Newsletter: Beaches, Breakfast sandwiches, Blackridge yard sale 

And all the Pittsburgh history available on Instagram

by Lindsay Patross | July 24, 2020

We’re bringing you all the updates this week, including a new look for Coffee Tree Roasters, an exclusive collaboration beer from ShuBrew and a social-distance friendly way to hit the beach this summer, just two hours from Pittsburgh. We take a digital deep dive into Pittsburgh history on the podcast and round things out with one of our favorite sandwiches: the breakfast sandwich.

HANDHELD HISTORIAN: Bringing Pittsburgh’s history to Instagram
This week on The Slaw, our guest is Charles Succop – and you may already follow him on Instagram. An intern at the City of Pittsburgh archives, Charles is the guy behind the popular accounts @PGHThenAndNow, @HiddenHousesPGH and @PittsburgHistory.

“You don’t have to go into an archive or a dusty room. Everybody checks their social media every single day. If I can, I want to provide some education while you’re browsing.”

🎧 You can download this episode or listen via iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher. Join the conversation in our Facebook group for The Slaw.

SHUBREW COLLAB: Here’s what’s brewing for Fresh Fest Digi Fest
After being paired up with Four City Brewing (NJ), the team at ShuBrew got super ambitious when coming up with a never-before-done beer collaboration they will unveil as part of the 2020 (virtual) edition of Fresh Fest.

ROAD TRIP: Safely hit the beach at Presque Isle
Just two hours north of Pittsburgh, Presque Isle State Park offers beaches and relaxation in an era of social distancing.

NO BODEGA NO PROBLEM: Seeking Pittsburgh’s finest breakfast sandwiches
We scoured the city for the top breakfast sandwiches found in Pittsburgh. Here are five options – categorized using a very scientific method of sorting – for our friends who swear by their breakfast sando.

COFFEE TREE BRANCHES OUT: A new look and online ordering
We stopped in at Coffee Tree Roasters to check out their fresh new logo and gave the online ordering platform a whirl. Here’s how it all works and what to expect if you’re grabbing some joe to go.

YARD SALE ALERT: Blackridge Civic Association
This community which overlaps Wilkinsburg, Churchill and Penn Hills has over 30 houses participating in their neighborhood yard sale this weekend.


Small Business Shout Out: Card Shops

Thanks to COVID-19 you likely have some friends you haven’t seen lately. Why not send some snail mail to say hello? Here are a few of our favorite shops around town where you can pick up a card or a gift.

All three of these shops offer both online shopping and curbside pickup.

💌 Wildcard // Lawrenceville

💌 Kards Unlimited // Shadyside

💌  love, Pittsburgh // Downtown

ICYMI: Take a tour of Sapling Press – meet the Pittsburgh business who makes greeting cards that are sold around the country.

Know of a small business that needs a shoutout? Let us know here.


House/Home: A porch and a pool in the city

🏡 This house, which has both a porch and a pool, is located just a few blocks from Carson Street in the South Side Slopes neighborhood.

  • 🛏 4 bedroom
  • 🛁 2 bath
  • 🚙 Driveway for 4 cars

Interested in taking a tour? Reach out to Cowden Creek Realty for more info.

Lindsay Patross

Lindsay Patross

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

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