TechShop Knows How to Hack a Party – Event on August 28 to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

If you haven’t had a chance to check out TechShop Pittsburgh yet – you are in luck!  On August 28, they are closing down the shop for a party of epic proportions.  This is a great party and a great deal – a day pass to TechShop is $50.  Tickets for Party@TechShop are $15, use the code TSlovesIheartPGH to save $5 off the ticket price.  So for $10 you get access to the shop and whole lot of food and drink from some of the best local spots in town.

Party@TechShop – Thursday, August 28


Party at TechShop Pittsburgh

Party@TechShop is a chance to check out the space, learn more about TechShop and to make some cool stuff.  In addition to TechShop activities, The Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Carnegie Science Center will be running some demos as well.

TechShop will be having some great giveaways – including a chance to win tickets to the Thrival Music Festival

Food and Drink provided from some of the best local spots in Pittsburgh:

TechShop Open House – Try the Plasma Cutter, Weld a Custom Branding Iron, And More!

TechShop Pittsburgh, located in Bakery Square, is hosting an all day summer social Saturday, June 22. The communal space offers a ton of different professional equipment and workshops for members to start creating. The interns took a field trip there today, and I have to say we were impressed. There are so many machines and cool projects going on, the place is definitely a must-see. From 3D printers to sewing machines, this place has it all. TechShop is only located in a few cities in the country, and Pittsburgh is lucky enough to be one of them.


The TechShop Summer Kickoff, held from 10a.m. to 5p.m. will feature a lot of DIY workshops where you can create your own craft to take home.Some of the Make-It, Take-It workshops include: vacuum formed chocolate molds, custom steak branding irons, silkscreened totes and bandanas, laser etched beer mugs, and more. The workshops are low cost and open to everyone, plus you take home the project that day (thus the “Make-It, Take-It:). These classes are limited numbers, so sign up here before you go.

There will also be food, music, demos, and exhibitions throughout the day.

The event is free, but you do have to RSVP. For more info, check out their Facebook Event.

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.

Links Worth a Look – March 14th

Here are some links/articles/blog posts that are worth a look:

  • Dozen's Summer Cupcake Preview Party scheduled for March 26, 2010 – Stop by the Dozen Bakeshop in Lawrenceville on Friday, March 26 7-10pm to sample the new cupcakes and treats that they will be adding to the menu for the summer. "Join hundreds of cupcake lovers for the biggest party of the year. The cupcake menu preview party brings hundreds of people down to Lawrenceville to sample mini versions of our new flavors a week before the general public gets to try them."
  • Once PA's third-largest shopping district, East Liberty is making a comeback – In case you missed it – here is the March 2, 2010 New York Times article about East Liberty. Yes – East Liberty was once one of the largest shopping areas in the entire state. This article focuses on some of the larger developments that have come to East Liberty – East Side and Bakery Square. While not mentioned in this article – take note that some great local businesses played a part in recent redevelopment of East Liberty too. From the article: "In the 1950s, the East Liberty neighborhood five miles east of downtown was Pennsylvania’s third-largest shopping district, behind Center City Philadelphia and downtown Pittsburgh, with more than 500 local businesses and a population of 14,000."
  • Secret City offers interactive adventure exploring Carnegie Library – A new digital game from the DeepLocal artist in residence – that offers a chance to explore libraries. The next round of Secret City will be in April 2010.

Follow IheartPGH on Twitter – we share more links there almost daily!

A Hot Time, In This Town on Saturday Night – Hothouse is this Saturday

Sprout fund light
Image by carolclarinet via Flickr

While writing this I just keep thinking of the summer camp song Old Lady Leary with the following lyrics …

Late last night when we were all in bed,
Old Lady Leary left a lantern in the shed.
Well, the cow kicked it over, winked his eye and said:
“There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight!”

If you are a regular reader of IheartPGH you will know that we are big fans of the Sprout Fund – this Saturday, August 29 is Hothouse – the Sprout Funds annual fundraiser that promises to be a hot good time.

Why support the Sprout Fund? The Sprout Fund has a couple of programing areas that are doing some great stuff for the city of Pittsburgh

Softens hands while you build an industrial empire
Image by krosswords via Flickr
  • Seed Award – gives out grants to all sorts of people and projects here in Pittsburgh (I am a member of the seed award committee – people in Pittsburgh have awesome ideas :))
  • Public Art Program – putting up great murals around town
  • Spark – the newest program at the Sprout fund focusing on programming for the kiddies in town

Why Hothouse? So not only is this a big fun party – each year they pick a venue to show a unique Pittsburgh space. Last year the party was held in the upper floors of the Union Trust Building. This year the party is at the new Bakery Square. [Read more…]