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  1. 5 Inspirational Luxury Bathroom Trends for 2016

    Are you looking for a new luxury home? Or maybe you’re planning a bathroom renovation in the home you already own? Either way, we’ve compiled a list of five of the year’s best luxury bathroom trends for your home décor or renovation inspiration!

    1. Walk-In Showers

    walk-in showers

    Long gone are they days when you need to step over the side of your bathtub to get into the shower, thankfully. Many luxury homes don’t even contain standard bathtubs anymore. Walk-in showers offer a variety of spa-inspired designs and features to add a more relaxing dynamic to your bathroom that improves the atmosphere and use of space. We especially love the frameless doors in front of that beautiful tile work that make the the shower appear much larger.


    2. Freestanding Bathtubs

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    The luxury home owners who still have bathtubs have transitioned to freestanding tubs. They add to the spa-like atmosphere and make the room look bigger and more enticing. It’s almost likely adding an eye-catching sculpture to your bathroom. Install a ceiling-mounted bath filler for an extra special spa experience.


    3. Double Shower Heads

    double shower heads

    Why only have one shower head when you can have two? If you crave a customized shower experience, you definitely want two. With multiple streams of water coming at you from different directions, you can enjoy a relaxing mini get-a-way and squeaky clean results!


    4. Additional Storage

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    The past few years have seen an increase in minimalist home design. It’s no surprise that this year, we’re seeing more storage options. People are realizing that, as intriguing as minimalist design is, it doesn’t always fit their lifestyles.

    Enter additional storage space. Some storage is coming in the form of floating bathroom shelves and we’re seeing some resurgence in vanity cabinets. If you want to take the time to clean your shelves and their contents, go with the floating options. If you prefer to keep your toiletries hidden, cabinets are the way to go.


    5. Unique Patterns

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    Forget about the mass-produced decor. This year, luxury home owners are customizing everything from their painted walls to their shower tile patterns. Whether they’re confident enough to design it themselves or choose to hire a professional, people are enjoying the imperfections of handmade décor.

  2. The Best School Districts in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

    Known as the smartest city in the US, Pittsburgh takes education seriously.

    The city is loaded with colleges and universities, libraries and museums. Our public school rank is pretty good too! Two of the most respectable, award-winning South Hills high schools rank in the top seven in the Pittsburgh area.

    Under each school district listed below, you’ll find a variety of information about student-teacher ratio, awards and extracurricular activities to help you choose the best neighborhood and school for you and your child.

    Pittsburgh South Hills School District Comparison

    Canon-McMillan High School

    Canon-McMillan is a public high school with about 1,525 students. It’s located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and serves Canonsburg, Cecil and North Strabane Townships. It’s the largest school district in Washington County.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 18:1
    • Awards
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 93.0
      • 16 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 25%.
      • 74% Exam Pass rate
      • 25 Honors Courses
      • 11 Vocational Education
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 37 Student Organizations (Including band and Drama)
      • 26 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels:


    South Fayette High School

    South Fayette is an award-winning public high school district with about 725 students. It serves the residents of South Fayette Township.


    Upper St. Clair High School

    Upper St. Clair is an award-winning public high school with about 1,380 students. It serves the residents of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.

    Education is one of the many reasons why we chose to build luxury homes in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. If you’ve considered moving to this area, take a look at our communities. Each one is located in a distinguished neighborhood near entertainment, dining, major highways, and reputable school districts.

  3. The Best School Districts in the North Hills of Pittsburgh

    Did you know that Pittsburgh’s North Hills is home to some of the most highly acclaimed high schools in the state? If you have children or are interested in starting a family, this is a good place to start looking for a house.

    Under each school district listed below, you’ll find a variety of information ranging from student-teacher ratio to awards to extracurriculars. Links are provided to help you choose the best neighborhood and school for you and your child.

