Friday, January 29, 2010

Bike Pittsburgh comes to Lower Lawrenceville!

We just wanted to take the opportunity to welcome our newest neighbors, Bike Pittsburgh.

Bike Pittsburgh is located across the street from Doughboy Square; you can read more about it here.

Bike Pittsburgh is now located at:

Bike Pittsburgh
3410 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Welcome to the neighborhood, Bike Pittsburgh!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happening this weekend - December 3-6

I've been a little lax in updating this for a while, but a few important updates:

1) The Joy of Cookie Tour is this weekend. Many of your favorite Lawrenceville destinations will have cookies and more to try out. Get more info at: Lawrenceville Corporation or Facebook

2) Riverside Design Group is having its annual seconds sale this weekend. Details:

It's the 8th Annual Riverside Design Group warehouse sale to benefit Persad Center; just in time for holiday entertaining and gift giving!

50% of all sales will support Persad Center's counseling and education programs. Items for sale will include:

Riverside Design Group - dinnerware & artisan glass -
Plates With Purpose™ - gifts that give back -
Vessel Studio - modern glass art and ornaments -
Perlora - All U Can Handle accessories -
Creations by Ulani - handmade artisan jewelry -
Toffee Taboo - indulgent chocolates -

where   Riverside Design Group's Warehouse
            3441 Butler St, Pittsburgh PA
when    Saturday, December 5  9am - 4pm
            Sunday, December 6  9am - 1pm

Be sure to come by to check out these events. Many Lawrenceville retailers will have sample cookies and other fun promotions as part of the weekend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Artist Studio tours this weekend!

The Lawrenceville Artists Studios Tour is this coming Saturday. Lots of great artists are involved including Tom Mosser and others in LoLa.

Here are the details; hope to see you this weekend.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A million reasons to love lawrenceville

A few months after James and I opened Dozen Bake Shop in Lawrenceville, we sold our house in Regent Square and moved just a few blocks down from Piccolo Forno on 38th St. Because we started looking for the house in the winter, we didn't really have a good sense of what life would be like on our block or really even what Lower Lawrenceville would become in what has been just a little over a year.

This morning, as I ate my roasted veggie omelette at Coca Cafe, I was thinking about how great it is to live in a neighborhood with so many great destinations well within walking distance. I think Lower Lawrenceville is one of those unusual places with small number of really great businesses. I think that when you look at the food and retail offerings, all of the businesses are really great at what they do.

Shelly at Elements has a really great eye for vintage wares of all scale as well as other locally made art and art objects; Kristen at Obannon has unique, one of a kind area rugs and you'd be surprised at how affordable some of them are; Divertido is a great place for fun but never tacky, unique gifts and wares - something for everyone and great for the people who have everything; Pavement, Accezzorize and Sugar have great local and unique fashion and accessories. Equita has a wonderful store and matching online presence if you want to make sure your purchases are ethically sourced and produced!

And what I find most exciting is the changing food scene in our neighborhood. In the past few months, Tamari has opened its doors to rave reviews (their sushi is great!) and Round Corner Cantina has great cocktails as well as the best tacos I've had since moving here from Chicago over three years ago. Espresso A Mano has great coffee and lattes (I haven't had their cappuccino lately, but Matt knows what he's doing, so they're great, no doubt!), and of course Piccolo Forno is a great spot when you want fresh, quality Italian food. Oh, and I may be a little biased but I think you'll still find the best desserts in town at Dozen.

What I think is so amazing is that all of these places are a five minute walk from my front door. It no mere coincidence that so many great businesses have opened up near each other, nor is it any surprise to me to see our neighborhood bustling at 9 pm on a week night. Somehow I don't think I'm the only person who thinks that Lower Lawrenceville has something great to offer everyone.

I really didn't start writing this blog post as a promotion for the neighborhood. What you're seeing here is gush of someone in love with what's right outside his door step. And there's more here, too, including Jeffrey Smith Studio (where James gets his hair cut... I'm a little thin on top), Allison McGeary Creative (event design), Greybox Theatre (a really neat black-box style theater and event venue), Nancy Mosser Casting (who is casting extras right now for the new Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal movie), Artemis (which is the first and last place you should look if you want to renovate or update your home in an eco-friendly manner), BE Galleries (have you been inside? you need to go check it out!), Radha for everything from yoga to horoscopes, Frankie's (just walk by some day around lunch time for a whiff of their grilled onions), Asian Influences (fine art, furniture and antiques) and T's Upholstery (a great selection of fabrics as well as wonderful re-upholstering).

If you've never visited our neighborhood, come check it out. If you've missed one of the spots on my long list, please come back. This is a great neighborhood - one with a rare collection of locally owned businesses that really know what they're doing - and worth the time. It's one of my favorite reasons for living here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sugar Boutique: Spring Soiree

This Friday night and all day Saturday at SUGAR in Lawrenceville! Meet the designers of Brooklyn-based Feral Childe. Treat yourself to something truly unique while supporting women entrepreneurs and designers.

Feral Childe's playful silhouettes and curiously elegant tailoring gained a devoted following, at home and abroad, among young and old, traditionalists and renegades. Today, Feral Childe is represented by independent-minded stockists who display Feral Childe clothing and accessories among their rarest finds.

FERAL CHILDE is Brooklyn-based and locally produced. From the silk-screened original textile prints to the sewing and finishing of the garments with sculpted resin buttons, FERAL CHILDE is made in New York.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Asian Influences: Second Annual Sale

Asian Influences is having its Second Annual Sale. The dates are Thursday, March 19th through Sunday, March 22nd. Selected items from their five Galleries include furniture, ceramics, lamps, artworks and objets d’art. Many items have been discounted 15%, 25%, and 50% off their original prices. You can preview many of these pieces on their web page:

Please stop by and see their wonderful inventory. Hours for the sale will be Thursday 11am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am to 6pm, and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Shady Ave Magazine: An Issue All About Lawrenceville

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Shady Ave Magazine.

The new issue features many of our neighbors in Lawrenceville - including the great shopping, dining, art galleries, and other great features of our area including the new Children's Hospital.

Check out Shady Ave on newsstands now.