The Downtowner September 29th

Watch Equus to Add a Twist to Your Work Week

You don’t have to travel to New York City’s Broadway to see  
Equus. You can see it this Thursday the 28th at 8:00 p.m. It will be right here in downtown Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Equus, a play written in 1973 by Peter Shaffer, tells the story of a teenaged boy who has a strange, religious admiration for horses to the point that his parents force him to seek psychiatric treatment. But Alan also influences his psychiatrist by his unique case, and causes him to experience personal epiphanies.
You won’t want to miss this eccentric play that “makes the stage a place of breathless discovery,” according to The New York Times.
Conveniently, this performance is running until October! The additional show times are as follows:
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 – 8:00pm
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 – 8:00pm
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 – 2:00pm
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 – 7:00pm
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 – 7:00pm
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 – 8:00pm
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 – 8:00pm
Seats are limited, so get your tickets here today!
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Market Street Grocery Focuses on the Customer
 
A lack of grocery stores is a problem that often comes with downtown living. However, Market Street Grocery is doing something to change that. Being downtown Pittsburgh’s only grocery store, they’re modeling their concept specifically to appeal to downtown residents.
Instead of catering to the masses, Market Street Grocery caters to individuals. Their clientele are likely single people, millennials, or the elderly, who live different lifestyles than suburban residents. As a result, they sell smaller quantities of food insourced from fresh, local ingredients, along with prepared meals. “Those populations in particular, and everyone overall, are eating fewer meals and smaller meals,” said owner, Mimi Falbo. “They don’t want to go to Giant Eagle and fill up their cart, and after a week or two, they end up throwing away a lot of things.”
Market Street Grocery’s food is so fresh that some of their meats are butchered in the morning and sold at the store the same day. This may lead to a shorter shelf life, but their secret is recycling. Whatever doesn’t sell gets turned into soups, salads, sandwiches, etc. And don’t even worry about price- they keep their quality high for higher-end folks, while keeping their prices reasonable for people like university students.
With this small-scale model, some people say they prefer chain grocery stores. However, it’s difficult to run a big-scale model downtown. Market Street Grocery has limited space at a high rent, so they don’t have room for a back-stock. Also, the demand for large quantities isn’t present due to the demographics of downtown.
Market Street Grocery values input from customers- more so than most stores. They have a suggestion box that they check daily, using the suggestions to determine what they buy.
“I call it groceries on a human scale,” said Falbo. “We know the people. We’re open to making changes. We’ve made a lot of changes based on what people have asked for.”
Falbo cited an example of adjusting to customers’ needs: When people wanted a larger variety of cheeses, Market Street Grocery found someone to select cheese for them from a big grocery store. This feedback has allowed them to get to know their customers on a personal level.
“I’ve been here almost two years now, and by the first year, I knew everybody who works downtown,” said Ray Matthews, general manager of Market Street Grocery. “I know all the residents. I know where they live. I know all their kids. I know their grandparents. You get to know them, and that’s how you order your product.”
This customer-focused service has lead to big future plans for Market Street Grocery. They’ve often had people who wanted to sit down or host a private party or wedding, but there wasn’t space for it. As a result, they’re adding a bar lounge on second floor of the building and a small banquet area on the third floor.
“It’s going to all feed off of each other when it’s completed,” said Matthews. “It’s going to be a really cool addition to the store where people can have a lot of fun.”
The bar and restaurant will feature live music, along with beer and cocktails. People will soon be able to grab a meal, sit with friends, and host events all at their favorite grocery store. These plans will foster the close relationship customers have with Market Street Grocery, making it a truly unique grocery shopping experience.
You can see what Market Street Grocery has to offer for yourself at 435 Market Street.
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Think, Live and Move Better at Moxie
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Leaning your face on your palm, slouching in your chair, looking down at your phone, sitting for long hours – we’ve all been there. These habits adversely influence our bodies as we continue to do them over time. That’s why Aubrey Johnson, owner of Moxie Mind & Body Pilates Studio, does what she does as the owner, director, senior teacher, and teacher trainer of Moxie.
Conveniently located in Market Square, you can find her Pilates studio to help correct these habitual positions we do in our modern life. Moxie Mind & Body is a fully equipped Classical Pilates Studio, voted as Pittsburgh’s Best of the Burgh in 2013.
There’s a place for everyone at Moxie. She emphasizes that Pilates is not only for women, and that her and her team design corrective exercises according to the client’s individuality: “We create workouts based on our client’s subjective needs. It’s not a one-size-fits-all method. We strive to learn about our clients, and educate our clients on how they can make progress on their bodies.”
By understanding your own body and how your body works, she further commented on how Pilates will help you achieve your full potential: “In our society, we tend to deal with the symptom of our problems, not the source. With Pilates, you will use your whole body to discover imbalances since your body does not function in pieces.”
Aubrey has always been passionate about movement and has ensured that her passion is qualified. She received her BA in dance from Point Park University and received certification in Pilates instruction from Power Pilates in NYC. In 2013, she was accepted as one of 12 people worldwide for a program at Vintage Pilates in LA, called “The Work.” This led to further Pilates-enrichment by studying with world-renowned Pilates teacher, Jay Grimes. Now, she is also mentoring under Kathi Ross-Nash, another prominent Pilates figure and has been running Moxie for five years now. Aubrey holds confidence in her team and “If you are good at what you do, people will recognize that, and you will grow.”
When asked what the meaning of “Moxie” is, Aubrey said “My maiden name is Mock, and moxie is slang for having guts – facing your fears, having courage, and believing in your mind and body.”
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Shaw’s on Liberty: A Hidden Gem of Downtown
 
