East Liberty is one of our favorite neighborhoods because it legit has something for everyone. Ready to pamper yourself? Head to East Liberty. Want to get your hands a little dirty and learn a new skill? East Liberty. Just looking for some food? East Liberty. Read on to find out five of our favorite places there:
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
Because, let’s be real, who couldn’t use some pampering right about now? If you’re looking for a massage, Hand & Stone is the place to go. They offer Swedish massages, deep tissue massages, sports massages, even things like Himalayan salt stone or prenatal massages. Opt for a Theragun percussive therapy treatment to recover and relieve pain. Or maybe facials are more your thing! Hand & Stone has you covered there, too. Treat yourself to microdermabrasion, peels, NuFACE® facial toning, LED treatments, and more using top-of-the-line ClarityRX and Dermalogica skincare products. You’ll leave feeling restored, relaxed, and refreshed after an appointment with one of their licensed massage therapists and estheticians – and thanks to their friendly staff and gorgeous spa.
After all that pampering, you should definitely nourish your body well…so visit Clean Juice. They’re a USDA/CCOF certified organic juice bar who cold-press and bottle their own juices that are used in their juice cleanses. They also offer wellness shots, and both have a shelf life of several days, so you can stock up! The rest of their menu – freshly-pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, salads, toasts, wraps, and hot coffee – is made fresh to order. And yes, everything they make is organic! This Clean Juice location was the franchise’s first PA store. It’s owned by a local family who realized what a difference lifestyle and food changes made to their lives…and they wanted to share that with the community.
Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Dress for Success Pittsburgh does amazing work – providing clothing, connections, and confidence to help remove barriers women face to obtaining and retaining employment. They’ve had to pivot during the pandemic to provide contactless services and virtual employment readiness programs through their new Virtual Connections Resource Center. But, guys? All of that work, and their anticipated increased need as more women return to the workforce, requires volunteers and funding. Which is why you should sign up for their upcoming fundraiser, Black & Gold Cookie Table Drive-Thru! On Sunday, May 16 from 11am-2pm, you’ll drive through Hartwood Acres and receive a premium box of two dozen cookies from The little Kitchen (a local woman-owned and operated small business), a Pittsburgh-themed swag bag, one entry to the Black & Golden Mega Raffle Ticket prize package, and a picnic blanket to safely enjoy a day at the park. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
If you’re sick of wondering what’s actually in your bread, you’ll love Great Harvest Bread Company. They’ve been using long, traditional methods to bake their breads for over 30 years, creating one-of-a-kind, simple, wholesome, and delicious bread. The way it ought to be. We can’t go to East Liberty without bringing a loaf (or two) home. We also love their sandwiches, with premium ingredients, between slices of their freshly baked bread. And their breakfast will have you seriously fueled for whatever your day has in store…from their biscuits to breakfast sandwiches to pastries.
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Pittsburgh Glass Center is celebrating 20 years glowing and growing! It’s the perfect place to visit whether you’re planning something for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just a family outing. You can shop for beautiful handmade glass gifts from jewelry to tableware. Pro-tip: their signature line of tableware – the Penn/Fairmont – makes the perfect wedding gift. If you’re looking to be more hands-on, take one of their beginner workshops! You’ll create stained glass, sculpt hot glass, make pendants, or fuse dishes and garden stakes. Can’t make it there to visit in person, or inspired to continue making glass art after your visit? Check out their at-home art kits! And don’t forget to walk through their contemporary glass gallery, featuring Light in Transmission through July 18th. You can also visit the exhibit virtually from the comfort of your couch! Pittsburgh Glass Center has cultivated an inclusive and welcoming environment so that everyone, from the casually curious to the master artist, can learn, create, and be inspired by glass.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.