Downtown Recognition Awards
Business District Advisory Committee wishes to recognize
Diversity, a new addition to downtown Dormont
since November 2012. Owners Buddy and Michelle Hall opened their
shop on Black Friday and have been enjoying bringing a host of
unique and diverse products to the area.
opened the store with the primary intention of selling
electronic cigarettes. Buddy, a longtime smoker, tried
electronics cigarettes himself and became sold on this great
alternative which he says comes with all of the enjoyment and
none of the unhealthy side effects of traditional cigarette
smoking. Diversity sells the electronic cigarettes, kits,
regular strength fluid, and many flavorings such as root beer
and tooti fruiti. Electronic cigarettes convert the liquid into
a vapor. "You still have nicotine but none of the negative side
effects and carcinogens found in the burning process," explains
Buddy. "Additionally, there is a substantial cost savings in
vaping versus smoking. An average smoker spends about $210 per
month on cigarettes versus $15 per month for the needed fluids
for the same amount of vaping," says Buddy.
If you are walking by Diversity, you might think it's a music
store. The Hall's also sell guitars on consignment. These custom
guitars are the work of music enthusiast, Don Oriolo and are
adorned with the logo of Felix the Cat. Felix is a 90 year old
cartoon character to which Mr. Oriolo owns the rights.
Additionally, the store sells Divine Scentsations candles,
incense, Himalayan salt lamps, scarves, pashminas, jewelry,
local music CDs, and other local handmade items. A space is
reserved for a different local artist each month to display and
sell his/her craft. The Halls' make this space available to
local artists and all profits from these sales go directly to
If all that
Diversity offers isn't enough, they also feature in-store, free
concerts. Recent performances have included Liz Berlin of Rusted
Root, and Jesse Hall and Bear Cub. Upcoming on February 22nd,
you can come out and hear Scott Blasey of The Clarks performing
live at 7:30 PM.
For stores hours, phone, and more information
about Diversity and its products, please visit
We are happy
to feature "A
Taste of Dormont", Dormont Main Streets' Annual
Reds, Whites, & Blues for its great
contribution to our community and business district. The event
which was held in September was an exciting, fun-filled,
successful time as always. The festival included some of the
area's finest eateries, local wineries, and breweries including
as many local businesses as possible. Sensational entertainment
was provided by the Good Guys Duo as well as other local talent.
is organized by Dormont Main Street, a non-profit organization
dedicated to the revitalization efforts of the Dormont business
district. This year's proceeds were earmarked to help with the
necessary match to continue Dormont's participation in the
Allegheny Together program.
On behalf of our community, congratulations and
thanks are extended to all who or organized, sponsored, and
participated in A Taste of Dormont.
Business District Advisory Committee (BDAC) is pleased to
feature Dormont Appliance Centers this quarter
as its featured Downtown Recognition Recipient.
Appliance Center opened its doors on West Liberty Avenue shortly
after World War II. Now owned by Craig and Alan Scheimer, it was
founded by Buz Scheimer (their father). The early days featured
a small store which controlled costs for its customers. The
present day big box store mentality requires providing all the
new major appliances. To be able to provide the best products at
the best prices, Dormont Appliance works with over 7,000 other
stores around the country in the Nationwide Buying Association.
Appliance Center employs trained professional career salespeople
who are familiar with Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Washers &
Dryers, Cooking Products, etc. from over 25 Brands. Dormont
Appliance is committed to serving Dormont and the surrounding
area by supporting many Local Organizations. The new, very
attractive, store front façade shows they intend to be around
Dormont for the foreseeable future providing quality products
that we all need and use on a daily basis.
Stop in and
see the friendly staff where they continue a tradition started
by its founder of offering a refreshing beverage to their
customers while they shop.
In November of
2009, a little shoppe blossomed in Dormont. Cassandra's
Florals opened its doors, and has taken on the task of
beautifying Dormont's storefronts!
A full service
florist, Cassandra's Florals caters to your every need,
providing Cinderella-special treatment every time. With this
approach, Cassandra offers an entire package that can't be
matched by the big box stores - she gives customer service and
special attention, conveying a story with each arrangement she
creates. Her designs cater to fresh floral creations, and
include baskets and arrangements, funerals, weddings and
more. Her wedding approach is "full service", meaning that she
will contract only one wedding per day, including pinning on
corsages and making sure the vision is perfect for the bride and
Cassandra Gillen was awarded the Business Woman of the Year
Award by the Women's Small Business Association (WSBA). This
organization was founded by Susan Miller, a local businesswoman
who saw the need for women to support other women in our area.
