Newsletter: Gifts for Dads, Drive-Ins, Ice Cream & Welcoming Neighbors

Hot fun in the summertime. 

by Lindsay Patross
June 12, 2020

This week at Very Local, we’re continuing to be mindful of what we’re sharing and how our stories fit into the greater Pittsburgh-area conversations. We are continuing our commitment to diversifying our content and our freelance pool and if you have something or someone we should know about, drop us a line.

With days getting longer and warmer, we’ve highlighted some summertime activities along with a compelling new episode of our podcast and a pro tip on how you can support independent artists through TRAF’s digital market.

FATHER’S DAY: Pittsburgh gifts for Pittsburgh Dads
Check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide to find the perfect gift for dad from local businesses. From barbecue sauce to beer koozies, we think you’ll find something your dad will love.

VEGAN ICE CREAM: delicious treats for those who don’t do dairy
Tis the season for cool treats. We updated our plant-based ice cream guide to include MORE shops with vegan options. Bonus: you can support a black-owned business by visiting one of Pittsburgh’s newest ice cream shops: Happy Day Dessert Factory.

HELLO NEIGHBOR: Welcoming Pittsburgh’s newcomers
This week on The Slaw, we chatted with Sloane Davidson of Hello Neighbor – a local nonprofit that supports recently resettled refugees and immigrants. Learn about how her team’s mentorship program serves Pittsburgh’s newest neighbors.

DRIVE-INS: Get out of the house and under the stars
We made a guide to Pittsburgh-area drive-in theaters you can visit all summer long. Check out these six drive-ins located just outside the city.

FLIGHT: Beer news snippets
If you enjoy following our weekly brewery shoutouts, then allow us to introduce you to Flight – a semi-regular recap of local beer news.

DIGITAL ARTIST MARKET: Support the TRAF vendors
For folks who were looking forward to buying from artists at the Three Rivers Arts Festival (TRAF), here’s a direct link to the digital market, which features 350+ independent vendors. And here is a Post-Gazette piece on the first-ever virtual version of TRAF.

 

Small Business Shoutout

After seeing individuals struggle to afford legal representation, Jennifer Dickquist opened JD Law, LLC. This law firm provides individuals affordable quality when it comes to representation in family law, criminal law, and some civil matters. JD Law provides flat fees, sliding scale payments, as well as payment plans to make sure you can afford the representation you need. Contact Jennifer at [email protected]. [Sponsored]

Looking for natural bath and body products? Founded by Cynthia Hill in 2005, Third Day Luxury Soaps & Herbal Garden has been making natural products since 2005. You can shop for soap and body products online or make an appointment to shop in the herb garden for plants.

Do you have a local cat? Americat Company is a Pittsburgh business that manufactures cat products in the USA. Americat offers a range of products that cats use every day. From stainless steel bowls to scratch pads, all of the Americat products are made with nontoxic materials.

 

House/Home

1322 Liverpool Pittsburgh PA

Take a peek at this historic house in Manchester. 1322 Liverpool Street has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and is just a few blocks from Heinz Field and the bike trails.

The house was built in 1900, but we’re pretty sure the towel warmer and sauna aren’t that old.

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

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