Embark on a Porter Brewery Tour!

Looking for a break from your normal weekend go-tos? Love a good libation with friends? Not not just any ol’ drink, but an effervescent brew? Then come celebrate Pittsburgh’s local craft beer culture with the Porter Brewery tours! You’ll get a new taste of the city by sampling pints at 3 amazing local breweries over a course of 3 hours. Breweries include, Dancing Gnome, Grist House, East End, and more!

Porter Brewery offers tours every Saturday and Sunday, stopping at 3 different renowned breweries. The price of your tour ticket includes about a pint of beer at each stop, though each guest is welcome to purchase additional beer by the pint or the growler. Three stops, three pints, three hours — looks like 3 is the magic number!

Tours also include water and popcorn on the bus, so you can munch between breweries and stay hydrated. But, if you’re still feeling hungry after you exit the disembark the beer bus, you’re in the luck — you’ll be dropped off right outside either the Ace Hotel, home to the Whitfield, or James Street Gastropub.





Interested in a weekend brewery tour? Here’s some important information to know:

Saturday tour agenda is:
– Dancing Gnome in Sharpsburg
– Couch Brewery in Larimer
– Full Pint in Lawrenceville
Pick-up and drop-off point is James Street Gastropub

Sunday tour agenda is:
– Dancing Gnome in Sharpsburg
– Grist House in Millvale
– East End in Larimer
Pick-up and drop-off point is Ace Hotel

Some important notes from Porter Brewery tours:
– Arrive at the bus 10 minutes early to check in, find a seat, and get ready for great beer.
– Cancellations or changes must be made 24 hours before the tour.
– Bring your ID!
– There is plenty of beer, but please remember that this is a celebration of local craft beer and not a party bus.
– Breweries may change at the last minute due to availability, Pittsburgh sporting events, and other scheduling conflicts.

For more information or to purchase tour tickets, visit their site, here

Cheers!

Announcing Our Newest Luxury Apartments — NOW Available!

We are absolutely thrilled to be announcing our newest apartments in the heart of Pittsburgh’s East End!

A chic, contemporary exterior welcomes twelve one-bedroom and loft-style apartments, all of which are ready to say “Welcome home!” to new residents. That’s right, this stunning building is ready for immediate occupancy!

Each unit is unique, and each stars some of the best features you can find in Shadyside. Hickory hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances gleam in the midday sun that shines through floor-to-ceiling windows. Spacious layouts, walk-in closets, balconies, and high ceilings ensure that this urban dwelling is anything but small. (Photographed below!)

Located near University of Pittsburgh Medical Center area hospitals, and only a few blocks from Shadyside’s popular retail shops and restaurants, these residencies are at the center of Pittsburgh’s very best. Convenient access and quick, walkable routes to such top-rated locales are an urban-lovers’ dream. But the tree-lined streets and sidewalks of this historic area lend a cozy, suburban feel to the otherwise effervescent neighborhood.

No matter where you turn, there is something to see or do in Shadyside, and we always want to reflect this personality and love for life in our apartments. This newest building is certainly no exception. Bike storage, garage parking, and washers and dryer in each unit are just a few ways we work to benefit our residents’ active lifestyles.

For more information, please visit our website here or call our Shadyside website at 412-661-1151 for current apartment availability and rental rates.

We hope to hear from you soon!



Beats n’ Eats: A Penn Avenue Lunch Break

When you’re craving something more than just a tasty lunch at BRGR, there’s more fun ti be had this Thursday, July 20th! What can be better than lunch and your favorite spot, you might ask? Why, a whole new experience at Beats n’ Eats on Penn Avenue! While you’re taking a break from your workday, join the “easy-going midday East-End community lunch break!”

Taking place from 12pm to 2pm outside the Kelly Strayhorn theater, you’ll hear live music from local artists and dine on delicious fare from one of the food trucks stationed outside the theater. If you’re new the neighborhood, this is an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with your neighbors. Chat with residents, creatives, and artists, and add a uniqueness to your day only offered in the East Side!

