We know we just gave you a bunch of ideas for weekend getaways, but what if you don’t have a whole weekend available? What if you only have one free day to explore, and you don’t want to spend an hour driving each way? Maximize your day by visiting Coraopolis! It’s only a 20-25 minute drive from the city, depending on where you start. And, guys, there’s tons to keep you busy.
We have a few suggestions on how to spend your visit to Coraopolis, but you should also check out the Coraopolis Business Association site before you go. They have all of the current events listed there, plus information about activities like biking the Montour Trail or Three Rivers Heritage Trail. They also have a listing of all the local businesses, so you can add in a couple stops between the ones we have here!
Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar
Start your day off on the right foot with a coffee from Anchor & Anvil. This is their second location (the first is in Ben Avon). In addition to your caffeine fix, you can also enjoy local favorites like Jenny Lee Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Stickler’s Ice Pops, and Oram’s donuts. We’ll take a Parking Chair and a donut, please!
Emma Jean’s Relics
Emma Jean’s Relics has everything from antique furniture to vinyl records. They aren’t just an antique store, they’re a variety store with antiques – as they like to say. Pro-tips: they offer free refreshments on the weekends, and they’re pet-friendly! They also have an online store, so you can browse a little before you go…and check out their amazing prices.
Gilberti’s Fine Art Studio & Gallery
Gilberti’s Fine Art Studio & Gallery is our recommendation for artists, aspiring artists, and anyone who appreciates art. It’s a working studio for Cindy Gilberti – who paints there daily – and it’s a gallery for both emerging and established artists. And they offer classes, like Life Drawing (Thursdays from 10-12), Mosaics (9/10 and 9/17 from 7-9pm), and Finger Drawing with a live model (9/23 and 9/30 from 6-9pm). Who wants to sign up with us?
Mindful Ink Studio
What’s a vacation (or mini-staycation) without a tattoo?? Mindful Ink Studio offers tattoos and piercings in a clean, private, female-friendly atmosphere. They are award-winning artists with over 20 years of experience who specialize in custom, traditional, freehand, permanent makeup, and body piercings. You can schedule an appointment or just walk in. And – bonus – they provide complimentary refreshments to make the experience even more enjoyable.
Mystic Embers Herbs & Oddities
If you’ve ever been curious about the occult, head to Mystic Embers Herbs & Oddities. They carry a variety of herbs, plus ritual and spiritual supplies (like candles, journals, books, and incense) in addition to their oddities…like a mummy. They welcome everyone and want people to feel okay about being different, and we think this shop is just awesome.
Suburban Landscapers & Florists
You have to make sure you stop by Suburban Landscapers & Florists before you head home. They have stunning floral arrangements, beautiful plants, and thoughtful gifts for every occasion. They’re happy to answer any questions you might have about what to plant where, what fertilizer to use, and landscape lighting (which is awesome because we always have tons of questions). Suburban also delivers to a number of businesses in the area.
Since we plan our day around where we’re going to eat, we must stop at Tootsie’s Diner. They’re cooking up dishes with the freshest ingredients they can find. All of their meals are a combination of Tootsie’s original recipe mixed with a little creativity from their chefs. We’re a sucker for a good homemade banana bread french toast, but how can we say no to a meatball hoagie with homemade meatballs? Anyone up for sharing?
We wish we had a whole house to decorate and an unlimited budget after seeing some of the pieces at Vintage Revival. They believe everyone’s happy place should have something from the past in the decor, and their ever-changing inventory provides plenty of options…and inspiration. If you’re lucky, you might even get a welcome from their pug, Olive!
West Point Ballet
Now located in a 13,000 square-foot facility, West Point Ballet is about to start their fall classes. West Point Ballet is directed by former dancers of National Ballet of Cuba, Florida Classical Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre…which is quite the impressive lineup! They offer classes for every age and skill level, and they even have a class that is only for boys – we think Prince George would be so excited.
So who’s ready to visit Coraopolis with us? We’re up for a carpool if you are 😉This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.