Newsletter: Juneteenth, Buy Local Art, Paddleboarding

Plus a guide to all of the Dad Beers and a new coffee shop is coming to Sharpsburg

by Lindsay Patross
June 19, 2020

Happy Father’s Day to all the Pittsburgh Dads. We’re giving a hat tip to Dad Beers this week – we picked 15 of our locally-brewed faves you can scoop up for this weekend – along with a nod to Pittsburgh-based artists you can shop online. Also happening this weekend is the annual commemoration of Juneteenth – which will be marked with a number of events around town.

Our podcast guest this week will take you stand-up paddleboarding along the rivers AND guarantees he can get you to stand (as a guide, he carries a perfect track record). We’ve also got a sneak peek at Redhawk Coffee’s roaster/cafe combo that’s expected to open this summer in Sharpsburg.

JUNETEENTH IN PITTSBURGH: Commemorating the end of slavery
The Incline has a great piece that walks through the history and meaning behind Juneteenth. And City Paper’s roundup of local events has a great list of Juneteenth happenings in the ‘Burgh.

SUPPORT (LOCAL) ART: Where to shop Pittsburgh artists online
Although the virtual edition of this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival is now over, you can still continue to support Pittsburgh-based artists by shopping their collections online. Here are seven online spaces to buy artwork from local artists.

LOCAL DAD BEERS: A brewery guide for Father’s Day Weekend
We did the research so you don’t have to. Here are 15 of our favorite Pittsburgh-brewed Dad Beers you can mix into your plans for celebrating Father’s Day this weekend. Still stumped on what to get Dad? All of our local breweries offer gift cards as well.

SURF’S UP: Stand-up paddleboarding the Pittsburgh waterways
Our guest on this week’s edition of The Slaw is Ian Smith of SurfSUP Adventures. As founder and lead guide of the stand-up paddleboarding organization, Smith is passionately tuned in to Pittsburgh rivers. On paddleboarding during the uncertainty of COVID, he says: “Once we’re out on the water, it’s natural separation. You’re feeling the glide and cruising a safe distance from others.”

🎧 You can download this episode or listen via iTunesSpotify, or Google Podcasts.

SHARPSBURG GETS A COFFEE SHOP: Redhawk confirms their up-river expansion
The long-awaited Redhawk Coffee expansion is nearly complete. We’ve got the deets on their cafe/roaster space in downtown Sharpsburg and a look at when they plan to open. This will be Redhawk’s third Pittsburgh location.

CMU ARTISTS PARTNER UP: A three-way fundraiser for the black community
A trio of Carnegie Mellon art students are raising money for causes aligned with Pittsburgh’s black community. 100% of their sales proceeds will go to 1Hood Media and Bukit Bail Fund.

UNDERWEAR IS FUN TO WEAR: The Underwear Bike Ride is back
Strip down to your gutchies and join this bike ride that promotes positive body image and safe cycling.


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Small Business Shoutouts: Appliance Edition

Fridge on the fritz? Here are some local businesses you can call to help you fix your fridge or any other home appliance:

➡  Appliance Service Center has been fixing appliances in Pittsburgh since 1978. From the kitchen to the laundry room, Appliance Service Center works on almost every brand of appliance you can find.

➡  Perla’s Appliance Plus is located in Swissvale and has been selling appliances to Pittsburgh since 1927. Not only do they sell appliances, but they will service all major brands of appliances, no matter where you purchased them. Services calls start at $129.

➡  Hauck Appliance Repair has been fixing household appliances for years and has experience working on high end appliances. Check out the Hauck Appliance Repair Facebook page for some photos and tips on your appliances.



For folks who enjoy city views… we found this four story Northside (renovated) home with city views on ALL FOUR FLOORS. Go ahead, get your nebby on.

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

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