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Handmade Heaven
On Friday, March 4, the Pittsburgh Glass Center is partnering with Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator to present Home Style Hot Jam, a free open house focused on homemade items such as this kitchen tablet dock by STAK Ceramics ($60). The event is part of Bridgeway Capital’s efforts to shift the “buy-local” ethos toward home goods as a means for inspiring small business growth and reintroducing manufacturing in Pittsburgh. Expect demonstrations from local artisans as well as home goods from the artisans for sale. 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship; 412/365-2145, (www.pittsburghglasscenter.org)

Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Don’t feel like spending hours preparing dinner once you get home from work? Check out the new Gourmet Slow Cooker with All-In-One Browning ($299.95), created by Canonsburg-based All-Clad and available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. The apparatus features three slow-cook modes, four cooking programs, a 22-hour programmable timer and a two-hour “keep warm” setting. You can use the product to steam, brown and sauté, as well as cook rice to perfection. It also features a 7-quart nonstick aluminum insert that can be used separately. (all-clad.com)


Welcome to Knitsburgh
Calling all knitters, crocheters and crafters. On March 4, 5 and 6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Downtown, the 12th Annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival are joining forces once again for a weekend of various events. This year, you’ll find art classes, workshops, vendors, special displays and more on a variety of crafts from quilting to beading. There will be 110 classes to choose from, as well as the Creative Open Studio, a new feature that allows curious minds to test out new machinery and techniques. (pghknitandcrochet.com)


A Season in Bloom
It’s hard to have the winter blues when surrounded by the vibrant hues and attractive scents at The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania’s annual Orchid Show, An Orchid Odyssey. Phipps Garden Center plans to host the free show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20. There will be educational seminars on beginner-specialty topics, plant raffles and sales by vendors from all over the eastern United States, as well as a photographer’s opportunity at 9 a.m. Sunday before the crowds appear. (1059 Shady Ave., Shadyside; 412/848-4349, oswp.org)

Fagor’s Eyes on the Prize 
Looking for an award-winning refrigerator for your home? Fagor America’s BMF-200X Refrigerator received the 2015 GOOD DESIGN Award in the Kitchen/Appliances category from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, an award given to the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial product. The BMF-200X features an LCD touch control panel, interior LED lighting, multi-fresh and nature-fresh compartments, and super-cool, super-freeze and holiday functions, which keeps an empty fridge set at 57 degrees Fahrenheit while the freezer continues to work as normal, preventing odor and bacteria. Fagor products can be purchased locally at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, Home Depot, Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond. (fagoramerica.com)

Photo by Matt Dayak


Putting a Spin on Snail Mail
After a successful campaign last year to encourage people to send handwritten letters, Wildcard in January launched a themed subscription service, Good Mail Day Club. Wildcard staff hand-picks products from emerging and established artists from around the United States to be featured in a themed monthly subscription box. The boxes may include items such as greeting cards, postcards, patches, pins, ephemera, art prints, tote bags, pens, stickers, crafty projects, accessories and home décor. Monthly subscriptions are $30 or $75 for three months. (4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/224-2651, goodmaildayclub.com)


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