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features 49 WHIRL Magazine Presents: 13 Under 30 Meet an outstanding crew of 13 entrepreneurs, business leaders, fashionistas, and forward-thinkers, all under the age of 30, in our third annual feature. Their stories are sure to inspire you!

58 The Total Package


Shoe lovers, unite — Sarah Jessica Parker’s longawaited line of footwear (purses and a trench coat, too) arrives exclusively in Nordstrom stores this month. Peruse our favorite picks from the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker.

60 Going for the Gold

The multi-talented Ivanka Trump shares her sparkling secrets to success. Her new spring line of jewelry from the Ivanka Trump Collection debuts this month at Louis Anthony Jewelers.

62 Caring for Our Seniors

Explore three senior care facilities, a variety of locations that are filled with countless amenities and care options suitable for you or your loved one.



66 Featured Neighborhood: Explore Greensburg Greensburg is growing! New cafés, housing developments, and community-building events are offering exciting opportunities to enjoy the neighborhood.

85 WHIRL@HOME: Spring Edition

Bring the focus home with our guide to bettering your living space. Welcome brightness inside with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, be inspired by Jeffrey Smith’s very Zen living space, and spruce up any room with green plants.

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62 Photographs by Rob Larson, from Nordstrom, Ivanka Trump Collection, by Cayla Zahoran, from St. Barnabas.

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Morning Glory — Wake up to these energizing breakfast spreads, whipped up by chefs at four local hotels. We’ve got everything from Pittsburghstyle Eggs Benedict, to paleo protein pancakes. We’re also reporting on a slew of new restaurant happenings.

71 S  tyle News Hop to It — We’re jumping for joy at this season’s fashion offerings, including chic tees, cool basics, and colorful options. Fresh makeup, shoes, and jewelry are gracing these pages, too!

76 S  tyle Feature Love at First Match — Searching for your soulmate? Susan Dunhoff of The Modern Matchmaker offers her modern-day advice for finding true love.

Events 32 Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll

Hall of Fame Celebration

34 The 88th Cinderella Ball 36 26th Annual

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37 Trends & Friends Social Networking Event

38 2014 Book of Lists Reception

39 Pittsburgh Public Market Grand Reopening

78 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kickoff Party

80 Pittsburgh Penguins

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82 Symphony of Food —

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Dream Big! When WHIRL Magazine was launched in 2001, there was a resounding chorus of “The young people are leaving! The young people are leaving!” echoing throughout Pittsburgh. That’s not the case today. Our community is thriving with fresh perspectives, new concepts, and brilliant ideas, all from people under the age of 30. We think this year’s list of the top 13 Under 30, put together by Executive Editor Nicole Barley, is outstanding. See for yourself on page 49 why we are proud of the accomplishments of these men and women. Fashion is our passion here, and every day is a another reason to put together an interesting look. To be featuring Sarah Jessica Parker’s new shoe line, the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker, in our Spring Fashion issue is a dream come true. We have been fans of hers ever since her starring role in the film Striking Distance, which was filmed here. We think her new sole designs hit the mark in the collection’s debut at Nordstrom on February 28. We have filled the rest of the pages of this issue with positive influencers, like Pittsburgh Penguin Kris Letang, jewelry designer/entrepreneur Ivanka Trump, and Rostrum Records artist Vali. All three are living their dreams. Here’s to your dreams!

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Ribbon-cuttings, an artist workshop, and strong support for regional nonprofits round out our collection of hot happenings this month!

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Carnegie Science Center announced the winners of the 2014 Carnegie Science Awards! The highest accolade, the Chairman’s Award, is being conferred on University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and former Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon. Sponsored by Eaton, the celebration will take place on May 9. Pictured from left to right: Carnegie Science Center co-directors Ann Metzger and Ron Baillie; Cindy Fisher; and Chancellor Nordenberg.

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Nicholas Barcellona, John Bettis, III, and Terrell Jefferson supported Family Services of Western Pennsylvania at J. Verno Studios in South Side. Act 2: A Celebration of Second Chances raised $26,000 for the nonprofit, which has been serving families and individuals in the region since 1885.

In celebration of Sterrett Middle School’s commitment to the American Heart Association and NFL’s Play 60 Challenge, and reaching its goal of 100,000 minutes of activity, 50 students took a personal tour through Heinz Field and visited with Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward.




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Sean Proakis, center, a graphic design student at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP), showcased his winning entry for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s poster design competition. AIP faculty members Mark Bender and Rob Straw, AIP adjunct faculty member and American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) President Doris Short, and Greg Coll, graphic design professional and AIGA sponsorship coordinator, congratulated Proakis on his victory.

Photograph from Roseanne Wholey

Chad Stephenson, director, Workspace Innovation; Heather Bresch, CEO, Mylan Inc.; Robert J. Coury, executive chairman, Mylan Inc.; and Rajiv Malik, president, Mylan Inc., celebrated the opening of Mylan’s new 280,000-square-foot global center headquarters in Canonsburg at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Julia Gleason, Mary Frances Johnson, Erika Arbogast, and Mary Lee Gannon presented a check for $200,000 to Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Field Club. It was the final St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind membership meeting on behalf of the Medallion Ball’s 50th year.




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Comedian, actor, and Pittsburgh native Steve Byrne; Mario Lemieux; comedian Bill Burr; and 102.5 WDVE radio host Randy Baumann convened at Rivers Casino for Comedy Night during the 2014 Mario Lemieux Fantasy Hockey Camp, benefiting the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Photograph from Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

For the second time in the history of the organization, Bob Freeman of Mt. Lebanon, owner and broker of Freeman Realty, has been named president of the REALTORS Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh. He gathered with those on his left — Michelle Martincic Freeman, Vice President Michael Freeman, Vice President Lisa Freeman, and Associate Broker Marcia Freeman — at Rivers Casino for the 103rd annual inauguration banquet.

Charlotte Cohen, a public art advisor of New York; Sarah Conley Odenkirk, an attorney from Studio City, Calif., and author of “A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts;” Jen Delos Reyes, an artist and assistant professor of art and social practice at Portland State University, Ore.; and Janet Zweig, an award-winning artist and NEA grant recipient from Brooklyn, N.Y., gathered in Pittsburgh for the Office of Public Art’s sixth annual Public Art 101 workshop for artists.




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Direct Energy presented Auberle employees Lauren Brown, grants and annual fund coordinator; Rodney Prystash, director of facilities; and Bridget Clement, director of development, with a $2,500 “Reduce Your Use For Good Grant.” The nonprofit organization, which serves at-risk children and families, was awarded the grant to help decrease energy, conserving more funds to support its mission.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Jim Roddey, Susan Corbett, and St. Barnabas Health System President & CEO William V. Day gathered at Trees Manor for Presents for Patients, which raised more than $5 million and has arranged visits to more than 500,000 nursing homes. The governor and first lady served as honorary co-chairs, presenting a special gift to Donnie Hersh, a 33-year resident of St. Barnabas Nursing Home.

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Rachel Amice, Taylor Stine, Kristin Olson, Alex Lackos, and Carlie Husaini gathered at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott at Bakery Square, where guests flipped through floor plans and spoke with leasing consultants about pre-leasing a residence in one of the two 175-unit apartment buildings — and a collection of townhouses — which breaks ground this month. The project is part of Walnut Capital Partners’ Bakery Square 2.0 expansion.





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Mary Leonard, Luminari President Hilda Pang Fu, cartoonist Joe Wos, and Vivian Benter attended the opening reception of the ToonSeum’s newest exhibit, Wonder Woman: On Page and Off. The exhibit, which runs through March 31, aims to explore the role of women in the comics industry, as well as the way comics have portrayed them.

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY from your friends at Walnut Grill.

Contest winner Vince DeAngelo, Mark Madden of 105.9 The X, Mike Prisuta of WDVE, Clear Channel Sports Director Tim Benz, David Todd of 970 ESPN, PensTV Host Katie O’Malley, and Stan Savran of 970 ESPN got together at Diesel in South Side for the Sixth Annual Great Sports Debate for a round table discussion in front of a live audience to talk Pittsburgh sports.

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Photograph from Charles Blackwell

BRIDGEVILLE WEXFORD FOX CHAPEL MT.LEBANON Margo Doss; Vanessa Doss, owner of Steel City Live; Sunni Lovelace; and Tess Kenny enjoyed samplings of SAVOY Restaurant’s fabulous food and cocktails at the A Taste Of The City launch party. Vanessa’s new show, which she hosts and produces, is a half-hour PCTV program dedicated to the latest scoop on food, culture, and entertainment in Pittsburgh.

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Executive Chef Kevin Watson of SAVOY Restaurant and The Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver led a cooking and beer pairing demo at the first-ever Pittsburgh Brew ‘N Chew, held at the Monroeville Convention Center. Watson cooked up a fancy grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with macaroni and a spicy meatloaf sandwich, which Oliver paired with two craft beers, Brooklyn Local 1 and Brooklyn Brown Ale.

Committee co-chairs Micki and Rich Talarico welcomed more than 600 employees, associates, and friends of Jefferson Hospital and Allegheny Health Network to the sixth annual Club Jefferson Gala: “Glitz & Glam,” held in the Heinz Field East Club Lounge.

Rivers Casino Poker Room Manager Jim Tinney congratulated Pittsburgh native Larry Pileggi for winning the Pittsburgh Poker Open Winter Series Championship at Rivers Casino, taking home more than $71,000. The tournament was the first televised poker event held in Pittsburgh. 6425 Penn Avenue, Bakery Square 412-362-1234 Don’t fo to boo rget k next p your arty a t Social or UP! 5500 Walnut Street, Shadyside 412-688-8220

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Members of Fragasso Financial Advisors, including chairman and CEO Bob Fragasso, Family Assets and Business Development Manager Raymond Amelio, financial advisor Bryan Hoover, and Assistant Manager Retirement Plans Advisors David Graver, said one final goodbye to their beards before a ceremonial shave at the Koppers Building barber shop. The beard growing competition raised more than $273,000 for Animal Friends.

ACHIEVA’s Chair of the Board of Trustees Bill Lestitian and ACHIEVA CEO Marsha Blanco honored Pennsylvania Sen. Matt Smith with the “Excellence in Legislation Award” at the 2013 ACHIEVA Awards of Excellence, held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

Kristen Kane of The Atrium and Andrea Verosko of All Occasions Party Rental welcomed brides-to-be at The Atrium’s Bridal Showcase, where menu tastings, table settings, and preferred vendors were on-hand for wedding day planning. 5500 Walnut Street, Shadyside 412-697-0909




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Ashton Basar, a junior and biology major at Carlow University, was busy spinning clay into bowls all evening at Carlow’s Pottery Marathon event entitled, “Bowls in the Night.” Students volunteered to handcraft more than 200 bowls to be given to patrons of the Empty Bowls Dinner on March 2, which supports the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.

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Project Evolution II created a fashion show, held at Carnegie Music Hall, spotlighting local designers and artists. Benefiting the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Project Evolution is a collaborative project of nearly 200 volunteers to become a voice and raise awareness for homelessness. Here, performer Kellee Maize entertains with dancers.

Participants Alana Herceg and Ayden Harbin at Pittsburgh’s Joey Travolta Film Camp: Red Carpet Premiere, where nearly 400 attendees gathered in support of 30 young filmmakers who took to the red carpet before seeing their films on the big screen at Waterworks Cinemas.

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Ari Rochmann and Beth Hanus sipped on hand-crafted rum cocktails at the grand opening of Maggie’s Farm Rum in the Strip District. The new local distillery produces rum in Spanish-made copper pots and boasts an in-house bar.

Photograph from Browyn Wade

Family Hospice & Palliative Care President & CEO Barbara Ivanko shared more about hospice care and the Affordable Care Act during a presentation at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

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Amy Melissen, Michael Berry, and Alex Riedel rocked out at the WashArts Instructor/ Student Show and Open House. The event, which included live performances and demonstrations, also exhibited artwork created by instructors and students alike!

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Market Square Public Art Program: Congregation, Market Square, 412.325.0163


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McGuire Memorial Foundation’s Special Auction for Special People, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 724.843.0365

St. Alexis School Gala, Omni William Penn Hotel, 724.935.4343

Sound Series: JACK Quartet, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.624.7529

March 2014 Wednesdays

WHIRL Wednesday, KDKA-TV, 9 a.m.

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March 14-16


Jefferson Starship, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

Pittsburgh CLO’s 17th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, The Duquesne Club, 412.281.3973 March 7, 8

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Brit Floyd, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666 March 7-16

33rd Annual Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show, David L. Lawrence

TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, Women for a Healthy

Convention Center, 412.231.8400

Environment, 412.420.2290

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 3x3,

3rd Annual Autism Frostbite 5K & Kids Fun Run, N. Park Rose Barn, Allison

August Wilson Center, 412.456.6666



Unmasking Fear, Building Hope: A Masquerade Ball, Power Center

River City Brass’ The Power of Energy, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,

Ballroom, 412.253.7279

sunday //


Empty Bowls, Rodef Shalom Congregation, 412.431.8960 25th Annual Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase, David L. Lawrence Convention Center,

March 7-16



March 8-30 Tribes, City Theatre, 412.431.2489

Convention Center, 330.777.1034



MARDI GRAS 20th Annual Mardi Gras Gala Honoring David and Cindy Shapira, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.322.5880

Greater Pittsburgh Area, 412.992.5229


Carnegie Music Hall, 412.622.8866


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Sound Series: Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Sprits, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300

THURSday //


9th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, Omni William Penn Hotel, 412.322.5680 x5

Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes, Lexus Club at PNC Park, KDKA. com/heroes

Sisters Place’s Crushed Grapes, Wintergarden at PPG Place, 412.233.3903

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Celtic Nights, Byham Theater, 412.456.6666 March 6-April 6 An Iliad, O’Reilly Theater, 412.316.1600




March 2014

Cirque du Soleil Presents Varekai,

Junie B. Jones, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, Byham Theater, 412.456.6666


Pittsburgh Muscle Team Event, Heinz Field, 814.833.0131

THURSday //


“Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies” Book Launch Party, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 412.361.0873

Center for Victims’ Peace It Together Celebration, LeMont Restaurant, 412.482.3246 x214



McBark & Brew, Animal Friends, 412.847.7000


West Side Story — Film with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,


American Ireland Fund Gala: An Evening with David McCullough, Heinz Field East Club Lounge, 412.207.0760

33rd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Pittsburgh Athletic Association,

Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900 March 28-29

Get the Ring Now! Event, Beeghly and Company Jewelers, 724.832.1500



Family House Gifting Gala, Omni


William Penn Hotel, 412.647.5811

World Happiness Day Salon with Pop-Up artists June Edwards and Cassandra Pfaff, Westmoreland @rt 30, 724.837.1500

“Bob Qualters: The Artist in Action” Premiere, Melwood Screening Room, 421.361.0873



Al & Jeanne Vallano

Twentieth Century Club, 412.343.7166

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Series Presents David Garrett, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

Deepa Gurnani Trunk Show, Kristi Boutique, 412.782.2033



Allegheny Valley Hospital Trust’s 2014 Traditions Gala, Location TBD, 2014 UPMC Children’s Luau Ball, Carnegie Science Center, 412.802.8256

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s Shake Your Booties, Heinz Field East Club Lounge, 412.441.4884 x2044

Celebration of Survivors, The Circuit

March 11-16

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March 27-30 Petersen Events Center, 800.745.3000


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March 21-22

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Literary Evening with Colum McCann,

Jill Gattone, Judy Painter, Phil Gattone

of Greater Pittsburgh, 412.521.8011 x241

BNY Mellon Jazz’s Just Jazz II, The

Jewish Federation Volunteer Center’s Good Deeds Day, Various Sites in the

MONday //

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s 28th Annual Benefit, The Twentieth Century Club, 412.345.7456

THURSday //

Parenting Expo Pittsburgh, Monroeville


The Sandy and Edgar Snyder Family Purim Carnival, Jewish Community Center

Big Night: Game On!, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 412.521.8011 x232 The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

Robert Morris University Presents the Pittsburgh Speaker Series: Dan Rather, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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Quantum Theatre’s Q Ball, Location TBD, 412.362.1713


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Hillman Center for Performing Arts, 412.968.3040

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Presents Lights! Glamour! Action! 2014, Heinz Field Club East Lounge,


Ravel’s Bolero, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

Mainstay Life Services’ 4th Annual Comedy Night, Cefalo’s, 412.344.3640 Out of Hand Giving Gala, Society for

Center & Ballroom, 412.431.5665

Contemporary Craft, 412.261.7003

D-Jam to Benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Rex Theater,

25th Anniversary of Chapel Hills Jewelry, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium,



ACHIEVA’s Pittsburgh Promenade Auction, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.995.5000 x526 or March 22-April 20


Spring Flower Show, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914

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Club, 724.728.3716 or 724.847.2692

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Five Little Monkeys, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 Animal Friends, 412.847.7000



Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Rock of Ages, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

Auberle’s 28th Annual All Star Banquet, Stratigos Banquet Centre,


Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society’s Artemis Quartet, Carnegie Music Hall, 412.624.4129


Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny,

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at The Palace with Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000 McGuire Memorial Foundation’s A Chocolate Sunday, Seven Oaks Country

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March 29-May 4

Grounded, City Theatre, 412.431.2489

Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day, PNC Park, 412.321.2827

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Johnny Rogers

By Liz Petoniak



benefit It’s time to practice your jazz hands! For its 28th Annual Benefit celebration, chaired by David Bush and Tim McVay, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has enlisted Johnny Rogers, singer-songwriter, pianist, and Broadway star, along with his band to perform at the Twentieth Century Club March 27. Creative chair Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions is decking out the historic club in dazzling jazz-age décor for the cocktail party, followed by the performance and dessert reception. Sponsors and VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity for a meet and greet at a pre-performance reception that includes an additional, private performance, as well as special seating at the main event, new this year. The evening, which last year raised more than $126,000 for PATF’s client services and prevention programs, will conclude with the presentation of the Kerry Stoner Award to Giant Eagle, Inc. PATF Marketing and Communications Director Jason Herring says, “They’ve supported us for more than 20 years and are huge supporters of our Food Pantry Program. It’s not a hyperbole to say that they’ve given us outstanding support.” For tickets and more information, visit


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March 2014

Celtic Community

Calling all Irish (and those who wish they were!) Celebrate with your clan and friends at the American Ireland Fund Gala at Heinz Field on March 19 for “An Evening with David McCullough.” McCullough, the Pittsburgh native and Pulitzer Prizewinning author, is this year’s recipient of the American Ireland Fund Chairman’s Award. The gala kicks off with a “legendary” cocktail hour, famous for fantastic entertainment, Guinness beer and Irish spirits, and moves into a “strolling feast” of hearty Irish dishes. Event planner Theresa Kaufman says, “It’s a grand celebration of Irish heritage, and it’s for a great cause: The Ireland Funds, which promote peace, culture and education in Ireland. Expect a fantastic party because the moment you step onto the green carpet we’ve rolled out, you’re Irish!” Get your tickets and green attire soon, as this event is expected to sell out! Sláinte! For tickets and more information, contact Theresa Kaufman at 412.207.0760. The Ireland Funds, Photographs from Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, American Ireland Fund Gala, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.




