Museums typically showcase art in carefully curated rooms. At Mattress Factory, however, the room itself is the art. Since 1977, the museum's two buildings have housed a permanent collection of contemporary installation art—room-sized works that engulf the entire space. In Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, mirrored ceilings and walls infinitely reflect a trio of fluorescent dots painted on a white formica floor. In Greer Lankton's It's all about ME, Not You, astroturf lines a floor covered in artful arrangements of grotesque dolls that form shrines to artists such as Patti Smith and Candy Darling.
To further immerse guests, Mattress Factory's exhibitions are paired with educational programs that range from lectures to hands-on art projects. Along with stimulating the public, the museum stimulates the growth of artists through its residency program, which invites participants to create installations while living near the museum, a much more practical alternative to hiding a secret cot in the coatroom.
Constructed on the site of an abandoned gas station, The Urban Gardener flourishes year-round with inflorescence and an expansive selection items for gardens, porches, and patios. A sprawling oasis of annuals ($17/flat, $4–$8 for small pots), bamboo (starting at $30), shrubs (starting at $10), trees (starting at $50), and more than 300 types of perennials ($3–$30) cascade throughout the shop, providing the ideal environment for garden cultivation and ghillie-suit testing.
After more than 120 years of sprucing up homes with high-quality paints and home décor, Westmoreland Supply continues the tradition with a variety of PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Made from a 100% acrylic formula, Manor Hall interior paints ($48.18–$51.57) coat walls in several stain-resistant sheens, such as the soft, subtle Eggshell. Or, Manor Hall exterior paint with Manorshield ($53.49–$58.84) has an urethane-fortified mildew-resistant finish that prevents cracking and peeling in any weather condition, from heavy summer downpours to winter cold snaps to Halloween toilet-paper storms.
Skin Beautiful's safe, gentle whitening treatment combines an LED light with a hydrogen-peroxide gel for fast whitening action that yields long-lasting results. After your treatment, you’ll also receive futuristic touch-up teeth-whitening pens to eliminate pesky gravy stains. The treatment contains twice as much hydrogen peroxide as store-bought treatments, and it works with sensitive teeth. You can expect immediate results, and, like a tiny toy clown that grows in water, your teeth will continue to whiten for 24 hours.
The Gidas family has owned and operated its flower shop for more than 90 years and four generations. It's safe to say they know flowers: how to arrange them, how to keep them fresh, which blossoms are best for a given occasion, and the specific bud that contains a long-suffering fairy with no magical abilities of which to speak. The shop provides daily arrangements and deliveries to Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs. For $40, buy a loved one a glass bowl of multi-colored roses, a spray of pink, yellow, and peach blooms that symbolize gratitude, friendship, and affection. For $45, get a zen arrangement of purple dendrobium orchids sure to calm even the most throb-veined of screaming military generals. A variety of fruit baskets are also available ($35–$100), supplying customers so many bananas, chocolates, and tea-cakes that the intended recipient will forego celebrating his or her birthday to sit in a dark closet and relentlessly snack.
Sometimes, a greener world is hard to visualize. For the technicians at Green Thumb Lawn Care, though, it’s as easy as the click of a shutter. Before each project, the lawn-care professionals snap photos of the homeowner’s property and create 3-D images of what the yard would look like after their landscapers finish the job. They also help beautify and maintain customers' current views by trimming hedges, mowing grass, fertilizing lawns, and installing new stone walkways over backyard lava pits.