This year, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership offered a unique holiday advertising opportunity to local Downtown small businesses. This cooperative advertising opportunity was a part of a four page insert featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that debuted on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. Click here to view the page of ads. In addition to the colorful ads from the eight local Downtown businesses that took advantage of this low-cost advertising opportunity, the insert also included a feature about shopping in Downtown as well as information about holiday activities occurring throughout the season in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership received positive sentiments from the businesses involved in the retail advertising section of the insert, including some thoughtful insight and kind words from Douglas Edwards of Grateful Doug’s (412 1st Avenue): “I think it will give us great exposure and awareness of our existence to the people that don’t get our Facebook Ads!” He also exclaimed, “Your organization has been so helpful in getting our little store off the ground. We really appreciate all of your help! Always Grateful!”
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is thankful for the small businesses that make up the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership anticipates offering this advertising opportunity to local Downtown small businesses again next year. In addition to Grateful Doug’s, we would like to acknowledge and promote the other small business that participated including: Amazing Books & Records, Boutique La Passerelle, Brooks Diamonds, Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Specialty Luggage, Steel City Clothing, and St. Moritz Chocolatier.
The insert effectively reached nearly 200,000 annual subscribers to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and is currently made available to the public at local Downtown hot spots including the People’s Gas Holiday Market. Be sure to pick up your copy of the insert today so that you know where to go for everyone on your holiday shopping list!
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh
December 31, 6:00 p.m. – midnight
This year’s celebration is the 24th annual and the 15th year as a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh will activate the 14-block Cultural District with 100 events at 30 venues. The arts-focused festivities ramp up at 8:00 p.m. with the signature First Night Parade. Including music, dance, comedy and theater performances.
Riverfront Zoning Open Houses
You have likely heard about the City’s efforts to update riverfront zoning code. For many years, Pittsburgh’s riverfronts were used mostly for industry. With today’s modern mix of recreation, housing, business, entertainment and industry, proposed zoning updates aim to more accurately serve a multitude of riverfront uses.
City Planning is hosting several upcoming public open houses for you to learn more about the proposed zoning updates. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the project website at www.pghriverfrontzoning.com. The information presented will be the same at each meeting.
Open House #1
Tuesday, December 12
SouthSide Works, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
517 S. 27th Street [map] (former Sharper Image storefront)
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Open House #2
Wednesday, December 13
Downtown, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 805 Liberty Avenue [map]
Presentations at 10:00 am, 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
511 Travel Information to Go and PennDot Winter Services
New this winter, the public can view a color-coded map of when each of the nearly 40,000 miles of state-maintained roadway was last plowed by visiting the www.511PA.com plow trucks section. This new technology uses department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cellular signal showing truck locations. The department has compiled its information about winter services and winter-driving resources for motorists at www.penndot.gov/winter. The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.
City of Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Center
Remember, you can contact the City of Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Centerwith any non-emergency City of Pittsburgh concerns or questions.
Are you looking for new and innovative ways for your business to give back to Pittsburgh communities? If so, consider joining involveMINT this holiday season.
InvolveMINT partners with your business to support volunteers who serve our Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Our user-friendly mobile application gives volunteers credits that can be exchanged at businesses for discounts on products or services. These volunteers (new customers) come directly to your business to redeem their credits, while bringing additional patrons, making additional purchases, and creating social media buzz for your business! You can choose what deals to offer, and it’s completely FREE to participate!
If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact email@example.com
or visit www.involvemint.io
Asking for Change, More Than Just Coins Campaign
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has been working with the Downtown Ministerium (a consorti-um of five Downtown Churches and additional social service agencies) to develop “Asking For Change” a campaign aimed at supporting the walk-in-ministry work performed by these churches.
Daily, these churches provide a variety of services to individuals who are homeless or experiencing crises. These services include emergency food, crisis counseling, transportation assistance, referrals to social service agencies, and more.
There are many concerned people in Downtown who want to provide assistance to people in need. The “Asking For Change” campaign will encourage people to make immediate donations, by text which will support the emergency services provided by the Ministerium. Visit this linkto see more details about the campaign.
If you are interested in participating, contact Caitlin Fadgen or call 412-325-0157.