Hit the Street: 7 Things We Love about Garfield

Walk down the new, improved and (almost) post-construction Penn Avenue to find fun furniture options, a new tea bar and lots and lots of local art.

photos by john altdorfer


Unwind before your day with a Vinyasa flow class in a mildly heated studio at the Yoga Hive [5491 Penn Ave., yogahivepgh.com]. Kids and community classes also are available.

Shop for retro-style furniture, collectibles, jewelry and other goods at Mostly Mod and Artica Shop [5110 Penn Ave., mod-n-art.blogspot.com]. 

Enjoy the atmosphere and more than 20 varieties of loose-leaf tea at the recently opened Bantha Tea Bar [5002 Penn Ave., banthateabar.com]. Most of the tea is sourced locally, the cups are from Lawrenceville’s Ton Pottery and the rails at your feet under the bar are former trolley tracks from Penn Avenue. 

The owners of Daily Bread [5450 Penn Ave., dailybreadpa.com] went to high school with Mac Miller, and you’ll recognize his style in the store, which features limited-quantity T-shirts and hats. Under the same roof is Refresh [refreshpgh.com], which  specializes in rare and vintage sneakers, as well as new styles. Joining the pair is TimeBomb [timebombshop.com], a skateboard and apparel shop formerly located in Shadyside.

Many Garfield restaurants have come and gone of late, but you still can get a solid meal at Peoples Indian [5147 Penn Ave., peoplesindian.com], a neighborhood institution.

While You’re There
Garfield has become a haven for local art, and the best time to see it is during an Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn event when the neighborhood comes alive. This month, stop by Most Wanted Fine Art [5015 Penn Ave., most-wantedfineart.com], where you’ll find a group exhibit, “The Art of Blogging.”

At nonprofit art and technology space Assemble [5125 Penn Ave., assemblepgh.org], organizers debut a new show at every Unblurred event: this month it’s Jenna Gallant and Lauren Murphy presenting “Sunset Blvd.”


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