Is your stomach growling or grumbling? Don’t ignore it. It’s a serious symptom, and it needs to be addressed immediately. It’s a condition called Monongahela-hunger-itis. Don’t call a doctor yet, though. Call your favorite restaurant and get yourself some takeout on order or get yourself downtown to order or dine in person. Piles and piles of food are awaiting you. You can dine in now, in warm cozy places, or take it back to your warm cozy home. Just don’t starve that hungry monster within you, the one you know is there when it starts to growl.
We have 15 great places to eat either downtown or almost downtown!
Gyros until about 6PM at the Dierkens Pharmacy Parking Lot, Main Street at Park Avenue.
Did you see that the awning cover is down at Rabe’s Trading Post. Watch for the new one to appear in just a few days.
Have you seen the Valentine’s Day decorations in our downtown planter boxes. Many thanks to our flower planting team.
A TIME OF TRANSITION
It’s a time of transition. Lots of things are underway, but most are not yet ready to be reported. We’ll all watch closely together to see how it all turns out.
HELEN KISH SHOW ENDS TOMORROW MORNING
We will be taking down the artwork by Helen Putnak Kish tomorrow at the Monongahela Main Street Program’s storefront Fine Arts Gallery, 221 West Main. Be sure to drop by to see it before it’s too late if you haven’t seen it yet. The display is beautifully lit at night. You don’t go inside – you walk into a 15-foot-deep recess, sheltered from the snow, and rain, and wind, and sun, and study the art on display on either side of you.
New flooring is being installed at the new Dog Emporium space at 310 West Main Street, and the shop will be open for walk-in trade soon. This store was located in New Eagle at the bottom of Sycamore Street (the old Cost Pharmacy location) for the last 12 months, but the owner has decided to move into downtown Monongahela because that’s where the action is. Rich, the owner sells dog treats and toys. He makes his own dog treats at a bakery facility in Donora. He can make a big dog treat for you in the form of a birthday cake, and Fido’s name can be right there in pink icing if you like.
Two other store spaces are being prepared to open soon, plus the wine pub that is coming by mid-June, and a couple of others not quite ready yet to be announced. Have you noticed that a couple of downtown businesses have been expanding into neighboring space? More on that later.
WE HAVE A WONDERFUL CITY!
Terry A. Necciai, RA, Exec.Dir., MMSP
MMSP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The current Board of Directors of the Monongahela Main Street Program is as follows:
Dorothea Pemberton, President
Tobias Provan, Vice President
Walter Seal, Treasurer
Dan Tregembo, Secretary
Non-Voting: Terry Necciai, Exec.Dir.
NEW STORES IN TOWN
Here’s a list of the 20 stores that have opened in the Monongahela – New Eagle Main Street area in the last two years (be sure to check out the screen capture photos I made from a whole bunch of their Facebook pages to get a feel for what’s what):
- Bubblery Pittsburgh – soap shop with handmade soap, hand sanitizer, lip balm, etc., since Sept. 2018, 212 West Main, (724) 258-2598
- Cedarwood Insurance Options – Anthony Bottino III, insurance broker (upstairs from Bottino Financial/Allstate Insurance), since Nov 2018, 442 West Main, (724) 310-3695
- LuLaRoe by Amber Smittle – casual clothing, open by appointment, since Nov 2018, West Main Street at Fourth Street, (724) 678-3913
- Main Street Gypsy – gifts, jewelry, clothing, and furnishings, since May 2019, 219 West Main, (724) 292-8366
- Sweets by Mrs. C, Ice Cream and More – also has baked goods and nostalgic candies, since Aug 2019, 260 West Main, (724) 292-8392
- Alpha Outfitters Equestrian Supply – Western-wear and horseback riding items for the rodeo crowd, since Sept 2019, 168 West Main, (724) 366-0642
- Julie’s Hair Haven – haircare by appointment, since Oct 2019, 202½ Fourth Street, (412) 952-5177
