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   Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Downtown Recognition Awards

Third Quarter 2010 

The Swissvale Business District Advisory Committee has chosen to recognize eight businesses that have opened in our downtown within the past three years.  These businesses are being honored for choosing to locate here, thereby demonstrating their commitment to our business district.  Through their investment in downtown Swissvale, they are helping to build a stronger business district and community. The Swissvale BDAC wishes them many years of continued success in our downtown. 

Art & Book Learning Center
2027 Noble Street

Premier Photo Works
7430 Washington Street 

Community Flower Shop
1703 Monongahela Avenue 

Skyblue 7 Gallery
1709 Monongahela Avenue 

GMK School of Dance
2027 Noble Street 

Illusions Studio
2006 Noble Street 

Get Nails
2012 Monongahela Avenue 

Street Level Clothing & More
2027 Noble Street

Second Quarter 2010

The Swissvale Business District Advisory Committee has named Sharon Ramsey its second quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient. Sharon attended West Penn Hospital School of Nursing and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has lived in Swissvale since 1977. Sharon enjoyed a 30 year career in nursing in the operating room of UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Upon her retirement from nursing Sharon says, “I was looking for something worthwhile to occupy my time.  I first became a user of the library and then a volunteer at their book and bake sales.  I was approached by a staff member who was looking for someone to rejuvenate the 'Friends of the Library" program.  I didn't know much about the group and even less about the library operations, but having a great love of books it seemed a good match for me.  Our group started very small and has grown to over 40 members in the last 3 years.  The more involved I have become with the library the more I have come to appreciate the staff and the invaluable service that they provide the community.  I see reading programs for young children, daily usage of the computers, a book and movie review group, a knitting group and many senior citizens making visits.  It is a vital hub for the entire community.”

Sharon has assisted in many neighbors and local residents becoming involved in the library. The group is now able to provide desperately needed extras for the library such as furniture, carpeting, a refrigerator, many books and movies for adults and children and countless other items.  Sharon says, “It is especially satisfying to the group to be able to see immediate changes in the physical environment and programs implemented for the children.” 

Sharon is hopeful that attention to the library will remind residents of the value and importance of the library to the community and the possibilities that it can provide to our youth in the future.  The building and staff are in place and need the support and attention that they deserve.  Federal, state and local budget cuts have had a big impact on the library system of Western Pennsylvania and thanks to many articles in local newspapers many library users have been happy to volunteer their services.  Everyone brings something unique to this organization.  The Friends of the Library organization is currently investigating ways to recycle unsold books from our book sales to local charity organizations.

The group’s goal is to continue to provide needed services to supplement the library and to support additional programs such as 'Summer Reading Programs' and children centered activities for the community.  “We have seen that a little effort from many people can have a large impact.  And, we all have fun making a difference.”

First Quarter 2010

Fr. John Lynam has been chosen for recognition for his revitalization of Madonna del Castello Roman Catholic parish as well as his unselfish spirit of volunteerism for the benefit of Swissvale.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Sweetie Sweetie Bakery - 1701 Monongahela Avenue

Located at the corner of Schoyer and Monongahela Avenue, this bakery is sure to delight the sweet tooth of any Swissvale resident.  Owned by Dave Green Sweetie Sweetie was located on S. Braddock Avenue in Regent Square for six years, Dave moved his bakery to Swissvale at the end of October 2007. 

Orders can be placed by stopping in a week or two ahead of time Dave can accommodate a myriad of requests including: Weddings, Birthdays, Holy Communions, Graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.  He also bakes cookie trays, fancy pastry trays, and breakfast pastry trays.  In the bakery customers can find an assortment of muffins, Danish, coffee cakes, puff pastry items and cookies, and whatever else Dave has time to bake on a given day.  Sweetie Sweetie also carries an assortment of Breadworks bread (which can be ordered in advance). 

Hours are Friday 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until there isn’t a crumble remaining, usually around 1:00 p.m. 

The next time you are passing by don’t just smell the sweetness in the air stop in and enjoy the heavenly goodness Sweetie Sweetie has to offer.

Third Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Krohmaly’s was founded in 1957 by Arnold Krohmaly of North Braddock.  Arnold was born in North Braddock and as a young child he returned to Slovakia.  Arnold studied printing in Presov, Slovakia.  He then returned to Pittsburgh, PA where he opened his first printing business in the basement of his home on McDonugh Avenue in North Braddock.  Shortly after he rented property on Woodstock Avenue in Swissvale and developed a printing business that he hoped one day would grow.  Several years later in 1961 he was introduced to additional property on Washington Avenue> He built his printing shop and from there you could walk into this business and see Arnold and his son print on his historic Linotype, Heidelberg and Printing Presses. 