    Pittsburgh North Hills School District Comparison

    Mars Area School District

    Mars Area School District is a public school district with about 1,040 students. This district covers Adams Township and Middlesex Township in Butler County as well as the Mars and Valencia communities.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 17:1
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 106.6
      • 9 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 28%.
      • 72% Exam Pass rate
      • 16 Advanced Courses
      • 8 Dual Enrollment Classes
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 51 Student Organizations (including band, drama, and college prep)
      • 29 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level


    North Allegheny School District

    North Allegheny is an award-winning public school located in Wexford, Pennsylvania with roughly 1,280 students from Marshall Township and the Town of McCandless as well the Bradford Woods and Franklin Park boroughs.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 15:1
    • Awards
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 102.6
      • 23 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 17%.
      • 40% Exam Pass rate
      • Over 50 Honors Courses
      • 8 Dual Enrollment Classes
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 51 Student Organizations
      • 29 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level


    Pine-Richland School District

    Pine Richland is a public school district with about 1,560 students. It serves residents of Pine and Richland Townships.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 16:1
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 111.0
      • 17 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 69%.
      • 71% Exam Pass rate
      • 22 Honors Courses
      • College in High School Classes Available
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 34 Student Organizations
      • 19 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level


    Seneca Valley School District

    Seneca Valley is a public school district located in Jackson Township, Pennsylvania. It serves students in the Harmony, Evans, Callery, Zelienople and Seven Fields boroughs as well as Forward, Jackson and Lancaster townships.

    • Student-teacher ratio
      • 13:1
    • Overall academic success
      • 2013-14 Pennsylvania School Performance rating of 101.8
      • 17 AP Courses
      • The AP® participation rate is 23%.
      • 70% Exam Pass rate
      • 22 Honors Courses
      • College in High School Classes Available
      • Engineering Certification Program
    • Extracurricular activities
      • 72 Student Organizations
      • 25 Athletic opportunities at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level

    Education is one of the many reasons why we chose to build luxury homes in Pittsburgh. If you’ve considered moving to this area, take a look at our North Hills communities. Each one is located in a distinguished neighborhood near entertainment, dining, major highways, and reputable school districts.

  4. Why You Should Relocate to the Pittsburgh Branch

    When you think of Pittsburgh, you probably think of the Steel City. Power plants, coal factories and smog might come to mind. Maybe you’re picturing something like the image below?

    That is what Pittsburgh looked like in the 1970s, but we’ve grown so much! We’re no longer known for our factories and coal. We’re recognized for our low cost of living and thriving culture!  Pittsburgh is a wonderful city and it’s been ranked as one of the best cities to live, work and visit.

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    Photo credit: Jiuguang Wang

    Live and Work in Pittsburgh

    A Most Livable and Affordable City

    Pittsburgh has been listed on the Most Livable Cities in the US lists (The Economist, Forbes and the Places Rated Almanac) since 2000. Now, it’s getting global press. In August, Metropolis ranked Pittsburgh one of The World’s Most Livable Cities. It was categorized among cities like Toronto, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Hong Kong because Pittsburgh has the hidden cultural elements that you typically find in a big city like NYC or Los Angeles, but it’s affordable so the average Joe can appreciate it, too. Speaking of affordable, Pittsburgh is the most affordable city in the world according to a report by Demographia International.

    Big City, Small-Town Love

    So, what makes Pittsburgh so great? Many residents say they love their home because it has a big-city feel with small-town love. People can enjoy great food, amazing art and music and still get a positive response when they greet a stranger on the street. We don’t know everyone, but we all take care of each other.


    You and your children can get an outstanding education with all of the award-winning high schools and universities in Pittsburgh.

    High Schools

    The North Hills and South Hills are home to some of the best high schools in the state. This chart will give you a quick breakdown.

    Pittsburgh high school educational rankings

    High Education

    Pittsburgh is a haven for higher education. We have numerous, exceptional institutions ranging from large to small, urban to rural. Below are the top 3 and a link to all of the local colleges and universities and their ratings if you’d like to do some additional research.