Not familiar with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater? Perhaps you’ve seen its intriguing, neon-blue sign, strikingly ablaze against the old, ornate facade. The theater’s name comes from two of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated talents — famed dancer Gene Kelly, raised in East Liberty, and Homewood-bred jazz composer, Billy Strayhorn. To enter the theater, or even to stand in its doorway, is to be in the presence of these artists, whose talent and passions provide inspiration for the community. Their energy — and the theater’s cultural significance as a whole — continues to radiate through the East End community, contributing to the quality of life and development of the neighborhood and the city. This, no doubt, makes a lunch break at Beats n’ Eats all the more meaningful and inspiring.


To learn more about the theater’s charismatic history and how it contributions through inclusive and educational activities, visit their site here.

Now, go out there and enjoy your neighborhood — no matter the time, no matter the day!

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Rev up those engines because the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is here for its 34th year! Yesterday, the PVGP officially cruised into town, starting off the ten days of exciting events and eye-popping vehicles. This is a unique experience that sends a jolt to various locations in the city. Not only that, but since 1983, the PVGP has donated $4.75 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

And what luck — the PVGP is coming right to our neighborhood! Just a few blocks away on Walnut Street, you can catch the “Walnut Street Invitational Car Show” on Monday, July 10, from 5pm to 9pm. Shadyside makes for a sublime backdrop for such a show, welcoming 125 rare, classic, and exotic cars to the streets of this intimate, thriving neighborhood. You’re guaranteed to see some of the region’s most unique vehicles and, because the cars are selected by invitation only, this show includes cars rarely seen at other car shows. An excellent reason to get up-close and personal!

The “Walnut Street Invitational Car Show” is the perfect preview to the PVGP International Car Show occurring five days later, but, before that, there’s another, can’t-miss event in the East Side! On Friday, July 14, catch a thunderous display of 75 to 100 race cars zip through Squirrel Hill. Named “Forbes Avenue of Speed Car Parade and Car Show”, this event is free and open to the public from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and held in conjunction with the annual Squirrel Hill Sidewalk Sale! Bring the family for an evening of food, fun, and, of course, fast cars.

The following weekend brings the final and most-anticipated events of the PVGP — Saturday’s International Car Show and Sunday’s Schenley Park Race Day! On July 15, from 11am to 4pm, Schenley Park will be home to the nation’s largest vintage race event and the only one run on actual city streets. The International Car Show is a combined show of 20 different displays featuring 2,500 cars. Check out the list of car shows here. While exploring the various displays, you can also watch the 150 vintage racers compete on the track all day to qualify for Sunday’s race. As if it couldn’t get any more thrilling, this course is considered to be one of the most challenging courses worldwide!

Whether you’re a passionate fan, vintage car collector yourself, or simply looking to enjoy the outdoors with your family, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is truly a rare treat.

Happy Fourth of July!

Red, white, and “wooh!” As the 4th of July approaches, we’re simply giddy thinking about all of Pittsburgh’s firecrackin’ festivities.

Let’s get started! If you’re new to Pittsburgh, the Red, White, & Blue Bus Tours are a unique and fun way to acclimate yourself with the area. These double decker buses run daily from 9 AM to 7 PM, with plenty of opportunities to hop on and off, so you can explore the city at your own pace. Never droll or dull, these tours are packed with personality, Pittsburgh spirit, and interesting historical facts. Better yet? The tour will be running on the 4th, so you can enjoy the best tour before the best fireworks!

If a bus tour isn’t your speed, you can head down to Point State Park, hours before the renowned firework display, and celebrate all day! Thanks to the EQT Three Rivers Regatta, food, drinks, and entertainment are featured as an inclusive and exciting way to bring people together to “Celebrate America the Pittsburgh way!” Free and open to the public, you will find plenty of delightful, family-friendly activities. Visit the official site, celebrateamericapgh.com, for more information.