Since then, Krohmaly’s has changed with the times. Bob and his wife Patti went digital and upgraded the printing equipment.  Their business continues to grow – they have branched out into the sign business and gratefully are maintaining steady business through these tough economic times.  Krohmaly’s provides a full range of printing services to fit every budget. In most cases, jobs can be emailed to Krohmaly’s.  A proof is then emailed to the client for approval, and before you know it, your printing job has been shipped to your business - - all without you having to leave the office. 

Bob and Patti are community minded people who assist with printing jobs for numerous non-profit agencies within the borough and support the many local youth and borough related activities.  Swissvale is proud to have Krohmaly’s Printing in the community for over 50 years.

Second Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

The 12th annual Easter Egg Hunt took place at Memorial Park on Saturday April 11th. The 150 children who participated were instructed to limit themselves to 5 eggs and to continue hunting for "special" eggs for larger prizes.  After finding and turning in their eggs the children were to go to the prize tables to pick out 15 prizes. They were also treated to some drinks and a chance to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar and win all 407 beans and a stuffed rabbit.  The Easter Bunny arrived on the Fire Truck, met with the children, handed out candy and stayed for photos.

The Swissvale Crime Watch sponsors the event along with the Borough of Swissvale, Swissvale Fire Department and Police Department.

Parents were asked to bring a canned good donation for the local food bank, and over 100 cans were delivered to Word of God food bank.15 volunteers helped hide eggs, and pass out prizes.

First Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Swissvale's 12th Annual Light Up Night has been chosen, along with the many committee members and volunteers who worked together to make it such an outstanding event. Mele & Sons Landscaping donated the tree, which was beautifully decorated by area school students.  Council President Dave Petrarca served as emcee at the lighting of the Menora and the Christmas Tree. 
Swissvale Crimewatch and the VFD sponsored a hayride. Refreshments came in the form of pizza, donated by Veltre's Pizza and hot chocolate and popcorn, donated by the VFD.  The evening concluded with the singing of carols around the tree.

Fourth Quarter 2008 Downtown Recognition:

The Swissvale Business District Advisory Committee honors the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient.span>The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association partnered with the Borough on Saturday, November 14 to plant 8 new trees on McCague Street. More than 30 volunteers, most of them 12-14 years old from the Word of God school, got wet and dirty on that drizzly morning. Lots of hard work and dedication brought about this downtown improvement.

Swissvale Borough is delighted to honor the outstanding businesses and leaders who are committed to the vitality of Downtown Swissvale.

The following businesses have demonstrated their commitment to our community, and to the importance of maintaining a strong central business district for our residents, by electing to locate in our downtown for ten or more years. As a component of the Allegheny Together Program, Recognition Awards will be given to these outstanding businesses and leaders in the pilot towns. (During this pilot year, the Allegheny Together program is focusing their efforts on a preliminary
core study area of our downtown, see details below.)

The Borough of Swissvale congratulates the following businesses that have enjoyed ten or more years of success in our core business district.

Collins & Collins Attorneys
Eye Care for You
Pixie Studio
The Copy Stop
J.R.’s Restaurant
William Price & Associates
Greater Pittsburgh Dating Consultants
Krohmaly’s Printing
Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home
Ross Grana, DMD
Pittsburgh Laundry Systems
Dinardo’s Haircutting & Styling
T’s Restaurant & Lounge
Veltre’s Pizza
Craig & Craig
Construction Engineering Consultants
Swissvale Bowl-A-Rama
Swissvale Market
OK McCloy Awnings, Inc.
Swissvale Music
Murry’s Café
Dairy Mart
Hohman’s Cleaners
Hair Extrordinarie
Dr. Iannuzzi
Caplan Engineering
Auto Pride Auto Parts
Foxtrot Dance Studio
Master’s Hardware
Sunoco A+ Mini Market
Automotive Service
David M. Russell, M.Ed.
Dragonworks Artistic Tattooing

The Borough of Swissvale congratulates the following businesses that have opened in our core business district within the last 2 years.

A Child's World Day Care Services                         Pro Cut
Attorney Amy Liska                                                 Pro Style Construction, Inc.
GMK School of Dance                                             Rebound Antiques
Hair Extraordinaire                                                 Shades of Beauty Salon
Matrix Management Company                                The Barber's Inn
Paula's Beauty Salon


While efforts were made to ensure that all eligible recipients are included in this list, we apologize if your business was inadvertently excluded. Please send your contact information to Town Center Associates at or call us 412-577-7447 and we'll be sure to include you in the next newsletter. To be eligible for the recognition awards, your business must be located in the Preliminary Core Study Area (Noble Street, Roslyn, Waverly and Washington Streets) and have been in operation in the downtown for ten or more years.