Our Top 13 Posts About Pittsburgh from 2013

Image via christmasstockimages.com, used under Creative Commons Attribution license.

Image via christmasstockimages.com, used under Creative Commons Attribution license.

2013 has been a busy year of blogging!  Over the summer we had a great group of interns (aka the yinzterns) who took to the streets and put together some impressive guides to Pittsburgh.  Most of the posts on this list were written by our interns over the summer.

Its not surprising that movies, beer and hot dogs made the list of the top posts for 2013.  If you missed these posts earlier in the year, we hope you will take a moment to click through and add a comment to your favorites.

  1. Guide to Pittsburgh’s Drive-Ins: Check them out before they “Go Digital or Go Dark” – June 7, 2013
  2. Guide to Pittsburgh public pools: hours, cost, locations, rules – June 27, 2013
  3. Guide to unique, interesting, and fun classes and workshops in Pittsburgh – June 24, 2013
  4. Guide to Pittsburgh’s Independent Movie Theaters – July 8, 2013
  5. The 2013 Pittsburgh Cinema in the Park series kicks off on Saturday – June 8, 2013
  6. A Sneak Peek at “Franktuary: The Second Coming” – January 8, 2013
  7. Get a Sneak Peek of the New TechShop Pittsburgh on Saturday – February 14, 2013
  8. Corpse Flower in Bloom at Phipps Conservatory – August 8, 2013
  9. A Football Town With a Soccer Problem – June 28, 2013
  10. International Beer Day: Guide to Pittsburgh breweries and more – August 2, 2013
  11. Local Spotlight: Full Pint Brewing in North Versailles – July 26, 2013
  12. National Hot Dog Day: The Hot Dogs of Pittsburgh – July 24, 2013
  13. The Pop Stop: Popsicles in Pittsburgh – August 8, 2013

A few other posts from 2013 worth a look

While these weren’t the most popular posts, here are some of our favorite posts from 2013 that are worth a second look. [Read more…]

Tis the season to help others…

christmas 2007

christmas 2007 (Photo credit: paparutzi)

I wanted to put up a post highlighting some of the incredible things that Pittsburghers are doing to help other Pittsburghers in need this season.

I was writing the email about the 12 giveaways of Christmas last night and watching the local news – which was an impressive collection of stories of Pittsburhgers – and many anonymously – coming together and helping others in need.

I’ve exchanged several emails with others this week – and the need this year in Pittsburgh is very real.  Thank you to everyone who has made an effort to make someones holiday season a little bit brighter this year.

There are still many organizations that can use your help this holiday season and I know many people want to give.  If you know of an organization that needs help or donations – please let us know leave a comment below and we’ll update the list.


12 Giveaways of Pittsburgh #9-12: Portraits, Improv and Some of the Best Pgh Gear Around

I’m thrilled to post the last four items for the 12 Giveaways of Pittsburgh!  It has been so much fun to write about these businesses and share these items with you.  As I put this list together, I realizes that almost all of the owners of the businesses featured on this list I have met and become friends with because of IheartPGH.  Pittsburgh is filled with some amazing small business owners and I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to get to know these folks and share their businesses with the readers of IheartPGH.


Giveaways 1-8

We’re keeping all of the giveaways open until the end of the week – so you still have time to enter.

Check out our previous posts for giveaways 1-8 and a bonus giveaway for pens tickets:

We’ve been working with several other bloggers to help Community Human Services raise money to provide small holiday gifts to the folks that they serve.  We still need to raise $1000 to make sure they are able to provide holiday gifts this Christmas.  Anyone who donates gets extra entries for the giveaways and a chance to win the great hockey tickets for the Penguins game on January 15, 2014.

Giveaways 9-12

#9. A Level-1 Improv Class at Steel City Improv ($249 value) – if you’ve ever wanted to learn to make people laugh – this is your chance!

#10. A Portrait Session from Noah Purdy Photography  Noah is an incredible photographer, who also donates his time to help CHS – check out his blog post about Pittsburgh Help Portrait here.