In its second year, NewsRadio1020 KDKA’s dinner to honor outstanding community service by men and women will once again recognize five local heroes. During Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes, being held on March 6 at PNC Park’s Lexus Club, each honoree will be awarded $1,000 for the charity of his or her choice. As ticket sales and auction items benefit Wounded Warrior Project, and four warriors will be in attendance, including special speaker Jason Braase, who was injured serving in Iraq in 2005. Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly will keynote the evening. Emcee Larry Richert says, “The highlight of the Heroes event is to watch everyone learn of the wonderful works of the five individuals honored and to hear from our Wounded Warriors, as we let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifices. For me, it’s the best win-win night of the year.” For tickets and more information, visit



Merris & Yram Groff at last year’s ‘80s-themed Big Night celebration!


Larry Richert, Gary & Lisa Bowser, Michael Young

Deborah Gilboa, MD

Take a trip down nostalgia lane and through life-size board games, like Checkers, Chess, and Monopoly, at the JCC Big Night 2014: Game on! March 8 at the Jewish Community Center. Big Night Team Leader Marla Werner says, “This year, we’re honoring the role that the JCC plays in children’s lives. There’s something for everybody, and the event will get everyone in touch with their childhood spirit!” Act like a kid again as you explore Monopoly and its boardwalk, where you’ll encounter stilt walkers and fortune tellers; bail prominent community members out of “jail,” or pay to see them locked up longer; enjoy dancing and live entertainment from a jazz trio and 10-piece band throughout the evening; and, don’t forget to head over to Candy Land for dessert! This party for a purpose (it benefits the JCC’s scholarship programs) also offers attendees the chance to win big. In addition to this year’s raffles, which include a $15,000 gift card to A&L Motors and $7,500 to spend at Henne Jewelers, and auction items, such as jewelry, travel, and sports memorabilia, a bingo parlor will be open all evening awarding cash prizes and quirky “As Seen On TV” items. With something for everyone, it’s hard to go home a loser! For more tickets and information, contact Marla Werner at 412.521.8011, or visit

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More than 5,000 parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers are expected to gather at the Monroeville Convention Center March 8-9 for the first-ever Parenting Expo Pittsburgh, featuring Deborah Gilboa, MD, local parenting expert. Peruse the floor of exhibitors, such as Children’s Hospital and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, along with private schools and retailers of children’s products and organic foods. Be sure to check out a few of the speakers and demonstrations (there will be more than 30!) designed to embrace the passion and challenges of parenting infants to teens. Deborah Gilboa, MD, says, “These ‘no-frills’ presentations will be loaded with original content that parents will not be able to find anywhere else!” For tickets and more information, visit Photographs by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC, from Parenting Expo Pittsburgh.




CulturE page By Rachel Jones

MAR 25



The sisters who paved the road for female rockers are making a pitstop in Pittsburgh. Drusky Entertainment and Kirschner Concerts are bringing Heart to the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland on March 25. Ann and Nancy Wilson have been shredding guitars and hitting high notes since the 70s, and their successes are still going strong. Heart has sold more than 35 million records, sold out arenas worldwide, and recently joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Grab your girls — or your magic man — and celebrate the rockers who revolutionized women in music. Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Heart, Tickets available at 877.FLY.TIX or


MAR 13

A Rainy Day in Homestead by Robert Qualters in 1994.

Let’s celebrate one of the city’s most beloved local artists! Presented by Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA), “Robert Qualters: A Life” will display more than 60 paintings, prints, drawings, and commissioned murals and installations on the first floor of PCA from February 7-April 20. Known for his depictions of iconic Pittsburgh scenes, many of Qualters’ works will also include commentary from the artist written around the borders. Vicky A. Clark, the curator of the exhibit, will unveil her new book, “Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies,” at PCA on March 13 — which is also Qualters’ birthday! Joe and Elizabeth Seamans’ short film, “Bob Qualters: The Artist in Action,” will premiere March 20 at the Melwood Screening Room. After admiring his public murals and permanent pieces in local museums, we’re so excited to honor Qualters’ accomplishments this month! Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Downtown. Robert Qualters,




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Photographs from Drusky Entertainment, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

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Broadway’s big stage better get used to our little Kolette Tetlow! The 7-year-old Mt. Lebanon resident earned the role of Ivanka in the first Broadway tour of ONCE. The winner of eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, ONCE is the inspiring story of a Dublin street musician who learns about love, music, and following his dreams. Similarly, the show is making dreams come true for Tetlow. Singing for as long as her parents can remember, Tetlow began working in print and commercials by age 3. When she started school, she branched out to local theatre and singing competitions, even landing an agent in New York City this past year. Ivanka is her first big role, and she couldn’t be more excited. The best part about the show is her homecoming performance on March 11 at the Benedum Center, with PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh. The worst part, according to Tetlow, is that she isn’t in the show more! Benedum Center, Downtown. Kolette Tetlow, ONCE,

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Things are heating up in Pittsburgh! Indie rock band Arcade Fire will be taking over CONSOL Energy Center on March 12. The show is one of the 27 stops on the North American Reflektor Tour, which celebrates the Grammy Award winners’ current album. Reflektor is the group’s fourth creation and second to debut at No.1. Rolling Stone raves it is “extraordinary...the best album Arcade Fire has ever made,” and we couldn’t agree more! CONSOL Energy Center, Uptown. Arcade Fire,

MAR 12

A CHARMING ReAD In the Loop Get swept away by the majestic musicality of Mathew Rosenblum: Möbius Loop. Presented by Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the three-part concerto borrows notes from classical, free jazz, rock, minimalism, folk, and world music traditions. Gil Rose conducted baritone saxophonist Kenneth Coon, percussionist Lisa Pegher, and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet to create the beautiful sound. Composer Mathew Rosenblum created Möbius Loop as a tribute to one of his idols, Sigurd Raschèr, founder of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartert. This is Rosenblum’s first composition for saxophone, but the professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh makes the grade with this lovely, layered production. Purchase Möbius Loop at

Photographs from Karly Tetlow, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime Inc., Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day — and our love of suspense novels — we are after “Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales.” The anthology presents a dozen stories associated with a lucky charm that is sometimes lucky and sometimes not. Each tale was written by a local author and member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime Inc. SinC is an international organization that promotes the ongoing advancement and professional development of women crime writers. “The members of Pittsburgh SinC are an eclectic mix of individuals with unique backgrounds and life experiences who share a passion for writing,” says Diana Stavroulakis, chapter president and North Hills resident. “‘Lucky Charms’ is the Chapter’s first collection of short stories, and we’ve compiled quite an enjoyable read. This anthology offers something for everyone.” Purchase “Lucky Charms: 12 Crime Tales” at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Mystery Lovers Bookshop, and CreateSpace.




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Sponsored by From left: Kim Ravenda, senior vice president, regional marketing and communications manager; Susie Shipley, Huntington Bank president, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region; Jennifer Callery, Bow Wow Bingo co-chair; and Beckie Frobouck, Animal Friends board of directors and Bow Wow Bingo co-chair.


Beneficial Bingo Calling all bingo and animal lovers! Join Animal Friends for Bow Wow Bingo, a fabulous event and lively night out on May 3 at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. Now in its 12th year, Bow Wow Bingo features a buffet dinner, beer and wine, and a fantastic array of sought-after prize packages. Special guests, including PJ Maloney from KQV Radio, will be calling numbers and handing out coveted prizes to lucky patrons. Animal Friends’ four-legged residents will also be in attendance to mix and mingle with the crowd. “Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our event partner, Huntington Bank, Bow Wow Bingo has become a perennial favorite for Pittsburgh animal lovers and those committed to Animal Friends’ work and mission,” says David Swisher, president and CEO of Animal Friends. “If you love animals and enjoy a game of bingo, we encourage you to

come out to support this great event and cause.” Huntington Bank has signed on to be the event’s premier sponsor for a second year. “For over 70 years, Animal Friends has served our region to protect and advocate for companion animals. Huntington is proud to support Bow Wow Bingo, a creative and fun way to raise awareness and needed funds to continue its innovative and compassionate programs,” says Susie Shipley, Huntington Bank president, Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region. “The event chairs, Beckie Frobouck and Jennifer Callery, share an infectious passion and dedication. From organizing the event to gathering exceptional prize packages, their efforts will make this a ‘can’t miss’ evening. Bow Wow Bingo is expected to be a sell out again this year.” For tickets, visit Animal Friends at or call 412.847.7052. Huntington Bank, — Kim Ravenda + Christy Bostardi 

Forever Financed To date, Pittsburgh startup company Forever Inc. has raised $17 million for its online venture, described as “the world’s first permanent online archive for people, families, and organizations.” This news comes with the announcement that the company recently closed an $8.6 million Series B financing round, in addition to the $9 million Series A Preferred Stock financing round that closed in late 2012. Forever Inc. promises its members that the information they choose to store will be stored safely (triple backed and encrypted) for generations without loss of ownership, data mining, or advertising. Founder and CEO of FOREVER, Inc. Glen Meakem says, “My team and I believe that hundreds of millions of people will need our service and we are excited that our investors share our vision.” FOREVER Inc., 888.FOREVER.




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Photograph from Tom Fitzpatrick.

Eyetique Expands Eyetique, the local luxury optical retailer with 15 company locations in Greater Pittsburgh, will celebrate the grand opening of its Cleveland, Ohio, storefront March 1. The new Eton Chagrin Boulevard space marks the retailer’s first location outside of Pennsylvania. Norman Childs, owner and founder of Eyetique, says, “We’re a family-owned business, and I’m thrilled to bring our services to the Cleveland community. It’s a dream 35 years in the making.” Eyetique’s sister company, 3 Guys Optical Center, also continues to expand with a new store in Seven Fields. Childs says, “We plan to open 20 stores by the end of 2014.” Eyetique, 800.422.5320. 3 Guys Optical Center, 800.553.3155.

Bump It Up Standard & Poor’s Rating Service (S&P) recently announced the boost of the City of Pittsburgh’s credit rating from A stable to A+ stable, a significant increase from the city’s BBB rating last May. “This sends a clear signal to the business community, the financial markets, and our partners in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. that Pittsburgh is strong and getting even stronger. It reinforces the message of positive change in our city that I have been delivering as I have met with mayors from across the country, national journalists, and the White House,” says Mayor Bill Peduto. “Pittsburgh is ready for a new wave of investment, job creation, and growth.” The vote of confidence from S&P predicts that Pittsburgh will “maintain structural balance and strong available fund balance” and praises the city’s “more-conservative revenue assumptions,” according to the report. To ensure full financial recovery, Mayor Peduto is pushing for an extension of Act 47 oversight. City of Pittsburgh,

Photographs from Eyetique, City of Pittsburgh.




Sports talk By Rachel Jones PROMINENT Professional

5 Fun Facts with Kris Letang As we send our well wishes for Pittsburgh Penguin Kris Letang’s speedy recovery, we’re excited to learn more about how he spends his time off the ice. From the running trails to the restaurants in Pittsburgh, the defenseman is always up for an adventure. And he’s a family man first, which is the icing on the (royal chocolate) cake! WHIRL: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Kris Letang: It depends. When I’m at home, usually my son wakes me up. I pick him up, I go downstairs with him, and get him breakfast. At the same time, I’m getting breakfast for myself. On the road, it’s just getting a shower and heading down to the breakfast area and just getting breakfast with my teammates. WHIRL: Do you have a favorite dessert? KL: It’s probably a cake that I get back home. It’s called a royal chocolate cake, and it has a hazelnut crust on it. My mom sends some for my birthdays, the same cake. WHIRL: Who is getting the most play on your iPod? KL: I don’t have a favorite band. It’s always whatever plays on the radio. WHIRL: When you’re not working out with the team, what is your go-to routine? KL: When I’m not with the team, I always go for a run. I like running. I’m not really a guy who likes to bike, so a good run will do it for me. WHIRL: Where is your favorite place to go in Pittsburgh? KL: I would say Butcher and the Rye or Meat and Potatoes. Pittsburgh Penguins,

University Update

March Madness It’s not officially March until college basketball starts flooding our TV lineups and daily conversations. We’ll be glued to the exciting finale of the University of Pittsburgh’s men’s basketball season. The Panthers have been a force to be reckoned with in 2014, sitting at the No. 25 spot at time of print. Don’t miss this month’s games: March 1 at Notre Dame, 2 p.m. March 3 vs North Carolina State, 9 p.m. March 8 at Clemson, 4 p.m. The post-season Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks off March 12 at Greensboro Coliseum — best of luck, Panthers!

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I’d Like to Thank the Academy

IT’S FINALLY HERE! Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates is March 31 against the Chicago Cubs. After the exciting finale of the 2013 season, we’ve been counting down the minutes until we could get back inside PNC Park. So, grab your peanuts, your crackerjacks, and let’s go Bucs! Pittsburgh Pirates,




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Looking to kick-start your child’s soccer career? Hundreds of local youth are doing just that with The Riverhounds Academy. Run by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Professional Soccer Club, the elite soccer training program hit the national soccer scene in early 2007 and is continuing to turn heads. Its first youth team, an Under-15 Girls group, won a National Championship and sent two of its players to the U.S. National Team in 2013! With eight teams competing nationally this year, The Academy is continuing to develop these all-stars’ skills and bring in top college coaches to scout players. Members of The Riverhounds Academy can also join the new satellite program in Connellsville, Pa. Another major development this year is Pittsburgh’s first-ever Premier Development League (PDL) franchise. The lineup features top prospects, under age 23, from local universities that will play seven home games at Highmark Stadium this summer! From beginners to high school, to college to the pros, The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are responsible for revolutionizing the city’s impact on the beautiful game. The Riverhounds Academy, Photographs from ©2013 Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Be a Better Bad Golfer By Jim Colony You’ve been watching golf on TV for a couple of months now, so you must be getting that itch to hit the course yourself. Problem is, almost none of us play a game remotely related to what we watch on TV. As the great Bobby Jones advised more than 80 years ago in his instructional films, “The average golfer is not interested in winning championships. The chief benefits of the game must be recreation and the companionship of congenial friends.” And beyond that, there are those of us who aren’t even average. As the great Ty Webb told über-hacker Al Cervick in Caddyshack, “You’re not … you’re not good, Al. You stink.” But you can still play the game the right way. With that in mind, here are some helpful hints to make the game better for yourself and, more importantly, the rest of us. 1 Don’t get mad at yourself. This is the toughest part but, remember, you’re not Tiger Woods and you’re not Phil Mickelson. You aren’t supposed to be good, so don’t expect to be. The problem is, every once in a very great while you do hit a shot like Tiger or Phil, which is what makes the game so addicting, yet more frustrating at the same time. 2 Just hit the ball. How many times have you taken one, two, or even three practice swings only to hit a terrible shot and thought, “My practice swing was smooth, why did I duff it?” So, why not just step up and hit it? In fact, you should take your practice swings before it’s your turn. 3 Play “ready” golf. Unless you’re in front of — or close to — a playing partner, “away” doesn’t count until you’re on the green. (See above.) 4 If you can’t find your ball within a minute or two, give it up. If you keep looking because it’s a Pro V1, that means you’re not good enough to be playing a Pro V1 and it must have been a gift. Let it go, and go back to your orange Top Flite X-OUT. 5 Fix your ball marks on the greens. If you’re lucky enough to finally hit the ball high enough into the green to make an imprint, then fix it as you mark your ball. If you’re good enough to do it on a regular basis and you don’t take the time to fix it, that makes you a bad golfer. 6 Leave your cart close to the green for a quick exit to the next hole. Nothing is worse than being ready to hit into a green — after already watching an entire foursome 3- or 4-putt — and watching a bunch of tools walk back to their carts parked 30 yards in front of the green. 7 Don’t hit into the group in front of you. Unless they are never ready to hit. Keep looking for lost balls, and park their carts in front of the greens. 8 Swing like a “girl.” Trying to swing like the PGA guys doesn’t work for high-handicappers. If you emulate the women on the LPGA tour — and slow your swing — that will help your game. Hopefully some of this will help you to...have fun! See you on the course. Hear more from Jim Colony on 93.7 The FAN, weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Photograph from CBS Radio Pittsburgh.




