Shop Local – Support Smiley’s Pet Pad This Saturday

I have been wanting to write something about Smiley’s Pet Pad for awhile – Smiley’s has been a Pittsburgh institution with quite a story. The Shadyside Action Coalition is organizing a Cash Mob for Smiley’s Pet Pad this Saturday – June 30, 2012.

The Post-Gazette wrote a lovely story on this shop when the ownership changed a few years ago – it might have been more than a few years ago – if anyone has that story or a link to it – I would love to include it here as well.

Dancin’, they’re dancin’ in the street – Jam on Walnut 2012

Last Friday night I stopped by the WYEP Summer Music Fest – holy smokes – what a crowd – Pittsburgh loves an outdoor concert. Schenley Park looked amazing and the entire lawn was covered with people.  It was a perfect Pittsburgh summer night.

Thinking about the WYEP summer Music Fest and all of the other awesome outdoor concerts… I just can get the song Dancing in the Street out of my head today…

Callin’ out, around the burgh
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer’s here, and the time is right
For dancin’ (and drinking) in the street

They’re dancin’ to Denora (They’ll be dancin’)
And to Bill Deasy (Dancin’ in the streets)
Up in the Steel City (Dancing in the streets)

I’ll stop there with the Pittsburgh version of the song.

One of the most visited posts of the blog each summer is the post about Jam on Walnut – so we hope you are excited for the 2012 Jam on Walnut line up.

What is Jam on Walnut? For those of you new to Pittsburgh or to Jam on Walnut  – Each month in the summer they shut down Walnut Street in Shadyside to traffic, set up a stage and bring in a beer truck.  Your $2 contribution for a wristband benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western PA and means your can drink beer in the streets.  The event is from 7-11pm.

If you haven’t yet seen Donora’s latest video for their song “And Then The Girls” – you can check it out below – its a pretty awesome tune and the video offers a nice view of your local roller rink.

Check Out Some Fashionable & Sustainable Pgh Businesses – Tula & Kelly Lane Open Houses

Pittsburgh is usually not known for being uber-fashionable, some may say that Pittsburgh is a good 10 years behind other cities in terms of our fashion sense.  Others are confused by our pro-sports dress code.  Only in Pittsburgh is a yellow hand towel considered an import accessory by everyone.

But there are some amazing businesses working to make Pittsburgh look better – this weekend both Tula Organic Salon and designer Kelly Lane are hosting open houses where you can check out their work spaces and save big on on their goods.  I have had the honor of learning about both of these businesses for some time.  I was luck to get an invite to one of the Kelly Lane sales at Kelly’s House a few years ago.  Tula Organic officially opened their doors in April – but the idea has been in the works since last summer.  Tula’s co-owner, Emily Askin, is a good friend of mine.  It is so exciting to see their idea for Tula Organic Salon and Spa become a reality.  Both of these businesses are hosting open houses this weekend and you should stop buy and say hello.

Kelly Lane

Kelly Lane Lake Side Dress

Kelly Lane is a clothing line that is based here in Pittsburgh.  Kelly Simpson-Scupelli designs dresses, skirts and tops that are sold around the globe.  Kelly Lane clothing is crafted with eco-friendly fabrics and is manufactured in the US.  Kelly Lane dresses have been featured on a number of fashion blogs.  Check out Kelly Lane’s Galaxy Dress featured in Eco-Salons list of top 10 Holiday Dresses.  Read more about Kelly Lane in the Post-Gazette profile of her business from March here.

Kelly Lane Spring Studio Sale
Deal Alert – 10-50% off past collections and on-of-a-kind samples

Friday, June 15 4pm-9pm
Saturday, June 16 10am-3pm
Ice House Studios (Lawrenceville) 100 43rd Street, Suite 108 Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Facebook Event – 

Tula Organic Salon and Spa 

Tula Organic Interior

Tula Organic Salon and Spa is a new Aveda salon that opened in Pittsburgh this spring.  The owners of Tula are committed to sustainability.  Many elements in their new salon space were built by Pittsburgh artist Wade Caruso using reclaimed wood.  Stop by on Saturday evening to meet owners Emily and Becky and to learn more about their services

Tula Organic Open House
Deal Alert – to celebrate their opening – Tula is offering a $10 gift card bonus for each $50 gift card purchased
Saturday, June 16 5pm-10pm
Tula Organic Salon and Spa (Sq. Hill) 2629 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15217
Facebook Event – 

June 16 – Pittsburgh Pucas vs. Allentown Hibernians

English: Gaelic football and Hurling positions

English: Gaelic football and Hurling positions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pittsburgh Pucas? Yes, you read that correctly – The Pittsburgh Pucas are Pittsburgh Hurling Team.

Hurling is like the best of all of Pittsburgh sports rolled into one – basebal, hockey and football – throw in some soccer and you have the ancient irish sport of hurling.

You can learn everything you need to know about Hurling here.  You might want to check out the video series What is Hurling on YouTube here.

The Pittsburgh Pucas vs Allentown Hiberians
Saturday, June 16, 2012
J.C. Stone Field, Lakeshore Dr. Wildwood, Pa 15091
Facebook Event –

Join the Club: The Pittsburgh Hurling Club is always looking for a few good members

Regular practices are held weekly and all are welcome to attend.

  • Tuesday at 5:30pm in Frick Park
  • Sunday at 12:30pm at the McKinney Sports Complex in North Park, Wexford
More information is available here.



2012 Feast of St. Anthony Festival is Sunday

Once again I am out of town for the festivities (I am visiting a Pittsburgh friend in Lawton, Oklahoma) – but a dear friend (who is Pittsburghs biggest non-Italian supporter of Italian events) kindly reminded me that Sunday is the annual Feast of St. Anthony Festival.  It promises to be an amazing time with even more amazing food.

The festival takes place at 21st and Smallman Streets. Here is the line up for Sunday

The Festival runs from Noon – 8 PM.

  • 1:30 – Italian Mass by his Excellency Bishop Emeritus Anthony G. Bosco
  • ~2:30 PM – Procession with the Statue of St. Anthony (immediately following Mass)
  • 3 PM – Performance by La Banda Rossa
  • 4 PM – Performance by The Jimmy Z. Trio
  • 5:30 PM – The Homemade Wine Competition
  • 6 PM – Performance by Mirella the Musician
  • Food, Beer, Music, and Fun all Day
2012 Feast of St. Anthony Festival
Sunday, June 10, 2012
One Big Italian Raffle
Raffle Tickets are $5 and we are only selling 1000 tickets.
  • First prize is a dinner for 10 at the private dining room of Merante’s in Bloomfield.  They will cook a feast for you and your guests, wine and limoncello will be included, as well as live music, a gift for each attendee and dessert.  It will be a night to remember.
  • Second prize is a gift basket with a whole prosciutto, an espresso maker, and all kinds of Italian pastas, cheeses, and other foods.
The winners will be based on the June 11th PA Lottery number (3 digit).  The afternoon number is for 2ndprize, the evening number is for 1st prize.