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The Art of Gift Wrap

Thursday, I was going to meet a new baby and wanted to take a gift.

Called around and found wooden milestone blocks/cubes and in the colors of the nursery!

A helpful man answered the phone and said there was one set at their store- Contemporary Concepts.

When I got there I took a look around. Found a couple of Christmas gifts to purchase, too. A very eclectic mix of gifts from elegant tableware to crazy socks .

Contemporary Concepts does mail order, too.

The colorfully printed Pittsburgh dish towels caught my eye for those who have moved away.  Lots of interesting toys and potential baby shower gifts, too. They feature cool Pittsburgh neighborhood t-shirts Neighbor Teaze designed by Julia DiNardo- an elementary school classmate of my son Matthew.

(I won’t go into how the store moved 6 months ago to the Trader Joe’s building, pretty close to my house-that’s another story. Of course, I drove to the old location in Squirrel Hill first. The new location has free parking)

But I finally arrived and was thrilled to find  the right present waiting. And in the colors of his nursery, too.  Yes, I said it twice cause it was a Serendipitous find!

 “Would you like it gift wrapped? “

Now the thought of complimentary gift wrap evokes nostalgia for customer service of yesteryear- and what a lovely touch.

Meet Abby.  She did the beautiful gift wrapping.

I asked her if she’d mind being included in my People at Work series And she agreed.

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Local:What Feels Like Home

img_9880Jen H at WordPress has created the weekly Photo Challenge: Local.

What feels familiar, home. The places you know by heart. Local diner, local playground, local neighborhood, local church,local streets-I live in the city by a park.

I notice I shoot a lot of local coffee, too.

Here’s my iPhone local gallery.  Pittsburgh.

 

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Tree Outside Zeke’s Coffee

You write the caption……


Golden Snow Ball Selfie

Unexpected find outside Zeke’s Coffee, Friday morning. 

Feeling one with the shiny Christmas ornament tacked to a tree in East Liberty.   

Steve waits as I capture myself in this golden orb. The weekly photo challenge – harmony

I felt happy the leftover ornament was waiting there with snow on top as we exited Zeke’s.

Definitely through my eyes-struck a chord within me, made me laugh.

“Of course, harmony also has a meaning outside of the world of music: “the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.” I look forward to seeing Harmony — a photo that is, or makes you feel harmonious — through your eyes.” Michelle W. of WordPress 


Pete’s Signs in the Roller Shades Department

I forget the number of the aisle at Home Depot. Thursday afternoon.

 

My sister was helping me get straightened up around here.  The family’s gathering in this weekend.

I was getting a couple of new shades for my bedroom windows. Make it private for my guests.

The shades had to be cut to size.

On the shelf below the shade cutter,  I saw these two signs and asked,

“Who made these signs?”

“Pete”

“Tell Pete they’re great!”

(BTW the customer service was super today! and no mistakes )

Mistakes sign

Faux pas definition

 

The Roller Shades Section


Stuffed Plush on Garbage Trucks but Ken on the Grill?

At least I think it’s Ken.  Without clothes.  Not sure of the message or meaning.

I’ve see plenty of stuffed plush on garbage truck fronts, especially in New York City.

Maybe I should rethink this post and title it Wordless Wednesday.

I love how some bloggers are so consistent- Six Word Saturday, Silent Sunday, Wordless Wednesday, TBT and the dependable Weekly Photo Challenge on Friday and so on.

But sometimes when I’m stopped at a red light I see something I can photograph in a blink. No rhyme or reason. It is just there.

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You can add the caption

 

 


Snowfall on St. Peter and Paul School

East Liberty, Larimer Avenue.

The empty school sits behind the twin-spired church, the one that’s closed.

I saw the architecture through the snow-

from the lot where I was parking.

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From a Target Window

from a Target Window


Drive Thru Coffee Arriving in Pittsburgh at 6:30 AM 10-16-14

Different parts of the country have Drive Thru coffee all over the place. Not Pittsburgh! Until NOW.

My plan is to be at the new Zeke’s, close to opening,  on my way to school

A good way to start a very long day- Parent conferences/Open House tomorrow.

They are calling it a “soft opening” as they are still “under construction”.

Remember the urban block that is slated to be razed?

Zeke’s Drive Thru will be at 6314 Broad Street in East Liberty

(near the Post Office and next door neighbors to  Station Street Hot Dogs,   starting Thursday morning at 6:30) You can see the GOOGLE flag at Bakery Square from the premises. Hope they make it around the block to support their new neighbor.

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There’s a banner on the roof. You can’t miss it. Where the pound bags are just that- one pound!

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What We Lose When They Raze this Entire Block

The facades were to be restored and preserved but looks like they’re slated for the wrecking ball.

Demolition not preservation.

What happened to the Historic Commission plan to preserve the facades?

We’ve seen lots of development lately and that’s not all bad but there sure are a lot of BOXES going up and the photographs show what we will lose when they raze this entire block.

East Liberty PA.  Penn Avenue.  The same block as Zeke’s Cafe with the super coffee beans.  Spinet Piano Sign

It’s always expensive to restore, true. But what a loss of character for the city.   Lester Betsy Ross Spinets were popular instruments.

Old theater

Penn Avenue Block

formerly Bolan's

Lester Piano sign

Okay I can see this former PNC bank building now empty going but what about the character and history of the rest of the buildings?

formerly PNC Bank