Downtown Recognition Awards
Together towns had a chance to compare successes and challenges when
Director of the North Borough's YMCA and President of the North
Borough Chamber of Commerce arranged for Bellevue leaders (Council,
BIG, AT Advisory Board) to take a "field trip" to the business
district of Aspinwall. The purpose of the trip was to tour
Aspinwall's downtown, meet their leaders and have an exchange of
convened at the Aspinwall Borough building for introductions and an
overview of the night. The group proceeded on a walking tour where
Bellevue leaders learned about aspects of Aspinwall's downtown
development, such as signage and shade tree ordinances, code
enforcement, wayfinding and new business development. Discussion
continued over dinner where Melissa Lang, Aspinwall Borough manager,
expanded on specific projects and learnings they had obtained while
being a part of the AT program. The evening concluded with Jack
Manning, Town Center Associates consultant, for both towns,
facilitating a lively exchange and next steps.
Bruce's efforts to create a venue to share best practices continue
to pay off as participants from Bellevue and Aspinwall remain in
dialogue around many of the conversations that started that night.
At the Bellevue Council meeting in December, Melissa will be
presenting Aspinwall's success with their Shade Tree Commission and
giving insight as Bellevue is in it's infancy with the formation
and adoption of a Shade tree commission.
Bruce's vision for a "field
trip" is a great example of the power of thinking collaboratively
and utilizing the resources right in our backyards!
T&M Hardware &
Rental is a Do It Best Hardware
store located at 509 Lincoln Avenue and is owned and operated by Tim
and Mary Post. Tim and Mary purchased their Ellwood City store in
1991 and have now expanded to include Pennsylvania locations in
Harmony, New Castle, and Bellevue, as well as a location in East
We are pleased
to recognize T&M Hardware & Rental as a Downtown Recognition
Recipient and happy to have this traditional hardware store in our
downtown. T&M continues to offer all the needed services of a
traditional hardware store such as paint matching, re-keying locks,
cutting keys, screen cutting, window and screen repair, and many,
many additional services.
For more information, please
Better yet, give them a call at 412-766-0948 or visit the store to
see how they can personally help with your particular need!
The Muddy Cup
located at 541
Lincoln Avenue opened in Bellevue back in October of 2008 by owner
Renee Tokar. Over the years it has become the go to coffee house in
Bellevue for young and old alike. After all, what more can one ask
for besides great espresso and free wireless internet!
The Muddy Cup
also offers the community a warm, cozy
atmosphere to sit and catch up with friends, have a one on one
business meeting, or meet with a small group while sharing steaming
lattes or hot chocolates.
The Muddy Cup
offers locally baked goodies for when you're feeling a little
hungry. A variety of medium roasted brewed beans are available to
please all tastes and featured flavors often include vanilla
buttercream, apricot, snickerdoodle, cinnamon, and more. You can
also purchase your whole beans here and have them ground if you
We are pleased to feature the Muddy Cup and
are happy to have them here on Lincoln Avenue!
Tae Kwon-Do Institute
locations in the Western Pennsylvania area to those seeking Martial
Arts Training. One of those locations is 527 Lincoln Avenue,
Bellevue which is managed by Head Instructor, Master David Madden.
It is said
that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step and so
does the training of the Tae Kwon-Do student. Students begin as
white belts and journey through the training and discipline toward
the various belts and levels that may ultimately lead to Black Belt.
Not all students aspire to become Black Belts, but students are
always reminded that as in all things, it is the journey that is
important, not just the destination.
out Tae Kwon-Do for a variety of reasons such as to gain
self-confidence or self-discipline, for physical fitness benefits,
or simply for self-defense training. The ultimate goal of Martial
Arts Training is to achieve physical, mental and spiritual harmony.
The tenets of Tae Kwon-Do stress that each individual should aim to
achieve courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable
spirit and modesty.
For more information, please visit the Young
Brothers Tae Kwon-Do website at
call the Bellevue location at 412-734-2811.
We are pleased to feature downtown Bellevue's business, The
Happy Baby Company, located at 558 Lincoln Avenue. Local
owners, Judy and Brandon McAuley opened The Happy Baby Company just
about a month ago in late October. The store specializes in
diapering and is the area's only go-to service for cloth diapering.
Diapering classes that focus on all you need to know about the
subject are offered twice a month as well.
Although cloth diapering is their specialty, they offer much more
such as locally made wooden toys, baby carriers, and higher-end car
seats. New items are continually being added to their inventory.
They have a gift registry available and will ship for free on orders
over $35. There is even a children's play area open to you while you
visit the store.
