With winter looming like a cloud of spilled oatmeal on the horizon, now is the ideal time to batten down the hatches and get home-care projects underway. Colorfully feather your nest with paints and supplies from Benjamin Moore (starting at $3.99), or eradicate stray skids with Bona floor products and accessories (starting at $7.99). Pick up some multi-purpose Gorilla Glue ($2.99 - $8.99) for minor repairs, or to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Additional selections of tools, hardware, and cleaning products keep dens snug through cold winter months. Should plentiful options make your head perform pirouettes, a helpful staff is on hand with dedicated customer service that will bring back fond memories of simpler days, such as December 8, 1947, or September 26, 1959. Whatever the project may be, Wexford Ace Hardware carries the wares and professional guidance to get the home-improvement wheel running without unexpected leaks or squeaking noises. Top-drawer customer service, an enormous stock of supplies for all occasions, competitive prices, and the ability to special order any product make Ace the place that houses dream about when they begin having existential crises.
Nestled in a turn-of-the-century Dutch-colonial home, Flowers in the Attic combines a flower shop, a daytime café, and a gift shop under one roof, creating a charming and eclectic experience that was once profiled in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The gift shop's floral arrangements, antiques, and trinkets from brands such as Root Candles and Boyds Bears make for special multi-occasion tidings and fun perusal as guests explore the house. In the café, servers bring to tables brunches replete with eggs and waffles and lunches of sandwiches and salads that overflow with greens and chopped fruit. On balmy days, a wraparound front porch seasons fare with fresh air that flows in through crisp white balustrades and pillars. Special teatime events at the house include spreads of sandwiches, pastries, and pots of tea to share among adults or little ones. The proprietors of Flowers in the Attic also rent their unique space for events ranging from bridal showers to bar mitzvahs.
Levin Furniture has been passed down through generations of Levins since 1920, when Jessie Levin persuaded her husband to start a business to help their daughters' prospects. Since then, the business has grown, expanded, and gained a reputation for procuring and selling quality furniture. Levin Furniture's stock includes leather reclining sofas, beautifully carved dining tables, and sleigh beds from Daniel's Amish using hardwood materials from Ohio.
Giant Eagle's spread of more than mild to pungent cheeses amasses more than 400 varieties of aromatic curds from around the world. Parmigiano reggiano ($18.99/lb.) complements rustic tomato sauce and earthy olive oil with firm bites that break into chunks for salty hors d'oeuvres. Cotswold cheese combines mellow double Gloucester with onion and chives ($12.99/lb.), a savory mix that melts into a smooth, hearty sauce when heated on stovetops or placed in a tanning booth. Discerning palates gravitate toward Market District red-wax gouda ($8.99/lb.), a silky cheese whose mild taste artfully underscores the delicate flavors of white wines and fruity reds. A cheese glossary helps shoppers navigate the aisles, paring hard or soft wedges with a fondue recipe or ripened sweater. Additionally, Giant Eagle’s low-fat cheeses deliver fortifying doses of calcium while cutting down on calorie content.
The secondhand building materials, home furnishings, and antique treasures residing within Construction Junction's 30,000-square-foot warehouse all dodged a trip to the landfill in order to be repurposed in construction or decorating projects. Twenty departments come stocked with items ranging from major appliances and plumbing accessories to lumber and wardrobes that lead to Narnia. The crew of staff, volunteers, and interns at this nonprofit company cares not only for the environment, by finding a new home for functional wares, but also for the community, by supporting organizations such as Goodwill.