    Pittsburgh universities


    If you haven’t seen it in the news, Pittsburgh is home to world-class hospitals. UPMC was ranked #1 in the Pittsburgh metro area and in Pennsylvania. It also ranked #10 nationally for adult specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, nose and throat, ear, as well as psychiatry specialties. There are plenty of other outstanding hospitals including Magee-Womens Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital and Western Pennsylvania Hospital. This area attracts some of the best doctors in the world, so if you have any health problems or a family history of health problems, Pittsburgh is the place to be!


    If you’re looking for a job, Pittsburgh has been rated as one of the easiest cities to find a job in and we have some of the best employers in the US. Our employment rate is 4.4% and the job market definitely isn’t suffering. So what are the best industries for jobs around here?


    According to Uncubed, Pittsburgh is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the US. That’s likely what attracted the big guys like Apple, Google, IBM and Intel.


    In the past few years, we’ve positioned ourselves as medical leaders. The largest employer in the field is UPMC, but there are plenty of positions available around there city for hospital technicians, family practitioners, and other support positions.


    With the amount of impressive universities, 7,500 scientists and researchers and 150 laboratories, Pittsburgh has made a name for itself in the science research industry.


    Again, we have some great schools, specifically the colleges and universities. Between 1999 and 2004 there was an educational boom in Pittsburgh which created over 6,000 new jobs. The industry continues to grow and more jobs are being created.


    We were rated #6 by Travel Channel as one of the best all-American vacation spots. Our city is growing, people are visiting and jobs in tourism are expanding.

    Start Ups

    Maybe you don’t want to work for someone else, though. If you want to start your own business, Pittsburgh is a good place for that, too! According to Kiplinger, this is one of the best cities for emerging entrepreneurs. We have a strong community of small business, low cost of living, are well-educated and have low employment rates. What more could you want for your new business?

  5. The History and Resurgence of Carriage Homes

    What is a carriage house? Picture a two-car garage with an apartment above it. That mental image closely resembles a carriage house, also known as coach houses. Originally, they were built to shelter horse-drawn carriages. The living space above it was designated for the caretakers and the garage space below was used to protect their transportation.

    Since we no longer use horses to get around, we’ve modified the carriage house to meet our current needs. It is used in one of several ways.


    Single-Family Home

    Today, this type of home is better known as a single-family home. They are built for a single family (hence the name) and consist of one or two floors with a portion of the top floor extending over the garage. Single-family homes are most common in suburban and high income areas.

    carriage house single family home


    Guest House

    Not all carriage houses became single-family homes, though. In this case, the carriage house was detached from the main structure and used as a rental or a guest house since there was extra space above the garage.

    garage apartment

    Figure 1 Photo by Abe Ezekowitz


    Reclaimed Homes

    Recently, there’s been a movement in reclaimed homes and tiny (under 500 sq. ft.) living. Along with that movement came the recycling of materials for new housing and the conversion of non-residential buildings into houses and apartments. Carriage houses were some of the first to be reclaimed as permanent living structures.

    Some carriage houses were completely reinvented. Residents modernized the interior with skylights, stainless steel appliances and contemporary furniture. Others appreciated the structure’s origins and left the exposed wood and brick for a cozy experience.


    Million Dollar Carriage Homes

    Those who prefer to go big took the carriage home up a few levels. Here are a few examples of reconstructed carriage houses selling for at least one million dollars.

    In Clinton Hill, NY, there are twin carriage houses measuring 6,400 sq. ft. and selling for about 3 million dollars (for the entire building). Both are lined with beautiful red brick and have 13 ft. ceilings. One is a four-bedroom unit with a basement and the other is a two-bedroom loft style studio.

    There are plenty of celebrities and artists who have lived in million-dollar carriage homes, too. For example, Jonny Depp and Kate Moss lived in a cozy carriage house in the 90’s. This brick-clad 1820s home is part of a historic building in Greenwich Village worth 14.9 million dollars. The carriage house section that Depp and Moss lived in is currently being rented out for $19,000 a month.

