Downtown Community Development Corporation | (412) 235-7263 |
100 Fifth Ave, Suite 614
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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.

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Clothing for a Cause

Inside the East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty, two incredibly empowered women have taken it upon themselves to give back to the community through job training and human connection. Hannah Moon, a former teacher at the Art Institute, and Reverend Kellie Wild, EECM's IMPACTS director, started "Sew Forward" in February 2017 to aid those with few opportunities by giving them the skills they need to find employment and care in all facets along the way.

"We developed Sew Forward Pittsburgh to help folks get employed, to put it very plainly," Wild explains, "the goal is to teach individuals a skill that they can use to then become employed with, and move out of poverty, start their own business... but the purpose of it is to help, especially people who have barriers to employment". Most of the participants are those with low levels of education or Pittsburghers with a criminal history, but recently refugees and immigrants have been taking advantage of the program as well. As the name, "Sew Forward" leads one to assume, the skills taught are sewing and the production of clothing. With grants from RK Mellon, the Pennsylvania Smart Grants program, and additional help from private donors and religious congregations, Sew Forward has been able to graduate 35 students in the two years it has been in operation.

Another source of funding comes from partnership with local businesses and designers, who employ the services of Sew Forward. As Moon tells me, "local business owners or independent designers come visit us for the production support usually they go to other states or overseas, but they always ask higher minimums and higher labor costs. We have an affordable price range and can provide better services and communicate better. Also, they understand the meaning behind the products. It means a lot for them." One of the most frequent utilizers of Sew Forward is MoopShop, run by tote and handbag designer Wendy Downs, along with Rona Chang's children's clothing and home products company Otto Finn. While Moon and Wild appreciate the cooperation they've already had with local business owners, they are still seeking sponsors to ensure the continuation of their mission. Anyone who would like to volunteer or donate to Sew Forward can contact Reverend Wild by going to the webpage.

Fashion Classes

Cut & Sew Studio - A Morningside spot offering sewing classes, an open studio, and camps for children.
1747 Chislett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206          
(412) - 865 - 6565

Gloria Horn Sewing Studio - A sewing machine shop in Mt. Lebanon that also has clubs for sewing, embroidery, serger and embroidery software. All require either a machine and/or a laptop.
300 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) - 344 - 2330

Workshop PGH - A Bloomfield DIY studio out of San Francisco that holds classes in everything from sewing, leatherworking and embroidery to woodworking, weaving and punch needling. There are many courses for making specific items such as tote bags and even underwear. Workshop even sells woodworking merchandise from Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman!
5135 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(415) - 852 - 2402

Carnegie Library - The Pittsburgh institution offers classes throughout the year, including those in quilting, sewing, knitting
Various Locations
(412) - 622 - 3114

JOANN Fabrics - The arts and crafts chain has many different courses in sewing, knitting, and crochet, with separate classes for children and different experience levels.
Locations in Robinson Township, Ross Township, Pleasant Hills, Bridgeville and Monroeville

CCAC - A 6-week course covering many techniques is offered in Ross Township.

Amy Baughman Sewing & Quilting Centers - Learn how to operate sewing and embroidery machines, or even make some Dime Lace. Unlimited lessons when you purchase a machine from Amy Baughman.
20215 Route 19, Suite 106, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
(724) - 779 - 1390

Thornton Company - Sewing and quilting classes in North Hills and Monroeville

  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - Classes on sewing for specific purposes like cosplay or using fibers.
805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) - 471 - 6070

Options for Everybody at Joseph Orlando Clothiers
Pittsburgh men searching for the right professional attire for them should look no further than Joseph Orlando Clothiers. The family business features a variety of looks and styles for every occasion and every budget.

"We've got something for everyone," says store owner Joe Orlando. He and his knowledgeable sales team are always ready to assist their patrons and offer a world-class customer experience. Inside their convenient 4th and Wood location downtown, customers can expect to see familiar men's clothing brands, including winter wear from Save The Duck. Further enhancing their selection are more unique, lesser-known formal wear lines that some customers may have never had the chance to try. Sartoria Latorre, for instance, offers high-quality suit jackets from a small family business in Puglia, Italy. For a more casual look, customers can explore the Jacob Cohën collection of hand-crafted jeans, which offer a laid-back style with high-quality craftsmanship.

Orlando's selection also includes options for professionals on a budget. For a stylish and affordable suit, check out the bluejacket brand, offering an impressive ensemble for a competitive price. For a lightweight, washable fabric that won't wrinkle, the Meyer line offers a line of dress pants in an array of bright colors. Orlando and his team can also help you complete your outfit with a great selection of shoes, both casual and professional. Stop in for yourself to explore the many more options that Joseph Orlando has to offer.

Last Thursday, April 18th, Acrobatique hosted the fifth annual "Ecolution" Fashion Show, at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh: this years title was "Rebirth".

Ecolution is an Earth Week runway show to raise awareness for local Artists and Fashion Designers who use eco friendly, refurbished materials to create a garment of their choosing to be worn on the runway. The designs were judged on beauty, creativity, and most importantly the sustainable use of their materials. Recyclables such cable cords, VCR tape, umbrellas, toilet paper rolls, maxi-pad wrappers, trash bags, wire hangers, packing tape, discarded phone books, rotary phone cords, and aluminum screens, were were all used to create original designs.

The show featured local Pittsburgh fashion designer/model Evita Scotia, as she walked her own design down the runway. Be on the lookout for more designs from her this fall during Pittsburgh Fashion Week runway.  

There was also a live performance by Pittsburgh's own 2015 contestant of The Voice, Mia Zannotti, who will be performing at The Downtown CDC's summer event, The International StrEAT festival on June 1st and 2nd..