Thursday, March 21, 2013
The old Verona restaurant is in the process of undergoing a transformation.
A new fine arts center is in the works for Verona, Oakmont and surrounding communities. After years of being vacant, the old Spiral Staircase Restaurant and Lounge on James Street in Verona is getting a makeover. The property was purchased by Bonnie Myers-Toward and her husband, Ralph Toward. They plan to transform the building into the Western Pennsylvania Center for the Arts. Myers-Toward, an Oakmont native and Riverview High School graduate, told Patch that the building is currently being remodeled to house a performance area for various events including jazz concerts, art galleries, dinner theater and student ensembles. The facility also will house retail sales of musical instruments and related items, and it will offer instrument …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A new business is coming to the Route 286 corridor in Plum.
It looks as though a new business will be filling the vacancy that Cafe Lola in Plum left behind. Fancy Fox, a promotional product distributor, soon will be opening at the Holiday Park Shopping Center along Route 286. For more information about the business, visit fancyfox.espwebsite.com. ___________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Here's a quick look at one of the newest businesses in town.
A new foot care specialist has moved into town. Dr. Timothy P. Stewart, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, has opened an office in Verona. The new facility is at 600 West Railroad Ave., where the former district court for Oakmont and Verona was located. The podiatrist office opened just after the new year. For more information, call 412-794-8544. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Plum Chamber of Commerce welcomed the newest Plum business.
Several members of the Plum business community took time to smell the roses—literally—on Thursday as they welcomed the town's newest business owner. The Plum Chamber of Commerce held a special after-hours event at Bella One Florist on Unity Center Road. Mayor Rich Hrivnak and many business owners were in attendance for the store's grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony—the chamber's second-ever. Owner Judy Lagrotteria is a former Plum native—she went to school at St. John the Baptist School and through the Plum School District. Lagrotteria moved to eastern Pennsylvania and moved back to Plum in July to be with family. Lagrotteria owned her own business in eastern Pennsylvania, and began working on opening Bella One just one month after …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this week.
A new flower shop has opened in Plum Borough. The Plum Chamber of Commerce will welcome the new business, Bella One Florist, 321 Unity Center Road, on Thursday, Nov. 15, with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Owner Judy Lagrotteria is a former Plum native who moved to eastern Pennsylvania and most recently moved back to be with family, bringing her florist business with her. The chamber is encouraging members of the community and businesses to attend the ceremony. Check back for photos after the event! ____________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Looks like a new tobacco outlet will be located on Unity-Center Road.
Signs for a new business are up at the former Network Video storefront in Plum Borough. It looks like a Unity Tobacco Outlet will be located at the business, which is on Unity-Center Road. Recently, we asked you to tell us what you thought should go there in a Visions for Vacancies post. Good choice? Tell us in the comments! _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A new optical has opened on the main boulevard in Verona.
Optometrist Thomas Perka has come back to Verona Borough. Perka, who worked at the Sears Optical at the Rivertowne Shopping Center from 1998 until it closed years ago, has opened his new business, Verona Eye Care. The new eye care center is located on Allegheny River Boulevard at the Center Avenue intersection. "I really like Verona," Perka said. "I wanted to get out of the retail business and the corporate setting. I figured coming back to Verona would be perfect." The Buffalo Township resident visited the area often because his in-laws live in Oakmont. As he drove through Verona one day last year, he noticed the location—a former Cricket Wireless store—was vacant. "It's a great location," he said. After a year of renovations and work to …
Friday, January 20, 2012
The new yoga studio located on Allegheny River Boulevard will offer many classes.
A new yoga studio is opening in Oakmont this month. Exhale Yoga will open on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 636 Allegheny River Boulevard. The studio is located in the space formerly occupied by Hippie House Coffee. Opening day will kick off with 101 Sun Salutations followed by a meet and greet of the instructors, prize giveaways and more. Classes include Vinyasa Flow and Pilates. All are welcome for the activities. "I'm so excited to bring hot yoga to Oakmont," said Melissa Rodden, Exhale Yoga founder. For detailed information including a class schedule, like Exhale Yoga Oakmont on Facebook or click here for the January/February schedule. The schedule also is attached in the photos section of this article.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Chef David Racicot's vision for 314 Pasta & Prime is community-oriented, kid-friendly.
When Chef David Racicot opened Notion on Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont at the end of 2010, he knew it was temporary. "We always knew we'd want to move Notion," he said. "Oakmont wasn't meant to be its final spot." Notion, a restaurant devoted to fine, modern dining aimed for adults, isn't what Racicot envisioned for the small community. Since March 2011, Racicot and his team have been working on a plan that would move Notion to East Liberty and open a new family-oriented restaurant in its Oakmont location. When Notion closed on Dec. 17, 314 Pasta & Prime was born. Racicot, whose three children currently attend Tenth Street Elementary, said he has at least 11 years left in Oakmont, so he wanted to create something longstanding. "We …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Aubrey Fantuzzo, 23, has opened her own grooming business on Unity Center Road in Plum.
Aubrey Fantuzzo's first job ever was at a pet shop. When she had some time, she'd watch the groomers do their work and talk to them about the process. From then on, she was hooked. Fantuzzo, a groomer for six years, studied pet grooming at Penn Foster Career School in Scranton after changing her career choice a few times. "I loved it, and I really stuck with it," Fantuzzo, 23, said. "This is what makes me happy." She opened her own business, The Barker Shop, at 1014 Unity Center Road in November. Though she is a Penn Hills resident, Fantuzzo said she knew Plum is where she wanted to open her business. She hopes to move to the borough in the future. At The Barker Shop, Fantuzzo offers pet grooming services in a cage-free environment. Pets …