Mary Ann Miller, Theresa Kaufman

Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Celebration Nachum Golan & Steve Hough

Joe Grushecky, Rebecca Whitlinger

Station Square’s Hard Rock Cafe was filled with local rockers as the Cancer Caring Center launched Pittsburgh’s Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, inducting Rich Engler! The former co-owner of DiCesare-Engler Productions and author of “Behind the Stage Door,” Engler was among 300 guests to attend the music-filled event. Musicians such as Joe Grushecky, Joffo Simmons, Art Nardini, Donnie Iris, Hermie Granati, B.E. Taylor, Danny Gochnour, Frank Czuri, and Scott Blasey performed, and Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and CEO Joel Peresman presented the inaugural award to Engler. The event, a part of the Cancer Caring Center’s 25th anniversary celebration, went “beyond our wildest expectations,” says Executive Director Rebecca Whitlinger. “Pittsburgh has a rich music history and it’s time to honor the talented individuals who have contributed to the Pittsburgh music scene. There’s a lot to be recognized.” As guests dined on Tuscan food, pierogies, and mini desserts, and sipped on Smoking Back Stage Pass Punch Vodka, a permanent display was unveiled. Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame honorees will be listed on the display designed by Wendell August Forge and artist Johno Prascak. Planned by Mary Ann Miller and Theresa Kaufman, the evening also included an exhibition of rock music memorabilia and a silent auction. Rock on, Pittsburgh! — E.B.

Melody Gary, Donnie Iris

Hermie Granati, Dan Braddock

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Kimberly & Ziggy Murin

Amy & Dylan Engler with Willa

Joel Peresman, Matt Wylie, Doug Wylie

Jerry & Yvette Flaxman




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Larry Richert, Sean McDowell, Steve Hansen

Cindy Engler, Desiree Grushecky Photographs by Allie Wynands.

Susie Franklin, Joe Mendel, Jennette Bon Govi, Sue Fuhrer

Rich Engler

Lance Jones, Brian O’Neill

Susan Drapkin, Stacy Innerst, Bob Neville




Kelly Waldman, Andy Waldman, Katharine Waldman

The 88th Cinderella Ball Isabella Nemer Remor, Anne & Anuj Dhanda

Christina & Rob Cochran

A snowstorm couldn’t halt the tradition or elegance on display at the Omni William Penn Hotel for the 88th Cinderella Ball, carried out by the Cinderella Women’s Committee (CWC). As the oldest charity event in Pittsburgh and the second longestrunning debutante ball in the nation, this year’s Cinderella Ball benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA, represented by Executive Director Mike Hepler, raising copious funds! The 20 debutantes performed nearly 900 hours of volunteer work, too. Master of Ceremonies Leonard Marsico led the evening of presentations, cotillion-style; music by the Rick Purcell Big Band; floral arrangements by Bill Chisnell Productions, which helped everyone forget the frigid temps outside; and Chef Jacky Francois’s fantastic fare. Dinner and dessert included Tri Pepper Rub Filet Mignon with a caramelized blackberry glaze; sweet potato hash; a julienne of fine vegetables, yellow and red baby beets, and rapini; and Lemon Sabayon Mousse in an espresso chocolate cup with cranberry compote, chocolate raspberrystudded pâté, and coffee and tea. Choosing a name from the ceremonial pumpkin, 2014 Prince Charming Andy Michael Waldman selected first-generation debutante Olivia Stuart Cochran of Shady Side Academy as Cinderella. She danced with her father Rob before proceeding to the Grand March. This year’s scholarship was given to Haley Elizabeth Myer, who volunteered 140 hours of service, the highest in her class. The evening came to a close with the music of Finesse and the stroke of midnight. For all participants, the magic of the evening lasts a lifetime, beyond the last tick of the clock. — A.B. + I.M.

Chase Lehn, Marina & Ken Lehn

Jamie Lanier, Janet Summers, Katherine Baker

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Madison Aaron Mordoh, Amanda Nicole Murphy, Olivia Stuart Cochran

Heather Chronis, Michael Danek

Tim McVay, Brigette Pavlik & Bill Kolano, Catherine Loevner




March 2014

Adelaide Holdship Jones, Lucy Stearns Buckman, Sarah Miller Deiseroth

Caroline Hansen Sanford, Adelaide Holdship Jones Photographs by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.




26th Annual Cummerbund Society Pool Tournament

Lee Cantley, John Tillison

Bo Stone, Joe Golon, Paul Kress, Lawton Stokes

The Cummerbund Society’s annual pool tournament serves as a throwback to billiard days of old, and this year, it was unmatched! Participation was at its max as 41 competitors, sporting fancy tuxedos, chalked up their pool sticks at the Duquesne Club before battling it out to be the last suit standing. Colorful cummerbunds were not only encouraged, but required. The black-tie tournament, which benefits the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee-Womens Hospital, has raised more than $200,000 over the last 26 years. Started by members of Magee’s Twenty-Five Club after a game of pool during the Twenty-Five Club’s annual holiday ball, the society has grown to 25 active members, including 12 associate members and seven lifetime members. Founder Mac McIlrath, and other original members, “thought it would be nice to start a pool tournament as a fundraiser for Magee,” especially in a venue such as the Duquesne Club. Championing this year’s festivities was Greg Slavik of Graphic Support Services, and Bob Beynon of Beynon & Company Real Estate finished as runner-up. The event has staked its claim as one of the most different, off-beat fundraisers in town, while consistently raising money for an excellent cause. — I.M.

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Chuck Voelker, Mac McIlrath, Frank Marmion, Bob Beynon

Jim Bauccio, Gary Wobb

Trends & Friends Social Networking Event

Greg Shoemaker, Carley Giglotti, Chef Anthony Marino

Maria & Paul Podgorski

Local contractors, interior design suppliers, houseware store owners, and Millvale Mayor Vincent Cinski gathered at Distinctly U Kitchen & Bath Design Center & Showroom for the Trends & Friends Social Networking Event. Nearly 300 guests made their way into the new showroom for a night of inspiration and philanthropy for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. The inaugural event included libations, catering by Remo’s and Chef Anthony Marino, door prizes, auctions, and networking. Sponsors and businesses present included Hillmon Appliance Distributors, Mihm Equipment Rentals, Pennsylvania Golf Academy, Ultimate Granite Surfaces, Daltile, Ceramiche Tile & Stone, Axor, Signs By Tomorrow, and Sabika, among others. The evening garnered $2,000 for the organization, which provides stability and resources for families with seriously ill children. “It was a diverse collection of people having a great time,” says Paul Podgorski, owner of Distinctly U. “We’re all caught up in everyday work, and it was nice to put faces with names of others in the industry.” The evening also welcomed April Spagnolo, who is an experienced and certified kitchen, bath, and home designer. — I.M.

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Paul Podgorski, Mayor Vincent Cinski, Tom Podgorski

Joanne Redondo, Nadia Podgorski

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2014 Book of Lists Reception

Kristen Rieck, Denise McCloskey, W. Randy Rice

Gregory Palmieri, Dixie Smith Photographs by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.




March 2014

The area’s top business executives and investors from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development attended the 17th Annual Book of Lists Reception, hosted by the Pittsburgh Business Times and sponsored by Highmark, Range Resources, Allegheny Valley Bank, and Comcast Business. This year, roughly 500 executives, representing nearly 300 companies, gathered Downtown at the Rivers Club for one of the most prominent networking events of the season. Making appearances were Ray Buehler, Jr. of Schneider Downs, Andy Hasley of Allegheny Valley Bank, Kevin McMahon of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, John Moskal of AON Risk Solutions, Corey O’Connor and Natalia Rudiak of Pittsburgh City Council, Tom Peterson of Tucker Arensberg, P.C., and John Pippy of Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, among others. The evening began with the “Top of the List Reception,” where members of the Allegheny Conference and representatives of the top spots on each of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ lists gathered to hear comments from Publisher Alan Robertson and Allegheny Conference President Dennis Yablonsky. The remainder of the evening allowed attendees to network, and mingle over food and drink! Those who attended are some of the best examples of Pittsburgh’s current growth and development, and reasons behind rising companies in every field. — I.M.

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Brian Sheridan, Benjamin Ditson, Dotti Bechtol, Adam Jones

James Droney, Dennis Lejeck

Pittsburgh Public Market Grand Reopening

Terri Boyt, Jodi Heim

Janée Romesberg, Jared Bowser

Friends of the Market and Pittsburgh Public Market patrons gathered for the grand reopening of the retailer, which relocated to 2401 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. The tasting followed a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and live music by Broke, Stranded and Ugly. As part of a weekend lineup of happenings, Animals Against the Odds Rescue and Rehab brought along its furry friends for adoption, the Broke Little Rich Girl fashion truck sold fabulous frocks and accessories, and guests experienced a gluten-free cookbook reading and tasting by Caroline Shannon-Karasik. Perusers made their own lip scrub with Mind Body Essentials and sampled a trio of pastas by Ohio City Pasta. It was love at first bite for those participating in the Boozy Baking Workshop with Wigle Whiskey and Eliza Jane Bowman of Eliza’s Oven. All the while, Vince Burns entertained with the sounds of live violin. The Live Cookspeak! podcast with Chef Tom Totin continued the celebration, as did kids’ activities, balloon art, a terrarium class with greenSinner, and much more. Says Assistant Market Manager Katie Wheeler, “The reopening was a great opportunity to bring people together and enjoy great food. We wanted everyone to walk away knowing the importance of supporting local, small businesses and the value of a space that fosters community.” — A.B. + T.D.

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Don Orkoskey, Jordan Kay, Tiffani Emig, Katie Wheeler

Amy Pasterak, Nathan Holmes with Sam

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A hotel favorite, the Baltimore Benedict serves some serious flavor with its poached eggs, jumbo lump crab cake, Hollandaise sauce, and breakfast potatoes.

Morning Glory By Andrea Bosco Photographs by Michael Fornataro + Cayla Zahoran

An elegant brunch or a quick meal on the go, breakfast is essential for a balanced day

Three eggs, mushrooms, spinach, broiled tomato, and your choice of toast sum up the Petite Filet Mignon & Eggs.

During the week, indulging in a sit-down spread is a rare occasion for most of us. Workweek or weekend,

four Pittsburgh hotel restaurants are catering to guests with stacked morning menus. From lavish tea to a Sriracha Bloody Mary, to paleo pancakes and traditional breakfast potatoes, it’s easy to opt for the full experience. Rise and shine!




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Two eggs, mushrooms, spinach, broiled tomato, and your choice of toast sum up the Petite Filet Mignon & Eggs.

Brunch-Appropriate “We believe breakfast should be the inspiring start to your day,” says The Terrace Room Food & Beverage Director Calvin Belknap. “The Omni’s Art of Breakfast is meant to inspire, satisfy, and enrich your day. And, our morning tea features whole-leaf teas and rough-cut herbs in silken infusers from Tea Forté. The buffet, too, is always a great choice.” The Terrace Room at Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. 412.281.7100.

Boasting an array of fresh fruit, the seasonal fruit plate is a multihued mélange of strawberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, raspberries, and grapefruit and orange sections.

Lighter-fare-seeking diners have the option of the Carb-Friendly Breakfast. It encompasses two poached eggs, goat cheese, asparagus, julienne of bell peppers, and breakfast sausage with sausage gravy, and is served alongside a glass of soy milk.

Editor’s Note: The leisurely weekend brunch begins at 11 a.m. with an extended buffet featuring a carving station, charcuterie, and a Bloody Mary bar — variations include Sriracha/horseradish and the Omni Signature Umami Sauce mix!




Veggie heavy, Steelhead’s Egg White Omelette is a combination of mushroom, tomato, spinach, and goat cheese, and comes with fresh fruit.

A “Steelhead signature,” the Short Rib Hash is plated beneath two sunnyside-up eggs and a tomato Hollandaise sauce.

Served with breakfast potatoes, Capicola and pesto top the Steelhead Benedict. “Well, we are from Pittsburgh!” says Rechtorik.

Nice Nosh Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar Executive Chef Steve Rechtorik is born-andraised Pittsburgh. He adds two ingredients that make this traditional plate town-proud. Steelhead Brasserie & Wine Bar at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place, Uptown. 412.394.3474. Editor’s Note: For another Pittsburgh-inspired bite at the Marriott, try the Eastern Omelette for a fork full of egg, bacon, onion, and potato. 




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Two eggs. Two pancakes. Breakfast potatoes. Your choice of bacon or sausage, and toast. This dish can only be called one thing: Iron City Breakfast.

It’s Always Sunny Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie Executive Chef Jason Shaffer says it’s important for the Sage Restaurant Group restaurant to offer what’s available “outside these four walls.” “And, at an affordable price point,” he says. He dishes a Pittsburgh spin on Eggs Benedict and something for everyone. Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie at Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 107 6th St., Downtown. 412.992.2005.

Dubbed Braddock’s Benedict, this Pittsburgh take on the New York original is comprised of poached eggs, griddled kielbasa, an English muffin, and Hollandaise sauce.

The Egg White Omelette, made with olive oil, spinach, tomato, and feta, is accompanied by Braddock’s breakfast potatoes and fruit.




Smoked Salmon Bacon and Poached Eggs served with a panseared corn cake with roasted tomato jam and Hollandaise sauce.

Corned Beef Hash served with a pan-seared corn cake with roasted tomato jam, fresh fruit, and a smoothie.

Room Service, Please “Fun twists on breakfast classics,” this creative culinary trifecta was chosen by Habitat Executive Chef Jason Dalling to represent the restaurant. He whips up paleo pancakes, made with banana and nut butter, and smoked salmon in the shape of bacon for an artful, colorful morning meal. “These dishes I’ve featured as specials,” he says. “They were very well received, and I hope to add them to the Habitat menu soon.” Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8848.




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Paleo Pancakes with Roasted Vegetables.

Still Hungry? Read On. There’s More Food News To Enjoy!

Sweet Sunday Dinner

For many, Sunday dinners remain a bond unbroken among families. For Patti Gerasole of Girasole in Shadyside, the highlight of the week was Sunday dinner at Nonna’s. She recalls it as the place where “everyone gathered at Grandma’s after church to relax, talk about the week’s events, laugh, play, and eat deliciously and lovingly prepared food.” She and Girasole Executive Chef Jennifer Girasole are bringing the concept to their restaurant patrons on March 16. “I remember my mom’s large extended family gathering at my grandmother’s tiny house on Sundays after church,” says Gerasole. “Nonna was in the kitchen, the source of the wonderful smells, stirring the ‘gravy,’ and making sure there was enough for everyone. Jennifer and I will try to recreate, in a small way, the fond memories I have of those days.” At 1 p.m., dinner will begin with an array of meats, cheeses, olives, roasted red peppers, and crusty bread. Sauceladen rigatoni will be served alongside meatballs, sausage, ribs, and braciole. As Italian tradition has it, a fresh salad will be served last, just before gelato, pizzelle, fruits, and nuts. From start to finish, wine will be poured. Seating at Nonna’s is limited, but all reservations are welcome. Call 412.682.2130 to reserve your spot at the table. A presto! Girasole, 733 Copeland St., Shadyside.

A Switch at Seviche The tides are changing at Seviche! The seviche and tapas restaurant has had success along Penn Avenue since 2007, but with the return of its Executive Chef James Rogers at the start of 2014, a “menu overhaul” is happily happening. The Big Y Group team seeks to evolve the space from a destination restaurant to a more neighborhood friendly, casual establishment. “Our intention is to make Seviche a more approachable place — less a niche concept, more value for guests, while maintaining our commitment to quality product,” says Big Y Group Director of Operations Nick Rizzo. In addition to a selection of house-made tacos and expanded entree offerings, the business is changing up its décor, too! “We’ll be opening up the storefront, changing the big glass windows to a retractable window with the ability to raise up and open to vibrant Penn Avenue,” says Rizzo. “Guests can expect small, subtle paint color changes on the interior to make for more of a calm, relaxed environment. It’s not a concept change, but more of an evolution.” The new menu will be released on March 3. On March 11-13, Seviche will be offering half-off all food items in an effort to encourage folks to visit and check out the new spin — reservations suggested! The restaurant encourages patrons to follow its updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too. Seviche, 930 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.697.3120.

