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On Trend: Garden Tours, New Condos and Some Pittsburgh Love

Here's what buzzing in the Pittsburgh home and lifestyle industry.

photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden

Town & Country Tour

It’s time to stop and smell the roses — and maybe some hydrangeas and peonies as well. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden hosts its annual Town & Country Tour on June 24. In addition to self-guided tours, the event offers full-day (8-8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and half-day (8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.) guided bus tours. This year’s tour features 14 gardens in Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon. Pickup locations for the bus tours are at the botanic garden, Carnegie Mellon University and the Mt. Lebanon Public Library. Ticket prices for non-members of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
begin at $55 for the self-guided tour and range up to $135 for the full-day bus tour. Ticket prices for members begin at $45 and range up to $120
for the full-day bus tour. —AC

photo courtesy Indovina associates architects

Breaking Mews

Construction is underway in Upper Lawrenceville for Mews on Butler, an upscale townhouse community on Butler Street. The private community of 68 three- and four-bedroom townhouses is located on the site of the former Hanlon-Gregory Steel galvanizing plant between 55th and 56th streets. Overseen by Toronto-based developer CRAFT Development Corp., the first phase of the project, consisting of 16 condos, is expected to be complete by fall. The townhouses include a two-car garage, floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Among the optional features are rooftop terraces and gas fireplaces. Unit pricing begins in the low $400,000s. —AC

New Home

After 65 years on McKnight Road in Ross Township, Today’s Home is closing up shop and moving to a new location. Owner Jeff Lenchner, whose parents opened the furniture store in 1953, says Discount Tire, a tire chain with more than 1,000 stores nationwide, has purchased the property. Following a liquidation sale that began in April, the 30,000-square-foot store is expected to close by the end of June. However, the family business isn’t going anywhere. Lenchner says Today’s Home, which also includes Designer Furniture Outlet, TH Trade Contract and TH Trade Design, a wholesale trade showroom for independent designers, will relocate to a yet-to-be disclosed spot in the North Hills. The 60,000-square-foot Today’s Home showroom in Green Tree also will remain open. —JS

Mega Yard Sale 

If you’re looking to combine a stroll through a historic neighborhood with a shopping trip, mark your calendar for the Great Mexican War Streets Yard Sale. The annual event, in which more than 60 homes participated last year, takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2. From North Avenue to Jefferson Street and Brighton Road to Arch Street, the residents of the neighborhood will be putting out treasures for sale. The Yard Sale Headquarters on lower Buena Vista Street will have plenty of vendors and food trucks, among them Allegheny City Brewing, Blue Sparrow and Dad’s Pub and Grub. —AC

photo courtesy of love, pittsburgh

Show Some Love

Less than a year after opening their successful gift shop on Mt. Washington, owners Kelly Sanders and Monica Yope expanded their love for Pittsburgh with a second location of their retail shop — love, Pittsburgh. Like its Mt. Washington counterpart, the new store, located in the Cultural District, features items handcrafted by local artisans and makers, including home decor, candles, artwork and T-shirts. In addition, the new shop on Liberty Avenue has an expanded offering of fine arts. Part of the store, which officially opened May 4, also is being used a gallery space. —AC

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