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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.

500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The Philly Team Store outfits Philadelphia sports fans with apparel, memorabilia, and souvenirs licensed by their favorite local franchises. Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers logos adorn hoodies and hats, and top players? names are emblazoned on authentic jerseys across the owners' backs or necks, depending on how they wear them. Other souvenir mainstays include autographed balls, watches, wall calendars, and bottle holders.

206 Federal St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

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.

1901 Brighton Rd
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Presented by PNC Broadway Across America, Rock Of Ages rallies the thunderous voices of its talented cast to tell an arena-rock love story scored to the most recognizable hits of the ’80s. American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis stars as love-struck singer Drew, who transports theater-goers back to the most hair-conscious decade of the 20th century, where love blossomed to the vibrato of Journey, and cities rose and fell around the lyricism of Jon Bon Jovi. Housed in the Benedum Center, Rock of Ages playfully parodies Sunset Strip rock lore while enthusing audience members with exuberant dance numbers, acid-washed denim, and an acute absence of pocket protectors. Adults will be instantly transported back in time to senior proms and Reaganomics, but children younger than 14 may not understand the historical significance of men’s jewel-encrusted spandex pants, so parental caution should be exercised for younger viewers.

600 Commonwealth Pl
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Between the pages of Edible Allegheny Magazine, readers find guides to local, seasonal eating alongside wisdom for healthy living and daily relaxation. The bimonthly publication hones in on eco-friendly developments in the culinary industry, ranging from wind and solar power to the sustainable practices of area farms. It also features recipes regularly submitted from notable chefs—recent entries have included chilled radish bisque and creamy potato gnocchi with pancetta and arugula. Additionally, it gives subscribers the chance to win over dinner guests or estranged tax consultants with elegant cocktail recipes. Its calendars also list events such as prix fixe dinners, cooking classes, and wine tastings. Readers can submit anecdotes related to sustainable cooking, farming, or gardening for publication.

1501 Reedsdale St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Pittsburgh Custom Darkroom's still-life specialists use digital technology to save vintage photographs that have been stained, spotted, torn, faded, cracked, and bleached. Picture fixers first consult with patrons to determine a restoration estimate and their favorite Civil War general. Snapshots return to their former glory with light (approximately $75–$100), medium (approximately $100–$150), medium/heavy (approximately $150–$200), and heavy (approximately $200–$300) restorations. During the process, a professional scans the image and produces up to an 8"x10" archival print (larger prints incur an additional cost), thus saving treasured memories of family vacations or alien abductions.

521 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh,
PA
US