The Happy Baby Company is
opened on Tuesday from 10 AM to 8 PM; Wednesday through Friday from
10 AM to 6 PM; Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM; and closed Sunday. You
can learn more at
or on their
yogurt craze has hit Bellevue. Berry Quool opened
early this year and offers a self-serve format like many froyo
shops. Customers have the opportunity to create their own sweet
treats with scores of flavors and toppings, ranging from fresh
fruit, to sauces, to candies, to coconut and nuts. They pay by the
ounce instead of the cup size. Register your phone number with the
shop and you can accumulate points towards Berry Quool gift cards to
come back and have some more!
during the winter months you can even purchase hot chocolate to warm
you back up. There are many yummy yogurt flavors to choose from and
flavors are always changing. There are even seasonal flavors such as
pumpkin and eggnog so you can visit them for some holiday cheer as
Berry Quool is located at
600 Lincoln Avenue and is opened Monday through Thursday from 11 AM
to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 12 AM; and Sunday from
Noon to 10 PM. Please visit them on the web for more information by
We are pleased to recognize
Pizza Bomonti located at 601 Lincoln Avenue. The
take-out restaurant not only offers a variety of delicious pizzas,
but also has many other menu offerings. You will find appetizers,
subs, salads, wings, pasta, gyros, wedgies, calzones, wraps,
burgers, and more on their varied and vast menu.
The food is hot, fresh, and delicious so stop by soon! You can
menu and call ahead by visiting them on the web at
The site not only offers the menu but you will also find coupons and
Bellevue is pleased to feature Pizza Bomonti and
is happy to have them in our community!
We are pleased to feature Curves of Bellevue
located at 176 Lincoln Avenue. Curves website explains that,
"millions of women get healthier with our 30 minute fitness
solution. In just 30-minutes, you work every major muscle group and
burn up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength
training, cardio, and stretching." A newer program offered by Curves
is known as Curves Complete. This is a complete approach to weight
loss that offers, "Exercise to boost your metabolism, a diet that
starves fat and feeds muscle, and the encouragement and support
necessary to stay on track."
You can find
all that the program has to offer at our local Curves! Please visit
their website at
for more information as well as like them on Facebook by
If you haven't
moved ahead with that New Year's resolution yet, there's still
time...maybe Curves will help to make the difference!
Bellevue is pleased to feature Curves and happy
to have them in our business district!
Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) is pleased to feature
Dr. Lisa Nath, MD LLC. Dr. Nath
recently moved to 575 Lincoln Avenue and completed this terrific
façade renovation to the property.
applauds businesses in our community that take efforts to make
improvements to their facade which in turn helps to beautify our
The Bellevue BDAC is pleased to have Dr. Nath's
Ophthalmology business located in our downtown and congratulates her
on her new location!
Matthews Arts is owned and operated by Susan Matthews, a
life-long resident of the area. The grand opening was June 25, 2005
when Susan was first able to share her philosophy on art with
Bellevue. Susan's philosophy is that art is uplifting and
therapeutic because personal expression (creativity) is essential to
a healthy life.
Susan encourages you to visit Matthews Arts
and explore the exciting world of appreciating and creating art.
Enroll in an art class or sign up for a fun and friendly art
outing. Matthews Arts is located in the heart of Bellevue, in the
building at the corner of N. Balph Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.
12 N. Balph Ave
Bellevue, PA 15202
Last November the AARP hosted the Active Living Workshop
along with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
(WALC). The WALC Institute is as described on their website,
"an educational, non-profit organization working to create
healthy, connected communities that support active living
and that advance opportunities for all people through
walkable streets, livable cities and better built
environments. The Institute inspires, teaches, connects and
supports communities in their efforts to improve health and
well-being through better built environments."
After spending time in the communities of Bellevue and Avalon
and meeting with key stakeholders in our communities, Dan
Burden, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the WALC, and his
team presented a dynamic vision for the future of Avalon and
Bellevue and the Bellevue Lincoln Avenue corridor and shared
their expertise on how to make this vision a reality. They
consolidated their findings into a report which offers
recommendations on ways to improve walkability and livability in
our communities. Dan Burden comments within the report, "I found
your communities compelling, a good place to invest,
re-energize, to re-make, re-tool, to complete and make whole
again. I don't say this lightly as I have traveled all parts of
North America, having worked in 3,500 communities."
Report highlights include: Walking audit discoveries; Assessment
of existing conditions; Mid-term recommendations; and
Photo-Visualization: A Vision of Bellevue.
To view the report in its entirety visit:
The Active Living Woirkshop will reconvene on Thursday, March
22nd at the Avalon Public Library Conference Room, 317 South
Home Avenue from 10 AM to 11 AM or 6 PM to 7 PM.
To learn more about the Walkable and Livable Communities
Institute, please visit
The Bellevue Business District Advisory Committee is pleased to
announce Bite Bistro as the recipient of its
quarterly Downtown Recognition Award. Located at 565 Lincoln
Avenue, Bite Bistro occupies the same space its sister
restaurant, Vivo, resided in for 11 years. After their father,
Sam DiBattista, made the decision to relocate Vivo to Sewickley,
daughters Danina and Martina saw a great opportunity to have a
place of their own, and opened Bite Bistro in March 2011.
Thanks to its affordable, creative, and, most importantly,
delicious menu, Bite Bistro quickly earned praise from local
diners and food critics alike. The food is bistro style with a
lot of French influence; however, Danina is quick to add that
head chef, David Bulman, enjoys putting his own spin on things.
