Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith

Food Mood Girl

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in the city is check out different coffee shops and juice bars, preferably if I can bring my dog. I love taking walks in Duck Hollow, checking out the exhibits at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and eating at the many amazing restaurants Pittsburgh has to offer.

Favorite people to go with: My favorite people to go places with are my husband, Derek, and my friends, Quelcy and Amanda. I also love taking my dog, Winnie Cooper, anywhere I can.

Olivia Kappler

Olivia Kappler

PPG Architectural Coatings, Communications Specialist

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh: I love spending time finding new shops and boutiques. Buffalo Exchange, a gently used clothing store in the South Side, is awesome and where a lot of my paychecks go. No. 14 Boutique in Lawrenceville is another favorite of mine.

Favorite people to go with: I do my best shopping when I’m alone, to be honest, but I never mind having a friend or two coming with me!

Bernard Charles

Bernard Charles

Author of Rainbow Revolution; The Color Mage, Founder

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love meditating at Randyland and thinking of new creative projects to whip up in the world. My must-go-to places include the Ace Hotel, Oakmont Bakery, Journeys of Life, Randyland, and Rad Ritual.

Favorite people to go with: You have to go to these places with your coolest, spiritual friends.

Chancelor Humphrey

Chancelor Humphrey

KeepPittsburghDope, Founder & Photographer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is definitely just shooting the street style of Pittsburgh. It’s also very therapeutic for me as well. My favorite neighborhood to go to is Oakland because I love to shoot the awesome street style of the students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Favorite people to go with: I would have to say ME! Only because I prefer to shoot alone and interact with the individual I may shoot by myself.

Tiff Setzler

Tiff Setzler

Actual Size, Lead Developer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Visiting the different museums and activity centers, walking around Downtown, Point State Park, and kayaking on the three rivers.

Favorite people to go with: My friends and my 4-year-old

Kate Zarvis

Kate Zarvis

Maniküre, salon owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love the food scene in Pittsburgh and trying new restaurants and bars. I love going to the Strip District on football Sundays when the Steelers are playing.

Favorite people to go with: Favorite people to go with would be my boyfriend, friends, and family, of course!

Jordon Rooney

Jordon Rooney

NFBD, Founder & CEO; Social Innovator

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I really enjoy what I do. For a couple years, I had to work jobs I hated to get to this point, but now I can honestly say I love my job. My days consist of figuring out creative ways to solve real world issues. I’m an active participant in coming up with solutions to all the things that frustrate me. How cool is that? I’m doing something that’s fulfilling and always gives me something to look forward to. Getting involved in the startup scene — I’m a part of the Ascender incubator — in Pittsburgh was one of the best things to happen to me. Outside of the office, I really like to go walk around the city. I go Downtown a lot with my headphones in and that’s when I do my best thinking and come up with my best ideas. Pittsburgh’s a cool city. I try and explore as much of it as I can. Favorite people to go with: I love to be alone. Some people are going to read this and think, ‘Wow Jordon, you are a loser,’ but this is something I actually take pride in. I have amazing friends and family around me, but there’s a beauty to loneliness that’s allowed me to get to know myself really well and allow all of my ideas to flourish. Oh yeah, follow NFBD’s Instagram @NFBDmovement.

Lauren Tan

Lauren Tan

Certified Body Language Trainer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is find anywhere where I can get dessert! My favorite places in Pittsburgh are the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the summer and the PPG ice skating rink in the winter.

Favorite people to go with: My favorite people to go with are my group of best friends from college.

Jeesoo Sohn

Jeesoo Sohn

Duolingo, Lead Recruiter + Diversity and Inclusion

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Eat! As a born and raised San Franciscan, I was exposed to some of the best food in the world. Over the past 10 years living here in Pittsburgh, it has been great to see this city evolve into being another great food city. My favorite and most frequented places are: Pizza Taglio (Tony is the best), Relish (hi, Abbi!), Alla Famiglia, Poulet Bleu, and Butterwood Bake Consortium.

Favorite people to go with: Unlike most Pittsburghers, since I’m not from here, my family isn’t nearby, so my friends are my family. I feel very lucky to have surrounded myself with a very close-knit group of people from my alma mater Carnegie Mellon University, from the places I’ve worked, and from being a true definition of a people-person.

Emily Capitano

Emily Capitano

Em and E Events, Lead Planner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Go out Downtown and try new restaurants. In the summer, I like to go out on the boat in the river. Driving around the rivers and seeing the city from a different point of view is my favorite.

Favorite people to go with: I love to hang out with my boyfriend and two pups, Odin and Ollie. I also love when I get to go out with other people within the event world.

