Winter 2020-21|volume 14|Issue 2

    From the Publisher

    Chuck Shane, Publisher

    We’re back, and based on comments from many of you during the past several months—asking, “When’s the next issue?”—it’s encouraging to know that The Strip! is accepted, read, and looked forward to. This special holiday issue covers a variety of subjects, including personal and business profiles and a new business venture.

    As a kid watching cartoons on TV, did you ever wonder where they came from? Of course not. You just enjoyed them. Now our editor, Greg Suriano, tells us how they came about—revealing, naturally, the Pittsburgh connection for the “good old days” of the Filmation animation studios.
    More about cartoons: After 14 years of publishing, The Strip! is going to publish cartoons. We figured it was the perfect time to try and make you all laugh, or at least smile. Read about our cartoonist, Frank Harris. I think you’ll be impressed.

    Our “Meet” feature introduces Pamela Austin. She has played a major role in the redevelopment of the McCaffery projects on Smallman Street and the Terminal Building in particular. She’s now onto a new role with a new employer.

    The Strip has recently welcomed Smith-Nephew, an international firm with a presence in over 100 countries. Daniel Casciato profiles this major player in the fast-growing sector of robotics-assisted orthopaedic surgery. What an impressive addition to the neighborhood!

    There is now a “spa” in the Strip. Christopher Cussat introduces the Auto Spa, City Collision’s new facility located on Smallman Street. With two major repair facilities already in the Strip, this new addition will be offering detailing services with the same level of excellence that Pittsburghers have come to expect from this company.

    An annual favorite, our Holiday Gift Guide, is back. Browse the variety of gifts available from the merchants in our neighborhoods. If you’re one of a growing number nationwide of those who Buy Local, this is a great time to get that perfect gift and support our local retailers.
    The neighborhoods of the Strip District and Lawrenceville are coming back, just as they always have in the past. Visit, and experience the vibrancy and the fun of shopping again. Whether you are going to celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa, on behalf of our staff, I wish you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year.

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