According to Danina, "The main goal with the food is that it is
fresh, tasty, and visually delicious." And that means food for
everyone; Bite Bistro always offers delectable vegetarian and
vegan options on their menu in addition to meat dishes. Finally,
embracing its BYOB status, Bite Bistro offers a wide variety of
unique "mixers" for diners to pair with their home-brought
Overall, Danina describes the vision for Bite Bistro this way,
"We want to see great seasonal items on the menu, in a setting
that is casual and fun." Bite Bistro brings the fun by hosting
live musical acts, comedy nights, and birthday parties among
other exciting events.
Lastly, Bite Bistro takes an interest in its local community.
This year, they served as one of the sponsors for Bellevue's
First Annual Artoberfest and also hosted the Artoberfest After
Party in Club Perque, Bite Bistro's lower level.
For more details about Bite Bistro, please visit
www.bistobite.com. Hours are: Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - 9pm, and
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 10pm. We strongly recommend that you
stop by and enjoy a "Bite!"
Second Quarter 2011
Business District Advisory Committee has chosen Classic Chevrolet as
its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient for 2011. Located at
500 Lincoln Avenue, the dealership is owned by Lee Corsello and has
been in Bellevue since 1950. It is one of the largest employers in
Bellevue with 45 employees. Classic Chevy has always been family
owned and operated; Lee has been the owner since 1980.
is currently talking with General Motors about putting in some
additions to the show room. Lee's favorite restaurant in Bellevue is
the Rusty nail and he believes Lincoln Bakery is the best bakery in
We are pleased
to have this longstanding business in our town and we salute Lee and
Classic Chevrolet for their commitment to Bellevue!
details, please call 412-734-5000. Hours are: Monday - Tuesday,
Thursday 9am to 9pm; Wednesday and Friday 9am to 5pm; Saturday 9am
First Quarter 2011
Business District Advisory Committee has chosen
Thai Suan Thip as its 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition
recipient for 2011.
Located at 172 Lincoln Avenue,
the restaurant opened in August 2010 and is named after a “heavenly
tropical garden” in Bangkok.
It has been widely praised as friendly, warm and welcoming.
Owners Jim and Salakjit (Joy) Gehr fell in love with Bellevue because it is a
walkable community; the people are friendly and nice and old style
architecture defines the downtown.
The cuisine is
excellent and authentic
Some of the most popular dishes are Drunken Noodle and Crispy Cashew
Chicken. With its many attributes, combined with moderate prices,
Thai Suan Thip attracts many customers in search of delicious Asian
food. For more details, please call 412-766-1899.
Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM; Monday through Thursday
from 4:30 to 9 PM
Friday and Saturday from
4:30 to 10 PM
Fourth Quarter 2010
The Bellevue Business District Advisory Committee has chosen the
first annual “Improve the Vue”
event as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient
for 2010. The first community day of caring, sponsored by the
Bellevue Initiative for Growth (BIG), was held on October 9th,
and was comprised of 236 volunteers working on numerous worthwhile
projects throughout Bellevue.
The event started with a Kick-Off-Celebration at 7 AM with coffee
and donuts and ended at
with food, music and door prizes. The day was a huge success and
projects included: painting a number of business facades on Lincoln
Avenue, painting curbs, breaking ground on a new recreational trail,
litter pick-up, weed-pulling, painting the Bayne Library conference
room, organizing the food pantry and painting the fence around the
Pastor Chuck Gohn of Bellevue Christian Church served as chairman of
Improve the Vue and organized the entire event with help from his
Helping Hands Committee members.
The Bellevue BDAC thanks everyone involved in
this exciting project for their generosity to the community and
their unselfish spirit of volunteerism!
Third Quarter 2010
Business District Advisory Committee has selected
Lincoln Bakery as its 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition
recipient for 2010. It is being recognized for its 65-year history
and Birthday celebration held on September 4th with
special promotions during Labor Day weekend.
1945, the very popular bakery is the oldest family-owned business on Lincoln Avenue.
It first opened at 543 Lincoln Avenue under the ownership of
Andrew Slezak, and twenty years ago, he sold it to his son-in-law
Joe Porco. Their buttercream icing is still made from scratch and
each season, they create novelty cake-shapes such as footballs,
hamburgers and watermelons. Recently, the bakery expanded by
knocking out a wall and adding two new cases.
The Bellevue BDAC
sends best wishes to Lincoln Bakery for many more years of “sweet
success” in our business district.
Second Quarter 2010
The Borough of
Bellevue is recognizing the following new businesses for having
chosen to locate in the business district in the past two years.
Through their investment in downtown Bellevue, they are helping
to build a stronger business district and community.
174 Lincoln Avenue
Muddy Cup Coffee House
541 Lincoln Avenue
8 Hawley Avenue
Rent A Center
600 Lincoln Avenue
Stew’s Hobbie Shop
555 Lincoln Avenue
566 Lincoln Avenue
Heirlooms Resale Shop
423 Lincoln Avenue
33 North Balph Avenue
405 Lincoln Avenue
Mike the Barber
423 Lincoln Avenue