It’s been here for more than a year in the East Liberty neighborhood. Where have I been?
Driving back and forth from school each day, I’ve been passing this shop since it opened in September 2012.
Right there on Highland Avenue.
I know mornings when I drive by on the way to school it’s dark and of course closed
but I thought I had some keen observational skills. Ha!
Guess not! Missed this shop until….
I had the chance to go inside as I was a few minutes early for lunch. I met the shop owner Julia Reynolds, and purchased a unique, Made-in-USA , artist crafted item for a gift – so can’t reveal what I bought yet cause they might see it on the blog today.
The store itself is a work of art and cool design. You can check out the “unique handcrafted gifts“ here
A return trip is necessary to more photos so you can see some of the artists’ work. You’ll have to click the link to see the art!
Ringing up my sale and giftboxing with white and red baker’s string.
Took the one above when I got home as I liked the look of the little cube box tied with string.
Bought from the Farmer’s Market in East Liberty Monday afternoon. In haste. It started to pour. Will get the name of the vendor next week!
Green-tipped straightneck squash and a few baby zucchini. I liked the green-tips which looked as if the squash ends were dipped in green paint.
Another post for indulge perhaps-
Saturday Steve and I ventured to the “new” hot dog shop just a mile from the house. It had been empty and abandoned for the longest time. The shop was built in the 60’s and the tile inside is almost Harvest Gold, Avocado Green and Burnt Orange. Saturday it was sparkling clean. Chef Kevin Sousa has opened not one, not two, but THREE new places to eat in the neighborhood! A trifecta, all winners for sure.
You can read about them in the review right here
Station Street offers French Fries fried in DUCK FAT. Wash it all down with a Mexican Coca-Cola (with cane sugar). We had the New York Dog with sauerkraut and grainy mustard and shared an order of fries.The hot dog had a good flavor and a nice bite to the casing. The music playing was the Temptations and you felt like you were in another decade but with new and fresh food.
See the countertop with the talking hot dogs. Even the rest rooms have a hot dog on the door who look like they can walk and talk.
I drove by Union Pig and Chicken the other night on the way home and took a shot from the car but have to try the food. They just opened up for business. The menu looks inviting so watch for a post in the near future highlighting the fare. And number three is Salt of the Earth which has an incredible menu on their link.
You can read a review here
Too many churches, not enough parishioners. One afternoon I photographed 8 closed churches on the South Side in one hour’s time. Now a law office, one a Dueling Pianos Bar, two were condominiums, some just locked and empty. I had a plan for a series on the closed churches of Pittsburgh converted for other uses, like the Church Brew Works and Mr. Smalls Theater, the Altar Bar, The Priory etc. but then I abandoned the effort as it just felt sad to me. No shortage of subjects. There are some beautiful and interesting preservation photos of St. Peter and Paul (click here)
Could Have Been Taken Anywhere
East Liberty PA
Once a bustling business
and thriving cultural center.
Gone through decades of changes.
Now some new businesses.
I looked out and saw the closed church.
So hauntingly beautiful in the winter fog and mist.
Had just left the bookstore and was walking to my car. I could see the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland from the parking lot on the roof. Smoke rising, silhouettes, a stunning sky. This is my 444th post today.
Saturday August 28th at 10:00 AM. Grand Opening of the East Liberty Branch of the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh. Drove by on the way home from Meet & Greet at school tonight and the movie trucks were all parked in front so couldn’t get the view they show on their website – click for more info on their hours. The setting sun made the stone glow on East Liberty Presbyterian (Architect Ralph Adams Cram designed Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside as well) I love libraries. Years ago when I used to bowl with the Greenfield Lunch Ladies I met a nice woman Doris who worked in the branch before it was closed, gutted, and rebuilt.
Stop on the way to school Pick up contractor bags to Spring clean the art room. They’re 3 ml thick. Return to the car and remember in 6th grade 1963 our teacher, Mrs. Winona Stewart, had us read Salutation to the Dawn from Sanskrit.. “Look to this day for it is iife..”I wonder if it was part of the curriculum. Colors match the Home Depot and look fake. Rain left wet parking lot to catch the reflection.