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Monday, August 13, 2018
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click to enlarge Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day with St. Vincent de Paul
Brittany Barnicott

St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores will celebrate National Thrift Shop Day with a two-day sale on Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th. All items in the stores will be 20% off on Friday and 50% off on Saturday. Additionally on Saturday, the Monroeville store will have games, prizes, and a visit from Star 100.7.

Since its founding in 1852, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has provided vital support for individuals and families in need throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. That assistance comes in the form of food, housing, clothes, furniture, transportation, and many other everyday essentials. Last year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided assistance to 104,294 people, and every purchase made at their thrift stores support those individuals and many others in need.

click to enlarge Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day with St. Vincent de Paul
Brittany Barnicott

“Our programs rely heavily on our thrift store donors and customers, and we’re so grateful for their continued support. We wanted to have this celebration as a way to say thank you for everything they do to improve our communities,” said Ricardo Luckow, Executive Director for the Society of
St. Vincent de Paul in Pittsburgh.

While St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores are a source of funding for the organization’s programs, they also provide a cost-effective, unique shopping experience for their customers. From vintage clothes and accessories to furniture and household appliances, there are always new items
to explore.

click to enlarge Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day with St. Vincent de Paul
Brittany Barnicott

“It’s always fun to hear from customers about how they’re going to redo or upcycle the items they find,” said Dawn Dietz, manager of the Monroeville St. Vincent de Paul. “And our affordability and quality allow our customers to help us help others – which is the most important part of what we

To celebrate National Thrift Shop Day, find a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store near you. Stores are located in Castle Shannon, Coraopolis, Monroeville, and Swissvale. For more information, visit www.svdppitt.org.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores

Shannon, Coraopolis, Monroeville, & Swissvale

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 9:04 AM

Think you know everything and anything about CBD and THC? Test yourself with this quiz!

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Monday, July 2, 2018


Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Pittsburghers are pretty patriotic. It was the Steel City that produced slabs of metal for tanks, planes, and boats during World War II. Patriotism is in our city's roots, too. Lewis and Clark's mission west started right here at the Point. So, it's no surprise that Pittsburghers go hard on the Fourth of July. This is our definitive guide on how to make your Fourth of July a little Pittsburgh extra.

1. Flags, flags, flags

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No Fourth of July would be complete without representing the good ol' stars and stripes. You'll notice many Pittsburghers have flags up year-round, but July 4th is definitely the day to go full on with the Red, White and Blue decor.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

In true Pittsburgh fashion of making everything Black and Gold, there is also a football variant banner. After all, you're in Black and Gold country. And what's more American than throwing the pigskin around? I think it could be argued that rocking any Pittsburgh sports jersey is about as American as rocking a flag shirt.

2. Burgers and franks

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Americans love their beef, and Pittsburgh is no exception. Burgers have become a symbol of the American diner, and hotdogs bring to mind good times at the local ballpark or strolls through Kennywood.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

Trade up that beef wiener for a kielbasa sausage. Go long-ways with a single sausage on a hot dog bun or cut two sausages at half the size on a burger bun. Liberally apply sauerkraut or Heinz ketchup.

3. Disposable cups and plates

On July 4th, we are not about that fine china life. Check your fancy table etiquette at the door. Just don't be an absolute pig—especially if you're at someone else's house. The last thing you need to worry about on July 4th is a bunch of messy dishes. Embrace the casual vibes.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

Yes, the red plastic cups are quintessentially American, but Pittsburgh's moving in a green direction. So, why not embrace this movement and opt for paper cups instead? It's 2018, and we have a lot more options than those dentist cups from the 1990s.

4. Pasta salad/potato salad

Bless the person that decided to call heaping portions of pasta and potato mixed with mayo a salad. Treat yourself this July 4th. We're not here to worry about carbs or calories. Embrace the excess afforded to you in this pretty awesome country and loosen that belt a notch!

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

In Pittsburgh, we love our pickles and our condiments. Load up your potato salad with relish and mustard (and don't forget that paprika, too) to give your "salad" that Pittsburgh appeal.

5. Fireworks of questionable legality

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It wouldn't be July 4th without a touch of danger. We all have that one relative (the one that gets a little too excited around matches and gasoline) that comes equipped with fireworks straight from Nowheresville, Ohio. Our national anthem does reference bombs bursting in air. We're just really committed to recreating that on our backyard patio.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

Ask any Pittsburgher who Zambelli is and it becomes clear that this city has an unnatural obsession with fireworks. Fireworks are already a Pittsburgh staple, so just let 'em rip. Enough said.

6. Cornhole

What game works best with a bunch of tipsy friends loading up on carbs? Cornhole is that Twilight Zone anomaly where being buzzed is an advantage. There's no sharp objects or rigorous physical activity involved, so it's friendly for young and old.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

Make sure you achieve that perfect, balanced throw with a can of I.C. Light in one hand. Is it even cornhole if you don't have a drink, anyway?

