Third Tuesday Happy Hour at Ten Penny
Join the PDCDC at our Third Tuesday Happy Hour on August 15 at Ten Penny from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Located at 960 Penn Avenue, Ten Penny is a rustic restaurant that offers classic American cuisine with an upscale twist. Ten Penny also has a large selection of specialty cocktails and wine, poured in the center of the restaurant at the large bar. The atmosphere of Ten Penny is inviting, and so is their delicious menu.
Ten Penny’s appetizer menu has a great selection of shareable foods like the Deviled Egg Trio and calamari. The dinner menu offers a selection of comfort food favorites like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles, but the menu also features more upscale dishes like crab risotto and lamb osso buco.
Free appetizers will be available for PDCDC members and you can sign up to be a member at the event. Third Tuesday Night Happy Hour is a monthly PDCDC initiative where you can sample some of downtown Pittsburgh’s finest restaurants. All are welcome, and you don’t have to be a resident of downtown to attend.
Q & A with Settlement Engine’s Michele Casale
Settlement Engine is our premier sponsor of Settlement Engine Fashion Week Downtown. President & CEO Michele Casale has answered some questions about her company and its involvment in the Pittsburgh community. For more information on Settlement Engine, click here. For more information on Settlement Engine Fashion Week Downtown, click here.
What drove you to start Settlement Engine? What was your vision for the company?
Prior to starting Settlement Engine I was a producer and director for TV commercials and videos. I was blessed with a career that I loved; it was fun, glamorous and exciting-and I built relationships that will last a lifetime along the way. But I remember when I was a young producer in my 30’s that no one wanted to work with “older” producers. It was then that I promised myself I would get out while I was still on top. Of course, back then I thought 40 was ancient. Fast forward 25 years, as the owner of a successful production company called Lightspeed Group-and oh yeah, I’m one of those “older” producers now. Wow, time really does fly! So I said to myself, “Now what?”
I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew my strengths: building a successful business from the ground up, cultivating relationships and providing excellent service to my clients. Well that could apply to almost anything, I thought.
Then I was approached by an acquaintance who asked me to start a title company. The only thing I knew about titles was putting them on a commercial, movie or video. I promised I would think about it. Then one day I was in a busy lobby and I asked myself how many people in this lobby would use my producer/director services versus how many would purchase or refinance a home sometime in their lives and need title services. At that moment, I decided to go all in. Besides, I realized that like my previous business, it relied on building long-lasting relationships through trust, service and going the extra mile to make clients happy. “I got this!”
This was going to be exciting. All I needed was a name, a staff and, oh yeah, clients. Tapping into my creative side, I came up with the name Settlement Engine. It was perfect. We are the “engine” that drives the momentum to get to the closing table. One of the two women who has been with me from the beginning is Candace Stevens, my Closing Guru. Candace has a Masters Degree in childhood education, she has brought to the business some much needed patience (especially with me when I was learning the business) and attention to detail, and she shared my views on great communication with our clients, which has been instilled into the staff that we have now.
How have you built Settlement Engine up into the company it is today?
The key to everything is having really smart people, or in my case all women, in my back office that have great communication skills…that’s it. I go out and get the business, but it’s the ladies in my back office that keep our clients happy. Everything we do is about adhering to solid work ethics, honesty, great communication, attention to detail and, of course, providing seamless closings. The team we have in place now is incredible. And our clients know it.
We service clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and work with both residential and commercial clients. Once clients work with us they stay with us.
Why did Settlement Engine decide to get involved with Fashion Week?
I set up a Happy Hour with a group of great people from SVN Three Rivers Commercial Advisors which are located in the city. There were two new women that I met that night, Linda Heininger from SVN and Carlene Gnazzo from Hunter Resources. They suggested that I meet with John Valentine from PDCDC and get more involved in the Downtown Community. I was so impressed with John, Linda and Carlene’s enthusiasm for Fashion week that I jumped on board within a week to become the Marquee Sponsor.
And on a personal note, we just opened our new office at 1001 Ardmore Boulevard in Pittsburgh and celebrated 9 years in the business and this is like our “Coming Out Party” along with Fashion Week. What better way to celebrate a woman-owned and completely women-run business than with fashion? It makes perfect sense. I am thrilled to be a part of this event and can’t wait to get the party started!
I believe you’re from Pittsburgh- correct? What do you love about Pittsburgh? How do you see it growing and changing, and how do you and Settlement Engine fit in?
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, attended Point Park College and the University of Pittsburgh, graduated with a degree in Cinema and Business. I had the fortunate experience of learning my craft with the best in Pittsburgh back in the 70’s.
From being the only woman allowed in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room back in the 70’s shooting the NFL Highlights with Pytka Production to bringing the movie Flashdance to Pittsburgh when I was the Pennsylvania Director of PA Film Office, I’ve experienced great success with this city and this is a great way to return all it has given me and to have fun at the same time.
People from Pittsburgh have a reputation for being the nicest people ever. I love seeing how the city has grown … the fabulous restaurants, the many businesses that have been attracted to Pittsburgh and the growth in real estate that have attracted local and outside investors. That is why my I invested in a new office space, Pittsburgh is a hot place to be and I am so proud to call it my hometown.
What makes Settlement Engine different from its competitors?
We are consistent with our work… it’s not one day we’re great and another day we’re off… consistency is key along with all the other attributes I mentioned earlier. Our clients trust us and that means so much to all of us. We have no problem doing a Saturday closing or staying late in the office answer all emails or get out confirmations… why? Because I have the back office that is totally committed to our clients. In order to be the best you need to walk the talk and we do!