Wed with Wigle Wigle Whiskey co-owner Meredith Grelli gifted many a signature cocktail for close friends tying the knot. It donned on her that the family business’s customer base would be interested, too! Enter Wigle Whiskey Bridal Barrels. “We discovered that there is this sort of trend to serve beer, wine, and a signature cocktail — not necessarily providing a full bar,” says Grelli. “A lot of our customers are getting married and asking how to incorporate local spirits. Weddings have become so personalized and so creative, and the bar is a natural extension of that.” The program is structured à la cake tasting. The couple tastes a flight of straight spirits as Grelli and her team work with the bride and groom to decipher a match of personalities and flavors. “We ask about the engagement, where they met, and we come up with options,” she says. Wigle Whiskey offers mixes, pre-batching, and delivery, and can also recommend preferred beer and wine vendors. There’s nothing more spirited than a custom celebration! Wigle Whiskey, 2401 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.728.0053. Photograph from Meredith Grelli.




On a Mission

In an effort to further the local food movement, restaurateur Lidia Bastianich of Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh is expanding from the kitchen to the bar. An assortment of distilled libations and brewery batches are on tap, from Boyd & Blair vodka to Wigle Whiskey and Maggie’s Farm rum. Amidst the ambience, Lidia’s houses a unique barrel-aging process that utilizes four five-liter oak barrels, from which the restaurant’s signature Double Barrel Negroni blend is born, in addition to an aged White Manhattan cocktail. Pennsylvania beers, such as East End Brewing Company, Helltown Brewing, North Country Brewing Company, Lavery Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, are represented, and, as for the bubbly, Lidia’s features tonic water from Pittsburgh Seltzer Works, a 200-year-old seltzer plant. Says General Manager Adam Greiner, “The response to our local libations has been very enthusiastic. Customers love the high quality and freshness of the local products, all of which are world-class. Plus, the cocktails we’ve created from our unique barrel-aging program have turned into some of the most popular on our menu.” Pair your potion with a locally sourced, seasonally driven menu item for pure bliss. Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh, 1400 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.552.0150.




March 2014

Photograph from Adam M. Greiner.

Get Your Fill

Mark your calendars for these fare-focused events! March 2

Simply Great...

Seafood & SteakS!

19th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner, Rodef Shalom Congregation, Oakland, 412.431.8360

March 6

Sisters Place’s Crushed Grapes, Wintergarden at PPG Place, Downtown, 412.233.3903

March 8

Taste of Trax, Trax Farms, Finleyville, 412.835.3246 Megan Keller, Liz Kanche, Mary Double, Colleen Hagan Ward, Erin Hart

“#1 Happy Hour in america” – USa today

downtown at piatt place 301 Fifth Ave. | Pittsburgh 412.201.6992

March 21-22

SouthSide workS 2667 Sidney St. | Piitsburgh 714.535.9000

8th Annual Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conference, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown,


Kennywood opens soon! The masses can plan for May 3, 2014, opening day, and to experience the amusement park’s first sit-down restaurant in 30 years. Johnny Rockets will fill the former Carousel Food Court, and offer burgers, melts, hot dogs, salads, appetizers, and desserts, as well as a singing and dancing staff. Kennywood,

Game On!

Restaurant ECHO in Cranberry is hard at work planning its game dinner for March 20. The chic, Europeaninfluenced eatery prides itself on serving fresh produce, locally raised animals, hand-crafted breads, pasta, and sauces. Subject to change, the menu will feature the following: a first course of seared Laurel Hill trout, fiddlehead ferns, sea bean and white asparagus ragout, mushroom consommé, artichoke foam, and pickled roe; a second course of pan-roasted pheasant, wrapped in coppa, pheasant sausage, black garlic sunchoke gnocchi, braised kale, and royal glaçage; a third course of roasted beet terrine, sheep’s milk farmers cheese, field greens, sherry walnut vinaigrette, and honey orange blossom gel; and a fourth course of venison medallions, spice-crusted, savory bread pudding, charred broccoli rabe, and smoked apple verjus gastrique. Owner and Executive Chef Brian Hammon and Chef de Cuisine Chris O’Brien never fail to impress us! To make reservations, call 724.779.3246. Restaurant ECHO, 1740 Route 228, Cranberry.

Photograph by Cayla Zahoran.







March 2014


WHIRL Magazine presents


By Liz Petoniak Photographs by Rob Larson Art Direction by Jason Solak


mongst the long list of 13 Under 30 nominees, these young professionals caught our eye thanks to their entrepreneurial spirit. They represent Pittsburgh’s intellect, creativity, and generosity, and prove that it’s possible to live out your dream right in your own backyard. As we traveled to meet and photograph each of them on their home turf, and we saw everyone in their element and were charmed and inspired by their fun personalities and work ethics. These are the ones to watch, and we think you’ll be inspired, too.

Introducing the 2014 class of 13 rising stars in Western Pennsylvania, all under the age of 30!




Eva Lin

In 2013, Eva Lin, founder of Eva Lin Photography and Assistant Store Manager at lululemon athletica Ross Park, joined together with her team to bring us Yoga & Yarn, the phenomenal event that gathered hundreds of Pittsburgh yogis to the then-yarn-bombed Andy Warhol Bridge for a complimentary class. The energetic Carnegie Mellon University grad fell in love with the city when she first came here for her studies. “The amazing museums, sporting events, city pride, and growing arts scene brought me back here to live and work,” she says. “Everyone has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, and Pittsburgh makes it very accessible and affordable for people to make their dreams a reality.” Currently, Lin is completing her teacher training through Yogaworks at BYS Yoga in South Side and hopes to publish a book of photography this year “combining beautiful yoga images with inspiring stories of compassion and community,” in addition to planning her upcoming nuptials! Says Lin, “At lululemon, we have big visions of making Pittsburgh a healthier and more mindful city in 2014 and beyond, so stay tuned for some exciting events that will be even bigger than Yoga & Yarn!” For more information, visit or

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “My fiancé and I just bought a house in Lawrenceville, and we love exploring all the shops and delicious restaurants — La Gourmandine Bakery’s almond croissant is on my top picks! And, obviously, anywhere there is yoga going on!”

Stephanie Kirby

After living in the eastern part of Pennsylvania for a few years, Pittsburgh native Stephanie Kirby realized she wanted to return to start her business, The Blue Daisy Floral Designs. “There’s something about the people in Pittsburgh that you don’t find anywhere else — a kindness. It’s a great time to be here as we are seeing so much growth right now, and I love the creativity that is coming out of it,” she says. As owner and lead designer of The Blue Daisy Floral Designs, Kirby exercises her creativity by designing stunning floral arrangements for weddings and special occasions, and teaching floral design classes. Before this issue hits newsstands, Kirby will have already put the finishing touches on flower arrangements for her own big day — her wedding to her fiancé, Patrick! For more information, visit Favorite Pittsburgh Place:  “Definitely Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There is no better place to be on a winter day than surrounded by plants and flowers. It’s a place of peace and inspiration for me. Lawrenceville comes in second. I love all of the shops and restaurants that are popping up; it’s a fun place to explore.”

+ Learn how to create your own floral arrangement at Stephanie’s Spring Hand-Tied Bouquet class at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden Center March 29!




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Julian Vallozzi

“Although I went to college in Philadelphia, then moved to New York City for two years, I chose to live and work in Pittsburgh because I love the idea of being a part of its revitalization,” says Julian Vallozzi, owner of Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh and Toss’t in the central business district of Downtown. “It’s so exciting to watch the transformation, and just over the past two years since we opened the restaurant, I’ve seen a neighborhood form, new construction, and a city that stays bustling beyond nine-to-five.” Aside from his restaurants’ contributions to the revitalization of Downtown, Vallozzi is also committed to helping the Pittsburgh community through his charitable endeavors. He’s on the committee of Old Joe Club Charities, which just hosted its annual Men’s Night Out event that raised nearly $250,000 for several local charities. Currently, Vallozzi is in the process of starting an annual “restaurant industry” bone marrow drive, with hopes to launch this spring. For more information, visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “PNC Park. I am a lifelong, diehard Pirates fan and season ticket holder. It’s the best park in America. I live Downtown, so any time I have a free moment and the Bucs are playing, I will just walk over — even if I can only catch a few innings.”

Wes Lyons

Wes Lyons, who grew up in North Braddock, played football for Woodland Hills High School, West Virginia University, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2012, he authored a book, “The Pursuit with Patience,” which shares his inspiring journey. Though he modestly says he didn’t expect the book to take off, it was a major stepping stone to building his brand as a motivational speaker and to creating “The Pursuit,” his new life skills program that’s already been implemented in six Pittsburgh public high schools, including his alma mater, Woodland Hills. “The program develops and prepares students for success while in high school, college, and for life after college, utilizing my life experiences to help enrich their lives and empower them to reach the highest level of success,” he says. As he details the countless emails he receives from students, thanking him, asking him for advice, and confiding in him, it’s clear that Lyons is making a difference in the classroom, positively affecting the next generation of young professionals. “I feel that the young professionals [in Pittsburgh] strive to be involved in more than just their everyday jobs to be fulfilled and successful,” he says. “This mindset will continue to help Pittsburgh grow and prosper.” For more information, visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “Exiting the Fort Pitt tunnels. I will never get enough of driving home from West Virginia (where I graduated from college), going through the tunnels, and seeing the breathtaking view of the city. That is the best ‘welcome home’ feeling.”

Annie Rosellini

Attracted by Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and the “hub of internship and employment opportunities in small businesses and national corporations alike,” down-to-earth Butler native Annie Rosellini transferred from the University of Arts in Philadelphia to Point Park University. “I knew that not only would Point Park help me attain the education and degree I desire, but that because of its location, there would be endless possibilities in my future,” she says. In addition to being a student and skilled dancer, Rosellini takes on another big job: she’s the reigning Miss Pennsylvania 2013. As such, she travels all across the state, raising funds and awareness for causes supported by Children’s Miracle Network, the national platform of the Miss America Organization. Rosellini also devotes her time to another organization close to her heart, the American Heart Association. Since losing her father to an unexpected heart attack, she’s made it her mission to spread awareness of heart disease. Just last year, she co-founded the Jaime V. Rosellini Healing Hearts Foundation in his honor. She and her family will host the fourth annual 5K race and walk in Butler (date TBA), with proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association, the Children’s Miracle Network, and two other charitable causes supported by her father. For more information, visit Favorite Pittsburgh Place:  “I can’t get enough of Mt. Washington! I am in love with the restaurants and great food and the breathtaking, picturesque views of the city. It is always my go-to spot for any celebration, especially with family or friends visiting from out of town.”

+ Watch the crowning of Rosellini’s successor, Miss Pennsylvania 2014, on June 14 at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel!




March 2014

Greg Liebenguth

Having done a “modest amount” of traveling, South Hills native Greg Liebenguth, appreciates why Pittsburgh consistently tops the list of “America’s Most Livable Cities.” “Pittsburgh has this incredibly rich, historical sense of charm, and yet, is able to reinvent itself year after year with new and exciting business developments, public projects, nonprofits, art, and entertainment initiatives.” As owner and lead web developer at Full City Media, helping entrepreneurs share their passion and project their vision through his brand and web development expertise, he’s gained a deep perspective of Pittsburgh’s start-up scene. In 2014, Liebenguth will launch a number of exciting web projects including sites for local start-ups Organically Social, LLC, an online community promoting health and wellness events in the city; TRIM Pittsburgh, a new retailer of stylish men’s swimwear and undergarments opening in East Liberty; and, a fundraising concept developed by Jeff Boyd of DYOB Group that will raise money for various charities through the sale of custom T-shirts hand-designed by nationally known celebrities. Liebenguth firmly believes that Pittsburgh is a great place to start a business. He says, “We’re surrounded by globally recognized universities, state-of-the-art research and tech facilities, and, most importantly, good-hearted people who are ready and willing to support your venture.” For more information, visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “The Strip District. It’s full of culture, good food, and it’s ever-changing. There’s always something new to discover.”




Brent Hugus

In 2007, John Nicklas, thenpresident of local kitchen and bath companies SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home and Nicklas Supply, saw something special in Brent Hugus. He recruited Hugus right out of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to work as a full-time designer, and seven years later, the pair now co-owns LUXE Home and Design, a luxury kitchen home design firm with locations in Downtown Pittsburgh and East Liberty’s new Indigo Square. Hugus serves as vice president. “We share the same vision and want to bring the best products and design pertaining to the kitchen and bath industry to Pittsburgh,” he says. Watching him in the new East Liberty showroom, which opened in October, showing customers steam showers and custom tile from Quebec, and seriously geeking out over the newest kitchen appliances, it’s easy to see that his passion for topof-the-line contemporary design is real. Says Hugus, “It is very inspiring to see the change young professionals are making in the city. We are no longer following — we are leading in innovative business vision, style, and approach.” Hugus is most certainly one of those leaders. For more information, visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “Market Square. It’s alive with people enjoying urban food, drink, and the new Downtown vibe.


Be on the lookout for a local celebrity chef competition this summer at the East Liberty showroom location!

Evan Addams

Family roots run deep in Pittsburgh for Evan Addams, whose great-grandparents originally settled on Polish Hill. He now owns a duplex in town with his wife and decided to stay in Pittsburgh following his graduation from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and to enter the growing start-up community. In 2011, he joined local start-up NoWait, “the anti-reservation waitlisting app that connects guests with their favorite casual-dining restaurants,” and currently holds the title of director of accounts. Addams played an integral role in growing the app’s subscriber base, which now includes restaurants all over the country, in addition to local spots such as Burgatory and Pamela’s P&G Diner in Oakland. NoWait boasts more than 30 million users to date. Outside the office, Addams gives back by helping to lead TingaTinga Capital, a nonprofit, venture capital firm, to local entrepreneurs in third-world countries, which has already created more than 100 jobs in Uganda. He says, “To see so many recent grads giving back to the community where they were educated and raised is really inspiring. Old factories are converting into offices for tech start-ups, and instead of moving to San Francisco, businesses such as NoWait and Birchmere Ventures have settled in Pittsburgh. Seeing the philanthropic and economic impact that young executives have delivered before they’re 30 makes me excited to raise my family in Pittsburgh.” For more information, visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: ”A favorite weekend activity for my wife and me is to enjoy great food, and our favorite spot is Dinette Restaurant & Wine Bar in East Liberty. From the second-story restaurant, we can see how the whole East End has revitalized into a vibrant community. Close to my heart both personally and professionally, Dinette was first to join NoWait’s ever-growing list of restaurants, and its prosciutto pizza is the best in town.” 54



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Richard Costanzo

Former professional soccer player and Pittsburgh native Richard Costanzo has racked up an impressive list of soccer accolades over the years, and he’s using his talent to help Pittsburgh’s youth. In 2012, he founded the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy (PSA), and as owner and director, he works with many different youth soccer organizations, hosting camps and clinics that cover all topics of the game, but truly specialize in the technical aspect of soccer. “These camps are a lot of fun for the players, but are extremely informative, too,” Costanzo says. “We also plan on holding some charitable events this year, and are looking to help with different special-needs organizations around the city.” Costanzo, who attended Thomas Jefferson High School, appreciates the blue-collar ethic of the people from Pittsburgh and is happy to be living in his hometown with his friends and family. He says, “I think it’s great that a large network of young professionals are staying in the Pittsburgh area for work, instead of moving out of the area to start their businesses.” For more information, visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “The Strip District. I enjoy all of the ethnic restaurants and wholesale stores; it’s definitely a unique area in our city. Once in awhile, I also enjoy a night out with friends at Le Mardi Gras in Shadyside, which is truly a one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge with a lot of character and class.”

+ This summer, be sure to check out PSA’s youth camps and clinics all over the greater Pittsburgh area!




Fauna Solomon

Known as “Miss Solomon” by her readers and the hundreds of thousands of people who watch her YouTube channel, Fauna Solomon is the founder of, an advice blog for singles. She says, “I grew up in Pittsburgh, and it’s always been full of opportunity for me. I’ve been able to build a business and make a living. It’s wonderful.” The smart, savvy, and stylish blogger aims to help singles improve themselves, enjoy the dating world, and eventually find “the one” through the clever and perceptive content on her site, including two intense online courses specifically focused on helping men and women build confidence and find love. Additionally, Solomon offers dating coaching for those seeking a more personalized experience. But, she’s not only a one-woman show; she also works with Flaunt Boutique in South Side and 720 Music, Clothing, and Cafe in Lawrenceville, just to name a few of her collaborations with fellow young entrepreneurs. For more information, visit Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “The North Side, where I live. It’s close to everything, and it’s picturesque. You can walk Downtown, or to the stadiums and the Carnegie Science Center. It’s full of history.”


