The Library @Pittsburgh Public Market

Staffski is excited to report that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is going to have a presence at the Pittsburgh Public Market! You will be able to pick up and return books and other media and CLP will be offering a selection of food-related materials at the location. From CLP’s announcement —

“The extended service pilot is part of the Library’s LYNCS (Libraries in Your Neighborhood Community and School) initiative. Staffed by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh librarians and graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library & Information Science, the library services of LYNCS at the Pittsburgh Public Market (LYNCS: PPM) will provide customers with easy access to comprehensive library services during the weekend on their trips to the Strip’s great eateries and shops. Customers will be able to borrow materials from an on-site collection of materials, register for a library card, pick up or drop off library materials and access the Internet and online library catalog from an express computer hub.”

The CLP will be celebrating a grand opening at the Public Market on April 15. There are some fun events planned for the weekend, with a special appearance by Timbeleza! Following is a schedule of events planned for the weekend —

Friday, April 15 / 10 am Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
Friday, April 15 / 12 pm – 12:30 pm 30 Books in 30
Minutes Librarians will share 30 great titles in just 30 minutes.
Friday, April 15 / 5 pm Timbeleza
Timbeleza is a Brazilian percussion ensemble based out of Pittsburgh, PA that has been performing since 2005. Their goal is to expose people to samba as well as invigorate the community with music and performance.
Saturday, April 16 / 9 – 11:30 am Drop-In Story Telling
Storytellers will intrigue and inspire audiences with their stories for young and old.
Sunday, April 17 / 12 – 2 pm
Gadget Lab Staff will demonstrate how to use the Library’s downloadable services with eReaders and MP3 players.

The CLP station at the Pittsburgh Public Market will operate —
10 am – 6 pm on Friday; 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

For additional Library events at the Pittsburgh Public Market call 412.622.3114 or please visit, or


The Strip District Holiday Guide

Santa does his Holiday shopping in the Strip, and you can too. The Strip District merchants offer a wide variety of all sorts of, well stuff! Everything from ethnic foods to kitchenwares and unique gifts. And with the opening of the Pittsburgh Public Market, there are provenders of artisan made goods.

Santa was so impressed with the Strip District on his visit earlier this month and he is coming back to finish up his own holiday shopping!

This Saturday, December 18, Santa Claus will be IN THE STRIP! Catch him at —

Pittsburgh Public Market from 10:30 – 12:00,
Fort Pitt Candy at 12:15,and
At various places along Penn Avenue after that

You can check to see what Santa thinks are the hottest gifts from the Strip District or pass on your own Wish List to Santa. Bring your camera and get your photo with Santa too!

The Strip Mural

Neighbors in the Strip has announced the completion of artists Carley Parrish and Shannon Pultz’s 2010 mural in the Strip District. “The Strip Mural” was created in partnership with The Sprout Fund and members of the Strip District community to reflect the neighborhood’s vibrant culture and rich history. The mural, located at 1907 Penn Avenue, is one of the largest undertaken by The Sprout Public Art program.

Carley is a Polish Hill resident and also did an arts program for kids at West Penn in the summer of 2009.  She also teaches sculpture at CAPA High School.

A dedication event for the mural will be held at the mural site on Thursday, November 11, beginning at 4:30 pm, immediately followed by a reception at the adjacent Kaya restaurant.  Refreshments will be provided by Kaya and Papa J’s.  Entertainment will be provided by the CAPA Jazz Band, and the public is welcome.

"A New York Heartbeat" Prop Sale – You can own a piece of the movie!

Above: Escher Holloway stars as Spider in “A New York Heartbeat”

A little something from our friends at Neighbors in the Strip. Thanks, this sounds like it might be wonderful.

Own a piece of Hollywood – well maybe own a piece of something that you might see in the movie. “A New York Heartbeat” wrapped last weekend – they spent some time shooting in the Strip District. Now it is time for a prop sale! They have some great 1950’s treasures – including a beautiful wooden wheelchair from that time. You can find out more about the movie and the cast on their Facebook page. In the meantime, the Post had this little article —

The highly unlikely, shoestring-budget independent film “A New York Heartbeat” is halfway through a whirlwind shooting schedule, and in the middle of a rainy Monday night, the climactic confrontation is under way. Read the Post Gazette article

“A New York Heartbeat” Prop Sale
WHEN: Saturday November 6, 10:00AM – 3:00PM
WHERE: Strip District, Iron Workers lot at the corner of 22nd and Spring Way

A visit to the Public Market

Polish Hillarian, Brian Seckleki, journeyed beyond the neighborhood’s borders today, investigating rumors of a new shopping experience in the Strip District.

And what did he bring back from his brief, albeit fruitful journey?

Pictures! Which he was kind enough to share with Staffski —

The Public Market debuted today. But have no fear! The grand opening is taking place September 11-12. Details about vendors, hours and special activities and events can be found on their site.

Reminder to all shoppers

Pittsburgh’s last public market house was demolished in 1965 to make way for development on the North Side, greatly reducing the opportunities for local farmers and artisans to market their wares. Now, a new take on this time honored notion is manifesting at the old Produce Terminal on Smallman St. in the Strip District. From our good friends at Neighbors in the Strip —

For a special preview of the market, come down on Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4 and 5 to meet the vendors and shop till your heart’s content and then return on September 10, 11 and 12 for the Grand Opening Festivities which will provide fun for every member of the family. Keep watching the Pittsburgh Public Market Website and Facebook page for more information as the big day approaches.

