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Vision changes. Dizziness. Confusion. Tinnitus. Nausea. Headache. Symptoms of concussion are nothing to ignore. And nowhere can you find better care than here. We’re changing the way concussions are treated, with new technologies like C3 Logix, that takes patient care beyond the hospital and onto the playing field to start treatment sooner than ever before. Don’t ignore the signs. When in doubt, get checked out.



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FeatureS 52  Dynamic Duo For the first time ever, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are sharing a magazine cover! The Pittsburgh Penguins also share how they’ve united the team and strengthened its core this season.

Pulled from the Senator John Heinz History Center’s artifact collection, these helmets show how far helmet technology and safety considerations have come. The first, which dates back to the 1950s, features stitched leather, and nothing but a wool lining and nylon chin strap to protect the wearer.

58  Concussed As technology and treatments improve, concussions are impacting our society more than ever. Pittsburgh’s athletes and experts weigh in on the heavy hitting issue. This leather helmet was actually worn by Pittsburgh native Tom Politylo. He played football for the Shaler Athletic Club in the early 1950s and probably faced Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas when he played for the semi-pro Bloomfield Rams, says Heinz History Center Senior Communications Manager Brady Smith.

69  2015 WHIRL Health + Wellness Guide Does your New Year’s resolution include the words “work out” or “eat healthy”? Let us guide you toward accomplishing your wellness goals.

97  WHIRL@Home: Winter Edition Warm up your home this winter! This edition of WHIRL@Home has everything from remodeling kitchens and baths, to relishing the hottest hues for 2015.



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On the Cover Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby at CONSOL Energy Center. Photograph by Michael Fornataro. Art direction by Jason Solak. Special thanks to Jennifer Bullano.


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This game-used Pittsburgh Steelers helmet, worn by offensive lineman Mike Sandusky between 1959-61, features the familiar black and gold color pattern, but notice that today’s logo was not yet used. The players’ numbers appeared on both sides of the helmet until 1962, when equipment manager Jack Hart famously applied the “steel” logo to the helmet’s right side.

“It’s interesting to take a step back in time and look at this equipment to see how far helmet technology has advanced through the years,” Smith says. “These helmets not only showcase the evolution of football gear, but also uniquely tell their own individual stories.” — Ian Mikrut For more on the evolution of sports safety and the biggest topics of today, turn to page 58.

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81  Style News: Retail Therapy Refresh yourself for the New Year. Postholiday sales and inspiration for a bold, new hairdo will definitely do the trick.

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/ PAGE Prominent Pair For the first time ever, Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are on a magazine cover … and it is WHIRL! It is an honor to be featuring the two best players in hockey, and the fact that they play for our hometown team is the icing! The photo shoot with the two legends is one that we will remember, especially for the genuine camaraderie exhibited between Sid and Geno. The connection that makes for exhilarating feats in the rink is sincere. Read about it on page 52.

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In our quest to bring back the pride to Pittsburgh’s medical community, we focus on the topic of concussions in this issue. Once we started looking into the research and developments that are taking place right here, we felt we had to get the word out about the dangers and treatments, as well as diagnostic and preventative tools. Check it out, starting on page 58, and see how people in our community are keeping ahead of this problem and finding answers.

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Every faithful fan can recall with ease the details of his or her most memorable Pittsburgh Penguins experience. In honor of our favorite memory with the team — the very magazine you hold in your hands — we asked our social media followers to share their own recollections of Pens moments passed. The responses are certainly chill-inducing — even off the ice. 1.

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What is your favorite Pittsburgh Penguins moment of all time? “Do we have to choose just one?” — Pittsburgh Penguins, via Twitter “Game 7 in Detroit, 2009. The Joe Louis Arena was electric! To actually attend was unforgettable.” — Bunny C., via Facebook “2008 Stanley Cup Final. Game 5. Petr Sýkora’s 3OT game-winning goal.” — Jonathan K., via Twitter



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“Mario Lemieux goal against Chicago with 12.6 seconds left in Game 1 of the ‘92 Cup Finals. Civic Arena went crazy!” — Jason Z., via Twitter

“Watching Crosby return to the ice for the first time since his broken jaw.” — Sophia and Taylor R., ages 8 and 12, via Instagram “When Crosby won the shootout his rookie season vs. Montreal. Lemieux passed the torch that night.” — Eric P., via Twitter “Kaspar’s win against Buffalo with the ‘slip and slide’ celebration back in 2001.” — T.J. S., via Twitter

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Wayne Gretzky, photographed with Orr’s Jewelers owner David Gordon and Rick Lambert of Breitling, visited Pittsburgh for a special evening. Says Gretzky, “I’ve been a huge Breitling enthusiast for many years, so it was wonderful to see the new collection of watches and meet some of my fans at Orr’s Jewelers. Pittsburgh is a great hockey town.”

WTAE’s Sally Wiggin and Dr. Vonda Wright, MD, presented Laura Kronk with the Women’s Health Conversations (WHC) Honorary “Doctor” Award. Wright created the nonprofit organization, WHC, that hosted a dynamic day of 50 speakers and more than 700 attendees, to equip women to make the best health choices.

Heather Edmunds, Andrea Carelli, Todd Edmunds, and Variety the Children’s Charity Chief Executive Officer Charlie LaVallee at Variety’s 87th Annual Anniversary Gala, held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The evening raised $160,000!

2014 Go Red For Women Fashion Show co-chairs Christina Weir Ripley and Libby Mascaro helped raise $50,000 for awareness, research, and education for cardiovascular disease among women.

Global Links’ Angela Garcia and Stacy Bodow with Frank Spadafora and Deryn Sandusky at Global Links’ 25th Anniversary Dia de los Muertos Celebration.

Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert spoke to 600 student-athletes from WPIAL schools across the region at the 2014 WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship, hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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Joseph Breithart, Jim Mikrut, Rebecca Kroll, Shannon McGee, and Joe Brandt at Starboard Cruises’ “Meet the Tour Director,” held at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) celebrated its 10th Annual Awards Gala, recognizing successful minorityowned businesses and corporations committed to supplier development. Awardees pictured are Connie Portis, Faye Ritter, and BJ Thomas (first row), and Horace Britton, Cliff Baker, Lance Hyde, Steve Anthos, Suresh Ramanathan, and Audric Dodds (second row).

Sister Linda Yankoski, Maryana Stern, Sean Spence, Dekilia Williams​, ​and Greta Rooney at Holy Family Institute’s 22nd Annual Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon at Heinz Field. More than 400 guests helped to raise $130,000 for Holy Family Institute!


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Photographs from Jaime Mullen, EMSDC, Pittsburgh Steelers

Chef Shawn Culp (center) has been named the new Culinary Director of The International Culinary School at The Art institute of Pittsburgh. He recently traveled to Luxembourg to compete for the gold in the 2014 Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup.


Daily Incoming Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Board Chair Nancy L. Rackoff, JHF Board Chair Alan Guttman, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative Board Chair Patricia L. Siger, writer and guest speaker Seth Mnookin, JHF President and CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, Israel Bonds Regional Executive Director Harold Marcus, and Israel Bonds Campaign Chair Marian Ungar Davis at the 2014 Health Professions Tribute Reception held at The Studio on Fifth (WQED).

The Meadows Casino presented a check for $3,700 to City Mission as a result of the donations offered by guests over a three-month period. Pictured are The Meadows Casino General Manager and Vice President Sean Sullivan and City Mission President and CEO Dean Gartland.


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Verizon Wireless teamed up with Pittsburgh NFL cornerback William Gay to present a $60,000 grant to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WC&S) during a special presentation at The Mom Con. Pictured are Nicole Mildren, co-founder, The Mom Con; Gay, a national spokesperson for RUSafe; Barbara Nicholas, development director, Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh; Mark Frazier, president — Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Washington Campus Senior Director Greg Malisky, Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation Executive Director Jackie Flanagan, and signature sponsor Cura Hospitality Vice President of Operations Anita Dwyer embraced the success of a sell-out crowd at Your Holiday Home.

The 2014 Pittsburgh Kidney Walk was the most successful yet with more than 2,000 supporters in attendance, 137 Walk Teams, and a record-breaking $220,500-plus raised! Pictured is Alex’s A Team.

Pros in Motion, a University of Pittsburgh student-run marketing agency, kicked off its United Way campaign with a highly successful food truck mixer with LA Taco and Southside BBQ Co. Pictured here are group members Erin Bax, Sylvia Henien, Will Kottcamp, and Kelsey Blasko.


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Dr. Serif Ali Tekelan, rector of Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey, presented the Peace Island Institute’s award for academic excellence to Geraldine M. Jones, interim president of California University of Pennsylvania, at the 14th annual Friendship Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

Photographs from Stephanie Barnhart, Presbyterian SeniorCare, Patty Gallagher, ProsInMotion, California University of Pennsylvania

Make-A-Wish Foundation & Sheraton Management Group gathered at Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square’s “REVEAL and Grand Client Event,” where the hotel unveiled its $15 million transformation and its commitment to MakeA-Wish.


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The 4th Annual Family Life Fashionista! raised more than $30,000 to support Jeremiah’s Place and the Family Life Fund. Held at the LeMont, the committee celebrated and is prepping for A Sweet Gesture on February 14 at The Duquesne Club.

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Kristen Maser, Lefty Maser, Brenda Maser, Hessam Abrishami, and Katie Maser at Maser Galleries in Shadyside. World-famous artist Abrishami’s work is featured in its current exhibition.

Photographs from Brian Baur/EventuresLive, Kim Savage, Tori Mistick

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Knit the Bridge celebrated winning the Mayor’s Award for Public Art. Pictured are Mitch Swain, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO; Susan Swarthout, Fiber Arts Guild; Amanda Gross, lead artist for Knit the Bridge; Renee Piechocki, director of Office of Public Art; and Morton Brown, public art manager of City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.

DoubleTree by Hilton partnered with Pittsburgh Cares to coordinate its tree-planting project for the Hilton Global Week of Service. Pictured here are Hilton volunteers Lynn Reed and Stephanie Frank.

Style Week Pittsburgh and its “En Vogue” theme brought fashionistas from across the city, including the incredible group pictured here, together to celebrate all things fabulous.

Customer Nancy Comisak and designer Debbie Brooks mingled at Beeghly and Company Jewelers’ Holiday Premier Event.


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Sarah Huffman and Jeremy Zimmer, members of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Culinary Club and culinary management students, volunteered to cook a luncheon for families of veterans staying at the Pittsburgh Fisher House.

Photographs from Jennifer Saffron, Jayme Jennings, Anya Mlecko, Amy Beeghly, Janey Cink/The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Laura Maines of Every Child, Inc., Robin Rectenwald of Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Brandon Hudson of WPXI, Jesse McLean of Pressley Ridge, and Sean Callahan-Dinish of BNY Mellon enjoyed Every Child Inc.’s 4th annual Turkey Toast at BoxHeart Gallery.

Bernadette Santucci of Panera Bread, Major Joan Bode, and Mike Harvey of WTAE at The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division Allegheny County’s Doing The Most Good Annual Dinner. Panera Bread was awarded the Project Bundle-Up Award.

Bill Brock, Straub Brewery president and CEO; musician Paul Luc; Cathy Lenze, Straub Brewery director of marketing and sales; and author John Schlimm at The Straub Beer Lovers Happy Hour Tour. The pub crawl included Straub’s seasonal brews with dishes from Schlimm’s new cookbook, “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour.”

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KDKA-TV’s Bob Pompeani, Kennedy Township Treasurer Mel Weinstein, and Don’s Appliances Corporate Chef Anthony Marino tailgated for a cause at Don’s Appliances Ultimate Tailgate Challenge to benefit Animal Friends.

Presented by stylist Christina Stein, “Puttin’ on the Glitz” featured a high-energy fashion show at Diesel Club Lounge with designs from Larrimor’s, Lex & Lynne, Rosewood Boutique, Mackenzie Collection Boutique, Broke Little Rich Girl, and Tana’s Boutique.

Staff members from Milestone Centers offices in Wilkinsburg and Penn Hills dressed in blue to show support for Children’s Grief Awareness Day.

More than 200 supporters gathered at the Grand Hall at The Priory, including hotel owner John Graf, Helen Wylie, and Dave Montrenec, for the first annual Team Tassy Blackjack Spectacular.


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Afghanistan veteran Capt. Rick Siegel surprised his wife and daughter, a Pitt student, with his return to the U.S. at a University of Pittsburgh home game. Pictured are Jeannie Robert, University of Pittsburgh Band Director Dr. Brad Townsend, Cathy Siegel, Capt. Rick Siegel, Emily Siegel, and Beth Spahr.

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Nurse Ebony Hughes, escorted by Maribeth McLaughlin, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, was honored at the 16th Annual Cameos of Caring® Awards Gala.

Photographs from Regina Shuhart/Timeless Expressions, Meagan Macurdy, University of Pittsburgh

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Members of the UPMC Passavant Board of Trustees Dr. Dan Sullivan and La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso celebrated the hospital’s 50th anniversary.

American Psychological Association President Dr. Nadine Kaslow presented the Presidential Citation award to Dr. Tammy Hughes, chair of the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education at Duquesne University’s School of Education, at the APA Fall Consolidated Meetings in Washington, D.C.

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Donna Jacko, Sarah Tuthill, Splurge owner Kym Pelcher, Holly Root, and Kristen Dowd enjoyed good times and good deals at Splurge’s Sip & Shop event.

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Omni William Penn Hotel Director of Sales & Marketing Bob Page; Holiday Card Art Contest winner Abby Rannigan, representing Chartiers Intermediate School; and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu at the hotel’s annual Tree Lighting during Light Up Night. Polamalu and his family did the honors of lighting the tree!

Cpl. Kyle Casey, Randy Grossman, Barry Sheer, Bud Kahn, and LCpl. Dalton Koehler at the 2nd Annual Keystone Ramblers’ Fun Shoot, held at the Tarentum District Sportsmen’s Club, to benefit the Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300

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Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS

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Recent Works by Sheila CuellarShaffer, 709 Penn Gallery, TrustArts. org

Murder for Two, Cabaret at Theater Square, 412.325.6769

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Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS

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New Year’s Day Saturday Concert Series, Bocktown Beer and Grill, 724.728.7200

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Winter Movement Workshop in Physical Approaches to Performance, George Rowland White Dance Complex, pointpark.edu

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N’at’s All Folks!, O’Reilly Theater, 412.316.1600


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Fire, Spice, and Ice — A Culinary Getaway Weekend, Ramada Ligonier, 724.238.9545

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PIPPIN, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

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Art History Class: Decisive Moments in Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, 412.622.3131 Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS

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38th Anniversary Celebration, The SpringHouse, 724.228.3339, 412.237.8300

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Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh’s Sedona Sunshine Retreat: Experiencing Brilliance: Your True Nature, Angel Valley Retreat Center, Road Sedona, Ariz., 412.344.7434

Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS

“The Bridal Experience,” featuring Brides Against Breast Cancer, The Fez, 724.378.1810

So You Want to Be in Pictures…? PreParty, J. Verno Studios, pghfilm.org

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, TrustArts.org

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS


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Motown, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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5th Annual Pour For a Cure, U.S. Steel Tower Garage, lls.org

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, Byham Theater, 412.456.6666

Dancing with the Stars: Live!, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

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Comic-tanium: The Super Materials of the Superheroes, ToonSeum, 412.232.0199 Winter Flower Show & Winter Light Garden, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914


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Winnipeg Jets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 1.800.642.PENS

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Chatham Baroque’s Twelfth Night Gala, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center, 412.687.1788 Good Taste! Pittsburgh’s 2nd Annual “Brew ’N Chew,” Monroeville Convention Center, goodtastepittsburgh.com


Bitters Class, Wigle Whiskey, Strip District, 412.224.2827 Ani DeFranco, Rex Theater, 412.381.6811

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Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Young Adult Division’s Annual Campaign, Circuit Center & Ballroom, 412.992.5222

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/ PREVIEW Food for Thought WOMEN of Southwestern PA is bringing Symphony of Food back to Bella Sera on January 23! The edible extravaganza will feature signature courses from Giant Eagle Market District, Bartram House Bakery, Il Burloni, Angelo’s Restaurant, Jacksons Restaurant, Mitchell’s Fish Market, and Signature Desserts. Master of Ceremonies WTAE’s Sally Wiggin will host, and all funds raised will benefit the nonprofit, which supports less fortunate women and families in Allegheny, Washington, Greene, and Fayette Counties. Says Publicity Chair Cathy Shader, “This year’s event is on track to be a palate-pleasing, fun evening for all.” To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsoring, visit womenofswpa.org.


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GROWING GARDEN Escape the winter blues and replace them with a healthy dose of color, inspiration, and beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On January 17, the annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show opens, featuring elegant orchids, planted in garden beds and hanging baskets, and the public garden’s permanent collection of tropical bonsai. Stop and smell the beloved blooms, which include a selection of those from the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid collection, curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania. Admission for the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, which runs through March 1, is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children (ages 2-18). Members and kids under 2 receive free admission. For additional details, visit phipps.conservatory.org. 26

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Fit for a King Paying homage to one of the greatest patrons of the arts, Louis XIV, the 16th Annual Twelfth Night Gala will be held on the 300th anniversary of his death. On January 10, enjoy delicious cuisine by E2 and libations by Bar Marco, as well as a full French Baroque performance by Chatham Baroque. Master of Ceremonies WYEP’s Brian Siewiorek will be hosting the festivities, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Says Chatham Baroque Executive Director Marc Giosi, “Chatham Baroque’s Twelfth Night has a tradition of transporting its audiences through exceptional food and music. This year, we are excited to be bringing our celebration back to the Cultural District.” Hosted by WQED’s Anna Singer, Le Grand Festin, a VIP event, will be held in the Peirce Studio of the Arts Center from 6-8 p.m., and will feature a decadent meal prepared by The Capital Grille and the songs of Edith Piaf performed by Daphne Alderson. Guests can revel in a versatile silent art auction, curated by The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Regular tickets are $100, and premium tickets, which include Le Grand Festin, are $200. Tickets for season subscribers are available for $90. To purchase, call 412.687.1788 or visit chathambaroque.org.


Timothy McVay, and Betsy & Steve Magley at last year’s Twelfth Night Gala.


Something Old, Something New

Isabella Nemer Remor, Anne & Anuj Dhanda

Calling all brides-to-be! On January 4, “The Bridal Experience” is partnering with Brides Against Breast Cancer for its 14th annual bridal event at The Fez in Hopewell Township. Aside from hotels, caterers, cakes, photographers, and florists — among others — gowns galore will be available for trying and buying, and every bride’s business will directly support Brides Against Breast Cancer and the Center for Building Hope. Says The Fez Director of Catering Debby Skowvron, “Over 60 door prizes will be given away during the show, including a free limo for your wedding, provided by Broadway Limo in Moon Township.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bridalexp.com. Charity Sadowski, Breanne Minnock, Carolyn Hart, Jenni Simon

Belles of the Ball On January 24, 18 debutantes will be honored at the 89th Annual Cinderella Ball, held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The invitation-only soirée starts at 6 p.m., and the presentation of the debutantes begins at 7:30 p.m. As cochairs Betsy Teti and Nancy Schaffer welcome guests into dinner, The Rick Purcell Big Band will play. Dancing to the sounds of the John Parker Band will take place after dinner! This year’s beneficiary is Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Says Publicity Chair Heather Chronis, “We are just thrilled to have Phipps as our 2015 beneficiary. It is a wonderful institution with a long history in Pittsburgh, much like the Cinderella Ball. As the oldest fundraiser in Pittsburgh and the second longest running Debutante Ball in the United States, we have been blessed to work with many fantastic groups over the years.” Congratulations, ladies!

