The Downtowner June 6th

Rooftop Dining Destinations Downtown
With the summer just getting started, and the weather taking a turn for the better, it’s the time of year where eating on a rooftop is a not only a possibility, but a must in a city with such beautiful views. In Downtown Pittsburgh, finding an excellent restaurant is easy, and some of these places even boast rooftops for their guests to enjoy a different kind of eating and drinking experience. Here are some great rooftops to enjoy this summer.
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The third floor of Sienna Mercato, Il Tetto, is a semi-enclosed rooftop bar that’s food is as good as every other level of the restaurant. They have a large list of cocktails and beer, and lots of unique bar food like an artisanal cheese platter. Join them on Sunday nights for a Beach party where you can enjoy a Sangria and some nice kebabs.
Located on the corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue, Six Penn has a full open-air rooftop bar that is weather permitting. They describe themselves as “a casual yet elegant American bistro that features fresh, thoughtful cuisine.” Cool off with one of their cocktails like the Watermelon-Mint Margarita made with house-infused watermelon tequila, mint, agave nectar, mintbitters, lemon & lime sours, and a salted rim, all while taking in the views of Downtown.
This Biergarten is on the top of the Hotel Monaco, but open to all. It boasts a large list of European-style beers and German inspired food. Try their large soft pretzel with beer cheese and mustard to compliment your beer! In addition to drinks and food, the bar also often has live DJs, and life size Jenga.
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Downtown Living Offers Exciting Opportunities
Written by Deanna Wiesenmayer, PMC Property Group
Frequently, it’s the convenience of living close to work that influences the move to downtown Pittsburgh, but the joys of living downtown have much more to offer. Summertime is arguably the best time to partake in the endless fun downtown! Being part of the PMC Property Group family, which supplies about 900 apartments in downtown, I have been fortunate enough to live and be involved in the excitement of downtown.
Pittsburgh is a huge sports city. There is an abundance of professional and college games to enjoy, just a short walk away for the residents of downtown Pittsburgh. PNC Park not only has a spectacular view of the cityscape and bridges, but has a team with recognizable and charitable players. The late Roberto Clemente statue, out front of the ballpark, displays the pride of charitable and talentented players we have in the city. The defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are also a delight of Pittsburgh, making it to the Stanley Cup Championship back to back years. Nearly any day of the week there is a sporting event to enjoy!
Festivals are plentiful in Pittsburgh, filling up the downtown calendar! One of the signs of summer is the Three Rivers Arts Festival, starting June 3rd this year. The Jazz Festival immerse the streets with music and entertainment from June 24th, 25th and 26th. New this year is Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival on July 8th and 9th. Penn Avenue will be lined with authentic Italian vendors, food, kids activities, stage performances, and more! Pittsburgh festivals are full of fun and fireworks!
Along with all of the summer festivals and sporting events, there is a multitude of additional entertainment. There are shows at the numerous theaters in the cultural district, located next to apartments at The Clark and 526 Penn Avenue. Lively restaurants saturate the streets of Penn Avenue and Market Square. The Allegheny and Monongahela meet at the Point Park fountain and trails. The amusement is endless when you reside downtown Pittsburgh!
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Next Act Fund Supports Women in Business
When the idea for Next Act Fund first came about, founder Yvonne Campos had in mind a mission to build a community of Pittsburgh-area women investors focused on growing their personal wealth and supporting women-led companies. Now, eight months since Next Act Fund began in late September of 2016, it is clear that the fund is well on its way to achieving and even surpassing its goals.
Campos, herself a successful entrepreneur who started, grew and sold her own market research company, saw a gap in the marketplace for women entrepreneurs to have access to capital. She researched ways to help fill that gap and discovered that there was a national trend in creating angel funds specifically targeted at women owned and led companies. Campos also learned that women wanted to get involved with “investment deals” but didn’t know how.
Next Act Fund comes at a time in history when there is a growing emphasis on supporting the success of women entrepreneurs. There is a national trend in creating women focused angel groups, but Next Act Fund was the first angel group brought to our region. By 2020 women will have access to $22 trillion, and unfortunately 71% of these resources are currently held in checking accounts and or savings accounts. While many women have the resources to invest, those who do invest are still a minority. In fact, overall only 26% of all Angel Investors are women and only 1% of Venture Capitalists are women. “There is definitely room for growth – for women to get involved as investors,” Campos shared. While angel investing is a high risk/high reward opportunity, it can play a role in many women’s total investment strategy; their money needs to work for them.
Next Act Fund has been uniquely fortunate to also have a close relationship with BlueTree Allied Angels, one of the premier angel groups in the region. The close partnership has enabled Next Act Fund to quickly learn of best practices, bring additional resources to our educational components, participate in screening and member meetings, and learn from the best. Next Act Funds’ participation in the BlueTree Enova Fund also enhances the relationship between these two funds! The relationship between the funds creates a lot of synergy.
So far, Next Act Fund has 25 investors. Investors must have a net worth of $1 million, and they must earn $200,000 a year as a single person or $300,000 as part of a couple. Campos said at least 25,000 women in our region meet those standards. Investors are required to make a $50,000 commitment to the investment over the course of five years, meaning that they invest $10,000 a year for five years.
When Campos started the fund, the goal was to raise $5 million for investment. Next Act Fund is already well on its way to meeting that aim, as they have already raised $1,250,000 toward their investment goal. Next Act Fund is looking to make its first investment within the next four weeks, and the investment will serve as a milestone both for the fund and for the region as a whole.
Campos and the other members within the fund are excited to welcome new members who share their vision. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, with the next meeting being held on June 7 at Cohen and Grigsby, a law firm that serves as a partner of Next Act Fund, and hosts the meetings at their office at 625 Liberty Avenue. Most meetings include an educational component as well as entrepreneurs pitching for investment. Anyone interested in the fund is invited to join the meetings, however an RSVP is requested.
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Creative Pizza Contest to Offer Interactive Italian Experience
Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival will take to the streets of Downtown to celebrate Italian heritage in the Pittsburgh community, and the Festival will revolve around one of the things both Italy and Pittsburgh are famous for: food. One of the events being hosted is a pizza decorating contest, which is sponsored by DeLallo Italian Marketplace.
Zachary Tackett, the marketing coordinator for DeLallo, said that the company is excited to be a part of the Festival, and he feels as if their sponsorship will be good for both the company and the Festival.
“DeLallo is the largest full scale Italian foods company and the largest importer of olives and antipasti in the country,” Tackett said. “We are proud to partner with a festival that promotes the culture of the Italian-American community, a community that we
are proud to be part of, especially in our hometown.”
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The pizza decorating contest will allow DeLallo to share their products with the Pittsburgh community in a unique way, as local pizzerias will be able to make the food truly their own in order to impress the judges. The ingredients included in the contest make for a truly authentic Italian experience that highlights the spirit of the Festival.
“We have everything that anyone would need to make a delicious pie-from authentic San Marzano tomatoes, pizza flour, sauce and traditional toppings like pepperoni and pepper rings to more gourmet toppings like artichokes, prosciutto and much more,” Tackett said.
The Italian Festival will bring the Pittsburgh community together, but the pizza decorating contest allows for a more interactive experience within the larger festival, and that is one of the reasons why Tackett said DeLallo is looking forward to sponsoring the event.
“Some of our most popular products are our pizza sauces & our Italian Pizza Dough Kit: a super simple kit that creates the perfect pizzeria-style pizza dough in three easy steps-just add water,” Tackett said. “Making homemade pizza is a great way to get spend some quality time in the kitchen with the whole family-a truly Italian tradition, which is what the DeLallo brand is all about.”
Be sure to check out the pizza decorating contest and all of the other events we have planned for Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival on July 8 and 9.
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
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The PDCDC Music City Downtown initiative presents our weekly music calendar.
Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, June 8 – Tania Grubbs from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, June 9 – Clare Ascani from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 10 – Mary Kay Riley from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 11 – Second Sunday Open Mic Series from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

