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This year’s winter is unlike any most of us have ever seen. Pittsburghers are staying inside more than usual, and not just because of the frigid temperatures. The latest Pittsburgh City Paper Winter Guide has suggestions for staying comfortable at home — perfect loungewear, anyone? — and reasons to scrape the ice off your cars and explore. The following pages have winter listicles for both hunkering down and venturing out, plus a Pittsburgh twist on the latest hygge craze for those seeking the ultimate cozy yinzer winter comforts. So grab a cocktail, rent a movie theater, or take full advantage of the weather and find the perfect sledding spot in the city. Just don’t forget to put out your parking chair.






PANDEMIC WAS BAD ENOUGH, but when the dregs of winter set in,

comfort comes at a premium, especially in a place as notoriously gray as Pittsburgh. Facing this bleak one-two punch calls for a bit of hygge, a cozy way of life that Scandinavians have embraced to survive the harsh cold months. Books like the 2017 New York Times bestseller The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living have inspired Americans to adopt the practice as a way to find solace in these difficult times. While think pieces have since criticized the new hygge movement as bourgeois and not, in fact, Danish, the idea of being as comfy as possible seems like a solid one. So Pittsburgh City Paper decided to offer some Pittsburgh-style hygge with a list of locally-made knits, hot beverages, candles, and other items made to add a little warmth to your life.


Fingerless gloves by Busy Hook Happy Heart

Fingerless gloves by Busy Hook Happy Heart, busyhookhappyheart.com

Wearables 220 Hat by atiya jones, atiyajones.com If you shaved your head instead of risking a trip to the barber, you may be wearing hats indoors for some extra warmth. CP art director Abbie Adams personally recommends the 220 Hat by atiya jones. The wool beanies are made-to-order and hand-knitted by jones. And because no two are alike, they are guaranteed to become a one-of-a-kind staple for any winter wardrobe.

Remote workers trying to keep their hands warm and their fingers free to type should check out Busy Hook Happy Heart. Owner Terri Galloway crochets her collection of fingerless gloves from soft, wool-free yarn in a variety of rich colors, like mustard and burgundy. Galloway says the gloves were one of her “top sellers this season so far.”

Cowl Neck Warmer by Otto Finn, ottofinn.com Winter doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to go goth. The Cowl Neck Warmers by sustainable fashion company Otto Finn come in a variety of bright colors and patterns. They’re also made from organic cotton fabric and lined with recycled Polartec fleece so you can stay warm in style. CONTINUES ON PG. 6




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Oatmeal Milk Bath Bomb by Hip Modern Soap Co.

This winter, Hip Modern Soap Co. co-owner Carrie Robertson recommends the Oatmeal Milk Bath Bomb or the cute, leafy Monstera Bath Bomb. Get the most out of your hot shower with Hip Modern’s Shower Steamers — which come in a variety of essential oilinfused scents — from the congestion-relieving Sinus Rescue to the calming Sweet Dreams with lavender, vanilla, and chamomile. At $3 a pop, you can try them all.

PSquare Scents, psquarescents.com Tea is great for drinking, but it’s also great for soaking — especially with Bath Tea Bags from PSquare Scents. The Bellevue shop offers a creative way to relax with soothing spa salts and herbs packaged in tea bags large enough to steep in a bath. For something more traditional, try PSquare’s Spa Kits, which include the eucalyptus-infused Recovery Kit and the lavenderbased Relax Kit. CONTINUES ON PG. 8


Drinkables Commonplace Winter Solstice Coffee, commonplacecoffee.com Commonplace Coffee uses beans sourced from Mexico and Ethiopia for its latest Winter Solstice Series blend. The flavor profile reaches for a smooth and fullbodied — yet sweet — finish, with notes of chocolate and fruit cake.

Leaf & Twig, leafandtwigllc.com The Greensburg-based tea company Leaf & Fig sells handcrafted, seasonal teas perfect for the cold months. Founder Melissa Vertosick recommends the calming Lavender Mint Dream and Winter Comfort, a popular selection for this time of year “due to the spiciness of the ginger, paired with the immune supporting herbs of elderberry and echinacea.” She also boosts Yule Spice, a new blend that also comes in a caffeinated Chai. “Think clove-studded oranges, cinnamon in baked goods, and ginger for digesting the heavy meals,” says Vertosick.



