By Rachel Jones
Home to some of Pittsburgh’s best shops, restaurants, salons, and fitness studios, Sewickley provides everything you need to look and feel your best. “Sewickley is a walkable community where people can meet for dinner and drinks, enjoy events and festivals with their families, and shop locally, knowing that gifts purchased in these stores are unique in many ways,” says Jennifer Markus, president of the Board of Directors of Explore Sewickley. Co-founded in 2010, Explore Sewickley is an organization that focuses on business development and promotion for the town of Sewickley. The daily operations of the nonprofit are run by Alex Lancianese, Main Street Manager, and Markus, who volunteers her time. “One of the most exciting additions to Sewickley will be the two-screen art house theater in the center of town, arriving in January 2017,” Markus says. Treat yourself to an extra trip to the neighborhood this month and discover even more hidden treasures that await! Explore Sewickley, exploresewickley.com.
Salt Power Yoga is expanding is repertoire, permanently adding two new classes to the Sewickley studio’s schedule. Relax after a long week of work with a Restorative class on Fridays from 7-8 p.m. Stresses will melt away as you gently move through poses and learn to connect your body, mind, and soul. Then, bring your friends, your loved one, or your kids to the new EveryBody Yoga class. “This class is truly for every body!” says Rachel Bekelja of Salt Power Yoga. “Individuals, families, little ones, big ones, yogis with special needs — we completely go with the flow and everyone is wide-open welcome!” Enjoy this non-heated class on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m. (The heated, Power Yoga classes are still available every day, too!) Salt Power Yoga, 533 Beaver St., Sewickley. 724.584.1624. saltpoweryoga.com.
• Save the date for the ABC (Absolute Basics Classes) Workshop, November 6 @ 2 p.m. This free, two-hour session is perfect for beginners or experienced students who want to reignite their passion for yoga.
Ready to Relax
In this beautiful time of enduring chilly temperatures and preparing for upcoming holidays, we could all use a little extra TLC. Refresh your body and mind with a relaxing trip to the Sewickley Spa. Start with the Pumpkin Spice Facial, which features a pumpkin face mask for a seasonal spin on the signature spa rejuvenating facial. Jonelle McMahan of the Sewickley Spa highly recommends it — not only because we’re all about everything pumpkin spice this fall, but also because of the countless benefits the veggie brings to the table. “Pumpkin offers a source of enzymes that act like alpha hydroxy acids and contains more than 100 beneficial nutrients, which help reverse the signs of aging,” she says. And if dry skin is already posing a threat, fight back with a Paraffin Body Wrap. After your body is swaddled in warm paraffin and cotton, your head and face are gently massaged while your skin drinks in the moisturizing benefits. “The ultimate indulgence for your body.” To make an appointment, call 412.741.4240. The Sewickley Spa, 337 Beaver St., Sewickley. sewickleyspa.com.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping list — or holiday wish list! — at Spoiled Chics. The Sewickley boutique is hosting a Maledetti Toscani Trunk Show December 1-12, showcasing the best leather bags, jackets, belts, boots, and other accessories handmade in Tuscany. We’ll see you there! Spoiled Chics, 350 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. spoiledchics.com.
Every article of clothing and accessory you wear has its own story — whether it’s the sweater you fell for while shopping with your mom, or the bracelet your roommate brought you from Mexico. Keith Recker, co-owner of Barberry Handmade, delves deeper into the stories behind the beautiful pieces at his shop, sharing the origins and inspiration for the jewelry, accessories, and home goods. Each item is handcrafted by talented artisans from one of 40 countries and adds charm to any wardrobe or home. Some pieces to look for this fall include distressed leather boxes from Italy, colorful bracelets from Venice and Africa, and carved stone hearts from Haiti, pictured here. “We’re selling these to raise money for artisans in the Southwest who’ve been devastated by Hurricane Matthew,” Recker says of the hearts. Pick up the gift for yourself or a loved one today and help share a story of hope for those affected by the natural disaster. Barberry Handmade, 429 Broad St., Sewickley. 412.259.8297. barberryhandmade.com.
Bigger and Better Things
When Clearly Pilates outgrew its studio on Beaver Street, owner Clare Westwood knew it was time to upgrade. But she was committed to staying in the heart of Sewickley Village! In its new location on Broad Street, the Pilates studio still offers your favorite Pilates Mat, Pilates Equipment, Pilates Stick, Spin®, and Spin® Fusion Classes, but with more space and separate rooms for added privacy. “The new space is awesome,” Westwood says, noting the large windows for extra natural light to pour in. Stop by to check out the new digs and join Clearly Pilates in the Veteran’s Yoga Project — which welcomes Pilates classes, too! As part of Veterans Gratitude Week, November 4-13, the studio is teaching donation-based classes that will support veterans’ programs, raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and show our gratitude for the men and women who served our military. Last year saw 400 events in 39 states, and this year hopes to reach all 50 states! Clearly Pilates, 409 Broad St., Sewickley. 412.999.0215. clearlypilates.com.
Clare Westwood has been invited to teach Pilates on Celebrity Cruise Line’s Journey to Wellness, A Retreat at Sea cruise! Sponsored by TravelGroup International & Way2Wellness, the cruise sets sail on the Celebrity Cruise Line’s Solstice Class Ship — The Reflection from February 25-March 4 for a fun-filled, wellness-focused vacation.
Celebrate the Yuletide in Sewickley!
Small Business Saturday
Wednesdays in December
Shop late in the Village and enjoy free carriage rides from 6-8 p.m.
Saturdays in December
Visit with Santa, and enjoy live music and free carriage rides from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sundays in December
Mingle with reindeer, and enjoy free carriage rides and live music from 1-3 p.m.
Light Up Night® from 5-9 p.m.
Santa Parade @ 10:30 a.m.
Santa at the Station from 12-3 p.m.
For more details, visit YuletideInSewickley.com or call 412.741.7530.