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Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Business and Education

From a pierogi you can't eat to a hidden toy chest to the rehab of a dying mall –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in business and education.

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Garfield’s past, present and future collide at mossArchitects’ new home on Penn Avenue, located smack dab in the middle of the neighborhood’s growing arts district. The architecture firm, led by Andrew Moss, designed the facade of the century-old building, which also houses software company NetBeez, Opportunity Fund and urban clothing shop Senseless, and moved there from Lawrenceville in April. The building is three structures that were merged into one in the 1980s. To make the space more cohesive and beautiful, mossArchitects added perforated steel panels to the facade that, on a sunny day, show a literal reflection of the neighborhood. In another thoughtful touch, the perforations mimic a map of Garfield streets and beyond. (5122 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/441-6400, mossarc.com) —JS

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It’s 3 o’clock in the morning, and you’re struck with an idea that won’t leave you until you act on it. That’s how, about eight years ago, Dan and Shannon Rugh came up with the Pierogi Pillow. The decorative pillow shaped like everyone’s favorite potato dumpling is sold at the couple’s print shop, Commonwealth Press, and is stitched by hand in-house; Dan’s mother used to make all of them herself until production numbers became too high. And we know you’re wondering — the pillows are the classic cheese and potato variety. (Commonwealth Press, 691 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, 4707 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield; 412/431-4207, cwpress.com) —JM

photo by renee rosensteel

Real talk: Being a new mom is hard. Your hormones are on overdrive, you’re sleep deprived and there’s a new little life depending on you. CDC research shows that about 1 in 9 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression, but those numbers are likely higher since so many women do not seek help or are not diagnosed. Yet, until recently, it was not something that was talked about. The Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation is helping to open that conversation. Six weeks after her daughter’s birth in 2013, Gibsonia resident Alexis Joy D’Achille took her own life. After her death, her husband, Steven D’Achille, started the foundation in the hopes of bringing more attention to postpartum depression and expanding access to treatment. In 2017, the foundation partnered with Allegheny Health Network to open The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at West Penn Hospital, which includes intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. In all cases, the programs are family-focused, allowing women to bring their babies with them for treatment. (alexisjoyfoundation.org) —JS

photo by chuck beard

Tucked behind cases of I.C. Light in a corner of Bellevue Beer is The Collector’s Cave, two rooms brimming with the largest retail collection of Funko vinyl figures in the area. Since opening two years ago, the Collector’s Cave has been more successful than anyone anticipated, says Josh Brubaker, store manager and a collector since 2012. From pro athletes to television characters to comic book heroes to the British royal family, Funko’s figures encompass everything in pop culture. “You can collect them yourself or give them for gifts, they just cover so much stuff,” Brubaker says. (4489 Ohio River Blvd., Bellevue; 412/415-3997, facebook.com/bbcollectorscave) —JFC

photo courtesy Workshop PGH

It’s Saturday morning, and you’re looking for a different kind of bootcamp. Workshop PGH offers fitness for your creative side, such as the Sewing Bootcamp intensive. This small class combines skills taught in beginner and intermediate sewing classes into one six-hour class, taking students from threading a bobbin to installing a zipper into a quality, lined tote bag with leather handles in the course of a day. Fabric, expert instruction and slow jams to help you find your sewing groove are all included. Workshop PGH also offers classes in contemporary embroidery, woodworking, soap making and more. (5135 Penn Ave., Garfield; 415/852-2402, workshoppgh.com) —ET

photo by richard cook

Best Local Historian with a Different Day Job
John Schalcosky

“You can predict the future of Pittsburgh by learning from its past,” says John Schalcosky, founder of The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh Facebook page. More than 100,000 fans follow the page Schalcosky started simply out of a love for history fueled by endless curiosity, and it’s filled with rarely seen newspaper clippings, photos and videos. Schalcosky works full time in a life insurance job that offers him the flexibility to explore the parts of Pittsburgh’s past not necessarily recorded in history books, such as the origins of the asteroid “Pittsburghia,” named by Pittsburgh native John Brashear, whose company built telescopes. In addition to the page, he shares his discoveries at classes, speaking engagements and on KDKA Radio. (facebook.com/oddpittsburgh) —RC

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Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Business and Education

From a pierogi you can't eat to a hidden toy chest to the rehab of a dying mall –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in business and education.
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