Have you ever considered starting your own blog? Get started on March 1 at 720 Music, Clothing, and Cafe where Fauna will host a fashion blogging workshop.

Anthony Vennare and Joe Vennare

Brother duo and fitness entrepreneurs Joe and Anthony Vennare took the road less traveled on their journey by choosing not to settle. Prior to founding Vennare Ventures, LLC, Joe was a social studies teacher and a personal trainer; Anthony was in The United States Marine Corps. They opened a gym that grew to a membership of 400 people and decided to close it with the hopes of spreading their message further. With Joe writing copy and Anthony working behind the scenes as a web designer and developer (Joe calls him “the Wizard of Oz”), together they own and operate two brands: Hybrid Athlete, a website which offers free bodyweight training; and Fittsburgh, an online guide to healthy living in Pittsburgh and farm box service, which provides subscribers with local, seasonal, and healthy foods. Joe says, “This city one of those rare places where hard work really does pay off and neighbors actually know one another, a place where innovation and history collide, where rust and resilience run deep. Pittsburgh is poised to retake its place as a pivotal region for the nation and the world. We’re going to be a part of that.” For more information, visit and

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: Joe loves “any and every library and museum” in Pittsburgh, and Anthony has a soft spot for “Sunday morning in the Strip District.”




March 2014

Kirstie Corso

Kirstie Corso originally moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Shortly thereafter, she connected with Maria Caruso, founder and artistic director of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, who, to Corso’s surprise, offered her a company contract. She enjoyed dancing and the Pittsburgh environment so much that she decided to stay with the company. “During this time, Maria and I decided to tackle the development of Bodiography Fitness and Strength,” she explains. “It has been a whirlwind of writing, formatting, networking, instructor trainings, photo shoots, and planks. It has been an exciting opportunity that keeps me on my toes.” Today, Corso holds many titles, including program director for Bodiography Fitness and Strength; company artist for Bodiography Contemporary Ballet; adjunct professor in the dance department at La Roche College; and fitness instructor at Club One. She says, “Pittsburgh can be an exciting place for young professionals. I’m excited to see the opportunities continue to develop over the next decade.” For more information visit

Favorite Pittsburgh Place: “Shadyside. I’ve lived in the area for the past five years and really enjoy the demographic, the vibe, and its location in the city.”


Bodiography Fitness and Strength is hosting instructor training June 22 at the Bodiography Center for Movement. It’s suitable for anyone interested in teaching or simply learning how to efficiently use the body when working out!







March 2014

By Christine Tumpson PhotographS from Nordstrom

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SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is available at Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall, 1000 Ross Park Mall Drive, North Hills. 412.548.4300.

arah Jessica Parker is having a triumphant moment. On the set of Good Morning America, host Norah O’Donnell asked if the television/film/stage actor likes taking on the business world with the launch of her fashion line, SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker reminded the anchor that she has been in business for years, most notably as an executive producer of the acclaimed HBO series Sex and the City. Her business acumen is center-stage with this launch. First, she partnered with George Malkemus, CEO of SATC character Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite shoe line, Manolo Blahnik. Then, Parker signed with Nordstrom to sell the collection of shoes, handbags, and a trench coat exclusively through the retail powerhouse. The highly anticipated pieces arrive on February 28. SJP maintains a high standard of tailor workmanship and incorporates top trends and color palettes into her designs, all while keeping a reasonable price point. Reasonable, that is, for anyone who can imagine greeting a pair with the words, “Hello, lover.” Just in case you thought that could never be you, check out these designs, and you will be swooning, too.

2. “Allison” Boot in Luggage, $485.

11. “INa” PumP in Green, $355.

10. “Stella” Clog in Brown, $395.

9. “Slim” Sandal in Avio Blue, $345.

8. “Pola” Pump in Black Satin, $365.

Orange, $375.

7. “Maud” Sandal in Multi Pink, Mint, and

6. “Etta” Pump in Pink Mauve, $425.

5. “Leslie” Espadrille in White, $245.

4. “Jill” Sandal in Platino, $345.

3. “Bobbie” Pump in Mint, $365.




— S arah J essica Parker

“I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life, such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, to references and classic styles from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness, and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come.”

1. “Lady” Pump in Red, $350.








Parker named each shoe after a person or experience that has inspired her world of fashion, from the “Carrie” to the “Maud,” named for designer Maud Frizon. The Italian-made shoes range from $195-$500.




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March 2014




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Vogue magazine. The day before, she was

“I like it because it’s a blend of classic and

revealing renovations to the Trump National Doral Miami, announcing the expansion of


new; it has a timeless appeal. The collection is made with gold and precious materials

the hotel division into South America with

with a lasting value.” We love the earrings

the Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro, and tweet-

that explode with color, especially the deep

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blue velvet and azure tones Trump chose for

from Florence Nightingale: “I attribute my

her drop earrings. When asked for her best

success to this; I never gave up or took

advice to women looking to create a signa-

any excuse.” All the while, encouraging

ture look this season, Trump answers with

people to sip her signature Starbucks

enthusiasm, “Take a trend, and make it your own!” We think we’re starting

drink: a tall nonfat raspberry white

with a pair of those gorgeous blue ear-

chocolate mocha latte. Trump’s entrepreneurial drive is


in high gear with her fine jewelry designs, Ivanka Trump Collection. She sits in her own demographic here, designing


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Ivanka Trump Collection, Louis Anthony

Jewelers, 1775 N.

Highland Road, Upper St. Clair.


1 // Patras Earrings with Blue Sapphire and Diamonds in 18K White Gold, $4,400. 2 // Patras Earrings with Aquamarine and Diamonds in 18K White Gold, $4,400. 3 // Toulouse Pendant with Pink Opal and Black Diamonds in 18K White Gold, $2,500. 4 // Patras Earrings with Diamonds in 18K White Gold, $4,300.

TREND ALERT! Yellow gold is Trump’s favorite spring trend. “From chunky bracelets to large necklaces, yellow gold was seen all over the runway last September. One of my favorite pieces is my Metropolis Cuff. It’s definitely a very refined statement piece.”

Metropolis Earrin g s with Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold, $4,950.

Metropolis Cu ff with Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold, $7,200.

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for our SENIORS Find a senior care facility that’s the right fit for you or your loved one By Rachel Jones Baby boomers, and baby boomers’ babies alike, often find themselves searching for the next best step in senior care. Whether the decision is based on medical needs or social interactions, the process can be a lot to take in. The Pittsburgh area is home to dozens of senior care centers that offer topnotch services and high-quality living situations. The main areas to consider are: what types of residents stay there, what sort of housing options are available, and what activities or services are offered. Here, we explore three local communities that offer different, yet exceptional, types of senior care.




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Photographs from Marilyn Walsh, Providence Point.


POINT Owned by Baptist Homes Society, a not-for-profit senior living and care organization that was established in 1910, Providence Point is home to more than 330 seniors who dubbed the community “Pittsburgh’s premiere retirement community.�

Mission: to provide the highest quality of living for all those they serve, while uplifting one person at a time.

Residents: Residents of the Continuing Care Retirement Community who have entered a LifeCare contract are provided with healthcare services when they are needed. Healthcare residences are also available on a fee-for-service basis to those who need nursing care, rehabilitation, and personal care.

Housing: The 32-acre community features 222 apartments, with one- and two-bedroom options. Thirty-five patio homes are also available and include full basements, two-car garages, and many other upgrade options. Healthcare residents live in 64 private apartments with kitchenettes in the Personal Care residences, 20 private rooms with baths in the Memory Support residences, and 63 private rooms with private baths in the Skilled Nursing residences. Services: The full-time, in-house therapy department has physical, occupational, respiratory, and other therapists available, and a medical clinic with a full-time RNAC and social workers is also available.

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Activities: Residents can work out in the Wellness Center, which offers a swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, fitness center, and full-time wellness staff. Tai Chi, yoga, chair aerobics, and other classes are available, as is a beauty salon and spa, an indoor golf simulator, and a bocce court. After a relaxing session or vigorous workout, residences can dine in one of four offered venues. In-house activities, including movies, art, and bridge clubs, keep everyone entertained, while outings to Pittsburgh and other nearby towns make for a pleasant change of scenery. Providence Point, 500 Providence Point Blvd., Scott Township. 412.489.3550.




Vincentian Villa


COMMUNITIES St. Barnabas Health System is one of the largest health care systems of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, with four campuses in Allegheny and Butler Counties. The senior communities at St. Barnabas offers maintenance-free living and peace of mind.

Mission: to help seniors live a happy and active lifestyle with peace of mind, knowing that they will be taken care of through the continuum care services and Free Care Fund.

Residents: Hundreds of seniors, ranging from independent retirees to those seeking daily assistance, reside in St. Barnabas Communities. Housing: Four campuses of homes are available, based on residents’ needs. • The Village at St. Barnabas: one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with flexible meal plans and housekeeping • The Woodlands: one-story carriage homes with one-, two-, and threebedroom floor plans and private, scenic surroundings • The Washington Place: studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with two meals served daily at the Mount Vernon Restaurant • White Tail Ridge: homes ranging from two-bedroom, one-and-half baths to five-bedroom, five baths Services: Available to residents and nonresidents alike are rehabilitation, home care, living assistance, memory care, nursing care, and hospice programs. The St. Barnabas Medical Center is also available for compassionate and professional care.

Activities: Residents can enjoy an indoor mall, restaurants, a library, a credit union, a beauty salon, and much more. The gorgeous landscape includes walking trails, putting greens, and a koi pond. The Kean Theatre provides plenty of entertainment, as does the always-full social calendar. The Crystal Conservatories’ glass-enclosed swimming pool is a gorgeous spot to take guests or improve aquatic fitness, and its venue can even be rented out for private receptions. St. Barnabas Communities, 724.443.0700.

Vincentian Collaborative System

The Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare and human services organization is responsible for two child care centers, four senior care communities, a rehabilitation company, and a charitable foundation. The senior communities work to provide a family-like setting that promotes the physical, spiritual, psychological, and social well-beings of each member.

Mission: Compelled by a love of Christ, Vincentian Collaborative System nurtures and sustains a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.

Residents: More than 540 seniors reside in the VCS senior communities. Their levels of care include: independent living, assisted living/personal care, nursing home/skilled nursing facility, and rehabilitation.

Housing: Four senior communities are available for residents. • Vincentian Villa, for independent living • Marian Manor, for assisted living/personal care, nursing home/ skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation • Vincentian de Marillac, for nursing home/skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation • Vincentian Personal Care at Vincentian Home, for assisted living/ personal care, nursing home/skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation

Services: VCS senior communities provide skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal care, and independent living, based on the residents’ needs. Activities: The recreational programs are designed to meet the physical, social, and cultural needs of every resident, many of which are customized for optimal self-expression. Chapel services, exercise classes, dining options, beauty/hair care services, shopping, and much more. Vincentian Collaborative System, 412.630.9980.




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Explore Greensburg By SARAH OLDHAM | EDITED BY RACHEL JONES | Photographs from greensburg Community development coporation Just outside of Pittsburgh, Greensburg and its surrounding neighbors are also tuned in to what its senior residents are looking for. With a quaint and accommodating community, the boutiques, cafés, and other shops make any home a sweet home.

Welcome to the Neighborhood! As time goes by, family members grow up and move away; it’s a part of life! Eventually, it might be time to start thinking about downsizing and moving to a new, more practical location for the next phase of life. Just because it’s time to downsize doesn’t mean that you have to lose your sense of community and belonging. Greensburg is the perfect location for individuals desiring to remain active, involved, independent, and included. Moving somewhere new is often intimidating, especially when you’re unsure about how to connect with a new community and make new friends. One of the best ways to get involved is to volunteer. Greensburg provides many service opportunities for those looking to give back, make a difference, and form a connection with their community. The Christian Layman Corps operates on a 90-percent volunteer basis, so the group is always looking for a helping hand. The Greensburg YMCA also provides plenty of rewarding volunteer opportunities, including child care providers, greeters, and more. Interested in art? The Westmoreland




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Museum of American Art offers volunteer opportunities for everyone, including shop clerks, docents, and tour guides, and members of the Women’s Committee. Aside from volunteering, neighbors can also partake in dozens of fun activities. Pottery Playhouse is a great place to spend an afternoon painting plates, mugs, or figurines that can later be fired and added to your new home in Greensburg! Share a cultural experience with a new friend by catching a show at The Palace Theatre. The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie has comfy couches to sip some freshly brewed coffee or teas while reading a book on your iPad, downloaded from the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library. If the need for a vacation comes along, the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and Spirit Airlines are now offering affordable, weekly flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Orlando, Fla., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Accommodating a variety of spiritual and religious needs, the Greensburg area offers church services for people of all backgrounds. There are Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and nondenominational Christian churches located around almost every corner of the city. There are many opportunities to get involved with any of these religious

organizations in Greensburg. Greensburg has the benefit of the Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus system, which travels to the Westmoreland Mall, Excela Westmoreland Hospital, and to Downtown Pittsburgh. And, bus fare is free for citizens over 65 years old! Taxi services are now available, too. But the best part about Greensburg is that almost everything you need to live happily and comfortably is within walking distance. Tree-lined sidewalks are everywhere within the neighborhoods of Greensburg. A short stroll leads to a variety of small shops, restaurants, parks, cultural institutions, and even Seton Hill University. There is an energy generated from people choosing to live in the city. As new apartments are completed and patio homes are constructed, living in a neighborhood of Greensburg will continue to be a rewarding and exhilarating experience. There are two neighborhoods to consider that have a mix of smaller single-level homes and renovated apartments. Academy Hill is located north of Downtown Greensburg and is one of Greensburg’s most identifiable neighborhoods. The Academy Hill Neighborhood Association plans several seasonal events, such as the Backyard & Garden Tour in the spring and the Ghost Tour during Halloween. This collection of about 250 homes is rich in significant and historic architecture, which led to Academy Hill’s designation as a Historic District in 1999. Northmont is a tree-filled neighborhood located near Greensburg Salem High School and Nicely Elementary School. The neighborhood was developed in the 1950s and is perfect for someone looking for tranquility within the city limits. Become a part of a welcoming community that meets the needs of a quiet, yet active lifestyle. The area is perfect for retirement and offers a convenient and fun new place to settle down. You will find that there is only promise and opportunity waiting in Greensburg.

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Finding Comfort in the Community Following its mission of “improving the health and well-being of every life we touch,” Excela Health is working beyond its three acute care hospital locations to further serve the members of Westmoreland, Indiana, and Fayette Counties. This month, Excela Health’s Home Care and Hospice Bereavement Coordinators are hosting two opportunities for grief support: • Coping with Loss — Ceramics Class, held March 3, 10, 17, and 24, offers therapeutic sessions, suitable for any skill level. Relieve stress and meet new people while painting ceramic pieces of your choice. Victoria Lin Ceramic Shoppe, 305 Alwine Ave., Greensburg. • Coping with Loss — Men’s Group is a male-only, weekly get-together. Join them March 4 to enjoy brunch with others who have experienced similar situations. Facilitated by an Excela Health Hospice Team Member, handouts and education on coping techniques will be provided; stop in any Tuesday. King’s Restaurant, Rte. 119., Greensburg. For more information on these events and more, call 877.771.1234 or visit — Rachel Jones

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice Hop in to Greensburg’s newest, cutest café! Owned by Amber Kunselman and Tommy Medley, White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie caters to the Downtown crowd of commuters, professionals, and students. “We felt that there was a demand for our type of business and hours, which accommodate students and offer a place for locals to get together after typical business hours,” Kunselman says. Medley brews up the specialty coffees and teas, with lavender-vanilla lattes, horchata lattes, and chai lattes reigning as the favorites. All three are made from scratch, as are most of the in-house drinks, and Medley’s biggest interest is single-origin and single-cup coffees. Pairing deliciously with these sips are Kunselman’s sweet and savory pastries, cookies, candies, and confections. She even bakes custom-made celebration and wedding cakes! The ever-popular French macarons are always available, but the creative chef doesn’t have a set pastry menu. “Not only is that fun for me, but our customers seem to enjoy it as well,” Kunselman says. “Every time they come in, there is something new for them to try. Or, if they’re not feeling adventurous, some staple items are always available.” White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie, 113 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.216.5229. — R.J.