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Somewhere We Belong Linkin Park — and some very famous friends — will shake things up at CONSOL Energy Center on January 20. Only a band as monumental as Linkin Park could invite heavy-hitting headliners like Rise Against and Of Mice & Men to get the crowd pumped for a night of explosive energy and chart-topping hits. The Hunting Party tour, which shares its name with the band’s sixth album, only lasts one month, and we’re ecstatic to have the party rocking in Pittsburgh! CONSOL Energy Center, 412.642.1800. consolenergycenter.com. Linkin Park, linkinpark.com. 28

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The sequins, spray tans, and stunning dances moves from our Monday night addiction are making their way from our TVs to the Benedum Center. Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, Dancing With The Stars: LIVE! cha-chas into Pittsburgh on January 8. Pros from the show, including Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe, and Kym Johnson — who was Hines Ward’s winning partner from season 12! — will perform amazing dances that would surely receive all 10s from the audience. And, headlining it all is reigning Mirrorball Champion Alfonso Ribeiro. (No word yet on whether or not “The Carlton” will be worked into the choreography!) Benedum Center, 412.456.6666. trustarts.org. Dancing With The Stars: LIVE!, dwtstour.com. PhotographS from Brandon Cox, disney/abc television

On the Edge of Glory Music on the Edge (MOTE) constantly fills our calendars with concerts. Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum, the co-directors of MOTE, create beautiful presentations of contemporary music by professional musicians. This month, start with the Amernet String Quartet’s performance at The Andy Warhol Museum on January 17. Known throughout the world as one of today’s best string quartets, the group is comprised of violinist Misha Vitenson, violinist Marcia Littley, violist Michael Klotz, and cellist Jason Calloway. Come enjoy music from contemporary master Elliott Carter, as well as Pittsburgh composers Eric Moe and Amy Williams. Then, return to The Andy Warhol Museum on January 31 for violist Jessica Meyer and guitarist Seth Josel. Get swept away by Meyer’s own composition, “Sounds of Being,” and Josel’s presentation of music by composers Peter Ablinger, Elena Mendoza, Makiko Nishikaze, and Ming Tsaoin. Truly a treat for the ears, as well as the soul. Music on the Edge, music.pitt.edu/mote. The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300. warhol.org.


perfect poems Looking to expand your poetry collection? We recommend “Tired Scenes From A City Window,” written by Pittsburgh author Dave Rullo. Published through support from a Kickstarter fundraiser, the book compiles writings Rullo has penned since his college years. “You’ll find larger pieces where I try and work with the line; spontaneous pieces where the writing was more automatic and where I tried to let the piece work itself out without proper editing or shaping; and traditional free verse, shorter pieces where I try to push for a vision in just a few words or more,” Rullo says. To purchase “Tired Scenes From A City Window,” visit amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and outskirtspress.com.


Meet Dave Rullo and get a copy of “Tired Scenes From A City Window” at the East End Book Exchange, from 7-9 p.m. on January 24.

Photograph from Mait Jüriado, Kim Rullo, Traversari Productions

GOOD KNIGHT As one of the most successful artists across the board — and across multiple genres! — Gladys Knight knows how to put on a show. She’ll be doing just that on January 24 at Heinz Hall, belting out her pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary hits. The Spinners, who are known for their untouchable career in Motown music, will also perform that evening. With 13 Grammys between both acts, this show will likely be the best thing that ever happened to you! Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900. heinzhall.org. Gladys Knight, gladysknight.com. The Spinners, spinnersmusic.com. whi r lm ag a z in e . com / Wh irl



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Jumpstart your “new year, new you” plan with a crisp, hearty salad from one of these epicurean establishments

> On January 6, Girasole introduces its winter menu, which includes this salad appetizer, made with rapini, barley, pistachios, robiola cheese, crispy mortadella, currants, pears, shallots, hazelnut oil, and white balsamic vinegar. The fresh combination, created by Chef Jennifer Gerasole, is light, yet filling, and packs a punch of addictive flavor. Seconds, please! Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.2130. 733copeland.com. Chef’s Tip: “Change up the recipe by playing around with different grains.”


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> Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie Sous Chef Megan Banks whips up a wild arugula salad with warmed bacon lardons, ovenroasted pears, balsamic onions, and pepitas for an added crunch. The greens are dressed in a traditional mignonette. We suggest continuing the foodie festivities with the restaurant’s short rib goulash, new to the winter menu. Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, 107 6th St., Downtown. 412.992.2005. braddocksrestaurant.com.

< Common Plea Catering Executive Chef Tom Langan complements his selection of delicious ingredients with watermelon and purple radishes; petite Red Ribbon sorrel; and baby cucumber with bloom, dried currants, and Port wine vinaigrette. Additionally, he creates his pretty presentation with Ultra red romaine lettuce, toasted pepitas, dried cranberries, Maytag Bleu cheese, and sweet potato Caesar dressing; and Ultra lettuces, candied pecan-crusted goat cheese croutons, Golden and Candy Cane beets, and honey sage vinaigrette, respectively. Common Plea Catering, 2945 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.281.5140. commonplea-catering.com.


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< With the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square’s $15 million transformation comes its refreshed, coldweather menu. Executive Chef Michael Fischetti presents a tasty salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, pears, blue cheese, scallions, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and bacon. The medley is adorned with a vinaigrette of olive oil, Champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey. This dish is savory and sweet! Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. 412.261.2000. sheratonpittsburghstationsquare.com.

> Six Penn Kitchen Executive Chef Cory Hughes perfects his smoked goose and chestnut pâté en croute with radicchio, caramelized Belgian endive, housemade guanciale, and a shallot vinaigrette. Says Hughes, “We have been working on creating seasonal pâté en croutes for the restaurant. It’s an old style of cuisine, a lost art to most chefs these days. Not only does it have a beautiful presentation, but the flavors are also delectable. Nothing makes me think of winter more than a fat, local goose.” Six Penn Kitchen, 146 6th St., Downtown. 412.566.7366. sixpennkitchen.com.

< Terrace Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel Sous Chef Mike Zawojski artfully plates his frisée and beet salad with toasted pepitas for an earthy combination. He tosses the pepitas in Moroccan spices for an extra kick! The beet strings are such a cool preparation — we can’t get enough. Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100. omnihotels.com/pittsburgh. whi r lm ag a z in e . com / Wh irl



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Update your smart phone with a fun, new app! UPMC Health Plan and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank have teamed up to develop Recipe Rainbow, a healthy resource that offers a broad array of simple and nutritious recipes. “The recipes on Recipe Rainbow are designed to help make healthy cooking easy for today’s busy family,” says Jesse Sharrard, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Food safety and nutrition manager. “Our goal is to provide easy-to-prepare recipes that taste good and are good for you.” All 300 recipes — including Chicken Peanut Stir Fry and Peach Cinnamon Crisp — were developed by the Food Bank. “By providing recipes that are practical, affordable, good-tasting, and healthy, we are building on our commitment to improve the wellbeing of our community,” adds Michael Parkinson, MD, UPMC senior medical director and past president, American College of Preventive Medicine. Sounds like a recipe for success! The app is available for download on Android, iPhone, and via Google Play. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, 1 N. Linden St., Duquesne. 412.460.3663. pittsburghfoodbank.org. UPMC Health Plan, upmchealthplan.com.

best in show Break from shopping to feast your eyes and learn something new. Through January 30, catch an in-depth look at the planning and preparation of dishes studied in the American Academy of Culinary Arts (AACA) at Pittsburgh Technical Institute’s intercontinental cuisine course. Showcased at The Mall at Robinson, the festive Culinary Traditions exhibition features international recipes and gourmet styling of classical European and global dishes. The exhibit displays a concept-to-finish approach with student sketches involved in the creative process, and plating and finishing techniques. Says AACA Chef Director Norman P. Hart, “The global influence of classic cuisines from the bistros of France, the tapas bars of Spain, and the festivals of Mexico is a fundamental concept of the training necessary for every professional chef. This exhibit provides a look inside career preparation at AACA by spotlighting our students as they learn keftedes, curry sauce, gnocchi, sake no misozuke, and more. We hope this provides inspiration to visitors and stirs creativity in kitchens.” And, complimentary recipe cards are available for viewers! American Academy of Culinary Arts at Pittsburgh Technical Institute, 1111 McKee Road, Oakdale. 412.809.5100. aaca.pti.edu. 34

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Richie Cole, Vince Taglieri, Mark Perna, Ron Wilson

jazz hands Pop into San Lorenzo Ristorante for its newest feature: jazz night! Every other Tuesday, a jazz series complements the restaurant’s Italian fare. “Pittsburgh is a jazz city, and we wanted to emphasize that,” says co-owner Vince Taglieri. “I noticed that we had an opportunity to create another performing space for jazz musicians, and Lawrenceville is the perfect place for that.” Reservations are required, and the typical corkage fee is waived on jazz nights. Says chef and co-owner David Ariondo, “Traditionally, in Italy, food is best enjoyed with great entertainment, and we hope to continue that tradition with this jazz series.” Sounds delicious! San Lorenzo Ristorante, 4407 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.235.7696. sanlorenzopgh.com.

PhotographS from Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Sara Yoest/PTI, Karen Kalliojarvi

beer HERE! Author and artist John Schlimm, a fifth-generation member of the region’s Straub Brewery family, has published a new cookbook, “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour.” Start dreaming of warmer weather and grilling season with his new pages — he created recipes based on the best bar snacks and beer cocktails from pubs, lounges, and microbreweries across the country, to the kitchens of beer enthusiasts and foodies all over! Peruse 325 recipes for bar bites — from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Cheesy Black Bean Dip — and beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, and more. Schlimm suggests nearly 1,000 related pairings using today’s most popular craft and seasonal beer styles. “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour” is available at Barnes & Noble, and online at amazon.com, booksamillion.com, indiebound.org, and chapters.indigo.ca. For more on Schlimm, visit johnschlimm.com.


great eats Things are heating up at CONSOL Energy Center! This month, you can experience seven Pittsburgh Penguins home games and 25 new menu items. How does the Ole 29er sound? It’s made with smoked BBQ, and served with mac ‘n cheese and baked beans. Or, how about the Polish Hill Pretzel (shaved kielbasa sandwich)? If you’re looking for something lighter on game day, grab the Grilled Vegetable Tacos. Then, treat yourself to Burgatory’s strawberry milkshake. The only thing that could make this menu even sweeter is a Pens win! Pittsburgh Penguins, penguins.nhl.com. CONSOL Energy Center, consolenergycenter.com.



Eddie Merlot’s has been serving up fresh choices that are “Distinctly Different” this winter. We’re featuring items from Greg Norman Signature Wagyu. A 20-oz. Australian bone-in New York Strip that has a marble score of six! The Greg Norman Wagyu is also offered on the new Lounge Menu in a variety of ways — a half-pound Wagyu Hot Dog served three ways; Wagyu Sliders; or the “Bacon and Egg” Burger, comprised of ground Wagyu beef, braised pork belly, Taleggio cheese, a fried egg, and “Bloody Mary” sauce. Commence your dinner date with the Tomato and Burrata Salad, and enhance your exquisite cut of Prime Reserve steak with lobster meat and Béarnaise sauce. Order a side of Cauliflower Gratin, made with a luscious blend of cauliflower, Gruyère cheese, and an gratinée crumb topping. Then, finish your meal with a Chocolate Chunk Sea Salt Cookie, served with a shot of cold milk. Or, pair it with a Café Merlot! Eddie Merlot’s, 444 Liberty Ave., Suite 100, Downtown. 412.235.7676. eddiemerlots.com.

Mark your calendars for these classes and food-central happenings! every friday

January 14

Free GOOD FRIDAYS presented by UPMC Health Plan, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300, warhol.org

Restoring Balance, East End Food Co-op, 412.242.3598

January 8

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party, Pittsburgh Opera, pittsburghrestaurantweek.com

January 12-18 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week, pittsburghrestaurantweek.com

PhotographS from Pittsburgh Penguins, Tim Tribbett

• Learn how your diet affects your body and your brain’s ability to function properly

January 17 Fed Up, East End Food Co-op, 412.242.3598 • A panel discussion, partnered with Women for a Healthy Environment, featuring members of our community who are working to foster a healthier food system

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how did you enter the health care field?

Highmark’s top legal counsel,Tom VanKirk, weighs in on his career and the future

Tom VanKirk: I was born in Sunbury, Pa., and, being the son of a DuPont executive, moved around the country attending school in various locations, principally Wilmington, Del., until finally graduating from high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Bucknell University, graduated in 1967, and then graduated from Dickinson School of Law in 1970. I clerked for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from 197071, then joined the Buchanan Ingersoll law firm, now Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where I stayed for 41 years until March 2012, when I was asked to join Highmark as executive vice president and chief legal officer. During the time I was with Buchanan, I was a practicing litigator doing corporate takeover and antitrust work, and also was chief operating officer from 1985-2003, managing partner/CEO from 2003-2009, and chairman of the firm until joining Highmark.

What is it like to be a leader in the industry?

TV: Highmark (and its 37,000 employees) is committed to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions for its customers. I, along with the other Highmark leaders, work towards improving the total health care experience of our customers.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

TV: Being involved in the executive team’s decision-making, having the ability to affect the direction of the company, and being able to make a difference in a very important segment of the economy — being the health care industry. I am particularly proud of Highmark’s role in rescuing the West Penn Allegheny Health System and protecting 11,000 jobs, and providing additional competition in the Western Pennsylvania health care provider marketplace.

Can you explain your dayto-day duties as Highmark chief legal officer and executive vice president?

TV: I supervise Highmark’s 70-person, four-location law department, which includes our privacy group. I’m very fortunate to have a great number of outstanding lawyers who are easy to direct.


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I also direct the outside legal activities of Highmark and actively participate in executive management meetings, which direct the strategy and day-to-day operations of the organization.

Recently the subject of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Roast, what does supporting nonprofits mean to you? What charities do you support?

TV: I think it’s very important as part of the corporate community to support not-for-profits. It’s part of giving back to the community. Charities I support include United Way, YMCA, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, A+ Schools, and the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center. In addition, I enjoy supporting organizations that are not purely charitable but are important not-for-profit organizations, such as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the University of Pittsburgh, both of which I support and sit on the Board of Trustees. I also, together with my wife, support Chatham University and the Carnegie Science Center.

Do you live by a certain philosophy?

TV: Treat people fairly, lead by example, and uphold the values of whatever organization you belong to. I also believe that it is very important to give back to the community.

Are there any Highmark events you’re involved in January? What will you be attending?

TV: January is a busy month for internal meetings, but I do plan to attend Highmark First Night, the Gubernatorial Inauguration, and the Bob Seger concert!

How do you picture Highmark’s influence on Pittsburgh over the next 10 years?

TV: Highmark will continue to be an important player in Pittsburgh and nationally, by providing provider services and by being a leading health insurance organization. It will also continue to play an important role in the community, supporting many organizations including Point Park University, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the United Way.

Going forward, what are your current and future goals?

TV: To continue to do the best possible job for Highmark and help to provide direction to the company, and to continue to be a major force in the health care industry.

What do you do outside of work?

TV: I am a resident of Mt. Lebanon. My wife, Bonnie, is also very active in the community, serving on many boards, including Chatham University, YMCA, Child Guidance Foundation, and the Carnegie Science Center. We have four children and six grandchildren. We enjoy golfing, ski vacations, and vacationing in Outer Banks, N.C.

Highmark, highmark.com.

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Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds.

Art Works It takes a certain type of brilliance to revolutionize art, pop culture, and celebrity style simultaneously, and this year, the stunning works of Andy Warhol can be experienced by all of Pittsburgh’s culture seekers. The Andy Warhol Museum is celebrating 2015 as the year of the family, and will be opening its doors, exhibits, and studio to visitors from tots to seniors. “In every generation, a master artisan is born with the destiny to both challenge norms and redefine art at its core,” says The Andy Warhol Museum Deputy Director Patrick Moore. “From the heart of Pittsburgh emerged the spectacular mind of Andy Warhol, whose works are now recognized for their iconic voice and impact. By having every Warhol exhibit in 2015 include family friendly content, the museum will be able to showcase Andy Warhol’s other and rarely seen works, including his historical and religious pieces. Each exhibit will likewise have a children’s component, ensuring entire families can enjoy their visit.” “The Warhol just celebrated its 20th anniversary in Pittsburgh,” adds Susie Shipley, president, Huntington Bank, Pittsburgh & 38

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Ohio Valley Region, and Warhol Museum board member. “What better way to continue Andy’s legacy than to place a focus on what matters most: family. Events at the Warhol this year include newly curated exhibits, guided family tours, and free educational silk screening workshops.” Kicking off the year of the family at the Warhol will be a special exhibit, Someday Is Now, featuring the works of Corita Kent, known for her passions for faith and politics in the 1960s and 1970s. The Warhol will additionally be collaborating with the Jack Buncher Foundation to open up its doors to the public for free during the Pittsburgh Public School’s scheduled spring break. Weekly events will include Tuesday tours focused on seniors and their relationship with their grandchildren; guided tours held every Wednesday by Andy Warhol’s nephew, Donald Warhola; and kids’ dance parties to be held this summer. The Warhol also offers membership benefits, including unlimited general admission and free admission privileges. For more information on The Andy Warhol Museum, the education studio, and upcoming events, visit warhol.org. — Kim Ravenda Huntington Bank, huntington.com. Edited by Andrea Bosco •

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Howard Hanna Jr. and University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Dean John T. Delaney

GIVE BACK The Howard Hanna Family has provided a gift of $1 million to the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration to provide need-based financial support for graduate and undergraduate business students. Two endowed scholarship funds are being established with the gift, which will honor the achievements and contributions of Pitt alumnus Howard Hanna Jr., founder of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and the Howard Hanna Foundation. “For years, Howard and the Hanna family have demonstrated the highest caliber of professional leadership, and, in doing so, have grown the business exponentially, while improving the lives of many in Western Pennsylvania and beyond,” says John T. Delaney, dean of Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. “It has long been my honor to count them as friends of the business school, and, today, I am deeply grateful for their generous gift.” University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, business.pitt.edu. Howard Hanna Real Estate, howardhanna.com.

WHEN YOU INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY, THE RETURNS ARE GUARANTEED. At Huntington, we know how important it is to give back to the community. After all, we do more than just work here – we live and raise our families here too. And after everything this community has done for us, we’re just happy to be able to return the favor.

WISH GRANTED Recently, Fairmont Pittsburgh presented a check for $10,000 to Grow Pittsburgh’s Braddock Farms site! Secured via the Community Assistance and Responsibility to the Environment (CAREs) program, a charitable initiative of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, the grant will be used toward improvements, which include a custom-built shipping container to be used as a produce preparation and storage facility, and office space at the urban farm. “We are thrilled to count Fairmont Pittsburgh as a key partner as we make much-needed improvements to Braddock Farms,” says Julie Butcher Pezzino, executive director of Grow Pittsburgh. At Braddock Farms, Grow Pittsburgh operates an apprentice program for aspiring farmers, grows vegetables and herbs for Braddock residents, and offers a summer youth intern program, which provides hands-on training to local high school students in sustainable agricultural production. Come summer, we’re excited to witness the growth ourselves! Grow Pittsburgh, growpittsburgh.org. Fairmont Pittsburgh, fairmont.com/pittsburgh.