- The Potter’s House – event facility, since Oct 2019, 234 West Main, (724) 219-3290
- Bella Bug Bootique – casual clothing and costume jewelry, since Nov 2019, 1001 West Main. (The storefront location has closed for now, but the business is still very active online)
- Di’s Home Town Deli – deli meats, chicken salad, egg salad, lunch specials, etc., since Dec 2019, 218 West Main, (724) 292-1001
- Busta Suds Laundromat – laundromat (behind Two-and-a-Fry Hotdog place), since Dec 2019, c/o Two-and-a-Fry Hotdogs, 1115 West Main, (724) 310-3182
- The Compound Steel City – youth center for training in sports like wrestling, weight lifting, cheerleading, etc., since Jan 2020, 121 Railroad Street, (724) 426-6768
- Sambol’s Bakery – baked goods, cookies, lunch specials, since May 2020, 230 West Main, (724) 250-0100
- Candelore’s Barking Beauties – dog grooming salon, since July 2020, 111 West Main, (724) 292-8360
- Mon Valley Photo – photography, photo restoration, transfer of video cartridges to digital, antique cameras, since July 2020, 416 West Main, (724) 292-8415
- CPC Chiropractic – Dr. Christa Peifer, Chiropractor, since October 2020, 314 West Main, (412) 953-3103
- Santa’s Secret Shoppe – Christmas decorations, other holiday season items, and plenty of small gifts, since October 2020, 211 Second Street, (724) 554-3514
- Chloe and Me Candles – handcrafted candles and similar items, about to open in November 2020, 205 West Main (further details to be announced soon)
EAST MAIN STREET
- Hog Fathers Olde Fashioned Barbecue – restaurant and bar, since 20 Jan 2020, 243 East Main Street (Catsburg), (724) 310-3757
- Sal’s Quality Auto Care – auto detailing and repairs, since May 2020, 130 East Main Street, (724) 310-2038
MAIN STREET NEW EAGLE
- Industrial Farmhouse Living – home décor, repurposed found objects, since Jan 2019, 144 Main Street, New Eagle, (724) 565-4447
- Full Circle Glass & Door Service – glass installer, since Aug 2019, 102 Main Street, New Eagle, (724) 998-7437
- The Dog Emporium/Sit-Up Doggie Treats – gift shop for dogs, locally baked treats and dog biscuits baked by the shop owner at his other facility, since Feb 2020, 118 Main Street, New Eagle, (724) 258-7297 (In the process of moving to 310 West Main Street, “downtown.”)
Don’t forget to spread your dine-in or takeout business around during this “unprecedented time” in American and worldwide history. Here’s some contact information for some of the restaurants that are open at this time:
Italian Village Pizza, 169 West Main Street
Angelo’s II, 111 Third Street
Di’s Home Town Deli, 218 West Main Street
Sweets by Mrs. C., Ice Cream and More, 260 West Main Street
Little City Coffee, 418 West Main Street
Two and a Fry, 1115 West Main Street
Hog Fathers Olde-Fashioned Barbecue, 243 East Main Street (Catsburg)
Lenzi’s Italian Restaurant, 228 Gee Street (just off East Main going east from the Pigeon Creek Bridge, before the first light)
Detorre’s Pizza, 915 West Main Street
Eat’N Park, 1250 West Main Street
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 201 West Main Street
Hills Restaurant, 107 Main Street, New Eagle
Pizza Station, 187 Chess Street, New Eagle
Cox Market, deli counter for take-out, 711 Rt.481
Ponce’s Place, 715 Rt.481 (Park Avenue Extension/Pigeon Creek Road)
Pho Valley, 1160 Country Club Road
Here’s my latest list of stores in Monongahela that have been selling clothing, especially those that have been marketing various kinds of clothing fashions:
- Sparkles by Shell
- Mon Valley Safety Equipment
- Bella Bug Bootique
- LuLaRoe by Amber Smittle
- Just 4 You Gifts and Cards
- Main Street Gypsy
- Di’s Home Town Deli
- The Bubblery Pittsburgh (children’s consignment in the back room)
- Alpha Outfitters Equine Supply
- Uncommonly Beautiful
- Dollar General
- Family Dollar
We Have a Wonderful City!
Terry A. Necciai, RA, Executive Director
Monongahela Main Street Program