Winter Comfort tea by Leaf & Twig

Tupelo Honey Teas, tupelohoneyteas.com or lovepittsburghshop.com Try a variety of custom loose-leaf teas created by love, Pittsburgh and Tupelo Honey Teas. The Mount Washington Tea contains notes of sage and mint, while the love, Pittsburgh Tea, made exclusively for the shop, is a jasmine, mint, and hibiscus green tea. You can also try the Cinnamon Plum Tea or explore more options with the Yinzer Tea Sample Box.

Hot Cocoa Bombs by Sinful Sweets, sinfulsweetspgh.com Get in on the latest viral food trend with Hot Cocoa Bombs by Sinful Sweets. Cocoa mix and marshmallows are surrounded by a hard chocolate shell designed to melt when it comes in contact with hot liquid. The end result is a sippable treat that will bring a bit of sweetness to any cold, miserable day.

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Una Biologicals Hand Cream, unabiologicals.com The cold, along with constant washing and sanitizing, can really take a toll on your hands. Save your skin with lemongrass lavender Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream from the Lawrenceville shop Una Biologicals. The moisturizer is formulated with shea butter, comfrey extract, and other natural ingredients meant to protect and heal dry, cracked hands.


Smoked Pine & Parchment from North Ave Candles

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Relax Spa Kit by PSquare Scents

At 837 North, candles come in a wide array of scents to fit any taste. Try Cinnamon + Violet — a blend of African violet, black cinnamon, sandalwood, eucalyptus, and vanilla — or Cardamom + Sandalwood, described on the shop website as smelling of “clove, sandalwood, cinnamon, and teakwood on a background of white cedar, patchouli, and amber.”

Chez Lapin, chezlapingoods.com Buy candles and help support rabbit rescue efforts with eco-friendly candles from Chez Lapin. The company specializes in fragrances inspired by the owner’s time living in France. I recommend the French Lavender & Lemon Creme or woodsy Cedar Embers. Chez Lapin also donates a portion of every purchase directly to rabbit rescues and animal charities as a way to support the “cruelty-free movement.” Follow senior writer Amanda Waltz on Twitter @AWaltzCP



North Ave Candles, northavecandles.com If you lack access to a working fireplace, Smoked Pine & Parchment from North Ave Candles can at least make your home smell like one. Explore this and other candles from the company’s thoughtfully designed Banned Books Collection, based on persecuted works of literature. Romantics should check out North Ave’s special Valentine’s Day releases, which include sweetly-scented candles inspired by Conversation Hearts candy and a citrus-y Love Potion candle.

PGH Candle, pghcandle.com Invest in some small batch, hand-poured, 100% soy wax candles from PGH Candle. Experience the “musky oakmoss and amber” of the company’s Pittsburgh-inspired Neighborhood Collection, or choose from the long list of OG Collection scents that come in 8- or 16-ounce sizes.



Huszar’s goulash (aka gulyás)




HERE IS NO BETTER winter food

than a good stew. Hearty, rich, thick, hot, and flavorful. No need to expose your frigid hands for too long cutting meat or holding a sandwich. Broth, meats, vegetables all combined in perfect harmony. That’s winter cuisine, and Pittsburgh has some great options thanks to the fare of Hungary, Mexico, Ireland, and the Carribean.

Huszar 627 E. North Ave., North Side. huszarpittsburgh.com Goulash is a beef stew that is hard to hate (if you eat meat, of course), and Huszar’s Hungarian version, aka gulyás, will cure any winter blues. Succulent meat, rich potatoes, and tomatoes, in a broth bursting with spices like paprika and other eastern European favorites. Huszar’s dishes are some of the most authentic in Pittsburgh, as the owners are second-generation Hungarian. In addition to goulash, try the creamed onion soup (Hagymakrémleves) or the stewed beef and gravy over dumplings.

Totopo 660 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. totopomex.com An unappreciated classic Mexican dish is a rich bowl of pozole. This traditional stew is typically made with hominy and meat, and is thick and powerful, but surprisingly balanced. Totopo makes a Pozole Verde with shredded chicken and tomatillos that is a bright

treat on a cold day. Or, if you’re looking for other authentic Mexican flavors, try their creamy poblano soup, which is a delicate combination of mushrooms, corn, bell peppers, and black beans in a creamy broth flavored with mild poblano peppers.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District. harpandfiddle.com If you are a beer drinker, you probably think a Guinness stout is a perfect winter beer. Heck, it’s great in a stew. The Irish — who endure cold, cloudy, balmy weather just about all year round — make killer stews. At Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, the Guinness lamb stew is just the ticket for a gloomy Ireland-like day. The bitterness of the beer helps to cut through the richness of the chunks of lamb, red potatoes, parsnips, turnips, and carrots. Slow cooked to perfection.