7. Twinkle Lights

Achieve that hipster, Instagram-worthy aesthetic by throwing up some lights in your backyard. It may be the easiest way to transform your patio into a TJ Maxx commercial. Be the envy of your neighborhood by lighting it up. The electric bill will suffer, but your social life won't. Bonus points for Red, White and Blue lights to show your country pride. #murica

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

We rep that Black and Gold, so go for gold lights instead of the standard white. It'll call to mind our city colors and bathe your entourage in the glow of warm light.

8. Cookie Table

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It wouldn't be a Pittsburgh party without a table dedicated to the cookie. Be extra and show your patriotism by throwing a little Red, White, and Blue into your sugar cookie mix. Elegantly place your confections on a platter, and now you're basically Martha Stewart 2.0.

How to make it Pittsburgh Extra?

Peanut butter blossoms have to make an appearance. Pizzelles are a welcome addition too.

9. Freeze pops

Freeze pops taste like the summers of childhood. I'm talking about the frozen sticks of corn syrup and dye placed in unusually heavy-duty plastic wrapping. (I can still feel the frustration of trying to rip one of these bad boys open.) Hand some out to the kiddies and have one for yourself. Cause you should ride that wave of nostalgia on July 4th. We are lucky to have grown up in a country that gave us pretty amazing childhood memories.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

There are some hardcore Otter Pop loyalists in this city, but you do you.

10. Water games

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Would it be a July 4th in Pittsburgh if it wasn't ridiculously hot? If you're not near a pool, grab some water balloons and Super Soakers to cool everyone down. The kids will love it, but who says adults can take part in the fun either? It's 2018 and being young-at-heart is completely acceptable. Leave your office-space decorum at the door.

How to make it Pittsburgh extra?

Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods are close to woods, so use the landscape for natural cover. You'll feel just a little bit more like Jason Bourne. *cue Moby soundtrack*

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Friday, May 18, 2018

They're Royalty to Us Dammit

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 5:04 PM

In the spirit of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, let's take a look at some of Pittsburgh's most iconic couples of yesteryear and today! Although they don't rival the House of Windsor, these couples are royalty to Pittsburgh natives.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Run for the Roses has never been more fun!

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Over 300 people joined the City Paper at the Drum Bar at Rivers Casino to celebrate that rare day when the Derby falls on Cinco De Derby. Guests were treated to fabulous drinks and eats, live bluegrass and mariachi, and, of course, the Derby!

Check out the slideshow and tell us which hat is your favorite. 

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Can YOU hit the SuperSixFecta for $10,000?

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 2:44 PM

We are very excited to announce that you now have a chance to win $10,000 at Cinco De Derby. I know what you're thinking. But this was already an awesome party, with an open select bar, open food, live bluegrass and mariachi, and a best hat contest (being judged by Pittsburgh style and seen legend, Jean Horne no less), how can it get better?

We at City Paper love a good challenge, so we went out and gathered some amazing prizes and a $10,000 grand prize.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Follow along on Snapchat Monday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 5:10 PM

City Paper has partnered with Live Nation to celebrate National Concert Week with an entire DAY of concert ticket giveaways.
All you have to do is add us on Snapchat (pghcitypaper) and keep your eyes peeled. You can win tickets to:

Thirty Seconds to Mars
Weezer with Pixies
Vans Warped Tour
Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie
Jack White
G-Easy with Lil Uzi Vert
Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt

Tune in early and often for your chance to win!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Place your bets for the wining answers!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Is Brangelina just another divorced celebrity couple, or a well-groomed racehorse?  Place your bets to find out with How Well Do You Know Kentucky Derby Horse Names?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Turn up the heat on your party with these hot summer jams

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Music can make or break a party, and there's nothing worse than a lifeless fiesta. Pittsburgh City Paper has your back this Cinco De Mayo with the hottest Latin hits of today and yesterday. Hey, we even took the time to compile them all in a neat Spotify playlist! You're welcome amigo.

BUT if you're more of a party attender rather than a party thrower, why not come to Pittsburgh City Paper's Cinco De Derby party at the Rivers Casino on May 5th, 2018? If you didn't catch it from the name, Cinco De Derby is the rare day when the worlds and cultures of Kentucky and Latin America come together. There will be entertainment, food, drink, and games! We guarantee it'll be a lively evening! 🔥🔥🔥

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Have you been studying since the last Cannabis trivia quiz?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Now's your chance to redeem yourself with Cannabis Quiz 2: The Sequel.  See how much you've learned and you can enter to win a 600mg Bottle of LabNaturals PCR Brand CBD Hemp Oil.  Winner will be notified via email on Monday, April 30th, and will be required to pick up the prize at LabNatural's Squirrel Hill location.

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