Fill Your Calendar With These Shadyside Summer Activities!

After enduring second and third winter, plus the endless bounds of rain for the first couple months of the year, Pittsburghers welcome the sunny season with open arms. We have the details of Shadyside’s summer events. As the most friendly, and very walkable place in Pittsburgh, Shadyside erupts with exciting and affordable experiences! 

This isn’t the time to just work on a tan. The warmest season of the year means enjoying all of the unique activities the area has to offer. From weekly outdoor movies to the musical block parties that benefit our city’s pups.

There are so many places to see and things to do in Pittsburgh this season, many of them are even free! Here are the plans you need to mark in your calendar.

Thanks to Dollar Bank, Pittsburghers are able to bask in the warm weather and enjoy the latest movies for free! Make it quality time with family, a friends night out, or even a date to remember. Any local will say movies in the park are one of the most enjoyable events that happen in the Burgh.

Playing every Sunday in Schenley Plaza and Wednesdays at Schenley Park on Flagstaff Hill. Movies begin at dusk so grab the popcorn and we’ll see you there!

Each Friday from June 15 to August 31, The Frick will be featuring a variety of outdoor performances, family-friendly activities, and dining options. The north lawn will have games fit for every member of the family.

Also, the first floor of the Clayton mansion will be open to tour at your own pace, free of charge. You won’t want to miss a chance to see the rooms of this historic home in the summer evening light.

Feel free to bring your own blanket and picnic basket, choose to stop in The Café, to grab a bite to eat, a glass of wine, or a beer, or explore a variety of local food trucks. Performances begin every Friday at 6:30 p.m.

To see a complete schedule click here.

The annual Jam on Walnut outdoor concerts is a Shadyside favorite. Explore the multitude of Shadyside’s local bars and restaurants or come early and do some shopping.

Not only are these performances full of fun and great music, they’re also the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. The five outdoor concerts all benefit Humane Animal Rescue and will be held on June 23, July 21, August 18, September 22, and October 20.

Want to know who’s performing? Go to Jam on Walnut 2018 Facebook page.

It may be open 365 days a year, but summer is simply more special. From bringing dinosaurs back to the Festival of color, The Pittsburgh Zoo is an awesome place for families.

There are new adventures every weekend. For a half hour, the wild animal encounters gives you the opportunity to play zookeeper with animals like the rare and endangered red panda. Plus, have you heard about the new Zipline? At the highest point of the Zoo, coast through diverse ecosystems and a lush jungle just below your feet!

Situated right in Shadyside, Mellon Park is the ideal location to relax, read a book, catch up on some work or enjoy a picnic.

The hidden sanctuary is rich in history and known for its Walled Garden located right behind the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts building and the Phipps Garden Center.

Mellon Park is home to many wonderful, family friendly events like Bach, Beethoven and Brunch! Also, stop by the park to find the freshest local produce and baked goods at the weekly farmers market, held every Friday afternoon.

 

As you can see, summer activities don’t have to break the bank, many things are even free for the public. Before we know it Pittsburgh will be back to snow and ice so don’t pass up the chance to enjoy the sun and warm weather at all of the outdoor Pittsburgh events this summer.

We hope this list inspires you to get outside and try new things, venture to a new place and meet someone you otherwise wouldn’t have, or commit to taking yourself out of your everyday routine to mix things up. Make this summer one to remember.

Now, what are you still waiting for… go celebrate!

When all else fails… call Dad!

Fathers have always been there to pick us up when we’re down. They somehow always know the right thing to say. They’re the best at telling jokes… even though sometimes they’re really not that funny (sorry dad!). They’re always ready to come to the rescue. At the end of the day, they never ask for anything in return.

This Father’s day is the perfect day to show your father how much you truly appreciate all of the things he’s done for you, along with all of the laughs and advice he’s given you over the years.

Father’s Day Brunch

Girasole –  Filled with rustic Italian dishes and stonewalls, Girasole is the perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day. The traditional yet fun atmosphere pairs perfectly with the seasonal, modern-Italian, menu based on the freshest and highest quality products. Come hungry.  

Explore the menu

Stack’dBurgers and beer, what more could a dad want? This restaurant allows you to perfectly customize your meal with anything you could possibly imagine from fritos all the way to a fried banana. They will also be featuring $2 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Father’s Day.

