Hit the Street: North Side

Grab a sandwich, stroll around the park and walk through an art-installation museum – you won't run out of things to do in the North Side.



Photos by David Kelly // Video by Kaitlin Zurawsky

 


K.S. Kennedy Distinctive Floral [848 Western Ave.] owner Kerry Kennedy says he likes to feature “all things Pittsburgh” in his shop. You’ll find Moonstruck Chocolate at the counter, Natrona Bottling Co.’s soda in the floral cooler and Prestogeorge coffee beans ready to be ground in-house. Other items include key-wound German-made clocks, vintage vases and handmade brooms — Kennedy frequently puts together house-warming and wedding baskets. He sells only fair-trade and pet-friendly florals.

 


Walk over to Allegheny Commons Park to pay a visit to Gus Kalaris, owner of 80-year-old institution Gus & Yia Yia’s Ice Ball Stand [620 W. Ohio St.]. Kalaris started helping his father at the stand — which serves shaved ice, popcorn and peanuts seven days a week from April through October — when he was a boy. He’ll gladly share his North Side stories.

 


Enjoy lunch at Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe [822 Western Ave.], where locals have gathered for 33 years. Try the open-face, homemade meatloaf sandwich, and get there early to grab a counter spot during the mid-day rush.

 

Enjoy a free twangy evening out and see the Pittsburgh Banjo Club practice. Every Wednesday, group members hold an open rehearsal at the Elks Club at 400 Cedar Ave.  

 


Experience the beauty that is Randyland [1501 Arch St.]. Nearly 20 years ago, Randy Gilson turned an abandoned building and the adjacent lots into this colorful city haven of street art.

 

Head over to Giorgio’s Place [908 Western Ave.] and pick up a steaming, cheesy order of homemade lasagna. A first-generation Italian family from Abruzzi, Italy, runs the 21-year-old establishment.

 


Take in a show at the historical New Hazlett Theater [6 Allegheny Square East], an intimate venue that presents performances ranging from modern dance to classical theater.
 

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