Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday rule the shopping roost after Thanksgiving.
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year—starting on Thanksgiving Day! Walmart announced that it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the best deals will be for TVs, a Nook, a Nikon camera and an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Jacqueline Capatolla, owner of Jacqueline's House of Beauty in Brookline, has published a book about starting and succeeding in a small business.
When Jacqueline Capatolla opened her first beauty salon, she would have loved a how-to manual that explained all the challenges and joys she would encounter in the business. Of course such a manual didn’t exist then, but she hopes she’s written one now that will inspire and encourage new small business owners in their own endeavors. Her new book, “Shear Dreams,” will be released later this month. “This is basically a how-to textbook about starting a business,” Capatolla said. “It’s based in the beauty industry because that’s what I do, but it could be used as motivation or inspiration for any business.” Capatolla owns Jacqueline’s House of Beauty on Brookline Boulevard in Brookline. She also opened a second location on Grant Street a …
Cast members and Steelers were among those who attended a fundraiser and film event at Dormont's Hollywood Theater on Friday.
With Emma Watson signing autographs on Potomac Avenue last year, and a Tom Cruise movie filming in town last December, Dormont is no stranger to celebrity visits. But Friday's special showing of "Christmas in Compton" brought celebrities to Dormont's Hollywood Theater with a purpose. The event served, in part, as a fundraiser for the Red Cross, to support survivors of Hurricane Sandy. "We didn't expect it to get this big," said Hollywood Theater manager Chad Hunter. "We're certainly not complaining that it did. It's definitely great for the theater, but it's supporting a good cause, too. We couldn't have asked for this. It's wonderful." The movie was co-produced by Paula Gregg and Susan Burig, both Pittsburgh natives, who chose Hollywood …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Lots of Dormont-Brookline shops, salons, restaurants and other great places can be found in our directory. Review them here!
This Sunday's local business spotlight is InnerBeat Drum School, located on Potomac Avenue in Dormont. If you've heard drums and music in the air as you're walking down Potomac, changes are, it's coming from owner George Guest's studio. InnerBeat Drum School is open by appointment for private and group lessons on drums. Guest also teaches students how to read music, and covers basic music theory. Have you been there? Review InnerBeat Drum School on its directory listing. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Dormont and Brookline have great small-business districts, and a lot of those businesses use Facebook. Here are a few of their pages.
If there's one thing that sets Dormont and Brookline apart as unique and active communities, it's that each of them have great small business districts. In today's social media age, Facebook can be one of the best ways to find out when these shops have sales, specials and events. Here are a few to follow, in no particular order, if you haven't already: Of course, Dormont-Brookline Patch also has a Facebook page. If you've got a favorite small business that wasn't mentioned here, share in the comments, and I'll add it to the list! Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Miss something? No sweat. Here's the Week in Review, Nov. 12 to Nov. 16.
Busy week? No downtime? Missed the news? Don't sweat it. Here's a list of this week's top stories from Dormont-Brookline Patch, so you can catch up on the goods. Got your own news to share? Add your organization's events to our Event Calendar. Share your wedding, baby or graduation news in our Announcements section and, while you're at it, upload your photos to our Pics & Clips Gallery. We'd love to hear from you! This week on Dormont-Brookline Patch: Dormont Students Read Veterans Day Essays Community Remembers Fall Victim Brookline SPDC Awarded $25,000 Grant Celebrities to Visit Dormont's Hollywood Theater Tweet #PatchRebuilds to Help Hurricane Sandy Survivors Six Arrested in Brookline Assault Case 27 Local Businesses to 'Like' on …
Lots of Dormont-Brookline restaurants, shops and other great places can be found in our directory. Review them here!
This Saturday's local restaurant spotlight is Molly's Pizza, located on Potomac Avenue in Dormont. Molly's is a staple of Dormont's business district. It's open seven days a week and offers delivery to several other local communities, including Brookline, Beechview, Mt. Lebanon and Green Tree. The menu features pizza and sandwiches, as well as appetizers, salads and desserts. Vegetarian options are available. Molly's also caters. Have you been there? Review this restaurant on the Molly's Pizza directory listing. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Steelers, movie stars, artists and breakfast are all part of three special weekend events at Hollywood Theater.
This weekend, Dormont's Hollywood Theater will play host to three special events. Today, Friday, at 6 p.m., you might be able to do a little star gazing outside the theater. A special showing of the independent film "Christmas in Compton" is tied in with a fundraiser event. Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, as well as cast members and recording artists are scheduled to attend, and proceeds from raffles benefit the Red Cross. Click here for details. Saturday is for artists and art lovers. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the theater will host the Hollywood Holiday Artists and Craft Fair, featuring 20 local vendors. Admission is free, and a bake sale and raffle will be held during the fair. Sugar Cafe is hosting Breakfast and…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
SPDC will use the grant for a marketing study of Brookline Boulevard.
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- Erin Faulk
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A grant award to Brookline’s South Pittsburgh Development Corporation will help the organization fund a study of the neighborhood’s small business district, and how it can be improved. The $25,000 grant was awarded by the Design Center of Pittsburgh, which on Tuesday awarded $275,000 to 12 neighborhood revitalization projects. “SPDC decided on a marketing study on how to market Brookline Boulevard, and attract people to Brookline Boulevard,” said SPDC member Jennifer Grab. Grab said SPDC hopes the grant will help the neighborhood form solid goals and realistic community projects that will grow the business district and attract both visitors and residents to Brookline. She and SPDC members Stephanie Miller, Lois McCaffrey and Jen Askey, met…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
There's a pub crawl tonight, so this week's restaurant spotlight features the pubs and restaurants along the way.
In light of tonight's pub crawl on Brookline Boulevard, this week's restaurant spotlight features the establishments that will be part of the event. The pub crawl starts at 7 p.m. at Moonlite Cafe. Stops include Brookline Pub, Boulevard Lounge, Marshall's Lounge and Zippy's Saloon. For more information about the pub crawl, which is being held to recognize the "Because You're Mine, I Shop the Line" program, click here. Not a big drinker? Not one for late nights? Some of these locations have dining rooms or offer lunch and dinner menus. Just click on the highlighted names of each pub or restaurant to see more about what they offer—and if you've been there, leave a review! Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news…