Christina Angel Jeter

Christina Angel Jeter

Writer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Opera, Heinz History Center, The Waterfront, the museums, and the movies

Favorite people to go with: Myself — because in Pittsburgh, you’re always guaranteed to make a friend!

E.C. Yazici (Yaz)

E. C. Yazici (YAZ)

YAZ  Ltd.;  Pizza & Pasta Villa; YZC Consulting; Quick n Cheap Insurance; Computing & Information engineer; i/O Psychologist; Restaurateur

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh:

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking ever since I took a break from the tech industry, operating under YAZ Ltd. I’ve fallen in love with the Pittsburgh foodie scene. I have been exploring new recipes for retail expansion with Pizza & Pasta Villa and our new fine addition, Italian Rustic Kitchen, which will be the first virtually launched restaurant on UberEats this summer in Pittsburgh! In my free time, I am usually out in Robinson, visiting my parents and my newborn niece, and working out at Planet Fitness in Mt. Lebanon, where I went to high school. Schenley Park is my sacred haven. A long windy jog on trails reminiscing about my University of Pittsburgh college days and knowing there are very little exams ahead in life makes it a bonus. I religiously treat myself to sushi and sashimi for lunch on Mondays at No. 1 Sushi Sushi in Market Square, along with their baby octopus and seaweed salad. I live on East Carson Street in the South Side, which has it perks. I’m usually out for Tuesday night trivia at Twelve Whiskey BBQ. On the weekends, you can find me at SEVEN, Social House 7, Cavo, or Cake.

Favorite people to go with: Significant others and business colleagues

Morgan Kappler

Morgan Kappler

Pitt Dance Marathon, VP of Marketing & Media Outreach; Student at the University of Pittsburgh

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh/Favorite people to go with: Going out with my friends — Jess, Anna, Jack, and Cho — to Garage Door Saloon and Jimmy D’s.

Travis Malloy

Travis Malloy

Malloy Entertainment, Singer, songwriter & producer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Watching “Law & Order: SVU,” attending live concerts, lounges, going to The Point, and to Mt. Washington Overlook are some of my favorite things to do and places to go.

Favorite people to go with: My best friends and band members/musicians

Nikki Becker

Nikki Becker

Blinc Bronze Beauty by Nikki

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh:

My favorite thing to do is hang out with my 7-year-old son, Brooklyn, playing sports, reading books, and traveling to fun, new places. I love to go to Pirates and Steelers games.

Favorite people to go with: My favorite people to go with are my son, Brooklyn, my dad, my sisters, and my boyfriend.

Heather Kaczorowski

Heather Kaczorowski

Realtor, The Heather Kaczorowski Team, Multi-Million Dollar Producing Agent, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services West/Airport Regional Office

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh:  Growing up in Pittsburgh, I have had the opportunity of witnessing the amazing transformation of so many different areas throughout the city. As an agent, I now have the chance to explore neighborhoods and all that they offer on a regular basis. In addition to selling beautiful, unique real estate in and around Pittsburgh, I love walks along the North Shore, a glass of wine at Market St. Grocery’s Wine Bar located in Market Square, and dinner with a view at Altius. There are so many fabulous venues our city now offers, and I would highly suggest exploring them all.

Favorite people to go with: My favorite person to go with would absolutely be my fiancé, Todd, but I would definitely say that I enjoy going to these places with clients as well. My clients are not just looking for me to sell a home, they are expecting me to illustrate a lifestyle. When I have the chance to show my clients what Pittsburgh offers through these types of amazing restaurants and retail spots, I know that they will instantly fall in love with this city like I have.

Elijah Thompson

Elijah Thompson

Solo Dolo, Disc Jockey

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is try new breweries and restaurants. I love trying various cuisines across the city. Outside of playing Madden and NBA 2K, I love to attend sporting events and play pick-up games with friends and family. I am very active in the community and love to get involved with various  projects across the city.

Favorite people to go with: My family, my friends, and my daughter help me out as well.

Rousseau Kluever

Rousseau Kluever

the Affective Computing Company (doing business as THRIVE); Customer Success, Partner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is have a few pints at Ruggers Pub in the South Side and watch rugby. Alternatively, sipping whiskey and playing FIFA with my cats, Patches and Socks, is a great time, too. Sundays are good days to cycle around the city or hit up a brewery or two.

Favorite people to go with:

My Pittsburgh Rugby Club teammates, girlfriend, and two cats

Kristy Beswick

Kristy Beswick

Local Motion Fitness, Lead Instructor & Wellness coach

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are going to different breweries and restaurants that open in the area, supporting the Pittsburgh Rugby Club that my sister and boyfriend both play for, going to concerts, and supporting different events that are going on around the city.

