Just outside of Pittsburgh, Greensburg and its surrounding neighbors are also tuned in to what its senior residents are looking for. With a quaint and accommodating community, the boutiques, cafés, and other shops make any home a sweet home.
By Sarah Oldham
Edited by Rachel Jones
Photographs from Greensburg Community Development Corp.
welcome to the neighborhood!
As time goes by, family members grow up and move away; it’s a part of life! Eventually, it might be time to start thinking about downsizing and moving to a new, more practical location for the next phase of life. Just because it’s time to downsize doesn’t mean that you have to lose your sense of community and belonging. Greensburg is the perfect location for individuals desiring to remain active, involved, independent, and included.
Moving somewhere new is often intimidating, especially when you’re unsure about how to connect with a new community and make new friends. One of the best ways to get involved is to volunteer. Greensburg provides many service opportunities for those looking to give back, make a difference, and form a connection with their community. The Christian Layman Corps operates on a 90-percent volunteer basis, so the group is always looking for a helping hand. The Greensburg YMCA also provides plenty of rewarding volunteer opportunities, including child care providers, greeters, and more. Interested in art? The Westmoreland Museum of American Art offers volunteer opportunities for everyone, including shop clerks, docents, and tour guides, and members of the Women’s Committee.
Aside from volunteering, neighbors can also partake in dozens of fun activities. Pottery Playhouse is a great place to spend an afternoon painting plates, mugs, or figurines that can later be fired and added to your new home in Greensburg! Share a cultural experience with a new friend by catching a show at The Palace Theatre. The White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie has comfy couches to sip some freshly brewed coffee or teas while reading a book on your iPad, downloaded from the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library. If the need for a vacation comes along, the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and Spirit Airlines are now offering affordable, weekly flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Orlando, Fla., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Accommodating a variety of spiritual and religious needs, the Greensburg area offers church services for people of all backgrounds. There are Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and nondenominational Christian churches located around almost every corner of the city. There are many opportunities to get involved with any of these religious organizations in Greensburg.
Greensburg has the benefit of the Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus system, which travels to the Westmoreland Mall, Excela Westmoreland Hospital, and to Downtown Pittsburgh. And, bus fare is free for citizens over 65 years old! Taxi services are now available, too. But the best part about Greensburg is that almost everything you need to live happily and comfortably is within walking distance. Tree-lined sidewalks are everywhere within the neighborhoods of Greensburg. A short stroll leads to a variety of small shops, restaurants, parks, cultural institutions, and even Seton Hill University.
There is an energy generated from people choosing to live in the city. As new apartments are completed and patio homes are constructed, living in a neighborhood of Greensburg will continue to be a rewarding and exhilarating experience. There are two neighborhoods to consider that have a mix of smaller single-level homes and renovated apartments. Academy Hill is located north of Downtown Greensburg and is one of Greensburg’s most identifiable neighborhoods. The Academy Hill Neighborhood Association plans several seasonal events, such as the Backyard & Garden Tour in the spring and the Ghost Tour during Halloween. This collection of about 250 homes is rich in significant and historic architecture, which led to Academy Hill’s designation as a Historic District in 1999. Northmont is a tree-filled neighborhood located near Greensburg Salem High School and Nicely Elementary School. The neighborhood was developed in the 1950s and is perfect for someone looking for tranquility within the city limits.
Become a part of a welcoming community that meets the needs of a quiet, yet active lifestyle. The area is perfect for retirement and offers a convenient and fun new place to settle down. You will find that there is only promise and opportunity waiting in Greensburg.
sugar, spice, and everything nice
Hop in to Greensburg’s newest, cutest café! Owned by Amber Kunselman and Tommy Medley, White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie caters to the Downtown crowd of commuters, professionals, and students. “We felt that there was a demand for our type of business and hours, which accommodate students and offer a place for locals to get together after typical business hours,” Kunselman says. Medley brews up the specialty coffees and teas, with lavender-vanilla lattes, horchata lattes, and chai lattes reigning as the favorites. All three are made from scratch, as are most of the in-house drinks, and Medley’s biggest interest is single-origin and single-cup coffees. Pairing deliciously with these sips are Kunselman’s sweet and savory pastries, cookies, candies, and confections. She even bakes custom-made celebration and wedding cakes! The ever-popular French macarons are always available, but the creative chef doesn’t have a set pastry menu. “Not only is that fun for me, but our customers seem to enjoy it as well,” Kunselman says. “Every time they come in, there is something new for them to try. Or, if they’re not feeling adventurous, some staple items are always available.” — R.J.
White Rabbit Café and Pâtisserie, 113 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.216.5229. thewhiterabbitcafe.com
the bold and the beautiful
At a recent trade show, Beeghly and Company Jewelers’ experts were blown away by new and beautiful pieces by Cherie Dori. These organically inspired accessories shine with ancient, traditional finishes that fit perfectly into our modern, active lives. The big standout this season? “Yellow gold. It is exploding onto the spring scene, reminding us of the effulgent sun,” says Amy Beeghly of Beeghly and Company Jewelers. She also recommends mixing vibrant colors with rustic pieces and wearing big, bold jewelry. — R.J.
Beeghly and Company Jewelers, 401 S. Main St., Greensburg. 724.832.1500. beeghlyandcompany.com
We’re sprucing up our homes and redecorating with some of the hottest trends of the year. Karen Barnes of Shalimar Bazaar says it’s time to mix it up! We’re talking antiques with modern pieces; and layered, textured linens like burlap with dainty touches of lace and crystals. Barnes says the colors we decorate with can convey a variety of emotions, and we’re springing into the season on a bright note. Create a young, yet retro, vibe with clean, cool hues of aqua, turquoise, olive, or emerald. Or, dare to be bold with accent walls in orange, yellow, or lime green! — R.J.