Strip Institutions: Celebrate Wholey’s Centennial

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Going International: The Strip District World Festival

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Strip District World Festival

The Strip District is all-abuzz about this weekend’s World Festival, a community event that we hope to see evolve into an annual tradition. Music and food from around the globe will fill Penn Avenue from 22nd to 25th Street this weekend, 9/14 & 9/15.

Get your toes tappin’ Saturday morning with lively German and Polish favorites performed by accordion virtuoso Henry Doktorski. Then Liz Vitalbo, beloved vocalist from Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days, will transport us to Italy through song. Kelly Blake, the world renowned jazz and Latin saxophonist, brings in the evening, which will be wrapped up by Glory Days – a Bruce Springsteen Experience.

Sunday ‘s festivities open with Irish music by Mark Guiser at 11:30am. Make way for the Chinese Lion Dance at 12:30! Pittsburgh’s Reggae royalty, Freedom Band, takes the stage at 1pm. Two hours later the Rolling Stones tribute band, Jumpin’ Jack Flash (), will have us dancing in the streets and warmed up for disco at 5pm with Dancing Queen.

Every day the Strip District celebrates the multi-cultural heritage of Pittsburgh. This weekend, in particular, we salute the arts and traditions that formed our great melting pot of a city. The Cork Factory and Lot 24, as well as our neighbors at PITT OHIO sponsor the event.

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Henry Doktorski

Chuck Hammel—Strip District extraordinaire, President of PITT OHIO and a producer of the World Festival—is enthusiastic about the recent happenings in the Strip. “I love the Strip,” he says. “It has everything you could want in an urban neighborhood. The central part has a lot of residents and the lower part has the best food shopping you can find. Both areas are in walking distance of each other. That makes living here very convenient.” And this weekend is time to celebrate just that.

Hope to see you out and about!


WATCH: Corkers at the Public Market

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The video below–filmed and edited by Cork Factory resident Jerry Hughes–features members of our Cork family. First, watch the video below, which was posted in the last month.

Featured in this video are two famous Cork Factory residents: Susie Lobdell of Flower Pots Nursery, and Chef Cheryl Strenio of Strenio’s Gourmet Foods.

Susie and Flower Pots Nursery are responsible for the beautiful landscaping around The Cork Factory and Lot 24, including our recently profiled Eastern Redbud Trees. She also has several contacts with the City of Pittsburgh, providing landsaping for public spaces. She studied landscaping at Pennsylvania State University. Learn more about Flower Pots Nursery and their work on their website and their Facebook page.

Chef Cheryl of Strenio’s Gourmet Foods has been cooking for years for friends and family, and has only just recently opened her own kiosk at the Public Market. Chef Cheryl studied at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts here in Pittsburgh, and is a happy resident of The Cork Factory.

Meet Susie, Chef Cheryl and the Soup Nancys at the Pittsburgh Public Market every weekend in the Produce Terminal on Smallman Street. Later this summer the Pittsburgh Public Market will move to 24th and Penn Avenue.


The Cake Boss In The Strip

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Pamela’s Diner, In The Strip

A few weeks ago, celebrity chef and TV personality Rachel Ray sent her colleague and Cake Boss host Buddy Valastro to Pittsburgh to chow on some of his favorite steel city eats. The episode–which aired yesterday–featured the Strip District and Lawrenceville heavily. Some of our all time favorites were featured, including Pamela’s Diner and Primanti Bros. Check out the video below, and pay these two locations a visit some time soon, they’re just outside your door!

Pamela’s Diner is a long-time Pittsburgh favorite. With their welcoming, retro decor and outstanding crepe style hotcakes, Pamela’s is a great place to meet friends for breakfast, or for a quiet, filling lunch. They are located at 60 21st Street.

The “Almost Famous” Primanti Brothers needs no introduction. Their longstanding home in the Strip District features a meal on bread, originally for truck drivers. Check out their stuffed menu on their website, and be sure to come hungry! They are located at 46 18th Street.

Photo Credit: Peter Lillis


Indian Summer: Outdoor Dining In The Strip

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood! 72 degrees, blue skies, and everyone was enjoying the Strip District’s outdoor cafes.  The weather forecast is for equally  lovely weather every day this week. Let’s all sit outside and enjoy it whle we can.

