Winter 2019-20|volume 13|Issue 2

    Whats’ New?

    An update of goings-on that reflect the continuing verve and vitality of the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    It’s a Dog’s Life at Hounds Town Pittsburgh


    With more than 8,000 square feet of spacious playrooms, luxury overnight boarding suites and town homes, and a state-of-the-art doggie day spa, Hounds Town at Pittsburgh Strip District offers fully interactive doggie daycare, overnight dog (and now cat!) boarding, and dog grooming services. The facility offers a unique “natural pack” environment that allows dogs to play in groups of other dogs their own size, temperament, and play style all day long. It’s the place for dogs to be dogs!

    Providing reliable and affordable pet care to the Pittsburgh area, the facility is designed as a town for dogs, complete with a cinema, barber shop, firehouse, police station, and a pet hotel with luxury suites!

    Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed between noon and 2:00 p.m. (for naptime); and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Hounds Town Pittsburgh
    3228 Penn Ave. / 412-232-5085

    Winter Wonderland in Lawrenceville

    December is the month for fun events and holiday activities in Lawrenceville; here’s a calendar of what to expect.

    December 6. The Joy of Cookies cookie tour 2019. Friday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Throughout Lawrenceville. Visit 40-plus unique businesses along Butler Street and Penn Avenue for holiday shopping while sampling cookies! Collect the recipe cards and visit the 12 take-a-break stops to enjoy a meal, coffee, or a cocktail. Download a map at or call 412-621-1616 x109. Maps also available at participating businesses.

    December 7. 2019 Cookie Mall and Light Up Lawrenceville. Saturday, December 7, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Estelle Campbell Boys & Girls Club, 4600 Butler Street. Annual nonprofit bake sale, kids’ holiday party, and light-up night. The tree-lighting ceremony happens at 7:00 p.m. sharp in the driveway of Allegheny Cemetery.

    December 7. KSWA Wrestling Presents: Fan Fest and Holiday Toy Drive ’19. Saturday, December 7, 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Spirit Hall, 242 51st Street.

    December 8. Public Art Run on Penn. Sunday, December 8, at 9:00 a.m. 36th and Butler streets. See Lawrenceville’s many murals via this Pittsburgh Running Tours event. Registration fee.

    December 8. Bluegrass Brunch Jam. Sunday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hambone’s. 4207 Butler Street. Monthly Sunday Bluegrass Brunches also scheduled for January 5, February 9, March 15, and beyond.

    December 8. Taste of Lawrenceville: Miracle on 41st Street. Sunday, December 8, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Bay 41, 115 41st Street. Celebrate the holiday season with all things Lawrenceville! Tickets are free; register via Eventbrite and pay for what you wish to try at each vendor booth. Breweries, restaurants, live music, kids’ activities, photos with Santa and more!

    December 12. Warmth & Wreaths with Alice’s Table. Thursday, December 12, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Candle Lab Pittsburgh, 4409 Butler Street. Choose from over 100 scents; then as the candle sets decorate a gorgeous wreath. Arrive early; eggnog included!

    December 14. Holiday Show at Full Pint. Saturday, December 14, 8:00 p.m. Full Pint Wild Side Pub, 5310 Butler Street. Come carol at a cozy Lawrenceville pub! Live tunes with Creeping Jenny (and special guests) and the Dead End Streets! $5 cover.

    Beef Jerky Outlet Arrives on 18th Street

    Brothers Rick and Doug Young, owners.

    Brothers Rick and Doug Young, owners.

    Nestled along 18th Street across from Primanti Bros. is the new Beef Jerky Outlet. Inside you will find friendly employees who will guide you and your senses through the store. From traditional flavors to spicy and even sweet, you will certainly find a taste to satisfy you. You can even sample the flavors before you buy.

    Beef Jerky Outlet offers the highest quality USDA approved jerky available. Beef jerky is a lean meat trimmed from fat. The meat then gets marinated or seasoned to add flavor. The jerky sold at Beef Jerky Outlet is made in the U.S. in small batches to maintain freshness.

    When asked what’s the big deal about beef jerky, a customer and an avid hiker and biker responded: “The flavors of this jerky are better than the other stuff sold at big box stores. Jerky is a convenient and healthy snack while I’m hiking or on a long bike ride.”

    The 10 most popular flavors at Beef Jerky Outlet? Cherry Maple Smoked Beef … Prime Rib … Cajun BBQ Smoked Brisket … Honey Jalapeno … The Reaper … Original Smoke … Teriyaki Smoked … Peppercorn Smoked … Boiled Crawfish … Roasted Garlic.

    Beef Jerky Outlet
    57 18th St. / 412-440-3136

    Contemporary Craft Pop-Up Store through January 2020

    Contemporary Craft

    Contemporary Craft (CC) is excited to share a space with Christine Frechard Gallery and open its Holiday Pop-Up Store at 5126 Butler Street in Lawrenceville from October 2019 through January 18, 2020. Before CC’s new, permanent facility in Upper Lawrenceville is ready for the public in spring 2020, its Pop-Up Store provides a snippet of the art experience CC offers. This temporary location features unique and beautifully handcrafted art objects that will make perfect holiday gifts and art collection pieces.

    Contemporary Craft’s Holiday Pop-Up Store is a participating vendor for the annual Joy of Cookies cookie tour in Lawrenceville, December 6 to 8.
    CC Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (October 27 to December 29); closed December 24, 2019, and
    January 1, 2020.

    Contemporary Craft Pop-Up Store
    5126 Butler St. / 412-499-3844

    Pittsburgh Ballet Building Dedication and The Nutcracker

    Pittsburgh Ballet

    On November 15, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) celebrated the dedication of its building at 2900 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District in honor of founders Loti Falk Gaffney and Leon Falk Jr. The building has now been permanently gifted to PBT by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Trust, a separate nonprofit organization that held the deed.
    In the realm of performances, PBT presents the classic story, iconic choreography, and soaring score of The Nutcracker December 6 through 29 at the Benedum Center. Celebrating its 18th anniversary this season, the Pittsburgh-inspired production is gracing the stage one last time under the direction of Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Tickets are available by visiting, calling 412-456-6666, or visiting the box office at Theater Square in the Cultural District. Upcoming in 2020 is Beauty and the Beast on February 23.

    Pittsburgh Ballet
    2900 Liberty Ave. / 412-454-9117

    One Night Stand at Mullaney’s!

    Entertainer Seamus Kennedy—Irish singer, songwriter, and comedian—will be performing at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle in the Strip on Saturday, December 7, at 9:00 p.m. Seamus is a master performer who can bring his audience to their feet, singing and laughing from start to finish! He is at Mullaney’s for one night only and reservations can be made at 412-642-6622. And don’t forget that it’s time to book your holiday party at Mullaney’s!

    Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle Irish Pub
    2329 Penn Ave. / 412-642-6622