Hit the Street: Aspinwall
Shop for anything from dolls to jeans, treat yourself to spa treatments and enjoy specialty foods.
photos by John Altdorfer
Start with goodies at Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique [213 Commercial Ave., asweetboutique.com]. You’ll find high-quality pastries to take home along with treats to go with your morning coffee, such as scones, muffins and doughnuts in such flavors as Maplin’ Bacon and Cinnaster.
Spend time browsing in Lynlott Miniatures [223 Commercial Ave., dollhousejunction.com]. Owner Debbie Lynch McManus can help you navigate through more than 10,000 miniatures — some locally made — and select toys. She also takes custom orders for dollhouses to hold small replicas of anything you’d like.
Shop at Kristi Boutique [345 Freeport Road, kristiboutique.com], a contemporary clothing store where you can find a large selection of jeans as well as footwear, sunglasses, home goods and one-of-a-kind accessories.
Visit Feast on Brilliant [27 Brilliant Ave., feastonbrilliant.com], part deli/prepared foods, part specialty grocery store. Customers enjoy the meatloaf, lump crab cakes, quinoa patties and slow-roasted pulled pork on the daily menu, all made fresh each morning.
Enjoy the retro music décor with a cup of joe or ice cream at Aspinwall Beans ‘N’ Cream [16 Brilliant Ave., aspinwallbeansandcream.com]. Bagels and sandwiches — and Belgian waffles on the weekends — also are available.
Shop for a distinct card or specialty giftware, or order personalized stationary or invitations at Nota Bene [9 Brilliant Ave., notabenepaper.com].
While You’re There:
Pamper Yourself: ESSpa Kozmetika [17 Brilliant Ave., esspa.net] offers myriad massage options and special packages, along with many other services for men and women.
Park Walk: Aspinwall Riverfront Park [aspinwallriverfrontpark.org], a community effort from the start, had its groundbreaking last fall. Final features will include an amphitheater, walking and biking trails, playground areas and waterfront space.
Brunch Time: Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar [301 Freeport Road, cornerstonepgh.com], known for its seasonal options, was featured as one of our 15 hot brunch spots in 2013.