Downtown Recognition Awards
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
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
2006 Noble Street
2012 Monongahela Avenue
Street Level Clothing & More
2027 Noble Street
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
Upon her retirement from nursing
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.”
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
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
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:
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
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).
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
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
Arnold studied printing in
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
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
and his son print on his historic Linotype, Heidelberg and Printing Presses.
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
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
Annual Light Up Night has been chosen, along with the many committee
members and volunteers who worked together to make it such an
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
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.
Quarter 2008 Downtown Recognition:
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
Collins & Collins Attorneys
Eye Care for You
The Copy Stop
William Price & Associates
Greater Pittsburgh Dating Consultants
Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home
Ross Grana, DMD
Pittsburgh Laundry Systems
Dinardo’s Haircutting & Styling
T’s Restaurant & Lounge
Craig & Craig
Construction Engineering Consultants
OK McCloy Awnings, Inc.
Auto Pride Auto Parts
Foxtrot Dance Studio
Sunoco A+ Mini Market
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
Attorney Amy Liska
Pro Style Construction, Inc.
GMK School of Dance
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.