 
Eddie V’s
Live jazz every night of the week at various times. Check out
Eddie V’s website for a full calendar.

Howl at the Moon
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon’s website here.

NOLA
Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.  
Pride – 10th Street and Liberty Ave.
Jennifer Hudson – Friday, June 9th from 8:00 p.m.


Revel + Roost
Friday, June 9 – Amanda Noah from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.


Rivers Casino
Friday, June 9th – Saddle Up show starts at 7:00 p.m.


SPACE Gallery
SPACE is hosting open jam sessions every Friday night from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. through the run of Non-Punk Pittsburgh. Learn more


Seviche
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.
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Downtown Events this Week:
TUESDAY 6/6
Heinz Lofts Food Truck Round Up, Heinz Lofts, 4:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY 6/7
Global Group Run Around the World, location varies depending on the course, 7:00 a.m.
THURSDAY 6/8
Spirit of St. Anthony Breakfast, Double Tree by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown, 8:00 a.m.
Truth, Lies and Marketing: An Era of Alternative Facts, Point Park University Center for Media Innovation, 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY 6/9
Salsa Fridays, Cabaret at Theatre Square, 10:00 p.m.
SATURDAY 6/10
Pop Style,  Brillobox, 10 p.m.
Feed More Festival, Stage AE, 2:00 p.m.
Portrait Art, The Mattress Factory Art Museum, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Silver Screen: Stonewall, Carnegie Library Downtown, 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAY 6/11
The Neighborhood Flea, Strip District, 10:00 a.m.
Ongoing Events
An Act of God, O’Reilly Theater, through July 2
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Point State Park, the Cultural District, and Gateway Center, through June 11
Beauty of the Burgh with Bike the Burgh Tours, 500 First Ave., through December 31
Horizons: Intersections of Earth & Sky, Now & When, Backstage Bar at Theater Square, through June 25
An American in Paris, PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh CLO – Benedum Center, through June 11
Hannah Price Photo Exhibition, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 7 pm to 9 pm through June 23
Market Square Farmer’s Market, Thursdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Yoga in the Square, Market Square, Sundays from 10 am to 11 am
Worth New York Fall 2017 Trunk Show, WNY Showroom 100 Fifth Ave., through June 11