Now helmed by a second generation of eyewear aficionados, Dalmo Optical has been clarifying blurry vision for half a century. During the eye exam, a skilled sight specialist examines eyes for signs of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and nitpickiness. After scores are tallied, the friendly staff helps fit faces with a flattering pair of frames from brands such as Dior, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs ($149–$600 for a complete pair). Dalmo Optical’s in-house lab ensures timely lens-frame bonding, with most single-vision spectacles ready to wear home in as a little as an hour. Peepers seeking protection from UV rays and Medusa’s gaze can also peruse a selection of prescription sunglasses ($69–$249).
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.
A team of PADI (Professional Association of Diving instructors) -certified diving instructors makes up Splash Water Sports, where they help customers learn and discover the arts of scuba diving. They offer a variety of different courses, ranging from pool-based introductory classes to certifications, emergency training, and extreme training for areas such as caves. Additionally, Splash Water Sports has the only instructor-development course in the Pittsburgh to be rated 5-stars by PADI.
At Cell Phones and More, clients browse phones and accessories from carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Boost, Cricket, and Virgin Mobile. Onsite technicians can reignite the healthy glow of a damaged smartphone screen or rekindle connections between computers and the Internet. Staffers can unlock phones, allowing devices to switch carriers without losing functionality or running away from home in search of their old signals. The shop also buys gently used cell phones and dishes out servings of prepaid minutes.
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.