Hit the Street: East Liberty

Whether you’re tech-savvy or a fashionista (or both), you’ll find something that pleases you in this expanding neighborhood.

photos by Josh Greenberg


Start your day at the new location of Zeke’s Coffee [6015 Penn Ave., zekescoffeepgh.com]. The baristas are friendly, in-house baked goods and other locally made treats are plentiful and you can buy a bag of house-roasted beans on your way out.


Browse through the shops in Bakery Square and stop at Ragged Row [116 Bakery Square Blvd., raggedrow.com], owned by sisters Brigitte and Christina Nguyen. Brigitte and partner David Barbe designed Ragged PGH, a line of Pittsburgh-themed apparel available here or at the boutique’s Sewickley location.


While you’re in the area, stop by TechShop Pittsburgh [192 Bakery Square Blvd., techshop.com] and sign up for a class or two. Intriguing options include 3-D printing, laser cutting and silkscreen printing.


Experience fun flavors at Olive & Marlowe [5975 Broad St., oliveandmarlowe.com], which sells artisanal olive oil and balsamic vinegars. Owner Heather Cramer periodically offers tastings — and she’ll also let you try her wares drizzled over ice cream. Some of her best combinations involve vanilla bean or chocolate olive oil with fig or peach balsamic.


Nearby is Union Pig & Chicken, [220 N. Highland Ave., twitter.com/union_pgh] known for its barbecue recipes. Go on a Wednesday and hit the establishment’s Adventure Bingo, a high-energy cross of bingo and trivia with prizes and craft cocktails related to that week’s theme. 


While You’re There

The East Liberty Presbyterian Church [116 S. Highland Ave., cathedralofhope.org] hosts its own concert series within its gothic-style stone walls. An April 19 show will feature opera singer Jasmine Muhammad accompanied by ELPC’s music associate, Gabriel D’Abruzzo.

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Known for its innovative works in dance, theater and other mediums of art and named for Pittsburgh greats Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater [5941 Penn Ave., kelly-strayhorn.org] presents something for everyone. In April, programming includes a family dance party and the Geri Allen Quartet.



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