Mahoney, each mothers to two boys who wanted to create affordable and
salon that offers the only heated airbrush tanning service in the city. At Tan
Classical Pilates can do and how it can change your life. This led to her
turned into a business. It was important for Greta to create chic, eco friendly
design-focused apparel that also gives back to children in need. Mahoney,
Me your color is customized according to your personal preference and skin
opening a studio right in the heart of the city in Market Square, above Nola.
and affordable candles. Soyil Candles makes all natural, dye-free, handmade
a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, went on to pursue architecture
type. All of the products are made with natural ingredients and are approved
The studio offers private or semi-private sessions by appointment, 7 days a
soy wax candles, which create the cleanest burn. Every part of the candle has
and worked on many graphic design projects during this time. Sipes, a
by the FDA. One of the options at Tan me is the Premier Airbrush Tan. This
week, but also has open level mat classes scheduled every day of the week
been meticulously designed by Greta, to create the highest quality product
marketing and business development professional, previously worked in
includes a 20-minute technician-applied airbrush tan, Hydro-Mist and
except Saturday. The smaller or one-on-one sessions are a unique feature
for her customers and at a reasonable price. All Soyil Candles supplies are
Los Angles in communication and film. Both women have natural creative
Endura-Mist moisture sprays, a tan accelerator, and aromatherapy scent of
of this studio and allows for the instructors to provide personalized attention
made in the USA and her soy wax is created from soy beans produced by
abilities along with passions for fashion and art. This lead them to launch
your choosing. The technicians at the salon are certified and highly trained
to their clients. No two clients are alike and Moxie Mind&Body works with
local farmers. The candle jars and labels are simple, clean, fresh and style
their e-commerce website in 2012, and with the success of that, in 2013
professionals in the art of sunless tanning. Winter specials will include $25
you to help create the best workout program for you and your needs. Pilates
friendly in any home decor. The candles go through hours of testing to ensure
open a store in Lawrenceville. The store is open on Saturdays from 11-5 and
tans every Wednesday and 50% off all products on Friday. Not only is Tan
was created by Joe Pilates and is known to strengthen, boost lung capacity,
the best product. The candles have become so popular that Greta says,”Now
the second Thursdays of every month from 6-9. They are open during many
Me a great alternative solution to the harmful UV rays of indoor tanning beds,
improve posture, develop better coordination and balance, prevent injuries
I have loyal customers that are addicted to Soyil. The quality of candles has
neighborhood events and have longer hours during the holiday season. Their
but for every tan booked, $1 is donated to World Vision, which helps feed
and enhance over all endurance. Moxie Mind&Body, has two parts to the
spread like a wild fire with women talking. Women go crazy over my candles.
website is open 24/7! The clothing line brings hip and fresh apparel to the
children in third world countries. Tan Me offers mobile services to suit all
name, mind and body. Pilates does not just improve your physical state, but
I have shipped candles all over the USA with women who had to have Soyil…
boys clothing market. The sizes range from size 12 months to size 10. Most
of your tanning needs, such as, at-home airbrush parties, bridal bronzing
can create a healthier mind and the studio perfectly harmonizes this. Aubrey
also have had request for inert national shipping. Men love them too!”You can
uniquely, each year, Yobro donates a percentage of their company profits to
parties, bodybuilding competition bronzing services or individual services.
and her staff encourage people to have the ‘moxie’ to reach their goals and
find Soyil Candles in several local retailers or online at www.soyil.com. The
a featured organization. Past organizations have included the Noah Angelici
Tan Me is also an official bikini sponsor of the Miss Pennsylvania pageant this
face new challenges, within the studio and in everyday life. If you are looking
scents are seasonal, and in addition to her signature scents, you can also find
Hope Foundation, an organization that raises money for the Maternal Fetal
year. Check out the Tan Me Facebook page for coupons and specials added
for a way to get in shape for the new year, or looking for a way to change your
Pumpkin, Crisp Apple and Spiced Cider during this fall season. Soyil products
Medicine Team at Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital, as well as for The
daily. If you are looking for a healthy and radiant tan, applied by the highest
life for the rest of your years, Moxie Mind&Body is the place to do just that.
can be customized and purchased for personal use, wholesale, or as party
Children’s Home and Lemieux Family Center. Yobro often partners with
skilled technicians, you have found your answer at Tan Me!
favors for your next event!
local vendors and currently sells their clothing at Principessa Boutique in Washington, PA. Yobro is the perfect place for all style-conscious moms who want high quality apparel at an affordable price!