The Best Tours in the ‘Burgh
Looking to learn more about the history of Pittsburgh while sightseeing? The city of Pittsburgh has many tours where you can learn about the city in different ways. Here are five different options to choose from:
Just Ducky Tours
Just Ducky Tours are Pittsburgh’s only tour that takes you on land and water. The one-hour tour begins in Station Square in an authentic WWII amphibious vehicle. You’ll travel through the business and cultural districts, while the tour guide educates you on Pittsburgh’s rich history, ending with a plop in the river. You can purchase tickets at 412-402-3825 or make a reservation online.
Segway Pittsburgh offers multiple different tours exploring Pittsburgh via segway. The Golden Triangle tour takes you along the riverfront, Point State Park, and Market Square in 90 minutes. The Downtown tour lasts two hours, and you learn about the history of downtown while exploring bridges, fountains, and architecture. The Sunset tour is 90 minutes, touring the rivers at sunset. The City Lights tour takes you through Point State Park, PPG place, Market Square, and the Cultural District at night for 90 minutes. Lastly, they offer Destination tours for two and a half hours, taking you to a destination of your choosing: the Fort Pitt Museum, Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, Heinz History Center, Andy Warhol Museum, or the Wood Street Gallery. You can book a tour here.
Pittsburgh Tour Company
The Pittsburgh Tour Company takes you on a double decker bus, with different packages to tour destinations of your choosing such as the Heinz History Center, National Aviary, Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Duquesne Incline, the Carnegie Museum, Carnegie Science Center, and the Children’s Museum. You can purchase tickets here.
Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation Tours
The Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation offers tours of Pittsburgh’s historic landmarks and buildings that they have restored and maintained. Their tour guides will tell you a story of each building’s past, present, and future. You can book small group tours, school tours, or customized tours. Also, PHLF is very flexible in their bookings and offer a Q&A. PHLF members can also receive discounts. You can get more information here.
Pittsburgh Party Pedaler
The Pittsburgh Party Pedaler is a great way to get some exercise while seeing the city’s bars, restaurants, and shops. Here’s how it works: the group is the motor, pedaling like a bike while the tour’s drivers steer and brake. You pedal through the Strip District or North Shore before making it to Market Square. You can book up to 16 people, and although the pedaler doesn’t serve alcohol, you can purchase it at the stops it makes. You can book a tour here.
PPT: The Second City’s Summer Blockbuster
Beat the heat with The Second City’s Summer Blockbuster, playing three shows only at Pittsburgh Public Theater. The Second City, Chicago’s legendary troupe, spawned the likes of Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, and Keegan-Michael Key.
Now the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest is on tour with their hilarious sketch comedy, zany songs, expert timing, and rapid-fire riffing. Show times are Friday, August 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Lobby bars will open one hour before each show and beverages are permitted in the theater. In addition to regular seating, on-stage cabaret tables with seating for four and bar service are available.
Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, August 10 – Tania Grubbs from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, August 11 – DJ Malls Spins Vinyl from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 11 – Anqwenique Wingfield from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 12 – Clare Ascani from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 13 – Maria Becoates-Bey from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.Backstage Bar
Friday, August 11 – Daryl Shawn 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 – Jeremy Fisher Jr. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8 – Bobby V – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Howl at the Moon
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m. and Fridays 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon’s website here.NOLA
Sunday, August 13th – Jessica Lee – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 10 – Ezra John Acoustic – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11 – Random Play – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11 – Right Turn Clyde – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11 – Artistree – 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 9th – Jessica Lee – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Salsa and Bachata nights at Seviche every Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and a live DJ every Friday from 10:00 p.m. – close.
Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse
Saturday, August 12, Summit Station. Food Truck Feature: Food Baby
Downtown Events this Week:
Cliff Barnes, Agnes Katz Plaza, 5:00 p.m.
Educator Open House, Trust Arts Education Center, 9:00 a.m.
“Captain Fantastic” – Free Movie, Carnegie Library Downtown, 12:15 p.m.
Second Wednesday Meditation Group, Carnegie Library Downtown, 12:00 p.m.
RAW: Pittsburgh = Fashion + Music + Art + Performances, Xtaza Nightclub, 7:00 p.m.
Random Play, Rivers Casino, 9:00 p.m.
Professor Incredible’s Long Lost Pittsburgh History Tour, City-County Building, 10:30 a.m.
Bocce Tournament & Festival, Heinz History Center, 10 a.m.
ToonSeum Comics Club, The ToonSeum, 9:00 a.m.
Professor Incredible’s Long Lost Pittsburgh History Tour, City-County Building, 1:00 p.m.
The Neighborhood Flea, Strip District, 10:00 a.m.
Professor Incredible’s Long Lost Pittsburgh History Tour, City-County Building, 1:00 p.m.
Wigle Whiskey Distillery and Barrelhouse Tours, Saturdays at the Distillery, Weekends at the Barrelhouse, through October 29th
The Second City’s Summer Blockbuster, Pittsburgh Public Theater, August 25 & 26
Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage, Cabaret at Theater Square, 7:30 p.m., through September 17th
Oaths and Epithets – Works by Sonya Clark, The Society for Contemporary Craft, Mondays-Saturdays through August 19th
All About the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour!, Station Square,
through October 31st
Beauty of the Burgh with Bike the Burgh Tours, 500 First Ave., through December 31st
Live Music Fridays at Backstage Bar, Backstage Bar at Theater Square, Fridays through August 25th
Downtown’s Best: Special Places and Spaces Tour, 10:00 a.m., Plaza at One Oxford Centre, Thursdays through August 31st
Free Tours at the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 440 Ross Street, 15219, Mondays through August 28th
Free Gateway Center Walking Tour, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Gateway Center T Station, Fridays through August 25th
Free Oakland Walking Tour, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Dinosaur Statue at Corner of Forbes Avenue and Schenley Park Drive Extension, Fridays through August 25th