See how the food stacks up

Shady GroveLooking for a restaurant that will satisfy everyone’s cravings? Shady Grove offers a wide variety of foods and daily specials, there’s sure to be something for everybody. You can also enjoy a signature Adult Capris Sun for only $5.

Check out what’s for brunch

Gifts worth giving

Evolve Wellness Spa – Give your father the gift of relaxation with a massage, facial, or beard facial at Evolve. Now offering special rates for Father’s Day.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – Looking for a day full of adventures for the whole family? Fathers of all generations will receive free admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo when accompanied by one or more of their children.

Frick Environmental Center – If you’re looking for a way to keep active and enjoy the outdoors with your father, this is just for you. Sign up for a free Father’s Day hike with a naturalist educator and experience bursts of color while you learn about the many plants and insects at work.

 

Make this a Father’s Day to remember for the ones you love most.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Franklin West Adapts to Mandatory All-In-One Recycling

We get it. Recycling sometimes seems like a chore rather than doing a good deed. Having to sort and keep trash separate can become a tedious task for life in an apartment. Not to mention, finding the space to keep the trash separate. Next thing you know, the mail and milk cartons are stacking up at your apartment door because you forgot to take them out with the regular trash.

Republic Services, the company contracted to haul waste from many of Franklin West apartment buildings, wants to take the difficulty out of recycling. At the beginning of 2018, Republic Services introduced mandatory All-In-One Recycling. This means using one container! With no more sorting, you will be reaping the many benefits of doing your part to save the world while saving time and space.

Each ton of recycled paper can save:

  • 17 Trees
  • 380 Gallons of Oil
  • 3 Cubic Yards of Landfill Space
  • 4,000 Kilowatts of Energy
  • 7,000 Gallons of Water

Here’s a refresher on what you can and can not put in your apartment building’s recycling container.

Do Recycle

  • Metal: Aluminum, Bi-Metal, Steel Food Cans (Don’t forget to rinse first!)
  • Plastics: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7 (Click here for further definition of plastic criteria)
  • Glass: Clear, Green, & Brown Glass Containers
  • Paper: Magazines, Advertising Inserts, Junk Mail, Phone Books, Newspaper, Envelopes, Catalogs, Paperback Books, Coupons/Receipts, Computer Paper
  • Paperboard Boxes: Cereal, Juice, and Tissue Boxes
  • Cardboard & Cardboard Boxes: Just toss it in the bin!
  • Cartons: Milk, Almond/Soy Milk, Cream and Orange Juice Cartons

Don’t Recycle

  • NO Garbage, Food Waste, or Hazardous Waste
  • NO #6 Plastics (Polystyrene or more commonly styrofoam containers or packing peanuts)
  • NO Styrofoam or Fast Food Wrappers
  • NO Pizza Boxes
  • NO Lids – Plastic or Metal
  • NO Pie Pans – Aluminum or Foil
  • NO Paper Towel Rolls or Toilet Paper Rolls
  • NO Shredded Paper
  • NO Ceramics
  • NO Light Bulbs or Ceramics
  • NO Tempered or Plate Glass
  • NO Plastic Bags (not even the blue ones from the grocery store!)
    • Use Grocery Store Drop-Off Area for these Bags

 

This move to All-In-One Recycling stems from a global effort to dispose of waste more efficiently. The New York Times reported a worldwide backup in disposal efforts when China announced just last year that it would severely limit the amount and types of waste that is brought into the country.

The very familiar “blue” plastic grocery bags not only interfere with the ability to process and sort recycling efficiently, but they are among the items specifically being targeted by China’s new ban. In short, many materials that were once deemed recyclable, no longer are. With this ban, many municipalities where Franklin West properties are located are now having to quickly revise their guidelines in response. Once revised municipal guidelines are published in response to these new rules, we will certainly let you know.

Efforts in protecting the environment don’t just lie with you. This is a global stand to maintain a safe environment for generations to come. With the help of Republic Services easy All-In-One Recycling system, you too can help paint the bigger picture.

