Allegheny Arts Gallery's instructors operate under the artistic eye of Robert Buchanan, an established purveyor of painted, sculpted, sketched, and vibrantly designed artwork. Each week, classes will comprehensively break down the techniques and workflows required to ease conceptual development. Elicit a smile from an inanimate object while pursuing still-life art, immortalize a mountain through carefully placed brushstrokes in the landscape art class, or canvas-capture the human body with a lasso of ink in figure drawing. Classes last two hours each.
Though the term “boot camp” may conjure images of aggressive drill sergeants barking orders as their recruits struggle through grueling tasks, Body Proud Fitness Boot Camp sessions are much the opposite. Their enthusiastic trainers motivate patrons in outdoor boot-camp classes, issuing positive reinforcement as they work together to burn calories and excess fat through challenging, but not defeating, exercises. Each one-hour session is designed to promote fat loss with a varied routine of interval training that my involve weightlifting, push-ups, sit-ups, and plyometrics. Many activities require participants to band together to tackle obstacles, bolstering a sense of support and camaraderie. Instructors then lead exercisers in a cool down with yoga and stretching, leaving them more limber than a linguini noodle basking in a jacuzzi.
In addition to the calorie-blasting boot camps, Body Proud Fitness Boot Camp’s weight-loss specialties include one-on-one personal training and nutritional counseling. Clients gain access to the Truestar at-home training and nutrition programs, which lead them toward overall wellness with custom meal plans and supplements paired with tailored fitness routines.
As Pierogies Plus's chefs filter into the kitchen early each morning, they peek at the vast pot of potatoes they left to boil overnight, making sure each spud is tender and ready to tuck inside their signature dumplings. The multigenerational kitchen staff?some of whom have been making pierogies for four, five, or seven decades?roll out rounds of dough and top them with sauerkraut, kielbasa, potatoes, and other fillings, following a special recipe espoused by Food Network chef Bobby Flay. Then chefs center each dollop of filling, hand pinch the pierogies into scallop-edged crescents until they cry uncle, and cook them until the dough turns golden. Pierogies Plus dishes out its eponymous treats and other Eastern European dishes both in its McKees Rocks storefront and in an online store, and caters special events, such as graduation parties and weddings.
True to its name, Haven Salon welcomes guests to retreat from the bustling activity of Uptown for pampering services. Along with chic haircuts and color treatments, stylists transform locks into sleek styles with Brazilian blowouts and add length and body with extensions. Dr. Hauschka Signature Facials bring an extra touch of luxury to appointments, and waxing and makeup applications provide the finishing touch. And the team's commitment to rejuvenating clients is more than skin deep?they use only natural, organic products to beautify hair and skin, in keeping with the salon's eco-friendly philosophy.
The licensed dirt deleters at Green N Squeaky Clean whip unkempt apartments and homely homes into shape using only nontoxic, natural cleaning products that appease the earth. For two hours, two–three seasoned scrubbers will besiege quarters with a laundry list of cleaning services, which include vacuuming floors, a thorough dusting, emptying the trash, and lifting a corner of the house to sweep under its foundation. Once countertops and faucets are sanitized, kitchens will sing in their purest falsetto voices to drown out the depressing beeps of dying smoke detectors, and bathrooms will proudly flaunt their owners' life goals in glistening mirrors. Cleanings can be tailored to address a home's specific needs.
By encouraging everyone to participate in outdoor recreational activities, Venture Outdoors promotes Pittsburgh’s unique natural amenities, highlights the region’s excellent quality of life, fosters a greater appreciation for the environment, inspires an active lifestyle and creates a shared sense of community.