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John Leech, Dino Deflavio II, Rena Agostinone, Executive Chef Corey Flesse, Dino Deflavio, Joel West, D’s Six Pax & Dogz

Executive Chef Jennifer Gerasole, Debby DeMarco, owner Patti Gerasole, Girasole

John Hill, owner and Executive Chef Donato Coluccio, Mike Dudek, Jessica Shoemaker, Rege McGill, Donato’s Restaurant

WHIRL Magazine Presents Chef’s Best Dish More than 650 foodies flocked to the Circuit Center & Ballroom in South Side for the second annual Chef’s Best Dish event! Executive chefs and culinary teams from nearly 30 restaurants participated, whipping up delicious creations with local, seasonal, and exquisite ingredients — and generous portions, too! Blue Diamond Vodka, Beam Suntory (Pinnacle and Skinnygirl Wine), and Red Ribbon Soda Works of Natrona Bottling Company were also on hand to serve refreshing libations. And, a portion of the profits benefited the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank! This year’s lineup of winners included Girasole’s lemon cake for Best Dessert; The Burgh Bites Truck’s braised pork and pickle on a sweet potato chip and a spinach tortilla chip with jerked turkey and corn mango salsa for Best “Pittsburgh;” D’s Six Pax & Dogz’ Franksgiving Dog for Best Seasonal; Monterey Bay Fish Grotto’s spice-rubbed Faroe Island salmon with pancetta-green onion risotto for Best Presentation; and Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie’s bourbon candied pork chop over Delta Grind cheddar grits for Best Overall. Says Patti Gerasole, “We are very thrilled that everyone loved our luscious lemon cake. It is the No. 1 requested dessert on the menu. Thank you so much!” We’re already craving next year’s festivities! — A.B.

Nathan Gunther, Executive Chef Jason Shaffer, Josh Williams, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

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Jack Howell, Aja Jones

Sous Chef Joe Shandor, General Manager Jennifer Marshall, Special Events Coordinator Kelly Kasznel, Chef Dan Enedy, John Belan, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto


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Linda & Darrell Nath

Executive Chef Cory Hughes, Martin Hamilton, Six Penn Kitchen

Carmelita Minella, owner Ricci Minella, Jessica Weber, Teddy Bocher, The Burgh Bites Truck

Kristen Reid, Brett Wilps



TO OUR WINNERS! Rasheed Marshall, Wes Lyons


Annmarie Barone, Gene Maylock, Mary Minnock


Sous Chef Mike Zawojski, Director of Outlets Max Scherff, Omni William Penn Hotel

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Herendeen, Karla Boos 51st Annual Medallion Ball

Ted & Rhodora Noethling, Jared & Erin Leland, Bill & Natalie Freyvogel

Roseanne Wholey, Julie Giba

The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel ballroom glistened in white hues for the 51st Annual Medallion Ball, themed “Winter Wonderland.” This year, 122 candidates were presented — all of whom have dedicated a total of 23,000 hours of volunteer service! The ball raised funds for St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind and the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. “The purpose of the Medallion Ball is to honor the selfless efforts of the young candidates who have made the commitment to volunteer 150 hours or more to help the disadvantaged in our region,” says Publicity Chair Roseanne Wholey. “They could have spent their time sleeping in during the summer and on the weekends, but they chose to put others before themselves. It is our privilege to recognize these young ladies with a magical evening at the magnificent Medallion Ball.” Co-chairs Rebecca Freyvogel Mousseau and Sarah Hanna White welcomed guests to a fantastic dinner, which included a duo of crusted petit filet and saffron-Parmesan risotto. A white chocolate tulip cup with berries, milk chocolate mousse, sabayon sauce, and vanilla whipped cream served as a sweet finish! Beautiful blooms by Allison McGeary Florist decked the ballroom, as the candidates and their escorts took to the dance floor for the waltz. In just two practices, the honorees learned waltzes to “Edelweiss” and “Somewhere My Love,” choreographed by CeCe Kapron. What a magical moment in an already amazing evening! — A.B.

Hoddy Hanna, Mary Anne Hanna, Bishop David A. Zubik, Sarah Hanna White, Andrew White

Lisa Sylvester, T.J. Tedesco

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Alison Arnone, Olivia Brendel

Katherine Kush, Stephanie Vigliotti, Lucy Alexander, Francesca Iurlano, Stephanie Meder

Jacob Jeanson, Abigail Bissell, Clare Mortenson, Jack Troutman


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Karen Boston, Terry Jancisin

Mario Lemieux, Alexa Lemieux, Nathalie Lemieux

Bob & Chris Pietrandrea

An Evening of Gratitude Sheila Scanlon, Pat & Dave Thompson

Marilynn & Rich Howard

Presented by McGuire Memorial Foundation, An Evening of Gratitude proved to be a beautiful and benevolent affair. Held at LeMont Restaurant in Mt. Washington, more than 175 guests enjoyed a delicious spread of Pumpkin Bisque, LeMont Salad, Beef Wellington, and a Fudge-draped Pecan Ball. The charitable spirit of the evening raised more than $32,000 in cash and in kind donations that will support the 2015 “Special Auction for Special People.” The annual auction — ready to celebrate year No. 23! — benefits the McGuire Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit committed to providing comprehensive funding to people with intellectual and physical disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum that may also include complex medical conditions. The highlight of An Evening of Gratitude was Hermie and David Granati making a special donation of a private home performance by the Granati Brothers to be bid on at the upcoming auction. “It is so gratifying to have friends like the Granati Brothers who always give their time so tirelessly to help the ‘Entrusted Treasures’ of McGuire Memorial Foundation,” says Dennis Sabatini, executive director of McGuire Memorial Foundation. This year’s “Special Auction for Special People” takes place at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on February 28. — R.J.

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Beverly Beisgen, Henry Kacprzyk

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Marcia Butler, Mary Wood

Anthony Michelucci, Joe Michelucci, Jennie & Jim Boots

Dennis Sabatini, Sister Mary Thaddeus Markelewicz

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Four Winds Gallery 40th Anniversary

Al Powers, Michael & Jane Kline, Kelly Vignale

Felicia Lane Savage, Mia Boccella Hartle

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Four Winds Gallery presented the beautiful Exhibition of Masterpieces. Held at the Native American art gallery, the event featured artworks of unparalleled range and quality, from rare historic material to innovative art from contemporary makers. “For this once-in-a-lifetime 40th anniversary event, guests saw rare and wonderful treasures from Four Winds Gallery’s private collection, many on display to the public for the first time,” says Keith Kappmeyer, a longtime collector and friend of the gallery who traveled from San Francisco for the celebration. More than 300 guests from throughout the U.S. enjoyed the weekend of festivities, perusing artworks from Gene and Mike Waddell of Waddell Trading Co. in Arizona, Jed Foutz of Shiprock in Santa Fe, N.M., and award-winning Taos Pueblo jeweler Maria Samora. Founders John and Carol Krena still own and operate Four Winds Gallery, along with their partner Joseph Vignale, keeping it Pittsburgh’s finest and only Native American art gallery since 1974. As one of the oldest successful, independent businesses on Walnut Street in Shadyside, the gallery received a City Council proclamation. Here’s to 40 more years! — I.M.

Charles King, John Krena, Gene Waddell, Mike Waddell

Kevin Samora

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Farm to Table Pittsburgh Harvest Tasting

Liz Kanche, Erin Hart

Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Jacob Bononcini

Our region’s farmers, foodies, and chefs joined forces at Farm to Table Pittsburgh’s 3rd Annual Harvest Tasting, hosted by American HealthCare Group. In celebration of the season’s flavors, approximately 60 vendors gathered at two Strip District venues — the Pittsburgh Public Market and Wigle Whiskey — to showcase locally grown and produced cheeses, breads, meats, craft beers, wines, baked goods, and beyond. A much anticipated event for Pittsburgh’s food community, this year’s Harvest Tasting attracted more than 900 like-minded locavores who strolled, sipped, and sampled the best of autumn’s bounty. Weekly Public Market staples, such as East End Brewing Company, Wheel & Wedge Cheese Shop, and Eliza’s Oven, wowed patrons and newcomers alike; meanwhile, the event’s guest vendors, including Carbonara Ristorante, Quiet Creek Herb Farm, and The Greek Gourmet Marketplace, gave consumers a hearty taste of their prized products. American HealthCare Group Benefit Services Director Erin Hart, the Harvest Tasting’s key organizer, says she’s thrilled with the farm-toconsumer connections that are continually made possible through this annual affair. “We’ve heard about so many business relationships that were developed at [this year’s] event, and we expect several of those vendors to try their hand at becoming regular Pittsburgh Public Market merchants. The key to our success is introducing consumers to these businesses and encouraging ongoing patronage.” — L.W.

Trenton Oczypok, Amy Soergel

Linzee Mihalcin, Adrienne Nejak

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Abby Long, Sophia Holmes

Maureen Gullen, Lia Vaccaro, Rachael Bane

Stephen Conover, Jeff & Diana Conover, Tess Conover

Alyssa Lagnese, David Lagnese

Tristan Sopp, Ben Taylor, Monica Hershberger

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Troops First Foundation Benefit Dinner

Jim Smail, Rick Kell, David Feherty, Jim Roddey

The Troops First Foundation (TFF) celebrated its 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner at LeMont Restaurant. Emceed by Jim Roddey, the event featured CBS Sports and Golf Channel personality David Feherty, and honored Lt. General (Ret) William “Gus” Pagonis. More than 200 guests, including Richard and Nancy Kacin, Kacin Companies; Cliff and Tracey Forrest, Rosebud Mining; and Herb and Barb Shear, GENCO, attended the benefit, which also featured silent and live auctions. TFF Executive Director Rick Kell was on hand, along with TFF Warriors. Says Smail Auto Group’s Jim Smail, “Gus spoke about his military logistic experiences during Desert Storm and shared some of his insights into what’s currently going on in the Middle East.” Roddey welcomed the crowd with some of his favorite anecdotes. “At one point, right after Feherty told a funny story and all laughed, Roddey announced, ‘When we’re in Pittsburgh, I do the comedy.’ This made the audience laugh even louder.” In total, $300,000 was raised to benefit TFF and its efforts to improve the quality of life for injured warriors and their families. — I.M.

Rebecca Septak, Clint Robbins


Bill Smail, Ellen & Bud Smail

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SalúD Juicery Grand Opening

Ginny Corbett, Sarah Bary

Salúd Juicery’s newest location is open just in time for that post-holiday detox! The juice company unveiled its Shadyside spot with a special VIP grand opening event. More than 70 guests came out to support the business, toasting with fresh and healing juices, like the Gingerosa, wheatgrass, and handcrafted kombucha. On hand were the Vennare brothers of Fittsburgh and hors d’oeuvres from the neighboring restaurant, Girasole. A Prantl’s Bakery cake was lit for the celebration of the one-year anniversary of Salúd’s Sewickley location, and John Warner provided music to keep the party drumming. ChattyLime organized the event, which was heavily focused on wellness and connection, incorporating the business’s new friends on Copeland Street. Says Salúd Juicery owner Ginny Corbett, “We could think of no better way to thank the growing family of supporters than to juice-up a VIP party. Lots of laughter could be heard as many from the wellness community of Pittsburgh connected and inspired!” — I.M.

Anthony Vennare, Brianna Albert


Andy Pittman, Will McGilvray

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Chelsie Corbett, John Corbett, John Corbett

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2014 Duquesne Light Santa Spectacular A family tradition since 1998, the Duquesne Light Santa Spectacular serves as a bright start to the holiday season. Thanks to Duquesne Light and CBS Radio Pittsburgh, the Point State Park event was as entertaining as it was illuminating. More than 20,000 people filled the park to see the show and explore the Wyndham Grand Winter Wonderland, which included the hot chocolate- and cookie-stocked Sheetz Warm Up Tent. Rohrich Automotive Group stunned with interactive ice carvings, and guests commemorated the evening in the 84 Lumber Holiday photo Shutterbooth. North Star Kids, East End Kids, Jeter Backyard Theater, Nick Marzock, and Mark Milovats took over the Santa Stage Show. Michele’s Dance Center eventually brought Santa to the stage for a performance before the lighting of the 80-foot Duquesne Light Tree on the river side of the point! Tudi Mechanical Systems’ musical fireworks finale capped off the spectacular show. “The Duquesne Light Santa Spectacular is a seasonal family tradition and a memorable kick-off to the holiday season,” says Michael Spacciapolli, vice president and director of sales for CBS Radio Pittsburgh. “We are privileged to host the event and have the opportunity to showcase local performers.” — I.M. 

Nick Marzock, Scott Alexander, Mike Spacciapolli

Claire Rectenwald, Brayden Stiscak, Ava Spacciapolli, Christie Jeter

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Samuel Baron Clothiers’ Grand Opening Soirée

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Samuel Baron Clothiers, Pittsburgh’s premier outfitter of custommade fine clothing, celebrated the opening of its Shadyside showroom, located at 201 South Highland Avenue, with a party in its brand new space! More than 85 dapper patrons attended the Grand Opening Soirée, which featured complimentary valet parking, and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, like prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella crostini and miniature burgers, provided by The Capital Grille. Bill Chisnell Productions adorned the showroom with luxe décor to complement the equally luxurious fabric swatches, shirts, cashmere, and ties on display for guests to leisurely peruse. The special night also signified the launch of the #SBCandMe campaign, which prompts the question, “What does your lining say about you?” Throughout the evening, stylish attendees sporting Samuel Baron Clothiers suits mingled and showed off their custom linings in fabrics and patterns that celebrate each individual’s taste. Says Master Clothier Amy Baron Brourman, “The highlight of the soirée was welcoming all of my clients under one roof. After working out of a home office for nine years, this was such a special opportunity to thank them for their continued support.” Brourman still travels frequently for her clients and is excited to bring them additional convenience with the new showroom. Cheers to the beautiful, new digs! — L.P.

Amy Baron Brourman, Max Baron

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91.3 WYEP’s Backstage Bash

Paula Hinston, Gene Ciavarra

The ‘Burgh’s best music bash of the year brought banging performers and a bountiful buffet to the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel in honor of WYEP’s 40th anniversary. Backstage Bash’s 200 guests sipped from a signature wine list, including a private-label WYEP 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon from Pittsburgh Winery, as Afternoon Mix host Rosemary Welsch emceed between musical acts. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the celebration of local music WYEP is known for supporting, as Pittsburgh favorites Jessica Bitsura, The Wreckids, Bill Deasy, and Scott Blasey jammed throughout the event. Immediately following, many Bash attendees enjoyed an exclusive performance and meet and greet with Trombone Shorty at the Byham Theater next door. Monies raised through ticket sales and a silent auction — which included local works of art; a Fender Squier Stratocaster; and a private house concert with The Clarks, Joe Grushecky, and Michael Glabicki — benefited the nonprofit radio station’s continued efforts to support music discovery in Pittsburgh. Says WYEP Marketing Director Elizabeth Baisley, “The event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with WYEP’s members and key supporters, celebrate 40 years of the station’s accomplishments, and look ahead to the station’s next 40 years.” — C.F.

Bill Deasy, Rosemary Welsch, Greg Joseph


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Holiday Mingle & Jingle

Chelsea Strub, Brenda Waters, Dan Braddock

The Mall at Robinson kicked off the holiday shopping season with a week of events, beginning with a day of entertainment, food, and festivities at the Holiday Mingle & Jingle. A $10 ticket gave shoppers access to exclusive offers, including a $25 gift card for any $200 purchase in the mall! Young shoppers entered Candy Cane Lane at the food court, where they made crafts; wrote letters to Santa; and shared a plate of cookies and milk with Jolly ‘Ol Elf. Guests enjoyed a meet and greet with Spencer Boldman from Disney’s “Lab Rats” and Elsa and Anna from Disney’s “Frozen;” and enjoyed musical performances from The Brighton Boys and local artist Maya Jones. Shoppers enjoyed exclusive discounts that lasted all week long, leading up to Black Friday. “We had seen from previous years that shoppers wanted more options,” says The Mall at Robinson Marketing Director Shema Krinsky. “This year, we put together a full week so shoppers could choose when they wanted to shop and still get impressive discounts, exclusive rewards, and a great experience.” The thousands raised benefited the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. All the more reason to shop! — C.F.

Sue McKelvey, Ashlee Olivo, Jennifer Kehm, Rebecca Whitlinger, Lisa Edmonds

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Solidifying the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin team up to strengthen the team’s core By Rachel Jones Photographs by Michael Fornataro Art Direction by Jason Solak


hen Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin walk into a room, you stand up a little taller. The striking aura of hockey greatness that surrounds them silently commands respect. Guiding the Pittsburgh Penguins, the standouts brings a fierce competitiveness and unmatched skill to the team. Their individual names are linked to unofficial, yet inarguable, titles like “best in the National Hockey League.” Together, they morph into the awesomely appropriate “Two-headed Monster.” It’s a rare occurrence to have two players of such supremacy on the same squad. It’s even rarer to have both of these teammates grace the same magazine cover. Luckily, we are able to be a part of history.

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As a player, [Crosby’s] obviously the best in the world. But, he’s an even better person and teammate.” — Evgeni Malkin

Once the new, retro jerseys are off the hangers and on the players, WHIRL Art Director Jason Solak helps Crosby line up perfectly with the camera. After he gets a thumbs up from WHIRL Photographer Michael Fornataro, Malkin is asked to stand just off Crosby’s right shoulder. Instead, he slides behind his teammate, leaning forward and nailing the prom pose. “Like this?” he asks, smiling at us. Crosby laughs, as he obviously does a lot when Malkin is near. And, we find comfort knowing that they play well together when they’re off the ice, too. Their friendship formed quickly in 2006. Crosby recalls their first game together that season, just before the team left the locker room. “My first year here, I used to go out last,” he explains. “Geno used to go out last whenever he played in Russia. In our first game together, we were both used to going out last. We got to that spot where it was time to go out on the ice, and we were both looking at each other. It was funny and awkward because he didn’t speak a lot of English. I was trying to talk it out with him. He just looked at me and said, ‘Three years [in the Russian] Super League.’” Now, Crosby goes out second-to-last.

That’s what started it all. A mutual appreciation for one another, a shared quest to score the most goals, and a joint goal of reliving Malkin’s favorite memory with Crosby — winning The Stanley Cup together — has kept the prominent pair going. Their bond makes a dream team for the Penguins and an awful nightmare for any opponent. Internally, the wicked combination of both personalities is ideal for the team’s spirit. With Malkin’s sense of humor and Crosby’s charisma joining forces, the centers have been quite the welcoming committee for the “new” Pittsburgh Penguins. With grace, guts, and genuine love for the game, they have sparked a revolution and brought new meaning to the phrase “follow the leader.” By elevating the team, they challenge its members to rise to the occasion. The team stands together as the united skates of Pittsburgh — all under the guidance of Crosby and Malkin, the two constants during an ever-changing year. The summer before the 2014-2015 season started, seven players were added to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster and six people added their nameplates to the hockey operations

New Year, New Crew Joining the Pittsburgh Penguins this year: Left Wing Blake Comeau • Right Wing Steve Downie • Right Wing Patric Hornqvist • Center Rob Klinkhammer • Center Nick Spaling • Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff • Goalie Thomas Greiss • Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford • Head Coach Mike Johnston • Assistant General Manager Bill Guerin • Assistant Coaches Rick Tocchet and Gary Agnew • VP of Hockey Operations Jason Karmanos + Jason Botterill and Tom Fitzgerald are enjoying their new roles as associate general manager and assistant general manager, respectively.

