Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Sinful Sweets in Lawrenceville

Sinful Sweets is a newly opened chocolate shop in the heart of Lawrenceville on 44th street where you can buy chocolate, candies, and get a scoop of ice cream. Christopher George is the owner of Sinful Sweets and has been in the chocolate business since early 2011. But his love of chocolate is rooted in his past, with memories of chocolate shops in his home state of New York and of his uncle’s chocolate factory in Chicago.

Since early 2011, Christopher has made chocolate and candy for weddings, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties. And since late last year, he has owned the Sinful Sweets chocolate factory that sells all kinds of scrumptious chocolate—chocolate covered pretzels, toffee, peanut butter rice krispie treats, sea salt caramels, and even chocolate covered bacon– that is all made in the store by Chris.

Everything we tried from Sinful Sweets was positively delightful, and I would definitely recommend stopping in before Valentine’s Day to get your Valentine something. The sea-salted caramels and the peanut butter chocolate covered pretzels were my favorite. The milk chocolate melted on my tongue and the mix of salty and sweet with both the pretzel and the salted caramel is an unbeatable combination. So head out and support your local chocolate shop and buy something you know your sweetheart will enjoy tomorrow.

As a special for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, Sinful Sweets is offering 10% off any online order over $20, and Pittsburghers can choose the option to pay in-store and pick up here instead of waiting for it to be shipped. The coupon code is Love. Chris is also offering a 10% discount in the store for anyone who mentions I heart PGH.

What: Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company

Where: 4415 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA

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Franz Family Spaghetti Benefit Dinner This Thursday

Greater Pittsburgh family—please help the Shaler community help an amazing young man by attending a Spaghetti dinner this Thursday night.

Joey Franz is a 10-year-old boy who attends a Shaler Area elementary school as a fifth grader. Joey loves dancing, acting, and performing and he is quite the talented child. Not only does he love the spotlight, he is positive, funny, and very smart.

Unfortunately, Joey was born with some very serious health problems, including cardiac and liver disease. He has been through many hospitalizations, surgeries, and procedures in his young life. Doctors have told Joey that he is a “ONE OF A KIND” child and his family and friends couldn’t agree more. This month, Joey will be having intense liver surgery and needs your help.

On Thursday January 19, friends and family will be hosting a spaghetti benefit dinner for the Franz family. The event will be held at Burchfield Primary School in Shaler Township from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost for tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids—your ticket includes salad, spaghetti dinner, a soft drink, and dessert.

Please help Joey’s friends and family make the evening successful by volunteering your time! Thank you!

Where: Burchfield Primary School

When: Thursday, January 19 (tomorrow night)

Address: 1500 Burchfield Road, Allison Park, PA

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $8 for adults & $4 for students (under three is free)

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week 2012: January 16-22

Next week forget about cooking and cleaning up your kitchen, and make a reservation somewhere for Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! From January 16-22, participating Pittsburgh restaurants will be offering discounted specials and dining options for locals to get out and enjoy some delicious food at inexpensive prices.

It’s a chance for people from the city, suburbs, and surrounding areas to eat out at some great local restaurants even if they’re on a budget. OpenTable has teamed up with Pittsburgh Restaurant Week to make your dinner plans even easier by letting you make reservations online for select restaurants.

The following is a list of restaurants that we are hoping to check out next week, the full list can be found here.

15 Creative Places to Have Your Wedding in Pittsburgh

Wedding held at the Children’s Museum.

Are you newly engaged in the Burgh? Looking for a place to have your wedding that isn’t the usual bland hotel ballroom? Here are fifteen options all in the Pittsburgh area that are available to rent for the wedding of your dreams.


1000 Indiana Road Verona, PA 412-793-7453 About: Sixty acres of wooded Pennsylvania hills, walking trails and wildflower meadows with a glass atrium, gazebo, and walking trails.

Oak Lodge

693 Donegal Lake Road Stahlstown, PA 724-593-2913 About: Have an entire three-day wedding weekend at the Oak Lodge. There’s indoor seating at the chapel for up to 120 guests, tables and chairs provided for 150 people, and tiki torches. Main Lodge accommodations for bridal party up to 15 and a luxurious bridal suite with a Jacuzzi, fireplace, views, and a waterfall.

The Mansion at Maple Heights

5516 Maple Heights Road Pittsburgh, PA 412-427-2877 About: The Mansion can accommodate up to 150 guests and the package price includes: rental of entire mansion, outdoor tent, chairs, tables, plates, silverware, glasses, valet parking and security, and a wedding planner.

Jay Verno Studios

3030 Jane Street Pittsburgh, PA 412-381-5350 About: Open studio space that you can completely personalize according to your own taste availble to rent in the South Side.

Lingrow Farm

188 Forks Church Road Leechburg, PA 724-472-1305 About: A two-story, fully renovated, 1850’s barn, complete with two oversized, covered decks, situated on 40 peaceful acres. The barn is heated and air-conditioned and if you book an April wedding, you will receive 30% off venue cost.

Morning Glory Inn

2119 Sarah Street Pittsburgh, PA (412) 431-1707 About: This South Side bed and breakfast is a unique place to hold your wedding for an indoor/outdoor reception with a candlelit garden courtyard.

Engine House 25

339 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 412-621-1268 About: Fees depend upon how long and how many people are invited, and the capacity for a sit-down dinner is 75. Rental fee includes event staff and planning, tables, chairs, and linens. Wine services are available.

Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 412-454-6435 About: Have you wedding at the historic Heinz History Center for an unforgettable Pittsburgh wedding. Common Plea Catering is the exclusive food and beverage service that also supplies linens.

Twelve Oaks Mansion

160 Scharberry Lane Mars, PA 724-625-2343 About: Five hour reception includes: a private bridal suite, ballroom with outdoor patio, table linens and napkins. In wedding months (May to October), Twelve Oaks has a minimum expense balance of $12K.

The Barn at Fallingwater

1491 Mill Run Road Mill Run, PA 724-329-7802 About: With four different spaces to choose from, The Barn at Falling Water will make for an unforgettable wedding.

Children’s Museum

10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square Pittsburgh, PA (412) 322-5058, ext. 235 About: Rent the studio that includes the backyard, the Big Red Room, or the entire museum for four hours with the help of their staff who will help you create the wedding day of your dreams.

New Hazlett Theater

6 Allegheny Square East Pittsburgh, PA 412-320-4610 About: Limitless design options are available at the New Hazlett Theater. There’s no required caterer complete custom bar service and event planning options, professional event staffing and it is a totally unique space to throw your wedding.

The Frick

7227 Reynolds Street Pittsburgh, PA 412-371-0600, ext. 658 About: The Frick has to be one of the most beautiful places to hold a wedding in Pittsburgh. From an outdoor ceremony with a tent on the lawns, to Clayton, the Art Museum, and the Greenhouse, The Frick is sure to be an unforgettable wedding destination.

The Willow Room

800 Plaza Drive Belle Vernon, PA 724-379-5666 About: The Willow Room has a marble entrance way, exquisite chandeliers, panoramic views and open terrace. And you get the service of your own Bridal Butler for your big day

The University Club

123 University Place Pittsburgh, PA 412-648-8213 About: Complimentary wedding night accommodations for the bride and groom, linens and napkins, candlelit mirror centerpieces, personalized service from their event planner.

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