Distilling The Strip: Wigle Whiskey

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The Strip: With a Little Drop of Poison

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

“I like my town with a little drop of poison,” sings perennial troubadour Tom Waits in this fantastic feature on what makes the Strip District unique. Produced by Bloodhound Branding for Neighbors in the Strip, this video provides a unique look at all our favorite haunts, including: Enrico Biscotti Company, Prima Espresso, Pittsburgh Opera, Wholey’s, Penn Avenue Fish Market, Hot Haute Hot, among many others.

Click here to learn more about Bloodhound Branding and Neighbors in the Strip.

Let’s celebrate the Strip!


Lone Pine Concierge: Art Lindsay

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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As you may know, The Cork Factory and Lot 24 will be sharing staff. So whether you’re a long time Corker, or a brand new resident of Lot 24, you could benefit from learning a thing or two from those staff members you see on a daily basis. Today, we profile Cork concierge Art Lindsay, part-time bluegrass musician.

Were it not for the influence of public radio, Art might still be playing the punk rock scene. It was on WYEP that the then-20 year old heard a band called Old Crow Medicine Show. The old-timey music was enough to inspire Art to reach beyond the guitar for mandolin, banjo and “just about anything with strings.”  He is a founding member of  Pittsburgh’s Lone Pine String Band and Art says he enjoys performing live around town because people in the audience  “get to experience music first hand, enjoying music in the moment.”

Recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications, Art has worked at the Cork Factory for two years. When he’s not manning the front desk Art likes to cook, read philosophy and spend time with his girlfriend, their horse and a cat named Gus.

Say hey next time you see Art!


Fun Filled Friday: Attack Theatre’s Game Night+

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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This Friday, why not stroll up to Liberty Ave. at 25th Street to the Attack Theatre as they host their regular Game Night Plus. It’s a great opportunity to rediscover the joy of your childhood boxed games, enjoy some local performances and meet fellow Strip residents.

According to their website, Game Night Plus will feature some recess classics such as Four-Square, backgammon, 3-D Tic Tac Toe, Atari, darts and Connect Four, as well as many others. In between game sessions will be seven-minute intermissions, featuring performances from Attack Theatre participants. Their website calls it “one of the best places to meet singles in Pittsburgh,” so it’s got that going for it, which is nice.

Game Night Plus will be held this Friday (October 26) from 7 PM to 11 PM at Attack Theatre (2425 Liberty Avenue). For a more family friendly option, they’ll be holding Game Day for Families the first week of January. For more information, visit their website and like the Theatre on Facebook.


Corker Jerry Hughes Films Wholey’s 100th Anniversary

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Jerry Hughes, or “The Mayor” as he is sometimes known, is an enigmatic figure here at The Cork Factory. A skilled and experienced producer of television and film, Jerry never shies away from a great news story, or a big event in the strip. You can catch Jerry as he welcomes guests down for an exclusive viewing of a current series or film, at every happy hour or rooting on Notre Dame every weekend.

Here we have a Hughes Exclusive, as Jerry covers the Wholey’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. For more information on Wholey’s, see our previous post. Thanks for contributing, Jerry!


Pittsburgh Opera at Marty’s Market

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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This saturday, welcome Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists as they perform at Marty’s Market in the Cork Shops. According to the Pittsburgh Opera website:

“Sip some coffee, browse the aisles for spectacular produce and your favorite gluten-free and vegan selections, or enjoy some “food that’s made from food” at the cafe. Also sign up for a chance to win a VIP package to Rigoletto! Free and open to the public.”

Marty’s Market is the newest tenant in the Cork Shops, located on the corner of 23rd and Smallman. Combining the Strip’s tradition of quality and the growing trend of local produced goods, Marty’s Market is “the place for Pittsburghers who demand fresh, full-flavor, high quality food.” The Market sports a coffee bar, a butcher’s shop, café and fresh produce. Outside of their goods, they also offer cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and other community events.

At Marty’s Market, “Food is made out of food!”

The Resident Artists will be at Marty’s Market from 12:30 – 1:30 PM on saturday, 9/29. For more information, visit the Pittsburgh Opera’s website. For more information on Marty’s Market, please see their website and ‘like’ the business on Facebook.

