Yoga U PGH: A Space for the Community

Laurel Chiappetta, Owner of Yoga U PGH

Between going to work, taking classes, and all the hustle and bustle that takes up the day, there rarely comes a time where people stop to take a moment for themselves. With the newly opened Yoga U PGH, stationed in the heart of the business district (3608 Forbes Ave), comes the opportunity for people to take that moment, revitalize, and exercise without having to go too far from work, school, or home! 

Yoga U PGH offers several different types of yoga, including vinyasa flow, Hatha, led Ashtanga, and some fun classes like Cuss and Burn and wildcard music.  Also, FREE half-hour lunchtime meditations are available during certain days of the week, allowing people to breathe and leave stress at the door for a short time. Depending on the day, the schedule can range anywhere from 5:15AM classes to 8:45PM classes, with all times in between. The schedule is open and diverse to cater to different availabilities because if anyone can relate to juggling school, work, and taking care of the mind and body, it’s Laurel Chiappetta, Owner of Yoga U PGH.

Besides owning Yoga U PGH and teaching classes there, Chiappetta has taught statistics and research courses at Oakland’s own University of Pittsburgh. Chiappetta is a Pitt alum (x3) who has also worked for UPMC and then as an independent statistical consultant.  As someone who has spent so much of her academic and professional life in Oakland, Chiappetta noticed that, “there was nowhere I could conveniently incorporate my yoga practice into my schedule.” The desire to be the one who changed this situation, plus years of planning, formed Yoga U PGH.

Chiappetta believes that Oakland has a number of different groups who would benefit from yoga and meditation. Students, workers, hospital visitors, residents, and everyone in-between can find a time and class that works best for them. Chiappetta stresses the importance of accessibility and including the whole community in this studio. In doing so, Yoga U PGH offers specialty classes geared towards, but not limited to: body positive yoga, cancer patients, and first responders.
 With a great location, open availability, and plenty of class options, Yoga U PGH is the place to give yourself a moment, and give your mind and body some well-deserved exercise. 

Roots Natural Kitchen: Healthy Without Sacrifice

Looking for a local restaurant that doesn’t break your New Year’s resolution? Look no further than Roots Natural Kitchen (3610 Forbes Ave), who opened doors on January 7th! With homemade ingredients and many natural, flavorful options to choose from, you’ll think you’re having a cheat day–but Alberto Namnum (Roots co-owner), is glad to tell you otherwise. 

“The goal of Roots is to have natural, healthy food without sacrifice,” he explains, “whether it’s flavor, taste, portion, or price.” Following a specific diet? Roots Natural Kitchen gives the power of choice to the customer with options for bases (such as bulgur, rice, and various leafy greens), add-in ingredients (beans, veggies, cheese, etc.) and protein (mushrooms, chicken, and tofu). Customize and make your own favorite! 

Individuality doesn’t stop with food; Oakland’s Roots Natural Kitchen has been built, “unique from the other Roots locations,” according to Namnum. Since its beginning in June 2015, Namnum and co-owner Alvaro Anspach have opened a handful of Roots locations across the United States, each with its own look in mind. For Oakland, Namnum remarked “I saw this as a place with the density of a Times Square, but built as a community.” Inspired by this, Namnum matched the restaurant interior with a modern city feel mixed with Roots’ warm and welcoming design.

With a unique menu to choose from, warm and sleek atmosphere to enjoy, and a mission that matches the health-conscious foodie, Oakland is proud to welcome Roots Natural Kitchen to the neighborhood.

Drink for Pink 2018 Photos

Thank you for a wonderful event!

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny)
Drink for Pink
May 09, 2018.
James Robinson | Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus

Sport Clips Haircuts: It’s Good to Be an Owner

Let’s face it, getting your hair cut it kind of a chore! At Sport Clips, located at 3614 Forbes Avenue in Oakland, they’ve turned something that you have to do into something you want to do. Owner, A.J. Rodriquez, opened Oakland’s Sport Clips in February 2015 and is fixated on giving his clientele – not just an ordinary haircut – but a fantastic experience. “We love our client mix in Oakland. We get everyone from business professionals, to healthcare workers, to students looking for a good haircut before their weekend,” said A.J. “It’s so rewarding having opened a store in Oakland giving opportunities to our team members closer to the city, as well as serving the clients in the Oakland market…. I love providing great value to our customers and being a part of the community,” continued A.J.

One may not know the difference between a fade, a pompadour, a cropped fringe or faux mohawk, but Sport Clips’ ‘guy-smart stylists’ sure do! Sport Clips is known for their Signature MVP Haircut Experience where clients receive a precision haircut and a hot steamed towel on their face – all while receiving a scalp, neck and shoulder massage. “We have all the products the pro’s use, so make sure to stop in for a holiday gift!” said A.J. “And all UPMC and University of Pittsburgh employees get $2 off any service!”

Oakland’s Sport Clips is currently the first and only store in an urban area of Pittsburgh. “We decided to go to Oakland because of the consistent development and improvement of the area, and felt our services were needed in the market,” said A.J. Oakland’s location has eight talented team members led by store manager, Andrea.

Make ‘going to Sport Clips in Oakland’ your New Year’s resolution – especially in the spring! “We are looking forward to our St. Baldrick’s event in March around Saint Patrick’s Day where we raise money and awareness for Childhood Cancer by hosting a head-shaving event!” said A.J.

A.J. (left) and his father Al Rodriquez (right) are co-owners of a Sport Clips franchise in Oakland and have enjoyed almost 3 years in the business district.

Sport Clips
3614 Forbes Avenue 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
(412) 681-2345
Monday – Friday9am-8pm
Saturday9am-6pm
Sunday:10am-4pm

Puccini’s Hair Design: Personal Professionals for an Honest Price

If you head down to Oakland’s very own Puccini’s Hair Design (Located at 237 Atwood St.) a little earlier than your appointment, you will be greeted by Sal Puccini with a warm “Hello!” followed by, “We’ll have you ready in just a second. In the meantime, would you like something to drink?—comes with the haircut.” Sal stresses the importance of taking care of his appointments, but he truly goes the extra mile. Case in point: How many hairdressers have a complementary refreshments bar while you wait?

That’s not all—Puccini’s follows the slogan it champions: “When you look good, you feel good” but in this sense, they apply it to their very own establishment. With a fresh coat of paint on the walls, beautiful décor around the room, vibrant music, and new chairs catered to the customer’s comfort, Puccini’s looks good so you feel good as soon as you step in to the establishment.

This most recent set of installments to Puccini’s is just another example of how its owners have catered to their Oakland customers over the last 43 years under the supervision of Sal’s father and namesake, Salvatore Puccini. At the age of 16, Salvatore Puccini Sr. suffered the loss of his father, forcing him to make an adult decision that others were not even capable of processing at a young age, and that decision led him to Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. After a long and determined struggle, Salvatore Puccini opened the flagship store of Puccini’s in Oakland.

At its roots, Puccini’s has always been about servitude to its clients, and the Puccini family have made sure this was shown through action over words. “We make sure our people are taken care of,” assures Sal. When he says people, Sal refers to both those who come into his doors to get serviced as well as those who come into his doors to provide the service.

“People see how much we charge and ask us, ‘Why this price? Are you guys any good?’ and I have to tell them that all of our stylists are very much experienced, we just know what a fair price is,” explains Sal, “and despite this, we still make sure we pay our people right.”

Puccini’s Hair Design blends personal care, professional stylists, and honest prices that Oakland’s mostly college-income inhabitants can feel great about. Sal Puccini invites you to sit back, refresh yourself, and watch as Sal and his team make sure you leave looking good and feeling even better.