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The Bold and the Beautiful At a recent trade show, Beeghly and Company Jewelers’ experts were blown away by new and beautiful pieces by Cherie Dori. These organically inspired accessories shine with ancient, traditional finishes that fit perfectly into our modern, active lives. The big standout this season? “Yellow gold. It is exploding onto the spring scene, reminding us of the effulgent sun,” says Amy Beeghly of Beeghly and Company Jewelers. She also recommends mixing vibrant colors with rustic pieces and wearing big, bold jewelry. Beeghly and Company Jewelers, 401 S. Main St., Greensburg. 724.832.1500. — R.J. Cushion Checkerboard Blue Rustic Swirl Earrings in 18K White and Yellow Gold with .31 ctw Diamonds

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Spring Cleaning We’re sprucing up our homes and redecorating with some of the hottest trends of the year. Karen Barnes of Shalimar Bazaar says it’s time to mix it up! We’re talking antiques with modern pieces; and layered, textured linens like burlap with dainty touches of lace and crystals. Barnes says the colors we decorate with can convey a variety of emotions, and we’re springing into the season on a bright note. Create a young, yet retro, vibe with clean, cool hues of aqua, turquoise, olive, or emerald. Or, dare to be bold with accent walls in orange, yellow, or lime green! Shalimar Bazaar, 159 E. Otterman St., Greensburg. 724.836.4740. — R.J. Photographs from Beeghly and Company Jewelers, Shalimar Bazaar.

Events There is so much going on this March in Greensburg — don’t miss out! March 1, 7:30 p.m. Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Concert

Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg Tickets: $10

March 6, 7:30 p.m. Gaelic Storm

The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg Tickets: 724.836.8000

March 14, 5 p.m. Art on Tap 5.2.7 Happy Hour

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 4764 Rte. 30, Greensburg Tickets: $7, $5 for non-alocholic drink tickets

March 15, 6 p.m. Taste of Westmoreland

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Chambers Hall, 150 Finoli Dr., Greensburg Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for children under 12

March 7, 8 p.m. jefferson starship

The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg Tickets: 724.836.8000

March 22, 11 A.m. Free Fun Family Day

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 4764 Rte. 30, Greensburg Tickets: Free!

March 23, 3 p.m. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre with The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg Tickets: 724.836.8000

March 29, 6:30 p.m. 6th Annual Sounds of Charity

Seton Hill University, Cecilian Hall, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg Tickets: 724.836.0406 x615








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DWP styles arrive at e.b. Pepper this month!

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Spring styles are cropping up everywhere we look! Get a jump on the freshest fashions with our roundup of new designer lines and top trends, and where to find them locally. Happy days filled with fun and fashion are just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Collaborative Designs Exciting additions are in store at e.b. Pepper, with three hot new lines hitting shelves this spring. First up is DWP (Design with Purpose), the brainchild of Gwen Stefani and Michael Glasser, denim guru and original owner of 7 for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity. “DWP is built on effortless dressing, but with an edge enhanced by specially developed coatings/washes which have never been used on non-denim fabrics before — think super soft, sleek, and seasonless,” says Pepper. The line of versatile, but still-cool basics is made in Los Angeles. Pepper is also excited to bring in another buzz-worthy line: Calvin Rucker, which features the creative combination of Joie Rucker and Caroline Calvin, who first began collaborating at Levi’s 20 years ago. Their distressed Love Me Boyfriend jeans, inspired by late ‘60s and early ‘70s fashions, are part feminine, part rough-and-tumble rocker chic. Rounding out the trio of hot new arrivals is Angelys Balek, a sophisticated, sweetly feminine line that features one of spring’s top trends: 3D fashion! e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815. Photograph from e.b. Pepper. (?) Photograph from DWP.




New Boutique Have you been to Yeni? The new Shadyside shop is a must-see stop on your walking tour of the neighborhood. Owner Lisa Rudick has cultivated a laid-back, chic, cool space, located on the second floor of e.b. Pepper. All of the designers carried are exclusive to Pittsburgh and to the store. Rudick says she “goes on instinct,” tracking down the designers that speak most strongly to her aesthetic taste, including jewelry from Atelier Minyon, Tap by Todd Pownell, and LizaBeth Jewelry. Rudick invites customers to come experience the space. “The store has a very organic feel. It’s a place to come, hang out, and relax.” And of course, find some seriously stylish accessories. Yeni, 5411 Walnut St., Second Floor, Shadyside. 412.687.9364.

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Spring Into Spain Exclusively available at Kristi Boutique and culled from the Spanish Mediterranean are Avarcas Riudavets. The sporty shoes have been known for their comfort, durability, and handmade quality since 1920, but now, they’ve arrived with a fashionable twist of colors and prints. The spring sandals consist of a 100-percent recycled rubber soul, fine suede inner lining, a hidden border stitch, and premium Spanish leather, which is truly trending this year. Kristi Moss, owner of Kristi Boutique, simply describes these sandals as “the ideal footwear. This sandal can easily take you from the beach to the city.” In other words, they’re cool and extremely comfortable. Dress them up with a shift blouse (slightly cropped or tucked in) and a high-waisted circle skirt, or dress them down with a pair of casual capris, a lightweight Kristi Boutique will cardigan, and your favorite retro host a Deepa Gurnani tee. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport trunk show, featuring the Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. designer’s luxe headbands, — Alyssa Miller jewelry, and belts,

We’re thrilled to announce big news from One Brilliant! Owner Erica Miller tells us that the Aspinwall boutique “is moving to a newly designed, bigger, beautiful store at #12 Brilliant.” April 1 is the expected opening date. “We’re excited to have more dressing rooms, more designers, and the best continued customer service that a boutique can provide,” she says. Trend-wise this spring, the fashionistas at One Brilliant are encouraging us to keep it simple and chic in black and white. The basic color combo is anything but boring, as displayed by these visually interesting pieces. One Brilliant, 1 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443.


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Hello, Beautiful! Mark your calendar for March 21, and head to MoZaic Boutique for a fun, fashionable happy hour with Michelle VanBibber, designer of Ciao Bella Jewelry. Mix and mingle from 5:30-8 p.m., enjoying wine and cheese, and previewing the designer’s “Whimsy” themed spring/summer collection, “a fun, bright, whimsical line using mixed media components,” says Nancy Gilmore, owner of MoZaic Boutique. “Guests will have the opportunity to meet Michelle and learn about her designs, as well as have the ability to work with her on custom pieces.” RSVP by March 17 and receive a coupon for 10-percent off any one Ciao Bella item to use during the event! MoZaic Boutique, 1597 Washington Pike, Suite A-13, Bridgeville. 412.275.3787.




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Poignant Prom Prom season is fast approaching, and we’re thrilled to share news of a fashionable event that is also charitable. On March 30-31, Sorelle Bridal Salon will host Olivia’s Closet, held in honor of Olivia Scott, who came to the store in 2009 in search of her dream gold prom dress. “Olivia had a particular energy and sunny disposition that made her a delight to work with. Every visit to our shop was an event in that she always brought an excited entourage and just seemed to enjoy the prom shopping experience more than most. What we didn’t realize at the time, but later came to learn, was that Olivia was terminally ill and that going to prom would be her last major milestone,” says Sorelle owner Jeanine Lambert. Partnering with Olivia’s parents, the bridal shop has hosted the event for three years, during which girls who can not otherwise afford a prom dress can select a new or gently used prom gown for whatever donation they are able to make. (Have an extra gown taking up space in your closet? Donate it at the salon!) All proceeds benefit the Olivia Scott Foundation, which helps fund cancer research. Talk about an unforgettable prom! Sorelle Bridal Salon, 1855 W. Chestnut St., Washington. 724.206.0791. — A.M. Photographs by Michael Fornataro, from Kristi Boutique, MoZaic Boutique.

Bright Ideas Keep your calendar open for a KEP Designs trunk show at The Picket Fence! The line of jewelry, designed in New York City with precious and semi-precious metals and stones, such as chrysoprase, lapis, and Peruvian opal, and featuring designer Kelly King’s signature “tulip” clasp, will be on display March 8-15. The bright, bold baubles are the perfect answer to the call of spring! The Picket Fence, 5424 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350.

Trend Report Put your best foot forward this spring. Jill Rubinstein, owner of Footloose Shadyside, fills us in on the finer points of the season’s footwear trends! “The pointy toe still rules! Nineties-inspired lowheeled pumps and sleek d’Orsay flats are front runners. Attentiongrabbing colorful prints and patents embellished with bows or ruffles make the statements this spring!” We adore these two pairs by Butter. Another point of reference when shopping? Your ankles! “The ankle is definitely a focal point this spring. Donald J. Pliner’s ‘Palo’ gently embraces ours atop a comfy, yet sexy T-strap wedge in black stretch fabric. Available for narrow and medium fashionistas.” Grab a pair for $198. Footloose Shadyside, 736 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. 412.687.3663.

Trend Alert! History always repeats itself in the world of fashion, and this spring is no exception — palazzo pants, tie-dye, woven belts and purses, and beaded vests are back! “Hippie chic, bohemian gypsy — whatever you want to call it. We say, call it yours!” says Cora DeLoia of Spoiled Chics the Boutique, where they’re stocking a variety of the laid-back looks. In search of a more straightforward style? Stripes are an “equally exciting” choice, especially when paired with bright prints or colors, says DeLoia. Spoiled Chics the Boutique, 350 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. Photographs from KEP Designs, lovethislife, Footloose Shadyside, Spoiled Chics the Boutique, Little Shoes.

Tees, Please Make a statement — without saying a word! Footloose at The Galleria Owner Ayellet Rubinstein tells us that statement tees are topping her list of favorite spring trends. A few of her favorite lines hail from Los Angeles, including lovethislife, an inspiring line of short- and long-sleeve T-shirts that feature either a peace sign, hamsa, or Buddha on the front, and a written manifesto on the back; and styles from Tyler Jacobs for Feel the Piece, emblazoned with trendy slogans like “Stay Gold” and “Having a Moment.” Customers are loving what’s in stock as many of the shirts have already sold out, says Rubinstein. Fear not, however. “We have a bunch more coming!” Other new arrivals for spring include looks from James Perse, J Brand Jeans, Alice + Olivia, Stateside Clothing, and Wildfox. Love it! Footloose at The Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.531.9663.

Shoe News Warmer weather is on its way, and we’re ready to put our boots into hibernation until next winter. Although our boots are out of sight, booties are a whole other story! Find gypsy-inspired styles from Freebird by Steven at Littles Shoes as well. We’re picking the “Eagle” peep-toe option, pictured here! Little Shoes, 5850 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3530.




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STYLE NETWORK By Nicole Barley | Photographs by Michael Fornataro When tuning in to WTAE-TV on Saturdays and Sundays, weekend anchor Jackie Schafer first caught our eye thanks to her bright smile — and her brightly colored clothing. Though a conservative element was clear, we could see beyond the basics — Schafer is one stylish woman. Of the intersection between work and wardrobe, Schafer says, “Since television is a visual medium, I want to look good! I try to be on trend without anything too distracting.” A bejeweled J. Crew necklace is often a go-to when adding the little element of trendiness and sparkle that she craves. And, being a news anchor, she also has quite a few tricks when it comes to perfecting her coif — check out her favorite hairspray at right. Before taking her seat at the anchor desk, the Elizabeth native worked as an anchor in Steubenville, Ohio, and in a public relations role while living in New York City. We couldn’t be happier to have her back to bring us the local news — stylishly, of course. WTAE,




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Describe your personal style. “I really like to incorporate bright colors into my wardrobe, and I really love accessorizing. Sometimes, my personal style doesn’t always translate well into my professional wardrobe — because you can’t really take big risks in television news — so I try to take little risks on the anchor desk here and there. A pop of leather, or a solid color with a fabulous accessory. I try to balance.”

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Favorite designers: “Chanel, Marchesa, Jenny Packham, Tory Burch, and Michael Kors. Many of those are the designers I gravitate toward while scoping out red carpet fashion. But let’s be honest — where am I going? I’m certainly not strolling around Giant Eagle in a Marchesa gown on my off days. So, the designers you’ll actually catch me wearing most are Tory Burch and Michael Kors.”

Style icons: “Definitely Carrie Underwood! She is so stunning. I am not ashamed to admit I stalk her and her stylist Melissa Schleicher on every social media account possible to try to pick up on her tricks! One of my favorite products I learned about from them is the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It’s great as a dry shampoo and also to give fine, lifeless hair like I was born with some texture! I also admire Kerry Washington’s style — specifically her character Olivia Pope on Scandal. And also, Jackie O. My mom named me after her.”

What are your wardrobe essentials? “When I’m not on TV, my go-to outfit is a bright J. Crew solidcolor sweater, skinny jeans, Tory Burch riding boots, and a long scarf. Sometimes, I feel like it’s my ‘uniform’ because it’s what I tend to always choose. I switch it up with color-blocking and accessories, of course! I also love a great faux fur vest!”

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First Match By andrea bosco 

Illustrations by Jordan Harriger

Want to find your soulmate? Meet your matchmaker, right here Let us calculate the odds. One statistic* shows finding your soulmate is a 1-in-285,000 chance; the probability of landing a role on ABC’s The Bachelor, receiving a rose, and actually finding true love is slim; and U.S. divorce rates — well, let’s not go there. Given the above, do not lose faith. The world boasts plenty of proof that healthy marriages do exist and that eternal love can be found in the most unexpected places. For me? Twitter! In fact, one study* surveyed 20,000 respondents and found that 35 percent met their spouses online. To no avail? Turn to a matchmaker, and I don’t mean Patti Stanger by way of L.A. Enter Squirrel Hill’s Susan Dunhoff, The Modern Matchmaker. Her 22-year boutique matchmaking service blends traditional values with modern technology for a personalized experience. Here, she shares her steps for scouting that special someone and her top dating tips. After all, when you know, you know.

In 1992, Dunhoff, working in marketing, threw a party at the Rivers Club. Little did she know, she would meet her husband, David, and discover that her passion was matchmaking — all in the same evening. “It was magical.”

Step 1: Prepping for Romance “The first step is scheduling a private consultation with me or an associate matchmaker,” says Dunhoff. “Many clients fill out a confidential profile form prior to our meeting. For us, it’s all in the consult and how we get on a client’s wavelength.” Dunhoff says she examines the client’s personality, searching for what’s most important to them in a perfect match. Next, she scours the database for compatible profiles. She examines dating history, photographs, religion, and “deal breakers,” among other things. “Whatever perfect match requirements are important to our clients are important to us,” she says. “We don’t urge them to go on a date just for us to meet a quota. We’re truly invested. Much of our success is due to our personalized concierge service. We know our clients well and only recommend compatible matches so they do not waste their time and emotional energy. All of our clients can get a date, but come to us to meet the right date.”


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Step 2: The Perfect Match

“The perfect match is when two people really complement each other,” she says. “And, being together enhances their lives. Most of our clients have happy, full lives — even alone — it’s just that one important segment is missing. Some have been divorced or widowed, and some have never been married.” Dunhoff continues to explain that “the perfect match” to her means “not just a surface relationship.” “It’s a much deeper relationship that involves all levels of chemistry.” She and her team research with new, custom proprietary software that took two years to build. “If I’m in the middle of a new business presentation and a perfect match pops into my mind, I can type in the name right then, and their confidential profile and photos pop up instantly.”




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“When I see how happy people are once they have found each other, it’s emotional for me. I get so excited! It wasn’t planned — it just required some navigation,” she says. “It is our job to bring compatible people together, but the clients make it happen. I always say, ‘Unless someone repulses you on a first date, give them a chance for a second date.’ Subconsciously, most people are not really themselves on a first date, and are much more relaxed, fun, and even humorous on a second date.”

Tasteful Tip: “Do not text,” says Dunhoff. “A date should be personal. Nothing makes clients more disturbed than when potential matches text as an initial impression. Once they’re in a relationship, I think it’s great. There’s nothing like an ‘I miss you’ middle-of-the-day text.” The Modern Matchmaker, Inc., 5725 Forward Ave., Suite 401, Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3747.




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Pittsburgh Restaurant Week’s Winter 2014 Celebration gave restaurants “the opportunity to woo diners into their restaurants for the week,” while offering specials and unveiling new dishes. Held prior, the Winter 2014 Kickoff Party included festive cocktails, free samplings from participating restaurants, music provided by Digital DJ Dave, as well as charity raffles. This year’s beneficiary was the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary, which in turn supports the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation. Local businesses made donations of prize packages to be raffled and all of the proceeds directly benefited the Hillman Center. Held at Bill Chisnell Productions, the party pitted restaurants against one another to compete for a PRABBY (Pittsburgh Restaurant Awarded Best by Yinz) award. Best Preview Taste went to The Wooden Nickel for its jumbo seared shrimp with crab and Tahitian vanilla bean crab sauce! After a week of discounts and celebrations, awards were recognized for the following: Most Mouthwatering, Skinny Pete’s Kitchen; Most Photogenic, Grit & Grace; Best Dining Deal, The Capital Grille; and Best Restaurant, Butcher & The Rye. “Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and embrace our city’s rise into the national food spotlight.” says Brian McCollum, director of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. — I.M.

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Photographs by Allie Wynands.

Allison Beckner, Jim Hendricks, Brayden Creykshank

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Kim Brunner, Bill Chisnell

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PITTSBurgh Penguins Foundation Third Annual Wine Tasting Gala

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Forty global wines, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to bid on exclusive auction items were just a few fun aspects of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s Third Annual Wine Tasting Gala! Gathered at CONSOL Energy Center, guests sipped on a variety of California and international wines, and enjoyed performances by the Pittsburgh Dueling Piano Show and magician TJ Hill, and caricatures by Mugshotz Art Studio. Those in attendance received a sampling glass etched with the Pens logo, as well as a special parting gift. Some of the organization’s most prominent faces popped up at the VIP dinner in the Lexus Club, including Mario and Nathalie Lemieux, defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Brooks Orpik, right winger Beau Bennett, Penguins President & CEO David Morehouse, Penguins Foundation President David Soltesz, and Mario Lemieux Foundation Executive Director Nancy Angus. Funds were raised to benefit the foundation, a relatively “new effort to focus the organization’s wide-ranging charitable and community outreach efforts on the youth of the region.” — I.M.

