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Finding Yourself in the Music

How music has helped local members of the LGBTQIA+ community By Sara Flanders This is the first installment of the Finding Yourself in the Music series. Music helped Jude Benedict-Ess through their transition into their non-binary gender identity and gave them a way to communicate with those around them. Adam Hawley found inspiration from a famous musician to find his... Read More

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