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Release Date: Friday, January 18th 2013

Project Pop Up: Night Market III & Outdoor Curling


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Contact:  Leigh White                      

412-325-0163 (office)



Project Pop Up: Night Market III Pops Up in a New Venue and

 Includes new component, Outdoor Curling

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to bring the third Night Market to Downtown Pittsburgh - adds a Winter Twist


PITTSBURGH, PA — Project Pop Up: Night Market III is returning for another evening filled with Pittsburgh’s most creative artists, crafters and food purveyors in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl. Scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2013 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m., Night Market III is moving indoors, sharing space with Symbiotic Collusion at 131 7th Street.

“Our first two Night Markets were by all accounts great successes, enjoyed by the thousands of people who attended” states Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.  “We want to continue to provide artists and entrepreneurs with opportunities to tap into key events in Downtown Pittsburgh, like the Gallery Crawl”.  The space at 131 7th Street will also include an exhibit by Symbiotic Collusion Artist-in-Residence Derek Reese and live entertainment will be provided by the Chamber Light Players string quartet, a musical group of Symbiotic Collusion.  We are thankful to our hosts, the incredible artists from Symbiotic Collusion who are sharing  their space.  Project Pop Up: Night Market III will undoubtedly be another wonderful addition to a very full and diverse Gallery Crawl” concludes Waldrup.

Vendors participating in this market include a mix of returning vendors as well as several new ones.  The list includes:

  • Bluebird Kitchen - House-made baked goods including sandwich cookies, cake, cheesecake, brownies, and assorted tea’s and hot chocolate mixes from Downtown’s Best New Lunch Spot  by the Post Gazette’s Munch
  • DeadBuryDead - Men’s and women’s tees from the Signature and Classic collections, accessories and prints from this home-grown Pittsburgh company
  • Derek Reese Art - Objects, images, and environments that stitch together a narrative of real, invented, and embellished aspects of the artist in order to gain a more authentic sense of what it means to be from Appalachia
  • Devorah Naturals - Artisan skin care created from the finest organic and natural ingredients for all ages and skin types
  • Erra Creations - Making the world a little greener, prettier and funkier with reclaimed material and reinvented vintage wares for men, women and home
  • Jones Robo-Works - A collection of creative robot sculptures created from recycled and found objects
  • Pittsburgh Pie Guy - An assortment of whole pies or by the slice from this up-and-coming baking operation based in East Liberty
  • Pretzel Crazy - Hand dipped in caramel and chocolate, these pretzels and marshmallows will be ready for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras
  • SMD Jewelry - A collection of jewelry using a wide range of metals, gemstones, Czech glass, ceramic and wood
  • Stak Ceramics - Handmade ceramic home wares with a modern aesthetic including tumblers, mugs, honey pots, smart phone docks, planters and more
  • Zeke’s Coffee – Fresh-roasted coffee from the finest available beans for sale by the pound, and coffee and hot chocolate by the cup by this East Liberty small-batch roaster

Sarah Gendel of SMD Jewelry is a returning vendor and indicates, “I truly believe that these kinds of events enrich communities in so many ways and being a part of that is really special. I’m excited for the opportunity!”

To complement the winter weather, the PDP is also presenting Project Pop Up: Outdoor Curling in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Curling Club and Yelp Pittsburgh.  A Learn-to-Curl demonstration area will be set-up at the corner of Penn Avenue and 8th Street.  In addition to trying your hand at Curling, you will be able to patronize several local Food Trucks. Visitors will be able to pull up a chair and table and enjoy the activities at a warming station with Yelp Pittsburgh. Those who “check in” on Yelp will receive a free pair of gloves and hot chocolate.   

According to Brian Kurtz, Research and Economic Development Manager at the PDP, “ When thinking of a way to activate this outdoor space in the middle of winter, curling seemed like the perfect opportunity to get the interest of the gallery crawl participants.  We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a slightly modified version, one that does not require ice, to Downtown with the Pittsburgh Curling Club.”

Project Pop Up: Outdoor Curling will be weather permitting, so please visit the Project Pop Up  website at on the day of the event to determine whether or not the demonstration will be presented.

In addition to Night Market III and Outdoor Curling, Project Pop Up: Downtown participants will also be open and include:

  • Awesome Books - an independent book store offering new and used books at 929 Liberty Avenue
  • Boutique 208 - a retail boutique collective featuring locally-handmade wares located at 208 6th Street
  • Dream Cream Ice Cream – an ice cream parlor introducing  “Dream Steam”, their version of hot chocolate with a scoop of ice cream
  • Robot Repairs - located at 210 6th Street, is the perfect place to drop off your robot if they are experiencing technical difficulties (recipient of the 2012Mayor’s Award for Public Art).

Project Pop Up is a program of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Department of City Planning and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.  Since Light Up Night 2011, Project Pop Up: Downtown has been animating key downtown vacant or underused storefronts and public spaces, improving the vibrancy, safety, and economic health of downtown. For more information, visit

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership - The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @DowntownPitt and “like” us on Facebook.






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