Favorite people to go with: My boyfriend, my friends, and my family

Samantha Yeung

Samantha Yeung

UPMC, Process Consultant

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is cross restaurants off my ever-growing Pittsburgh restaurant bucket list. I also enjoy trying new fitness studios across the city, from barre classes, bootcamp, cycle classes, and even trampoline classes!

Favorite people to go with: My boyfriend, best friends, and family

Zach Restelli

Zach Restelli

Regent Penn, Owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is look at houses. We have incredible 20th century homes of all types, none without a Pittsburgh specific vibe.

Favorite people to go with: Joe Reynolds, Jo Conrad, and whoever wants to join

Steph Churchel

Steph Churchel

Don’s Appliances, Marketing & Technology Coordinator

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love trying out new fitness studios, which is easy to do in Pittsburgh! A few of my favorites are The Barre Code in Shadyside and Elevate in Lawrenceville. I also enjoy running. I’m training for my second Pittsburgh Marathon now. I’ve always had a passion for philanthropy and have been an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Best Buddies, and most currently, The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center. My company, Don’s Appliances, works closely with and provides the opportunity to work with charities like the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, and many more!

Favorite people to go with: My brothers, parents, and several close friends

Perrin Boone

Perrin Boone

Williams Companies, Commercial Development Representative

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Explore new restaurants; walk our dogs around Schenley Plaza, Flagstaff Hill, and Frick Park; date nights at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; and the numerous museums around town. I volunteer with different events for the Junior League of Pittsburgh, such as Produce to People, Show House, Touch a Truck, and Retention, as well.

Favorite people to go with: Both my husband’s and my close family live down south, so we have had to develop new, close relationships up here in Pittsburgh. Thankfully, Pittsburgh has been very welcoming over the last five years, and I spend most of my time with my husband and our friends from our small group at church. 

Laura Hagy

Laura Hagy

Klinik Jubilee, Klinik Social Worker

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh: Two things I miss the most, since I work in Haiti, are movies and brunch. When I am back in Pittsburgh, I can usually be found catching up on movies at Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill or spending weekends walking through the Strip District with friends.

Favorite people to go with: I love spending time with my friends and family when I come home to Pittsburgh. For me, the best part of coming back to America is seeing my closest friends, all the people who support my work, and the family that hosts me during my stay. They have taken me in and allowed me to become part of their own family, and spending time with them refreshes me to continue my work.

Sydney Carver

Sydney Carver

Summer Wind

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love trying new restaurants. There are always so many new and unique places to try. My all-time favorites are täk and Little Tokyo. I also love visiting the museums. The Carnegie Museum of Art is my favorite. Walking along the river trail with my dog, Henry, and browsing the Strip District on a weekend morning are also favorite things to do.

Favorite people to go with: I love to hang out with my parents. They live only 15 minutes away from me, so we spend a lot of time together. They are so much fun! I also love spending time with my girlfriends, who all love trying new restaurants, too.

Ashleigh Calvert

Ashleigh Calvert

NOAH’S Event Venue of Cranberry & SouthPointe, Event Coordinator

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: When I’m not planning events at NOAH’S Event Venue, you can catch me brunching in the city with my friends from grad school, or out and about with a local photographer working on personal content and collaborating with content creators in the city. Being from Myrtle Beach, S.C., I normally spend my free time reading, working out, and hanging out with friends on the beach, but since my move to Pittsburgh, you can usually find me kayaking on the river, shopping local in the Strip District, or on a boat on Cheat Lake in Morgantown, W.V. (where my in-laws live). I love being in a city where it’s just enough “city” to explore, yet suburban enough to make me feel like I’m not too far away from home. I’m a self-proclaimed foodie, so I’m always looking and trying out new restaurants, coffee shops, and local eateries.

Favorite people to go with: When I was in grad school at Duquesne University, I was in a cohort of 13 other people who I studied with year-round. Most of my friends have settled here in Pittsburgh, so anytime there’s an event going on in the city, you’ll find me hanging out with my familiar crew from graduate school who have now become my family. I’ve also met a ton of friends through other photographers and artists in the area, so I’m always looking to establish relationships with like-minded young adults in the city.

Nicole Marcus

Nicole Marcus

DICK’S Sporting Goods, Social Media Specialist; Nicolemarcusblog.com, Beauty & Fashion Blogger

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love trying out new bars and restaurants in and around the city. The food scene is growing so much, and it’s so exciting to see new places pop up. In the summer, I love to find outdoor spots to catch up with friends over amazing food and drinks. I also love finding random spots around the city to take photos. Pittsburgh has so much culture. It’s amazing to capture a piece of unique history in your photos.