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“Whenever I think of Geno at his best, he is just dominating. When he gets the puck, when he has speed, he is pretty impossible to stop.

— Sidney Crosby

offices. As the outside world got caught up in the chaotic changes, the players embraced the regrouping with an open mind. “I think a fresh start is what we needed,” Malkin says. “It didn’t take long for the team to get close together.” With Crosby and Malkin stirring the gumbo of old and new faces into consistency, the team came together with ease. Seamlessly transitioning into the new year, ready to focus on the coveted cup. “I think it has been impressive to throw that many new faces together with a new coaching staff and so many new changes,” Crosby reflects. “It’s not that easy to gel this quickly. I think a lot of teams go through changes, and it doesn’t always work out that well, especially with so many new players.” Those other teams didn’t have Crosby and Malkin, though — balancing the chemistry and uniting the bench. It’s impossible to discuss the dominant contributors to the Penguins without giving a nod to veterans like goalie Marc Andre Fleury, right wing Craig Adams, and left wing and alternate captain Chris Kunitz. The strong core of the team has set the foundation, while still allowing room for growth and improvement. “The way we approach games and our focus have changed,” Malkin says. “The mentality we have both on and off the ice has also changed for the better.” From a game standpoint, Crosby dubs the defense as the most improved section so

far this season. With the coaches emphasizing getting the defense to join the play, the group responded by keeping the pucks alive offensively. The newfound aggressiveness, exuded by Kris Letang and Paul Martin, tremendously boosts the morale and opportunities for goals. When the skates are unlaced, the bond between the players stays intact. The harmless pranks that the crew is known for are less frequent — even though Crosby “saw Flower get the shaving cream pie.” Still, the sense of brotherhood remains. There’s a reciprocated and undeniable admiration between the players, which Crosby wanted to established before the season started. “Guys care about each other here,” Crosby says. “When new guys come in, you try to make them fit in right away. You want them to feel like they have been here for a long time, even if it has only been a week.” With Malkin referring to his team as a family, we think the mission is accomplished. Supportive and inspiring, Nos. 87 and 71 have been the glue of the unit, bettering the team’s dynamic and creating an unparalleled depth. “When you are looking for small things throughout a season, that is something we can look at as a real positive,” Crosby says. “Hopefully, we can build off of that.” Pittsburgh Penguins, penguins.nhl.com.

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Photograph by Michael Fornataro Hockey helmets from house o’hockey, houseohockey.com.

Experts address traumatic brain injuries and the newfound technology in Western Pennsylvania By Andrea Bosco, Rachel Jones, and Liz Petoniak

The hard-hitting topic of concussions is resonating throughout Pittsburgh. From the initial discovery of the consequences of head trauma from an autopsy on former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster, to the dramatic research in prevention, the realization is that concussions cause long-term damage. In our initial research, we found alarming information about what happens to the brain when it is concussed. As we progressed, we saw an urgent need to bring awareness to the injury, disease, and prevention. Read on about the impact being made right here in Pittsburgh. — Christine Tumpson

“Most players have had concussions. When I played, you got your bell rung and they gave you smelling salts. I think one of the good things now is how much doctors have learned about concussions versus when we played. The research on the effects of concussions is a positive. I think it’s really important, and I’m glad to see the NFL is doing tests before they go back on the field. You always want the best interest of the player and quality of life after retirement.”

— Mel Blount, former Pittsburgh Steeler Mel Blount Youth Home, mbyh.org

Photograph by Kassie Jackson

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The Evolution of Injury From a player’s standpoint, former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier says the recognition and treatment of concussions has greatly improved over the years. The former Pittsburgh Steeler recalls the days when players would be labeled as “seeing stars,” then asked to count how many fingers were held in front of their faces. “People didn’t necessarily understand, and there wasn’t much research being done or it wasn’t accessible to the general public,” Bleier says. “Even if there were voices, they were very quiet voices.” Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) became more prominent once the connection between concussed athletes and suicide, plus their effects on our veterans, received more exposure. From that increased exposure came increased researching, causing the innovated technologies to trickle down from professional sports to college to high school. Baseline testings have become the new standard — so concussed athletes can be compared to normal versions of themselves, not a subjective scale. Then, appropriate rest can be scheduled and the likelihood of sustained injuries due to constant trauma can decrease. Bleier points out that continuing to play contact sports can affect your life, but so does choosing to go for a ride in a car. It’s all about making smarter, better decisions. “Why do we watch football?” Bleier asks. “We like the hits. Our gladiators are in that form of professional sports. Football is a collision sport; you can’t take that factor away. What you can do is be aware of it and practice better techniques.” Rocky Bleier, rockybleierinc.com.

Passing The Test One of the most important things one must do being officially diagnosed with a concussion is to rest. It takes time for symptoms of a concussion — some include ringing in the ears, nausea, headaches, or disorientation — to subside. “Years ago, those who suffered a concussion would be discharged and sent back into activity once the symptoms resolved,” says Frank Velasquez, ATC, CSCS; former Pittsburgh Pirates strength and conditioning coordinator; and current co-owner of VESLA 360 Sports Performance & Physical Therapy. “Today, concussion awareness is at an all-time high, and we know so much more. There are pre-season brain performance and post-concussion exertion tests that are used to help determine if the concussed person is ready to return to full status.” Here’s how the Post Concussion Exertion Test administered by the Certified Athletic Trainers at VESLA 360 works: Phase 1: The concussed person is taken through a “light activity” exercise routine. Objective measures, such as heart rate and blood pressure, are taken and recorded. The participant will also provide subjective comments on any reoccurrence of symptoms. The next day, a VESLA 360 specialist will check in on the patient. If he or she has no reoccurrence of symptoms, Phase 2 will begin the following day. If there are symptoms present, time is allowed for the symptoms to subside, and Phase 1 is repeated. Phase 2: The next step is similar to Phase 1, but with a higher level of intensity and exertion. Balance and Agility drills are added. Again, the participant can move on in two days, only if the phase is passed. Phase 3: Similar to Phase 2, a higher level of intensity and exertion is reached in Phase 3, and sports specific movements are added. Once the patient completes and passes the third phase and is signed off by VESLA 360, he or she returns to the referring physician to be released from care and allowed back into activity. It is advised that patients start with a “limited” status, so they can ease back into full, unrestricted activity. “There is a team of qualified professionals that have a say in the patient’s ‘return to play’ because of the dangers of going back to playing at full status before a concussion is fully resolved,” Velasquez says. “Going back too soon and suffering another concussion can really be a bad situation.” Velasquez sits on the North Allegheny Youth Sports Safety Committee where he helps to bring more concussion awareness and education to coaches, parents, and athletes; and his exercise programs are implemented to help reduce the risk of suffering a concussion. VESLA 360 Sports Performance & Physical Therapy, VESLA360.com


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UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program Director Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins performs an examination of a concussion patient.

Make An Impact Drs. Mark Lovell, Ph.D., Joseph Maroon, M.D., and Michael “Micky” Collins, Ph.D., co-founded ImPACT Applications, Inc., in 2002, however, the technology was developed in the 1990s based on initial research with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The science behind ImPACT was developed in response to requests for neurocognitive testing from the NFL to help determine safe return to play. In 1997, the ImPACT Concussion Management Model was first put into use and its programs have been widely used in the NHL, NFL, and other professional sports and collegiate ranks. “Our program is now available in 15 languages, and since 2000, we’ve tested 8 million kids,” says Lovell. He and his team are furthering technology, making the test available at users’ fingertips. “About three years ago, I started developing a test for the iPad geared for children ages 5 through 12,” he says. “We developed a game-like interface that kids really enjoy.” The app is being researched in a multicenter study and will be available for download this year. Collins is also involved in researching concussions in Special Olympics. He says, “No one could ever evaluate Special Olympians because of intellectual disabilities, and that is changing. We’re very excited about that.” Collins feels passionately about making this technology available to all, which includes everyone from pediatricians to sports professionals, and beyond. “Fifteen years later, we’re at the point where we can do just that. The technology is readily available, inexpensive, and it’s standard now.” ImPACT Applications, Inc., impacttest.com. Photographs from UPMC, Barry Myers, Robert Morris University

Central Catholic High School senior John Petrishen.

Robert Morris University men’s basketball player Lucky Jones.

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Central Catholic High School Assistant Principal for Student Affairs Andy Macurak formerly served as an athletic trainer at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. “Concussions were the worst part of my job,” he says. “There was always such a gray area with signs and symptoms. Now, they’re treated and recognized much better.” In Macurak’s sports medicine class, he talks to students about reallife situations and concussion stories in the news. “It is an eye-opener,” he says. “With contact sports, parents and even kids are scared, but we also give our children keys to the car and let them ride bikes. Sports are probably safer than they’ve ever been.” If a student-athlete exhibits symptoms of a concussion during a game or practice, he is pulled from all activity. “Mismanagement is the problem with concussions,” he adds. “They have to be treated properly.” Central Catholic’s athletic equipment, including helmets, is re-certified yearly, according to Macurak. “Everyone is searching for that Holy Grail of helmets that can prevent concussions, and more money is being put into equipment design than ever before,” he says. Macurak feels Western Pennsylvania and the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine is on the cutting-edge of concussion technology. “I think the awareness is a good thing.” Central Catholic High School, centralcatholichs.com. UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, upmc. com/services/sports-medicine.

Of the 3.8 million concussions that occur every year, 300,000 are due to sport. At Robert Morris University, head athletic trainer Mike Vittorino implements preventative measures – including practicing better technique on the field, and educating players on signs and symptoms – to enable better treatment of injuries. In 2010, the NCAA issued a concussion policy that required a written protocol be put in place. “We already had one, but we updated it at that time,” Vittorino says. “Our athletes sign statements saying they must report concussion symptoms. We watch practices daily and in the instance of a suspected concussion, we consult our team physicians for further evaluation.” If a concussion is diagnosed, the athlete is removed from activities and placed in the post-injury plan of care per the RMU Concussion Management Protocol. While tracking symptoms and comparing the athlete to his or her baseline during this activity-free time, the athletic trainers at RMU also help with the student’s academics. “There can be some cognitive issues during a concussion,” Vittorino explains. “We talk to the professors and make any recommendations to help them heal as quickly as possible.” By working with the student athletes on the university’s 16 NCAA Division 1 teams, RMU’s athletic trainers work to keep the fields a safer place. Robert Morris University, rmu.edu. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


“We, as a baseball family, are very much aware of the importance of helmets in our game. It is an obvious need for the batter and the catcher, but in recent years MLB has extended the focus to the first and third base coaches, as well as the pitchers. Helmets go a long way toward the prevention of concussions in baseball.”

— Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates manager pittsburghpirates.com

Dr. Ian Bulow of Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Get in line Aside from looking at the brain itself, concussed patients should also seek care for the upper neck/base of the skull. Dr. Ian Bulow, an upper cervical chiropractor at Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic, recommends patients seek treatment within 72 hours of a head injury of any kind. “Not only is it important for the long term effects of the neck, but the brain as well,” he says. His specialty is the Blair Chiropractic Technique, a very gentle and precise manual procedure that’s designed to restore proper alignment of the head and neck. The realignment can happen in one session or over a period of sessions, depending on the extent of the injury. “I typically see improvements within 6-12 weeks of care, and we currently have a very high percentage of recoveries in concussion cases,” Bulow says. “The sooner we see the person, the better the outcome generally is.” The amount of soft tissue damage often dictates the recovery time, but many standard MRIs do not show the finer details of concussioncaused damage. With custom, digital X-rays, Bulow can look at individual joints in the spine and deliver a procedure without any turning or twisting of the neck. He also utilizes a special form of thermography to evaluate the deeper parts of brain function. “With every case that gets better, I become more and more convicted to raise awareness of this sort of procedure,” Bulow says. “This is not about neck or back pain. This is about restoring alignment and brain function. This is about restoring someone’s life.” Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic, revivepittsburgh.com. 62

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Always Improving For the last 20 years, Dr. Edward Snell has worked on developing a rigorous and comprehensive program for concussions. As the director of primary sports medicine at Allegheny Health Network and the head of Allegheny General Hospital’s sports medicine concussion program, Snell’s clinical and research roles have earned him spots on Major League Baseball’s Concussion Committee and the PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Board. At Allegheny Health Network, his focus is on establishing an effective way to manage concussions. “By working with some of the major centers across the country — The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and The Johns Hopkins Hospital — we’ve been trying to institute programs that will get people back to their activities in a quicker fashion,” Snell says. Imaging techniques can hone in on specific areas of the brain that have been injured, so they can be rehabbed. Providing stimulation — or protection, depending on the degree of the injury, helps the isolated neuron operate more efficiently and effectively. “Some people never recover neurologic function, but that depends on the injury and the person’s age,” Snell says. “The youngest patient I’ve had was four or five, and the oldest was 99 or 100.” Caring for 25-30 high schools, several colleges, the Pittsburgh Pirates, USA Rugby, USA Olympic Committee, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and patients across the country, Allegheny Health Network is constantly searching for the latest technologies and tests to implement. “Science has allowed us to change things at much more microscopic levels, allowing us to understand the path of the injury itself and how it’s going to impact the brain,” Snell says. “The brain controls everything, so understanding the impact of that from concussions will allow us to have better prevention and treatments for it in the future.” Allegheny Health Network, ahn.org.

The latest innovation from Allegheny Health Nework is the C3 Logix test. The program measures reflexes, reaction times, and symptoms on the subject when he or she is healthy, keeping an electronic record of it all. If a head injury occurs, the test can be taken again and compared to the baseline results. Chris Parker, an athletic trainer at Allegheny Health Network, says participants rate their symptoms, memorize words to be repeated minutes later, and take on the balance evaluation. “The Balance Error Scoring System is unique to this concussion test,” Parker explains. “It measures static and dynamic vision, reaction time, and concentration.” As Carlynton High School sophomore Jake Seitz demonstrates, the exam starts by strapping the C3 Logix tablet to the participant’s back. With his eyes closed, the tablet asks Seitz to stand with his feet together, with one foot in front of the other, and on one foot at a time — each for a set period of time. Any sway in posture or shift in balance is measured, and used to thoroughly assess brain function. Carlynton High School, carlynton.k12.pa.us.

AHN Athletic Trainer demonstrates the C3 Logix test on Carlynton High School sophomore Jake Seitz.

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Brain Health

Roberto Clemente Jr.

Roberto Clemente Jr. actively sits on the board of RC21X, an innovative webbased tool, backed by advanced science and research, to help people take personal responsibility for their brain health. Its name comes from his father, former Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, as its mission aims to mimic No. 21’s humanitarian vision and legacy. RC21X CEO Clarence Carlos, along with Michael Hauser, Mark Cavicchia, Paul Chirgott, and three other members of the RC21X executive team, founded the company in 2013. They recruited renowned researchers from the fields of human and cognitive performance, celebrated medical practitioners, experienced game and software designers, and successful business and organizational administrators to design the organization’s Thermometer for the BrainSM. The goal was to make an engaging, simple, game-like platform, in order to empower people to monitor their brain performance. Having suffered 10 to 12 concussions before entering high school, Clemente Jr. is particularly passionate for this technology. “I stop breathing thousands of times a day — I’m lucky to have oxygen in my brain,” he says. The 12-minute session uses standardized, simple procedures that are fun and doable by children and adults. The activities measure your Brain Performance Profile (BPP) and then monitor it to better understand and evaluate issues that may result in fluctuations possibly caused by a sports-related injury, the start of a new medication, or concerns about substance abuse or sleep deprivation. “It’s a zero cognitive, zero monitor test,” says Clemente Jr. “Concussions are a very small part of what this tool does — it’s about brain health as a whole that can identify signs of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. It’s the only tool of its kind. It’s important to have this information because you never know what life will bring you.” Subscribe to RC21X now at rc21x.com.

Breakthrough Discovery The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers recently unveiled that white matter brain abnormalities in some patients with depression disorders closely resemble abnormalities found in patients who have had concussions. White matter in the brain is comprised of fibers that allow different parts of the brain to communicate with one another. While examining MRI scans in 74 concussion patients from 2006-2014, Dr. Saeed Fakhran used diffusion tensor imaging to see if the white matter was injured, decreasing connections in the brain and post-concussion symptoms. “Finding such similar injuries in (mild traumatic brain injury) patients with depression and major depressive disorder may suggest a common pathophysiology in both traumatic and non-traumatic depression that may help guide treatment,” the assistant professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh says. “If we can prove a link, or even a common pathway, between post-traumatic depression and depression in the general population, it could potentially lead to effective treatment strategies for both diseases.” For more information, visit upmc.edu.

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“Timing would be the primary factor in diagnosing a concussion. The visual system is extremely vulnerable to traumatic brain injury, or concussion, because nearly half of the circuits in the brain are involved in vision. The most important factor in diagnosing a concussion is to diagnose the injury as soon as possible to prevent a second, repeat concussion to already fragile and injured brain tissue, which is what frequently happens in sports and can lead to long-term damage. Testing visual function on the sideline rapidly and reliably is crucial — for example, with The King-Devick Test — and we are looking at visual memory, visual processing, the ability to track objects, and pupil abnormalities.”

— Dr. Alicia Telega, Shadyside Eye Associates Photographs from Duane Rieder, shadyside eye associates

2nd Skull Founder and CEO Federico Olivares, his wife Stephanie, and their two children, Fico and Gaby.

2nd Skull Cap, $60.

2nd Skull Band, $50.

Protective Measures When it comes to protecting the brain against injury, any little bit helps. While improvements in helmet safety are in the works, head protection caps may provide more immediate defense. One locally headquartered company, 2nd Skull, is leading the charge. Motivated by the frustration and fear he felt watching his own son sustain a head injury while wearing a helmet, 2nd Skull Founder and CEO Federico Olivares launched his brand of protective athletic headwear in 2012. The 2-millimeter-thick caps, worn underneath a helmet, and headbands, worn during athletic activity that typically does not require a helmet, are made in the U.S. with a protective material known as Poron XRD. Leading sporting good companies such as Bauer, Schutt, and Rawling’s also use Poron XRD, which is comprised of flexible soft urethane molecules that harden under pressure for impact protection. Olivares says, “Our products really look like and feel like a stylish headband or cap versus a lot of other products that are bulky and heavy. We want to make sure that our products are comfortable and not distracting the athletes.” But, most importantly, the caps are proven to alleviate impact. Test results completed at an independent, third-party lab show they can “add up to 35 percent more impact protection to a standard sports helmet.” Olivares explains that the lab utilized the same testing techniques that professional football helmets undergo, showing that the caps can reduce impact by up to 26 percent when worn underneath football helmets and by as much as 60 percent when worn underneath for skiing, snowboarding, BMX, cycling, and skateboarding helmets. Olivares attributes the latter finding to the fact that helmets worn for those sports are not held to the same strict safety regulations that other sporting helmets, such as football and hockey are. Currently, 2nd Skull has been testing its products on athletes at local high schools and colleges, and is working to confirm brick and mortar retailers for his product in 2015. For now, you can purchase 2nd Skull caps and headbands via its retail website. 2nd Skull, 2ndskull.com.

