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About Very Local Pittsburgh

Get to know who we are, what we do and what it means to build a user's guide to the Steel City.

by Lindsay Patross | February 28, 2019

We tell the stories that make Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.

Hello. It’s nice to meet you yinz!

Very Local is a user’s guide to the city of Pittsburgh. We are focused on sharing daily stories that highlight local food & beverage, arts & culture and events. Folks can turn to us via our website, social media or podcast and expect to find new things to do right here in the Steel City.

Mapping out a User’s Guide to Pittsburgh

Whether that’s getting to know the people behind your favorite brewery or a first-timers guide to visiting a new restaurant – we spotlight these new experiences through the lens of helping folks explore Pittsburgh.

What should I order? Where do I park? What else is nearby? Can I bring my dog or my baby?

Our ‘Know Before you Go’ section is something that pops up often here at Very Local.

Telling very Pittsburgh Stories

Artists: Spotlighting Pittsburgh’s vibrant arts scene through Q&A interviews and thoughtful explainers.

History: Can’t appreciate new Pittsburgh without revisiting past favorites. Expect to see us give love to some timeless classics.

Video: Our mini-documentaries tell stories through polished, professionally produced videos that never go longer than 5 minutes.

Getting to Know our Neighbors through a Very Pittsburgh Podcast

If you’re like us – and constantly on the go – tune in to The Slaw. We drop new episodes of our weekly podcast every Tuesday. The Slaw – and our full backlog of prior episodes – can be found on iTunes or Spotify.

Follow Along on the Socials

You can follow Very Local on social media (at) VeryLocalPGH or just poke around the stories that are live on our website.




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Meet the Very Local Team

Lindsay Patross at Picklesburgh. Photo Cred: Danielle Peck

Name: Lindsay Patross

Role: Local Market Manager / Editor

Current Neighborhood: Shadyside

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh Pro Tip: Free parking! Metered parking AND most loading zones are free on Sundays.

Fave Pittsburgh Memory: The first Open Streets (and all of the Open Streets). It is really great to see so many people enjoying walking/biking through Pittsburgh neighborhoods on a Sunday morning. When I first heard about the idea of closing down the streets, I thought it would never work. But it has become one of the best summer activities and it is free to everyone.

Fave Place(s) to Take an Out of Town Visitor: This is a tough one. If someone has not been to Pittsburgh before they need to ride the Duquesne Incline and check out the museum at the top. The Duquesne Incline museum is definitely worth the $0.50 to visit. Enrico’s in the strip for lunch. If the weather is nice – I often rent bikes at Golden Triangle Bike Rental or kayak the rivers from Kayak Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Place You Miss: Shady Skates


Connect with Very Local

Say hello by sending an email to [email protected] or share your favorites with #verylocalpgh.

Lindsay Patross

Lindsay Patross

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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