Best of the 'Burgh 2012

Our editors pick the best of the best in Pittsburgh.

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Best Way to Have Your Facial And Eat It, Too:
Aniko’s Hungarian Skin Care & Spa

If completely relaxing facials are your thing, you’ve got to pay Aniko a visit. Trained by the best in the spa industry (including the founder of Hungary’s Ilcsi Skin Care), she pampers all clients via her European spa facial treatments. Even better: The products are edible; fruits (like cherry) and herbs from Hungary are found in each product, ensuring that clients’ faces receive the tastiest TLC ever. Bonus: Once Aniko makes your skin glow, you can pay her husband, accomplished chef Jim Kaufmann, a visit at Cafe Chocolade, the bakery/cafe located below her place that serves chocolate-mousse cake and so much more.
— K.M.

7061 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale; 412/788-4005,

Best Place to Skirt Fashion Flops:
Panello Boutique

Another successful offering from Cara Moody, Panello Boutique features unique, carefully chosen, affordable women’s fashion, footwear and accessories from small and independent designers (some local, some not). Like Jupe, its South Side sibling (also owned by Moody), Panello means “skirt” (in French and Italian, respectively). Both stores offer the same designers and price points but different selections. Would you rather shop virtually? Selections from the buying team at Jupe and Panello are offered on Designers include BCBGeneration, BB Dakota, Willow & Clay, Free Bird, Mink Pink and Line & Dot. — J.W.

3703 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/621-2640,

Best Handheld Tour of America’s Greatest House:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater App

Aspectacular home deserves a spectacular app, and that’s just what Fallingwater received with “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater,” an app for iPhone, iPad and Android. This is an app with polish, a slick user interface to guide you through 275 color photos (from all four seasons), 17 interior and exterior 360-degree panoramas, 25 minutes of video, and exterior and floor plan renderings from the Frank Lloyd Wright archives. Of course, there’s nothing like experiencing Wright’s architectural masterpiece in person, but the Fallingwater app is an extraordinary way to carry the beauty of the home with you. Visit the website for a video demo plus links to download the app. — J.W.

Best Shop for Nifty Knicknacks:

If you laid out all the gift cards given out in the last few years end to end, they would probably circle the globe at least once or twice. But while plastic presents may help you save on gas, they lack the creative flair that makes getting presents, well … fun. Divertido (which, not coincidentally, means “fun” in Spanish) aims to shake things up by putting some creativity back into gift-giving. Its twin specialties are unique books and cute kitsch. The title Dads are the Original Hipsters, for example, depicts fatherly types from bygone eras “sporting big headphones, ugly sweaters, bowties, mustaches, ironic tees and other staples of hipster culture.” — N.L.

3609 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/687-3701,

Best Place for a Smoke-Out:
Maduro Smoke Shop

In the male-dominated world of tobacco shops, 25-year-old Rachel Springer is right at home in Squirrel Hill’s Maduro Smoke Shop. The shop’s young owner grew up in the smoke-shop biz; thus, she knows her way around fine cigars, pipes, and other tobacco and tobacco accessories. When Springer opened Maduro, she wanted a welcoming spot that would include the best in tobacco retail with a comfortable lounge where purchasers could light up for free. She admits that she thrives off of knowing her product and ensuring that her customers remain content. — J.W.

5835 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-2112,

Pioneer in Local Relaxation:
La Pomponnee

La pomponnee” is a French term meaning “one who has been dolled up." La Pomponnee Salon & Spa has spent 20 years living up to the name. It opened in 1992 with just a few staff members, some of whom have remained on board. The salon and spa now serves some 150 clients a day, and has expanded to a second location in Mt. Lebanon. La Pomponnee offers a full range of products and services, everything from makeup consultations and massage therapy to “gentle hair removal.” Men are welcome, too—at La Pomponnee's everyone deserves to live the good life. — N.L.

659 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, 412/563-3990; 4137 Washington Road, McMurray, 724/941-8226,

Best Place to Find Goods to Deck the House:
House 15143

Sewickley certainly has its share of beautiful homes. Since last September, homeowners there, and elsewhere, have turned to House 15143 in Sewickley for a stylish array of furniture and home accessories. The store offers an eclectic mix of vintage and new finds — some of them personalized, like house numbers and framed artwork, and all reflecting the tastes of owners Kristin Bordeau and Danielle Franks. In addition to products, House 15143 offers design services, helping homeowners strike the right mix and presentation for their homes, including for home staging. Clearly, House 15143 (named after the Sewickley ZIP code) is a labor of love for the owners — and it shows in their motto: “You love your home; we love to help.” — J.W.

439 Beaver St., Sewickley; 412/259-8953,


Photos by John Altdorfer, Chuck Beard, Dawn Biery, John Colombo, Heather Mull and Laura Petrilla

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