Ginny Jacob

Ginny Jacob

Visit Lawrence County, Executive Assistant

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: One of my favorite things to do is to explore local coffee shops as well as new places to eat, especially breakfast and brunch spots. Meat & Potatoes and Pamela’s Diner never disappoint! If I’m not eating my way through Pittsburgh, you can find me doing outdoor activities like bike riding, visiting the Mattress Factory, or cheering on the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, or Panthers.

Favorite people to go with: Family and friends

Kara Shields

Kara Shields

KVAULT VINTAGE

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I’m a sucker for concerts and I’m a sucker for views. I love Stage AE in the spring or summer. There is nothing quite like live music mixed with warm summer air, a great view of your city, and a cold beverage in hand.

Cydney Cooper

Cydney Cooper

WDTV 5 News, Lead Morning Anchor & Producer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I am a lover of all things food, family, and fun! So it’s only right my favorite places combine all three! I love Kennywood Park — can’t forget the Potato Patch fries and funnel cakes! I also enjoy hitting the Pittsburgh Improv for a good laugh. They have great food as well!

Favorite people to go with: Since I work out of town throughout the week, any time home is spent with my best friends, my mom, and my boyfriend! There’s nothing like spending time with the ones you love!

Laura Moeller

Laura Moeller

Allegheny Health Network, registered Nurse in the department of allergy, asthma, and immunology

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love how much the restaurant scene in Pittsburgh has grown. If I’m not at LA Fitness in the South Side, I am at a restaurant or shop I haven’t been to on a long, curated list.

Favorite people to go with: During the summer, my favorite place to go is on a boat in the river with my friends. Spending the evening by The Point during a Pirates game and seeing the fireworks after a win can not be beat.

Renee Kostas

Renee Kostas

Posh Local, Owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love to drive through parts of the city that I’ve never been to before. I like to turn off my GPS and just explore different areas to find really cool local businesses that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. There are some amazing places that can’t be discovered without getting lost. I grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and have lived here my whole life — besides the four years I was attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania — but there are still so many places I’ve never been to around the city.

Favorite people to go with: I’m lucky to have such close friends living in Pittsburgh, as well. While I’m still living in the South Hills, I have a lifelong friend who lives in Mt. Washington, a sorority sister who lives in Squirrel Hill, and a few other amazing friends who live in different areas around the Burgh. We love to explore each other’s neighborhoods and try out each others’ favorite places to eat, drink, and shop!

Deonna Gandy

Deonna Gandy

PNC Financial Services, Innovation Coordinator; Pure Barre Pittsburgh, Barre-Tender (Studio Receptionist)

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite things to do in Pittsburgh consist of exercising and eating! I love getting a great work out in at Pure Barre Pittsburgh or spending the day meditating at many of the local yoga studios around town. I have become obsessed by the new eateries Pittsburgh has opened! I am always eager to try something new and get to know a new environment in the process of doing so!

Favorite people to go with: I really love exploring the menus and local fitness areas around Pittsburgh with my friends and family. They know exactly who they are because these special people keep me happy! I appreciate and enjoy the company of all of them.

Alexis Davis-Jones

Alexis Davis-Jones

Flexed (Lex Logos), Freelance Graphic Designer & Artist

Favorite things to do in Pittsburgh: I’m a big foodie, so I love to eat and explore the city. I love exploring eateries in the Strip District, South Side, and Squirrel Hill areas. Pizza is probably my favorite food, so the guys at my favorite pizza place, Aiello’s, know me personally.

Favorite people to go with: My favorite people to go with are usually close friends or my dad.

Rocki Boulis

Rocki Boulis

Singer & Songwriter

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I always love going to a Steelers game! Something about hearing the roar of the crowd makes me so happy because I hope to one day hear those roars for me and my music! Another place in Pittsburgh I love going to is the Benedum because I grew up doing musical theater all my life, and I really enjoy being able to go see performances there. That theater is so incredibly beautiful. I was so lucky to have been able to perform on that stage in the past, and let me tell you, the feeling was amazing and being able to look out into a packed house gave me a memory I’ll never forget! Follow me @RockiOfficial

Favorite people to go with: I would have to say my family. I come from a tight-knit Greek family, so we are constantly doing things together! I love them very much!