9 Ways to Say Thank You on Mother’s Day.

Mothers dedicate every waking second to the happiness of their family. They were up at the crack of dawn to make sure you got on the yellow school bus, and had their phones ready in case you had an emergency while in college. They cut the crusts off your sandwiches when you were five, and still at your side twenty years later to help move you into your first place.  

Essentially, you’re a functioning human being because of your momma so she deserves a day commemorating her life’s work.

It’s time to stray from giving the same old $20 gift card. Here’s a list of 9 things you can do or buy for your mom this Mother’s Day.

Options for Mother’s Day Brunch

Called the most delicious, authentic French cuisine by Pittsburgh locals for seven years in a row, Paris 66 will give your best gal a taste of France without getting on a plane. A charming ambiance, this bistro is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 13th.

Get all the info you need here: https://www.paris66bistro.com/ 

There’s no need to keep scrambling for places to eat. The Yard has the Mother’s Day menu every Pittsburgh mama wants. Plus, treat your mom to a bloody mary bar and basically bottomless mimosas.

For other info: http://theyardpgh.com/shadyside/

With a warm and cozy atmosphere, Cashbah offers a unique dining experience with a year-round garden patio. To help you celebrate the lovely lady in your life, Cashbah is extending their brunch hours from 11 am to 2 pm.

See the brunch menu: http://casbahpgh.com/food-drink/brunch/

 

Though places like Mansions on Fifth and La Feria, may not have a Mother’s Day menu, the food genuinely speaks for itself. Either restaurant would also be a delicious choice.

Look to Local Shops for Timeless Gifts

A portal of discovery, Anthropology offers a variety of women’s apparel and accessories, intimates, home furniture and décor, beauty, and gifts. Find gift inspiration especially made for your mom in mind on the official website. Plus, stop by the Penn Ave location for a Mother’s Day event from 12 to 5 pm with special treats, crafts for kids, and much, much more.

Promising to nourish people’s lives, Williams Sonoma carries high-quality products for the everyday home. They have options for the baking mama, the gardening mama, and gift baskets for the mom who deserves some time to herself. Williams Sonoma can make personalized gifts too. Order before the end of Wednesday to get your gift in time for Sunday or just stop in the Shadyside store location.  

Why settle for any gift when you can give mom a unique one? Since the 70’s, the founders at Four Winds Gallery committed to bringing the Pittsburgh community extraordinary Native American jewelry and art. Though, slightly on the pricier side, the Mother’s Day jewelry collection from Four Winds Gallery is absolutely exotic and immersed in culture. Get some help finding a gift for mom from the Four Wind’s team at the Shadyside location.

 

Still not sure your mom would appreciate gifts from the local stores above? Offering classic Mother’s Day gifts, check out these honorable mentions: Eureka! Chocolates & gifts and Alex’s East End Floral Shop.

Share an Experience with Mom

Celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying “mom and me” time at Evolve Wellness Spa. It’s quality time in the most relaxing way. Click the link above for all the info you need to know.

A massage might not do the trick, but maybe laughter will. After all, the best form of medicine comes from a chuckle or two. Take your mom out for a few laughs at Steel City Improv. Just know that shows are only Friday and Saturday nights, so plan wisely!

Looking for something to do for the majority of Sunday? Spend a couple hours at The Frick! Explore historic and art focused exhibits, stroll through the scenic gardens, and enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch.

There you have it. Your mom has been there for the good, the bad, the smelly, and for all the excitement life has to offer. So, why not go above the norm this year and show your mom how genuinely grateful you are.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

PGH Marathon 2018: 3 Need-to-Know Events in Shadyside.

May 6th rings in the 10th anniversary of the DICK’S  Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. The city illuminates with excitement as runners begin the final stages of prep for Sunday’s long run.

Residents in Shadyside will get a front-row view of marathon runners and we’re ready to cheer them on! Besides overwhelming support from our neck of the woods, runners will be relieved to find a flat, charming pathway they can enjoy. 

There’s no need to feel left out if you’re not participating in the marathon. Join the spectating crowd on race day to support those in their running shoes.  