You’ll find over 40 vendors in the Public Market, some seasonal, but most year-round. You’ll find some old friends, and meet many new and exciting businesses to introduce you to new taste sensations and offer unique merchandise to spice up your life. Check the ever-growing list of vendors, you’re bound to find something you can’t live without. We’ll be introducing you to our vendors in the upcoming months, so check back often to learn more about this very special group.

All of this sounds like a great addition to the city. I am looking forward to exploring what the Public Market will offer.

Pittsburgh Public Market is open:
# Fridays, 9am to 7pm
# Saturdays, 9am to 5pm
# Sundays, 10am to 4pm

Grand Opening
Pittsburgh Public Market
September 10, 11, and 12.
Stay tuned for more information about everything from balloons to music to the best local foods in the ‘Burgh!

Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District

The Pittsburgh Public Market will be opening Labor Day Weekend — September 3, 4, and 5. This new venture is a revitalization of an old idea: public markets were conceived as a place to sell frsh produce, and other goods. Pittsburgh’s last public market house was demolished in 1965 to make way for development on the North Side, greatly reducing the opportunities for local farmers and artisans to market their wares. There is some great historical information at the Pittsburgh Public Market site.

A few years ago, Neighbors in the Strip began researching the viability of establishing a year-round public market. The result has been the renovation of the historic Produce Terminal building, located on Smallman Street in the Strip District. The vendors displaying their wares in this contemporary take on the public market ranges from specialty teas to Moroccan crafts. A list of vendors is available here.

In addition to the opportunities to shop local produce and artisan-made wares, Pittsburgh Public Market plans to have programming for the community on-site at the market house.

All of this sounds like a great addition to the city. I am looking forward to exploring what the Public Market will offer.

Pittsburgh Public Market is open:
# Fridays, 9am to 7pm
# Saturdays, 9am to 5pm
# Sundays, 10am to 4pm

Grand Opening
Pittsburgh Public Market
September 10, 11, and 12.
Stay tuned for more information about everything from balloons to music to the best local foods in the ‘Burgh!

Strip Fest!

Oh, this sounds like it will be a lot of fun! From our good friends at Neighbors in the Strip

Join Us…JULY 31st for Strip Fest. Right By Nature & Cioppino’s bring you Music, Food & Fun including a BBQ Pig Roast, Beer Wagon Gig Rig, Live Music and product sampling, and as always, we have FREE parking!

Cioppino and Right by Nature are sponsoring Strip Fest
Saturday, July 31st | 2-6PM
Located at 23rd & Smallman Streets, Pittsburgh PA 15222

Live Music from 2 pm ~ 6 pm
BBQ Pig Roast · Beer Wagon Gig Rig
Red & White Wine
Lamb Sliders · Lobster Rolls
Product Sampling & More
Free Parking!

Also, they are looking for vendors to set up and sell their products during the event. For more info, contact Shona at or 412-281-6593.

News from our Neighbors in the Strip!

Neighbors in the Strip’s egram tells you about all of the news and events happening in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Stay up on what’s happening with NITS and the Strip…sign up for e-grams. This time, the fun and unique atmosphere at Wholey’s is now even more entertaining!

Through August 10, 2010, Wholey’s is holding it’s first annual “Count the Trout” contest! The ever-popular fish tank at Wholey’s is brimming with rainbow trout, and you are invited to come down and take your best guess at how many are in there! It’s only $1 per chance, and 100% of the proceeds will be contributed to The Children’s Institute in Squirrel Hill. The person with the closest guess will receive a $200 Wholey’s gift card! Wholey’s is very excited to start this new tradition, so get down there and check it out – have some fun, learn some interesting facts about rainbow trout, and see how much money can be raise for The Children’s Institute!

And, in case you didn’t know it, Wholey’s is open 7 days a week!

Have a cigar

This just in from our lovely friends at Neighbors in the Strip. Leaf and Bean is ramping up for Rocky Patel’s visit to the Strip. A large shipment of Rocky’s cigars is already in stock.

Hustle on down to Leaf and Bean in the Strip from noon – 3:00 on Sunday, May 9 for a Block Party to greet Rocky. 22nd Street will be closed for the festivities and live music will be provided by Tom Breiding and Guests. Food vendors and Rocky Patel cigar specials will be featured.

A free $38 Rocky Patel Lighter with lifetime guarantee goes to everyone who buys a box of his cigars (20+ cigars – you can mix and match). For two boxes, in addition to the lighter you also receive a Four-Foot Rocky Patel Wooden Cigar! And if that’s not enough, all box purchasers will also be eligible to receive a Grand Prize of a special box of Rocky Patel Limited “A’s”.

Don’t think Mom will be interested? Leaf and Bean has worked out a special deal with Collage, directly across the street. Collage is offering a 20% discount to moms – all you have to do is show a Leaf and Bean business card (offer good May 9 only). So Mom can pick out whatever she wants, while dad relaxes with a fine cigar and some sweet music.

Bring your lawn chair and camera for the biggest cigar event to take place in Pittsburgh!

And if you want to know what is happening in the Strip District, you can sign up for the NITS E-Gram on their website.