Samantha Barna

Samantha Barna

Pink Tulle Vintage, Founder & owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I started collecting vintage clothing long before I started my business, so I really enjoy going to estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores in my free time. The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer events are so much fun and a great way to shop a wide variety of vintage all in one place. I love all of the gluten-free dining options in Pittsburgh; Giovanni’s Pizza in Dormont, Gluuteny Bakery, and Franktuary are some of my favorites! I live on Mt. Washington and spend a lot of time walking my corgi puppy, Millie, on Shiloh Street and Grandview Avenue.

Zia Marinzel

Zia Marinzel

Lauren Levant Interior, Operations & Finance Lead

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love trying new restaurants in Pittsburgh and typically visit at least one restaurant per week. I’m a sucker for Asian food, and Teppanyaki Kyoto on Bryant Street is one of my favorites. Whitfield in the Ace Hotel is also another favorite. Pittsburgh has a great offering of cultural events – I already have tickets for Ben Folds & the Pittsburgh Symphony in June, as well as Aladdin in September at Heinz Hall and the Benedum, two of my favorite venues. 

Favorite people to go with: My husband, Dave; my dog, Thor; my parents; and my in-laws

Faith Finoli

Faith Finoli

4th year medical student; Family Medicine Resident Physician starting May 2018; The Talent Group, Model

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love the magic of the holiday season. I look forward to going to the ice skating rink at PPG Place every year. I also love the unique food and restaurants that Pittsburgh has to offer. Going to Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse followed by a Pittsburgh sports game always makes for a great evening. The views of the city at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto are also one of a kind. In the summertime, I enjoy boating on the three rivers. Waterskiing and tubing are always exciting. I am extremely thankful for the many medical opportunities that the city has to offer. It is one of the top cities in terms of medical advancements and research. It has given me a thorough education and has fully prepared me for my future as a physician.

Favorite people to go with: I am very close with my family. I enjoy going everywhere with them. My dad taught my younger brother and I at a young age how to water ski. We have been skiing on the rivers since we were kids. Going to restaurants and sporting events with my friends is something I will be able to do for years to come, and I am thankful for a city that offers so many activities.

Kristy Smith

Kristy Smith

De Novo Laser, LLC; Allure Mobile Beauty

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love traveling and experiencing new cities and countries. I am a pet lover and am absolutely obsessed with my two pitbulls, Veda and Apollo. I enjoy spending my free time with them. I’m also a foodie, and love good food. You can find me wining and dining at Eddie Merlot’s or Red The Steakhouse.

Favorite people to go with: I enjoy trying new restaurants with my best friend from high school and my clients. I don’t look at my profession as ‘work.’ I LOVE what I do, so I look forward to waking up every morning to pamper my clients, along with building relationships on a professional and personal level with every one of them.

Taylor Kohr

Taylor Kohr

Innovative Wellness Solutions, Wellness Coordinator

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: A few of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are visiting different farmer’s markets when it’s the right season for them. The Market Square Farmer’s Market Downtown is my favorite. I also love trying different coffee shops, but the one I’m at most frequently is definitely Steel Valley Roasters because it’s connected to Local Motion and their house roasted coffee is awesome.

Favorite people to go with: Family, close friends, and my boyfriend

Brittany Moore

Brittany Moore

Oncology Social Worker

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Pamela’s Diner and various local business venues

Favorite people to go with: My boyfriend, parents, and friends

Shivani Gosai

Shivani Gosai

Student at Duquesne University

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh is explore Downtown and the various restaurants there.

Favorite people to go with: My best friends, family, and my boyfriend

Felicity Williams

Felicity Williams

Hill Community Development Corporation,

Programs & Policy Associate and Special Assistant to the President & CEO

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Some of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are going to the museums, attending events, and spending time with my friends with drinks and food. Some of my favorite places to go are Savoy, Young Brothers, the Carnegie Museums, and the Strip District.

Favorite people to go with: Friends and family

Kelly Arbogast

Kelly Arbogast

Content Creator, writer, & editor; Made in PGH, Editor; Allegheny Health Network 365 Women, Writer; Post-Gazette, advertising

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Exploring coffee spots. My current favorite is California Coffee Bar on the North Side, and Cyclops Cafe’s vanilla-honey latte is my favorite. Give me a good latte or a  cortado and I’m definitely in my happy place.

Favorite people to go with: I love being able to work with local businesses and highlight them in a way that showcases the uniqueness of Pittsburgh. My bachelor’s degree is in philosophy, focusing on ethics and social values, which enforced the importance of being a good citizen. I got to put those theories into practice as a volunteer in AmeriCorps. I love talking shop with other local women creatives, like Laura Early, who was a huge mentor to me when I got into Pittsburgh media. Pittsburgh has helped me find my creative voice, and I’m thankful to all the local businesses and people who have supported me.