    You’re familiar with the beautiful Cobble Hill carriage house from the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”, right? The home comes with a secret garden, second-floor terrace, greenhouse and exposed wood beams. The lucky owner of this lovely establishment is singer, Norah Jones. She bought it for 16.25 million dollars.


  6. How to Turn Your Home into A Smart House for Under $1000

    high tech home

    Technology has transformed the way we communicate, travel and even drink our coffee. Why not take it a step farther and upgrade your humble abode?

    Check out this list of gadgets that will help you transform your villa into the smart house you’ve always wanted.


    Smart TVs and Connected Devices

    smart TV

    A smart TV is basically a TV with your phone and computer built into it. It allows you to browse the internet, view apps, stream media and play games right on the screen. Depending on the smart TV you choose, you can control it via remote, app or touchscreen.

    Do you love the TV you have now? You don’t have to replace it to make it smart! You can buy a set-top box, which allows your TV to talk to the internet, enabling it to access all of those smart features. Here are a few of the top options for 2016:

    Roku 3 for $100

    The Roku 3 includes voice search, making it the best video streamer in its price class. It has a ton of channels available, and works with 1,000s of services like Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon Prime Video. If someone in your household enjoys video games, the Roku 3’s remote can double as a gaming controller, too!

    Google Chromecast for $35

    This pint-sized, USB-powered stick, known as Chromecast, plugs directly into your TV. It inconspicuously hides behind your entertainment center while letting you stream media to the biggest screen in your house via phone, tablet or laptop.

    Apple TV for $149

    If you already own a Mac, iPhone or iPad, the Apple TV is probably the best way to go. Unsurprisingly, it works seamlessly with Apple brand products. Apple TV enables you to wirelessly connect to any Apple device to stream and store media. It has apps available for Netflix, Hulu and many other services as well. It’s like having the entire app store in your living room.


    Smart Lighting

    Light bulbs are great, but did you know that they account for up to 30% of a home’s energy consumption? If you installed smart lighting, you could have infinite control your lights with a single control panel, not the type you have to walk across the room to access, but from an app on your phone.

    Motion sensor lighting is great in terms of efficiency. You can program your smart lights to turn on when you come home at night and it’s dark outside, turn on when you walk into a room and slowly brighten to wake you up in the morning.

    Smart lighting can be programmed to notify you of events, too, like when your teenager pulls into the driveway at 2am or when your toddler gets up in the middle of the night.

    family room lighting

    Philips Hue for $200

    The Philips Hue wireless system not only allows you to control your lighting; it helps you set the mood for every room in your home. From waking everyone up a 6am during the week with bright, morning lights to adding some character to your next party with with flashing colors. You’ll be able to control all of your lights from an app on your phone or tablet.

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    Photo by Scott Lewis

    Belkin WeMo Smart LED Lighting for $50

    Belkin offers the WeMo Smart LED Starter Set which contains WeMo light bulbs (which last for up to 23 years) and a WeMo Link, to control, automate or dim your lights from anywhere with your app, which gives you the ability to work your lighting as a group or individually.


    Multi-Room Speakers

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    If relaxing with family and entertaining friends is on your high-priority list, you could benefit from installing a home speaker system. It’s a great way to keep music comfortably streaming through your house, or to make sure no one misses a single line of the movie you’re watching in the theater room, even if they’re taking a bathroom break.

    Built-in speakers for $250-$300

    Built-in speakers are inconspicuously mounted on your ceiling to keep volume at a consistent level throughout the house. Check out Polk Audio 265-RT ($300), Bose Virtually Invisible ($300) and Polk Audio RC60i In-Wall ($250) speakers.

    Wireless Speakers for $25-$250

    If you prefer portable speakers, there are a variety of small, yet powerful, wireless options that can easily become another décor element on your living room bookshelf or office desk. Some options to consider are Beats Pill ($230), HDMX Stream ($60) and Sonos Play ($199).


