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Department Store of the Future to open in Manhattan

Neighborhood Goods is bringing its department store of the future model to the Big Apple.

The company announced it will open its second location to date, in Manhattan's Chelsea Market. Opening in fall 2019, the store will feature its own restaurant concept specific to the local and ever-changing selection of brands and products relevant to the New York market.

Neighborhood Goods made its debut in late 2018, at Legacy West in Plano, Texas. The 14,000-sq.-ft. store features a diverse and ever-changing array of contemporary brands, products, events, and services. Since launch, Neighborhood Goods has expanded its line-up to feature more than 35 brands, including Rothy's, Taschen, Stadium Goods, Buck Mason, Draper James, Primary and more.

The retailer will begin revealing its New York City launch partners over the coming months on its social channels, in addition to the release of more information about its upcoming restaurant concept.

"We're incredibly proud to be opening at Chelsea Market later this year," said Matt Alexander, co-founder and CEO of Neighborhood Goods. "We had been thinking of New York as a later target for us, but when the opportunity arose to join such a prominent and creative community, we couldn't pass it up. Not only is it a vibrant marketplace in and of itself, but it's also located within a neighborhood that's in high demand for brands and consumers alike. It's a perfect introductory vehicle for us into such a special city."

Headquartered in Dallas, Neighborhood Goods is designed as a modern alternative to - and evolution of - the department store. It makes it easy for brands to set up shop and rotate in and out, offering a variety of leasing and space options.
Ooh Baby! Designing With No Rules 

Every Saturday and Sunday from nine a.m. to five p.m., Anika Ignozzi sets up shop on the corner of 20th and Penn Ave. in the Strip District. Her clothing store, Ooh Baby!, is a collection of upcycled clothing that has been hand-painted and sewn to create one of a kind pieces.

Ignozzi believes the sky's the limit when it comes to her designs. The most important aspect of her creations is that they are original and give an experience of clothing people haven't seen before. Ignozzi's goal is to make people feel good about themselves and to love what they wear.

Her "wearable art" is eye-catching. Ignozzi's designs are meant to be one of a kind conversation starters. While her pieces catch the attention of passersby, she also becomes a talking point. Ignozzi brings her sewing supplies to her pop-up shop and works on new garments so others can see her process. Working in her shop, she welcomes people to ask questions about sewing and making customized clothes.

"Everything comes straight from my brain," she said. "I just relax and let loose. I try to create a contrast between colors that aren't normally on clothing." She uses wild colors and paints abstract faces and shapes to make pieces stand out.

An item that appeals to a variety of customers is her reworked Rolling Stones vest. Reworked clothing, she said, is cutting apart fabric and attaching it to other clothing that it normally wouldn't make sense with. Taking clothes from local thrift stores, she makes cuts, adds fabric, paint, and patches. 

"It attracts different people. Someone that wouldn't care about art would still be like, oh that's cool!" She said the vest is one of the most popular garments.

Another quirky aspect of Ooh Baby! is the up-cycling of items. Many clothing items are reworked articles from brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, Adidas and more. Other up-cycled products are Ignozzi's plastic water bottle Flower Power earrings, and she said she has different accessories in the works.

"The most I can say is that there are more," Ignozzi said. "We're in the laboratory!" 

Shop and learn more about Ooh Baby! at

A Special Third Tuesday

A frequently asked question we hear at the Downtown CDC is "Do I have to live downtown to attend events?" Not at all. We believe downtown is a unique neighborhood and all roads lead here. So feel free to join us at all of our events. Downtown CDC's Third Tuesday Happy Hour is at Vallozzi's on July 16th.

Special to this month, all attendees can enjoy the complimentary eats that the host restaurant provides. For July's Third Tuesday Happy Hour, Vallozzi's has decided that anyone who attends can partake in the bites made specially for Downtown CDC members. There will also be a free raffle for restaurant gift certificates and two tickets to Rock of Ages at the Benedum Theater.

