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.


Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh

Our exclusive list of the region's 584 leading physicians across 76 specialities.
Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors

Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors

Follow eight physicians over two days as they perform surgeries, consult on end-of-life care, treat accident victims, discuss hospital programs –– and then reset and do it all over again.
The Commoner — Too Much of a Good Thing?

The Commoner — Too Much of a Good Thing?

Chef Dennis Marron designs a menu of modern-American fare at The Commoner in the downstairs space of Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh.
What Inspires Ray Gastil's Careful Plan for Pittsburgh's Future

What Inspires Ray Gastil's Careful Plan for Pittsburgh's Future

How will the city’s new planning director stoke Pittsburgh’s next generation of developments?
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Date Night: Learning to be a Better Butcher

Date Night: Learning to be a Better Butcher

Forget dinner and movie — here are 5 ideas for a fun, non-traditional evening out in the ’Burgh.
Latest Weight-Loss Breakthrough: Swallow a Balloon

Latest Weight-Loss Breakthrough: Swallow a Balloon

Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health Network is testing an alternative to traditional gastric bypass surgery.
Two Pittsburgh Restaurants Closing; Kings Leaving the Family

Two Pittsburgh Restaurants Closing; Kings Leaving the Family

One of the eateries has been a staple in Bloomfield for more than a half-century.
Who's Carson? Why Does He Have His Own Street?

Who's Carson? Why Does He Have His Own Street?

Some of the names synonymous with Pittsburgh have surprising histories behind them.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh

Our exclusive list of the region's 584 leading physicians across 76 specialities.
Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors

Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors

Follow eight physicians over two days as they perform surgeries, consult on end-of-life care, treat accident victims, discuss hospital programs –– and then reset and do it all over again.
The Commoner — Too Much of a Good Thing?

The Commoner — Too Much of a Good Thing?

Chef Dennis Marron designs a menu of modern-American fare at The Commoner in the downstairs space of Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh.
What Inspires Ray Gastil's Careful Plan for Pittsburgh's Future

What Inspires Ray Gastil's Careful Plan for Pittsburgh's Future

How will the city’s new planning director stoke Pittsburgh’s next generation of developments?
Dare to be Different — PittGirl's Better Ways to Use Social Media

Dare to be Different — PittGirl's Better Ways to Use Social Media

You can use social media to change your life and the lives of those around you in a positive way.
Pittsburgh's Top 10 in April

Pittsburgh's Top 10 in April

The 10 best things to do in April in Pittsburgh.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module