The Eyes Have It “Concussions are such a unique and different condition because they are detected by the event,” says J. Howison Schroeder, president and CEO of Neuro Kinetics, Inc. “It’s not like there’s a thermometer that measures if you had a concussion or not.” To revolutionize concussion diagnosis, Neuro Kinetics, Inc. developed the I-Portal®. The high-end digital video technology tracks the reflexes of the eyes, which are then compared to results from non-concussed controls. The objective tool determines neural function, improving concussion diagnosis. Impressed by the innovation, the National Football League, GE Ventures, and Under Armour awarded a $500,000 grant to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Neuro Kinetics, Inc. as part of the Head Health Challenge II Initiative. One of only seven groups to receive a grant, I-Portal® PAS (Portable Assessment System) will be presented again later this year, with the hopes of earning an additional $1 million grant and FDA approval. “We do believe we are on track to be the first FDA-cleared indication for concussion,” Schroeder says. “Having been around for 30 years, we have a much more complex and elegantly woven fabric of tests and analysis to our solution to concussions.” An FDA approval would lead to I-Portal® PAS being available in primary care offices, sports clinics, locker rooms, and military hospitals. Essentially “a laptop and big goggles,” the mobile tool will get athletes and military personnel diagnosed and quickly on their way to proper treatment. “Working with the NFL, our key right now is to help the professional football players,” Schroeder explains. “But it’s the high school kids that we need to help. It’s the soldiers. If we can make sure we can manage them well, then I think we’ve done our job.” Neuro Kinetics, Inc., neuro-kinetics.com.

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BrainSTEPS Statewide Program Coordinator Brenda Eagan Brown

Dr. Erin Reynolds

Brain Food Head First Each year in Pennsylvania, nearly 4,000 children sustain moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries that require hospitalization and more than 20,000 children sustain concussions. Realizing the gap these children were experiencing during the transition between the hospital or rehab center and returning to school and their normal, everyday lives, the Pennsylvania Department of Health created BrainSTEPS (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program. The BrainSTEPS Program began in 2007, and is implemented by the Brain Injury Association of PA. BrainSTEPS is currently funded by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education through the PaTTAN network. Other states look to Pennsylvania as a model for this free service that assists school districts in creating educational plans for students following any type acquired brain injury, whether it’s from a concussion, a car accident, stroke, or tumor. Says Statewide Program Coordinator Brenda Eagan Brown, “The program really brings together the students’ doctors and medical team with their parents and school to form a partnership, that keeps everyone on the same page. Through the educational Intermediate Unit training, schools feel they have the support from BrainSTEPS to implement the re-entry process and the tools to continue to monitor the students’ progress.” The process begins with a referral following the brain injury. Once the student is well enough, BrainSTEPS sits down with the parents, school administrators, and teachers to put academic accommodations in place immediately that are specifically tailored to the individual students’ needs. Examples of accommodations may include: no testing during the first few weeks, a workload reduced by 50 percent, cutting repetition in homework, and breaks built into the school day. “When the brain is initially injured, it uses all of its energy to recover and thinking too hard during this timeframe could prolong the students’ recovery. Academic accommodations should be in place in all classes to keep a student below their symptom threshold, because if a student has to ask for an accommodation (such as a break) the student probably already has a symptom, and then it’s too late,” says Eagan Brown. “BrainSTEPS has created 800 Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams in just the past two years, and we are the only state in the U.S. to do something like this.” BrainSTEPS continues to monitor students after their injury until graduation. BrainSTEPS, brainsteps.net. 66

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Roughly 17,000 patients visit the UPMC Sports Concussion Clinic every year, including an average of 85 patients per day. “We see patients as young as 4 years old, up to about 65, whose injuries are sport-related, work related, car accidents, and slipand-falls,” says neuropsychologist Erin Reynolds, Psy.D. “Each patient gets a unique treatment plan tailored to issues related to six different areas, each receiving researched and clinically proven therapies.” She says the beginning stage focuses on rest from both a cognitive and physical perspective. “We want them to let their brain heal,” she says. “But, we take an active approach. We let the injury breathe for about a week and make sure they have a regulated schedule in terms of sleeping, hydration, and managing stress well.” Reynolds and her team use vestibular rehabilitation for patients with vision issues and dizziness, and eventually increases to physical exertion, working with physical therapists, athletic trainers and primary care sports medicine physicians. “Our research has shown that if an athlete experiences dizziness immediately following an injury, they may have a more complicated recovery,” she says. “We look for symptoms out of the ordinary —sensitivity to light or noise, fogginess, nausea. And, we stress the comprehensive evaluation be done by a concussion specialist.” Reynolds is confident in the general public’s recent response to concussions. “We’re taking things a lot more seriously now,” she says. “Across all levels, coaches are really being taught to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and using baseline testing, usually in the form of the ImPACT test.” Reynolds stresses the importance of taking the complex injury seriously because recovery can be that much quicker. “Today, people are thirsty for more information, which has changed from 20 years ago.” Last month, the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program launched rethinkconcussions.com, a website packed with information, including local patient stories, sports concussions in the news, and new testing technology. “It is a wonderful site for parents, educators, and patients.” UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, upmc.com/Services/sportsmedicine/services/concussion.

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Changing the Helmet Game A new start-up called Vicis, which means “change” in Latin, is gunning to bring transformative technology to the football helmet making industry, which the company laments has changed very little in the past 50 years. Beloved former University of Pittsburgh football player, Bill Osborn (many may remember him as the only player to letter in three varsity sports at the university since Mike Ditka), who went on to play in the NFL, AFL, and WLAF, has become passionately involved in the project as an investor and advisor. He says, “The goal is to make it the best looking, the best fitting or feeling, the highest performing, as well as the safest helmet using new technology. What we hope will be different about this helmet versus helmets players are wearing today is how it will potentially address the forces likely to cause concussions and head injury.” In conjunction with the University of Washington and a team of neurosurgeons, mechanical engineers, public health experts, and innovative business experts lead by CEO Dave Marver, they hope to have a prototype ready soon. Vicis took a huge step forward in their mission to achieve this by recently receiving a $500,000 grant (with potential to win an additional $1 million) from the National Football League in conjunction with GE and Under Armour, as a part of the Head Health Challenge II Initiative. To date, the company has raised more then $2 million in capital for this project. “With all of my experiences surrounding concussions and football, along with my long friendship with CEO Dave Marver, we thought this was a perfect opportunity for us to work together,” explains Osborn, “I truly want to do something that will be impactful and really make a difference in the lives of people who are involved in athletics, and in the lives of my children. I have two boys who all play football. Fifty percent of parents [in the U.S.] don’t want their children playing football [according to a recent poll conducted by Bloomberg Politics], so this impacts people’s everyday decisions. And, that’s why there’s so much passion behind it to really try to make a difference.” In the long term, Vicis hopes to be able to create safer helmets for other sports outside of football as well. Vicis, vicis.co.

Reality RESEARCH Dr. Marcel Just is world-famous for using brain imaging to understand how brain processes underpin various types of human thought. His focus on brain sciences now commands full attention at Carnegie Mellon University, which recently launched BrainHub to build from its research excellence in psychology, computer science, and computation to solve real-world problems. Recent research from the esteemed school’s Center of Cognitive Brain Imaging illustrates the resiliency of the human brain, which can revert to alternate systems of functionality after trauma, as evidenced by the readings of the MRI scans of the study’s participants. “It is now clear how the brain can naturally rebound from injuries and gives us indications of how individuals can train their brains to be prepared for easier recovery,” says Dr. Just. “The secret is to develop alternative thinking styles, the way a switch-hitter develops alternative batting styles. Then, if a muscle in one arm is injured, they can use the batting style that relies more on the uninjured arm.” The study concluded that when one brain area loses functionality, a “back-up” team of secondary brain areas activates. For more information, visit the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University’s website at ccbi.cmu.edu. PhotograpHs from vicis, by michael fornataro

“Football is a contact sport, and it’s not for everyone. As athletes, we all know what we signed up for. With contact, concussions are just a part of the game. It’s a known risk we take going into it. So, I don’t know that there is a lot we can do to prevent concussions. As a league, we can only try to better educate players on what to do when you get a concussion. And, I think the league and the medical community are doing a better job at educating folks on the proper concussion protocol. As long as you have violent contact, you’re not going to be able to completely prevent concussions. That’s football. With kids, I basically try to stress the importance of how to take a hit, how to hit others, and what to do when you get a concussion. It’s more important that you don’t get that second concussion too soon after the first one and that you take enough time to completely heal from any head trauma.”

— Hines Ward, former Pittsburgh Steeler hinesward.com wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


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2015 Health

+ Wellness Guide By Rachel Jones

Shortly after the bubbles from that midnight flute of Champagne fizzled, people across the city vowed to make 2015 a happier, healthier year! Sticking to the resolution is easier when you find an activity you enjoy and receive constant support. Get started with motivating advice from local experts and more than 20 options in our Health + Wellness Guide, including yoga, barre, and cardio-fueled classes. Pick your favorite, grab a water bottle, and get going!

BARR E The Barre Code Meredith Ward, Owner Classes Offered: Barre Code (full-body workout that combines isometric holds and heavy repetition) • Burn (full-body workout in heated room) • TBC (“Total Body Conditioning” or “The Boot Camp”) • Brawl (cardio kickboxing) • Barre-dio (dance-inspired cardio) • Interval (high-intensity cardio with two strengthening segments) What to Try This Year: Start with the Barre Code class, then branch out from there. Shake it up in Barre-dio, release some aggression in Brawl, or sweat it out in Burn. Take My Advice: “I think what is most important is knowing that all of the small choices add up for a healthier life. I want our clients to feel empowered and happier when they walk out of The Barre Code, and to carry that feeling into every aspect of their lives.” + Check Out: The Barre Basics class on January 11 offers a simplified version of the 50-minute Barre Code class. Get the same stamina-building, endurance-increasing workout at a slower pace.  The Barre Code, 804 S. Aiken Ave., Shadyside. 412.802.8585. thebarrecode.com/studios/pittsburgh. Photograph from Brittany Berres

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Pure Barre Melissa Dellovade, Owner Classes Offered: Pure Barre classes combine ballet, Pilates, and yoga for a low-impact, full-body workout What to Try This Year: The New Client Special offers 30 days of unlimited classes for $99. Once you’re hooked, yearly, auto-renewal packages offer clients the convenience of a year contract with the perks of retail discounts, free intensives, and first priority for wait lists. Take My Advice: “For 2015, ‘mini goals and many wins’ will help people feel more accomplished in their fitness goals. Instead of saying, ‘I’m going to work out every day, stop eating bread, and lose 25 pounds,’ why not start by planning to work out twice a week, and eat healthier and more nutritious meals? With a little perseverance, discipline, and proper mini goals, 2015 could be one of your most successful years for fitness and well-being.” + Check Out: The Mt. Lebanon studio will host a Total Body Intensive on January 31, and the Peters Township studio will offer a Lifted Seat Intensive on January 24. Pure Barre, 4000 Washington Road, #108, Peters Township. 724.941.8663. 1612 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.248.2424. For more on the Shadyside and Wexford studios, visit purebarre.com.

Live Well Yoga & Pilates Kristy Boyle, Group Exercise Supervisor Classes Offered: Gentle Yoga • Vinyasa Flow • Power Flow • Pilates Mat • Pilates Reformer • Power Barre • Individual Training What to Try This Year: The Chakra Series workshop starts fresh with the New Year and lasts throughout the summer. From January 26-August 31, study the seven Chakra energy centers with postures, relaxation, breath training, concentration, meditation, and guided imagery. Classes are held on the last Monday of every month, focusing on one Chakra at each session. Take My Advice: “Try to incorporate a variety of exercises into your fitness regime until you discover what you truly enjoy. You are more likely to stick with a healthy habit if you make it more fun than work.” + Check Out: The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, modeled after the acclaimed program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, reduces stress and positively affects physical health and emotional well-being. Instructor Barbara Ivanko leads the classes from January 8-February 26, with a special retreat on February 21. Live Well Yoga & Pilates, Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355. wrcameronwellness.org.

Touchstone Pilates

Lisa Pellow, Owner/Director Classes Offered: Private Pilates • Semi-private Pilates • Small Group Pilates What to Try This Year: The specially priced “Introduction to Pilates” Package includes five, one-on-one sessions with a Romana’s Pilates-certified instructor. Or, try the 10-week Beginner or Intermediate Mat Class Package. Take My Advice: “After the holidays, everyone wants to get in shape. Make small changes, be consistent, and take it one step at a time.” + Check Out: Upcoming workshops are listed at touchstonepilates.com.  Touchstone Pilates, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., #413, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.5050. touchstonepilates.com. 70

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Clearly Pilates Clare Westwood, Owner, Peak Pilates Comprehensive Instructor, and MadDogg Spinning Instructor Classes Offered: Pilates Equipment • Pilates Mat • Yoga Flow • Restorative/Gentle Yoga • Spinning® • Barre on the Pilates Stick® • Fitness Fusion (combine Spin®, Yoga, and/or Pilates) What to Try This Year: Barre on the Pilates Stick® takes traditional barre classes to another level. Since the “barre” is moving, a deep core connection is required for balance. Every move sculpts your legs and glutes, while building core strength and balance. Take My Advice: “Exercise has to be schedule into your day, just like any other important meeting. If you don’t ‘plan’ to work out, it will be the first thing that’s pushed to the side if the stresses of the day put demands on your time. Taking time for your own health is the most important meeting of your day.”   Check Out: The Ayurveda Workshop on January 18 explores how to heal and transform your body and the mind by bringing awareness and balance in lifestyle and diet. Clearly Pilates, 352 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.999.0215. clearlypilates.com.


Medi-Weightloss Melissa Phillips, Business Development Manager Programs Offered: Three-phased, Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program

Katrina DeNapoli, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner at Medi-Weightloss

What to Try This Year: The Medi-Weightloss program starts with individual counseling with medical professionals, where your goals, health, and medical history will be taken into account. With step-by-step motivation and professional care that helps you target fat and preserve lean muscle mass, you can safely lose up to 10 pounds in the first week and 20 or more in the first month. Take My Advice: “The best advice for someone trying to be healthier in the New Year and finally be able to keep your New Years’ resolution is to stop by our office for a free assessment to hear how we can help them lose weight quickly, but safely, and keep it off. They can see results fast and keep the weight off, putting an end to yo-yo dieting and feeling defeated.” + Check Out: The New Year’s Open House on January 14 will offer free food, free weight assessments, a drawing for a free initial consultation (a $350 value), and a $50 coupon for anyone who signs up for the program.

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Peace, Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center Susan Coe, Owner and Founder Programs Offered: Guided Meditation • Reiki Exchange in the Himalayan Salt Cave • Chiropractic Care • Acupuncture • Massage Therapy • Access Bars • Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna What to Try This Year: The center’s new craniosacral therapy helps relieve tension and stress in the upper back and neck. Combined with regular massage, the therapy is extremely therapeutic and popular with patients.  Take My Advice: “Do not wait until you are sick to start thinking about health and wellness. Maintenance to your body is essential.” + Check Out: Discounts for seniors, 65 years or older, and active military and veterans. (Peace, Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center is a 100-percent woman- and veteran-owned organization!)  Peace, Love & Zen Holistic Wellness Center,  6023 Broad St., East Liberty. 412.661.0777. peaceloveandzen.com.

Power of Touch Wellness Anita Amato Scaglione, Owner Programs Offered: Massages and pain relief techniques to help clients with: Chronic Pain • Sports-Related Aches • Stiffness • Muscle-Oriented Problems   What to Try This Year: The newest treatment modality at Power of Touch Wellness is “massage cupping.” The technique promotes a calm nervous system, brings circulation, draws out toxins and metabolic waste, and relaxes tight muscles quickly and virtually painlessly. Take My Advice: “The first step towards creating a healthier you is believing in your own body’s power to heal and change. Positive thoughts and words fuel behaviors, and motivate actions consistent with those thoughts.” + Check Out: Power of Touch Wellness’ workshops for 2015 will cover a variety of topics, including essential oils to promote wellness, make and take personal/home wellness products, learning how to make better nutrition easier to achieve, breathing and relaxation techniques, and self-treatment techniques to combat pain.  Power of Touch Wellness, 2209 Ardmore Blvd., 2nd Floor, Forest Hills. 235 Shady Ave., Shadyside. 412.414.5330. poweroftouchwellness.com.

Spa Harmony Brenda Young, Spa Business Manager services Offered: Massage Therapy • Acupuncture • Reflexology • Reiki • Facials • Skincare • Waxing • Sugaring • Manicures • Pedicures What to Try This Year: Schedule a free skin care analysis and receive a customized, daily routine to assist you in meeting your skin care goals. Everyone who comes in for a skin care analysis receives an Eminence Organic Mini Skin Care Kit. Call Brenda Young at 724.250.5238 to set up your consultation today. Take My Advice: “Talk with a skin care professional who will help with your specific skin care needs, and discuss the ingredients and their benefits to get you on track to maintain healthy and beautiful skin.” + Check Out: Take on the 21-Day Challenge to Healthier Skin! Participants receive a free Eminence Organic Skin Care Tonique and are entered to win an Eminence Organic VitaSkin Starter Kit. Spa Harmony, Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355. wrcameronwellness.org. Photograph from Peace, Love, & Zen Holistic Wellness Center, Erin Gaus, Brenda Young

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Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh Zeb Homison, Owner/Director Classes Offered: Bikram Yoga Series (26 postures and two breathing exercises in a heated room) • Express Hot Yoga Class What to Try This Year: The 60-minute Express Hot Yoga Class is a great way to introduce yourself to the Bikram Series or get a quick fix if you’re short on time! Take My Advice: “Make a plan, find something you want to do, and stick with it! So many people give themselves a week or two to make a change, then get frustrated. It takes time! Don’t give up on yourself.”  + Check Out: Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh is hosting the 2014 International Yoga Asana Champions Zeb Homison and Gloria Suen for a weekend of classes and workshops, January 24-25. Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, 3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.513.5000. bypgh.com.


Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh


Kate Kill, President of Board of Directors


Classes Offered: Beginner Yoga • Hatha I • Hatha II • Learn to Meditate • Yoga Nidra • Yoga Sutra Discussion Group


What to Try This Year: Every month, the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh is offering Essential Oil and Yoga workshops. Each workshop has a different theme, ranging from Cultivating Compassion to Improving Digestion, that explores how different essential oils affect different poses.  Take My Advice: “Never give up! Keep trying until you find the tools and techniques that support your life. Also, surround yourself with other healthy and happy people — they will keep you inspired and support you!”  + Check Out: The studio is hosting a Chakra Balancing workshop on January 15 and a Continuing Education workshops on March 28 and 29. Visit hipyoga.org for others this winter! Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, 300 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.7434. hipyoga.org.


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Schoolhouse Yoga Leta Koontz, Principal Classes Offered: Gentle Yoga • Level 1 Yoga • Level 2 Yoga • Level 3 Yoga • Prenatal Yoga What to Try This Year: The Yoga Kids series starts this month! Take My Advice: “Yoga has been shown to: increase strength, flexibility, and balance; lower stress and anxiety levels; improve digestion and sleep; promote healing; reduce back and joint pain; improve mental focus; aid in weight loss and detoxification. We have Gentle Yoga classes that are perfect for the person who thinks they are too old, too stiff or too weak to do yoga. They offer a safe and effective way to benefit from the practice of yoga.” + Check Out: Schoolhouse Yoga is hosting workshops throughout January and February, including a Meditation Workshop with Joni Sturgill on January 4 and Women’s Healing Circle with Kendell Romanelli on January 23.  Schoolhouse Yoga, 2215-2217 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 2401 Smallman St., Strip District. 7210 McKnight Road, Ross Park. 412.401.4444. schoolhouseyoga.com.

