Show Your Love for PGH by Shopping PGH this Holiday Season

Christmas tree in Pittsburgh, PAImage by lil moe72 via FlickrOne of the easiest ways to support Pittsburgh is to spend your money locally. One of my hopes for this blog is to connect more people to the local businesses here in Pittsburgh. With the start of the holiday season, I can’t believe it is already the holiday season – I tried to ignore the robotic Santa Claus that started singing at Costco before Halloween was even here. But after stopping by the Shady Side Presbyterian Church Bazaar last weekend, I can no longer pretend that the Holiday Shopping Season is weeks away.

I know that holiday spending is down this year, but that makes it even more important to support the businesses that continue to do good things for the Pittsburgh community. Click here to check out the ShopPGH category and read about some of the other Pittsburgh businesses. We will also be featuring more ways to ShopPGH this season with a holiday gift guide look for the tag Holiday08.

Have a Pittsburgh gift to suggest? Where do you like to shop PGH for the holidays? Please leave a comment here or send an email to

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Homemade Ho Hos at Big Dog Coffee

Homemade Ho Hos, originally uploaded by IheartPGH.

I was finishing lunch with Friend of IheartPGH who suggested that we check out the newest coffee shop on the south side. Big Dog Coffee is located on Sarah street near the South Side works. This place is beautiful – the counter is an old wooden antique, bright walls, comfortable seats (I am sitting in a rocking chair as I write this), there is a patio for outside seating when the weather is a bit warmer. The main room has a lovely fire place – if IheartPGH was a podcast I would be recording the sound of a crackling fire for you.

his place is really that cozy. The desert counter is beautiful and they have homemade ho hos. I think I had forgotten about ho hos, but the idea of a homemade one is amazing. Watch out cupcakes, there is a new tasty treat in town.

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Radio Round Up – November 14, 2008

President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turk...Image via WikipediaTweet Up at the Matress Factory

  • To kick off their newest exhibit which looks at the effects of all of this digital communication, the Mattress Factory is inviting all people who use facebook, twitter, blog and anything else that your friends call geeky to the Mattress Factory.
  • Friday, November 14, 8-10pm – Sign up here and get into the event for free.

Pittburgh Brewfest

  • hosted by Pittsburgh Rugby Club to raise money for PLEA, an organization that helps families with children who have developmental challenges
  • November 14, 2008, 6-9pm at Saddle Ridge in Station Square

German Christmas Market

Thanksgiving 10 days Early

  • Dozen Bake Shop in Lawrenceville is serving up Thanksgiving Dinner this Friday and Saturday
  • $14 gets you turkey, all the fixings and desert.

Three Rivers Film Festival

  • Runs through November 22nd – multiple films daily
  • Sunday, November 16 – Check out the 1928 Film The Last Command which will be shown with live music from the Alloy Orchestra

Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men

  • Opens Nov. 14, 2008
  • 5pm How to Be a Yes Man
  • 6-8pm Business Casual Reception

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I Love Me Some Good Lawerenceville Eats

Lawrenceville, PA has everything I love about Pittsburgh right in a row. Cupcakes at Dozen, pizza at Piccolo Forno, vintage gems at the several thrift shops and great art in a collection of galleries. I lunched at a new eatery today, Coca Café and can safely say it is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Just a few doors down from Piccolo, Coca Café sits comfortably on the corner with a trendy red and blue paint job. The specials were written on the sign outside and my eye went directly to the pumpkin bisque, YUM! The eclectic chairs and tables made the shop just funky enough without trying too hard. I ordered the chicken and artichoke wrap, which was a great combination of warm and toasty yet light and fresh. Of course, I had to do a cappuccino and biscotti afterward. I couldn’t decide what kind to get, so I had our lovely server choose her favorite, which turned out to be vanilla apricot, YUM again! The music was just loud enough to get you groovin’ in your seat without inhibiting conversation. And something I love about local places; they accept local artwork that they display, which gives them an extra gold start in my book. Yet another Pittsburgh gem that dazzled me to the point of blogging, check them out online!

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Pittsburgh Tweet Up #2

For this month’s Tweet Up, we have joined forces with the Mattress Factory. Jeffrey Inscho has been instrumental in planning a Social Media Meet Up in conjunction with the opening reception for the MF‘s newest exhibit, PREDRIVE: After Technology. In order to become part of this event you will need to register here. Join us on Friday the 14th. from 8-10 pm to enjoy free beer, wine and apps as well as great art and good conversation. If you want more information check out Pittsburgh’s Tweet Up page and if you aren’t already following the Mattress Factory on Twitter, you can find them here: @MattressFactory.  Cheers!

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