Mile Markers Near You

  • Mile 13 – Halfway point marked between Pitt and Carnegie Museums & Library
  • Mile 14 – Corner of Fifth Avenue and St. James Street, Shadyside
  • Mile 15 – Fifth Avenue at Mellon Park prior to Penn Ave.
  • Mile 16 – Penn Ave, Point Breeze

Help encourage those powering through the marathon. Last year, marathon supporters made some exceptionally creative signs. We’re challenging you to do better!

Use #GoShadySideRunners to share your awesome signs with us on Instagram!

3 Ways to Take Part in the Fun

At the corner of Bellefonte and Walnut street root for the runners and enjoy all the festivities! Plus, Tim Vitullo and his band will be performing for the duration of the Pittsburgh Marathon at the corner of Walnut Street and Ivy Street in Shadyside.

Relay runners, attempting the 26.2 miles as a team, will have their third exchange at mile 15.6 near Mellon Park between Fifth and Penn avenues.  

This one is for the athletes who ran in the marathon. Lululemon in Shadyside teamed up with Sports Performance + Spine to offer runners an evening of soft tissue recovery after Sunday’s race. It will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 pm. Click the link above for details.

 

It’s almost time to take your marks, runners, we’ll be cheering for you!

 

 

Header image by DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Facebook

3 Ways to Make a Difference on Earth Day 2018

Sunday, April 22 marks the day when people from all over the world focus on moving toward a healthy, sustainable environment. According to Earth Day’s official organization, “Earth Day has reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.”

Like all movements, environmental awareness had to start somewhere.

It was started in the 1970’s by US Senator, Gaylord Nelson. For the US, the Vietnam War was an uproar, young people protested, and air pollution policy didn’t exist as industries spewed smoke and smog.

With that said, the goal became to push environmental protections into a political agenda. Nelson partnered with Pete McCloskey and recruited Denis Hayes to spearhead the mission. Soon their staff grew to 85 members and by April 22nd, 1970, 20 million American citizens demonstrated for environmental action.

All of which led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.  

Learn more about the history of Earth Day here.

Taking Action in the ‘Burgh

Let the Earth Day Festivities begin! Join many from our Pittsburgh community in celebration and learn how you can make an impact toward environmental sustainability on April 20th through April 21st.

Click here for more events happening in Pittsburgh.

The motivation behind Earth Day came from the relentless determination of students who fought for change. Want to put in your two cents into the world? Give back to the earth and future generations with your time. What kind of Earth do you want to have in fifty years? Because the time to do something is now.  

Shadyside’s Unique One-Stop Shop at Penhollows

Nothing beats the charm of small, locally-owned shops. After ten years, Penhollows continues to captivate anyone who happens to stroll by. The wonderfully unique shop has a nice mix of art, antiques, home goods, and books. Collecting ever-evolving items, much of the merchandise combines new and vintage themes to reflect a worldly style while celebrating the achievements of local artists and writers.

Catering to a wide variety of styles and budgets, Penhollows opens its doors at 11 am on Tuesday through Saturday and closes at 5 pm. Guests are also welcome on Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm. Don’t try to go on Monday, though, it’ll be closed.  

Oh, The Things You Could Find

Always a plus, Penhollows is located in Shadyside just a few blocks from Franklin West apartments. If you’re looking to liven up your space with the perfect conversation piece, you’ll surely find something that speaks to you at Penhollows.  

  • Penhollows carries merchandise from several different vendors that mirror high quality, innovatively styled, has worldly influence, and thoughtful design. Much of their inventory changes with the seasons, as well. Penhollow steps right into the spirit of spring, with cute little Easter bunnies and floral printed decor.
  • Whether it’s a family member or a good friend, gift season is a year-round thing. Instead of defaulting to giving a gift card, why not shake things up a bit. You’re bound to find something for everyone, from intriguing books and newborn onesies to upscale perfume and a three-piece shaving kits! Don’t have anything for that white elephant party coming up? Penhollows absolutely has your back.
  • Wanting to help create your perfect environment, Penhollow’s Design Center offers full interior design services. The talented staff serves as a resource for customers looking for distinctive furniture that’s truly unique. They understand that your home reflects your lifestyle, so customers will be able to access leading furniture, fabric, floor covering, and lighting lines. But, don’t forget to call (412) 665- 0767 or send an email at us@penhollows.com to schedule an appointment first!