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SYMPHONY OF FOOD — Chefs’ Showcase Dinner Once again, WOMEN of Southwestern PA’s Symphony of Food — Chefs’ Showcase Dinner packed The Venue at Bella Sera for the seventh consecutive year! WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin announced this year’s featured chefs: Ben D’Amico, Giant Eagle Market District; Rob Bernoski, Il Burloni; Carmela Giaramita, La Tavola Italiana; Jason Sicher, Piccolina’s Restaurant; Barb Cyprowski, Country Confections; and Cheryl Martin, Angelo’s Restaurant, who delighted more than 360 guests with fine Italian fare. Between the appetizer table, topped with cheese and charcuterie boards, the bread from Bartram House Bakery, the crab tortellini, and the gelato layer cake, picking favorites was nearly impossible. “It was a great evening, as usual,” says Cathy Shader, event cochair. “We’re so thankful for our chefs and for everyone who came to support us.” By the end of the evening, the silent auction, Chinese auction, and raffle items, including Penguins tickets and a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway, totaled an all-time high of $52,000, with proceeds benefiting local women and children in need. The night concluded with iced limoncello and, of course, happily full stomachs. — L.P.

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@HOME DEsign News

Lively Living Spaces Edited by NICOLE BARLEY

Refresh your rooms with bright colors and even brighter ideas

Haute House

Sewickley’s HOUSE15143 is like the “Home Style” board on our Pinterest pages come to life — gorgeously scented candles, clever phrases perfectly framed, rustic coffee tables, pretty pillows, cute coffee table books...the list goes on. Now, with its witty “House Rules” in hand (think “Old is new,” “Less is more,” and “Color is king”) owners Danielle Franks and Kristin Bordeau are offering a menu of decorating services. These options include paint color consulting, special furniture orders, concept and coordination of remodeling projects, and room redesigns. Featured here is one of those inspiring reworks, “A casual, but elegant living room that we love,” says Franks. “We redid the fireplace — painted it white and added a rustic beam mantle to soften up the room. Furniture placement makes the most out of space and provides lots of seating.” These ladies rule. HOUSE15143, 439 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8953.




March 2014

Time to Explore Mark your calendar for largest home event in Pittsburgh — the 33rd Annual Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show! The 2014 edition will be held March 7-16, and will host more than 1,600 exhibits at the David. L. Lawrence Convention Center. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore modern and creative ways to brighten up your garden and home, thanks to nine acres worth of exhibits. John DeSantis, executive director of the Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show, says, “Spring is just around the corner, and once again, we’ve gathered everything for the home and garden in one place, at one time. Area homeowners know that this is the place to get ideas, to shop and compare, and to see what’s new for their home. It’s also the place to find the best products and services, the best expert advice, and the best prices.” Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show, Photograph from HOUSE15143.

Trendy Textiles Kristi Boutique, one of our top shops for scooping up trendy women’s fashions, is now dedicating a portion of the store to stylish home goods. An eclectic mix of home and personal care items lusted after and loved by owner Kristi Moss herself, these five brands have found a new and welcome home at Kristi Boutique this spring: Fresco Towels, Herbivore Botanicals, KOBO Candles, IZOLA Bathroom Essentials, and Loopy Mango HOME. This month, we’re focusing on refreshing our bathroom space with the towels and bathmats from Fresco, made in the U.S. by a family-run business. The 100-percent long-staple Turkish cotton designs are artistically driven and luxurious, making shower time even more enjoyable. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall 412.782.2033.

Bird’s the Word

The Songbird Sanctuary is hosting a slew of spring classes that have us humming with excitement. Join owner Janet Bronder in the “Emerald Jewels and Flying Sunsets” class on March 11 from 7-9 p.m. The complimentary session will engage in a discussion of rubythroated hummingbirds and Baltimore orioles. Learn about their migration habits, what they do, why, and how you can attract them to your garden. The Songbird Sanctuary is also welcoming the local bird-loving community to a Spring Open House on March 22 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Browse the bright collection, including bird feeders, houses, baths, and fountains, solar lanterns, and butterfly houses. Unique garden décor will also be on display, including the season’s hottest modernized garden accessory: colorful art poles. Enjoy complimentary sweet treats and sangria as you browse the world of winged wonders. Registration is required for the workshop. Email to reserve your spot. The Songbird Sanctuary, 412.828.5393. — Alyssa Miller

Keep Evolving Local sustainable architecture and consulting firm evolveEA is proud to announce its certification as Pittsburgh’s fourth B Corporation! The B Corp designation applies to the way a business and its leadership and staff work toward social and environmental goals. Businesses that are part of these prestigious ranks work to “B the Change” in their communities, using their work to better the world around them. “Our approach to greening places, processes, and communities compels us to consider all the impacts of our works and our actions. With the B Corp framework helping us to measure our impact in areas key to our mission, this is a natural fit for us,” says evolveEA’s Managing Principal, Marc Mondor. evolveEA joins the ranks of nearly 1,000 other national B Corp members, a cache that includes brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy, Patagonia, and Seventh Generation. evolveEA, 5530 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.362.2100. Photograph from Kristi Boutique.

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Turning a new oak leaf, that is! PPG Pittsburgh Paints’ soft new hue, Turning Oakleaf, has been named its 2014 Color of the Year. Smooth like butter, the barely-there shade is calming, evokes optimism, and is recommended for space renewal. Launched as part of the company’s Voice of Color program, the pale paint color is part of a collection called New Spirit, which also features Ginger Root, Soft Cream, Rattan, and Gypsum. The earthy, tranquil color palette — and each suggested grouping — was chosen by color stylists around the world to ensure Harmony, part of the Voice of Color experience. Five colors comprise each Harmony chip in an effort to assist in coordination and offer style inspiration. Upload a photo of the room directly to the website and sample a splash of color on the desired walls. The Paint Color Visualizer is the perfect tool for a trial run! And, you can save multiple projects. Says National Color Marketing Manager Dee Schlotter, “Turning Oakleaf is a no-fail yellow that works in any room with great natural light. It is great for kitchens, dining rooms, sun rooms, and living rooms that want to have a soft, yet energetic look.” Start forecasting new spaces for spring with the Color of the Year and its 150-plus colorful counterparts. PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Voice of Color, — Andrea Bosco

Fresh Favorites

After a long winter, we’re craving the brightness of spring — both indoors and out. Beth Fay Lane of SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home shared with us a few of her favorite fresh picks for the season, featuring bright hues and plant-inspired shapes, and perfect for perking up our cabinets. 1. Sóko by Jaye Design “Linea Oliva” decorative hardware. 2. Sietto handmade skinny glass “Glacier” cabinet pulls. SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home, 1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry. 724.772.1060. 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.733.2600. 1.


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March 2014

Photographs from PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Sietto, Sóko.

“Pittsburgh’s Holiday Homecoming” by Linda Barnicott.

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New Gallery

Bryant St. Ltd., the first retail store to open in Highland Park’s Bryant Street business corridor, not only sells jewelry and fashion accessories — the space is also home to a beautiful art gallery. Throughout the month of March, works by local artist Linda Barnicott, known for her use of rich pastel colors in depicting famous Pittsburgh scenes and landscapes, will be on exhibit. “Linda is known for her enchanting portraits of Pittsburgh. She most recently has started painting plein-air landscapes of rural Western Pennsylvania. Both styles will be exhibited in the gallery,” says owner Stuart Epstein. “Linda’s work is iconic Pittsburgh, which fits in perfectly with our Highland Park neighborhood’s beauty and the excitement with what is happening on Bryant Street. A great match.” Get a sneak preview of her paintings at Bryant St. Ltd., 5910 Bryant St., Highland Park. 412.362.2200.

Creative Installation The time to start preparing your outdoor living space is now, and Kozi Media Design is motivating us to get creative. The guys at Kozi shared this recent installation: “Kozi Media Design engineered and installed this outdoor, all-season Sunbrite TV solution. We accompanied these TVs with a custom outdoor, multiple speaker and subwoofer audio system by Sonance for a full outdoor theater experience in any climate.” The company offers a variety of entertainment solutions that are practical and aesthetically pleasing. Kozi Media Design, 877.746.5694. Photographs from Linda Barnicott, Kozi Media Design.

Our Pittsburgh based Design Showroom offers a perfect marriage of function and design. Our purpose is to create meaningful, functional spaces that visually appeal to our customer’s needs and emotions. Distinctly U achieves this by utilizing our strong knowledge and background in construction and design. Our design team is tailored to re-think and re-design not only your main living areas such as Kitchens and Baths, but also those spaces less lived in. We offer the experience and credentials needed to seamlessly fulfill any project start to finish with ease. Distinctly U is proud to announce a new addition to our design team, April Spagnolo, CKD. April joined our team early this year. With her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from La Roche College and as an NKBA Certified Kitchen Designer, April designs custom projects of all types. April has been in the industry for over 8 years working on numerous projects in Pittsburgh communities, as well as Punx sutawney, Altoona, and Seven Springs. Her previous experience working alongside Pittsburgh’s only Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer has allowed her to start her own company offering design and management of your project from concept to completion.




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March 2014

@HOME Feature

Keep It Simple Find your Zen in Jeffrey Smith’s calming, creative abode By Nicole Barley Photographs by Cayla Zahoran Jeffrey Smith in his jewelry design studio.


effrey Smith’s home instills a sense of peace in those who visit. That, of course, is by deliberate design. The color palette is earthy, the approach is minimalist, and the main influences are from the Eastern hemisphere, with a special focus on India. From a mask of the Hindu goddess Tara, who represents virtue and enlightened action, hanging next to the front door, to the elephant figurines placed throughout the house, Smith’s Buddhist beliefs are beautifully represented. “The elephants face towards the door with the trunk up because in Hinduism, that is a most auspicious blessing. People, when they enter, don’t know that, but the energy is there,” he explains. Smith is the creative force behind the Lawrenceville salon Jeffrey Smith Studio, a similarly soothing, inspiring space. “I do like to keep it simple, but I think the space, no matter where you are, dictates how it should look. Our upper salon is more ornate because of the architecture of that space. The downstairs is more like this, simpler, plainer. But definitely, I like less,” he says when comparing his house with his salon. Smith’s place of residence for six years, the three-story house

is 98 years old, but thanks to a complete renovation with the help of contractor Bill Noble, the space is modern and open. Much like his physical appearance, his nearly all-black wardrobe contrasting with vivid, intricate full tattoo sleeves, Smith’s living space carries a dichotomous element, too. Though the majority of the house is streamlined and simple, his in-home jewelry studio is, in a word, “chaos,” he says laughing. A colorful explosion of beads and necklacewearing busts fills every inch of the space. “This looks nuts,” he says, gesturing at the wall-to-wall mélange, “but I know where all these pieces are.” After all, from chaos comes creation, and cultivating creativity is really Smith’s main goal in pursuing this new craft. His interest was originally sparked when the salon began retailing jewelry. Smith soon found a teacher to sit with, and discovered a natural affinity for designing. Though the pieces are for sale at the salon, he is most content to simply create beautiful art that inspires joy in the wearer. @ Jeffrey Smith Studio, 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.8153.




This open sitting room greets visitors — as does Smith’s mini white schnauzer, Maggie, seen hiding in the photo on the previous page.

The home’s singular quality is apparent before even stepping inside, thanks to the neatly manicured garden, complete with a sitting Buddha statue, and the striking front door, crafted by Chris Zarganis of Regent Square.




March 2014

A horticultural theme carries from the outside in, with orchids, bonsai, and succulent plants flourishing throughout.

The dining space focuses around a crystal chandelier, procured from Hot Haute Hot in the Strip District, which shines above a handcrafted table made from a reclaimed bar top. The kitchen and bar area features sealed concrete countertops.

Smith asked local artist Dave Trenga to specially make this Bryan Cranston/Walter White box. A huge Breaking Bad fan, Smith can only say, “Oh, my God,” and shake his head when I ask if he’s sad that the show has ended. A square painting of Frankenstein, which lives on a shelf in the kitchen, was created by the same artist. The coffee table is a treasure trove of other fun finds, including rainbow-hued, Sigmund Freud-themed coasters from Iceland.

Jeffery Smith Jewelry can be purchased at the salon and at Pursuits of Shadyside. This work by Gavin Benjamin, a mixed media artist based in Chester Springs, Pa., is the focal point of the main sitting room. At first glance, the scene appears to be a simple still life, but “if you look closely, he puts these crazy little objects inside the photos. You never know what you’ll see.”




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Biophiliacs Bring nature indoors for an au courant update to your space, all while reaping the array of benefits indoor plants offer BY LIZ PETONIAK PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL FORNATARO STYLED BY LIZ PETONIAK + SAMANTHA MAY


This phalaenopsis orchid, supported by a forsythia, grows out of a terrarium. “The terrarium holds in humidity, which orchids like. It’s a standout — perfect to send as a gift and to use as a centerpiece on a coffee or dinner table,” says Bill Chisnell of Bill Chisnell Productions. Whirl


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ouseplants are having a moment right now, integral in contemporary décor as ever. As we crave green life toward winter’s end, it’s easy to see why. “Plants add to the atmosphere,” says Carmel Vandale, owner of Mt. Lebanon Floral. “For me, it’s more visual, but seeing something green and growing lifts my spirits.” This love for and attraction to living things, known as biophilia, is perhaps as natural to us as breathing. And, the benefits of keeping plants indoors are too major to ignore. Margie Radebaugh, director of horticulture and education at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, says, “In addition to the connection to nature by having plants close to you, and just the beauty of them, they also help to clean the air as they grow. They actually take the toxins out of the air and improve the environment.” In the ‘80s, NASA discovered that plants purify the air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into food for the plant. Radebaugh rattled off a list of specimens, dubbed “clean-air plants,” which both purify the air and remove toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, naturally found in our homes nowadays, a result of the products and furniture located within. Though she didn’t get through all 50 plants on her list, I found myself surprised to learn that the catalog of clean-air greenery included a number of commonly kept houseplants, like pothos, English Ivy, peace lilies, spider plants, rubber plants, philodendron, and mother-in-law’s tongue, rather than exotic varieties. To truly experience the cleanair effect, she recommends one plant in a six- to eight-inch pot per 10 square feet. “You can use them to provide decorative accents while they clean the air,” she says. It may seem like overload, but what’s more beautiful than being surrounded by lush greens? Vandale says, “I like to create little groupings, and I like to work them into collections. I’ll place succulents with Asian figurines, taller plants behind a couch or chair, use them to fill a corner, or to hide an [electrical] outlet.” Additionally, Bayer Advanced discloses that certain plants are better suited to specific indoor environments, such as a peace lilies, known to remove mold from the air, making them the perfect choice for bathrooms. For your bedroom, consider keeping orchids, succulents, and epiphytic bromeliads, because unlike most household plants, they release oxygen during the night. And, if you’re gunning for a raise, your workspace could use some green, too! A recent study completed at the University of Exeter in England concluded that keeping office plants increased workers’ sense of wellbeing by 47 percent, creativity by 45 percent, and productivity by 30 percent. There’s plenty of options for those lacking a green thumb, so don’t stress if you forget to water your little green friend. “For a cubicle, succulents and air plants are low maintenance. They can bloom with no natural light. You just dunk them in water once a week,” Vandale says. “With most of these indoor plants, watering is minimal — every three or four days. Over-care seems to be the worst thing for them.” But for us, simply caring for one plant at our desk can be enough to spruce up our spirits. Radebaugh says that employees at the new Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which boasts tons of natural light and more than one plant per 10 square feet, seem to truly enjoy their work space. “The horticulture staff generally takes care of all the plants, but each employee has been offered the chance to care for an individual plant and to foster that connection with nature.” Discover what fostering a relationship with plants can do for you, and check out our spread of houseplants, along with tips for care, here.@ Bayer Advanced, Bill Chisnell Productions, 1111 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.251.5601. Drew Mathieson Center, 1600 Metropolitan St., North Side 412.231.6417. Mt. Lebanon Floral, 725 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.561.2500. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Oakland. 412.622.6914.

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Plants increase humidity levels indoors, adding moisture to the air and helping hydrate our skin and decrease the instance of respiratory illness. In one research study, Bayer Advanced reported that sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices that added plants to their space.

Larger plants placed on the floor, like this pothos and bird nest fern, can really spruce up an empty space. “Pothos are one of the easiest plants to care for. They tolerate low light and only need to be watered every once and a while,” says Vandale. “These pink starlites are more contemporary and the pink provides a pop of color. I placed them in slate to pair something harsh and something lovely together. They are ridiculously easy to take care for. And, don’t be afraid to pack these plants in together. It will keep the soil moist,” says Chisnell.

