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Chef-restaurateur busy with 5 Pittsburgh eateries

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Chef-restaurateur busy with 5 Pittsburgh eateries

By Kaitlyn Costanzo, Point Park News Service: Brian Pekarcik isn’t slowing down, with his restaurants that is. Pekarcik, 39, co-owner and head chef of five restaurants – Spoon, Grit & Grace, Willow and two BRGR locations — in Pittsburgh, said he is always looking to evolve and grow with his businesses. The quirky and energetic chef […]

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Garfield photographer creates instant art

| January 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Garfield photographer creates instant art

By Ryan Maine, Point Park News Service: Lisa Toboz, 40, of Garfield, creates works of photographic art with instant film. Using instant film used to be incredibly popular, but then the trend died off. With the introduction of Impossible Project Film, instant photography has become popular again in the art world. Q: What Initially drew […]

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Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

By Drew Frichtel, Point Park News Service: Two young entrepreneurs developed an adventurous mission to create craft beer while still attending Carnegie Mellon University. They acted on their dream, developed a Kickstarter campaign that yielded more than $32,000 and found unlikely support from Braddock’s mayor. Now, they are one catalyst for the re-birth of a former steel […]

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Brothers bring authentic Mexican food to Pittsburgh

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Brothers bring authentic Mexican food to Pittsburgh

By Don Noel Ranasinghe, Point Park News Service: Mevan Dissanayake picked up a soft-shell taco covered in hot salsa. Without any hesitation, he took a bite from it as the salsa and pieces of pork carnitas fell off the taco onto the plate. “Oh, man. This is delicious, so much flavor in one bite,” Dissanayake said […]

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John the Craftist puts Pittsburghese on paper

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
John the Craftist puts Pittsburghese on paper

By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: When routine oral surgery turned into never-ending pain and a diagnosis of atypical trigeminal neuralgia in May of 2010, Alethea Okonak had never felt more isolated. But she found hope just outside in her mailbox. “It really meant something when I would go to get the mail, and […]

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Carabella owner likes Oakmont’s small-town vibe

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Carabella owner likes Oakmont’s small-town vibe

By Arianna Costanzo, Point Park News Service: Carol Kinkela, owner of Carabella in Oakmont, has a quaint little store with few employees who she has known for quite some time. Kinkela said she loves the small town and the close vibes she has with her employees and her customers. Being in the business for 18 […]

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South Side vintage boutique owner lives fashion dream

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
South Side vintage boutique owner lives fashion dream

By Mackenzie Sugrue, Point Park News Service: Kate Colussy, owner of the clothing store Highway Robbery Vintage on the South Side, grew up loving fashion and vintage clothing. She has worked almost every job in the fashion marketing world from movie sets and TV shows to retail stores. Colussy, who grew up in Aliquippa and Hopewell […]

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Pittsburgh culinary school grad takes to family cafe

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pittsburgh culinary school grad takes to family cafe

By Dan Duran, Point Park News Service: Stephanie Kielar is the co-owner of The Café at Wittenauers, a restaurant located in Poland, Ohio. Kielar, 24, who graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in culinary arts last year, has been running the cafe for the past three months. The Café at Wittenauers, […]

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Jenn’s Jems owner gets creative with custom jewelry

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
Jenn’s Jems owner gets creative with custom jewelry

By Emily Yount, Point Park News Service: Jennifer Orefice, 27, the owner of Jenn’s Jems, Jewelry & Accessories in the Strip District, gets to wake up every morning to go to a job that she loves. Creating hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry since age 13, Orefice specializes in custom and vintage necklaces, bracelets, earrings and […]

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Music videos raise new body image debate

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Music videos raise new body image debate

By Keontá Bender, Point Park News Service: In Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” the rapper and her cast are constantly shaking their butts to the beat of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Another big hit, “Booty,” depicts Jennifer Lopez revealing all of her curves in various scenes, covered in oil and water. Singer Megan Trainor’s  “All About […]

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