Saturday, November 24, 2012
Shopping at locally owned stores helps boost the Pine-Richland area's economy.
Thanksgiving is over. Black Friday is a memory. Now it's time for Small Business Saturday—a day to support small businesses in the community. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season. Shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in the Pine-Richland community. Pine-Richland Patch encourages its readers to shop locally on Small Business Saturday. In fact, we asked local businesses to tell us what they are doing on Small Business Saturday. Here is what they told us. Wexford General Store Antiques—"We will accept American Express and encourage our customers to sign up for the $25 credit with them, we also have 15 percent…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Some cooks like a certain brand names, others go organic. What do you do?
What makes your Thanksgiving meal soar from so-so to super? Is choosing the perfect turkey—the centerpiece of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner—an art form or a stroke of luck? Do you choose the same brand every year? Shop at the same market? Go organic? What about your side dishes? Do you shop at the closest grocery store or go to a local farm? Please tell us in the comments how your Thanksgiving meal turned out—what worked (and what did not). Also, we're curious where you shopped and why you chose that spot to shop. Please take our poll and tell us about your Thanksgiving experience in the comments.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The store in the Village at Pine carries a wide array of sports-related items
Looking for a gift for a Pittsburgh sports fan? Planet Pittsburgh is a good place to go. Located in the Village at Pine in Wexford / Pine Township, the two-year-old store has clothes—from baby sizes to adults—as well as framed photos, team gnomes, bobble heads and more. Owner Jeff Schlichtkrull said sweatshirts are a big seller and he's expanded his store's selection to include Pittsburgh items like cups, snow globes and a pen with an Incline floating in it. You can find jackets, T-shirts, Troy Polamalu Bobble Heads, wine glasses, bibs, a little-girl Steeler cheerleader outfit, Steeler salt-and-pepper shakers, a Steeler birdhouse and caps. Schlichtkrull will celebrate Small Business Saturday by giving customers a 10 percent discount on …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Shopping at locally owned stores helps boost the Pine-Richland economy.
Small Business Saturday—a day to support small businesses in the community—falls on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving and one day after Black Friday. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season. Shopping on Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to give back to the businesses you know and love in the Pine-Richland community. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy in their communities. Pine-Richland Patch wants to get the word out on what local businesses are doing on Small Business Saturday by offering this space as a free forum to let the community know what …
Jeff and Linda Lyden have created a specialty store that keeps customers coming back.
Just when you thought the market for selling toys was cornered by big-box stores, along comes Castle Toys and Games. A year after opening in the Pine Tree Shoppes in Wexford, the store stays busy as it sells everything from old-fashioned favorites like marbles to more modern items like Power House, a kit of household experiments with renewable energy. We're talking sustainable living in the 21st century. Customers know co-owner Jeff Lyden by name and he is quick to give them personalized service that includes helping Mom slip a Santa gift into the car trunk undetected by the children traveling with her. His wife, Linda Lyden, chooses all the merchandise—she started the business in 2005 with a store in Beaver when their daughters went off …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Check out these businesses that are in the Pine-Richland area. Know of more local businesses with Facebook pages? Tell us in the comments.
Small businesses are looking for a little love in the holiday season, so why not start by "liking" these Pine-Richland businesses on Facebook. Then, of course, be sure to shop there. This list is in no particular order. If you know of more businesses that should be on the list, please tell us in the comments by listing the business and the link to its Facebook page. Just click on the names below to link to the Facebook page for that business. UPDATE: These businesses have been recommended through the comments section and our Facebook page. Turner Jewelers Zottola Lawn and Landscape You Rock Fitness Airtech Radon Services One Enchanted Evening The Oven K9 Kingdom UPDATE: We keep adding non-business Facebook pages that we encourage you to…