Spring 2021|volume 14|Issue 3

    From the Publisher

    Chuck Shane, Publisher

    When one thinks of the Strip District and Lawrenceville, it is obviously the restaurants, bars, and the retail shops that come to mind.

    But as in its early days, these neighborhoods are also home to many thriving businesses whose products and services are in play locally and throughout the world.

    This issue introduces David Heaton, the newly named president and chief executive officer of The Buncher Company, a long-time resident of the Strip, and a major investor in the Strip and southwestern Pennsylvania for many years. Dan Casciato’s interview with Heaton will introduce you to The Buncher Company and its activities.

    The Olive Tap, a merchant most are familiar with, has continued to grow since opening shop in the Strip in 2013. Once offering primarily virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, it has dramatically expanded its products to include many unique food items. Cynthia Weisfield tells us all about the many delicious specialty foods at the “new” Olive Tap.

    The Strip has long had a reputation for bargain prices on many items. Denise Artman, our veteran writer/photographer, visits a few merchants to report on their most expensive as well as their least expensive products. We think you’ll find it interesting.

    Editor Greg Suriano has found another fascinating Pittsburgher for the fourth installment in our series highlighting “those who collect.” Marshall Cohen not only describes his varied book-collecting enthusiasms but also reveals plans for a Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books to be held later this year. Greg himself has taken pen in hand to profile an award-winning Lawrenceville business, Arsenal Cider House.

    We also touch on the pandemic with a look at the situation regarding people and their pets at the Big Easy Animal Hospital, in an informative essay by the hospital’s owner, Dr. Aileen Ruiz.

    And we have a new editorial feature, “The Artist,” which will recognize the creative individuals in our midst. We invited Guglielmo Botter to initiate the feature. Guglielmo is an internationally known artist with family ties to our city who has contributed to this magazine in the past and who also brings his family to Pittsburgh every year for several months.

    If you are an artist—photographer, sculptor, illustrator, painter, poet, et al.—or know of one who may be interested in participating in this feature, contact cshane8678@aol.com.


    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”