By Rachel Jones

Located northwest of Pittsburgh, along the Ohio River, Sewickley is a place where your mind, body, and artistic soul can be treated to inspiration and rejuvenation around every corner. Prepare for the upcoming holiday season with the best events and gifts available in the neighborhood, which are perfect for loved ones or spoiling yourself! Start making your plans today.

Home Goods

Filled with colorful, cultural treasures that fit in any home, Barberry Handmade is the ideal place for your redecorating needs or for your friend who has everything. We asked owner Keith Recker to share his favorite pieces of the moment, as well as the stories behind each amazing work of art. Feel free to use these pages as your own personal shopping list!

Photographs from Adam Milliron for Barberry Handmade

1. Confetti Tumblers, $18 each or $90 for six. +Available in red, orange, yellow, celadon, sky blue, and navy, these hand-blown glasses from Italy are covered in colored glass chips and slices of Venetian murrine.

2. Barberry Handmade Faux Fur Handbag, $180. + Animal-friendly and winter-ready, this luscious bag with a braided Florentine leather handle is a great shopping companion for the season.

3. Gold Dust Champagne Flutes and Martini Coupes, $25. + Falling for the flecks of real gold leaf suspended in the stems? Complete your barware set with double old fashion glasses and pitchers in the same style!

4. Mosaic Cocktail Tumblers, $48. Mosaic Vase, $80.

5. Barberry Handmade Leather Accessories, $45-$88.

6. Vintage Italian Glass Serving Pieces, available in a range of colors and sizes, $14-$65. + These Barberry Handmade exclusives should be invited to your next holiday gathering.

Barberry Handmade, 419 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8297.

Take Care

One of the best gifts we can give is the gift of self-care. Taking a trip to The Sewickley Spa, you can peruse the products and services to do just that, as well as crucial skincare education that can be life-changing. The journey starts with an assessment of your skin and current skincare routine by one of the spa’s experienced experts. “In May, we had an international trainer come to the spa, training specifically on problem skin types,” says Dorothy Andreas of The Sewickley Spa. “The biggest issues we see are women over-doing exfoliation, sun damage, and lack of hydration.”

Some of these problems stem from the readily available retinols and glycolic acids at our local shops. Even though these products can be beneficial, incorrect or excessive use can do more harm than good, damaging the dermal layer of skin and making your melanin more vulnerable. Another culprit is over-cleansing with abrasive exfoliators, especially for oily skin types. “This is the worst thing we can do,” Andreas says. “Spending 20 seconds massaging a treatment-type cleanser into our face, neck, and décolleté at bedtime can do wonders. Adding a vitamin-rich toner and super hydrating nightly masque to this routine completely changes the appearance of skin after about one week.”

Your spa technician will recommend the best products for your specific needs. For rosacea, eczema, and sun damage, that means calming solutions with probiotic ingredients like Mexican Hyssop, Marvel of Peru, and Marula Oil. Look for hydrators with beta-glucan, which trap water molecules in the skin. And for occasional exfoliations, there are gentle formulas available that use sea kelp beads to avoid damage and deliver oxygen in the process.

Taking these extra, thoughtful steps pays off in the long run — something both men and women are already noting. “We are excited about the number of men who truly care about self-care,” Andreas says. “Skincare, depilatory waxing, and massage are all trending upwards in the male market.”

Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of skincare information out there!
The top tips to remember are:

  1. Use the right products the right way
  2. Use broad spectrum SPF every day
  3. Drink more water — as in twice as much as you drink coffee, plus another 50 oz, every day!

Photograph from The Sewickley Spa

The Sewickley Spa, 337 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.4240.

Shop Around

Supporting the arts while shopping for one-of-a-kind items? Sounds like a win-win situation to us! The Sweetwater Center of the Art’s Holiday mART opens December 1-9, with a large selection of jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, fiber art, two-dimensional art, and more by local and international artists. For an exclusive preview of the incredible haul and to get first dibs on your favorite finely crafted, handmade gifts, visit The Sweetwater Center of the Art’s Holiday mART Preview Party on November 30, from 7-9 p.m. Proceeds from both events go toward Sweetwater Center for the Art’s art programs and scholarships for children and adults throughout the year, while also benefiting the participating artists. Admission to the Holiday mART is free. To purchase tickets for the Holiday mART Preview Party, visit

+ Stop by the Mavuno Festival Gospel Brunch on November 4 for a beautiful afternoon of uplifting music and delicious fare. Savor the soul food buffet and a concoction from the build-your-own bloody Mary bar, while listening to the inspiring performances by the St. Matthews A.M.E. Zion Church Choir of Sewickley and Pastor Deryck Tines and The Lemington Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh. For tickets, visit

Photograph from David Cooper

Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickley. 412.741.4405.

Work It

In the vein of self-care, we’re looking to pamper our body, mind, and spirit with an event or workshop at Salt Power Yoga. Bring a friend to share in the experience, too!

Every Saturday, 4 p.m. 

Everybody Yoga
Literally yoga for “every body,” this welcoming class accommodates students of every age and ability.

Every Friday through May 25, 4 p.m.

Girl Forward
Geared toward pre-teen girls, these one-hour warm power flow classes are just right for young yogis looking to feel empowered by learning the basics.

November 5, 1:30 p.m.

ABC (Absolute Basics Classes) Workshop
This free, two-hour session offers the perfect atmosphere for beginners to learn and for experienced yogis to take a closer look at their technique.

November 11, 7 p.m.

Yoga Book Club
This two-hour session is sure to work your mind and body with invigorating yoga and enlightening discussion of the inspirational reads chosen for the class. This quarter’s book is “Option B” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Salt Power Yoga, 533 Beaver St., Sewickley. 724.584.1624. — Caitlin Cesa

Focus on You

No matter what challenges your body presents, you can do Pilates. Clearly Pilates offers personal attention to help each client focus on perfect form to maximize the results of their Pilates practice. The instructors work with bodies of all shapes, ages, and abilities. With an extensive list of offerings, they provide Pilates Equipment, Pilates Mat, Spin®, and Fitness Fusion workouts for all levels of expertise. Clearly Pilates has two new Peak Pilates instructors with great apprentice rates to get you started without draining your bank!  Check out for the schedule — plus, students and veterans receive discounts.

+ Clearly Pilates is collecting donations for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the month of November! Stop by and donate just in time for the holiday season.

Check Out the Classes Offered:

  • Pilates Equipment (Private and Group)
  • Pilates Mat (Classical and Varied)
  • Pilates Stick
  • Spin®
  • Spin® Fusion

Clearly Pilates, 409 Broad St., Sewickley. 412.999.0215. — Matthew Hacke


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