Searching for more sports now that the Penguins have won the Stanley Cup? On the 4th, catch Pittsburgh’s soccer team, the Riverhounds, face off against the Charlotte Independence at Highmark Stadium in Station Square. If you’re not familiar, Highmark Stadium is right across the river from Point State Park, making it one of the best seats in the house for fireworks viewing! Come for the soccer, stay for the sights. Sound like a match made in heaven? Purchase your tickets here!

Speaking of the Pens, we hear the fireworks this year will be honoring the team’s big win.

Whether you’re headed to Station Square, catching a tour bus, or traveling to Point State Park, you can do it all without the hassle of traffic and parking. Hop a city bus and get goin’ — Downtown is just a short ride from Shadyside via the East Busway! To check all holiday bus schedules in advance, click here.

Wherever your day leads you, we hope you get to witness the excitement and extravagance of Pittsburgh’s 4th of July fireworks, Flashes of Freedom. Considered one of the best displays in the country, this event is not one to be missed!

Happy 4th of July, friends!

 

Summer Fridays at the Frick

The Frick is giving T.G.I.F a whole new meaning with Summer Fridays at the Frick! Starting today, June 23rd, and continuing until September 8th, you and your family can enjoy this outdoor-focused series every Friday from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Located in Point Breeze and just a short distance from many Franklin West apartments, Fridays at the Frick ensure there’s always something to do on the start of every weekend – perfect for those warm nights you just can’t bear to stay inside!

Entertaining performances are featured every week, held at the North Lawn of the Frick grounds. Unfortunately, due to this Friday’s oh-so Pittsburgh weather, all outdoor activities have been cancelled. For the full schedule of upcoming events, visit here. Let’s home next week is sunnier!

 While you’d otherwise be enjoying the lush green surroundings, family-friendly activities, and exciting performances, you can also treat yourself to the remarkable dining options and wine bar – it is Friday after all! The Cafe at the Frick is open 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Featuring locally-sourced and a seasonal menu, The Cafe at the Frick always offers a unique dining experience. Reservations are recommended. Check out the cafe’s lunch and high tea times, too! Looking for something a bit more casual? Food trucks will be parked at Frick every Friday, so you can enjoy a picnic on the beautifully-landscaped grounds.

But, hey, even gloomy, rainy days can’t stop the fun! Explore the elegant, first-floor interior of the Frick’s family mansion, Clayton (pictured above) – free to public from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Clayton shines as one of the most intact Gilded Age homes and a stunning look into American and regional architecture of the time.

Continue your cultural and historical journey at the art museum, The Frick Pittsburgh, open until 9:00 PM on summer Fridays! Built in 1969 by Helen Clay Frick, the daughter of Henry Frick, the museum is home to the Frick’s permanent collection of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.

World-class temporary exhibitions also make it to the art museum. Currently, you can experience the compelling and intimate photographs by iconic American photographer, Irving Penn. With a career spanning seven decades, 140 outstanding photographs are on display – a captivating retrospective that simply cannot be missed.

The perfect solution to a rainy Friday evening? We think so! 

Anywhere you look on Frick’s 5-acre site, you’ll be met with verdant lawns, vibrant gardens, rich history, and smiling faces. If that doesn’t sound like an ideal Friday night, we don’t know what does. Happy summer, friends!  

Celebrating WQED

Picture it: driving through the ‘Burgh on a sunny day with the windows down, your favorite radio station playing something sweet and melodic – as it always does. Sometimes, it just feels better to unplug your phone and listen to something classic, something authentic, and something from — and by — the community. That’s the spirit of WQED, the only community-owned multimedia resource in this region.

In 1954,WQED became the nation’s first community-supported television station. Then, in 1973, Classical WQED-FM was founded as the region’s only 24-hour classical radio station. Today, consistent with its mission, WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains and inspires. WQED’s rich content reaches the community through five television programming streams and three radio streams. Learn more about the station’s vibrant history here.