Here are some images from our reporter in the strip, Casey Brown of the Cork Factory. Below are some of the most happening patios this afternoon, including Bella Notte, LaPrima Espresso, Marty’s Market, Little Bangkok and Leaf & Bean.

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Belle Notte, In the Strip

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LaPrima Espresso, In The Strip

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Marty’s Market, In The Strip

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Little Bangkok, In The Strip

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Leaf & Bean, In The Strip

Photo Credit: Casey Brown


Groceries Made Easy: Delivered To U

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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While the Strip District has some internationally renowned food stores, including Penn Mac, Marty’s Market and Wholey’s, we are sorely lacking in a local, traditional grocery store. Delivered To U are working to make getting your household staples a bit easier.

Delivery to our area is offered three days/week.  Either Monday between 1-3pm, Wednesday 9-11am or Thursday 5-7pm. Orders can be phoned, faxed, emailed or submitted via DTU’s website anytime up to 5pm the day before delivery.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. There is a $35/order minimum  and an $8 delivery fee. For more information go to, call 412-254-3882 or pick up a flyer in the Cork Factory business center.

Founded by Don Stalachek in 2009, the family owned business has grown to meet the needs of Pittsburghers who can’t get to the supermarket due to busy schedules, transportation or physical limitations. A former home medical equipment salesman, Don worked in the community and saw a need for a service like this. He spent months researching products, prices and suppliers. Now he and his sons offer over 6000 items.  Food, household goods, pet supplies, cleaning products….anything you can buy in a supermarket can be delivered to you by DTU.  Browse their website or product book for a list of suggested items. Need something they don’t list? Just ask.   Need a deli tray made up for your next meeting? DTU can do that too.  Frozen items arrive at the proper temperature, thanks to a freezer in each of DTU’s fleet of delivery vans.

Photo credit: Delivered To U


Strip Institutions: Celebrate Wholey’s Centennial

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Whether it’s for seafood, deli products or a stick of butter, Wholey’s is the Strip District’s go-to place. This weekend, join us as we celebrate Wholey’s 100th anniversary, with our special look back at the institution’s storied past.

The Wholey family has been in the food business since patriarch Robert Leo peddled fruit via horsecart on the South Side around the turn of the century. In 1912 he opened a dairy store in McKees Rocks that evolved into sales of live poultry, a butchery and coffee. Raised in his father’s business, son Robert C. Wholey went on to establish a poultry market in what was known as Diamond Market in downtown Pittsburgh—now known as Market Square.

When the city of Pittsburgh redeveloped Market Square in 1959, Robert C. Wholey moved his business to 1711 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. At that time, the Strip was mostly warehouses, trucks and trains, serving the needs of store and restaurant owners but offering little to the general public.

It wasn’t until 1960 when Wholey began importing seafood and fish for sale, providing quality goods to both wholesale and retail customers. The next year he started a delivery service, further expanding the outreach of the store. In 1980, Wholey’s Fish Market purchased the old Federal Cold Storage building at 1501 Penn Avenue, moving their company headquarters and wholesale operation to that address, while continuing to provide the residents of Pittsburgh with a full service market in their original space.

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Luke Wholey, great grandson of Robert Leo, recently opened an upscale restaurant at 2106 Penn Avenue, featuring a menu of Alaskan seafood– an area with which he is quite familiar, being a wilderness guide as well as a chef.

Nowadays, you can get a sit down meal at Luke Wholey’s Alaskan Grill, you can order from Wholey’s online, or you can visit the market to shop for prepared foods, freezer goods and pantry staples. Options range from sushi and salmon to sandwiches and salads. You can even get that stick of butter, which is a hot commodity in the Strip.

Celebrations slated for September 21-23 at the Penn Avenue store  include cooking demos, live music, entertainers and children’s activities. On September 22nd, Mayor Ravenstahl will officially pronounce 17th Street as “Wholey Way.”

Wholey’s is about as close to the heart of the Strip imaginable. Show your support for this Strip institution this weekend, and celebrate their heritage!

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Wholey’s is located at 1711 Penn Avenue. For more information on their business and the 100th anniversary plans, please visit their website.