Typhoon Lighting especially specializes in everything light related: repair services, refurbished antique lighting fixtures, and classic and contemporary new designs to lustrously illuminate any roost. The company's domestic fixtures include pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and lamps that, when nicely light-bulbed, scare ghosts and shed light on ping-pong balls' hidden hideaways (prices vary, depending on limited items and specialty lines). Luxurious lampshades are available to enhance any immodest bare bulb ($30 to $50 on average). The radiant retailer also stocks a wide selection of accessories, including finials and hard-to-find antique bulbs (average $50–$200). If you already have an item that needs fixing or you would like to have a unit customized or embellished with a handmade lampshade, Typhoon's friendly, experienced staff is also eager to lend a hand ($70/hour). All repair and fabrication services are done in-house by highly skilled craftspeople, ensuring special attention and glowing service.
If you walk amid bFit Studio’s high ceilings and sprung floor within the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, you would not see solo exercisers walking aimlessly among complicated machines without knowing how to properly use them or motivate themselves. Instead, your eyes would meet the sight of bodies moving in tandem to energetic beats that pump from a surround system. That’s because the staff of certified instructors focus all their attention on classes, in which clients of all fitness levels make use of equipment such as TRX straps, BOSU balls, and Kangoo boots.
Kiln-N-Time's ceramic pros guide unsure artists through the steps of customizing pottery in a sunny studio with yolk-yellow accent walls. Grownups and future grownups choose from a wide variety of bisque pottery pieces before claiming a spot at a tile-topped table and beginning to paint. Embellish a vase ($20+) with sassy polka dots, cover a latte mug ($20+) in a coffee-complementing hue, or fill the inside of a bowl ($15+) with cherry-shaped chocolates, creating a complicated metaphor for life and dessert itself.
Solar Control Window Tinting swathes panes in professional films that diffuse sunlight and maintain even-keeled climates in cars, homes, and offices. Residential and commercial windows don sheer or dense privacy films from brands such as 3M and Piper, which block up to 99% of UV rays, trap warmth in the winter, and block heat in the summer, keeping energy consumption in check and environments comfortable. The coatings also protect art and upholstery from sun damage, and can reduce the number of flying shards should storms or soprano houseguests shatter windows.
Solar Control’s techs apply the same surface savvy to car windows, precision-cutting film to fit individual panes or covering vulnerable auto paint with weather-resistant urethane film. While technicians work on rides at the company's headquarters, drivers can settle into plush couches, peruse satellite TV channels, and join a free WiFi network in the waiting room.
Sometimes, a greener world is hard to visualize. For the technicians at Green Thumb Lawn Care, though, it’s as easy as the click of a shutter. Before each project, the lawn-care professionals snap photos of the homeowner’s property and create 3-D images of what the yard would look like after their landscapers finish the job. They also help beautify and maintain customers' current views by trimming hedges, mowing grass, fertilizing lawns, and installing new stone walkways over backyard lava pits.
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.