Newsletter: Coronavirus updates & ways to explore Pittsburgh from home

Pittsburgh’s best Irish ales, an empanada storefront’s grand opening and who to follow for coronavirus updates. It’s all here.

by Lindsay Patross
March 13, 2020

For many, this week has been a doozy of news alerts, updates, cancelations, and postponements. Here is a roundup of our stories from the past week. For the immediate future, we will be moving away from sharing events. We are planning more stories about how you can explore Pittsburgh from your computer. A great place to start is with our podcast, “The Slaw: Staying on Top of Pittsburgh.

Is there something in Pittsburgh you would like to learn more about? Let us know! Send an email to [email protected]

 

UPDATE ON VERY LOCAL EVENTS

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Pittsburgh. We have made the tough decision to cancel our events for Saturday 3/14 and Sunday 3/15.

If you have purchased tickets for Pi(e) Squared on Saturday or Sunny Side Up Brunch on Sunday we will be issuing refunds through Eventbrite. We will continue to monitor the situation locally and nationally as we make decisions about future events beyond this weekend. Our intent is to reschedule these events for the future, as the situation permits. We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions about our events – please contact us.

CORONAVIRUS: Who to follow in Allegheny County
We made a handy list of websites, Twitter accounts and organizations that are keeping Pittsburghers up to speed with the latest on the coronavirus.

THE HUB OF GREENFIELD: Get to know Staghorn Cafe
Local poetry, a communal spirit and – of course – coffee. The husband and wife duo at Staghorn Garden Cafe walk us through their shop that features gifts, candles and other home goods from over 40 local makers.

THE SLAW: Christine Iksic of 3 Rivers Outdoors
We’re talking outdoor activities this week with our guest Christine Iksic, co-owner of 3 Rivers Outdoors Co. Hear about where to go camping and why western PA is a fantastic place for whitewater kayaking.

[Join the conversation – we’ve got a new Facebook group just for our podcast.]

DRINK LOCAL: 14 breweries leaning into St. Paddy’s Day
We tallied up 14 local breweries with an Irish ale on draft for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

NOW OPEN: Mi Empanada in Lawrenceville
After 2+ years of catering and pop-ups, the Argentinian restaurant is ready to welcome guests into their new space. Mi Empanada officially opens their storefront in Lawrenceville today.

 

Stuck at home? Watch a Very Local mini-documentary

Learn more about some Pittsburgh places from your computer. Check out some of our very Pittsburgh videos. You can watch all of our videos on Facebook or YouTube.

 

Header photo credit: Jessa Gibboney

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

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