Whether you’re in need of retail therapy or self-care, if you’re looking for catering or a unique event space or ​just a feel-good meal – head north up the river to Aspinwall. In Aspinwall, you’ll find everything you need to soothe you – body, soul, and stomach.

esSpa Organic Hungarian Skincare + Salon

No one does a facial quite like Hungarian Master Esthetician, Eva Kerschbaumer. When you combine her Hungarian methods with the latest in cutting-edge technology, the results can be breathtakingly natural. You will see a healthy reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, sagging/tired skin, acne, rosacea, inflammation and other issues.

If you don’t want to look “frozen” like you “had some work done,” and simply want visibly great results in a serene, non-surgical and stress-free environment, then see Eva at esSpa (17 Brilliant Ave). This is THE place in Pittsburgh to get THE Facial with little to no irritation or downtime. Trust your face (and your body, hands, feet, hair, et al) to the hands of Eva, named one of the “Top 3 Estheticians in North America” every year since 2017.

Oh, did I mention that esSpa has been delivering customized Facials for over 20 years! Schedule your esSpa facial today by booking online or calling 412-782-3888. Mention “Made in PGH” and receive a complimentary, no obligation consultation and $55 off any Hydrofacial, Plasma+, ecoDERM HFUS, Italian WiQo or MegaPEEL, Dermaplaning, Microchanneling or “Kitchen Sink” Facial Treatment (*Terms and Conditions Apply*). esSpa also now offers incredibly effective Rapid Weight Loss and Leaky Gut Programs!

The SōL Collective

The SōL Collective redefines the traditional shoe store experience with a joyful, modern environment, highly knowledgeable, shoe-loving staff, and customer-friendly website. Offering unique, quality footwear for men and women from both small-batch, European producers and world-renowned brands, in addition to a tightly-curated assortment of effortless apparel and accessories their assortment is kept fresh and exciting with weekly deliveries.

The SōL Collective (23 Brilliant Ave) is a fun shopping experience and makes it easy for customers to leave head-to-toe ready for a trip, change of season, or closet update. Sign up for their weekly emails and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep informed of new arrivals, ways to style their products, and how to pair your new footwear with products from other local small businesses.

Luke & Mike’s Frontporch Grille

The best outdoor dining in the charming town of Aspinwall is at Luke & Mike’s Frontporch Grille. It’s a quaint little restaurant on a cobblestone street (235 Commercial Ave) where you can enjoy a casual dining experience on the front porch. This is the only outdoor bar around. Fresh cocktails and a tropical feeling provide patio dining at its best. Local ingredients are used from Freedom Farms, La Prima Espresso, Ohiopyle Coffee Roasters, and Caryn’s Baked Goods.

Book your intimate weddings, showers, birthdays, friendsgivings, private bar events, celebrations, and private parties on the patio or on your own location. This place has an amazing outdoor bar in the summer and cozy fireside dining in the winter. Open Monday – Saturday from 4pm – 9pm, check out their new spring menu with old-time favorites and new hits.

Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar

Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar, an upscale neighborhood establishment in the heart of Aspinwall (301 Freeport Rd), has been part of the community for over 14 years. Serving seasonal food and libation menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Cornerstone allows you to relax with delicious food and drink in a comfortable environment.

In addition to regular seating in the indoor dining rooms, the bar, and covered outdoor patio, Cornerstone also offers a private dining room seating up to 50 people. Cornerstone’s off-site catering menu can be personalized to your event’s size, theme, and location – allowing you to host a unique and tailored event experience.

EZPZ Gatherings

EZPZ Gatherings specializes in creating stunning and delicious cheese and charcuterie boards for gatherings of all sizes. Owner Sarah Tuthill works out of her sunny storefront (230 1st Street) just two blocks from her home. The space serves as both a commercial kitchen and a space for groups to attend  “Boarding School” workshops, where groups learn the art of styling various cheeses and meats. They are a perfect night out for book clubs, birthdays, showers, or family gatherings. The space holds up to ten, but Sarah offers in-home classes, as well as corporate team-building workshops and a variety of public classes as well.

Occasionally Sarah hosts pop-ups with other small businesses and opens her doors for grab-and-go charcuterie boxes during local Aspinwall events, concerts, and festivals. Menu options range from individual charcuterie cups and boxes to large boards and grazing tables for parties and weddings. Though charcuterie is their specialty, EZPZ has other offerings such as veggie or fruit boards, as well as brunch and dessert boards. Hours are by appointment only, and orders should be placed at least a week in advance online.

Tavern In The Wall

With daily drink and food specials, including local sports drink specials, Tavern in the Wall (211 Commercial Ave), is a friendly restaurant and bar serving classic American fare including the best sandwiches, burgers, homemade soups, and fresh salads.

Their kitchen is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 9pm, and the bar is open until midnight. Join them for Happy Hour Tuesday – Friday from 4pm – 6pm and Thursday 9pm – 11pm for $1 off all bottled beer and cocktails, half-priced drafts, $4 house wines, and select $6 apps.

Coach Monique & Associates

Coach Monique is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Life Coach, RTT Hypnotherapist, and Change Management Expert with nearly 20 years of experience providing Life & Leadership Coaching in the Pittsburgh area and around the world.

Designed to produce rapid, sustainable results, her work takes an innovative approach to change based in Brain-Science, Emotional Intelligence, and the Psychology of Happiness. She has developed and trademarked twelve Brain-Science based, easy-to-learn, easy-to-use tools and techniques to help people of all backgrounds. Her clients include young adults struggling to launch, business owners/executives, and those seeking to improve their emotional well-being.

Whether you are an individual struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, confidence, or relationship issues, or a leader or organization looking to increase productivity, performance, and profitability, coaching with Coach Monique may be the missing element you are searching for to achieve new heights of success in your personal life, business, or organization. Reach out to Coach Monique today by call or text at 412-400-2085 or online to discover how you can achieve positive, rapid, and sustainable results. Unlock Bold Change™ in your life.

carte Blanche

Carte Blanche Home and Design is one of Pittsburgh newest destinations (347 Freeport Rd) for home decor and interior design. Carte Blanche provides accessible luxury and artisanal products including furniture, lighting, art, accessories, and gifts. As the local dealer for such brands as Farrow & Ball, Stark Rugs, Dash & Alberts, Scalamandre, Thibaut, Visual Comfort, Hudson Valley plus many more, Carte Blanche provides the access and know-how to otherwise exclusive products. 

Whether you are looking for that special something or a whole home refresh, the Carte Blanche Team is there to help. Contact them at 412-512-4775 or online.

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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