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Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 Event at the Rivers Ballroom

7 Nov

Friday night boasted some of Pittsburgh’s young emerging leaders, forward-thinkers, do-gooders, and trendsetters at the 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party held at the Rivers Casino Grand Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh.

A full list of winners can be seen, here.

Photos from this swanky event, courtesy of WPXI See and Be Seen and also Ray Miles Photography, can be viewed by clicking here and here, respectively.

Enjoy!

Meet the 2011 Top 40 Under 40 of Pittsburgh

26 Oct

Every year, PUMP and Pittsburgh magazine choose honorees who are “lighting up our dynamic, caring city” and making a difference in their own unique ways.

According to Elizabeth Speed Kabus of Pittsburgh Magazine, “It’s no secret that Pittsburgh is still producing young emerging leaders with energy and drive to effect positive change in the region. And this year’s list of honorees is a powerful mix of diverse talent. This is the 13th year for 40 Under 40, and the mega-trend that encompasses all the honorees who’ve been included throughout the years is the same: Each makes Pittsburgh a better place to live, work and play. Our winners demonstrate a love and respect for our community that set an example for young people hoping to stay in Pittsburgh.”

To view the 40 honorees for 2011 and read about them, check out the full article – complete with photos – here, or pick up a print copy of the November 2011 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, on newsstands now. Thank you for your support!

Mall at Robinson Celebrates 10 Years! Defining a Decade

22 Oct

Today, The Mall at Robinson celebrated their 10-year anniversary!

It’s hard to believe that already 10 years have gone by since this fabulous mall opened its doors to the North Fayette/Airport West region of Pittsburgh.

Today, the Mall at Robinson held an event at the mall called “Defining a Decade” which benefitted the Susan G. Komen foundation for a Cure. Wish 99.7 was in attendance, as was Whirl Magazine, Health America, and more. Prizes were given out long with coupons from Turkey Hill and a chance to win a trip to Key West, FL or a $1,000 mall shopping spree.

The fun, pink-themed event was held from Noon-3pm and featured music, entertainment, dancing, great giveaways, children’s activities and a silent auction to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh.

Happy Anniversary, Mall at Robinson….from yours truly, Glitzburgh!

Help REFLECT Apparel win Best Boutique in Pittsburgh

30 Aug

I usually don’t promote/push specific stores, restaurants, or brands, but Reflect at Settler’s Ridge has become a favorite of mine, and so I’d like to help them out by promoting this contest for them.

Please consider voting “Reflect Apparel” in Robinson as Pittsburgh’s Best Boutique.

You won’t be sorry – – the owners, who met  while working for Michael Kors, have done a great job of giving Pittsburgh the fashion facelift that many felt it has needed.

They scour the country to bring you fabulous garments from both established and up-and-coming designers. Their clothes are a mix of California cool classics and trendy “this-moment” looks.

To vote for them, simply go here and vote Reflect as your favorite boutique: http://www.whirlmagazine.com/2011/04/whirl-awards/

To learn more about Reflect, visit the website at: http://www.reflectapparel.com

Wow! American Idol Auditions at Heinz Field Draw 13,000 Hopefuls to Pittsburgh!

15 Jul

13,000 people have descended upon The ‘Burgh with the hopes of becoming the next American Idol.

Registration was Wednesday and Thursday this week and auditions are today at Heinz Field.

Unfortunately, neither host Ryan Seacrest nor judges will be present at these auditions, but, hopefuls will have the chance to try out in front of actual FOX producers from American Idol.

Good luck to all of you — we hope that the next American Idol will be Pittsburgh-Proud!

Some photos, below  … images courtesy of KDKA, Boring Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Business Times!

Pittsburgh IDOL Auditions!

8 Jul

Do you have what it takes to be the next American Idol?

Pittsburghers, here’s your chance!

On July 9th, you can audition for Pittsburgh Idol at the Mall at Robinson! The winner will get a guaranteed audition in front of an American Idol producer!

Registration begins at 10am, with performances starting at noon. You must be 15 to 28 years old and live in the Pittsburgh Designated Market Area.

You’ll have 30 seconds to sing the song of your choice, a’capella. The winner will get a guaranteed audition in front of an American Idol Producer at the American Idol auditions, Friday July 15th at Heinz Field.

For more details visitwww.americanidol.com.

All About the Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh!

12 May

Recently, I set up an “e-interview” with Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh manager Autumn Shreve. If YOU want to learn more about this FUN and unique Pittsburgh hotspot, read on!

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Describe Pittsburgh Hofbrauhaus in 3 words: – unique, entertaining, and flavorful!

How is Hofbrauhaus different from other local bars/restaurants? – We are not just a restaurant, we are a destination. Here you can get delicious food, bier that is brewed on site by our German Brewmaster, and live entertainment every night. Our Bier Hall turns into one big party every night here!  And you can’t forget about the Bier Garten – outdoor seating along the river, with picnic-style seating and it’s own bar. The best place to be on a summer night!  There is no other place like this anywhere in Pittsburgh!

What is ‘truly Pittsburgh’ about this particular Hofbrauhaus location? – We all know Pittsburghers love their beer! Mix that with large portions of hearty food and great entertainment – it doesn’t get much more Pittsburgh than that!

Do you have specials for Happy Hour or “game night” … what about special events … i.e. concerts, holiday parties, private parties, etc.?? Every Thursday is College Night from 9-11 PM. You can get $6 liters and $5 Pretzel and Bier Cheese appetizers.

Any local ‘celebrity’ / VIP spottings at Hofbrauhaus so far? We have had many local celebrities visit the Hofbrauhaus! Mayor Ravenstahl actually had his re-election party here. Mike Tomlin, as well as a few Steelers. And we are definitely a favorite spot of many of the Penguins!