Come and enjoy a summer party with friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.

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Between Liberty Ave. and Wood St.

ModelWeek Pittsburgh 

ModelWeek Pittsburgh started on Tuesday Going into it's second year Modelweek hosts a variety of shoots and events for local models and photographers throughout the week. Hosting these events helps aspiring and experienced models alike develop or update their portfolio affordably and in a safe environment. It also helps local photographers by providing an established location and introducing them to multiple new models to work with.

Through their Ambassador Program, ModelWeek has selected 25 High School and Collegiate Ambassadors to participate in these shoots and events in addition to other models that are able to sign up and join in. Ambassadors are able to participate in other shoots and events hosted by Modelweek throughout the year.

Thursday, July 11th is "ModelWeek Day at Kennywood". This is a new relationship that ModelWeek has created. Earlier this Summer, ModelWeek helped provide talent for a new Thomastown commercial that will be airing soon. For ModelWeek Day... Ambassadors, Models, and Photographers will have special access to shoot throughout the park including the Steel Curtain in advance of the general public. They'll also be part of filming for the Steel Curtain commercial and have time to shoot at several attractions after the park closes.

Saturday, July 13th they host a Summer Portfolio Shoot at the Walled Garden in Mellon Park. This is a spacious location that offers many beautiful backdrops. Models can wear a variety of different looks and work with multiple photographers throughout the day. Some local boutiques have also been invited to bring a rack and have the models wear their pieces.

Sunday, July 14th ModelWeek wraps up with their "City Safari" shoot which is a guided walking tour of Downtown Pittsburgh. Models and Photographers will visit a number of locations, some known and some not. taking photos all along the way.

Overall, ModelWeek continues to grow and establish new relationships within the community. Apart from the 2nd week of July, ModelWeek hosts regular group shoots and other networking events throughout the year. If you're looking to get some new photos or meet new people to work with, there's still room to sign up for most of the shoots this week... just visit and click on any of the flyers for more information or to register

Crate & Barrel acquires home decor brand 

Crate and Barrel has big plans for its newly acquired boutique brand. 

The home furnishing retailer announced its acquisition of Hudson Grace, a boutique home decor, entertaining and gift brand based in San Francisco. Founded in 2012, Hudson Grace is known for modern tabletop and entertaining essentials designed to evoke the coastal California lifestyle.

Crate and Barrel plans to grow the Hudson Grace brand through retail expansion into niche markets. With more than 47% of its sales coming through online channels, Crate and Barrel will also leverage its digital capabilities to grow the brand's developing e-commerce business. Future plans include the introduction of an edited Hudson Grace collection in select Crate and Barrel stores in time for the holidays.

Hudson Grace, which operates five California stores and one Atlanta store, will remain a standalone business offering intimate and highly specialized shopping experiences in small-format stores. Co-founders Gary McNatton, who spent eight years as VP of Gap Inc., and Monelle Totah, who did product development for Williams-Sonoma and Banana Republic, will continue to lead all aspects of the Hudson Grace brand while offering design expertise to support growth categories such as textiles, fragrance and modern gifts.

"We're excited to welcome Hudson Grace and look forward to focusing our digital expertise on creating a wider audience for the brand," said Neela Montgomery, CEO of Crate and Barrel. "Hudson Grace has an entrepreneurial spirit, boutique feel and curated mix of new and vintage product that enhances our current brand portfolio including CB2 and Crate and Kids."

Crate and Barrel is part of Crate and Barrel Holdings, which also includes CB2, Crate and Kids and now Hudson Grace. It is owned by the Otto Group, a global retail and services group based in Hamburg, Germany.

220 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

An enticing menu comprised of Vallozzi family traditions such as homemade pastas (including Helen's gnocchi) and the pizza that made them famous, as well as fresh steaks and seafood. The menu also boasts a number of Italian meats and cheeses flown in from Italy weekly and served from their 'Fresh Mozzarella' bar.