    Remote Home Connection Hub

    All of these tech gadgets are great, but having an app for each one could get messy. Enter the remote home connection hub. The beauty of the hub is that not only does it communicate with your gadgets, but it enables them to communicate with one another.

    Thanks to hub systems like SmartThings ($99), Staples Connection Hub ($80) and Wink Hub ($89), you can connect and control technology, like the above mentioned gadgets and devices, in your home with one single app. And you don’t even have to be at home to do it!

  7. Save The Date | New Phase Preview & Model Sneak Peek in Upper St. Clair

    Bedner Estates is the premier neighborhood where affordable luxury and everyday convenience meet. Tucked away in Upper St Clair with easy access to I-79 and Route 19, Bedner Estates is just minutes away from the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon, South Hills Village Mall and a plethora of options for both work and play. Aside from Bedner Estates being one of the most desirable communities in Upper St. Clair, the highly coveted Upper Saint Clair school district boasts top performance rankings year in and year out.AJ 150116 Heartland Falling Water011crx_lowres

    On Saturday, October 24th, from 12pm – 4pm, Bedner Estates will hold a sneak peek of the Remington Place II model home and also a preview of the new phase of home sites.  Available floorplans and pricing will be released to those in attendance – The event is open to the public.

    The Remington Place II model home is located at 1687 Scarlett Drive, Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241.  The model home is also available for purchase as an investment.

    Anyone interested on attending the new phase preview and the model sneak peek, can visit the Bedner Estates webpage and complete the VIP form to receive an invitation to the event.  Call 724-871-1713 for further information.

  8. 8 Home Design & DIY Instagrams You Need To Follow

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    8 Home Design & DIY Instagrams You Need To Follow

    Summertime provides people with with the perfect weather to complete lots of activities and projects. From catching a tan outside (don’t forget sunscreen!) to finally finding time to finish up that one project outside, the options are endless. If you find yourself itching to start a new project or in need of some doses of inspiration, check out the Instagrams below.  Unfamiliar with Instagram?

    Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments. Transform your everyday photos and videos into works of art and share them with your family and friends.

    The following accounts stray from the more popular design accounts, which will hopefully show you some fresh, unseen ideas for home decor and interior design ideas, wall decor inspiration and home design projects!

    From Do-It-Yourself projects, interior design ideas and inspirational quotes, the following Instagram accounts will add creativity and life to your Instagram feed!


    This decorator on a budget incorporates a hint of fresh green into almost every post, which causes her Instagram to pulse with life. Her blog includes more details about her posts; there’s even a kid’s craft to make cacti out of rocks!

    A photo posted by Annie (@zevyjoy) on

    Are you into upcycled and repurposed pieces? If so, then you should definitely give this account a follow! This Instagrammer focuses on repurposed items, which may give you ideas on what to do with that old frame you have sitting in your basement…

    This account strays a bit from decor but makes up for it in how it infuses DIY, entertainment and food into each post. One of her most recent posts is a recipe for blackberry raspberry sangria popsicles- YUM! Check it out on her blog along with other fun printables, color palettes and DIY’s!

    This account explodes with cute and quirky posts! The pictures are fresh, playful and colorful and inspire tons of creative projects. Their blog also provides more information, which includes an entire archive of DIY projects if you’re feeling crafty!

    Note to self: create gold + copper leaf succulent table runner for next dinner part

    A photo posted by Chelsea Foy (@lovelyindeed) on

    Based in Sweden, this designer infuses her account with interior decor, DIY’s and tons of inspiration and is the perfect addition to anyone’s Instagram feed. She posts gorgeous bedroom, bathroom and kitchen decor ideas to spark creativity.

    A photo posted by Emmy♡ (@rolfsdotterdesign) on

    If you have a liking for luxurious and simple designs then this account is a great one for you to follow. From high ceilings and indoor decoration ideas to outdoor patios, this account features a little bit of everything. You can also keep up with them on Facebook!

