Looking for something to do on Saturday? Spend the day in Sewickley, PA, a short drive outside of Pittsburgh. This borough is full of ways to eat, shop, walk, and play all day for a moment of summer fun.
The writer enjoyed treats from Mediterra Cafe in Wolcott Park’s Gazebo.
Start The Day at Sewickley Farmers Market
Every Saturday until mid-November, Sewickley hosts a weekly farmer’s market on Saturday morning. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., find local merchants and farmers selling a selection of local and homemade goods. Browse or buy everything from maple syrup to moonshine. Find a full list of vendors online.
Tip: Start the morning off right with an iced coffee from Zeke’s Coffee.
Relax in Wolcott Park
Want to stop and catch some shade? Take a seat in Wolcott Park. Rows of benches are tucked underneath trees, creating a cool relief from Pittsburgh’s summer heat. If you’re looking for a table to eat at, move over to the gazebo. Renovated in 2014, the gazebo is wheelchair friendly and full of cafe-style chairs.
Tip: Pick up a book at Penguin Bookshop, and camp out in the gazebo for a relaxing afternoon read.
Shop and Stroll on Beaver Street
Sewickley is full of locally owned businesses. Mostly clustered on Beaver Street, you’ll find a wide range of stores. Some highlights include:
412 Style Lab – A collaborative space that features products from Closet Rehab and JoJo Shoes, this shopping experience is unlike any other. Customers can work with the founders and owners of the space, Erica (Closet Rehab) and JoJo (JoJo Shoes), to customize tailor custom pieces to their style.
Sewickley Yarns – Looking for a new craft project? Head on into Sewickley Yarns. You’ll find everything needed to start knitting – from yarns to needles to scissors – to get you started. In addition to all things yarn, the store sells a variety of giftable items that could be perfect for your next special occasion.
Penguin Bookshops – Previously mentioned, this bookstore is over ninety years old. Fiction to fantasy, the literary lover’s dream is available in this store. A “staff pick’s” section is at the front of the store, with suggestions that are sure to help keep you entertained as social distancing continues. Want to order online? You can pick up in-store or have it shipped to you.
Fun By The Pound Toy Store – Just as it sounds, any step in this store is a load of fun. The store started through customers building toys with Legos or K’nex, and weighing their creation to determine the cost ( hence the name!) Since opening, the store has expanded to selling other toys. Browse online to check out the wide range of merchandise available.
No matter if you make a purchase or just window shop, Beaver Street helps show the best of Sewickley.
Tip: Parking on Beaver Street puts you in the middle of all the action in Sewickley. Metered parking is available.
Mediterra Cafe’s interior display.
Grab a Bite
Looking to try something new? Sewickley is just the place – for sweet or savory treats. Locally owned restaurants dominate the town. You’ll find Italian ( Mambo Italian, Pizza Roma), American( Vivo Kitchen, 424 Walnut), and more. Looking for an afternoon pick-me up? Stop in for a coffee at Mediterra Cafe or Adesso Cafe. Made in PGH advises readers to review the county’s indoor and outdoor dining policies prior to dining.
Wander in War Memorial Park
Looking for some socially distant fun? Head on over to War Memorial Park. Head for a hike on one of the two walking trails that stretch out over the 20 acre plot of land. Have a kid looking for a playground? A large playscape with slides, swings, and more greets visitors when entering the park. An easy (and free!) way to enjoy the outdoors.
Tip: Stay up-to-date on the status of the park during Covid-19 by visiting Sewickly’s website.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.