#11. A Pair of Pittsburgh socks from LineUp – because every Pittsburger should show their steel city pride on their feet.

#12. A $50 Gift Certificate from Garbella – Amy makes some of our favorite Pittsburgh t-shirts.  What can we say we’re partial to anything with a pierogi on it.   Amy screenprints all of her items by hand, here in Pittsburgh.

Enter to win one of these via the Rafflecopter widget below!  If you want to just contribute to CHS you can do that here.

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Help Save Christmas & Pens Tickets Raffle

Here is the deal – for the past four years – we have joined with a group of bloggers to help the Pittsburgh non-profit Community Human Services – raise money for to provide holiday gifts for the people they serve.  Community Human Services, CHS – works with lots of Pittsburghers who often fall outside of the toy drives that provide gifts for kids and the elderly.


2 Days to Raise $2200

In 2012 – we had a great response and raised $5000 – enough money so CHS could provide a small gift for an additional 200 people.  Earlier this week – it was brought to my attention that we have only raised HALF of what was raised last year.

I am determined to help CHS raise the remaining funds – we still need to raise $2200 so that they can provide some holiday cheer for everyone who was supported last year.

It would be great if we could get all of the funds collected by Sunday – that way there is still time to get the last gifts together for the Christmas holiday.

If you could give $10, $20 or even more to support CHS – we can reach this goal!  Click here to donate to Community Human Services online.

What about those Pens Tickets?

Thanks to a generous donor once we reach the $2500 mark – they will donate a pair of Pens tickets to be raffled off!  Every dollar donated to CHS gets you an entry to win.  The more you give the more chances you have to win!  But we have to raise at least $2500 – so make sure to spread the word.

2 Tickets & Parking Pass

Penguins vs. Washington Capitals 

Loge Box 21, Captain Morgan Club

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Donate to CHS and Enter to Win!

Every dollar donate to CHS on the Crowdrise page gets you an entry to win.  Use the widget below or click here to donate.

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

If you have already contributed to CHS – Thank You! You will be entered to win. Please tell your friends and help us spread the word.

Learn More about CHS

CHS was started in 1970 and is located in Oakland.  The organization serves all areas of the city and offers programs to prevent and reduce homelessness, runs mental health residential programs and runs a community food pantry. CHS has been named one of the best places to work in 2013 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Visit the CHS website – http://www.chscorp.org/

12 Giveaways of Pgh – #5-8 – Beer, Books, Bags and Kayaks

Welcome to day 2 of the 12 Giveaways of Pittsburgh!  We’re giving away 12 Pittsburgh gifts for you to give to your favorite Pittsburgher or to keep for yourself.


To enter – we ask that you help save Christmas for some folks served by a local nonprofit.  Please help support the Community Human Services Holiday Gift Project.  (We’ve helped raise funds for this each holiday season and we are currently only at HALF what we raised last year.

Before I share today’s giveaways – I just wanted to share a quick fact about the CHS Food Pantry, this is one of the many reasons that I am supporting this organization this holiday season.

In Sep 2012 – the CHS food pantry served 366 people, in Nov. 2013 – they served 1001 people. That is over a 200% increase in need right here in Pittsburgh.

Here are the next 4 items we’re giving away (you can still enter to win items 1-4 here.)

#5. 2 tickets for a Grains to Glass Tour of East End Brewing ($50 value) – this is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in Pittsburgh.

#6. 2 1-hour passes to Kayak Pittsburgh ($30 value) – one of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon in Pittsburgh is on the river

#7. A $25 Gift Certificate to East End Book Exchange – yes! There are still independent book stores in Pittsburgh.  East End Book Exchange is located in Bloomfield and carries new and used books.

#8. Tiny Clutch no. 5 from Moopbeautifully bags that are loved all over the world, but made by hand right here in Pittsburgh.

Enter to win one of these via the Rafflecopter widget below!  If you want to just contribute to CHS you can do that here.

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