Leon’s Carribean Restaurant 823 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown. leonscaribbeanrestaurant.com The magical thing about stew is it usually takes ingredients seen as cast-offs and makes them shine. At Leon’s Carribean Restaurant, that ingredient is Oxtail (aka the meat from the tail of cattle). Oxtail needs to be slow-cooked or it is too tough and impossible to remove from the bone. Leon’s stews it to perfection with Jamaican spices in a dark broth. Served with steamed cabbage and rice and peas, or white rice.

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The Peoples ProgramFinder Helps Customers Learn about Their Energy Assistance Options any of our neighbors across the Pittsburgh region are in need of financial help due to COVID-19. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure utility customers know which resources are available to them. This heating season, Peoples customers can use an easy, convenient tool to see which energy assistance programs they may be eligible for and to get all of the information they need to apply. Instead of bouncing between multiple websites or calling different agencies, Peoples customers can use the ProgramFinder online tool to see which programs they may qualify for all in one place. By answering a few quick, confidential questions, customers can see if they may be eligible for programs like LIHEAP, Dollar Energy Fund, and the Customer Assistance Program. There are many programs available for customers on limited or fixed incomes, or who may have special needs. “The biggest benefit of the Peoples ProgramFinder is its availability 24/7,” explains Rita Black, Director of Customer Relations for Peoples. “Our programs serve customers that are in many seasons of life. We have adult children who are looking for help for their aging parents and often don’t have time to research these topics until after the work day is over and the children are off to bed. We have working parents who are struggling to make ends meet, many of whom work multiple jobs or shifts. Having the flexibility to self-screen in a private way to see if help is available fills such a critical need for them.” Beyond the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoples recognizes that there


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Firecracker Fabrics in Morningside




OT EVERY HOBBY that people

picked up in quarantine has stuck. I know several people who have given up on their sourdough starters, for one. But for some, months of staying at home led to the discovery of a new skill or craft. And it’s not too late; we’re still gonna be stuck at home for a while, in the dead of winter, so check out one of these local craft stores to fulfill all your creative needs, from sewing to knitting to sculpting.

McWalker Yarns 303 Grant Ave., Millvale. mcwalker.us Whether you’re new to knitting or crocheting, or an experienced crafter whipping up a dozen hats for your family, McWalker Yarns has everything to make your fiber dreams come true. The small Millvale shop has yarns in every weight, color, and material you could imagine, as well as a wide selection of needles, kits, and other accessories. If you’re a beginner like me, the staff is helpful in answering any questions you might have, and if you’re not quite ready to dump a bunch of money on

expensive yarn, there’s also a useful clearance bin in the back of the store. In non-pandemic times, McWalker also offers knitting classes and groups.

Firecracker Fabrics 1745 Chislett Ave., Morningside. firecrackerfabrics.com Knowing the basics of sewing is a useful life skill, which was made evident at the beginning of the pandemic when everyone was scrambling to get their hands on reusable masks. For all your mask and other sewing needs, Firecracker Fabrics in Morningside has it all, from patterns to cross-stitch kits to a wide array of fabrics. While the storefront is currently closed during the pandemic, they do offer online order pickup and delivery. Firecracker also shares a building with Cut & Sew, which offers virtual classes on sewing, quilting, embroidery, and more.

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze. pccr.org The best part about the Center for Creative Reuse is that you never know what kind of craft materials you’ll get because they have everything, and

their stock is different every time. The shop, which specializes in used and donated craft supplies, is not currently open for in-person browsing, but they do have a robust online shop with orders available for curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping. This shop truly has everything, including a grab-bag of stencils, wooden baskets, burlap, beads, Expo markers in bulk, and so much more. Aside from using what you have at home, it’s the most sustainable way to shop for craft supplies.

Stamp Fanci 460 Perry Highway, West View. stampfanci.com Not seeing friends or family for months on end might induce the sudden itch to start scrapbooking to memorialize all the times you were out laughing maskless at a restaurant. If scrapbooking, stamping, card-making, and other related crafts are up your alley, check out Stamp Fanci, a shop in West View dedicated to the medium. In addition to its namesake stamps, the shop also has ribbons, stencils, die cuts, and more. Check out their Facebook page video tutorials.

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Satchmo’s Sipper from Con Alma jazz club


OT DRINKS — like toddies, hot

buttered rum, or spiked warm apple cider — are usually what first comes to mind when people think of winter cocktails. But odds are, Pittsburghers are drinking inside the warmth of their homes anyway, so Pittsburgh City Paper found five great winter cocktails served on the rocks or chilled. Don’t let the cold outside stop you from enjoying some cold beverages.

