Newsletter: Kennywood history, Jamilka Borges new restaurant & all the plants

Don’t miss this log cabin for sale outside of Latrobe

by Lindsay Patross
June 26, 2020

Since we are all spending more time at home this summer, now is the perfect time to work on bringing some of the outdoors inside. This week on the podcast we’re talking plants with Natasha Brittain from Shadyside Nursery. With Kennywood scheduled to open soon, we’ve got a not so brief history of how Garfield took over the Old Mill. And for something to look forward to, we’ve got more details on Jamilka Borges’ new restaurant in Etna.

#PLANTLADY: Keeping those houseplants alive
On houseplants, Natasha Brittain of Shadyside Nursery says: “Anyone is capable of doing this.” Tune in as the self-described #PlantLady suggests great first-time choices for novice green thumbs.

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FOURTH STREET: A delightful beer available year-round at Four Points
The flagship IPA at Four Points Brewing in Charleroi is now being offered in a monthly series of variants. Here’s what it all means, what to expect and where you can get it.

OLD MILL: Garfield’s Nightmare at Kennywood
We researched the history behind Garfield’s Nightmare – which some folks know as the Old Mill – and answered an age-old question: “Did Jim Davis ever visit Pittsburgh (and ride it)?”

WILD CHILD IN ETNA: The scoop on Chef Jamilka Borges’ upcoming restaurant
ICYMI, Pittsburgh magazine 2018 Chef of the Year – Jamillka Borges – is launching a new restaurant called Wild Child in Etna.

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Small Business Shoutout: Made in Pittsburgh Face Masks

Looks like this will be the fashion accessory of the summer. Shop local and order a mask from one of these local businesses.

Located in Wilkinsburg, Knotzland is known for turning upcycled materials into bow ties. Knotzland founder Nisha Blackwell has been featured in a YouTube advertisement and Knotzland was recently highlighted by T-Pain during Small Business Live, a virtual concert to raise money for small businesses.

From $15 via Knotzland’s website

Day Owl
Day Owl crafts awesome backpacks from a material that is made from recycled plastic. The company is located in Homewood and has recently added masks to their lineup.

From $24 via the Day Owl website

We’ve been big fans of Sara McClelland’s necklaces since we spotted her work at Handmade Arcade. She is now selling face masks on her website in fabrics that are as fashionable as her accessories.

From $15 via the Sasha website

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77 Lightcap Road Unity PA Log Cabin

History peeps will enjoy this. We found a two-story log farmhouse for sale in Latrobe. Poke around the photos and note the original ceiling beams and exposed log walls. This rustic, country home was built prior to the Civil War. Pretty neat.

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

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