Books. Books about Pittsburgh. Books by Pittsburgh authors. But books in general are probably the best gifts to give. I am hold out on the Kindle. I am surrounded by computers, phones, TV screens, treadmill screens (ok, the treadmill screens are few and far between). I still like to buy, read and give real paper books. Please add your suggestions for Pittsburgh reading in the comments below. I would love to add some more local books to the 24 Gifts of Pittsburgh.
Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children is one of those books that has been on my radar.… Read the rest
Building New Hope has been one of those things that has sort of been on my Pittsburgh radar, but not something I have blogged about before. Building New Hope is a Pittsburgh non-profit organization that imports coffee beans from El Porvenir, a worker-owned coffee cooperative in Nicaragua. The coffee is roasted locally by Coffee 19 in Washington County. Proceeds from the sale of coffee are used to fund two schools and other youth programs in Nicaragua.
Sample Building New Hope at the Fair Trade Marketplace at ECS
There are so many great ways to shop local this weekend in Pittsburgh.… Read the rest
When I think about buying gifts, I want to buy someone something that is really beautiful, something that is useful and that they might not buy for themselves. Many beautiful items are often saved for special occasions, so finding a gift that can be used daily, that isn’t something like a blender, can be hard to find. This Spalted Maple Wood iPhone Case is just that item, its beautiful and it is something that can be used everyday.
I first met the Kerf Case team at TechShop a few years ago. The woodshop is tucked in the back corner of… Read the rest
The Pretzel Hug Pillow is the huggable pillow form of my feelings for The Pretzel Shop, which is quite possibly one of my most favorite places in Pittsburgh for snacks. Since snacks are quite possibly my most favorite meal, that makes the Pretzel Shop my favorite food establishment in the City of Pittsburgh. The Pretzel Shop opened in 1927 and has been serving soft pretzels ever since.
One of my many tweets about The Pretzel Shop:
The Pretzel Shop. The best. #thisisPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/8PRSOHBjDB
— I heart PGH (@iheartpgh) June 12, 2015
Even better, this pillow is made right here in… Read the rest