Satchmo’s Sipper - Con Alma 5884 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. conalmapgh.com Smoky and spicy flavors are perfect for chilly nights. The Satchmo’s Sipper cocktail at jazz bar Con Alma covers these



flavors and then some. The cocktail was created by Nami York and has become a Con Alma classic. Locally-made Liberty Pole rye whiskey mixes with Chinese five spice, bitters, absinthe, and some smoked cinnamon. It conjures up feelings of a warm night by the fire.

green tea, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander seed, all in a milk wash. That means you get all those great, sweet, and homey spices, with just the faintest hint of dairy. Not to worry if you are lactose intolerant. Grab a bottled cocktail to go, and serve over ice.

El Millonario - La Palapa

Principe Dulce - Siempre Algo

2224 E. Carson St., South Side. lapalapapgh.com Margaritas dominate the Mexican cocktail scene, especially in Pittsburgh. CP would never besmirch margaritas, but their sourness and saltiness are better in the summer. Try the El Millonario for something richer, but still with that sour, acidic backbone. Don Amado Mezcal Reposado provides a smoky base, with Cointreau and peach, and grenadine adding sweetness. A fresh kick of lime juice balances it out.

414 E. Ohio St., North Side. siemprealgopgh.com Cold winter cocktails need bold flavors, and usually ones that avoid too much acid. The Principe Dulce has those flavors in spades. It combines Cimarron Reposado tequila with an unfiltered hard cider, and is balanced out with chai tea and chocolate bitters. It’s like a Latin American dessert in a glass.

Clarified Milk Rum Punch Allegheny Wine Mixer 5326 Butler St., Lawrenceville. alleghenywinemixer.com Allegheny Wine Mixer has a cocktail that includes all the classic flavors of milk punch, without the creamy richness of milk. The Clarified Milk Rum Punch combines brandy, rum, lemon, pineapple,

Chilling Me Softly with Some Coffee - Federal Galley 200 Children’s Way, North Side. federalgalley.org Stay caffeinated this winter with a coffee cocktail from Federal Galley. This long-named beverage is like a turbo-charged mudslide with Stateside Vodka, Maggie’s Farm coffee liqueur, Bailey’s creme de menthe, brown sugar, and anise. A good base to start any winter drinking session.





UMANS AREN’T THE only ones having a tough time this pandemic winter. Pets have their own qualms with this bitter time of year, particularly those who have to do their business outside. Pittsburgh City Paper reached out to three local pet suppliers for tips on how to keep your furry companion safe and healthy this season. PHOTO: PROTEX PAWZ

Pawz MaxWax

Lawrenceville Pet Supply


GroundWorks Natural Icemelter

Petagogy 5880 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside or 6150 Route 30, Suite 300, Greensburg. petagogy.com Heather Blum, owner of Petagogy, stresses the need to protect pets, specifically dogs, from coming in contact with road salt or conventional ice-melters, which can damage their foot pads while out on walks. Blum recommends using GroundWorks Natural Icemelter to de-ice your front steps, stoop, or sidewalk. The manufacturer website describes it as a “fertilizerbased product designed specifically to melt ice and snow effectively, while being completely eco-friendly and pet safe.” For those pets who will tolerate it, there’s also the very cute option of using booties as a protective shield. Blum likes disposable Pawz Rubber Dog Boots. “We get asked about other rubber-soled boots, but we like Pawz because they are the most natural-feeling boots your dog can wear, allowing your dog to feel the ground and providing a needed sense of security,” says Blum. Plus, the booties are made of a biodegradable rubber so that you won’t feel too bad about throwing them out. Making sure your pet is visible on especially snowy days or in low-light conditions is important. Blum says products like the Ruffwear Beacon safety light can ensure that drivers and bikers will see you coming no matter what. The safety light can be attached to a collar or harness, and is durable, waterproof, and rechargeable.

5152 Butler St., Lawrenceville. lawrencevillepetsupply.com Eric Kellar, owner of Lawrenceville Pet Supply, recommends Paw Safe Ice Melter, a popular salt-free, biodegradable option. For more adventurous pups, Kellar highlights the sneaker-like Kurgo Blaze Cross Dog Shoes, as well as the Kurgo North Country Waterproof Dog Coat. Pet parents can also use wax or balms to protect and soothe a companion’s paws. Kellar prefers Pawz MaxWax (or Musher’s Secret), a non-toxic wax made from beeswax, lanolin, and vitamin E.