    Located in Sweden, this well-known blogger posts gorgeous interior design inspiration. You can find more on her blog too; we especially love her IKEA hack on how to upgrade a wall mirror!

    El Peterson posts absolutely stunning rooms! What also makes her account so great is the DIY home decor aspect of it!  Are you a coffee-addict? Peep her DIY Coffee Station post on her blog, it’s every coffee lover’s dream.

  9. 11 New Cul-De-Sac Home Sites Being Released in Southpointe

    The Overlook at Southpointe community is located in a tranquil wooded setting, offers a premium Southpointe location and has easy access to I-79 & the Rt. 19 amenities. The community itself has sidewalks, amazing views, spacious home sites and the homes include brick fronts.Web_Heartland_Overlook_4724crx

    The community recently opened a new decorated Olsen model home. The Olsen features 4,610 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3-car garage, morning room with kitchen hutch, a finished basement and an owner’s suite with roman shower. Visit the model and take a tour today or during the release of the 11 new cul-de-sac home sites.

    The official release of the 11 new cul-de-sac home sites will take place Thursday, July 16th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Stop by and visit with Angela, Meagan & Justin to learn more about these home sites and the community.

    Olsen Model Home | 1000 Coldstream Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317

  10. Things To Do In Pittsburgh Summer 2015

    June 21 marks the official start to the summer season so if you’re asking yourself, “What can I do in Pittsburgh this summer?” then you’ve come to the right place. Summertime means festivals, concerts, food and drinks (includes outdoor eating), which are all things we have listed below. We have even included an ETC. category for even more things to do!

    Whether it’s a trip to Phipps Conservatory, a cooking class or a Pirates game, there’s always something to do in Pittsburgh and the lists below will help you with your decision.


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    What: Jam on Walnut
    When: 7 p.m. on June 27, July 25, and August 22
    Where: Walnut Street
    Why: It benefits Western PA’s Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and artists include Chris Higbee, Dancing Queen, and Radio Tokyo.


    What: Silk Screen Film Festival
    When: July 10- 19
    Where: Click here for details and tickets
    Why: Join them in celebrating their 10th year anniversary with 30+ international films and shorts that have never been screened in Pittsburgh before.
    WYEP Summer Music Festival

    What: WYEP Summer Music Festival
    When: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27
    Where: Schenley Plaza, Oakland
    Why: There are local openers such as Brightside and headliners include Kopecky, The Lone Bellow, and Martin Sexton.


    What: EQT Pittsburgh Regatta
    When: July 3-5
    Where: Downtown
    Why: Not only is it free but it was also revealed in an article from the Trib that there will be a nine-story “Wheel of Lights,” which will showcase a musical light show downtown.


    What: South Side Works Exposed
    When: July 11- 13
    Where: SouthSide Works, South Side
    Why: From food trucks to live music to 70+ artist market tents, there is something for everyone!

    Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

    What: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
    When: July 10- 19
    Where: See their website for event details
    Why: It’s the country’s largest vintage street race!


    What: Pittsburgh Blues Festival
    When: July 24- 26
    Where: Hartwood Acres
    Why: It helps to raise over $2 million a year and your entry is free if you bring in a bag of canned goods!


    What: Allegheny County Hometown Music Fest
    When: See their website for specific dates
    Where: South Park Amphitheater and Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
    Why: Artists include Paul Luc, Eve 6, Blue Öyster Cult and Field Report









    Who: The Rolling Stones with AWOLNATION
    When: 8 p.m. June 20
    Where: Heinz Field


    What: Vans Warped Tour
    When: 11 a.m. July 9
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: Kid Rock with Foreigner
    When: 6:45 p.m. June 28
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson
    When: 7 p.m. June 30
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    When: 7 p.m. June 30
    Where: Stage AE


