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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

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

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

School Spirits: The Haunted Campuses of Pittsburgh Universities

By Nicole Pampena  When the ghost of Martha Jane Poe rocks the cradle in the Cathedral of Learning’s Early American Room, she does so slowly, and exactly four times — no more, no less. When conservatory students at Point Park University see The Lady in White, they learn she gets her name from the wedding dress she wears and the... Read More

Pittsburgh Holiday Desserts You Must Try

By Lauryn Nania, Point Park News Service For Ethan Griffin, the holiday season doesn’t arrive until he heads to Market Square to sell his “moonshine” bars and other sweet delicacies at the Pittsburgh Christmas Market. Angela Carnicella loves selling Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte cake during the holidays as much as she likes to eat the treat called “one of the... Read More

Pennsylvania’s Lack of Teachers of Color is Worsened by an Educator Shortage

By Sabrina Bodon, Point Park News Service Of the 31 teachers in the elementary school where she teaches, Pharlan Ives is the only teacher of color. She tries not to think about it. LaRita Stewart, a fourth grade teacher at Highland Elementary in Ambridge, Pa., understands what that’s like; she’s the only African-American teacher her whole school district. “Nobody needed... Read More