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Hecate Paw Balm by Kraken Apothecary

Kraken Apothecary etsy.com/shop/KrakenApothecary Kraken Apothecary is based out of Clairton and makes and sells Hecate Paw Balm: a pet-safe, fragrance and essential oil-free balm formulated to help “prevent frostbite, ice burns, and salt burns in the winter.” And finally, if your cat is like mine, they are probably sick to death of you being home 24/7. Help your surly friend tolerate your constant presence with (what else?) loads of catnip. Usually, I take an old sock, fill it with nip, and tie off the elastic top. To prevent any spillage, double up by placing the makeshift toy in another old sock. You get to recycle some old clothes, and give your cat a new plaything that will get them zooted enough to forget you’re even there.

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as Carnegie Mellon University, Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh CLO and PPG Industries. We offer a free afterschool program that provides scholars with continued learning opportunities while offering parents peace of mind. Propel high school scholars can participate in the Career Pathways program in which they will graduate from high school with up to 31 college credits at no cost. Propel Schools strives to set a new standard for public education by: • Nurturing scholars’ social identities • Teaching technology as a core skill • Offering embedded emotional support The right school can be the difference between a life defined by limitations or by achievement. At Propel Schools, our educators redefine school and our scholars defy expectations.

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RENT A THEATER AND CHILL BY LISA CUNNINGHAM LCUNNING@PGHCITYPAPER.COM Movie theaters around the city have been opening back up with CDC social distancing guidelines in place, but if you’re hesitant to sit in an enclosed room with strangers, there are still options for film lovers to access the big screen. Five Pittsburgh-area theaters are now offering private movie screenings for small groups. So if you’re tired of Netflix and chillin’ your way through the pandemic, get off the couch, gather your inner circle, and check out one of these local rentals.

The Manor 1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. manorpgh.com Private screenings of featured films are available for up to 20 people. $150 for shows Sunday-Thursday, and Friday-Saturday before 6 p.m. $170 for all shows after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Oaks Theater


310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. theoakstheater.com

News editor Ryan Deto sledding down Flagstaff Hill


Private screenings are available with hundreds of classic films from which to choose. Email info@theoakstheater.com for details and availability.

Parkway Theater 644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks. parkwaytheater.org Rentals start at $250. Popcorn and a movie are included in the price. Call 412-766-1668 for more info.

Row House Cinema 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. rowhousecinema.com Private screenings for up to 10 people are available at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, or Saturday for $149. Films must be chosen from a catalogue of more than 400 movies, and concessions are available for preorder.

The Tull Family Theater 418 Walnut St., Sewickley. thetullfamilytheater.org Private screenings for up to 17 people are available for any day of the week, at any time for $250. Screenings include a mix of newly released eleased films and classic favorites, with titles hanging every few weeks. • changing




the region, that even the city of Pittsburgh has several places for some premium sledding. No need to leave the city to enjoy a snowy day sliding down the hill. For a lot of residents, there’s no need to even get in a car. Just grab your saucer, sled, or toboggan, and walk to the nearest slope. Here are seven great hills for all the urban sledding enthusiasts living in Pittsburgh.

Flagstaff Hill Across the street from Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park, Oakland On warmer nights, this popular hill is usually full of students hanging out, but in the winter, it’s wide open for some seriously epic sledding. Enter the hill from Schenley Drive or through Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. (Please be careful – if you pick up too much momentum, you might end up on the road.)

Observatory Hill Located in front of the Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park, North Side Another epic hill used in the summer for concerts and movie screenings. Hike



to the top, just in front of the Allegheny Observatory. On a clear day, you might be able to spot Pittsburgh’s three rivers through the barren trees, just before you sled down this large hill in the North Side.

The hill near Blue Slide Park Across from the Blue Slide Playground in Frick Park, Squirrel Hill This is one of the safest hills, as there is no chance of sliding into the street. Start up near the sidewalk entrance to Frick Park, near the Blue Slide Playground. (This one is easy to find and is tagged on Google Maps.) Slide to your heart’s content. Just make sure to stop before sledding into the woods.

Chapel Hill Intersection of Woodland Road and Chapel Hill Drive on Chatham University campus, Shadyside Located in the heart of Chatham’s campus, Chapel Hill is more difficult to find compared to other locations on this list but is worth the trip if you are looking for a more secluded hill. Start from the top of Chapel Hill Drive, and slide down on a gentle slope.

