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Pittsburgh’s Pickle Craze: How the city’s relishing the past and future of pickles

By Lauren Clouser The owner of Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop woke up in the middle of the night with an idea for pickle cotton candy. Wigle Whiskey created over 30 tests before finally getting the right combination for their pickle-flavored spirit. And, most famously, Pittsburgh is home to a three-day festival dedicated entirely to pickles. Since the time of H.J.... Read More

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

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