Coffee Porter Release Party

Two of our favorite local businesses have teamed up and we couldn’t be more excited!  Come celebrate the union of East End Brewing and Squirrel Hill’s Commonplace Coffeehouse and the release of their offspring, the Coffee Porter – a Porter with Commonplace coffee.  Delicious!  Awesome!  Fun!  Yes!

The Release Party is this Thursday (tomorrow), December 15th from 6 – 10pm at Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill.  Tickets are $22 and get you a taster of the Porter, as well as a  gift bottle to take home and a half-pound bag of Commonplace’s Sumatra coffee. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, please visit:

East End Brewing:

Commonplace Coffeehouse:

Wood-Fired Words

This Saturday, October 1st, UnSmoke ArtSpace presents: Wood-Fired Words, a literary event curated by Sherrie Flick of the Gist Street Reading Series.

Please join us for an evening of fiction, art, music, books, and homemade pizza (an unbeatable combination)!!

Featuring: a fiction reading by Josh Barkan, Into the Furnace writer-in-residence, live music by the Emily Pinkerton Trio, paintings by John Fleenor, the East End Book Exchange, Pittsburgh’s pop-up used bookstore, and pizza from the wood-fired community pizza oven.

Saturday, October 1st, 7PM – 10PM.  5$.  BYOB.  Reading will being at 8PM.

UnSmoke Systems ArtSpace is located at 1137 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104.

For more information, please visit:

UnSmoke ArtSpace:

Josh Barkan:

Into the Furnace:

Emily Pinkerton Trio:

East End Book Exchange:

John Fleenor:

Pop-Up Pittsburgh

In a previous post about the state of used bookstores in Pittsburgh, Lindsay mentioned the emergence of a new business model, the pop-up.  Pop-up businesses occupy a retail or cultural space for a short period – a day, a week, a month – close, and then reappear at a different location for an equally temporary engagement.  Pop-up business have taken off in cities around the US (you can read a serial pop-up entrepreneur in Denver on BlogLocal’s website).  Now Pittsburgh seems to be awakening to the trend.  City officials recently announced the launch of Project Pop-Up Pittsburgh, an initiative designed to help bring small business owners and local artists into downtown, specifically into one of the many unoccupied storefronts.  You can read more about the project’s goals and guidelines on their website:  The deadline for submissions is September 13, 2011 at 5:00PM.

In the meantime, we hope you will continue supporting Pittsburgh’s current pop-up stores (and alerting us to new arrivals).  East End Book Exchange recently announced three new pop-up events:

  • Saturday, August 20th at Commonplace Coffeehouse in Squirrel Hill. 10-4pm
  • Saturday, August 27th at Assemble (5125 Penn Avenue in Garfield). 10 – 4PM.   We will be joined here by Tech-To-Go, the tech pop-up project from BirdBrains Labs.
  • Sunday, August 28th at Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District. 10-4PM.

Check their blog for more details and updates:

East End Book Exchange at Commonplace Coffee

Hey all,

This is last minute, East End Book Exchange just confirmed their location for this weekend:

We’ll be at Commonplace Coffee in Squirrel Hill (5827 Forbes Avenue, near Murray Ave).

TOMORROW, Saturday, August 6th from 10am-4pm.

Visit their website for more information:

Buy some books, try some excellent coffee, help support two great local businesses!!

East End Book Exchange

Hey IheartPgh fans,

I’m working on a great new project and I need your help!  Recently, Pittsburgh has suffered from a shortage of bookstores.  I’ve started the new East End Book Exchange hopefully to remedy all that!

East End Book Exchange will debut at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District on Sunday, July 31st, 10am-4pm

Browse and buy from a great selection of fiction and nonfiction

Exchange your used books for store credit

Come down on the 31st and help support Pittsburgh’s newest used bookstore!
For more information on current inventory, contact information, etc, please visit our website and blog:

Questions, comments, concerns?  I would love to hear from you!  Email us at

The Pittsburgh Public Market is located in the Produce Terminal Building near the intersection of Smallman and 17th Street in the Strip District.