Kevin Heasley

Kevin Heasley

Citadel Technology Group, Founder & Lead Developer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love going to Point State Park. It’s so beautiful and historic. To be honest, though, my favorite place in Pittsburgh is Industry Public House. The food there is incredible!

Favorite people to go with: My amazing girlfriend, Autumn

Andrew Vislosky

Andrew Vislosky

Shell, Wells Engineer-In-Training

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I always enjoy going to the rink to play hockey with my brother and friends in Cranberry. I am always up to head Downtown to watch a Pens game at PPG Paints Arena during the winter, or a baseball game at PNC Park during the summer. Pittsburgh has some of the best views of any city.

Favorite people to go with: My family and friends.

Jessica Hickey

Jessica Hickey

BIA Creative, owner; Downtown Greensburg Project, Director; Greensburg Craft Beer Week, Producer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy visiting all of the new places popping up, such as little boutiques with unique items, and trying out all of the restaurants, bars, and breweries that have opened recently.

Favorite people to go with: My favorite people to go with are my friends and other young professionals that I collaborate with.

Alyssa Kuzins

Alyssa Kuzins

The Journal Deck, creator & founder; Yoga + Meditation Teacher; the Self Care Spotlight Podcast, Host; Self Care Collective Online Membership

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Yoga, hiking, and visiting the local parks. Places I love to go are Millie’s Ice Cream, The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers, Big Dog Coffee, Taglios Pizza, Inhale Pgh Yoga Studio, and ASCEND Pgh.

Favorite people to go with: My yoga friends and my fiancé!

Sarah Daniel

Sarah Daniel

SHAPE Training, Co-owner And Director of Sales & Outreach

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Aside from cooking and entertaining at home, my favorite place to be is at Shape with my Shape Training community in Shadyside and East Pittsburgh. On the weekends, I enjoy watching Pittsburgh sports and exploring the restaurants, such as Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, Umami, and täk.

Favorite people to go with: My husband, Ryan; partners Yardon, Marty, DJ, Sam, and James; and friends

Audryana Hatcher

Audryana Hatcher

Lettuce Eat, LLC., Chief Operating Officer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Station Brake Café in Wilmerding and Roman Bistro in Forest Hills.

Favorite people to go with: My husband, son, and friends

Jesse Ainsman

Jesse Ainsman

Cushman & Wakefield/Grant Street Associates, Inc., Associate Vice President

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I go to Highland Park Dog Park with my fiancé and eat at Ritter’s Diner. It was my grandpa’s favorite place to eat, then my father’s, and now mine.

Favorite people to go with: My fiancé, Louise, and going to the dog park with our crazy dog, Winston.

Craig Cowan

Craig Cowan

The Barefoot Forge

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy the rivers, the history, and the sights all around Pittsburgh. I also moonlight as a captain for Just Ducky Tours, so I get to see the city a lot.

Favorite people to go with: I don’t get out of the shop much.

Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown

Responsival, CEO

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love going to the Point Downtown and exploring some of the parks in Pittsburgh with my husky. Can’t beat Shady Grove and Primanti Bros either!

Favorite people to go with: My friends — Tom, Seung, Eddie, and Alex

Corissa Bruno

Corissa Bruno

Corissa Nicole Esthetics At Sola Salon Studios

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love spending my days off either shopping at Ross Park Mall or doing brunch at Sienna Mercato. I’ve been really getting involved with gala events lately, which are super fun ways to spend weekend nights.

Favorite people to go with: Shopping with my mom or brunch with my friends

Amy Del Rio-Gazzo

Amy Del Rio-Gazzo

Moxie USA, Social Engagement Manager

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love visiting the Carnegie museums, and going to the movies at Row House Cinema and Manor Theatre. My favorite lunch spot in Downtown is Apollo Café for their tomato soup. I also love going to happy hour with friends in South Side and Downtown.

Favorite people to go with: My roommates, Erin and Laura, and my boyfriend, Ryan

Kyle Southerlin

Kyle Southerlin

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, General Manager

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: When I’m not at work, I love watching Pens games, going on walks with my daughter, and checking out all the new restaurants in the city. 

Favorite people to go with: My wife, Alyssa, and my daughter, Grace

Denielle DeSantis

Denielle DeSantis

Franklin Regional High School, Visual Arts Teacher; Exhibit D, Artist

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I’m a runner and an avid traveler, so I constantly discover my surroundings by foot, and that applies to Pittsburgh as well. For food/drinks, I love Il Pizzaiolo (I worked there in college/grad school) and Butcher and the Rye. For shopping, No. 14 Boutique is a must, or anywhere in Lawrenceville. Truly, anything that is unique and different from the standard is what I’m all about! I love adventure and spontaneity.

