Things That We Love This Spring
Home editor Jessica Sinichak finds the local gems you’ll be obsessing over.
Serve Up the Sea
Elevate your hosting game with a handcrafted serving board from Beaver-based Siroh & Ivy. Founded by artisan Sarah Cunzolo — who turned her passion for resin art and charcuterie into a business — Siroh & Ivy creates its one-of-a-kind serving boards using locally sourced wood. For the new “Ocean” and “Sea Foam” boards, layer after layer of resin is added to each piece, creating dreamy waves that will enhance any cheese or meat spread. Each custom board, sold at Downtown’s PG&H store, is 100 percent food safe as well as water and heat resistant.
Depending on wood type, prices range from $60 for a small board to $170 for a large board.
Quippy Cocktail Hour
It was impossible to get through 2020 without at least a few drinks — and Pittsburgh-based Moop, best known for its waxed canvas and leather bags, was here for it. Capitalizing on the need to laugh (rather than cry) during troubled times, Moop founder Wendy Downs created these quippy Pandemic Drinking Coasters. Made from stamped vegan leather, the small batch coasters will add a smile to your cocktail game in 2021 and — bonus — protect your coffee table from drink rings.
Pandemic Drinking Coasters, $38 for a set of four.
Moop, 429 1st Ave., Downtown; moopshop.com
Made in-house at Lawrenceville’s Von Walter + funkIBALLOON store, these candy-colored custom globe lights will fulfill your Mid-Century Modern fantasies. Each pendant is made from your choice of cloth-covered, colored electrical cord, a polarized plug, inline thumb switch and an 8-to-14-inch neck-less glossy globe. For the cap color, you can choose from an unfinished brass or white, powder-coated steel. Caps paired with a variety of cord colors — ranging from shocking pinks and violets to classic blacks and whites — can be custom created on Von Walter + funk’s website.
Lighting starts at $145. Von Walter + FunkIBALLOON, 5210 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/784-0800, vonwalterandfunk.com
Neighborhood pride is a real thing in Pittsburgh, which is home to 90 of them. Whether you’re repping Bloomfield, Brookline or Oakland, pay homage to your preferred ’hood with the black-and-gold Neighborhood Pennants by Oxford Pennants, available at Wildcard in Lawrenceville. While Wildcard carries pennants featuring more than 20 Pittsburgh neighborhoods (did I mention there are 90 of them?), new pennants are slowly being added to the collection.
Neighborhood Pennants, $12 each.
Wildcard, 4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/224-2651, wildcardpgh.com