Hot Dog Yoga, LLC Helen Hughes-Smith, Owner and Primary Instructor Classes Offered: Hot Yoga Flow • Warm Yoga Flow • Stability Ball Training • Private Pilates Reformer Classes What to Try This Year: Hot Dog Yoga, LLC is a new retailer for Dona Jo Fitwear. The Pittsburgh-based company features soft fabrics in Brazilian-inspired colors that “just make you happy to wear them.” Take My Advice: “Everyone has a New Year’s Resolution. Try not to change everything in your life at one time. It is too overwhelming and too difficult to stick with it. You might choose to replace one snack per day with a healthier alternative, or try drinking sparkling water or water with lemon instead of soda. Remember: Slow and steady really does win the race.” + Check Out: The Find Your Inner Dog Workshop and The Chatarunga Challenge both focus on perfecting poses without causing injuries. Visit hotdogyogallc.com for an updated schedule. Hot Dog Yoga, LLC, 4500 Clairton Blvd., Whitehall. 412.885.2929. hotdogyogallc.com.

Salt Power Yoga Rachel Bekelja, Co-Salty Caretaker Classes Offered: Heated Power Vinyasa • Nonheated Slow Flow • Charity Classes What to Try This Year: Make yoga your happy hour on Friday nights with music and $5 classes. All of the money goes to a different charity every month!  Take My Advice: “Be open! Try new things more than once. (No one liked kale the first time they tried it!) Find people who support you, and do healthy things with them!”  + Check Out: Held the last Sunday of every month, Yogis with Special Gifts invites yoga students with special needs and the people who love them to participate in an amazing class at the Sewickley studio. Salt Power Yoga, 203 Highpointe Drive/Blvd., Seven Fields. 533 Beaver St., Sewickley. 724.584.1624. saltpoweryoga.com. Photograph from Ivette Spradlin, Hot Dog Yoga, LLC, Eva Lin Photography

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South Hills Power Yoga Stacey Vespaziani, Owner/Instructor Classes Offered: Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga • Nonheated Power Vinyasa Yoga • Gentle/Restorative Yoga • Kids Yoga • Prenatal Yoga • Free Meditation Classes • 200-hour Teacher Training Certification and Continuing Education Programs  What to Try This Year: South Hills Power Yoga and BYS Yoga are teaming up to host a two-day, multi-studio workshop to start the New Year off right. Hayley Beth Worthman will host the Fearless Warrior Series: Ground Down to Fuel Up Inversions on January 17 at BYS Yoga and January 18 at South Hills Power Yoga.  Take My Advice: “Start small. Start easy. Start today!” + Check Out: Vinyasa @ The Springs, a weekend yoga retreat with Darcy Lyle, Jennifer Lee, LA Finfinger, and Stacey Vespaziani on March 6-8 at Omni Bedford Springs Resort. South Hills Power Yoga, 3045 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.207.9535. 4145 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724.260.0011. southhillspoweryoga.com. 

The Yoga Whole Debbie Vignovic, Owner Classes Offered: Nonheated Hatha Yoga (Basic, Gentle, and Mixed Levels) • Prenatal Yoga • Postnatal Yoga • Yoga-Dance Fusion • Kids Yoga What to Try This Year: The Yoga Whole has expanded its services for moms to include gentle birth preparation, labor and delivery support, and postpartum care, in addition to its Prenatal Yoga and Postnatal Yoga classes, through The Whole Way Doula Services. These additions ensure strength during pregnancy, a better labor for mom and baby, the tools to make a nurturing nest for the new family, and the steps for a healing and connected feeling after birth.  Take My Advice: “Go Paleo, challenge yourself to stick with an exercise program, and walk outside for 30 days so it becomes habit.” + Check Out: Every Friday, The Yoga Whole hosts Samdhaana Slow Flow and Strength classes, which heal the body energetically by creating balance and symmetry. This new program is appropriate for all levels. The Yoga Whole, 260 Broadmoor Ave., Mt. Lebanon. 412.892.8740. theyogawhole.com.

Yoga Flow Suzanne Nagel, Promotions and Marketing Assistant Classes Offered: Heated Vinyasa Flow • Nonheated Kids Flow  What to Try This Year: Yoga Flow is hosting a yoga retreat at Amansala, an eco-chic resort in Tulum, from April 25-May 1. The relaxing stay includes two daily yoga sessions, uninterrupted meditation, and organic delights in a beautiful setting. 

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Take My Advice: “Being healthy begins with a commitment to a mind and body connection. When you are hard on yourself, you set in motion a negative energy. Even on days you have lower energy, bring yourself to your mat and pay attention to the signs and signals your body is sending you. We all need that time to connect inward.”  + Check Out: The Peace Within the Chaos: New Year’s Day Gong Cleanse & Relaxation with Dominique Ponko and Bill Book unveils “peace within the chaos” at the Shadyside studio.   Yoga Flow, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.781.4140. 1748 N. Highland Road, South Hills. 412.595.8455. 5433 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.621.1157. 4606 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.733.5038. 7830 Route 30, N. Huntington. 724.515.7676. yogaflowpittsburgh.com. photographs from Paul Wetzel, the yoga whole, Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC

Hybrid Movement Training Systems Matthew Garabedian, Owner Classes Offered: Small Group High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)  What to Try This Year: Wearing a heart rate monitor with a calorie counter during these HIIT workouts helps you stay motivated and focused on the process. Seeing that you are capable of burning 500-600 calories in one workout will encourage you to push yourself further in future sessions.

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Take My Advice: “First, I recommend that everyone tries something new. Not only will you be mentally stimulated, but your body will also respond to the change in direction. You will be more likely to stay interested and motivated. My second recommendation is to get more high-quality rest. We all try and cram in as much as possible in a day, often at the expense of our health. Adequate sleep will significantly improve your mood and productivity.” + Check Out: Hybrid Training Systems is kickstarting 2015 with a New Year special. For a limited time, enjoy $99 monthly unlimited classes!  Hybrid Movement Training Systems, 266 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412.760.5489. hybridtrainingsystems.com.

Primal Fitness Pittsburgh Janelle Pica, Owner  Classes Offered: Kettlebell • Progressive Calisthenics What to Try This Year: “The Primal Move” is a low level body weight exercise modality that increasees mobility and conditioning in a fun, playful manner. “The Primal Plan” delivers rapid and dramatic body composition changes in just 90 minutes per week.

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Take My Advice: “Try something you’ve never done before. Embrace the unknown with open arms. The body craves different ways of exercising and adapts the best when we give it a brand new way to train. When you decide to conquer your fear and jump out of your comfort zone, you’ll not only have taken a great step toward becoming healthier, but you’ll also complete the hardest thing when it comes to training: committing to it.” + Check Out: Primal Fitness Pittsburgh will host a Strong First Kettlebell User Course on  April 11 to give each participant the foundational knowledge on basic kettle lifts. It’s great for everyone from novices who are interested in learning the fitness program, to personal trainers who can share the work with their own clients. Primal Fitness Pittsburgh, 412.980.4287. primalfitnesspittsburgh.com. 

Work Core Performance Melissa Mechtel and Julie Perlow, Co-owners Classes/programs Offered: Cardio Pump • Circuit Training • Boot Camp • Kickboxing • Sculpt • Core • Health Assesments • Company-wide Contests What to Try This Year: Work Core Performance brings the instructors to your workplace for convenient fitness classes. Just choose which class you’d prefer, and gain happier, healthier, and more productive employees. Take My Advice: “Small changes equal big results. Getting healthy is a lifestyle change, not a diet.”  + Check Out: Work Core Performance offers local businesses the opportunity to take advantage of its three-month Weight Loss Challenge for 20 percent off, starting in January. Work Core Performance, workcoreperformance.com. Photograph from R. Alan Adams, Megan Stahl, Melissa Lucci Photography

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Classes Offered: Group Exercise Classes • Personal Training • Group Training • Specialty Workshops/Boot Camps • Nutrition Services • Children’s Group Swim Lessons • Private Swim Lessons for Children and Adults • Martial Arts  What to Try This Year: Get a membership to the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center by contacting Bryan Braunlich at 724.250.5208. Then, enjoy more than 80 classes, cardio and resistance equipment, a 1/12-mile indoor track, a five-lane lap pool, a basketball court/ gymnasium, and much more. Take My Advice: “Use the SMART acronym as a framework for a successful New Year’s resolution. That is, your goal should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timeanchored. Then, be consistent and celebrate your success — just not with a piece of cake!” + Check Out: From January 12-February 20, the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center is running its 2015 Biggest Winner: Six-week Weight Loss Program. Combining both group fitness training and nutrition advice from a registered dietitian, participants will have the tools to reach maximum weight loss. Sign up to join a six-member team by contacting Kendra Boni at 724.250.5203.  Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355. wrcameronwellness.org.


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Amerifit Fitness Club & Spa Anthony Colonna, Director of Marketing Classes Offered: Zumba • Body Pump • Yoga • Core • Spinning® What to Try This Year: Known as the most effective cardio machine ever built, the Helix Lateral Trainer is now available at Amerifit Fitness Club & Spa. With its unique side-to-side movement, the Helix Lateral Trainer tones your glutes, core, and thighs better than an elliptical. Take My Advice: “Working out is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. My daddy used to say that working at your target heart rate for at least 30 minutes a day is essential.” Check Out: Individual and group consultations with Amerifit’s staff are the best way to get a personalized workout! Amerifit Fitness Club & Spa, 100 Roessler Road, Green Tree. 412.341.3033. amerifitfitnessclub.com.


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Fu sion Simple Sol Kate McGinley, Owner, and Pilates and Yoga Trainer Cristy Cummings, Pilates and Yoga Trainer Classes Offered: Pilates Fitness Reformer • Yoga with a Twist (fast-paced flow with weights) • Hustle and Flow (Zumba-like class with cardio and toning) • Refine & Define (full-body workout) • Barre-Pilates Fusion What to Try This Year: Pilates Fitness Reformer classes are now available in group settings. Previously only available in private or semi-private sessions, the high-intensity, Pilates-based class is great for athletic training and sports teams. Take My Advice: “Eat what makes sense; crazy diets never last. Your body needs to last a lifetime, so protect your joints and avoid injury through workouts with less impact.” + Check Out: New classes and upcoming workshops are always on mysimplesol.com. Simple Sol, 520 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.388.1100. mysimplesol.com. 

Bodiography Center for Movement Maria Caruso, Founding Artistic Director  Classes Offered: Classical Ballet • Contemporary Dance • Modern Dance • Pilates • Jazz • Tap • Hip-hop • Bodiography Fitness and Strength What to Try This Year: Bodiography’s adult ballet classes are a great way to get in shape and learn something new. 


Take My Advice: “Finding health and happiness in the New Year is all about physical and emotional wellness. Take pristine care of your physical instrument through regular exercise, healthy eating, and finding inspiration from the goodness around you. Steer clear of negativity, shed arrogance, and let your confidence shine!” 

+ Check Out: Become a Bodiography Fitness and Strength Training instructor with a training session on January 11. Bodiography Center for Movement, 5824 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.6094. bodiography.com. Photograph from kristin firewicz photography, Eric Rosé 

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retail therapy The city is brimming with post-holiday sales, fantastic furs, and baubles that sparkle like snow, making it the perfect time to shop for the New Year!




Bangles from iconic British brand Halcyon Days have arrived at Henne Jewelers! Casual enough to incorporate into your everyday look, and classy enough to wear by night, the enamel bangles, plated in 18K gold, rose gold, or palladium, come in a kaleidoscope of colors. Sport the dainty bangles solo for an understated glam look, or stack up the bolder widths for a serious statement. The “modern renaissance” of this truly classic brand manifests itself through a variety of designs, ranging from traditional to contemporary cool. And, priced from $165 to $315, including one size fits all hinged bangles, there’s sure to be one (or five) to fit your fancy! Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com.

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With chilly months still ahead, now is the time to invest in a warm, beautiful fur, and let your glamorous side shine! From January 10-31, Carl W. Herrmann Furs is offering 60 percent off select furs, shearlings, and other fine outerwear and accessories. “Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the savings have to be,” says co-owner Guy Herrmann. Stop in to try an array of styles in cashmere, leather, mink, shearlings, and more! Carl W. Herrmann Furs, 634 Smithfield St., Downtown. 412.281.5528. carlherrmannfurs.com. 



Starting the day after Christmas, the epic Winter Sale at Larrimor’s will be in full force. Through January, head Downtown to shop Larrimor’s incredible lineup of brands at 25 to 70 percent off the original price! Major deals for the ladies will be present in brands like Diane Von Furstenberg, Etro, Escada, J Brand, Vince, St. John, Autumn Cashmere, 360 Sweater, and Alexis Bittar. Men’s brands include Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Robert Graham, Donald Pliner, and many more. We’ll see you there! Larrimor’s, 249 5th Ave., Downtown. 412.471.5727. larrimors.com.


Have you been to Heart of the Earth yet? The gem of a jewelry and bead shop, which we consider to be one of Shadyside’s hidden treasures, will begin offering fashion jewelry making and design classes starting in 2015! Owner Grace Betancourt-Jones shares her artisanal experience of more than 25 years and imparts skills that stick. Choosing from sterling silver, pearls, semi-precious stones like jade and turquoise, metals, and minerals from all around the world, you’ll learn to craft a ring, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace with your own personal touch in the shop’s tranquil setting. The classes are $20 an hour, and afterwards, students receive 50 percent off the purchase of the materials used to make their masterpiece. And, Betancourt-Jones is more than happy to help students incorporate heirloom pieces or other meaningful pieces of jewelry into the design. Sounds like the perfect mother-daughter afternoon to us! Private bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and corporate events are welcome in the space, too. Call ahead to make your appointment! Heart of the Earth, 738 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.682.4200. 412.439.0354 heartoftheearth-shadyside.com. 


“The beginning of a new year is the time for a new start — especially for your hair!” says Lisa Martin-Campbell, owner of Posh Salon. “It is the time of year when major changes are made, whether it be a new color or cut.” There’s never been a better time for a new ‘do. The salon will be offering exciting giveaways when you pre-book an appointment with your favorite stylist, as well as numerous specials on Posh’s premier luxury line of hair care products, Kérastase. Thriving on the newest and best in the industry, the salon’s stylists are up on the latest hair trends and techniques. And, they’re always working to better their craft! “We have education planned with L’Oréal Professionnel and Kérastase with industry leaders throughout the country,” says Martin-Campbell. “Our 2015 educational calendar is filled!” Posh Salon, 1725 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.833.6636. posh-beauty.com.  82

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thank you NOTES From December 27 through the month of January, Sognatoré Salon and Spa will say “thank you” to its clients in a big way. During the “Friends and Family Sale,” the salon will discount 20 percent off all services and products, including items from luxury lines like Kérastase, Bumble and bumble, and Shu Uemura. Hurry to book an appointment and stock up on all of your favorite products! Sognatoré Salon and Spa, The Pennsylvanian, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 1017, Downtown. 412.480.1132. sognatoresalon.com. 

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RETREAT yourself Packing for a big escape somewhere warmer? Before digging out that suitcase, be sure to head over to One Brilliant to peruse their new selection of resort wear! The chic boutique just received new arrivals in bright colors and fun patterns from brands like Clover Canyon, Hale Bob, and Terri Jon, perfect for strolling through palm tree-lined streets and beachside dining. And best of all, your new pieces will make the transition from your winter to spring wardrobe a breeze! One Brilliant, 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. onebrilliant.com. 



Splurge boutique in Fox Chapel proudly announces S’well reusable bottles as one of the newest items to hit its shelves! The stylish bottles are craftily composed of non-leaching and nontoxic stainless steel, giving them power to keep beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Reasonably priced from $25-45, they come in three sizes: 9, 17, and 25 ounces — which Splurge Owner Kym Pelcher mentions can fit an entire bottle of wine! And, while you can feel good knowing that you’ve reduced waste from plastic bottles every time you drink from your new “S’well” purchase, the company also contributes a portion of the proceeds to WaterAid, a nonprofit that helps provide clean drinking water to areas of the world in need. Available in a seemingly endless number of colors, patterns, and textures, these bottles are our new “must-have” for hitting the gym this month! Splurge, 1112 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242. splurge-shop.com. 

fit AND fashionable If you’re like us, you fell in love with Bend Active Apparel when they made the official One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle expo T-shirts last July. Now, the group is bringing fitness, fashion, and art together with its latest legging design. The Prayer Flag Legging showcases the spiritual journey yogis take from first inhale to Namaste. The vibrant pattern of snapshots from photographer and designer Robert Sturman’s recent trip to Nepal mimics strands of Tibetan prayer flags, promoting peace, strength, and wisdom on the wearer’s wellness journey. Bend celebrated the opening of its first retail store in the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Dayton, Ohio, this holiday season with free in-store weekly yoga classes, and more locations in Columbus opened shortly after. “The inspiration behind Bend is to empower customers to be flexible, strong, and resilient — in their workouts and in everyday life,” says Bend Active founder Laura Heller. Offering yoga, fitness, and every day at leisure wear at its two Ohio locations and online Bend’s eco-friendly and anti-odor apparel is designed with a simple, empowering concept: bend, don’t break. Bend Active, bendactive.com. — Colleen Ferguson PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO, from Kérastase, S’well, BEND ACTIVE

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Fashion Phenom Meet Adina Schiffman, the savvy, stylish, and compassionate woman behind Sammar Accessories At the next charity gala, golf outing, or corporate networking event, take a closer look at the silent auction items. Chances are, Adina Schiffman, founder of Sammar Accessories, carefully curated one or more of the items that caught your eye. For our interview, Schiffman graciously welcomed us into her Upper St. Clair home, which mirrors her personal style in every way — classic and smart, with a unique flair. Schiffman passionately shared her story of launching and growing her business, starting with providing high-end women’s fashion accessories from brands like Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Tory Burch through a hosted house party concept. Sammar, a combination of the names Sam and Marlo, Schiffman’s two children, rapidly evolved in a new direction when she began receiving recommendations to participate in charity fundraising functions. From the minute her team set up for the first silent auction, Schiffman knew this was where she wanted to focus her passion — helping philanthropic organizations raise the most possible amount for their causes. This year, the company will mark participation in more than 700 different functions since its inception more than 10 years ago. Though high-end accessories remain a staple (Our editor in chief vividly recalls falling for a Missoni umbrella!), Sammar also offers sports memorabilia and experience packages, like stays in the Cayman Islands, custom-tailored suits, Pittsburgh Pirates game suites with exclusive perks, and special dining packages. And, of course, style and the execution of details are major contributors to her success. “The way in which we present ourselves must also be tailored to each function,” Schiffman says. “What you are wearing and how you carry yourself immediately says a lot about you to those with whom you encounter. Our appearance, confidence, and energy are beacons of taste, knowledge of the merchandise, overall professionalism, and enthusiasm.” 84

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How would you describe your personal style?

ADINA SCHIFFMAN: My personal style has staying power. I don’t have time to be shopping regularly for trends, so I just try to make sure that whatever I choose, I choose something that will be valid for a long time.

What inspires your fashion sense? AS: I look at the quality of the workmanship, the creativity of the style, and if the designer was able to take both of those attributes and make it into a piece that makes women look beautiful.

