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Body modification options, acceptance rise despite remaining stigmas

By Dara Collins The long history of body modification for Revina Lower started when he was a teenager piercing his ears and eyebrows on his own. In his mid-20s, Lower started tattooing his face, split his tongue and received implants. Now at the age of 44, Lower has lost count of his list of body modifications that includes many more... 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

Vintage Style in the Steel City

By Amanda Myers, Point Park News Service The racks of Avalon Exchange in Squirrel Hill are filled with vintage and prime second-hand clothes and young people looking for the best finds. In recent years, younger demographics are buying older, vintage clothing, showing a shift in culture and consumerism. The definition of vintage varies, but it is most often a piece... Read More