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Newsletter: Ice cream sandwiches & all the pickle things

And a look at how local event producers are bringing people together, online.

by Lindsay Patross | July 31, 2020

I scream; you scream. This week, we all scream for Leona’s Ice Cream – our podcast guest is the one and only Katie Heldstab, co-founder of Leona’s. Separately, our beer gear story shouts out some practical accessories for folks recreating the taproom vibes from home. Looking for a change of pace, scroll down to learn more about a B&B that is for sale in Erie.

LEONA’S LOVE: A local favorite for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Sunday, August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. So we had to invite Katie Heldstab from Leona’s Ice Cream to join us on the podcast. Hear about how they taste test all the memorable flavor combinations and where you can pick up one of their delicious ice cream sandwiches.

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

PICKLES: A peck of gifts from local artists
This would have been the weekend for Picklesburgh. From pickle earrings, a glass pickle mug and a pickle catnip toy are just a few of the pickle gifts made by Pittsburgh artists that you can order online.

BEER GEAR: Summertime necessities for beer fans
We rounded up a selection of practical beer gear that includes cooler backpacks, growler koozies, bottle openers and glassware to help recreate the taproom vibe at home.

TOGETHER, BUT APART: Pittsburgh’s Virtual Events Organizers
We check in with some of the folks who are making virtual events happen in Pittsburgh.



Here are some of our stories and podcast episodes you might have missed this month…

🎥 Video: diversity and inclusion in the craft beer industry 

🚛 The Pita My Shawarma food truck is opening a permanent storefront in Lawrenceville

🏕 Getaway – these tiny cabins are just an hour from Pittsburgh

A history of the suffrage movement in Western Pennsylvania

💡 Have an idea for a story? Is there a Pittsburgh person or place you would like to learn more about? Let us know! Hit reply or send an email to [email protected].


We’re mixing things up with the house of the week. With vacation on the brain and our recent look at the beaches in Presque Isle State Park, we’re spotlighting this bed-and-breakfast for sale in Erie, PA. For less than $400k you can own these two mansions from the 1830s and be the new innkeeper at Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast.

Lindsay Patross

Lindsay Patross

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

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