An Emmy Award–winning station, WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported public broadcaster. WQED's online shop catalogues Pittsburgh-centric products and programs intended to educate the community and beyond. Rick Sebak's Pittsburgh A–Z characterizes the local culture with a series of pieces using the journalist's trademark narrative style and personalized alphabet starting with the letter R ($19.95). Sports merchandise, such as the book The Chief: Art Rooney and His Pittsburgh Steelers ($28.95), document athletic narratives without boring halftime performances or off-season doldrums, while the Things That Aren't There Anymore DVD ($19.95) and Bike Rides Out of Pittsburgh: Over 425 Rides from .6 to 110 Miles ($20.00) provide guides for the local everyman.
Since 1969, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has presented world-class performances. With a subscription package, you'll earn a tutu triumvirate, which may include the newly debuted The Three Musketeers, Tchaikovsky's timeless holiday tale The Nutcracker, or Dracula, Bram Stoker's macabre saga of love experienced by sentient lawn ornaments. A Gershwin Fantasy presents a graceful reimagining of the tunes of George and Ira Gershwin with accompaniment from Tony Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway and her band. Balanchine celebrates the work of legendary American choreographer George Balanchine.
Guardian Storage offers customers a variety of indoor and outdoor storage units that range in size from 5'x5' to 20'x30'. Along with its storage space at locations in Pennsylvania and Colorado, the company offers patrons complimentary use of its carts and dollies and has various packing and moving supplies available for purchase. With the help of a LEED-accredited architect, the facilities implement environmentally conscious practices that include building storage units with partially recycled steel and using heat-reflecting roofs capable of tanning birds' pale underbellies.
Of all the individuals who made the Italian beef sandwich a Chicago staple in the early 20th century, Karl Horn has a soft spot for one in particular: his mom, Carol. Affectionately nicknamed "Tootie" by her family, Carol created the recipe that Karl uses at Tootie's Famous Italian Beef. Deemed the city's best roast beef by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, each portion of slow-roasted meat arrives in 4-, 6-, or 12-inch rolls topped with giardiniera and provolone cheese. The Tootie team also fills sandwiches with sausage links, shredded chicken, and, in the case of its Barnyard and The Farm options, all three at once.
Sunlight streams in through the large windows of Kiln-N-Time's studio, where amateur artists paint canvases and throw pottery in a celebration of self expression. For a simple craft project, guests can grab a pre-made ceramic vase, mug, or bowl and embellish it with sassy polka dots, a coffee-complementing hue, or text of the answer to life's ultimate question. More in-depth projects see artists building their pottery from scratch with a lump of clay and pottery wheels or painting flowers and beach landscapes during BYOB sessions. The studio can also perform restoration and conservation work on art pieces or create custom tiles for homes.