With its station and headquarters on Fifth Avenue, WQED is an essential part of Pittsburgh’s East End, and to Pittsburgh as a whole. Like WQED, Franklin West, Inc. has its roots in Shadyside. Founded in 1964, Franklin West, Inc. is an active supporter and partner of WQED.  When you call Franklin West, Inc. (412-661-1151) you will always get a live person — no voicemail here! However, if you were ever to be put on a brief hold, you will get to listen to the ever-enchanting sounds of WQED 89.3 FM, “the voice of the arts in Western Pennsylvania.” Beyond classical music, WQED also highlights retrospectives, tributes, community events, and celebrations.

As a non-commercial public station, WQED thrives from the support of the community. If you love the station as much as we do, or simply would love to support Pittsburgh’s cultural keystone, you can become a member today! A minimum of $5 a month will help WQED continue its mission of educating and celebrating the community — and it will reward you with the WQED passport, which allows you to watch any PBS show streaming on demand.

There’s always something happening within the station and on the airwaves. See everything WQED offers here, and we hope your relationship with WQED flourishes just as it has with Franklin West, Inc.

Fire It Up at Pittsburgh Glass Center

We know the feeling all too well — when the weather warms and you’re just itching to make new plans, try new things, and go on new adventures. If you’re looking for an exciting activity that goes beyond the everyday, the Pittsburgh Glass Center should be your next stop. Just a mile away from many of the Franklin West apartments, the Glass Center is a perfect destination on weekday evenings and sunny weekends alike.

Check out the Glass Center’s calendar here to see what’s waiting to be explored — from beginner and advanced classes to dazzling exhibits displayed on the first floor. Now through July 30th, see Leana Quade’s unique art, which experiments with new ways to experience glass through light and fluidity.

The Pittsburgh Center is free and open to the public, but if you’re looking for a more hands-on experience, you can register for classes here. With a number of 2-hour beginner classes, like Marvelous Marbles and Glass Terrariums, your creativity will always have opportunities to flourish.

This is a summer for new adventures. Take advantage of all the neighborhood has to offer. Hey, and don’t forget to bring your best pals along! Maybe after you’ve made your first terrarium, you can celebrate your achievements with a refreshing brew at Primanti’s.

We’ll cheers to that!

Good Natured: Shadyside Farmer’s Market

Seasonal splendor is here! Warmer weather means welcoming one of the greatest treats to the neighborhood: farmer’s markets! Our arms are wide open for the fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and crafts sold by local farms and artisans. In some locations, you may even see flowers, handmade soaps, coffee, balloon animals, live music, and more. It’s more than just a trip to the farmer’s markets – it’s a fun family outing!

Starting as early as May 15th and extending into fall, you can find farmer’s markets in 7 different bustling locations on various days, Monday through Sunday. Specific addresses and dates are provided here – Don’t miss out on the farm-fresh goodness, right in your own backyard! The 2017 Shadyside Farmer’s Market will take place in the Liberty School Lot (corner of Ellsworth & Filbert Street) every Saturday June 3 – September 30 from 10am-2pm. For a list of vendors and events at the Shadyside Farmer’s Market, click here.

Are you ready to enjoy nature’s bounty?

In Memoriam: John Boering

In Memoriam: John Boering

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing on Thursday, May 11th, of John Boering, our maintenance person.

John has been an employee of Franklin West, Inc. for 40 years. He was devoted to this company, and took much pride in the service he provided to our residents. John was a truly great human being, friend, mentor, and colleague to many of us. He always went above and beyond to help anyone in need.

We will all miss John terribly, but his legacy will live on in our continued passion and efforts to provide our residents with the service that sets us apart from the others. That service is what John has taught to every maintenance person hired over these past 40 years.

John’s obituary will be in the newspaper later this week. A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00AM. A luncheon will follow at our office.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Holly Rubinoff
Property Manager

Franklin West, Inc.