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When Two Become Yinz: The Pittsburgh Cookie Table Tradition

By Victoria Bails Ryan Koch and Mike Audey decided to have a cookie table at their wedding because of the regional tradition. When Megan and Tyler Martin were planning out their wedding, Tyler wasn’t aware it was only a local practice, but they knew they wanted one at their wedding. Family tradition and, similarly, Pittsburgh tradition led Lyndsay and Justin... Read More

Young Business Owners Change Retail in Pittsburgh

By Victoria Bails Samuel Graeb was studying at the University of Montana when he bought his first article of hemp clothing: a pair of jeans. After taking one of her dad’s old denim shirts, distressed from his contracting jobs, Anika Ignozzi painted a monster on the pocket. Brandon Moon worked on another clothing line with someone else when he realized... Read More

Life Inside and Out of the Ring

By Sara Flanders Lawyer by day, Max Petrunya has spent nights brawling under the Homestead Bridge. Having always dabbled in extreme sports, Steve Schneider’s most recent endeavor left him with a broken skull. A photography gig opened the door for Daniel Hooven to live out a life-long dream. These guys all have average lives by day, but spend their nights... Read More

Banished Bangladesh Writer Finds New Home in Pittsburgh

By Sara Flanders Controversial writer Tuhin Das was forced to leave his home in Bangladesh after Al-Qaeda/ISIS included his name on a hit list of 17 secular writers and activists who slammed them. After receiving no help from local authorities, he became the latest writer to join Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum: a grassroots organization that provides aid and a two-year... Read More

Vinyl Stacks of Steel City: The historic record stores that make Pittsburgh a music worthy city

By Amanda Myers Chris Grauzer planned on opening his own record store when the opportunity to buy the legendary Jerry’s Records, where he had been working for around ten years, came up. Back in the 1990s when Fred Bohn Jr. went to work at The Attic, his father’s record store, he had no ambitions to keep with family tradition. Growing... Read More

WorkshopPGH: A do-it- yourself school taught by local makers right in the heart of Pittsburgh

By Bailey Penrod After recently founding a do-it-yourself craft enterprise called WorkshopSF in 2016, Kelly Malone found herself randomly visiting Pittsburgh. Heather Carson couldn’t wait to get to WorkshopPGH to continue building her own decorations and furniture for her house. Jenn Newara sews the inside seam of her halfway finished tote while taking a swig of her PBR and chatting... Read More

An Inside Look at the Pierogi Makers Of Pittsburgh

By Katie Kelly Lynne Szarnicki has been in the pierogi making business for over ten years and has a distaste for Mrs. T’s Pierogis, what she calls a fake pierogi. Elisha Veon got the idea to start a food truck after multiple discussions with her mother on what she was going to do when she was gone. Helen Mannarino is... Read More

Pittsburgh Pickers: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

By Katie Kelly Jeff Gordon and Roger Levine found interest in collecting mid-century modern furniture like old bar stools and vintage luggage sets eventually going on to open a store. After making a chalkboard out of an old picture frame for his girlfriend, Seth Hunter realized a deeper love for finding and selling unique pieces, opening a shop that included... Read More

Pittsburgh’s Remaining Collectible Stores Offer Lifetime of Novelty Fun

By Jacob Berlin Jack Cohen wasn’t happy with the monotony of his day-to-day lifestyle of numbers-crunching math and science. It was work, not play. So he decided to open a toy store. “I used to be an engineer. I hated my job,” Cohen says. “My wife felt that there was no place to buy toys for the kids. And we... Read More