Cowboy Hill Near the end of S. Dunfermline Street in Frick Park, Point Breeze Another hill in the less-visited area of Frick Park, Cowboy Hill is accessible with a short hike on Hawthorne Trail (start at the end of S. Dunfermline Street). Sled in seclusion, surrounded by trees and woods from all sides.

Mellon Park Hill Near the Phipps Garden Center in the South section of Mellon Park, Squirrel Hill A small, but secluded hill located near the Squirrel Hill and Shadyside border in Mellon Park. If you are feeling adventurous, you can start your sled from the very top and dodge some trees along the way.

Hill near Gardens of King Estate Located on the other side of the street from 5591 Elgin St., Highland Park Highland Park is loaded with hills for sledding, and this is a good option near the edge of the neighborhood. Not too large, but far enough away from the busy thoroughfare of Negley Avenue.


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Whether you’re sticking to dry January, taking a break from spirits, or just looking for a non-alcoholic drink, these local spots have the zero-alcohol and low-proof mocktails for you.

Bridges & Bourbon 930 Penn Ave., Downtown. bridgesandbourbonpgh.com Three mocktails are featured on the menu at Bridges & Bourbon: a lemon basil sparkling water; a mocktail that mixes passion fruit tea syrup, lemon, and club soda; and The Cocoon, a play on their Butterfly Effect cocktail — vodka, grapefruit, ginger, rose water, and citrus — that’s “just not old enough yet.”


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Kaya 2000 Smallman St., Strip District. kaya.menu Kaya takes the rum out of their house mojito to make their “nojito,” available in four flavors: classic, pineapple, orange-mango, and guava.

Spork 5430 Penn Ave., Friendship. sporkpittsburgh.com Spork’s temperance menu is full of top-notch mocktails. There’s the housemade blueberry kombucha, something called “boom boom juice” made with bubblegum stock, a play on a mango lassi called Lassi Come Home, and chicha morada, a traditional Peruvian beverage.

The Open Road Bar openroadbarpgh.com Find everything from non-alcoholic beer (that’s actually good) and wine to buzz-less spirits and zero-proof cocktails in The Open Road Bar’s online shop. The store hosts a range of no-andlow canned cocktail options from Hella Cocktail Company, The Bitter Housewife, and For Bitter For Worse. If you’re feeling adventurous, experiment and make your own mocktail with the shop’s range of spirit-free spirits. Though The Open Road Bar doesn’t have a storefront, they do offer delivery for free in Pittsburgh and to a number of states.


NE OF THE BEST ways to cure

winter blues is with a huge, hearty breakfast. Lucky for Pittsburgh, the city has plenty of restaurants offering takeout breakfasts so big and delicious, they’ll make you forget about the gray skies.

Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe 822 Western Ave., North Side. alleghenysandwichshoppe.com A true no-frills diner. The Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe offers all the classics: eggs and toast combos, omelettes, scramblers, and pancakes. But, you have to get up early: breakfast ends at 11 a.m.

Just Good Donuts 1820 E. Carson St., South Side. justgooddonuts.com Grab a donut (or three) at Just Good Donuts, which operates inside The Pub Chip Shop during the day. These fresh, yeast-raised treats come in classic and wacky varieties, and there’s no telling what flavor they’ll dream up next.

Pusadee’s Garden 5319 Butler St., Lawrenceville. pusadeesgarden.com The beloved Lawrenceville Thai spot has a full list of cocktails and mocktails. Try the ginger chai — a mix of chai, ginger, lemon, matcha, almond milk, vanilla, and citrus called the Green Thumb. Or, the Strawberry Letter 23, a mix of Topo Chico, vanilla bean, and strawberry “cream” lemon. •

Kelly O’s 100 24th St., Strip District. kellyos.com You can’t go wrong at Kelly O’s (it’s even a favorite of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives star Guy Fieri), but the famous breakfast covers the basics: eggs, choice of protein,

home fries, and toast. Add a side of pancakes or their famous grilled cinnamon roll, and you’ll be happily stuffed for the rest of the day.

Lola’s Eatery 3337 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. lolaseatery.com Treat yourself to the Mexican and Filipinoinfluenced breakfast menu at Lola’s Eatery. Scrambled egg-stuffed egg rolls are a highlight, along with the aptly named “hangover cure” bagel breakfast sandwich.

Madeleine Bakery and Bistro 609 S. Trenton Ave., Wilkinsburg. madeleinepgh.com There’s no better way to start off a cozy winter morning than with a few pastries from this French-influenced bakery. Fill a pastry box with danishes, croissants, scones, and much more. Keep an eye out for their rotating seasonal flavors.