Who are your favorite designers and where are your favorite places to shop?

AS: Etro, Piazza Sempione, Lela Rose. And of course, shoes. You have to mention shoes! Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. When I get a Saturday afternoon off, my family and I like to do little outings. We’ll go for lunch in Shadyside or Sewickley, and then we’ll hit all of the independent boutiques there.

Who are your style icons?

AS: I don’t have a particular person per se, but I respect people who understand how to make certain fabrics or designs work to flatter their figure, where they understand how to dress themselves, age-wise. And, they understand the importance of tailoring. A lot of times you see people wearing a beautiful dress or suit, and it doesn’t fit right. You’re better off getting a larger size and getting it fitted perfectly to your body, because that is the most slimming thing.

What are your wardrobe essentials?

AS: A black dress that has stretch but not sheen because you can wear it for any event and not feel foolish, like you’re not dressed up or down enough. In fact, I tell my staff when I’m not sure how dressy the crowds are going to be to get that! And, stretchy is important because we’re physically moving around and bending. And, if they gain a little weight or lose a little weight, they’re not panicking and having to go out and buy something new.


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PLAY BY EAR Update your jewelry box with fun, fresh takes on the statement earring We’re all ears for this season’s hottest accessory — statement earrings! Recent collections from famous French fashion houses Céline and Dior have upped the “earring game,” and local shops are taking notice, offering trendy, new styles that instantly add a little oomph and edge to any look. From big, bold, and shoulder-dusting, to ear cuffs, climbers (or crawlers), and double-sided “360s,” we now have more face-framing options than ever! Best of all, these playful baubles don’t require any additional (or painful) piercings and come in a variety of fine and costume jewelry price points. Details in WHIRL Directory, page TK.

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1. Colette 18K rose gold and diamond constellation crawlers, $4,800, Orr’s Jewelers. 2. Handmade semi-precious metal and bead earrings, price upon request, Jeffrey Smith Studio. 3. Circle ear jackets, $48, One Brilliant. 4. Mrs. T’s 18K white gold and black diamond ear climber, $1,400 each, Louis Anthony Jewelers. 5. Flower ear climbers, $68, One Brilliant. 6. Solar fringe earrings, $62, Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures.


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7. Miguel Ases beaded chandelier earrings, $350, Footloose at the Galleria. 8. Cubic Zirconium ear cuff, $78, One Brilliant. 9. Ippolita 18K gold and diamond branch earring and cuff, $4,250 and $2,000, Orr’s Jewelers. 10. Crescent crystal earrings, $52, Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures. 11. Ex Novo Bijoux metal and Swarovski crystal earrings, $80, MoZaic Boutique. 12. BaubleBar “mariposa” ear jackets, $32, Nordstrom. 13. BaubleBar pavé pearl 360 studs from the “Ear Silhouette” gift set of three, $58, Nordstrom. 14. Sibilia patinated copper and crystal dangle earring, $107, MoZaic Boutique.

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Philip Pelusi Salons celebrates 50 years in the industry with a focus on the future By LIZ PETONIAK • PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL FORNATARO ART DIRECTION BY SAMANTHA CASALE


y the numbers, what Philip Pelusi Salon Group has achieved in 50 years is an amazing feat. Since 1965, CEO and founder Philip Pelusi opened his first salon in Squirrel Hill at the age of 20, with one receptionist and five stylists, including himself. Today, the salon group has grown to 12 locations in the Greater Pittsburgh area is currently trending at 400,000 services per year. He’s also developed two ahead of the curve product lines, P2 Performance X2 Professional Products and Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi, which are sold by more than 100 retailers and salons internationally. Philip Pelusi professional products encompass hair and skin care, and PURE Cosmetics. And, Tela Beauty Organics is widely recognized as the first USDA-certified organic line of performance hair care products. 88

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Yet, these facts and figures only give a glimpse into the passion and innovation behind the Pelusi brand’s larger triumph: the positive impact it’s made on its staff, clients, and the community. Whether you’ve enjoyed renewed confidence after an industry-revolutionizing Volumetric® Haircut, found results and peace of mind in his products’ natural and organic ingredients, or participated in the salon’s philanthropic endeavors like the Pelusi Fall Trend Runway Show for Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh, Philip’s innate drive and curiosity along his creative quest made it happen. Philip and his wife, Jennifer Danilchick-Pelusi, Tela Beauty Organics’ director of sales and marketing, welcomed us into the colorful Philip Pelusi Education and Training Center for a photo shoot and interview, where we had the chance to pick the brain of the genius behind it all.

What first sparked your interest in hair? PHILIP PELUSI: Growing up, I was influenced by my sister who was very fashionable. She brought home French Vogue, Italian Vogue — many interesting international fashion publications. I was fascinated with the fashion, the design, and photography. Basically, I think that inspired me to develop as a hair designer. I didn’t realize how much of an impact it had on me until maybe 10 or so years later. I tried beauty school to see if I would like it. Then, I sold my car to be able to go full-time and finance my way through. At the time you opened your first salon, did you ever predict it would grow into the success it is today? PP: I wasn’t sure. But, failure wasn’t an option. I never doubted that we would be successful, but I wasn’t sure how successful or how far we could take this. I found out very fast that it would take a lot of work. It enabled me to do all of the things that I wanted to do, not just to work and to develop a clientele, but also shooting my fashion work and training staff. I think what got me through was that I had the passion to do it. How did you develop the Volumetric® haircutting technique? PP: My instinct for hair, the feel…I just felt comfortable. I felt the minute that I first cut a head of hair that ‘this is it.’ I can’t explain it. It’s like a little light bulb just clicked. I also discovered early on that hair is a fabric. And, the better the fabric, the better the design. Intrinsically, I knew I needed to create a trademarked cutting system — to name it, to identify what I was doing so that I would be able to teach others that worked for us, and to support my need for great design and to combine health and beauty. At what point did you realize you needed to develop your own line of products? PP: I started developing products in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s because I wasn’t satisfied with what was there. The product had to complement my Volumetrics® hair cutting system, and it had to have a sensitivity to the way we work and what we were trying to achieve — high quality and performance. I sought out herbalists and chemists, and it was a huge breakthrough when I realized I could transform and synthesize a product into what I wanted to see and feel. We tested the products on ourselves first, and then on clients. So, we got real-life feedback. It wasn’t just theory. The chemist and I explored, experimented, and sought out ingredients from all over the world, and we worked on one product at a time until

we got it right. We leave no stone unturned, as far as ingredients go. We’re not concerned about something being too expensive because what matters is quality. Why did you decide that you wanted to create a line of organic hair and skin care products? PP: We were always concerned about marrying health and beauty; that’s the key. Back when I started developing my own product formulas, I was the first in the industry to use ingredients like hyaluronic acid, zinc and yeast derivatives, calcium proteins, grape seed extract, sage, blueberry, and blackberry. These ingredients were relatively new then and mostly used for skin care. There was not much available at the time, so I experimented blending concoctions of moisture and protein, such as yogurt, avocado, celery, and bananas. I discovered that it would coat the hair, but it wouldn’t penetrate deep enough to have any real effect. So, the natural curiosity was always there — it was only limited by the ability of the world to figure out that they wanted to go in that direction. Through our contacts worldwide, we were able to find organic ingredients as time went on. And, as our philosophy and we evolved, Tela was a perfect fit for us, for how I felt about the fabric of hair, and the kind of passion we felt for well-conditioned, beautiful, shiny hair. Everything works better when you have that. What is the experience like creating hairstyles for runway shows at New York Fashion Week? PP: We’ll bring 12 to 18 stylists, depending on the show, and we could be doing anywhere from 20 to 30 models. The trick there is you have very little time to achieve the look. It’s exhilarating but chaotic backstage. Women’s Wear Daily recognized Tela Beauty Organics for being the first organic performance professional care line, and then we morphed from that right into fashion week and using it on the runways. That caught everyone’s attention and likeminded designers started to seek us out. We found it’s an amazing opportunity for us to hit the international stage. One of the things that is the most pleasing to me is that we are able to bring this experience and high-style to my team from Pittsburgh, and they can share it with their clients at the local salons. You’re always dressed so stylishly. What inspires your fashion sense? PP: I must say, I love fashion and I love change. I think the idea is to embrace fashion and have fun with it. You want to be serious, but on the other hand, it’s OK to have fun. I think it’s a very creative expression that fits what I do, and it feeds me, and vice versa with working in a forward-thinking, creative area.

Why are organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure important to you? PP: Working so closely with women all of these years, you really develop a bond with clients. It’s almost like family. Having seen some the situations my clients go through, once you wrap your brain around it, you can’t not want to do something to be helpful in that particular area. We also do thousands of fundraisers for other charities locally; our salons individually are always doing something. What is the next step for Philip Pelusi? PP: I think we’re poised for the next level of growth and success for the future, especially in the Pittsburgh area. I am always stimulated by innovation and challenging the possibilities of how we will work in the future. The next step is to continue to develop future leaders. I think even more important is providing solutions for our clients, artistically, using products, and making beautiful hair. And, last but not least, growing our national and international presence that started with Pelusi hair care brands that are recognized for ahead of the curve product formula, approach, and design. I have always said, if something is possible in a formula, we will be the first to do it. And, this is why I use science to create performance organics; a product has to perform. Fifty years is an incredible achievement. What does this mean to you and to what do you owe your success? PP: It’s very gratifying. When I stop to reflect, it means a lot, but we’re so busy working on the future. I think back and I realize I have a lot of people to thank. We couldn’t have done it without our incredible team leaders and staff — the people who worked for us over the last 50 years, that dedicated themselves, and believed in what we’re doing. And, especially all of the people in the Greater Pittsburgh area who have come to our salons. I think back to my sister inspiring me early on and, most notably, the man behind the scenes, my brother Henry. He’s the vice president of the Philip Pelusi Salon Group, and he just does so much that allows us to work on the creative and to keep that standard at such an elevation. And, of course, my wife Jennifer for her talent and her inspiration with Tela Beauty Organics. My daughter Marta is working with us now…my niece Nikki Blahusch, our National Educational Director. We are one big family here. I have so many people to thank, I don’t know where to stop. Maybe my sixth grade teacher? [He laughs.] Cheers to 50 years, and many more to come! Philip Pelusi Salons, philippelusi.com. Tela Beauty Organics, telabeautyorganics.com. wh i r lm a g a z i n e . c o m / W h irl


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Garbage Bag Gala More than 200 guests gathered for a heartfelt evening as The Salvation Army’s Garbage Bag Gala returned to the Fairmont Pittsburgh for another successful year! Co-sponsored by WHIRL Publishing, the festivities raised more than $42,000 for the Family Caring Center, the only shelter in the Pittsburgh area that houses entire families. The fabulous fashion show featured creative designs from local boutiques, made completely out of garbage bags and other recyclable materials. In the end, Stephanie Moye won “Best Design.” Professional models, students, and emcees kept the evening fun, building excitement for silent and live auctions that showcased extraordinary vacation packages. During the event, a heart-warming testimony was shared by a former Family Caring Center resident — a true testament of how the generosity of others provides hope and a new start for families. “The Garbage Bag Gala is a wonderfully unique event that continues to grow each year,” says The Salvation Army Divisional Secretary Major Robert Kramer. “The success of this year’s event can be credited to the outpour of support from the community and the dedicated committee members who plan the evening. The generosity of others allows the Family Caring Center to assist families who have no where else to turn.” — A.B.

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LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington was transformed into a Vegas casino, complete with gaming tables, endless buffets, Vegas-style entertainment, and silent and Chinese auctions to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While no money was exchanged between the hands of the 340 guests at the gaming tables, winners were awarded tickets to bid on items during the auctions. The big game of the night was a “Pittsburgh” Hold ‘Em tournament, where the winner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, will have one of the society’s grants to support medical research this year named after them. The event also honored the Bob O’Connor Foundation with the Mark Unatin Winged Victory Award for support of patients and families, as well as 11-year-old Mario Noro as the event’s Patient Hero for his courageous fight against leukemia. “While we were gaming and having fun, we also had the opportunity to honor the families and companies contributing to the cause,” says Tina Thompson, executive director of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “It was great to give the escape, a chance for a family to be carefree, and enjoy the evening and not worry about their tests or treatments in the morning.” And what happened at Vegas on the Mon didn’t stay at Vegas on the Mon, as the event raised more than $250,000 to support the society’s mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. — C.F.

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Vivacious Hue Perfect for a mid-decade year that’s poised for revitalization, Coral Reef is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015. Pulled from the Sherwin-Williams Buoyant palette, Coral Reef channels floral components, which are prominently featured in current fashion trends. “Coral Reef embodies the cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year,” says Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing Jackie Jordan. “Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage, or contemporary. Simply add this carefree color to your home’s palette and watch your creativity blossom.” Although Coral Reef has the ability to stand by itself on a single accent wall or object like a front door or piece of furniture, its outgoing personality begs for company. Colors that make it truly sing include Cotton White and Black Fox, as well as other floral hues, such as the Baroness and lush greens (as shown on the cover!), such as Paradise. To relax it slightly, Coral Reef works with warm neutrals, such as Sedate Gray. Sherwin-Williams suggests pairing the beautiful hue with driftwood, medium wood tones, and metal finishes, too. The color evokes inspiration from your favorite exotic locale and your garden’s blooms, and creates a vibrant, energetic space! Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com. 98

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Light Your Way Ten years ago, Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting owner Matt Cardello developed the Lighting Lab in Cardello Lighting’s Cranberry showroom. Today, the company has created three Lighting Labs to give customers an interactive resource to see different lighting options, styles, and to demo dimming levels. Located in the center of the showroom, the high-end, fully functioning kitchen Lighting Lab is the focal point, showing recessed and under-cabinet lighting in both LED and incandescent versions. Customers are able to see and choose lighting based on their lighting needs — task lighting, ambient lighting, or both. In a room of its own, adjacent to the kitchen Lighting Lab, the dining room Lighting Lab is meant to highlight high-end, architectural-grade recessed lighting; general lighting; pin spot lighting for artwork and sculpture; and wallwash effect. This area also has a functioning dimming control system to show scene settings and how whole-house control can be incorporated in their lighting system design. “We are trying to show our customers more than a light source,” Cardello says. “We’re trying to show the effect lighting can have in any given space, trying to create a mood or feel beyond basic lighting.” Interested in enhancing your space? Make an appointment with one of Cardello’s professional lighting consultants! Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting, cardellolighting.com. Photograph from LE ACQUEFORTI AKROS

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New Digs A resplendent restoration of the city’s iconic Beaux Arts-style James H. Reed Building, Hotel Monaco sits at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and William Penn Place. This is the San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants’ first location in Pittsburgh. This month, the boutique hotel opens its doors to guests. With nine stories and 248 guest rooms, the hotel features more than 11,000-square-feet of meeting space and a chef-driven, 120-seat restaurant with a prominent street entrance, called The Commoner. The space showcases bold and clever design that celebrates its original architecture and adds pops of modern, playfully unafraid patterns and textures. (We absolutely adore the peony-printed wallpaper, custom-designed for its new Pittsburgh digs!) Keeping it local, the hotel’s color palette features bold yellow, black, and white hues, and fun finds like books by local authors and meeting rooms named after Pittsburgh notables like Clemente, Salk, Carson, and Fahlman. From luxe, patterned robes to a complimentary wine hour held every evening, guests will be reminded of the fun and relaxation of travel. Each guest room provides luxurious amenities, including a 39-inch flat screen TV, wireless Internet, Bluetooth sound systems, in-room spa services, On Demand movies, and gourmet honor bar selections including hometown favorites like Clark Bars and a selection of Pennsylvania beers. “As a native of this great city, I could not be more proud to be opening this unique hotel in my hometown,” says General Manager Rob Mallinger. “Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will fundamentally change the hospitality landscape in Pittsburgh, offering personalized amenities and unparalleled service to guests in the city.” We’re totally taking a staycation! Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, 620 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.471.1170. monaco-pittsburgh.com.


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Take Flight Local artist Kim Fox of Mt. Lebanon was recently recognized on a national level as a finalist in Martha Stewart’s 2014 American Made Awards under her professional moniker, Worker Bird. A group of nine judges selected her “tin quilts” — handmade with deconstructed tin, nailed into intricate patterns on salvaged wood — in the crafts category among other artists who share the same passion for quality craftsmanship. In addition to her wall art, Fox also crafts house numbers, prints, greeting cards, and other mixed media pieces by hand, and accepts commissioned work to create custom designs for clients seeking truly unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Growing up in the Laurel Highlands, Fox draws inspiration from her upbringing. “I grew up very remotely, and I don’t think I realized what an impact it had on me until later in life,” she says. “Living simply inspires me. I naturally now gravitate towards that very same thing — the slow, by hand way of making things with old recycled materials.” Those who visited Handmade Arcade 2014, Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, may recognize Fox’s distinct style. She was selected to design all of the promotional materials for the event, which attracted thousands of attendees. Keep your eyes peeled for more of Fox’s work this month as one of her designs will appear as the cover of The Pittsburgh City Paper’s Winter Guide! Worker Bird, workerbird.com. etsy.com/ shop/workerbird. — Liz Petoniak

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New Year, New Hue! Drumroll, please! PANTONE has announced its Color of the Year for 2015. The global color authority chose Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red. “While Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body, and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings, and interiors.” Designer Hervé Léger by Max Azria incorporated this hue into his collections on the Spring 2015 runway, showing that the shade makes for an elegant statement color on its own and works as a compelling accent color when paired up. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber, and golden yellows; greens in both turquoise and teal; and blues in the more vibrant range, according to PANTONE. And for beauty? The color is flattering against many skin tones, pairing well with peachy pinks and gold metallics. For the home, Marsala is a natural fit for interiors, adding elegance, richness, and plush characteristics to any room. Drink it in! PANTONE, pantone.com.


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Prideful Projects When it comes to designing spaces for clients, Randy Snell takes great pride in listening to what his clients truly want. His passion sparked while working for Mark Christy Associates, which once was the largest, residential interior design firm in Pittsburgh. Snell worked on high-end residential, country club projects as well as health care and commercial work. “The experience was priceless,” he says. In 2000, he began working for Astorino as a project manager in the residential interiors department, and spent seven years there before starting Archetype Design Studio, a smaller, boutique business, in 2007. His small design studio consists of himself and an assistant, allowing Snell to provide the personal attention he feels his clients deserve. “The design of a room or a home is based on the client’s style — not mine,” he says. “Having said that, I do put my personal touches on my projects, where you will see common threads.” Snell also takes the opportunity to stretch his clients’ imaginations, taking them out of their comfort zone to create something unexpected. While presenting to a client, he often shows an expected option and an unexpected option. “That takes it to the next level,” Snell says. “More often than not, they warm to the idea and go ahead with the implementation, sometimes with great skepticism. When it is all said and done, they normally thank me for stretching them to think outside of the box.” Archetype Design Studio, 176 Rochester Road, West View. 412.301.8007. archetypeds.com.

