See the City's Craftiest Artisans in South Side

The Exposed Artisans Market will offer plenty of things to do.


festival fun

It’s not hard to find one-of-a-kind, locally made pieces for your home — if you know where to look for them. Next weekend, that spot will be in Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Pittsburgh’s craftiest artisans will be out in full force from Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12 for the 11th annual SouthSide Works Exposed Artists Market. If your family typically complains during extended shopping trips, turn ‘em loose in this market. There’s plenty for everyone to do.

The event features a pop-up artists’ bazaar — including a lineup of crafters from the I Made It! Market — live music, a food truck roundup, sidewalk sales and much more. The kids (and OK, the husbands) are sure to be entertained.
Parking is free the first hour. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, the price jumps to $3 in the SouthSide Works lots. If you’re curious about crafters who plan to participate in the event, check out the I Made It! Market lineup of artisans here.
(425 Cinema Drive, South Side; 412/381-7335,

style inspiration

 At the behest of her clients, Stephanie Scanlon, owner of Decorating Den Interiors of Pittsburgh, took a cramped, cluttered kitchen in Lincoln Place and turned it into a sleek and functional gathering spot for the whole family.
“My clients love to cook as a family, but their kitchen was not conducive to having multiple cooks at the same time,” she says.
To add style — as well as storage space — Scanlon, a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, changed the kitchen’s layout from a “U” shape design to an “L” and added a dog-legged island, plus a pantry, new cabinets and fresh countertops, backsplash and flooring.
Because her clients love orange and blue — which they told Scanlon remind them of sunsets in Florida — the kitchen walls were painted a rich shade of Marquis Orange from Sherwin Williams. Blue was added through Daltile-brand ceramic in “Galaxy” on the backsplash as well as blue-and-white-swirled glass pendants over the island.
The kitchen’s new flow allows the family to enjoy the room together, as well as entertain guests, Scanlon says. “The clients can be in there cooking and their guests can be part of the experience,” she says. “Before, they were moving people out of their way to prepare meals.”

news + events

Want to learn more about the man behind Fallingwater? Join The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 for a film screening and discussion of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The event is free for PHLF members and $5 for nonmembers.
(744 Rebecca Ave., Wilkinsburg. To RSVP, call 412/471-5808 ext. 527,
Take in the beauty of nature with the 25th annual Mt. Lebanon Library Garden Tour. The self-guided tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. Perennials also will be on sale at the Mt. Lebanon Library during tour hours.
(16 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon; 412/531-1912,
Identify the pests in your backyard, and learn what to do about them, with the Urban Homesteading: Bug Your Bugs workshop. The Penn State Extension-sponsored class takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.
(Edible Teaching Garden, 400 North Lexington St., Point Breeze;


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