Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JUNE 27, 2014 - The Strip District's 3rd Annual : Stroll the Strip: Savor the Neighborhood JUNE 26, 2014



   
STROLL THE STRIP - OFFICIAL LOGO


                    Last night I had the esteemed pleasure of being the event photographer representing Neighbor's In the Strip : Non- Profit organization during this city's 3rd Annual Stroll the Strip 2014.  I had such a great evening, and definitely will be participate next year.  I strongly urge everyone reading this too.. also. Stroll the Strip was sponsored by Pitt Ohio, The Cork Factory, Guardian Storage, Lot 24, Buncher Co., Urban Redevelopment Authority, Mind Over Media, Cruze Bar, Showclix, Pgh Tour Co., Neighbor's In the Strip, and The Strip Magazine; and proceeds went toward benefiting all programs and services of NITS.




  Aaron, an extremely dear to my heart and long time friend accompanied me as my wonderful and witty camera assistant.  Thank you so much for your patience and time.  I hope you enjoyed the night as much as I did. :) 




                         

                       We started our "Stroll" uptown at one of the nights two check-ins, The Pittsburgh Winery located at 2518 Penn Ave. The second check-in was down Penn in the Heinz History Center.  Let me begin first by saying this is one of the most romantic locations I've been in for a very long time.  Beyond the grandiose wooden entrance door,  patrons were greeted with deep red walls and subtle lighting, both similar to the wines they make themselves.  Downstairs is where the tasting was taking place, so Aaron and I headed there excitedly.  Bartenders: Tim and Tim graciously assisted in pouring out wine samples, giving wine tips and facts; which were paired with a variety of specialty cheeses and crackers.  


PGH WINERY - TIM GABER BARTENDER AND RASHAUD OLSON
PGH WINERY - TIM GABER BARTENDER AND RASHAUD OLSON

PGH WINERY- TIM GABER-BARTENDER AND : JORDAN AND KATE KAY
PGH WINERY- BARRELS FILLED WITH CURING WINE
             

                      Our next stop was Kindred Cycles at 2515 Penn Ave.  Here one will find almost anything and everything you need for your wheeled friend.  The staff was not only extremely nice and courteous, but also ready to answer any questions customers came prepared with.  It's a cyclist dream inside those walls, and I'm so happy to have it located here in the Strip.

 
KINDRED CYCLES - HOST LOCATION


                    We continued down Penn and immediately hit 2 additional host locations, Dulcinea Bakeshop and Opening Night at the Strip Catering on 2627 Penn Ave.  Here we had the pleasure of meeting 2 amazingly kind and warm women.  They had samples of delectable brownie bites out for tasting, and I'll just say I "tasted" my fair share.  I also bought a gluten/wheat/oat free Peanut Butter cookie to split.  Aaron and I were blown away by the richness and flavor of this cookie that included only 5 ingredients.  We definitely are returning for a dozen next time we don't have camera equipment on us. :)  If you have a sweet tooth like myself, this new bakeshop is definite stop in the Strip.


DULCINEA BAKERY- HOST LOCATION
DULCINEA BAKERY - OWNER: TABRINA AVERY
DULCINEA BAKERY - GLUTEN/WHEAT/OAT FREE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES ARE TO DIE FOR 
OPENING NIGHT AT THE STRIP CATERING- CATERING MGR.: JEAN ROSS

             With the taste of chocolate and peanut butter deliciousness still lingering, we continued our walk down Penn.  We passed the Style Truck, that was parked and ready for business.  They offered an assortment of beautiful shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes, and accessories anyone would be grateful to open their closet to.  I'm a shoe person, and with that said I just had to keep going without browsing too long.  



STYLE TRUCK- HOST LOCATION


             The next place we hit was Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle on 2329 Penn Ave.  This was a great opportunity for us to sit and take a little break, accompanied with live entertainment from Mike Gallagher. We shared some raw vegetables and hummus, finished our 2 glasses of water, and cooled off for a minute.  I have never been in here before, and it was inviting and made you feel at home.  I can see myself stopping for an ice cold Sam Adams and an order of wings in the near future :).  

MULLANEY"S HARP & FIDDLE- HOST LOCATION

MULLANEY"S HARP & FIDDLE - ENTERTAINMENT BY: MIKE GALLAGHER


            Our next host location is one my personal favorites, the Pittsburgh Public Market; and has been ever since it opened originally on Smallman St.   From it's introduction, it has relocated to their new residence at 2401 Penn Ave. I had the honor of coming to this location twice last month.  First for the N.I.T.S. judging and award ceremony for the Spirit of the Strip photowalk contest, and secondly for Jenn's Jems ALS Fundraiser: Market after Dark.  This building houses multiple vendors that offer farm to table vegetables, along with specialty foods and beverages, services and mosaics. If you are looking for a unique gift, you may want to stop and look here first in the Strip. 










