Winter 2021|volume 15|Issue 2

    What’s New?

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

    History Center’s New Book Reveals the Tasty History of Isaly’s

    Isaly’s Chipped Ham, Klondikes, and Other Tales from Behind the Counter

    From chipped ham to ice cream and all the delicious details in between, the Senator John Heinz History Center’s newest book, Isaly’s Chipped Ham, Klondikes, and Other Tales from Behind the Counter by award-winning author Brian Butko, explores how Isaly’s grew from horse-drawn milk wagons to become the world’s largest dairy store chain.

    The 148-page book, which features more than 400 historic images and illustrations, is now available for purchase at the History Center Museum Shop and online store.

    When the business moved to Western Pennsylvania in 1931, Isaly’s shiny art deco white storefronts became synonymous with quality dairy and deli foods. One of the keys to Isaly’s success was operating both the dairy plants and their own retail stores that sold everything from ice cream and milk to bread and lunch meats. Pittsburghers fell in love with Isaly’s Skyscraper Cones, thin-sliced Chipped Ham, and (of course) the famous Klondike Bar.

    To celebrate the launch of Isaly’s Chipped Ham, Klondikes, and Other Tales from Behind the Counter, the first 500 people to purchase the new book will be automatically entered to win ONE YEAR of free ice cream, courtesy of Isaly’s! The contest winner will be announced on Friday, December 3, and awarded with coupons good for 24 pints of Isaly’s ice cream.

    To purchase the book and other great gifts …
    History Center Museum Shop
    1212 Smallman St. / 412-454-6000

    Lawrenceville’s Annual Joy of Cookies Tour

    Cookie Tour

    The Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour is a Lawrenceville institution and holiday tradition. The Cookie Tour had its beginnings as a holiday open house at Jay Design Soaps & Gifts in 1997. The event grew to include more than a dozen businesses, and cookies were added around 2000. Today, the Cookie Tour has become Lawrenceville’s signature business-district event, one that helps the district grow economically, attracts new visitors, and exemplifies the strong spirit of community in Lawrenceville. This family-friendly event showcases Lawrenceville’s thriving Butler Street business district. This year’s Cookie Tour is an in-person shopping event, held on December 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a map/guide for shoppers to use while walking around the business district to help them understand who is participating and at what level. Businesses will host a gingerbread sign that will let customers know who is offering free cookies.

    Take-a-Break Stops are places to rest and enjoy a beer or cup of coffee along the tour; they feature small red stop signs outside their businesses. Additionally, shoppers will receive a Cookie Tour Rewards Card, and as they make purchases at participating businesses their card will receive a sticker per purchase. Once they fill their card, they are eligible to win prizes.

    Joy of Cookies Tour
    Butler St.
    December 11, 2021 (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

    Bosch’s Azena Opens in Strip District to Develop Smart-Camera Platform

    Bosch, a major international engineering company, currently has a Research Technology Center in the Strip District, and now the company is adding a new advanced R&D center for its startup, Azena.

    Azena will offer an Android-based open operating system for smart cameras and an application store with roughly 100 AI video-analytics apps. The Pittsburgh Penguins organization plans to use Azena apps to improve safety and the overall experience for its fans at PPG Paints Arena. When installed at PPG Paints Arena, the apps will help the Pens’ staff manage and monitor crowds for safety and security.

    2555 Smallman St. / 3rd Floor, Suite 301

    From Butler Street, It’s on to Holiday Lights at the Pittsburgh Zoo


    Visiting or driving through Lawrenceville anytime in December? Just travel all the way down Butler Street to the Pittsburgh Zoo for one of the best holiday displays in Pittsburgh. See more than 80 animal lights with 30 new displays, classic characters, and carols along the way at the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru. Held at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park, the event features thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights and festive renderings of animals, trees, and more. The event will run on select nights from November 26 through December 30. Entry is timed, and tickets can be purchased for specific time slots to help with the flow of traffic. Entry will cost $50 for nonmembers and $40 for those with memberships to the Zoo, and can be purchased on the website.

    Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
    7370 Baker St. (Highland Park) / 412-665-3640

    Pennsylvania Floral Academy Instructs New Florists with Strip District Classes


    Vicki Beuth, an FTD Master Designer who has been in the business for nearly 40 years, is using her knowledge to help other people bloom.

    In 2017, she launched the Pennsylvania Floral Academy to teach professional techniques and the history behind the eye-popping plants. This September and October, Beuth offered a series of courses in the Strip District. Classes were held at 2647 Smallman Street, a warehouse used by a key supplier in the city’s flower scene for 75 years, BW Wholesale Florist. The beginner course and advanced courses concentrated on flower and bouquet arranging. Beuth plans to hold a showcase at the end of the year so budding florists can display their fragrant handiwork.

    PA Floral Academy also works with local garden clubs, senior centers, and schools. The next beginner course starts January 15, 2022 (registration closes Jan. 7). Meanwhile, contact the Pennsylvania Floral Academy for information about their Christmas Wreath Workshop.

    Pennsylvania Floral Academy
    738 North Scenic Dr., Sarver / 724-525-4045

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