Summer 2022|volume 15|Issue 4

    What’s New?

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

    Mahla & Co. Antiques Celebrates Annual Pink Tag Sale


    Beginning in June, Mahla & Co.’s 10,000- square-foot showrooms will offer unbeatable savings on countless select items representing the 18th century through (20th) Mid Century Modern. It’s their 50-percent-off Annual Pink Tag Sale!

    Among the pieces included in this sale: late 1700s handmade English Sheraton period mahogany secretary; Black Forest Bear bench; Kittinger blue leather lolling chairs; antique Korean apothecary cabinet; American pie safe; Frederick Cooper Chinese Palace jar lamps; Victorian garden fountain in cast iron with cupid by Fisk NYC; exquisitely carved 19th-century French two-door bookcase; Deco ice-cream-parlor stools; Haywood Wakefield chest on chest; MCM exotic marble-top coffee table; John Black for Baker cherry server; MCM artwork; chandeliers; Flow Blue and numerous pieces of American brilliant cut glass. The sale is an absolute must-see! Look for the pink tags!

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

    OnPar Now Adds to Professional Staff at The Terminal

    Rhiannon Regan, a woman with expertise in many aspects of the game of golf, has joined OnPar Now, located in the Strip’s Terminal Building.

    “Rhiannon’s passion is, in a word, golf,” says Jean Receski, owner. “She helped the Mt. Lebanon High School team win their first WPIAL title, and then captained her Gannon University team, winning a PSAC championship.

    After giving golf lessons for three years upon graduation, she joined Club Champion, an industry leader in club fittings. Rhiannon was trained by Nick Sherburne, the founder. She became adept at club maintenance and repair and quickly became a Master Club Fitter and Builder. Participating in Club Champion University, she became certified in 30-plus club head and shaft manufacturers.

    Rhiannon distinguishes herself with not only her expertise in the field but by also being a teacher at heart.

    OnPar Now is equipped with several manufacturers to accommodate your club-fitting needs. Rhiannon is also certified in Science and Motion Sports (SAM) PuttLab technology, the industry leader in putter fittings, analyzing 70-plus key putting parameters.

    “We have a fully equipped build shop where Rhiannon can do club building, repairs, and club regripping. She has quite the following with many amateurs in the tri-state area,” states Brian Batko, PGA Certified and long-drive competitor.

    OnPar Now
    The Terminal
    1669 Smallman St. / 412-849-1617

    City Collision

    City Collision opened their doors in 1991, and quickly became the collision repair shop that customers sought out. Through word-of-mouth, they’ve grown and opened a second location to better serve the community.

    In addition to their repair business, City Collision also runs The Auto Spa on Smallman Avenue. Offering a variety of detailing and ceramic coating options, they can bring the shine back to your vehicle—inside and out.

    Whether you need basic work or extensive collision repair, they’re here to help. With over 500 customer reviews on Google for all three locations, it’s easy to see why Pittsburgh loves City Collision. Stop in and see them, or visit their website.

    City Collision
    3015 Liberty Ave. / 412-471-9995
    2950 Penn Ave. / 412-281-6250

    Pittsburgh Opera’s New Season

    Rusalka is the Czech version of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” While it has many similarities to the familiar movies, they are not exactly the same. There’s not an Ariel, but rather a Rusalka—who is not a mermaid per se, but a water sprite (aka water nymph). But like the familiar Little Mermaid, Rusalka falls in love with a human prince. She has a witch turn her into a human in exchange for her voice. Rusalka must win and keep the prince’s love, or else there will be disastrous consequences for them both.

    Rusalka premiered in 1901 and has become one of the most beloved lyric fairy tales of all time. The Pittsburgh Opera is producing Rusalka for the first time in its 82-year history. Benedum Center performances are scheduled for September 17, 20, 23, and 25, 2022.

    Pittsburgh Opera
    2425 Liberty Ave. / 412-281-0912

    Strip! Writer Cussat Receives Scholarship to Attend Key West Literary Seminar

    Christopher Cussat, professor of English at American Public University Systems and long-time contributing writer for The Strip! magazine, was awarded a Teacher & Librarian Scholarship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar, “A Seminar Named Desire.” Cussat joined 19 other teachers and librarians from 12 different states who were chosen to receive financial-aid packages totaling more than $22,000 to attend the 39th annual event earlier this year.

    During their attendance at the seminar, scholarship recipients expanded their professional network and were exposed to leading contemporary authors such as Judy Blume, Lauren Groff, Colum McCann, Billy Collins, Dani Shapiro, Lisa Taddeo, Jericho Brown, and Edmund White.

    Christopher Cussat is a freelance writer whose features have appeared in dozens of regional and national publications. His chapbook of poetry, Fallen Leaves, was the recipient of the 2015 Vibrant Poetic Voices Award, which recognizes poets whose contributions to the written word are redefining the genre.

    “This honor and experience were truly an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Cussat. “Meeting so many other talented teachers and writers continues to inspire me and I was overjoyed to be able to represent Pittsburgh and The Strip! magazine at this prestigious event.”

    Christopher Cussat

    Tour Historic Oakmont Country Club and Golf Course

    Few golf courses in the world have the fabled history, tradition, and legacy of Oakmont Country Club. A National Historic Landmark, Oakmont has hosted 19 major championships and is an enduring place that celebrates the history of the game of golf in the United States.
    The historic golf course and its 118-year-old clubhouse are open again for tours through which you will learn about the founding of the club, and the family that made it all possible.
    You will also get an opportunity to see photographs of legendary moments, memorabilia, and championship artifacts that celebrate the history of hosting nine U.S. Open tournaments.
    Tours are held on Monday mornings from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.—on the following dates: June 20, August 1 and 15, September 12, October 10, November 21, and December 21.
    The tours are free of charge but donations are welcome. All proceeds go to the Fownes Foundation. Each tour is limited to 15 participants, so advance reservations are required. Access for disabled participants is available.

    Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
    100 West Station Square Dr., Ste. 450 / 412-471-5808 
    For reservations:

    Old Allegheny County Jail Museum Open Again

    The Old Allegheny County Jail Museum is open on the first and third Mondays of the month, now through October (except on holidays). Free admission; visit at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    A PHLF docent is on hand to tell you the story of the place. Completed in 1886 to the designs of Boston architect H. H. Richardson and in use until July 27, 1995, the former Allegheny County Jail was renovated between 1999 and 2001 to house the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

    A portion of one of the cell blocks has been preserved in the Jail Museum, which was created through a grant from the Drue Heinz Trust to PHLF, in cooperation with the Allegheny County Juvenile Court and Curator Ed Urban, former deputy

    Enter the Family Court Facility through one of two entrances. (In both cases, you must go through security, and no cameras are permitted.) Either enter through the main Ross Street entrance, or enter through the great courtyard arch on Fifth Avenue.

    The Jail Museum
    Downtown Pittsburgh at 440 Ross St.
    Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
    100 West Station Square Dr., Ste. 450 / 412-471-5808 
    For reservations: