November/December 2013

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MANIAC guide

MANIAC guide




TRUE RUNNER · 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 ·

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.

space, mentorship, investor relations and the chance to grow and prosper in a thriving metropolitan city, such as Pittsburgh.



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