Spring 2020|volume 13|Issue 3

    What’s New?

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

    Project Clean Sweep Presents Swept Away Soiree


    The Swept Away Soiree, hosted by Project Clean Sweep, is a fundraiser event for the Strip District. This Heinz History Center evening will be held on May 15, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. Funds raised will …

    • provide education on cleanliness for a sustainable refuse and litter program;
    • establish green spaces that enhance the neighborhood and provide a sense of community;
    • incorporate art and technology as a lifestyle necessity;
    • implement necessary elements for safety and security through the installation of cameras, lighting, and sidewalks.

    The fundraiser is hosted by Project Clean Sweep, a division of Pittsburgh Green Innovators. The goal of the organization is to provide a safe, environmentally friendly, and sustainable neighborhood in Pittsburgh’s #1 destination, the historic Strip District. Project Clean Sweep addresses the proper disposal of waste and refuse along public spaces, stressing litter relief and recycling efforts with a priority on the health and safety of the thousands of people who visit, work, live, and dine in the Strip every day.

    Project Clean Sweep / Pittsburgh Green Innovators
    For more information: cleansweep15222@gmail.com

    City Collision Opens Auto Spa in the Strip

    The Auto Spa

    City Collision, Inc., is proud to announce a new full-service detail shop. Slated to open in early May of this year, its new home in the Strip District has been fully renovated. The Auto Spa by City Collision at 3400 Smallman Street will specialize in premium interior and exterior automotive detailing, featuring precision paint protection and ceramic coating. With the addition of The Auto Spa, City Collision, Inc., will continue to offer a first-class experience to its guests—not only while your vehicle is damaged, but when you want to keep it clean.

    The Auto Spa by City Collision
    3400 Smallman St. / 412-471-9995

    The Old Bradley’s Becomes Gourmet, with Wood-Fired Pizza

    Gourmet, a restaurant featuring wood-fired pizza, is set to open in the former Bradley’s Book Outlet location next to DeLuca’s Diner. Regular visitors to the Strip will certainly welcome a new business in place of the bookstore, a neighborhood staple for decades in an excellent central location on Penn Avenue. Customers at Chef Kamil’s restaurant will be able to enjoy authentic Mediterranean fare in a brightly colored setting, complete with terracotta floors and a large flagstone-adorned brick oven that is the centerpiece of the restaurant. The Strip’s newest food destination is scheduled to open in the spring.

    2019 Penn Ave.

    Preserving Our Resources by Finding Previously Loved Treasures—at Mahla & Co.

    “The past can be one our greatest assets if we are able to incorporate it into our daily, modern lives. And we have successfully managed to do that at Mahla’s,” reports Sue Cosgrove, owner of Mahla & Co. Antiques. “The construction and quality of antique, mid-century modern, and vintage furnishings and accessories cannot be duplicated today. These decorative pieces were built to last, and the passage of time has validated this.”

    Sue maintains that in designing today’s domestic spaces we can utilize furnishings from the past while preserving resources—and this in turn reduces our impact on the environment. So with Mahla’s 10,000 square feet of previously loved treasures, purchasing a table or chest might save a tree! “Antiques, however, need not be stodgy,” Cosgrove continues. “We do provide tradition, but it’s tradition with a twist. Our shop offers numerous examples of the fearless application of modern fabrics and painting techniques to traditional furnishings. These pieces bridge the gap between the quality of the past and modern aesthetic expression and practicality. It really is the best of both worlds.”

    Mahla & Co. Antiques
    17th and Smallman / 412-471-2090

    Giovanni’s Adds Italian Favorites to Catering Menu

    Giovanni's Pizza & Pasta

    Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta has added more authentic Italian and Mediterranean appetizers and finger foods to its menu. Homemade from high quality ingredients, the Mediterranean-diet meals include crostini with fresh veggie-and-olive tapenade, bruschetta with tomatoes and basil, hummus, eggplant dips, salads, and a long list of pasta dishes and pizzas. They do deliver free anywhere in Pittsburgh. To browse Giovanni’s terrific menu, visit their website.

    Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta
    123 Sixth St., Downtown / 412-281-7060

    New Tabletops—and Old-Fashioned Breakfasts—at DeLuca’s

    Deluca'ss Diner

    DeLuca’s Diner has been a staple in the Strip since 1950, and you won’t find an old-fashioned breakfast served all day better than this. Recent renovations allowed the restaurant to install new tabletops, which were provided and supported by the local businesses in the Strip (you can visually visit each company while you dine). DeLuca’s offers “out-of-this-world” pancakes, French toast, waffles, and crepes—and their hamburgers “are to die for.” Come in, relax and enjoy.

    DeLuca’s Diner
    2015 Penn Ave. / 412-566-2195

    Global Market Retail Makes Debut Appearance at Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show

    Global Market

    Mostafa Hnadi and his wife, Katya, of Global Market Retail are excited to showcase new Moroccan furniture and beautiful Turkish lamps at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show this spring. This will be the first time for Global Market Retail to participate in the show, and the first time presenting Moroccan furniture to the area. Make sure to visit Booth 3628 on the second floor of the Pittsburgh Convention Center, March 6 through 15, to see firsthand these unique pieces of furniture and other special items from around the world.

    Of course, a visit to Global Market Retail’s store in the heart of Squirrel Hill certainly is also a must—and a sight to see. The eclectic store has an abundance of unique handmade gifts, fashion jewelry, musical instruments, and exotic items that cannot be found anywhere else in the city.

    Global Market Retail
    2016 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill / 412-421-4200
    Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show:
    Pittsburgh Convention Center, Mar. 6-15

    4J Leggings Celebrates Spring

    4J Leggings

    The 4J Leggings store is all geared up for spring and is celebrating the warm weather by displaying their St. Patrick’s Day and other “seasonal” leggings outside their Penn Avenue location. With the football season over, it’s time to move on and get in the mood for spring. Check out the variety of products on the 4J Leggings website and then visit the store (next to Roland’s) to browse in-person the wide selection of leggings in exciting, varied patterns.

    4J Leggings Boutique
    1814 Penn Ave. / 412-390-5674

    Nitro Coffee: The Best Way to Enjoy Cold Coffee

    Allegheny Coffee

    One of the Strip’s favorite “java and leaf” spots, Allegheny Coffee & Tea on Penn Avenue has 10 nitro taps with rotating offerings of coffee and tea available by the cup or growler—so you can drink it right away or take 16, 32, or 64 ounces of ice-cold caffeinated goodness to go. Full flavored and smooth, this is the absolute best way to get your caffeine fix year-round.

    Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange
    2005 Penn Ave. / 412-471-5557