Local Honey, Now WITH Pollen

Did anyone else see the article from Food Safety News making the rounds on Facebook about how most mass produced honey doesn’t actually contain pollen?

Well, if you found that as disturbing as I did, you might be looking for a few good local sources to buy your honey from now on.  Here are a few ideas, and there are loads of other farms and resources out there.

Buy local honey from Steffes Wood Apiary (Aliquippa, PA) right now at Gallery on 43rd Street in Lawrenceville.  Why not stop down from December 1 through 4th when you can also enjoy the Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour?  That’s right, the Art of Bees is at Gallery on 43rd Street.  There is a selection of Spring, Summer and Fall Honey and if you pair that with a honey pot by Plum potter Karen McKee, you have the perfectly sustainable local gift! Open 7 days a week through December.

Support Wild Purveyors‘ new shop in Lawrenceville!  Although Wild Purveyors have reached their Kickstarter goal (congrats!) to open the Pennsylvania Specialty Foods Market at 5308 Butler Street, you can still support the campaign and be rewarded in fantastic store vouchers.  Or just plan to buy your honey (and more) there when they open their doors.

And there is always the great resource Burgh Bees, where if buying your honey isn’t local enough for you you can sign up for one of their apiary classes and produce your own.

Shop Handmade at Bakery Square Dec. 2 & 3

Wow – we have been getting lots of visits from people checking out our posts on Small Businesses we love and Pittsburgh Cyber Monday Deals.  Be sure to take another look at the Cyber Monday Deals post – many of those shops are offering savings all week and all month long.

You have another opportunity to pick up some gifts this Friday and Saturday.  The folks who put together I Made It Market have partnered with Bakery Square to bring you a huge market this weekend.

Over 80 vendors will be at Bakery Square on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon – lots of great gifts – all handmade.

Holiday Market @ Bakery Square
December 2nd, 5 – 10 pm &
December 3rd, 11 am – 6 pm
80+ LOCAL artists (meet them here)
RSVP on Facebook

Here is a sampling of items we selected from some of the vendors who will be at the I Made It Market this weekend:

Owl & Leaves Cotton Sca…


Black Friday Cyber Mon…


Christmas Soap, Gingerb…


i love you Pittsburgh P…


Red Handmade Ceramic Mu…


Antique Post Office Doo…


Graphic Stencil Reclaim…


Pittsburgh Steelers Ski…


A Brick Wall – Zipper P…


Custom Folded Book Art …


Custom Gemstone Wrapped…


Pittsburgh Stoffbuch


Hammered Sterling Cuff …


party dress celebration…


Easy as cake earrings


Deep Fuchsia Fabric sho…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Four Short Films by Pittsburgh Filmmakers – Sat. Dec. 3

There is a lot happening in the Pittsburgh filmmaking scene.  We aren’t just talking about the big films – yes Tom Cruise has been in town.  But there are lots of smaller projects happening here too.

This Saturday, December 3 there will be a screening of four short films by Pittsburgh filmmakers the event is titled A Night of Altered Reality and will be held at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.  I first learned about the film, Lightweight, from the Steeltown Film Factory competition and it is exciting to see the finished film.  The Steeltown Film Factory is an annual competition that is open to anyone – the submission period for the 2012 contest is now open.

The four films that will be screened are:

A Night of Altered Reality, a screening of short films that intersect at the corner of Surreal Street and Dream Drive.
The Hollywood Theater Dormont Pennsylvania
Saturday, December 3, 2011
7:00pm until 10:00pm

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Cyber Monday Specials from Pittsburgh Businesses

Check out these special Cyber Monday promotions from some of these great local Pittsburgh businesses.  We have picked out a gift or two from each of these shops – but make sure to click through to see more great items available.  Some of the promotions end today and some run longer.

Cookies and Cards Reception for the CHS Holiday Gift Card Drive

We are happy to support the Community Human Services (CHS) holiday gift card drive again this year.  This is a great and easy way to support CHS and help them get holiday gifts to some Pittsburghers who might not have much of a holiday.  Last years Cookies and Cards event was a blast – a nice chance to hang out with some old friends and to meet some new ones.  This year the event will be held at the Shiloh Grill in Mt. Washington.

CHS has been working in Oakland and neighborhoods around Pittsburgh since the early 1970s.  CHS offers a variety of programs to serve people in the Pittsburgh area.  CHS has a range of programs to help those dealing with homelessness and mental health.

You can help CHS with their holiday programming by donating a gift card or two.   Stop by the event on Monday December 5 or you can send gift cards to their offices in Oakland

Cookies and Cards Reception for the CHS Holiday Gift Card Drive
Monday, December 5, 2011
Shiloh Grill, 123 Shiloh Street, Mt. Washington
Facebook Event Link

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