Dragonfly Castle Toys‘ motto is No batteries, no screens, pure fun.
I went shopping at the toy store on Friday before I went to Clarissa Boutique.
The proprietor Nan told me her store is in one of the oldest buildings in the city of Pittsburgh. Built in the 1840’s. She and her husband, along with an architect, have done a ton of work to make it a beautiful place.
It’s located at 4747 Butler Street in Lawrenceville hours listed below. And you can shop online.
I was happy to find Rhodia notebooks and stationery from Florence in addition to potholder loops, a moon puzzle and some surprise stocking stuffers for future gift giving for the grandchildren. There’s something for every age, including adults.
Supporting small local business is a good thing.
Wed- Fri : 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat : . . . . .10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun : . . . . . 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mon – Tue: Closed
I drove to the South Side to buy buttons for a sweater. I discovered that Clarissa Boutique and Parker Button moved to 4603 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. “Your Exclusive Bridal & Wedding Accessory Destination!”
Jean and Gretchen welcomed me and remembered the blog post from 2011- Button Button Whose Got the Button?
Ten years ago, Laura got her bridal veil from the boutique for her wedding. It is a lovely store.
Need a landmark to locate them? They are located next door to the French Bakery La Gourmandine.
How about that Capodimonte lamp? A perfect home for the family heirloom of Gretchen’s family with the romantic porcelain couple in the beautiful bridal boutique.
Right in the parking lot.
Today was the day to get moving. The skies threatened rain so it would have been so easy to cancel and stay home. I even emailed to ask” is the walk happening rain or shine?” Turns out they are committed and walk in the rain.
I decided I’d better go walk after telling everyone I was going to take a walk through this historic Allegheny Cemetery sponsored and led by Fitness Instructor Nancy of the Stephen Foster Community (senior) Center.
Now there were two speed walkers who left the other four of us in the dust. Experienced walkers for sure. How I made it 3.5 miles is amazing. It’s happening again next Tuesday, too. Hmmmmmm
There were three Fox dens you can see on this little hillside. The seasoned walkers have seen their heads peeking out of the holes.
A poignant sculpture at a child’s grave
I got to be the passenger Wednesday night.
So many lights to capture in the night.
The bright light top left is on the new TRYP Hotel, (perhaps from their rooftop restaurant I read about? )
Becky B inspired the #JanuaryLight challenge
At noon, I met my former teaching colleague and friend Jennifer for lunch. Her suggestion. My first visit to Geppetto Café – Butler Street in Lawrenceville neighborhood ofPittsburgh. Open for breakfast or lunch. It is a delightful place to eat and the service was excellent.
Coffee,latte, espresso, teas, milkshakes (a Nutella milkshake was on the menu) and ice cream. too.
Savory crepes, sweet crepes, eggs, fruit, waffles, paninis and salads. Mmmm. I had the Challah French Toast. Jen ordered The Bonjour pictured below- scrambled eggs and Brie in a crepe with fresh fruit on the side and Applewood Smoked bacon on top. A leaf shaped dish of maple syrup.
Patrons have contributed much of the decor. I didn’t count all the wooden Pinocchio figures but the owner graciously showed all the items that people have brought in- the books, paintings,wooden Pinocchio puppets and marionettes.
Margaret Welsh wrote a wonderful review in City Paper calling Geppetto Café a “European-style breakfast nook.”
P.S. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinocchio_(1940_film) “PInocchio is a 1940 American animate musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)” Geppetto was the wood carver/carpenter who created the wooden puppet Pinocchio who can” become a real boy”
Chef Sam cooks a Lentil Cheeseburger recipe with a Roasted Red Pepper sauce and prepares a Caesar Salad during Cooking Class. He told how he sterilized the eggs for the dressing, gently lowering them into boiling water for five minutes. Safety was emphasized. Lentils, mushrooms, beets, carrot, onions and garlic were a few of the main ingredients. Miso paste helped hold it together. There were ten participants and we all enjoyed the delicious meal at the end of the class.
The class was held Wednesday afternoon at The Stephen Foster Community Center on 286 Main Street, located next to the Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Library. The center is housed in an 1865 brick building now on the National Historic Register. The center offers fitness classes such as Cardio Strength and Flexibility, Tai Chi, Yoga, Soul Line Dancing, and Practical Meditation in addition to craft and other recreational activities.
Next cooking class with Chef Sam is May 29 at 12:30. $4 is the cost of the class.
Allegheny County senior citizens can eat lunch for a modest donation of a dollar but should register by calling the Community Center office by noon the day before at 412-350-5460. Contact Allegheny County Seniorline 412-350-5460 for eligibility, if you need a Home Delivered Meal.