Is Braddock the New Lawrenceville?

“I can make your neighborhood the next Lawrenceville,” this probably well-intended developer told me a year ago. I chuckled staring at this stranger and replying, “We don’t need another Lawrenceville.” Another developer called a few months later wanting to build riverfront housing where, “people can park their boats.” I also chuckled. “Some people don’t even…

What Happened to Pittsburgh’s Nightlife?

Pittsburgh may have culture and great food but the most “livable city” lacks diversity, socioeconomic opportunity, adequate public transportation, and on a lighter note, a thriving nightlife. Maybe these things are connected to why more millennials leave the 412 than the amount that stay. I don’t know when it happened but in between moving back…

Destination Delicious: TerriBerriez Sweet Boutique and Cafe Opening Soon

When Terri Lawson approached me for a logo for her side hustle TerriBerriez Sweet Boutique and Café, I hadn’t seen the destination yet. Every week we sat at the local Panera discussing goals and accomplishments beyond blogs, logos, and fonts. Instead, we talked strategy and not once did I consider myself a mentor until one…

Happy Mon(Daé) 24

Mon(Daé) Motivation Happy Monday. We’ve finished an entire week in 2019 and we deserve a pat on the back. Winter is still here with a bit of a vengeance but the countdown to vacation next month is on. 412 Fresh (Events) There’s a few awesome events coming up. Here are a few of my favs….

A Tale Of Two Cities: What’s Up with the Other Steel City?

Pittsburgh makes list after list for being one of the most livable cities and I can see how but there’s no such thing as growth without growing pains. October 2018 I  started a fellowship (an internship-like position) with PublicSource and attended the EcoDistrict Summit in Minnesota. Who knew that a summit focused on racial equity, climate…

24 Things I’ve Accomplished Before 30

I’ve been told that I have so many stories to be so young. I’ve looked to several other bucket lists for things to do before I’m thirty and quickly came to the realization that, “been there done that” is a straight up mood. Observations like this is why I no longer participate in games of…

The 2018 Hustle Her Way Summit Dropped Gems

The Hustle Her Way Summit can’t be labeled as conference. Conference is an understatement as at a conference you stay and listen and the information you’ve gathered from it probably never leaves that venue. This was an eye opening experience full of so many positive women making boss moves. Although it was only three days,…

412 Fresh-ish: 4 Things Pittsburgh Should Work On

Pittsburgh makes list after list and it’s awesome to see the city get so much shine. Pittsburgh is affordable, the food scene is enough to make my wallet cry, and for the most part the people are nice. With all great things though does come downfalls. Pittsburgh has some areas it can improve on. Pittsburgh’s…

Seat Yourself at Federal Galley

What’s better than going to one yummy restaurant? Going to four under one roof is the correct answer. And just when you think that there’s no way the peeps at Smallman Galley can outdo themselves, they did! Federal Galley is located at Nova Place and it’s just as cool as its location and bigger than…