Spring 2021|volume 14|Issue 3

    What’s New?

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

    McCaffery Names Marketing Manager

    Mcaffrey Interest

    Courtney List

    Courtney List is the new marketing manager at McCaffery Interests, where she is responsible for implementing property-wide marketing initiatives and events for 1600 Smallman and the Terminal. Courtney joined McCaffery in February, prior to which she worked for several Pittsburgh-based nonprofits, PR firms, and professional sports teams. She graduated from Point Park University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising and is currently completing her MBA in management at Point Park. If you are interested in learning more about these projects, reach out to Courtney at Clist@mccafferyinc.com.

    McCaffery Interests
    2000 Smallman St., Suite 205A

    Hazel Grey Boutique Debuts in the Strip

    New to the Strip District, Hazel Grey Boutique, owned by Kelly Vigliotti, was born out of Kelly’s love for fashion and styling her friends and family. After years of retail experience while yearning for a store of her own, Kelly decided to follow her dream. Thus, at Hazel Grey, you’ll find styles that emulate Kelly’s own personal style, from edgy and feminine to classic with a unique twist—there’s something for everyone! Follow Hazel Grey on Instagram (@hazelgreyboutique_) to stay up to date on all things “HG,” or shop online at their website.

    Hazel Grey Boutique
    3101 Penn Ave. / 412-742-4067

    Explore the Strip with Passport Coupons

    Strip Passport

    Passport to the Strip, a coupon book and mini-directory of the Strip District, is now available and is “a great way to explore the Strip and save money at the same time,” says Dan Nolan, owner of Allegheny Coffee and Tea. The coupon book offers hundreds of dollars in discounts on products and services from more than 60 merchants and companies located in the Strip. The book, priced at $20.00, is available at passporttothestrip.com or at over 12 locations in the Strip District.

    Passport to the Strip Coupon Books

    Local Success Story Pittsburgh Candle Works Seeking Vendors

    Jenni Ingram of Pittsburgh Candle Works is seeking new vendors whose customers love candles—and love all things Pittsburgh—for gift giving and home decor. Jenni’s soy-based candles have names such as Rosemary and Sage, Spring Cleaning, Rain Drops on Roses, Sparkling Grapefruit, Sweet Ginger Peach, Creme Brulee, and Banana Nut Bread and Pittsburgh themes like Yinzer, Yellow Bridges, and Good Neighbor. Those interested may contact Jenni for a copy of her line sheet and wholesale information (by email, below). For examples of Jenni’s candles, see her advertisement in this issue.

    Pittsburgh Candle Works
    Contact: info@pittsburghcandleworks.com

    Autoworx Now in the Strip

    Auto Worx
    Autoworx, the “Pittsburgh Auto Repair Shop,” opened in December in the Strip and has three other shops in the eastern suburbs. They specialize in foreign-car repair, but work is done on all makes and models. Autoworx offers everything from state inspections/emissions, oil changes, and new tires and brakes to engine and transmission work. The garage is large enough to accommodate big box trucks, including food trucks.

    Autoworx Pittsburgh
    2800 Smallman St. / 412-224-2571

    Janet McCall Leaving Contemporary Craft After 25 Years

    Janet L. McCall, executive director at Contemporary Craft for more than 25 years, has announced her retirement, effective June 2021. She has been at the helm of the internationally recognized arts organization for half of its successful 50-year history. “It’s been my honor to head up such a unique arts organization,” comments McCall. “I have loved working with so many talented staff, board members, and artists on shared goals of building community and offering high-quality art experiences free to all. I’m most proud of being able to settle the organization in a beautiful new permanent [Lawrenceville] home. Contemporary Craft is poised for a bright future as it moves into its 50th-anniversary year and ready for a new leader to take it forward.” 

    Contemporary Craft

    McCall also spearheaded Contemporary Craft’s commitment to exhibitions that address social issues. “Searching for Home”—a solo exhibition of Seattle-based, Pakistan-born artist Humaira Abid—opens April 9 and runs through August 2021. This powerful exhibition presents a human-scaled look at the worldwide refugee crisis, focusing on women and girls. “Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community Through Art,” opens in September 2021.

    Contemporary Craft
    5645 Butler St. / 412-805-8494

    Insurrection Ale Works Unveils Mural

    At Insurrection Ale Works in the Strip, a spectacular mural now welcomes patrons to the new Tap Room. A full selection of drafts and cans is available, and the proprietors welcome guests to bring in food from the many local businesses as they enjoy a beer or two. Locations are in the Strip District as well as in Heidelberg in the South Hills.

    Insurrection Ale Works Tap Room
    1812 Penn Ave. / 412-276-2030

    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 2021 Apprenticeship Program

    The Strip’s Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) is launching a new apprenticeship program in 2021, offering academic courses alongside performance opportunities with the PBT company. The program is being offered to five young dancers for the 2021-22 performance season. Apprenticeship positions have been made possible through a generous gift from Hans and Leslie Fleischner.

    “I’m very excited to be able to provide this type of opportunity to young dancers,” says PBT artistic director Susan Jaffe. “PBT dancers are well-rounded, and we’re grateful to Hans and Leslie Fleischner for helping us continue to build a company of excellent dancers and educated artists.” Four apprentices will be chosen via video audition and a fifth apprentice will be selected from PBT School Intensive Summer Program students. Video auditions close March 15, 2021, and PBT expects to announce recipients of this paid apprenticeship position in April 2021.

    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has been Pittsburgh’s premier professional ballet company since 1969. Today, PBT is a nationally recognized ballet company of 30 professional dancers, a training institution for over 1,200 students of all ages, and an incubator for education and accessibility programs in classrooms, libraries, and community centers throughout the region.
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
    2900 Liberty Ave. / 412-281-0360

    A Honey Tree?

    Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange has a honey tree! That’s correct. As you move up to order your special coffee or tea, you can’t miss the honey tree. This display is where you can find Savana Bee Company honey. Take home a full bottle or smaller three-jar combo.

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

    Changing the Commercial Workspace to a Welcome Home Addition


    Now one year into the pandemic, many still have not returned to their offices and some ultimately may not at all. No longer should the sofa or kitchen table suffice as a workstation. Whether you have an extra room in your home or a small space tucked away from the household activities, the right desk, chair, and lighting can make your workday more manageable. Mahla & Co. Antiques has attractive furnishings and accessories ranging from mid-century modern to 18th and 19th centuries. If you’ve put off creating a functional office space now is the time to stop by 17th and Smallman in the Strip and check out their wide variety of desks, bookcases, and seating to enhance your life’s productivity.

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

    Salonika Opens New Greek Restaurant


    Chris T. Balouris, owner of Salonika Imports, the popular Mediterranean food market in the Strip, recently announced the opening of Evia, an authentic Greek restaurant in Bellevue. “We are offering the most authentic Greek food experience in Pittsburgh,” says Balouris. “The menu is comprised of Greek comfort foods, such as Dolmathes, Pastitsio, and Spanakopita. We import most of the ingredients from Greece and our goal is to have our customers feel like they’re eating in Greece. These are all family recipes handed down from our Greek families.”

    Balouris’s family has been in Bellevue since the late 1950s, when his family opened the Bellevue Restaurant and operated it for 40 years. Located there (at 564 Lincoln Avenue) Evia Greek offers pick-up service (please call ahead) or delivery via Grubhub; dine-in is not currently available. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Salonika Imports
    3509 Smallman St. / 412-682-2700
    EVIA Greek Restaurant
    564 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue / 412-301-0075