Speckled Egg Inside the Union Trust Building, 501 Grant St., Downtown. thespeckledeggpgh.com Eggs aren’t the only star at the Speckled Egg. The poppy seed pancakes take buttermilk to another level. Plus, you can pair your hotcakes with a spiked coffee, Bloody Mary, or other morning drink of choice.

Square Cafe 134 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. square-cafe.com Square Cafe has a little bit of everything on their breakfast menu. Satisfy your morning sweet tooth with pancakes and French toast, or opt for one of their egg-topped bowls. Whatever you order, make sure to wash it down with one of their signature lattes, served in a square mug.

Wise County Biscuits Pear & Pickle 1800 Rialto St., Troy Hill. pearandpickle.com Breakfast sandwiches from Pear & Pickle are well-worth the steep trip up Rialto Street. Start off with egg and cheese on a kaiser roll, and add toppings if you choose. For those who get a late start, don’t fret: breakfast is served all day.

wisecountybiscuits.com Snowed in? Not a problem if you order Wise County Biscuits’ weekly biscuit delivery. A pack of fluffy, baked-fromfrozen, Appalachian-style biscuits make the perfect base to a homemade breakfast sandwich. Or, order the market stand’s sausage gravy and smother them.

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T THIS POINT, jeans are starting to wonder if they will ever again leave the

confines of their drawer. Early on in the pandemic, those working from home learned the benefits of wearing sweatpants all day, everyday, and there is no sign of turning back. If you want to keep hanging out in the comfiest clothes you own, but want to expand your options, check out these local Pittsburgh-area designers offering pants, sweatshirts, socks, and whatever other kind of loungewear you need.


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Kiya Tomlin 388 Butler St., Etna. kiyatomlin.us

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Local designer Kiya Tomlin launched ed her line in 2014 as a “collection of at re-imagined sweatsuits.” Of course that g makes her pieces perfect for lounging e. around in for the rest of quarantine. But make no mistake, this isn’t yourr Average Joe loungewear. Tomlin’s tops, pants, jumpsuits, leggings, and other comfortable clothes are modern, fitted, and can easily be worn outside of the home when all of this is over. Tomlin’s clothes are available online and at the Kiya Tomlin store in Etna.

62 Smithfield St., Downtown. 625 shopsteelcity.com sh If there’s one thing Pittsburghers love, it it’s wearing clothing that advertises ttheir love of Pittsburgh, even if from the ccomfort of their home. Stock up on comfy Pittsburgh apparel from Steel City, including sweatpants, tees, socks, hats, and more. They have a little something for every Pittsburgher, from Steelers gear and Mr. Rogers T-shirts, to simple joggers. Check out their shop in Downtown or order online.


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Clothing and lifestyle brand Daily Bread takes inspiration from street art, hiphop, and skateboarding cultures for their sweatshirts, sweatpants (and shorts), beanies, and more. Daily Bread’s winter 2021 line features a matching sweatsuit that says “bread daily,” a fitting design as winter in quarantine means the level off bread consumption is higher than ever. Visit Daily Bread at their shop near the border of East Liberty and Friendship, or order online.

fluxbene.com Socks are an underrated part of putting together a comfortable outfit; they keep feet warm and clean, and are much more likely to come in fun colors and patterns than the rest of your clothing. Zero-waste clothing line Flux Bene offers knee and thigh-high socks for complete leg warmth, all dyed with natural ingredients like onion skins, marigolds, and annatto. Plus, they’re made of recycled cotton. The shop also has a rotating collection of jackets, smocks, frocks, and other loose-fitting garments good for more put-together lounging.


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THU., JAN. 28 MUSIC • VIRTUAL In recent months, Pittsburgh artists have joined musicians and venues across the country in support of Save our Stages to help with funds lost because of the pandemic. Now, a group of local musicians have unveiled SOS PGH Concert Series, four weeks of virtual concerts featuring 12 Pittsburgh artists and bands. The first week kicks off tonight with Pittsburgh rock ‘n’ roll bands Royal Honey, The Cheats, and Middle Finger. The shows are super cheap, and folks can save even more money by buying a $10 subscription for all four weeks. 6 p.m. $3. sos2020pgh.org