From candy to lights, a small store on Liberty Avenue has seen and sold it all. The current establishment to occupy its walls is Shaw’s on Liberty, a boutique owned by Kurt Shaw. Originally called Shaw’s Gallery, the store opened in 2009 to sell art. Kurt had previously worked as a professional sculptor during the 1990’s, but was forced to settle down and return to Pittsburgh after the birth of his daughter.
The building started out as a candy shop called Dimling’s Candy, which lasted into the 1960’s. Then a lighting shop took its place for several years before being purchased by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It was then renovated when Kurt came to the Trust to work with them on opening a gallery and picture frame store. All that remains of the original store now are the brick walls and stand as a part of the James Rohr building housing the Trust Education Center, with new walls installed down the middle of the floor, separating the venue from the shops working space behind the scenes.
Kurt initially experienced difficultly selling his sculptures, so he expanded to selling antique maps and prints, but the situation barely changed as the lack of demand resulted in slow sales. Two years later, Shaw’s expanded their market again to selling old costume jewelry. Shaw’s finally started turning in a profit, mostly to a female clientele. Shaw has since begun selling hats as well.
Despite increased business, Shaw’s still had trouble bringing in customers, mainly because of its name at the time, Shaw’s Gallery. It gave the impression it sold expensive art that the average Joe couldn’t afford. Shaw’s got the boost in business it needs when in September of last year, a TV show called Downward Dog began filming nearby. The studio responsible for the show offered payment to Shaw’s to temporarily alter the storefront to look like a boutique. The show was cancelled after four episodes, but Shaw’s got the uplift it needed and got to keep the alterations to the façade up front. Kurt then began selling more designer-fashion items and changed the store’s name to Shaw’s on Liberty.
Shaw’s main selling point is unique pieces of designer goods that no one can find elsewhere. In fact, when it comes to hats, Shaw’s only sells one kind of each hat he has in stock, so fashion-savvy customers don’t have to worry about encountering someone on the street with the exact same one. Shaw’s also sells certain items depending on the seasons, such as scarves and gloves for the winter. Some of his goods are so unique, that one might not immediately think he sells them, such as a Native American or “Indian” headdress reminiscent of Village People and their iconic hit: YMCA and a pair of Monkey onesie PJ’s marketable toward the Furry crowd during AnthroCon.
As of now, Kurt Shaw runs the store by himself, with occasional help from his daughter Aubrei. After lending his storefront to the short-lived TV series, Gold letters surrounded by ornate black trimmed framing on the glass mark Shaw’s on liberty out from the surrounding businesses across the street from Arby’s, Space, Arcade Comedy and other establishments. With items on full display, waiting for someone to find interest and make them a part of themselves, they are all one of a kind. As Kurt Shaw put it, “it must be unique.”
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
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Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, September 28 – Clare Ascani – 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29 – DJ Malls Spins Vinyl – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29 – Maura Minteer – 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 30 – Tania Grubbs – 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Backstage Bar
Tuesday, September 26 – James Johnson III at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29 – House Band Daryl Shawn at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 – Ross Antonich at 5:00 p.m.
Eddie V’s 
Tuesday, September 26 – Jerry Wilson Trio – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27 – Daniel May Trio – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 28 – Reggie Watkins Quartet – 6:00 – 10:00
Friday, September 29 – Alex Peck Trio – 6:30 – 10:30
Saturday, September 30 – Reggie Watkins Quartet 6:30 – 10:30
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
Friday, September 29 – Rick Matt 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 – Bill Henry – 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Olive or Twist
Live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

Revel + Roost
Friday, September 29 – Spencer Allan Patrick from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Rivers Casino
Thursday, September 28 – Michael of 28N at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29 – Rodger Barbour Trio at 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29 – Totally 80s at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 – Hobbs Sisters 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 – On The Level 9:00 p.m.
Rivers Club
Wednesday, September 27 – Jessica Lee- 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Seviche
Salsa and Bachata nights with DJ RA 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, 9/26
Hiring Pittsburgh 2017 Career Expo, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Momma’s Boy, Benedum Center, 7:30 p.m.
Page to Screen – “The Dinner,” Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, 9/27
Books in the ‘Burgh – “Raceball,” Heinz History Center, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Job Help with PA CareerLink, Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, 9/28
Face Off With Phil, Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Late Nite Eats Premieres on the Cooking Channel, 10:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, 9/29
John Cleese and the Holy Grail, Heinz Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Good Fridays, Andy Warhol Museum, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, 9/30
National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event, Point State Park, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s 6th Annual James Bond Soiree, Perle Champagne Bar, 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
SUNDAY, 10/1
Broken Social Scene, Byham Theater, 8:00 p.m.
Italian Heritage Day, Heinz History Center, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ongoing Events
Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home, Society for Contemporary Craft, through February 17, 2018
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, The Cultural District, through September 21, 2018
All About the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour!, Station Square, through October 31st
Live Music Fridays at Backstage Bar, Backstage Bar at Theater Square, Fridays through October 20th
Art of Facts – Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories Exhibition, Heinz History Center, through January 14