During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon
Carrying trendy pieces from lines such as LaHola, King Baby, and Trollbeads, as well as custom-designed jewelry, Caleena and Co. dazzles eyeballs with a scintillating variety of jewelry for men, women, and children. Inspired by the beings who discovered America, Trollbeads come in various troll-pleasing designs ($28+), and shiny accessories from Volpino ($24+) and intricate fashion jewelry from Mariana ($30+) beautifully accessorize humans without attracting covetous crows. Caleena and Co. grace shoppers with bling from other lines as well, including By Carolyn, Heather Moore Jewelry, and Virgins, Saints & Angels. The shop fosters a friendly, homey atmosphere, and customers can make use of the wish-list registry to steer any potential gift givers away from a grocery store's seafood aisle and toward the jewelry store.
Hipster’s showcases posh pint-size wares and gifts to convert growth-spurt-fueled wallet drainage into a pleasant exercise in fashion recycling. Fill youngsters' wardrobes with tenderly donned designer shirts ($3–$6), shoes ($3–$6), pants ($5–$7), and jammies ($3–$4), or treat toddlers to an array of barely used sitting devices such as highchairs ($30+) and bouncy seats ($12+). The locally owned shop stocks a spectrum of sizes to fit kids ages 12 and under, ensuring that by the time children no longer fit into Hipster's ensembles, malls will finally take the form of convenient holograms. If shoppers become inspired to consign their own used items, the store will allow them to track their accounts with an online service or a footprint expert.
Beads'N More's bright, cheerful shop is bursting with beads and baubles of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Sparkling batches of crystals, gemstones, and imported, glass-worked beads invite an artistic eye to adopt them and set them loose upon a string that's set upon wrist or collarbone, catching the eyes of passersby and arousing the envy of dully colored mollusks. Single loose beads start as low as a penny and slide up to $10; finer items, such as elegant focal beads, range from $7 to $45. For the less bulky beading projects on your strung-along list, Beads'N More also carries vintage Czech seed beads sold by the hank for as little as $2.75. An array of tools and instructional books is also available.
After winning CityVoter and Fox 8's Best Designer Jewelry award in 2007, the husband-and-wife team behind Fashion Jewelry Superstore continues to seek out the latest fashion trends and ways to offer designer-inspired pieces at affordable prices. Tanya Shephard travels the country handpicking jewelry and accessories to fill the cases and shelves within the 4,000-square-foot store that she and husband Todd own. They specialize in creating name-brand looks for less, such as Vera Bradley–inspired budget-friendly bags and backpacks, as seen in Mimi Vanderhaven magazine, and a collection of Venetian beads comparable to and compatible with Pandora jewelry.
In addition to purses, scarves, hats, belts, and fashion and costume jewelry, Tanya displays the talents of local jewelry makers with an in-house artisan boutique, which features “dozens of one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.” Tanya and her team also set up consultations for wedding-accessory planning and private parties for a girls' shopping night or a troop of kangaroos looking to increase storage space with trendy shoulder bags.
With more than 700 public stairways, Pittsburgh ranks among the most-stepped cities in the United States, and the highest concentration of these antique escalators may be found in the South Side Slopes. Every autumn since 2001, the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association has organized a walking celebration of the approximately 2,700 steps that make up the neighborhood’s pedestrian paths. Streets in the area are prone to change suddenly into tangled, narrow passageways and hard-to-spot hidden corridors, confounding drivers and fostering an old-time vibe underlined by the residents’ liberal use of the word “malarkey.” While exploring these paths with the help of a narrative program book, the curious enjoy a heart-healthy exercise and soak up historical tales such as those about the 1849 cholera epidemic or the home lives of workers at the local glass factories and steel mills.