LIT • VIRTUAL Author Laurie Halse Anderson has been a staple of YA literature ever since her groundbreaking 1999 novel Speak, about a teenager ostracized after a sexual assault. Anderson’s latest book Shout is a



memoir drawing from her own experiences with sexual assault, as well as the #MeToo movement. Check out Rege Behe’s interview with Anderson at pghcitypaper.com ahead of her virtual reading with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Words and Pictures series. 7 p.m. Free. Virtual reading available for one week. pittsburghlectures.org

FRI., JAN. 29 COMEDY • VIRTUAL Experience summer camp in the middle of winter when Arcade Comedy Theater presents the latest edition of the long-form, episodic improv comedy series, Camp Loose Leaf. Join the cast of campers and counselors as they virtually act out another humor-filled day at the fictional camp. The performance will take place on Arcade’s YouTube Live channel. 9 p.m. Free. arcadecomedytheater.com/events

SAT., JAN. 30 DIY • VIRTUAL ‘Tis the season for drinking hot stuff out of mugs. But did you know that drinks like hot chocolate taste better out of a mug you made yourself? Join the Union Project for a virtual Mugs and Marshmallows class where participants can learn ceramic hand-building skills from the comfort of their own homes. Kits, including clay and tools, can be picked up before the class, and the mug can be returned for firing. 1 p.m. $35. unionproject.org

SUN., JAN. 31 THEATER • VIRTUAL Early in the 20th century, 196 men perished in a Southwestern Pennsylvania steel mill because of workplace accidents, according to the description of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s Grist from

the Mill. “This is the story of one that wasn’t.” The filmed production is the first in a trilogy of pieces inspired by “dark folklore” by playwright and director Lissa Brennan, who also stars in the one-woman show. A Facebook Live interview with Brennan, cinematographer/editor PJ Gaynard, and other guests kicks off opening night at 5 p.m at facebook. com/pghplaywrights. 6 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28. Free. pghplaywrights.org

LIT • VIRTUAL Get ready to present your own prose during a Zoom version of The Poetry Atelier. Presented by The Space Upstairs, an East End venue dedicated to encouraging artistic growth, the weekly event serves as an open, inclusive space where writers are invited to share and workshop submissions, and experiment with each other in group exercises.

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MON., FEB. 1 CATS • VIRTUAL Before the pandemic, cats at the Washington Area Humane Society were visited by guests who read to them in person as a way to help socialize them. Now, the shelter is offering volunteers the opportunity to do so over Zoom through Virtual Reading Tails, where folks can sign up to safely read to the cats from home. What could be more purrfect for story time? Once humans are registered, they’ll receive a link 15 minutes before their time slot to be taken to the cat room. 1-5 p.m. Free. tinyurl.com/virtualreadingtails

MAGIC • VIRTUAL The pandemic has shown we can transition just about any entertainment to a virtual setting, and live magic is no different. Catch some of the world’s best performing in New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway magic show from the comfort of your couch in Pittsburgh thanks to Monday Night Magic at Liberty Magic. Be ready to be amazed. 8 p.m. $20. trustarts.org

TUE., FEB. 2 ART • IRL Small and delicate plants are arguably the hardest to tend, but that also makes them some of the most beautiful and intricate. Gaze upon some of these beauties at the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: A Splash of Brilliance. Walk among the tiny trees at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and immerse yourself in a world of tropical orchids (a great way to escape the winter chill). Continues through Feb. 23. Timed tickets required. 1 Schenley Drive, Oakland. $19.95. phipps.conservatory.org

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IN The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: No. GD-20-12614. In re petition of Karen Elizabeth Collier for change of name to Karen Collier Easley. To all persons interested: Notice is hereby given that an order of said Court authorized the filing of said petition and fixed the 23rd day of February , 2021, at 9:30 a.m., as the time and the Motions Room, City-County Building, Pittsburgh, PA, as the place for a hearing, when and where all persons may show cause, if any they have, why said name should not be changed as prayed for.

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412-403-6069 Sealed proposals shall be deposited at the Administra-

ESTATE NOTICE GOLDSMITH, MARGARET DECEASED OF BEN AVON, PA GOLDSMITH, Margaret H. deceased of Ben Avon, PA. No. 022006014 of 2020. James R. Goldsmith Jr. 7715 Polo Square, Vero Beach, FL 32968 or to the Law Office Grant M. Yochim, Esq., 24 Main Street East, P. O. Box 87, Girard, PA 16417

2, 2021, until 2:00 P.M., local prevailing time for:


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Sealed proposals shall be deposited at the Administration Building, Bellefield Entrance Lobby, 341 South Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213, on February 2, 2021, until 2:00 P.M., local prevailing time for:



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