Newsletter: Bubble tea and breakfast sandwiches

plus a roundup of the best fall candles from local makers

by Lindsay Patross | September 25, 2020

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Fall is officially here and as we inch toward winter, we are doubling down on ways to get out of the house.

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On the podcast

Meet the Pittsburgher who’s super passionate about transforming vacant lots into beautiful spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our guest on this week’s episode of The Slaw is Ariam Ford-Graver, executive director of Grounded Strategies.

We talk with Ariam about how Grounded Strategies is working to transform vacant lots into beautiful public spaces.

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

Sponsored Content


Quantum Theatre has long been thankful for the privilege of guiding its patrons, friends, and family on explorations of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Its 30 years of environmentally produced projects have found homes in nearly every neighborhood in the city.

While in-person productions are paused, its NearBuy initiative, generously funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, offers a year-long opportunity for you to continue exploring our city while supporting local businesses.

Participating businesses for the pilot program in September will include:

Cobbler World: With a downtown storefront and a regular presence at the Robinson Farmer’s Market, Cobbler World is a bakeshop, which focuses on the nostalgic confections that many of us have grown up enjoying.

Everyday Café: Located in Homewood, Everyday Cafe is a cafe with a cause, created by Bible Center Church as a place for neighbors to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, spend time with friends, or just relax.

Yuzu Kitchen: Using locally sourced ingredients Yuzu Kitchen is a Japanese, Chinese, and Korean influence establishment.

Quantum will partner with 15 businesses over the coming year in communities hosting its upcoming shows: Downtown, Homewood, and Point Breeze. Every dollar spent will be matched as a gift card distributed to families experiencing food insecurity. Simply say that Quantum sent you to trigger the match.

Lindsay Patross

Lindsay Patross

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

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