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In the Zone: Spa & Salon Blossoms into Second Location

Tanya Chaney’s newest entrepreneurial venture, In The Zone, is now open in Upper St. Clair. As a successful entrepreneur, operating Chaney’s Natural Health and Wellness for over 10 years, Chaney’s…

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Restauranteur Returns to His Roots: Bacon, Bourbon & Beer

Shawn Janovich, Washington native, has made a career in the restaurant industry.  After successfully starting a bar in the South Side of Pittsburgh, he sold it to pursue another business goal.…

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FirstLight Home Care

 Mykal Kousins served proudly in the Navy for 22 years, working mostly in logistics and distribution. After his retirement in 2011, Mykal and his wife Christine moved to the Pittsburgh region…

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River Town Hot Spot Growing In Popularity: Salatino’s River House Café

Celebrating their 8th year in business, Salatino’s River House Café (RHC) is becoming a local tradition in Charleroi and the Mon Valley region of Washington County. Whether it’s lunch or dinner…

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Let there be light: American Gas Lamp Works

There is something nostalgic and beautiful about the flickering flame and warm glow of a traditional gas lamp. This beauty was not lost on David Jardini, owner of American Gas Lamp…

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Pittsburgh’s Creative Culture Shines through The Glassblock

Adam Shuck’s writing has been called honest, snarky, irreverent, and even merciless, but his voice is one that resonates with progressive-minded Pittsburghers young and old. In 2014 Adam began publishing Eat…

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Mix Salad Concept, Inc.

Mix Salad Concept launched in 2014 with the desire to bring working professionals throughout the city of Pittsburgh healthy, nutritious lunch options. Co-founders Rachael Bane and Lia Vaccaro saw an opportunity…

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Refresh PGH

Pittsburgh natives Sean Devine and Baldwin Dawkins don’t like the term “sneakerhead.” They prefer terms like “collector,” “enthusiast,” or “connoisseur.” Whatever you call them, you have to admit they have a…

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Sky View Drive-In

Like many people, Liz Walker’s life includes fond memories of seeing movies at a drive‐in. She believes it is an experience everyone should be able to enjoy, which is one reason…

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The Upper Crust Italian Market

Mark Kennison was raised in an entrepreneurial family; his father founded and built a successful franchise business. In 2013, Mark decided to follow his dreams and follow in his family's footsteps.…

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Gerome Manufacturing

Joe Putila is President of Gerome Manufacturing, a profitable manufacturing business in Uniontown, Fayette County that has been in business for more than 55 years. Gerome Manufacturing fabricates the most…

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South Hills Power Yoga

Stacey Vespaziani took her first yoga class in college to fulfill a physical education credit requirement, and from that moment on, she was hooked. Vespaziani started her business, South Hills Power…

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REV Sports Rehab & Athletic Development

Nearly two years ago, Aimee Slattery and Frank Velasquez met through a mutual acquaintance. It didn’t take long for them to realize they had much in common and had very similar…

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Kelly O's

Nearly 10 years ago, Kelly O’Conner went after her dream and purchased a small diner in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. After years of hard work to grow her business, Kelly…

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SDC Nutrition

As a personal trainer and athlete, Sean Marszalek was always frustrated that there was not an all-natural, and great tasting, whey protein product on the market. In 2008, Sean partnered with…

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Townsend Industries

As a lifelong truck driver and supervisor in the waste industry, John Townsend had long observed the inefficiency of having two completely different types of garbage trucks required to pick up…

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Moore Aviation

Moore Aviation Inc., located in Beaver County, has the distinction of calling itself one of the oldest functioning flight schools in the United States. It has been training students to…

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Waves in Solids

Waves in Solids is a research and development business focused on engineering and sensing for structural integrity. The firm has prior experience winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants.Its owner,…

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Robotics Engineering Excellence

Robotics Engineering Excellence (RE2, Inc.) is a women-owned Carnegie Mellon University spin-off company specializing in mobile defense robotics, with an emphasis on Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems software development and unmanned…

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Manchester Farms

Originally established in the 1770s by Isaac Manchester, Manchester Farms -- then called Grandview Dairy Farm -- has remained in the family for more than two centuries. It was recently purchased…