Penhollows might not be the biggest in square footage, but it sure makes up for it in quality with a pleasing reputation. Check out their site or follow them on Instagram @penhollows. On the other hand, you just can’t beat visiting in person!

Eat, Drink, and Be Social Business Mixer Featuring Pittsburgh’s Finest

Looking for something interesting to do tonight? No worries, we have you covered. East Liberty Chamber is partnering with local business owner Kiya Tomlin and  Kimberley Ashley Catering to host this month’s Eat Drink & Be Social Business Mixer.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to connect while enjoying delicious hor d’oeuvres and cocktails. Today’s mixer will take place at Kiya Tomlin Boutique, which is located at 5983 Broad Street, Pittsburgh Pa 15206. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. Since this is only a two-hour event, the boutique will be closing at  7:30 pm.

Don’t forget, RSVP here: http://www.eastlibertychamber.org/mixer

“Dress for Comfort… and Style”

We love supporting local businesses, and Kiya Tomlin Boutique is right in our neck of the wood on Broad Street. Getting there is less than a 5-minute walk!

Here are some impressive facts about Kiya Tomlin Boutique:

  1. From mill to market, Kiya Tomlin clothes are made solely in the United States.
  1. Clothes made from bamboo? Yes, please! When compared to cotton, bamboo is actually softer, silkier, and dries faster. Plus, environmentally friendly as a high sustaining resource, bamboo clothing is 100% biodegradable. Need we say more?
  2. Kiya Tomlin makes online shopping a breeze. The site clearly identifies need-to-know information. Read about return policies, and get the most out of your clothes by checking out washing instructions.

Inspired by the modern women, Kiya first launched her collection in Fall 2014. Kiya has said, “My background in custom design inspires me to design for a variety of figures. My experience as a woman of many roles drives the direction and functionality of my designs. By combining these inspirations, I can create comfortable clothes that inspire confidence. That confidence is what makes a woman truly beautiful.”

Click here to discover Kiya Tomlin Boutique or find her on Instagram.

Paint the Town: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Shadyside summers are bustling with life and bursting with color — just two of the many reasons the neighborhood is a focal point of Pittsburgh. When the pink and purple blossoms fall from the trees and green leaves replace the palette, new forms of colors spring to life. 

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, located right on 5th Avenue, features local artists who breathe energy into the space and the community year-round.

Starring 13 Pittsburgh-based artists, the current exhibition is brimming with vivid colors and unique forms, making summer in Shadyside all the more vibrant. Below are just a few of the works on display and a taste of the local talent that enlivens the walls. This exhibition lasts until July 23rd, but you can always expect something special to fill the space.



Beyond the inspiring galleries, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts offers in-depth classes and Summer Art Camps starting June 12th, for kids ages 4-12. If you’d like to know more about all that Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has to offer, visit center.pfpca.org.

Ready to explore Shadyside and paint the town colorful? 

Pittsburgh Marathon to Run Through Shadyside

Runners, take your marks! The annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is here once again, and this year’s race weekend is sure to be exciting.

On the morning of Sunday, May 7th, more than 20,000 of Pittsburgh’s most passionate athletes will be lining up to traverse 13 neighborhoods and race by PNC Park, Heinz Field and PPG Paints Arena. For all you enthusiastic supporters in the crowd, the day will also be packed with neighborhood festivals, 40 live bands, and more to enjoy.

Cheering in Shadyside? We’ve got the deets for the bands you’ll be near on race day! Hourglass will be playing at the corner of 5th and Shady — within 1 block of many of our Shady, Fifth Avenue, and Denniston Avenue apartments.

The band Sunburst Rocks will be playing at the corner of Fifth Avenue and South Highland, just outside of our 5945 5th Avenue apartment.

The marathon course itself goes through passes many Franklin West buildings. Specifically, 5945 Fifth Avenue, 6315 Fifth Avenue, 516 S. Highland, 509 S. Highland, and 6007-6009 Walnut. See the full course map here!

Pictured above: Runners will pass Franklin West’s 5945 Fifth Avenue and 6007 Walnut Street apartments, among others.

We’ll see you on the course, Shadyside — come out, cheer on the runners, and enjoy celebrating Pittsburgh runners’ joyful dedication!