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Baldwin music store owner goes ‘all in’

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Baldwin music store owner goes ‘all in’

By Juin Somer, Point Park News Service: Erik Loeffert, the owner of South Hills Music in Baldwin, answers questions about opening his business and what it’s like running a retail store. Q: What made you decide to open your own business? A: It was sort of an accident. I never really sat around and imagined […]

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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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Pittsburgh hip-hop artists chase musical dreams

| January 15, 2015 | 1 Comment
Pittsburgh hip-hop artists chase musical dreams

By Carey McKelvey, Point Park News Service: Hip-hop was everywhere for Alex Abramson, a.k.a. “Eclypse,” in high school. He heard it on the bus, in the hallways, and he began crafting words and beats with a little help from friends and the music producing software Garageband. Beats began to roll through Pavel Gaydos’ head when […]

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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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Lower gas prices fuel holiday travel

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lower gas prices fuel holiday travel

By Alex Grubbs, Amanda King and Aigne Mack, Point Park News Service: The price of gas in the Pittsburgh region is making its way to the $3 line, something that has not been seen in almost three years — just in time for the holiday season. A native from San Diego and resident of Oakland, […]

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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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‘Kiss My Apps’ exhibit gets interactive in Lawrenceville

| November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment
‘Kiss My Apps’ exhibit gets interactive in Lawrenceville

By Justin Varney, Point Park News Service: “Kiss My Apps” is a new art exhibit with pieces inspired by media apps. The concept behind artist Andi Irwin’s exhibit in the show is to incorporate everyday mobile apps into one-of-a-kind art pieces. The exhibit can be seen at BE galleries, 3583 Butler St., through Nov. 15. Her […]

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