Hit the Street: Point Breeze
If you love recycled or fair-trade items and lots of options for good food, we have the neighborhood for you.
photos by John Altdorfer
Find white or chocolate milk in sustainable glass jars, local eggs, locally grown hormone-free meat, and fair-trade and organic items galore at the East-End Food Co-op [7516 Meade St.] (you don’t have to be a member to shop). Buy from the bulk section to get the best deal, and check out the classes frequently offered on everything from DIY green cleaning projects to pollinator gardening.
Need a claw-foot bathtub? A kitchen cabinet? A door? Spend some time browsing Construction Junction’s [214 N. Lexington St.] 100,000-plus-square-foot space, which houses donated and recycled furniture of all shapes and sizes. Looking for a specific piece of hardware? Try the “treasure-hunt” section.
Under the same roof, find donated arts and craft supplies and a hodgepodge of other items for sale — including a popular bulk section — at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
On the other end of the neighborhood, you can enjoy a meal on the secluded back patio of Make Your Mark Artspace & Coffeehouse [6736 Reynolds St.], a vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving locally made baked goods, soups, sandwiches and other light dishes.
photo courtesy of Inner Hearth Yoga
Relax further with more healthy activity upstairs with a class at Inner Hearth Yoga.
End your day with a craft cocktail and an order of the ever-popular moules and frites at Point Brugge Cafe [401 Hastings St.]. The establishment recently added two new sauce flavors: spicy creole and chili verde. Yum.
While You’re There
Tour Clayton — the Frick family’s early 1900s home — and the Frick Art & Historical Center [7227 Reynolds St.] before enjoying high tea, offered every weekday afternoon, at the Café at The Frick. This month, First Niagara Presents First Fridays at the Frick summer lawn concerts kick off with singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke on June 5.
Explore 644 acres of Frick Park, Pittsburgh’s largest city-owned park. Every Thursday evening and most Saturdays, join the lawn bowling club for an open session.