  • Caffe' d'Amore
  • Jonathan Moran Woodworks 
  • Soup Nancy's
  • Ohio City Pasta
  • Wheel & Wedge
  • Mind Body Essentials Wellness Store
  • LaPalapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen
  • East End Brewing Co.
  • Eliza's Oven
  • Glade's Pike & Oak Spring Wineries
  • Najat's Cuisine
  • Clarion River Organics
  • The Olive Tap
  • Jenn's Jems and Mosiac Glass Creations











  • PGH PUBLIC MARKET- HOST LOCATION
    GLADE'S PIKE & OAK SPRING WINERY - BRENNAN CENTI, T.J. CORBETT AND ARIANNA JOHOS


                   After departing the Pittsburgh Public Market, we headed down Penn and stopped at many host locations offering heavenly appetizers and drink samples.  While strolling, we heard continuous laughter in the street barreling out from multiple open doorways, and outdoor seating.  How could you not love an event that promotes all light heart-ed glee and hoopla? :)

    **THE BEERHIVE on 2117 PENN AVE. 


    THE BEERHIVE - CROWD SHOT

    **ROWLAND'S SEAFOOD GRILL on 1904 PENN AVE. 

    ROWLAND'S SEAFOOD GRILL- JAMES TARASI,D AND EZARIA ELDER
                                                     ** PRIMANTI BROS on 46 18th ST.
    PRIMANTI BROS - OUTDOOR CROWD

    PARMA SAUSAGE on 1734 PENN AVE. 
    PARMA SAUSAGE - AMY WYATT, KATE SABOLCIK AND BECCA BISSONNETTE

    IN THE KITCHEN on 1725 PENN AVE.

    IN THE KITCHEN - HOST LOCATION
    IN THE KITCHEN - CROWD SHOT


                    We completed our "Stroll", and headed to the after party set up at Cruze Bar.  We were tempted with the aroma of peppers, chicken, and fixings as we passed the Pgh Taco Truck that was prepping for a long night of business. 


    PGH TACO TRUCK - NIGHT TIME SNACK

                              As we got closer, we saw people start to pedal their way to Cruze Bar, literally.  This  large group of individuals came ready and prepared to have a great time.


    PGH PARTY PEDALER- CROWD SHOT ON SMALLMAN ST.


                   The after party was set at Cruze Bar at 1600 Smallman St.  You may have even been lucky enough to be greeted by the marvelous and wonderful N.I.T.S. Executive Director: Becky Rodgers.

                    Ms. Becky Rodgers and her sister, Cynthia Heffrich: Communications and Marketing Director are crucial and indispensable to the N.I.T.S. non-profit organization. I always feel proud and privileged to have met them both, and thank God I did. 




                    The after party began with the raffle prizes distributed by the Honorary Chair Jim Krenn.
      The prizes ranged from gift baskets filled with beers from the East End Brewing Co, to bottles of whiskey from Wigle, to gift cards and merchandise to numerous host locations.







     









                          Once all the prizes were collected with grins from ear to ear, Random Play began, and so did the dancing!!  Everybody was ready to get their groove on and boogie the night away. 























    AFTER PARTY - RANDOM PLAY
    AFTER PARTY-  JACKLYN AND JENN OREFICE
    AFTER PARTY-  JACKLYN AND JENN OREFICE
    AFTER PARTY- DANCE FLOOR CROWD




    AFTER PARTY-  ZACK HARMS AND HEIDI FISCHER














           The staff and interns from N.I.T.S. didn't fail to bring their passion and excitement to the party.





     















                               

                                  The high levels of enthusiasm in the air flowed to the outer deck of Cruze Bar, and could be heard up and down Smallman St.  It was no time before dancing, singing, and laughter followed.   




    AFTER PARTY- DECK DANCING-CROWD SHOT
    AFTER PARTY-  TOM VISCONTI, DENISSA PETRESCU 
    AFTER PARTY-  TOM VISCONTI AND  DENISSA PETRESCU
    AFTER PARTY- RYAN MUNZIN AND SARAFINA BROOKS
    AFTER PARTY -RYAN MUNZIN AND WAYNE WEIL: JIM KRENN PRODUCER
    AFTER PARTY - ERIN AND ROB POWERS



    AFTER PARTY - 16th ST.  BRIDGE FROM SMALLMAN ST.
       As the night wound down for Aaron and I, others were still full of energy all around us. 

    AFTER PARTY- DANCE FLOOR CROWD SHOT
    LAST SHOT OF THE NIGHT - SMALLMAN ST. 


                   Although I consider myself a local to the Strip District, I cannot express what a phenomenal experience I had during the Stroll the Strip 2014.  I had the chance to meet new people, go into new buildings and businesses, try new foods and spirits; all with my friend I always have loved tremendously.

                As we left the city, stunning fireworks started almost immediately; lighting up the sky over PNC Park.   I remember turning to Aaron, saying, "I will never forget this moment... right now... right here."  I absolutely love fireworks, so there couldn't have been a better ending to my wondrous evening.

                   Mesmerized, I slid back in the passenger seat, put my feet on the dash, rested my head on my shoulder, and smiled for miles. 

    *ALL PHOTOS IN THIS POST ARE JOINT OWNERSHIP OF AMBER Y. FITZGERALD AND NEIGHBORS IN THE STRIP NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION.