How to stay healthy when you’re stuck at home.

Tips from OBID member, Sheronica Marshall, owner of REV22 Oakland.

With Pennsylvanians under an order to stay at home, many people are finding it difficult to adapt to a new and different routine and stay healthy. With so much uncertainty, it’s important to take time to focus on your health: both mental and physical. The following tips are from OBID member Sheronica Marshall, owner of REV22 Oakland powered by Salud Juicery.

1. Snack Smart.

One of the best ways to stop eating unhealthy snacks is to stop buying them. However, that’s easier said than done. For many people, a more practical approach to improve snacking is to replace the unhealthy snacks with healthy snacks. For example, instead of eating chips, find other foods that satisfy your taste and have a similar potato-chip crunch like carrots, sugar snap peas, or Fuji and Gala apples. Other healthy snacks include Clementine’s, strawberries, blueberries, and almonds. To help your immune system, once or twice a week add fresh lemon to warm water to start your day. Citrus juices help boost the immune system.

Smoothies also make a great snack. For a quick smoothie at home, combine frozen strawberries, blueberries and bananas to your taste. Add OJ for vitamin C or add pomegranate for antioxidants and blend away.

2. What to buy when you shop

Having a balanced diet includes keeping natural and healthy foods and ingredients in your home. While a shopping list can include a lot of things, here are some key items that should be in your basket:

  • Garlic
  • Mixed salad greens
  • Angel or cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Chicken thighs
  • Salmon

3. Make exercise fun.

If you exercise indoors or on a treadmill, watch your favorite comedy, TV show, or movie while you workout. Laughter keeps us healthy and makes exercising more fun. Exercising in the community also helps you stay accountable. If you can’t exercise together in person, join an online class or live-stream on your social media.

4. Helping others is often the best medicine.

Research has shown that volunteering and helping others have many physical and emotional benefits from reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and giving a sense of purpose. At the Juicery, we wanted to support the healthcare workers in our community, so we began delivering nourishing smoothies and writing “Thank you” cards to nurses and doctors in the community.  The idea caught on quickly, and our customers wanted to help too. So we created a new program called “Cups of Goodness” — anyone can buy a nurse, doctor, or first responder a drink, and we’ll make it and deliver it with a special note.  If you want to send a drink, here’s how:

Cups of Goodness — send a smoothie to a healthcare worker

  • Go to
  • Choose a Smoothie(s). Add “Cup of Goodness” to Special Instructions. 
    • The Jungle VIP, Straw NaNaNa, Berry Glad, and Green Anna are great for energy and immunity.
  • Select Carryout 
  • Select Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., and we will deliver smoothies to the Oakland Hospitals. Deliveries are made every Tuesday and Wednesday.
You can buy a nurse, doctor, or first responder a drink through the “Cups of Goodness” program.

About Salud Juicery

Salud Juicery is a health and wellness juicery with a passion for providing healing and wellness support and through the fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls offered by REV22. The menu features items that are nutrient-rich, dairy-free foods with no added sugars and no preservatives that aid the body in healing physically and help build a new mindset that leads to a healthier lifestyle.

COVID-19 UPDATED HOURS. Salud is open for carryout from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. For more information visit

A Conversation with Dr. John Wallace

Pictured: Medha Kadri, OBID Social Justice Advocate, interviewing Dr. John Wallace.

A name synonymous with Homewood, Dr. John Wallace is a professor at the School of Social Work, the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh and the senior pastor of Bible Center Church. Over the last three decades, the primary focus of his work has been the wellbeing of the African-American children, youth and communities. Dr. Wallace is the co-founder and board president of Homewood Children’s Village and is also the founder of The Oasis Project – the community and economic development division of Bible Center Church. 

 The Everyday Cafe is a social enterprise of Bible Center that was envisioned and founded by Dr. Wallace as a community space for Homewood. The Everyday Cafe is not your ordinary cafe – it gives opportunities for the youth of Homewood to grow in their careers and in the community. Not only do they employ within the neighborhood and train them as leaders in customer service (workforce development), but also use all the earnings and investments of the cafe to further Homewood based organizations and causes. 

These young leaders are an essential part of Oakland’s future.

 For Dr. Wallace, Oakland is a hub for the “eds, meds and tech,” and in order to attract more diverse businesses, the Oakland community should focus on strategies to retain Pittsburghers as well as the large student population from the surrounding universities. He also adds that along with opportunities in tech space, quality of life in in oakland and throughout the city should continue to be a top priority to attract more people from other cities, as well as, to make Pittsburgh an attractive employment city to the student population.  

In conclusion, Dr. Wallace emphasizes that it takes a conscious effort to expand diverse representation in business districts and Oakland–the city’s economic epicenter– has the tools to bring this conscious effort to a reality.

Starship Technologies Delivers an Easier Lifestyle for Oaklanders

by Lynn Dang

Over 8,000 coffees, 10,000 sushi rolls, 14,000 sandwiches, and 5,500 burritos.

All delivered by robot – untouched by humans. San Francisco startup Starship Technologies has made the world’s first delivery robot. And the company’s next stop is the University of Pittsburgh. Designed to improve the everyday life of users, Starship’s mission is to “give time back to people,” said VP of Marketing Henry Harris-Burland, “Whether you’ve had a long night and want breakfast delivered or you’re up late studying and need some refreshments, our delivery robots are here to help.”

Founded in 2014, Starship Technologies spent the first half of life on testing and perfecting the robots’ autonomous capabilities. To ensure understanding in different environments, terrians, and weather, testing was done in over 20 countries. In April 2018, the company turned into a full blown commercial delivery service. Today, it operates 24/7 across the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Germany. The easy action of downloading the “Starship – Deliveries” app on iOS or Android enables people all over the world to use these autonomous delivery robots.

Starship plans to bring their pioneering robots to 100 campuses within the next 24 months. From the app, users can access a variety of local merchants to order food and beverages, drop a pin on a map, and track the robot’s progress as it drives to them. The robot’s sensors and detection system allows it to adjust speed and direction as needed. With the ability to travel at night, through rain and snow, across streets, and over curbs, users can order from a variety of locations.

Starship’s expansion to the University of Pittsburgh was made possible through a partnership with Sodexo. Recently, Starship completely mapped Pitt’s campus to ensure that the robots could move autonomously. Students, faculty, and staff can now access Oakland’s businesses in the app and place an order for the low delivery fee of $1.99.

As one of the first campuses that Starship Deliveries is serving, Pitt is part of the beginning of this delivery revolution. “We are proud to be a part of the Pitt community and work with this city,” said Harris-Burland.

Planning for Oakland’s Future

OBID Hosts Kick-off Meeting with Leadership Team

On November 12, 2019, the OBID Board of Directors, along with stakeholders in the Oakland area, met for a kick-off strategic planning meeting. This group, led by BDS Planning & Urban Design, will continue to meet throughout the next year to develop a plan to support the unprecedented growth and future demands of Oakland.

This meeting asked leadership to envision Oakland in 2020 and what they valued about it. Themes such as accessibility, diversity, and opportunities emerged. In a few words, they described the future of Oakland as vibrant, exciting, dynamic and inclusive. They also recognized that improper or poorly planned development may lead to increased costs, unsustainable growth, stagnancy, or loss of character. It was agreed that OBID’s role in the future of Oakland would be a strong and visible advocate for businesses and entrepreneurs. They would act as a catalyst for projects that wouldn’t get done otherwise, and a consensus builder across disparate organizations.

This team will be working throughout the next year to determine their vision and goals for the future of Oakland, and how OBID’s role may develop to support them. Stakeholder interviews, benchmarking trips, focus groups, and additional meetings will help to finalize a strategic plan.

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Serving You. Taking Action.

OBID Receives Henry L. Hillman Foundation Grant

Through the generous support of a $150,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the OBID Board of Directors is undertaking a comprehensive strategic plan focused on organizational growth, capacity building and strategic vision. The backdrop to this planning process is Oakland’s unprecedented growth and expansion underway in response to the building of Pittsburgh’s Innovation District. The OBID Board is undertaking this crucial exercise to further prepare our organization to service the demands of Oakland’s advancing global innovation center.

Having just completed a national search, the OBID has engaged the services of a consultant team to manage this process led by BDS Planning & Urban Design (Seattle, Washington) and Elisco’s Creative Café (Pittsburgh). We are excited to be working with the BDS and Elisco team as they bring us extensive knowledge and experience working with business improvement districts and place based management organizations.Working with the OBID Board of Directors, this team will manage the planning process over the next 12 months — and along with your input — help us create a bold, visionary plan that will support the outstanding growth of Oakland and your business.