Favorite people to go with: My friends and family

Chelsea Peluso

Chelsea Peluso

Millcraft Investments/ Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, Community & Public Relations Manager

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy running on the Three Rivers Heritage Trails with my dog, Weezy, and grabbing a drink after at Grist House Craft Brewery.

Favorite people to go with: I also spend a lot of time with my nieces. I have five nieces ranging in age from 20 -years-old to 9-months-old. I really enjoy shopping and exploring the city with them. It’s really fun to see them experience things like the Three Rivers Arts Festival or take them to some of my favorite boutiques.

Rick DeBlasio

Rick DeBlasio

Housing & Redevelopment Insurance Exchange (HARIE), In-House Legal Counsel

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: PNC Park for Pirates games, PPG Paints Arena for Pens games, and Nicky’s Thai Kitchen for food.

Favorite people to go with: I enjoy going out with my coworkers and friends, many of whom I’ve known my entire life. I also enjoy trying different places in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

John Lazaro

John Lazaro

Tomorrow’s World Today, Marketing Manager

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: PNC Park for Pirates games, the North Shore, Shadyside, Pens games, and Seven Springs Mountain Resort because I am an avid snowboarder.

Favorite people to go with: I enjoy hanging out with my close group of friends that I grew up with. I still go out with with them almost every weekend.

Michael W. Mann, MBA

Michael W. Mann, MBA

General Business Manager for Dr. Bobbie Lee Hawranko

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: The Cultural District. I can also always be found out and about in Shadyside. My favorite restaurant is Altius.

Favorite people to go with: I have a very close group of five friends. We always go everywhere together.

Anthony M. Figurelli, CFP

Anthony M. Figurelli, CFP

Ameriprise Financial, Financial Advisor

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy exploring Downtown, the Strip District, and the surrounding city area. Most commonly, you will find me Downtown or at my office in Monroeville.

Favorite people to go with: Meeting with clients

Bonnie Mangold

Bonnie Mangold

Reed Smith LLP, Attorney

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love walking along the river Downtown or in Market Square with an ice cream cone from Millie’s in my hand. I also love grabbing Sunday brunch in Lawrenceville and Regent Square.

Favorite people to go with: My husband, Jay, and my French bulldog, Maddie.

Audrey Tracy

Audrey Tracy

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Emergency Department Physician assistant

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: You can find me strolling the Strip District on the weekends. I also love biking the trails around Pittsburgh.

Favorite people to go with: My husband, Steve, and my two dogs, Luca and Romy

Aaron S. Young

Aaron S. Young

Freelance Writer

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy hiking in Pittsburgh’s many parks, particularly Schenley, Frick, and Hays Woods. I also enjoy going to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Favorite people to go with: My girlfriend, Kathleen. I also enjoy hanging out with my brother, Sam.

Logan Hofbauer

Logan Hofbauer

Logan Hair Studio, Owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: The museums, Meat & Potatoes,  Legends of the North Shore for Italian food, and Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Favorite people to go with: My two girls, Ari and Nina, and my boyfriend

Kimberly Currie Dunn

Kimberly Currie Dunn

Veterans Resource Solutions, Founder & Owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I volunteer for various organizations and support locally owned businesses. Vintage Grace Boutique, Luna & Soul Yoga, and Hal’s on Babcock are my go-to spots!

Favorite people to go with: My family and friends

Scott DiGuglielmo

Scott DiGuglielmo

Agency Brokerage, Director

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: All local sporting events, traveling the world one day at a time, outdoor concerts, and new restaurants

Favorite people to go with: Friends and my brokerage/marketing team

Caleb Clark

Caleb Clark

Qonsult, Founder & CEO

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Creative Drinks events, Penguins games, and flying private planes

Favorite people to go with: My girlfriend, Jordan, friends, and business partners

Doug Raible

Doug Raible

Raible Realty Investments, Financial Services Professional, Investor & Owner; Qonsult

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Creative Drinks events, Steelers games, and boating on the river

Favorite people to go with: Friends and business partners

Garett Craig

Garett Craig

Student at Duquesne University

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I like going to Sarris Candies, car meets, The Cheesecake Factory, and sporting events.