The WSBA includes Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Butler
Counties, and provides a networking opportunity that helps women
promote their businesses and succeed.
Cassandra's Florals also won the Dormont-Brookline Patch Winners
Choice Award for Best Florist in our Area, selected by Patch
Cassandra's Florals is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through
Saturday, and 9am to 2pm on Sunday, and is available 24/7 by
calling (412) 531-1770. For more information, contact
Cassandra's Florals by phone, through Facebook or Linked
In. You can also enjoy her weekly blogs on the Patch!
A note from Cassie: My
personal motto is "treat others as you would want to be
treated". I try to carry that over to my customer service in
the store. I really believe this is important, because I want
everyone to feel special.
The Dormont Business District Advisory Committee is pleased to
feature Sugar Café as its quarterly downtown recognition recipient. Sugar
Café, located on Potomac Avenue in the heart of Dormont, is a
vibrant, welcoming place to get comforting breakfasts, artisan
sandwiches, slow cooked soups, fresh local salads, and La Prima
coffee. Local restaurant critics have touted the 24-seat café,
painted in bright turquoise hues, as a prime spot for brunch.
Most recently, fans voted Sugar as one of Pittsburgh's best
bakeries in a readers' poll in Pittsburgh Magazine. The café is
also home to coffee zealots who enjoy bottomless cups of Sugar's
very own blend of La Prima coffee and free Wi-Fi. Of course, no
one can forget the delicious homemade pastries and desserts
produced from scratch daily.
The wildly popular breakfast and weekend brunches serve up such
items as cinnamon French toast with caramelized bananas,
homemade granola, smoked salmon bagel sandwiches, and oatmeal
with honey, toasted almonds, candied ginger, and blueberries.
Daily, the café also makes fruit and streusel muffins, biscotti,
and cream scones to enjoy in the dining room or to take home. On
the weekends, Sugar Café serves breakfast all day and offers
unconventional specials. Lunch offerings include hand-carved
turkey and ham sandwiches, grilled vegetable wraps, salads, and
homemade soups. Sugar's bakers are hard at work every day
creating delectable treats in their mezzanine-level pastry
studio and the seasonal selection changes daily. Examples of
their most coveted desserts include lemon pound cake, assorted
cupcakes like the Irish Car Bomb (dark chocolate stout cake
soaked in whisky with Bailey's butter cream frosting), bread
pudding, Grand Marnier cheesecake, chocolate chip and sugar
cookies, French macaroons, and chocolate tarts. Pittsburgh
Magazine summed it up best: "Is it any wonder that this small
café, which opened last year, instantly earned the love of local
In the community, Sugar Café's charitable contributions
include pastry donations to SIDS of Pennsylvania, Make a Wish
Foundation, and Variety the Children's Charity. They also hosted
a soup dinner for hunger relief benefitting Just Harvest with
bowls crafted by local artists. On February 23, 2012, Sugar Café
hosted a book signing party with local author, Lindsay Smith,
with proceeds furthering the Strong Women, Strong Girls
Organization. Upcoming plans for 2012 include an Alice and
Wonderland themed tea party slated for March, the highly
anticipated evening of culinary delights at the sixth annual
Taste of Dormont, and Dormont's beloved October Street Fair.
Sugar Café is open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Giovanni's Pizza & Pasta
is located at 3047 West Liberty Avenue. Although, this location
has only been around for a few years it is a very popular spot.
Giovanni's is a great business in Dormont. The owner is always
around the restaurant, making sure everything is right!
Giovanni's makes their own dough and everything is made fresh
daily. They are well-known for their cheese twists among other
popular favorites. Giovanni's is a family-oriented restaurant
with quality food and a great atmosphere.
always helping out the local community by providing wonderful
food to many Dormont events, and the prices are unbeatable!
Anyone that hasn't tried it yet must do so very soon!
The Dormont Business District Advisory Committee is pleased to
acknowledge Giovanni's Pizza and Pasta as this quarter's
featured downtown recognition. For more information, you can
reach Giovanni's at 412-344-6622 or visit their website at