Growing herbs, such as the lavender, thyme, sweet basil, and rosemary, pictured here, can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. “Everything will sort of grow over the rustic bucket and grace your kitchen window sill,” says Chisnell. Seek variety in plant species, color, and containers to brighten an office space. Alocasia, dracaenas, and heart-leaf philodendron will do the trick.

The Drew Mathieson Center advises placing orchids near east-facing windows, as the plants like morning light. Avoid these common mistakes to keep your phalaenopsis orchids blossoming: Overwatering — Orchids only need to be watered once a week or so, when the media (be it fir bark, coconut husk, or sphagnum moss) is completely dry. Soak the plant in the sink and let it drain completely. Letting it sit in water can rot the roots. Too much heat — To encourage your orchid to re-bloom, you need to allow for a 10- to 15-degree difference between nighttime and daytime temperature.




March 2014

The more the merrier! Chisnell says, “Line these dracaenas in a row on your windowsill.”


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A cascading English ivy plant requires minimal watering and according to Bayer Advanced, it also removes benzene, a chemical known to increase the risk of cancer, from the air.

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Vandale offers a tip for keeping leafy plants (such as pothos, Bird Nest Fern, bromeliad, pictured here) looking healthy. “I like to spritz the leaves with water,” she says.

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PPG Pittsburgh Paints Manor Hall, $35-45 per gallon,

PPG Pittsburgh Paints.

Dee Schlotter of PPG Pittsburgh Paints recommends painting this shade in a room with a lot of light, either natural or artificial.

Spring is here, and the most beautiful thing blooming is not in our gardens — it’s in our homes! Radiant Orchid, a fuchsia fusion of pink and purple, has been declared Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014. Chosen because it emanates great joy, love, and health, the bright jewel tone adds a peppy pop of color to any décor. Dee Schlotter of PPG Pittsburgh Paints says the intense shade will create an impact, but needs to be softened with paler shades of white or soft pink. “If you use it in large rooms, be ready for a room that gives off a lot of energy, excitement, and snappiness!” @ Details in the WHIRL Directory, page 110.

HummBlossom Hummingbird Feeder, $16,

The Songbird Sanctuary.

KARIT Lilac bedspread with two cushion covers, king/queen,

$39.99, IKEA.




March 2014

“It’s a great accent piece that you

can use without spending a lot!” — Jennifer Stockdale, IKEA

This page: Photographs from PPG Pittsburgh Paints, IKEA, The Songbird Sanctuary. Opposite page: Photographs by Michael Fornataro, from PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Francis Crisafio, LOOM Exquisite Textiles, House15143, The Songbird Sanctuary.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints Heart’s Content,

“Violet Dew” by Gerald,

$18-$45 per gallon, PPG Pittsburgh Paints.

$3,400 framed, Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery. “We like this color as an accent wall since it is such a big color — all four walls would be too much. So, one wall, and tying it in with a piece of artwork that features that color will help to tie it all together.” — Dee Schlotter, PPG Pittsburgh Paints

Laura chair,

$1,700, Artifacts.

Japanese vases,

$300, Asian Influences.

“E is for Ella” Customframed print, $59,

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Dressy Purple Hat Birdhouse, $28, The

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Floral fabric, $29/yard. Dupioni silk, $19.99/yard,

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Councill’s Reynolds Sofa retails for $11,000. It’s available for purchase at Artifacts for $4,100.

John-Richard Set of 4 Apricot Mirrored Bottles/ Plateau, $430, Artifacts. (Retails for $865.)

Barbara Barry Roundabout Cocktail Table, $1,860, Artifacts. (Retails for $3,724.)

The Stud of Settees By Andrea Bosco | Photograph by Michael Fornataro


nblemished and confident, its defined arms are open and not overly robust. Its style, innately charismatic with contemporary touches, speaks to the modern woman. Councill’s Reynolds Sofa had me at hello. With its chiseled, diamond-tufted interior, it’s as comfortable as it is stylish. Engineered to serve as a room’s focal point, add a second sister sofa for a surplus of chicness. Sleek and sturdy, this piece of furniture is supported on an exposed wood base with flared, tapered feet. Find your center by pairing the settees with this gorgeous Barbara Barry silver-leafed cocktail table — the ultimate trifecta of sophistication. “The style strength of this sofa and the unmistakable attention to the quality of tailoring and construction will reinforce one’s confidence in their selection when comparing it to the sea of mediocrity found in today’s conventional furniture showrooms,” says Michael Terral, curator and interior designer of Artifacts. With one stare, sit, or lay, we guarantee your return, whether resting or middinner party. Allow us to offer this advice: It’s best accompanied by a stack of good reads or a Champagne celebration. Artifacts, 110 S. Main St., West End. 412.921.6544. @




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REAL estate


Love a view of the water? We went in search of riverfront homes, and these beautiful abodes sailed past our expectations, thanks to their spacious floor plans, stunning location, and many amenities.

Starting at $350,000 Chapel Pointe, 100 Vista Circle, Fox Chapel

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Located just inside Chapel Harbor, Chapel Pointe condominiums represent the height of riverfront living. Boasting an elegant porte-cochère and a marble-floored lobby, residents will love coming home to a single-floor space or a New York-style penthouse that offers the best of everything: spacious, open floor plans; gourmet kitchens; stylish bathrooms; two secure indoor parking spaces per residence; a resident manager; a fitness center; private parking; 24-hour keycard access; and gorgeous views of the Allegheny River and Pittsburgh’s skyline. Additionally, the private outdoor grilling and social garden; direct access to the Chapel Harbor walking trail and river park as well as close proximity to the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, will allow owners to enjoy everything the waterfront has to offer. Popular shopping locales and restaurants are just a stone’s throw away, too. Approximately 30 units remain, ranging from 1,400- to 4,200-square-feet, and with styles that are completely move-in ready to spaces that are fully customizable. For more information, contact Lori Hummel of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.287.1739.




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Photographs from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Listed at $369,900 19 East Maple Street, East Brady

boater’s paradise

For those who crave being out on the water, this multi-level contemporary townhouse will keep you close to your boat and in close proximity to fun times. Revel in the beauty of the Allegheny River from the balconies (one connected to the master suite), or entertain on the swanky patio before heading down to the private dock to board your vessel. The great outdoors follow residents inside, too; floor-length windows let in natural sunlight throughout the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath space. Additional features include a two-car garage, a jet tub and steam shower, stunning wood floors, and a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, and Corian counter tops. For more information, contact Pat Beharry of Prudential Preferred Realty at 412.833.7700.

Listed at $325,000 6 Huston Road, Oakmont

sprawling space Two charming colonial homes sit side by side, connescted by a large wraparound deck, on this sprawling riverfront property, totaling seven bedrooms, two full and two half-baths. Its uses are seemingly endless: perfect for a large family, for a vacation home, for pursuing entrepreneurial desires (the upstairs office space holds three work-stations at a built-in wraparound desk and 12 phone lines), for hosting weekend getaways, or even, a business retreat. And, with a six-car garage, homeowners will never be short of room to park! Truly, the highlight of this property is the view from the deck overlooking the Allegheny River and its closeness to nature. For more information, contact Chris Smail of Northwood Realty Services at 724.548.4157. Photographs from Prudential Preferred Realty, Northwood Realty Services.




Health + wellness


By Rachel JoneS


Some things just go together: almond butter and bananas; green tea and honey; and yoga and juicing. As the owner of Pittsburgh’s first hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, Zeb Homison has embraced a “yoga lifestyle” for several years. Following this path means keeping up with a lot of nutrition trends and new information. The latest way to take in a crazy amount of nutrients with very little effort is juicing. It’s made a splash in major cities, and it seems like new juice bars are constantly popping up. “I’ve been doing a lot of research and doing it myself,” Zeb says. “It’s something I think is beneficial, so the idea is to share that with the Pittsburgh community.” Zeb and his sister, Naomi Homison, created The Pittsburgh Juice Company so they could share their concoctions with Pittsburgh. The starter menu has six nutritious juices, and they hope to expand with more recipes and even plans for three-, six-, or 10-day juice programs. Naomi says that the pair concentrates on creating a quality product based on nutritional value and food-combining techniques. “They’re all really good for you, and filled with nutrients and oxygen,” Zeb adds. Everything is made on-site with a cold-press juicer, which means none of the products are pasteurized or homogenized. Since all of the enzymes in the raw, local produce are still alive, all of their nutrients are still intact. These easy-to-sip bottles help us reach our daily fruit and vegetable recommendations without weighing us down — perfect for a post-yoga refuel. “We’re constantly eating in our culture, and there are so many digestion issues,” Zeb explains. “Juicing takes the pressure off. You don’t have to digest a big meal, but you still get all of the nutrients.” Naomi concludes, “Beyond that, the facts speak for themselves. It’s fresh, unprocessed juice, and it’s good for you.” The Pittsburgh Juice Company, 3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.586.5060.

What’s on the menu? Berry Watermelon Coconut Water Green Juice Cucumbers, spinach, celery, and apples SUPER GREEN Cucumbers, celery, kale, ginger, and lemons CARROT APPLE GINGER This one is great for a kickstart in the morning and battling colds! Almond Milk Almonds, dates, and cinnamon Power Berry Smoothie Blueberries, bananas, almond milk, raw power protein mix, and sea salt

Try this perfect pair: Carrot Apple Ginger Juice and Green Juice. Yum!




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Photograph from Zeb Homison.

Watch Your Health Wearing a new piece of jewelry always makes us happy, and we’re not the only ones! The new line of Philip Stein watches, available at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, naturally benefits your health and improves your mood. Inside each watch is a metal disc, which strengthens the wearer’s energy field, making the person more resilient to stress and negative outside influences. This Natural Frequency Technology helps improve sleep, decrease stress, increase focus, and boost overall well-being. Known as the Feel Good Watch, these timepieces also look good. Available in classic or active styles with interchangeable straps, it’s simple to change the look of these fashionable finds to suit your (boosted) mood! Philip Stein, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, 5 E. Main St., Uniontown. 724.439.4278.

Be a Survivor

There’s no such thing as a “typical” cancer patient. While preparing for a body building competition, local fitness enthusiast Lisa Nicolette was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. “Many people were shocked because I was in the best shape of my life,” says Nicolette, who was also auditioning to be on the show American Gladiators. “They don’t expect someone like me to walk into the cancer center.” As she went to her radiation treatments at Allegheny General Hospital, Nicolette started writing a book. “Fitsurvivor: How to Thrive After a Life Threatening Illness” is a visual, positive eBook that motivates and inspires readers to get through any hard times. “I want them to know that regardless of their health situation, they should never let others dictate what they can and cannot do,” Nicolette explains. “It enables them to break through barriers and go beyond what they ever dreamed possible.” Now a cancer survivor, Nicolette chose to brand her book and a line of T-shirts with a sword logo. The idea came from a similar weapon she was awarded for placing fourth in a bodybuilding competition and used as a prop in a fitness modeling photo shoot. “When you think of a sword, you think of power, warrior, battle, strength, and achievement,” Nicolette says. “It represents things that are forms of empowerment. [Trauma or illness] can be a temporary setback, but they can still move beyond and reach their goals.” “Fitsurvivor: How to Thrive After a Life Threatening Illness,”

Photographs from Philip Stein, Lisa Nicolette.




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 he party featured a “dessert extravaganza,” created by Bella Christie & T Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique, a nod to the bride’s sweet tooth. The sugar rush included everything from chocolate-covered Oreos, monogrammed in gold, to cake pops, mini cheesecake and caramel apple bites, and lemon meringue martini cups. That’s not to mention 30 pounds of candy! “It was my special touch on the wedding,” says the bride with a laugh.

E  llen was radiant in her Alvina Valenta lace gown from Bridal Beginning, which she paired with gold Manolo Blahnik heels. Rachael Ryan did Ellen’s makeup, and Randy Gusmar styled her hair. Lisa Lisa’s “Head to Toe” is Ellen’s favorite song, and as a surprise to the bride, Benjy and the Rostrum Records crew — including Wiz Khalifa, Donora, TeamMate, Leon Thomas, and Vali — serenaded her with the ‘80s jam. .

Ellen Goldberg + Benjy Grinberg By NICOLE BARLEY Photographs from Goldstein Photography


s single-and-fabulous Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest honorees, Ellen Goldberg and Benjy Grinberg met at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser’s annual photo party, held at the Cork Factory in 2007. They shared hellos and business cards that night, and bumped into each other a few months later, exchanging hellos, but nothing more. Soon after that chance encounter, a friend of Ellen’s called her to suggest a setup. The guy she had in mind for Ellen? Benjy. After their first date at Eleven, they both knew, “That was it! We’ve been together ever since,” says Ellen. Five years later, the couple was enjoying a bit of time off from work, preparing for a trip to France later that week. Ellen was hoping Benjy would propose while they were on vacation, but Benjy had other plans in mind. Benjy went to get a haircut, and invited Ellen along to get her nails done at the same time. (Later that day, Ellen would be happy that her hands displayed a perfect manicure.) That evening, they had “plans” to meet Benjy’s family at Habitat Restaurant at Fairmont Pittsburgh — the perfect place for dinner because Benjy, who is CEO of Rostrum Records, wanted to say hello to a band manager friend staying in a suite at the hotel. When it came time to leave for dinner, Benjy told Ellen that his family was running late. So, he extended their drive, stopping at places around the city that are special to them, including where they shared their first date and their first kiss. They finally arrived at the Fairmont, and, after checking in at the front




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desk, went upstairs to his friend’s suite to say hello. They arrived to the 21st floor, and, without hesitation, Benjy proceeded to open the door to the Hong Kong Tea Room Suite. “I said, ‘Aren’t you going to knock?’ but then, I saw rose petals and candles everywhere,” says Ellen. The dinner plans and the story of the friend staying at the hotel were a ruse. Dropping down to one knee, Benjy proposed in front of a wall of windows overlooking the city. A surprise party with their families followed at the home of Benjy’s grandmother, Edith. On the morning of the wedding, Ellen enjoyed a private yoga class with her close friend Jennifer Ferris-Glick of BYS Yoga, which she says was the perfect, blissful beginning to the day. The wedding festivities kicked off at the Omni William Penn Hotel, where the couple wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony. Proceedings began with a bedeken ceremony for the bride and a tish for the groom, during which the women and men gather separately to greet and pray with the couple. The groom is then taken to meet his bride, upon which time he lifts her veil and they sign the marriage document. A ceremony with 300 guests, led by Rabbi Chuck Diamond, followed in the hotel’s Urban Room, where Benjy and Ellen were wed beneath a beautiful chuppah, woven from orchids, tea lights, and crystals by Bill Chisnell Productions. Nate Sherer Video Productions captured the magical event on film.

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A romantic reception, planned by Natalie Berger, took place in the Grand Ballroom, which was warm and glowing with candlelight and decorations in shades of ivory, gold, and silver.  or the couple’s grand entrance on the ballroom’s F balcony, Gary Racan and the studio e band rocked the house, performing “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson. The newlyweds shared a first dance to “I Just Want to be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb.

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Vali Girl By Andrea Bosco | Photograph from jones crow


reams have become reality for up-and-coming pop star Vali. As the First Lady of independent Pittsburgh label Rostrum Records — home to Wiz Khalifa — she regularly rocks her signature, pink-hued locks in a victory roll, a style she calls “Urban Hepburn.” Eager and humble, the 24-year-old performer has released her first EP, Paper Charade, which features the sounds of Khalifa. Her artistic journey is impressive with jobs as a back-up vocalist to Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and The Eagles’ Joe Walsh during a tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and as a cast member in the European productions of Hairspray and West Side Story. The New York City native credits her mother and grandfather, a habitual cruise ship ballroom dancing champion, for her “first big break” at a nursing home at the age of 2. “My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We would visit and my mom would play the piano, and I would get up and dance. My grandfather told my mom that I needed to get into classes. Without him, I don’t know if I would be here.” While attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Vali wrote hooks for Khalifa’s mixtapes. “I would send it to him, he would record it, I would get it back, and he would release it,” she says. “We worked together for about a year before meeting. Working alongside of him is really inspiring. He can [record] three songs a night.” The North Hollywood resident has much on the horizon. She has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), is considering embarking on her first tour, and has begun to dabble with brands, translating her passion for fashion into work. Her latest single “Dimes,” featuring Khalifa, is available on iTunes, and she continues to record tracks with popular producers who’ve worked with Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. For Vali, this is only the beginning. The tedious hard work is paying dividends. Like her counterparts at Rostrum, the music continues to develop and the fans are on the edge of their seats listening for more. “The best part is watching everything come together,” she says. “You put in so much work and when you don’t see results, it’s a constant grind. This year, I’ve seen the most results so far, so it’s been really exciting to be accomplishing these things.” “Lighting a sky” near you, keep Vali on your radar. Vali, Rostrum Records,




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WHIRL Magazine - March 2014  

In this issue - WHIRL's 13 Under 30, Sarah Jessica Parker, Greensburg, Pittsburgh brunch