Looking for an escape from the city but can’t get away for long? Get away without having to go away by taking a short trip up I-79 to the town of Zelienople. It’s a sweet and historical small town with a big heart (along with fun, stylish, and delicious times). Here’s what you can check out on your mini vacay.

Burghers Brewing

For 13 years, Burghers Brewing has been bringing local ethical and sustainable foods and craft beer to those in Zelienople (and Lawrenceville). On tap for them next? A re-brand, a new location in the Southside’s Highline, and a new 14,000 ft.² production brewery in Millvale!

Check out their daily, weekly, and monthly specials – like their smashburger “Fast Food But Better Burger Series,” Tuesday’s smash tacos (a smashburger turned into a taco), and unbeatable happy hour deals Monday – Friday from 3pm – 6pm and Saturday from 8pm – 10pm. Be sure to try their James Beard award-winning burger, The Blend!

Della Terra

Zelienople’s Della Terra is an Italian bistro with a flare of local ingredients to match the seasons. Enjoy elevated food in a beautiful and comfortable atmosphere that can accommodate anyone’s taste. All pasta and pizza dough is made in house – and made with a starter that has been alive as long as Della Terra! Their wine and cocktail program is ever-changing with the seasons as well, using seasonal ingredients and promoting local vendors.

This month, they are hosting a dinner by two of their chefs, Jason Rodgers and Isaiah Yohn. These popular monthly dinners allow the chefs to have fun with other cuisines and different ingredients. Keep an eye out for their 10 year anniversary in October, where they’ll have a full week of specials including some favorites of many customers.

Modern Alchemy House of Crystals

Modern Alchemy House of Crystals is not your average crystal shop! Female-owned and in the heart of Zelienople, they offer a wide range of unique LUXE, natural crystals, clean-burning small batch candles, and much more. House of Crystals is a beautiful healing haven where you can experience the immersive in Harmony Sound Lounge (Vibroacoustic Therapy bed) as well as powerful Interpersonal Reiki.

Sips & Sweets

Sips & Sweets specializes in bubble tea, natural smoothies, and some of the most amazing coffee: Organic Grounds and Hounds. Home of Moo Dough flights (edible cookie dough samplers), they also sell a variety of unique baked goods, including Cookiewiches and whoopie pies galore!

Everything in this boutique bakery is farm themed and uses as many local ingredients as possible. Eco-conscious as well, the majority of the plastic wear and cups are compostable and eco-friendly. Bring along your four-legged friends too for a pup cup treat.

Los Mayas Mexican Restaurant

Located in Harmony which is right next to Zelienople, Los Mayas Mexican Restaurant has been voted Gold Best Local Restaurant in Harmony by the Cranberry Eagle Community (‘22, ‘23), Silver Best Mexican Restaurant (‘22, ‘23), and Bronze Best Lunch Spot (‘23). This BYOB restaurant is a great spot for large groups and private parties and also has a catering menu.

Haute Designs

Haute Designs is a kitchen and bath boutique located in Zelienople that loves design and imaginative solutions built with intelligence. They are committed to delivering on your dreams and aspirations for the perfect solution to your renovation or new build needs.

They live by their mantra: stunning solutions with the most current and innovative products and materials available. With a full range of offerings, free in-home consultation, along with design, materials, and installation, they are able to accommodate most budgets.

Scentcerely Yours Candle Studio

Create “uniquely you” candles for any occasion at Scentcerely Yours Candle Studio. Walk-ins are welcome or book a party for 5 or more (max. 21) guests. Great for birthdays, date nights, anniversaries, baby showers, work parties, and more – make candles and memories in a studio space focused on being an inspiration destination that aims to illuminate the joy- and scent-filled experience of candle making.

Instill memories through scent, touch, and sight as you explore the 75+ different scents on the scent wall. All candles are environmentally safe, using cotton wicks, all-natural soy wax, and clean fragrances. The store is family-friendly – with unique no-heat sand wax candles for young ones to get in on the candle making too. Scentcerely Yours allows you to BYOB and will even provide drink-ware for you to use. For unique scented candles created by you, visit Scentcerely Yours.

Mathew Jewelers

Established in 1947, Mathew Jewelers, is a 4th generation, family-owned jeweler featuring exclusive designs and unique one-of-a-kind custom handmade jewelry. Shop the area’s largest selection of engagement rings, wedding bands, and colored stone jewelry. Expert jewelry repair is done on the premises. There is also a 2nd Mathew Jewelers location at “Streets of Cranberry” in Cranberry Township.   Their tagline says it all: “Your Trust ~ Our Tradition ~ Since 1947.”

Local Boutique 16063

Local Boutique 16063 is a small town boutique with a big city feel. Since opening in Zelienople in 2015, they’ve helped women look and feel their best. Owner Angela Dawson was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and has 20+ years of fashion industry experience. Her experience provides for an excellent shopping destination for women’s contemporary fashion with an elevated casual feel. Angela’s belief in an effortless approach to dressing, where style should be comfortable and fun, allows her to source a selection of merchandise that encourages women to dress with style and ease for every one of life’s occasions.

Excellence in service is the mainstay of the experience at Local Boutique 16063. Constantly sourcing to stay on top of trends and bring the best of style to her boutique, the buyers travel extensively to find the best classics and trends while the boutique stylists go above and beyond to help clients realize their own personal look. In addition to an impressive designer list, coveted brands of clothing, jewelry, and accessories, the store and staff pride themselves in staying true to the local area and active in the community.

The Nue Look | at Home

The Nue Look | at Home is a home décor and furniture boutique with a design-center feel where clients can find anything from the latest trends in wallcoverings, USA-made quick-ship furniture, unique rugs, custom pillows, and window treatments. They also offer lifestyle finds such as PJ’s, jewelry, and French bath & body products, along with perfect host gifts, everyday décor, and art for your home.

Because their full-service residential design service fills up quickly, they now offer in-store complementary design consultations for smaller projects. Clients can set up an appointment with one of their designers who can help them bring their vision to life!

The Little Green Bookstore

On North Main St. in Zelienople, you’ll find this independent bookstore designed for book lovers by book lovers. A curated inventory of best sellers, new releases, and old favorites!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at givegodyouryes.com and fullhipster.com.

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