Spring 2024|volume 17|Issue 3


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

    Personalized Handcrafted Jewelry at On The Rocks Designs


    On The Rocks Designs is your destination for unique handcrafted jewelry that is perfect for everyday wear. Owner Lisa Parker strives to create pieces that are distinctive and one-of-a-kind, allowing you to express your personal style in a tasteful and fashionable way. Whether you’re looking for casual jewelry that makes a statement or bold pieces for those special occasions, On The Rocks Designs has something for everyone.

    Their collection features a range of thoughtful designs in sterling silver, lightweight titanium, and niobium. Each piece is meticulously crafted, with attention to detail and precision. In addition, they hand-select semi-precious stones to add a touch of elegance and sophistication. Each piece is individually named after a classic cocktail, adding a fun and unique touch to the collection.

    At On The Rocks, they believe that you don’t need a special occasion to feel special. That’s why their jewelry is created to be worn and enjoyed every day. So, whether you’re treating yourself or searching for the perfect gift, explore the collection at On The Rocks Designs and find a piece that speaks to your unique style and personality.  

    On The Rocks Designs
    355 Butler St. (Etna) / 412-206-9156

    Making Pasta with Penn Mac

    Penn Mac has a special spring deal for all those who love to make their own fresh pasta: the Atlasmotor Pasta Maker is reduced to $160 (from $180). Made in Italy, Marcato’s Original World-Famous Atlas 150 Pasta Machine and the Pasta Drive Motor Set rolls pasta dough, with the convenience of electric power, and cuts traditional lasagne, fettuccine, and tagliolini. Called the “Ferrari of the pasta machine world” by Cook’s Illustrated magazine!

    Pennsylania Macaroni Co. (Penn Mac)
    2010-12 Penn Ave. / 412-227-1982

    Fragasso Financial Advisors Announces Relocation of Corporate Headquarters

    Fragasso Financial Advisors, a leading financial planning and investment management firm, has made significant changes in its office locations to better serve clients and to preserve and grow their award-winning culture.

    The company’s corporate headquarters has moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Waterfront Corporate Park, located at 2200 Georgetown Drive (Suite 302) in Sewickley. This relocation offers a modern and accessible location for both clients and employees in the North Hills region. Fragasso has had a presence in the Wexford area for nearly a decade.

    Additionally, Fragasso has expanded its presence in the South Hills, now operating from 3402 Washington Road (Suite 301) in McMurray. This office provides comprehensive financial advisory services in a convenient and welcoming environment.

    Fragasso’s Cool Springs office will join forces with the South Hills office in McMurray by mid-2024. As a result of these changes, Fragasso is no longer operating from former office locations at 610 Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh; 433 State Avenue in Beaver; and 11269 Perry Highway in Wexford. Clients and partners are advised that all operational and billing-related correspondence should now be directed to the new North Hills headquarters in Sewickley.

    By optimizing its office locations, Fragasso is poised to deliver even more personalized and effective financial planning and investment management solutions.

    Fragasso Financial Advisors 
    Waterfront Corporate Park
    2200 Georgetown Dr. (Sewickley) / 412-227-3200

    Lawrenceville’s New Alliance FCU Named Community Partner of the Year

    New Alliance Federal Credit Union has been recognized as the 2023 Community Partner of the Year by Lawrenceville United. New Alliance FCU was awarded for its unwavering dedication to the Lawrenceville community through exceptional investment, support, and involvement in community events since its establishment in the neighborhood in February 2023. Their location at 3709 Butler Street has served as a venue for a wide range of local events, including a successful backpack and school-supply drive in August and the Lawrenceville Happenings organized by Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation. “When we became a part of the Lawrenceville neighborhood, we knew we wanted to be more than just a financial institution. We wanted to be a true partner, actively making our community a better place,” states Jeff Tumsis, of New Alliance’s Business Development and Community Relations division.

    New Alliance FCU 
    835 Merchant St. (Ambridge)
    Lawrenceville branch: 3709 Butler St.
    724-266-7675 / newalliancefcu.com

    Pho Van’s New Menu


    Pho Van has developed a new menu this spring and proclaims that it’s the only Vietnamese restaurant with Ribs Pho, Roast Duck Soup, King Crab Pho, and handmade dumplings. Owner Steve Weng and his entire family work daily at their family-owned restaurant, and they look forward to having you join them to experience the taste of Vietnamese cuisine at its finest.

    Pho Van Vietnamese Noodles & Grill 
    2120 Penn Ave. / 412-281-7999

    Pittsburgh Opera Celebrates Mary Cardwell Dawson 

    Mary Caldwell

    Mary Cardwell Dawson’s dream to provide access for African Americans to perform on stages for all audiences changed the future of opera. Having founded the longest-running, all-Black opera company here in Pittsburgh and organizing opera guilds in the country’s biggest cities, Mary Cardwell Dawson would go on to train hundreds of African American youth to sing.

    Written by Mark Twain Award-winning playwright and librettist Sandra Seaton, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson celebrates the remarkable founder of Pittsburgh’s historic and groundbreaking National Negro Opera Company. This play with music includes selections from Bizet’s Carmen as well as original music by award-winning Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Carlos Simon.

    Pittsburgh Opera performances will be on April 27 and 30 and May 3 and 5, 2024, at the Byham Theater.

    Pittsburgh Opera
    2425 Liberty Ave. / 412-281-0912
    Byham Theater 
    101 Sixth St. / 412-456-6666