    Who: Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa with Hoodie Allen
    When: 7 p.m. July 2
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: Three Days Grace
    When: 6 p.m. July 9
    Where: Stage AE


    Who: Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri
    When: 6 p.m. July 12
    Where: Stage AE


    Who: Foo Fighters with Royal Blood
    When: 6:30 p.m. August 25
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: Luke Bryan
    When: 7 p.m. July 31, Aug 1
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion



    Who: Hozier
    When: 6:30 p.m. July 28
    Where: Stage AE


    Who: One Direction
    When: 7 p.m. August 2
    Where: Heinz Field


    Who: Nicki Minaj with Meek Mill
    When: 7 p.m. August 8
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: J Cole & Big Sean with YG
    When: 6:30 p.m. July 30
    Where: First Niagara Pavilion


    Who: Los Lonely Boys
    When: 8 p.m. June 21
    Where: Altar Bar









    What: 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest
    When: July 17-18
    Where: Stage AE

    What: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
    When: August 10- 16
    Where: Click here for the list of restaurants involved.

    What better way to celebrate the summer season in Pittsburgh than eating outside? Here’s a list of must-go-see restaurants in the area for foodies.

    Andora Restaurant
    Winner of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice 2015 Award, this restaurant has three locations with beautiful outdoor seating.
    Menu Must-Try’s: shrimp bisque and the Andora burger

    Double Wide Grill
    Double Wide Grill
    With vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options, this restaurant is a hot spot during all summer holidays.
    Menu Must-Try’s: pineapple chicken wrap, salmon avocado BLT

    Andy’s Wine Bar
    Not only do they offer seating outdoors and a wide wine selection but they also serve house smoked BBQ every Friday during the summer and live jazz music Wednesday-Saturday.
    Menu Must-Try’s: truffle blue cheese fries and Cherries vs. Chocolate

    Smallman Street
    Eleven Contemporary Kitchen
    Eleven’s location provides Strip District-goers with the perfect escape from the bustle of Penn Ave.
    Menu Must-Try’s: sea scallops and the chef’s tasting menu
    Open Bottle Bistro
    Located in the heart of Shadyside, this bistro is winner of the OpenTable Diner Awards for Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem and Outdoor Dining.
    Menu Must-Try’s: filet mignon slices flatbread and the champignon


    Café @ The Mattress Factory
    Supplied from Coca Café on Butler Street. Visitors please note: museum admission is not required to dine.
    Menu Must-Try’s: tea-smoked salmon and melted brie wheel
    Cafe at the Frick

    Café @ The Frick
    The Frick grounds yield the perfect backdrop for lunch and tea service (served daily after 2:30 p.m.)
    Menu Must-Try’s: potted shrimp and carrot dumplings


    The Porch @ Schenley Plaza
    This list would not be complete without this restaurant’s presence. With an extensive menu, this spot has something for everyone.
    Menu Must-Tries: farm bread salad and cinnamon raisin brioche French toast






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    The Mattress Factory

    Check out the museum’s new exhibition, Factory Installed featuring art from Anne Lindberg, John Morris, Julie Schenkelberg, Jacob Douenias, and Ethan Frier.

    “Eight artists have been chosen to present work in Factory Installed, a two-part exhibition opening at the Mattress Factory in 2015. Artists were chosen through an open submission process, and were selected from a pool of over 500 applicants from 27 countries and 35 states within the US… Each artist will create a new room-sized installation that will demonstrate a uniquely different approach to the creative process.” – Mattress Factory


    The Andy Warhol Museum
    There are two new exhibitions that are gracing the museum this summer! One is from German/Dutch artist Stefan Hoffmann called Glycerine and Rose Water, which showcases his vertical silkscreen talents. The other is Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, which presents the young artists’ works while they were students at CMU.


    City of Asylum
    International free speech and literary rights champion, City of Asylum, hosts a series of events all summer long on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Check the events calendar for upcoming jazz concerts, poetry readings, and dance performances.



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