www.missmeatball.com · 724 689 5151
2002 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 · 1 800 504 4782
6024 Broad Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206
5407 Walnut St Pittsburgh, PA 15232 · www.truerunner.com
412 683 2468
In 2006, Bobby Zappala moved back to Pittsburgh from D.C. where he was
“True Runner is more than a place to buy products. It is where runners
pursuing a career in politics to change paths and study law in his hometown.
gather to be supported and give support, celebrate and be celebrated, and
While doing this he connected with childhood friend, Kevin Heher, and
inspire and be inspired by their running community.” The Vision Statement
started new relationships with San Francisco native, Luke Skurman, Serge
of True Runner, located on the corner of Walnut and S.Aiken in Shadyside,
Smailbegovic from Bosnia, and Alex Palma from Miami. Luke came up
could not fit the experience of True Runner more. The store offers the best
with the idea to host what he coined as “Baller BBQ’s,” networking parties
in footwear, performance apparel and accessories, from an array of the
for young professionals to meet and mingle, at his Shadyside home. Fast
leading and most trusted brands, but it is not limited to this. True Runner
forward to 2013, and these friends are partners in Thrill Mill, Inc. a non-
offers signature services, one of the many characteristics that makes them
profit business incubator for startup companies. The now evolved BBQ’s,
so unique, like the Custom Treadmill Arch and Gait Analysis, where a sales
are called Thrival Festival, most recently held in Bakery Square and the new
associate with help fit you in your ideal shoe based on how your feet function
Bakery Square 2.0 development. The proceeds fund the Business Bout. The
and your body’s running mechanics. They also offer bra fitting to find the
Business Bout is Thrill Mill’s business plan competition, sponsored by the
perfect sports bra to suit your activities, shape and style. One of the most
Urban Redevelopment Authority, where the best Pittsburgh-based business
unique facts about this store is that you can start your run from the store
ideas are awarded a cash prize and a full year’s worth of access to a 5,000
itself. The True Runner Zone has lockers, a hydration station and a digital
square foot space in East Liberty creatively called the Hustle Den. Here they
board featuring running group meet-ups, routes and weather updates. The
will help turn their ideas into real business opportunities. Thrill Mill opened
store also features weekly fun-runs, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays
the Hustle Den in February 2013. The space holds the Thrill Mill offices, but
at 8:30 pm, to enhance your motivation to hit the pavement. The store hours
also act as a 24/7-office space for all teams selected through the Business
are Monday-Wednesday 10 am-8pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday
Bout. The Hustle Den also provides breakout rooms, large conference rooms
8-9 and Sunday 10-6. Whether you are a novice or a practiced runner,
and enough space for speakers and educational programming events. Thrill
True Runner has what you are looking for to make the most of your running
Mill provides start-ups with investment opportunities, but also free office
Who is Miss Meatball you ask? Well, Sara Lechman, is the founder and chef of Miss Meatball, a mobile food truck that can be seen driving all over Western Pennsylvania. Sara was trained at The International Culinary Institute in New York City, and then went on to work at Capitale and Sho Shaun Hergatt, a Michelin Guide star restaurant. After returning home, she went on to teach inmates at a now closed Greensburg prison how to cook. When she found herself out of a job, she said, “why not try and make it happen now. I figured there wouldn’t be a better time.” So with the help of her family and friends, she did just that. She made it happen. Miss Meatball is now a full service mobile food truck, which features many popular homemade items including the Classic Beef Sandwich and the Chicken Asiago Sandwich. All the meatballs can be served with our without bread, but there is more to ‘Miss Meatball’ than meets the eye. Sara is a classically trained chef who can cook much more than just meatballs and offers catering services for any type of event from birthdays, graduations, work luncheons and all varieties of parties. With the holidays quickly approaching, Miss Meatball will work with you to design a perfect menu for your holiday party! Be sure to look for the bright read Miss Meatball truck rolling around town!
Rewind Memories started on a cruise ship, progressed to a dorm room, and is now a thriving business on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Owner Adam Kunes spent a semester in 2005 with the Semester at Sea program. There is where he made a slideshow of his travels. Once friends and family saw this, they asked him to do the same for them. When Adam was back on land, he started converting home videos to DVD’s in his college dorm room. This became so popular that it grew into a full-on business. Rewind Memories now offers conversions of all kinds. They can convert your old VHS tapes, as well as 8mm film, Super8 or 16mm film to DVD. Photos, slides and negatives to a digital format and even audio cassette tapes and records. All work is done in house, by hand, so your personal memories will be treated with care. Not only does Rewind Memories offer services for personal use, but they work with businesses, schools and government agencies on professional conversions. Their home base will always be in Pittsburgh, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in the near future. We all have cherished photos and video memories that we want to hold on to. For most of us, these memories are on old formats that may not work with the current technologies. Rewind Memories is the place to go to make sure those memories last forever.
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