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Love Your Lav Patete Kitchen and Bath Design Center flips bathrooms and kitchens, making your home stunning and your life stress-free You step out of your clawfoot tub and nearly slip making a move to the sink and mirror. Nothing seems to stay on your faulty shelves, and the toilet won’t flush unless you flick the handle at a certain angle. Let’s not even start on the peeling wallpaper and water damage you struggle to hide! Isn’t it time for an upgrade? If the thought of remodeling leads to stress over expenses and decisions, you’re not alone. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. The specialists at Patete Kitchen and Bath Design Center are here to walk you through the process. Here’s what you can expect as you turn your bathroom into the comfortable space you’ve always wanted for yourself and guests:

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Be Patient & Do Your Research While remodeling doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s important to understand that any major reconstruction doesn’t happen overnight and may require major demolition. Many older Pittsburgh homes feature ceramic tile that could be 40 to 60 years old, set in concrete. This is called a “mud job” because of the concrete, and you can expect this type of job to take up to three weeks. Says Steve Erenrich, owner of Patete Kitchen and Bath Design Center, “There’s a whole lot of bathroom remodels that were done 15, 20, or 30 years ago that were done the wrong way.” This includes the use of green moisture-resistant board or cement board, which was a composite that included concrete. Neither were particularly effective, since “moisture-resistant is not necessarily moisture-proof,” Erenrich adds.

On Trend Following home trends really comes down to personal taste. At one time, polished brass everything in a bathroom was the hottest ticket in town. Odds are if you’re looking into getting your bathroom remodeled now, you’re more than likely getting rid of all of the polished brass in your bathroom. Now, stainless or brushed nickel, polished nickel, and oldfashioned chrome have come back into play. The style of your home plays a big role — you may want to make everything contemporary or stick with a traditional look. “Baskin Robins has 31 flavors for a reason — not everyone likes vanilla!” says Erenrich. “Well, it’s the same thing in bathrooms. You want to stay in the mode of decorating that fits within your house — you don’t want to mess with the integrity that’s in the design of the home. But, there are also a lot of designs that can become transitional.” Tub-to-shower conversions are also a popular trend; however, don’t be too quick to remove tubs completely from your home. Patete suggests keeping at least one five-foot tub in your house strictly for resale purposes. And when it comes to new showers, clear glass is the way to go. It not only makes the room look larger, but it really accentuates the new design of the bathroom as a whole. If clear glass throws you off, Erenrich asks, “Who’s in the bathroom with you that shouldn’t be there?!”


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Talk to the Experts When working with Patete, the job won’t be do-it-yourself. A bathroom designer will come to your home to see what you’re working with and what the job will entail. The designer will take measurements, getting all of the specs in your bathroom, and take note of what you want done. You’ll then meet with that same bathroom designer as well as someone on the interior design staff. The remodel approach is a team effort with both aesthetics and labor taken into account. “Now, the layout may mean reconfiguring things,” Erenrich explains. “It may mean we’re putting fixtures back in the same place, but obviously putting everything in the right way. And, needless to say, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do a bathroom remodel.”

Make Wise Choices “It’s not a tub, a toilet, and a sink anymore,” says Erenrich. “There are all kinds of choices to make. We spend a lot of time with our clients so that sometimes they’ll come back two or three times in the selection process.” Comb through the giant Cadillac of products to choose from, or stop in Patete’s humongous showroom and see for yourself all of the available options! Patete offers ceramic tile systems that become completely waterproof because of the construction of the membranes. Many clients choose tile for it’s stain- and mildew-resistant properties and its guaranteed quality. Or, Patete offers acrylic products that can be used on walls sans grout. The company also offers a product called Sentrel, which is a digital photograph of an actual stone, such as a marble or granite, on top of a PVC back. It looks like stone, but it’s just digital imaging, relieving you of the high maintenance or cost of granite and marble while still retaining the beauty of natural stone.

Fix It “Our approach is you’re here because you have a problem,” he says. “We want to help solve that problem the best way possible.” Reconstruction can be intimidating. Trust your judgment, be patient, and know that there are solutions to building exactly what you want. And, finally, don’t sacrifice functionality for design — find a blend that balances both. Says Erenrich, “We can make bathrooms very accessible, very functional, and still look good.” So what are you waiting for? Time to dip your toes in a new tub, shower — or both! Patete Kitchen and Bath Design Center, 1105 Washington Ave., Carnegie. 412.279.2222. patetekitchens.com.

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Lafco Candle, $55. Splurge.


Antique Book, price available upon request. Voila Interior Style.

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PhotographS FROM LOOM Exquisite Textiles, by zachary Slaughter, from Splurge, Voila Interior Style

“Emerald green is always in fashion. Using a whimsical touch introduces a glamorous look.” —Theresa Bayer, Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery




Gilded Finished Occasional Table with an Inlayed Emerald Green Penshell Top, price available upon request, Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery.

Marble Mosaic Tile Verde Laguna Color, price available upon request. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.

Towel/Blanket Stand, price available upon request. Voila Interior Style.

Photographs BY MICHAEL FORNATARO, zacHary slaughter, from Voila Interior Style, PPG Paints ® The Voice of Color ®


Glass Vessel Basin, $385. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home.

“Green symbolizes balance and healing, making it a rejuvenating color for the New Year.” —dee schlotter, PPG Paints® the voice of color ®


Manor Hall ® Interior Paint in Globe Artichoke, price available upon request. PPG Paints® The Voice of Color ®

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Coral Chandelier, $14,600, Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting.

Natural Beauty Light your space with ocean inspiration

Swap snow for sand! Beat the winter doldrums by inviting this coral chandelier into your home. Sold locally by Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting, the 72-inch-wide, 18-light piece is handcrafted by Meyda Custom Lighting artisans in Yorkville, N.Y. The gorgeous fixture depicts coral antlers and strands borne on the ocean floor, and has the pulse of a deep-sea coral reef habitat with its elaborate accents. Says Cardello Lighting Marketing Coordinator Claire Rogers, “The intricate detail and richness of the chandelier makes a statement, immediately illuminating the room with beauty and light.” Allow the shimmering rays of this custom chandelier to defeat darkness and illuminate your world. For all Cardello Electric Supply & Lighting locations, visit cardellolighting.com. @ 110

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This beautiful estate, designed by renowned architect Lou Astorino, features gorgeous sunbathed rooms and impeccable views of the Ligonier Valley. The kitchen boasts multiple islands, a wood-burning pizza oven, and custom cabinets to make for a stunning space. Luxury abounds, with pristine hardwood flooring, five wood-burning fireplaces, two master suites and a refrigerated wine cellar with the capacity to house over 1,100 bottles of your finest wines.

This incredible property surrounds you with beautiful acreage and amazing views both inside and out. The well-equipped kitchen allows you the luxury of entertaining your esteemed guests with ease, while the guest house grants them their respective privacy.

Set on five secluded acres, expansive windows capture stunning views from every corner of this 7,500 square foot home. Ideal for entertaining, the home features open floor plans, a whole-house entertainment system, billiard room and home theatre.









Gorgeous home located in the coveted Manor at Hartwood. Oversized light-filled rooms. Lush baths and gourmet kitchen, full of amenities.

Clad in Hardie Board and cedar siding, this home is situated on 3.8 lakeside acres. Pine planks and Italian porcelain extend throughout nearly 5,000 sq. ft. of living space.






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Colors That POP Tune out Old Man Winter’s bad vibes with these lively interiors!

Listed at $789,900 3163 Henrich Farm Lane, Hampton

Behind Blue Walls Inspired by an artist’s soul and an architect’s vision, this two-story, contemporary home in Hampton offers room for your family and art collections to live in harmony. Heated floors warm the entryway and remodeled kitchen, while exquisite tile and wood flooring flow throughout. Beyond the understated, contemporary simplicity you discover unsurpassed luxury, quality, and attention to detail. Four bedrooms and four and a half baths make this an ideal home for large families and entertaining. Thoughtful artisan colors reflect different personalities built into in every room. With 1.3 acres of property, its multilevel decks beckon for relaxation in privacy protected by walls of trees in the spacious backyard. For more information, contact Linda DiBucci of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services at 412.519.5800. 114

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photographs from Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Listed at $649,900 102 Abbey Court, Venetia

Color Your World When it comes to painting the rooms of a home, we say the bolder, the better! This custom-built, Colonial abode delivers, welcoming guests with a foyer bedecked in red stripes. The pattern travels up the stairs to the top floor, bringing its warm with it. The bottom level of the five-bedroom, three-full and two-half-bath space cools down with a soft shade of blue and provides the perfect space to watch the game or whip up some half-time refreshments. For bigger culinary masterpieces, just head up to the open kitchen, complete with a large island, granite countertops, and stainless appliances. And, to admire some shades of green, step onto the spacious back deck and take in the professionally landscaped yard, which includes a rock waterfall and pond. For more information, contact Janine Guthrie of Northwood Realty Services at 412.595.3016. northwood.com. — Rachel Jones

green, green grass of home As the snow piles up, you may be dreaming of golf or pool entertainment (with an exposed aggregate deck!). When spring arrives, step out on the links in the backyard of this gorgeous home, nestled at the top of the cul-de-sac in Sewickley’s Diamond Run neighborhood. This house overlooks holes three and four of Diamond Run Golf Club! In addition to its privacy outside, you’ll love the vast assortment of room colors and styles inside. This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home offers varied flooring and stone visuals with custom tile and hardwood flooring, stone walls, and limestone accents. Cozy up at any one of the three marble and stone fireplaces, or read a book in the private library! Handmade glass countertops in the kitchen and patio doorways, along with custom ceiling details and various artistic backsplashes, make this home one-of-a-kind. For more information, contact Pierre Khoury and Gia Albanowski of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty at 724.776.3686 x328. thepreferredrealty.com.

Listed $1,250,000 113 Fan Court, Sewickley Photographs from Northwood Realty Services, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices the preferred realty

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1. Monica’s mother reconstructed her grandmother’s wedding dress to revive the pale blue tint underneath the lace overlay, inspiring the wedding’s color scheme of various blue hues. The groomsmen wore dark blue suits, while each bridesmaid designed a unique chambray dress through eshakti.com. “People are all different shapes and sizes,” Monica says. “I couldn’t just pick a dress and expect it to work for everyone.” 2. Monica’s bouquet held pink and magenta peonies and lavender from her mother’s garden; and white limonium, globe thistle, and wheat from Roxanne’s Dried Flowers. 3. To accompany the biscotti dessert, Caffe d’Amore provided a maple latte, specially made for its employee Lance’s big day.



Monica Small & Lance Hershberger Monica Small and Lance Hershberger didn’t have a typical wedding. “We kind of broke all of the traditional rules,” Monica says. “We’re both feminists and decided to do things differently.” After meeting in college and dating for over two years, the couple decided to get married. Instead of Lance proposing on one knee, the pair shared a “celebration day” together. “We each planned half of the day,” Monica explains. “We had breakfast with both of his grandmothers in the morning, went for a couple’s massage, explored Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and had dessert, made by my sister-in-law, later in the day. It was just a great time to spend with loved ones and celebrate.” Monica and Lance continued their celebration eight months later with 175 guests. As they walked down the aisle of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Hick’s Memorial Chapel, guests were encouraged to join an a cappella rendition of the hymn “Down in the River to Pray.” “Having all of those voices surround me and looking into the faces of people I love while I walked by — it was really special,” Monica says. The sweetness continued at their Union Project reception, where assorted biscotti from Enrico’s was served in place of a tiered wedding cake. Monica and Lance went on their honeymoon in Montreal a couple months later, exploring the city, enjoying each other’s company, and eating lots of poutine. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 119. 116

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By Colleen Ferguson •

Photographs from Jani Hershberger

Brandi Pelles & Tim Bryner << “The way he looked at me all day, he had never looked at me like that before,” Brandi says, reflecting on their beautiful day.

When Brandi Pelles and Tim Bryner met at Town Tavern on the South Side, neither were looking for a serious relationship. Tim had just returned home from Iraq, and Brandi recently moved in with friends and was just looking to have fun. But the two couldn’t deny their feelings for each other, especially when Brandi hinted at hers with a silly singalong of “To Be With You” by Mr. Big. “The song keeps saying, ‘I’m the one who wants to be with you,’” Brandi says. “How could he say no?” The couple officially dated for four years, getting engaged during a trip to Florida. Brandi walked down the aisle of Saints John and Paul Parish in Sewickley two years later in a champagne-colored Carlisle gown, with all of the details Brandi originally thought she didn’t want. “I wanted white,” Brandi says. “And I didn’t want lace or a train or a veil because I thought they were outdated. But my dress had all of those things and I loved it!” Brandi’s classic look complemented a classy cocktail party atmosphere at Grazie at the Oxford Club, where the couple shared their first dance to the fateful Mr. Big song that brought them together. “A lot of people asked me why we chose that song,” Brandi says. “We just wanted to have fun with it. That was the theme of the day.”

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Brianne Kemp & Chad Stemmler << Brianne looked flawless in a fit-and-flair Maggie Sottero gown from MB Bride, complete with tiers of ivory lace and a long train.

While the Pittsburgh skyline often makes an appearance in wedding photo backdrops, the picturesque city took a starring role in Dr. Brianne Kemp and Dr. Chad Stemmler’s relationship. Although Wisconsin-native Brianne and Pittsburgher Chad both met in grad school in Iowa, an internship in the City of Champions brought the pair closer. Six years later, they were watching a Pittsburgh Pirates game in their new home when Chad surprised Brianne with her favorite dessert — strawberry shortcake — and an engagement ring. How sweet! “He got down on one knee right in the kitchen. It was perfect because I’m a very private person. It wasn’t in front of anyone; it was just us,” Brianne says. “It was fun to call everyone on FaceTime later and just surprise everyone.” Brianne planned a formal affair, dressing the bridesmaids and groomsmen in midnight blue. Memories in Bloom Floral arranged calla lilies and light blue hydrangeas throughout the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, where 100 guests, including many first-time Pittsburgh visitors, attended both the ceremony and reception. “We wanted to show off Pittsburgh,” Brianne says. “We wanted to show people our home and this city we fell in love with.”

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Photographs from Eric Smyklo Photography, Photography By O’Neil

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SHOPPING SPREE PLAY BY EAR BaubleBar, baublebar.com. Footloose at the Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531.9663. shopfootloose.com. Jeffrey Smith Studio, 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.8153. jeffreysmithstudio.com. Louis Anthony Jewelers, 1775 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.854.0310. louisanthony.com. MoZaic Boutique, 1597 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412,275.3787. mozaicboutique.com. Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures, nicolettejewelrysculptures.com. Nordstrom, Ross Park Mall, 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, North Hills. 412.548.4300. nordstrom.com. One Brilliant, 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. onebrilliant.com. Orrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.6777. orrsrocks.com

WHIRL@HOME COLOR CODE GREENLIGHTED LOOM Exquisite Textiles, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.586.4346. loomshowroom.com. Voila Interior Style, 724.941.1997. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home, 1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry. 724.772.1060. 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.733.2600. exploresplash.com. PPG Paints The Voice of Color, ppgpittsburghpaints.com. Splurge, 1112 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242. splurge-shop.com. Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery, 320 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.0233. schaferinteriors.com. A pop of coral is just what your home needs in 2015!


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Floral arrangements of white and pale pink hydrangeas and roses from McCandless Floral matched Brandi Pelles’ vision of “easy, simple, classic, timeless” décor. “All of the bridesmaids had the same bouquets,” she says. “Since I let them choose their own dresses, this was the one thing everyone had the same.”

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WHIRL Weddings Monica Small & Lance Hershberger Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty. 412.363.4550. unionproject.org. Enrico Biscotti Bakery and Cafe, 2022 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.281.2602. enricobiscotti.com. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Hick’s Memorial Chapel, 616 North Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.362.5610. Caffe d’Amore Espresso Catering, 412.330.1418. caffedamorecatering.com. Jani Hershberger, janihershberger.com.

Market District in Wexford decorated the couple’s three-tiered marble cake, with fudge filling and vanilla buttercream frosting, in all white to fit Brianne Kemp’s theme of simple elegance.

Memories in Bloom Floral arranged an allwhite calla lily bouquet for bride Brianne Kemp.

Brandi Pelles & Tim Bryner Saints John and Paul Parish, 2586 Wexford Bayne Rd, Sewickley. 724.935.2104. stsjohnandpaul.org. Silvioni’s Restaurant, 2125 Babcock Blvd., North Hills. 412.821.9895. silvionis.net. McCandless Floral, 8105 Old Perry Hwy., McCandless. 412.367.8708. mccandlessfloralinc.com. Strawberry Red’s Cookies and Pastries, facebook.com/StrawberryRedsCookies. Eric Smyklo Photography, 4714 Conrad Road, Erie. 814.218.3232. ejswedding.com.

Brianne Kemp & Chad Stemmler Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 107 6th St., Downtown. 412.562.1200. renaissancepittsburghpa.com. MB Bride, 123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.6626. mbbride.com. Giant Eagle Market District, 155 Town Center Drive, Wexford. 724.934.0155. marketdistrict.com. Photography by O’Neil, photographybyoneil.com.







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Breakwell’s hands-on investment has augmented his passion for the film industry — he spends “all day, every day” overseeing the action. We walk outside and return onto Stage 5 (60,000 square feet), where Lionsgate is filming “The Last Witch Hunter,” starring Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine. The larger-than-life, hand-carved trees are unlike anything I’ve ever seen — the mammoth creations were even more striking before they were caught on fire, Breakwell says.

Movie Man Meet Chris Breakwell, the financierturned-film studio owner, who brought Hollywood to Pittsburgh With major motion pictures like “Jack Reacher,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Unstoppable,” 31st Street Studios is spearheading the film industry in Pittsburgh — or “Hollywood East,” as dubbed by CNN. The man responsible is Chris Breakwell, a Belle Vernon native, who saw an opportunity in 300,000 square feet of former steel mill space in the Strip District and invested $10 million of his personal finances to make it happen. “My favorite part about it is having grown up here in the ‘70s with the steel mills, then taking an old steel mill, saving it, and creating modern-day jobs in the movie business,” he says. “The entertainment industry has been one of the major things that has helped Pittsburgh come back. It’s helped with its image, employment, and money going back into the city. We like to think that we’re one of the major economic generators in Pittsburgh.” We walk onto Stage 1 (40,000 square feet), where two sets — a Florida condo and an all-white morgue — have been built and perfected by hundreds of set designers and workers for the film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith. To our left is wardrobe, organized and draped on racks and racks adjacent dressing rooms. Looking up, we see a salvaged crane and top soundproofing materials, and as we’re given a tour, Breakwell points out the $50,000 heating/AC system he purchased. Lighting built from the ground up, used to create daylight outside of a set’s windows, is part of the $30 million in Cinelease’s equipment, housed in the studios. 120

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At any given time, there are, on average, 100 to 250 local employees working on eight stages and in 12 buildings, whether building sets, rigging lights, creating props, or soundproofing. Those numbers do not include production managers, makeup artists, stylists, caterers, actors, etc. Says Breakwell, “It’s about building infrastructure and building these full-time jobs that are always here. It’s a financial opportunity, and it’s a lot of work to do it. Now that we’ve done all of the hard work, we’re very cautious of others trying to do what we’re doing. As long as they do it right, competition is great. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Like many Pittsburghers, Breakwell left, then returned home. He developed a name for himself out West as a banker, operating a sports and entertainment practice, for uber-famous clients. He’s found love for the industry and continues to generate big business. Breakwell says, “When you’ve invested your life as a banker for 15 years, can change careers, and change something for the better, it makes you happy.” 31st Street Studios, 31ststreetstudios.com.

By Andrea Bosco • Photographs by Michael Fornataro

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WHIRL Magazine: January 2015  

In this issue: Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin & Sidney Crosby, 2015 Health & Wellness Guide.

WHIRL Magazine: January 2015  

In this issue: Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin & Sidney Crosby, 2015 Health & Wellness Guide.