Favorite people to go with: Friends and family

Angelea Kuruc

Angelea Kuruc

Blanc de Blanc Bridal Boutique, Founder

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Exploring new restaurants and breweries Downtown and in Lawrenceville, and shopping at local boutiques, such as No. 14 Boutique and Vintage Grace Boutique

Favorite people to go with: Friends, my sister, parents, and my French bulldog, Chevy

Shea Doubt

Shea Doubt

Vibe Beauty Lounge, Stylist & Co-owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love hanging out around Lawrenceville. Take A Break Bar is my favorite hang out spot. Also, the Dependable Drive In Theater.

Favorite people to go with: Family, my boyfriend, and my best friend

Cassandra Roach

Cassandra Roach

Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia, Co-Owner; Hough’s Taproom & Brewpub, Co-Owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: Being a part of the bar and restaurant industry, I love to check out new breweries popping up in the area. When I make trips into the city, I enjoy visiting the Pittsburgh Winery, seeing a show, or grabbing brunch. 

Favorite people to go with: By far, my amazing family and friends

Rebecka Butterworth

Rebecka Butterworth

Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia, Co-Owner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love checking out all of the newest bars, restaurants, and breweries around the city, and luckily for me, it’s part of my job! The Strip District is my favorite neighborhood in the city. It’s my one stop shop for groceries, fresh flowers, culture, and church at Amplify Church.

Favorite people to go with: Anyone who comes to visit from out of town, the Strip District is where I love to take them. I think you get a great feel of the past, present, and future of Pittsburgh.

Brandon Dewey

Brandon Dewey

mediterra bakehouse, Baker

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I like going to Steelers games, the movies, and exploring food places all around Pittsburgh. I also like taking my dog to Carnegie Park.

Favorite people to go with: The people I go with are usually my friends and also my girlfriend, Angela.

Stav Diamandis

Stav Diamandis

Mediterra Bakehouse, Assistant head baker

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy eating at hole in the wall restaurants in the Pittsburgh area and going to coffee shops. I’m also a huge sports fan and love going to PNC Park to watch the Pirates.

Favorite people to go with: I’m a very family-oriented person, so my favorite people to hang out with are my fiancé and my sisters. I’m also very close with my coworkers, who are more like brothers.

Niko Ambeliotis

Niko Ambeliotis

Mediterra Bakehouse, Owner & Head Baker

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I enjoy trying new restaurants, coffee shops, and just exploring new neighborhoods that I’ve never been to. Pittsburgh really is a city of neighborhoods, and you can always find something different and new in each one. I’m a really  big coffee guy, so I enjoy trying different cafes. Among my favorites are Espresso a Mano and Commonplace Coffeehouse & Roastery. When it comes to food, my favorites are Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, Morcilla, and DiAnoia’s Eatery.

Favorite people to go with: I always love exploring new things with my fiancé, Laurel Podlesnik. She is my partner in crime and always pushing me to try new things and explore new heights.

Nikki Boler

Nikki Boler

Michael Baker International, Planner

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: I love Pittsburgh. I grew up and live in Beaver County, but I often spend weekends in the city with my husband. Whether it’s going to Construction Junction to look for unique elements for our home, visiting the Artist & Craftsman Supply shop for new sketching materials, or going to the Andy Warhol Museum to see our favorite pieces and enjoy the cafe, we always find something fun to do. Pittsburgh is extremely accessible, and because of that, I am able to continue to explore the city I love.

Favorite people to go with: I love coming to Pittsburgh with my husband and family.

Brandon Moon

Brandon Moon

Hippy at Heart Clothing, Owner & Creative Director; Imagen Brands, Regional Sales Manager

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: When I’m in the city, I like to go to Gaucho Parrilla Argentina and Condado Tacos to eat. I go to as many networking events as possible, such as Creatives Drink. I’m not around as much since I moved recently, so I try to use my time wisely and work on my clothing line when I’m here. Typically, it’s for a long weekend, including photoshoots, or linking up with other people I’m collaborating with. You might see me on South Side with my jawns, too.

Favorite people to go with: I’ve got a solid group of friends I went to Point Park University with and my crew from back home that I normally end up with. Good vibes only.

Alexis Corry Kappel

Alexis Corry Kappel

Lex & Lynne, Mick + Kip, Owner & Creative Director

Favorite things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh: My favorite things to do in Pittsburgh include visiting all of the museums and art galleries, as well as experiencing the food scene and all of the bars and restaurants. I love seeing new and innovative menus and cuisine come to Pittsburgh. I’m also a huge fan of the Strip District; the Strip has always been a neighborhood that is near and dear to my heart!

Favorite people to go with: My husband, family, and friends. I also love including the girls that work at Lex & Lynne with me, as we are a close-knit team and enjoy exploring the City of Pittsburgh together.

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