Photo credit: Marty’s Market


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.


Tour and Taste Wigle Whiskey

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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Our close neighbors Wigle Whiskey take pride in their craft, and they’re willing to welcome you into their hallowed grounds! Starting at 12:00 PM, Wigle representatives will be taking attendees through their distilleries, discussing their history and processes and also showing you how to make delicious cocktails from their white (a.k.a. un-aged) whiskey, that comes in rye and wheat varieties.

Wigle Whiskey tours are $20, held every Saturday and fill up fast! To reserve your spot, please visit Wigle Whiskey’s website. For more information on Wigle Whiskey, see our post, visit their website and “Like” them on Facebook.


A Glimpse Inside a Lot 24 Home

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

We know you’ve been waiting patiently for glimpses of Lot 24; as have we. Finally, we are proud to share images of our brand new one bedroom model. Much of what you see here came from Strip District interior design galleries Hacienda and Hot Haute Hot. Other pieces came from Centuries Clayworks, purchased at the Three Rivers Arts Fest.

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Lot 24 is the Strip District’s newest living destination. Managed by MI-Home of the Cork Factory, Lot 24 is poised to provide luxurious living options in the strip. Offering high-end interior finishes with a modern flair, Lot 24 is proud to bring sustainable living to Pittsburgh’s most hip neighborhood. Opening in November 2012, Lot 24 will be your leading choice for living your life in Pittsburgh. For more information, visit the website, call 412.338.2424 and reserve your new home today!

Photo credits: McCaffery Interests


In the Shanty: The Depressed Strip District

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

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Sure, the Strip District is quite lively and industrious these days, but as many Pittsburghers know, this wasn’t always the case. During the Great Depression, the Strip District was known as “Shantytown.” Some 300 impoverished Pittsburghers who had lost their homes and who could not find work lived in row after row of shacks assembled from bits of packing crates, burlap, tar paper and scrap metal, building materials that could be collected along the railroad tracks and from nearby factories. This makeshift neighborhood stretched from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station to the 17th Street Bridge. Located on the edge of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pittsburgh’s Shanty Town was overseen by Fr. James Cox , a social service advocate who organized soup kitchens, homeless shelters and who and led a March of the Jobless on Washington. In 1934, the City of Pittsburgh burned its Shanty Town.

The hard lives of Shantytown citizens were captured in photographs by Ed Salamony, a photographer for the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph. These images now are part of a permanent exhibit at Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, 531 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh 15212. For more information, visit their website. Call to schedule a guided tour of the museum: 412-231-7881.

Photo credit: Photo Antiquities Museum of Pittsburgh


Distilling The Strip: Wigle Whiskey

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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Just across the alley that is Spruce Way from our blossoming Lot 24 community, lies a brand new member of the Strip Family: Wigle Whiskey. Named for Phillip Wigle, a pardoned hero of the Whiskey Rebellion of Western Pennsylvania, Wigle Whiskey is Pittsburgh’s first distillery since prohibition, and the only place we know of where you can get “white whiskey.”

“White whiskey” means the alcohol is un-aged and clear, with a fresh and lighter taste. Since they just opened this year, Wigle is in the process of aging their whiskey—available in rye and wheat varieties—in large oak barrels to give the liquid its familiar bronze color and spicy taste. The staff estimates there should be some freshly aged whiskey available in the next year. In the meantime, feel free to pick up your own bottle of white whiskey and a personal size oak barrel for at-home aging experiments.

As a family owned and run business, Wigle Whiskey fits right in the Strip District. With a distinct focus on using local and organic grains from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, the Meyer family knows the importance of sustaining growth within their community. As activists, the Meyer family was instrumental in drafting new state legislation that allows craft distilleries to sell their own products on site.

Next time you’re thirsty, just take the short walk down to Wigle Whiskey and enjoy one of their refreshing cocktails, or enjoy some fresh whiskey on the rocks. They host tasting hours every weekday from 4:30 to 7 PM, and on weekends from 12-5 PM. Also, you can schedule group or private tours. Lastly, Wigle Whiskey also host private events, complete with tastings and pairings of food and drink. For information on all of this, visit their website and “Like” Wigle on Facebook.

Wigle Whiskey is located at 2401 Smallman Street.