Blogging Batman In The Burgh

Batman is here, in case you missed it, or maybe you are reading this blog post from another city – the next batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” is being filmed in Pittsburgh for the next few weeks.  Lots of photos and info are being shared online.  We have set up a Tumblr blog and Twitter  to try to track all of the info.  Check out Batman’at and follow @batmanat on Twitter.

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The Beginning of a Bookstore

You may have noticed a post here on I<3PGH a few weeks ago about the East End Book Exchange.  Book lover and occasional I<3PGH blogger Lesley Rains is exploring the idea of setting up a used book store here in Pittsburgh.

This is hopefully good news for Pittsburgh.  Not so long ago, there were many a book shop to be found in the east end…

  • Sq. Hill Bookshop (which is now Massage Envy on Forbes)
  • Atlantic Booksellers (also on Forbes ave – but I am not sure what is there now)
  • Pinocchio Books (a kids book store that was located in the basement of Shadyside Village on Aiken)
  • Jay’s Book Stall (was located on Forbes in Oakland)
  • Three Penny Books (was located at 1827 Murray Ave)

These little guys were replaced by bigger guys and we said hello to Barnes and Noble and most recently Borders in East Liberty.

The end of a book shop on Highland Ave

Maybe things are coming full circle and back to the little guys.  One of the things I have noticed over the past few years in Shadyside is that Walnut Street – which had become lined with national chains has seen some more independent shops return.  While Max and Erma’s closed – locally owned Elbow Room has moved to Walnut Street and expanded with a new restaurant in their old Ellsworth location.

And things are going well for the Big Idea Bookshop, which is moving to a bigger space in Bloomfield.  Thanks to Karen the Small Press Librarian for the heads up.  Check out Karen’s blog for more info about book shops.

Pop Up Shops

So maybe that means that Pittsburgh is ready for another independent bookshop.  One way to test the waters is with a “pop up shop.”   Pop up shops are popping up everywhere for every product imaginable.  Here is a post from The Thread Austin about a pop up popsicle shop.     John Morris just posted an interesting article about cities and pop up urbanism over on the blog DiggingPitt. Looking for more info on pop up shops – check out this post from Inc Magazine “How to Open a Pop-Up Store“.

The East End Book Exchange will test the Pittsburgh waters with their first pop-up shop at the Pittsburgh Public Market this Sunday.

East End Book Exchange debuts at the Pittsburgh Public Market
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Facebook Event –

Lend some support by stopping by to say hello and to browse some books at their table at the Pittsburgh Public Market.

Can’t make it to the market? Visit their blog and follow East End Book Exchange on Facebook.

Run, Bike, Swim Through This Weekend of Fun

Here is a run down of our weekend top picks that we shared on WDVE this morning.  Lots of great ways to beat the heat and celebrate the end of July.

Party like its 1986 – Penn Brewey Celebrates their 25th Birthday

  • 80’s party weekend at Penn Brewery
  • Friday – DJ Zombo
  • Saturday – Velveeta

Seven Springs Rib and Wing Festival

  • Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31
  • $7 for adults, free for kids
  • music all weekend – Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Pop Rocks, Good Brother Earl, Dancing Queen
  • Zambelli Fireworks on Friday

Friends of the Riverfront – Pittsburgh Triathlon Weekend

  • Saturday, July 30 – Race Expo
  • Sunday, July 31 – Triathalon Races
  • Swim, Bike, Run and Kayak, Bike, Run
  • Expo and Starting Line at Northshore Riverfront Park (by PNC Park)

Urban Bike Adventure Pittsburgh

  • Bike race/Scavenger hunt/Obstacle Course
  • Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 10 am. Starts at Claddagh Irish Pub

Title Town Soul Music Dance Party

Cocktails and Book Shop at the Pittsburgh Public Market

Party Like Its 1986

Penn Brewery is celebrating their 25th birthday with an 80’s bash.  Bring back your big hair and rewind your wardrobe to celebrate with Penn Brewery.

  • Friday, July 29, 2011, 7pm-Midnight – DJ Zombo
  • Saturday, July 30, 2011, 7pm-11pm – Velveeta (how can you not like a band whose url is

Here is a fun fact about the place from the Penn Brewery Wikipedia page – the brew pub opened in 1989 and Sophie Masloff tapped the first keg.