What’s your personal favorite 1) drink, 2) menu item, and 3) appetizer? What about best-sellers?My favorite drink is the Hefe Weizen. It is also our most popular bier here! My favorite menu item is the Oktoberfest Hendl, which is a roasted half-chicken – delicious! Our Wursts are huge sellers here – Bierwurst, Bratwurst, and Mettwurst. My favorite appetizer is the “Works” Sampler, which has Pretzels with Bier Cheese, Fried Pickles, Potato Pancakes, and Sauerkraut Balls. The Sauerkraut Balls are delicious!

You can follow Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh on Twitter @HofbrauhausPITT – make sure to follow them AND @Glitzburgh for a special Hofbrauhaus/Glitzburgh TWITTER CONTEST!

You can find Hofbrauhuas Pittsburgh on Facebook here!

A special thank you to Autumn for contributing to this special Glitzburgh blog interview!

Autumn Shreve
Sales Manager
Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh
412.224.2328 x11
412.235.7193 (fax)
ashreve@hbhpittsburgh.com

Pittsburgh: A “Most Livable City” with Heart

7 May

Though I have a friend who would VEHEMENTLY disagree, but, Pittsburgh has been named the Most Livable City in the United States, YET  AGAIN, by Forbes Magazine! (We’ve also ranked 29th worldwide. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!)

I mean, I want a beach house as much as the next person, but I love Pittsburgh and I have no intentions of leaving. I used to have the whole, wah, wah, wah, Pittsburgh-is-lame mentality, too. That was until I really opened my eyes to all that Pittsburgh has to offer. I mean, we truly have a plethora of opportunity right here at home in “Da’ Burgh!” Some of the best schools and universities, some of the best hospitals, some of the best malls, some fabulous dining and nightlife spots, casinos, some WORLD CLASS professional and college sports teams, and one of the best skylines in the world, as well as some awesome parks and recreational venues – what isn’t to love? We have the big-city-meets-small-town atmosphere, a perfect mix of blue-collar and luxe, and are just a stone’s throw away from a rural, country environment if we want that, instead.

Additionally, we have such a rich and interesting history and so many fun and quirky historical and trivia facts that make Pittsburgh unique. We have Mr. Rogers and Kennywood. We have the Inclines. We have the best fireworks anywhere. We have the most bridges in the world. Dignitaries choose to host major events here because, well, our city is so darn pretty – and, accomodating! Yeah, we have the Pirates, too, and the crappy roads, construction, and winters – but you can’t win ’em all.

Let’s talk about cost of living. I can tell you this – to have the home that I own elsewhere, well, to put it simply, there’s no way it would even be within my realm of affordability. The cost of living is great, we have comparably low crime rates compared to other cities our size, a nice arts scene, fairly low unemployment rate, and we have great things coming our way in terms of technology and going-green initiatives.

And the people – Pittsburgh is full of some NICE people. Granted, there ARE some “yinzers” out there, and the local media always chooses to put some real class acts on the news (why?!?) – but there are truly some really nice people in Pittsburgh. Any time out-of-towners come to visit they all say the same thing: they can’t get over how COOL and how NICE and friendly the people in Pittsburgh seem.

It makes me proud to be a Pittsburgher. I’m sure that Forbes only takes into account socioeconomic criteria and that’s fine – I’m proud of that stuff, too. But I’m proud of the other things, too. The beautiful view out the window of my Station Square office. The feeling of camaraderie and sense of community at a Steelers game. The vast array of awesome landmarks and museums and theaters and gardens and parks and boutiques and bakeries and the quirky little things that you might not know existed in Pittsburgh, but do. The hiking trails and biking trails and jet skis and kayaks on the river. The statues along the River Walk. The historic churches and the Potato Patch at Kennywood.

We might have some awesome schools – hey, I graduated from college at Pitt and went to one of the best high schools in the area, so I’ll never argue THAT fact – and we DO have some fantastic communities – I live in one of them. We might have some amazing hospitals with stunning advancements in research, and CMU with groundbreaking advancements in technology.  Our cost of living is amazing and we have a lot to offer to residents. But, I think, that Forbes missed something and that is our heart.

Pittsburgh IS the most livable city, but not just because of all the logistical, measurable outcomes.

It’s because Pittsburgh HAS HEART!

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To see the Forbes list slideshow, click here.

To read the Post Gazette article on Pittsburgh being named Most Livable City click  here.

To read my past BarSmart City Chatter post on Why I Love Pittsburgh click here.

Little ol’ me? Best Blogger in Pittsburgh and Who To Follow on Twitter? Yes, say Network Pittsburgh polls.

26 Mar

Network Pittsburgh is a great site for useful resources on, well, networking in Pittsburgh!

They have local news, blogs, event promotion, and more, but they also have polls and contests.

For those of you who do not know, I am proud to announce that in 2009 I was voted “Best Blogger in Pittsburgh” and in 2010 was voted, “Who to Follow on Twitter 2010″ in the Individual competition. The Arthritis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, who I “tweet” for, was #2 in the “Who to Follow on Twitter Business/Org Edition.”

*Patting myself on the back&

Please, friends – follow my personal Twitter account @BuellaMarie

Follow the Arthritis Foundation at @AFWPA

And NOW ANNOUNCING a NEW official “Glitzburgh” Twitter account @Glitzburgh – please Follow us!

Don’t forget to check out @NetwkPittsburgh, too!

Thanks, please keep on reading!

~ You can also become a fan of mine on Facebook – Ashley Marie Boynes, Writer … and/or of Glitzburgh (page under construction ~

TGIF, and have a great weekend!