BEST OF NORTHSIDE SMALL BUSINESSES
ANNUAL READER’S CHOICE AWARDS
WINNERS OF 2019

Best Gift Shop          

#1 Wagsburgh

#2 TIE The Farmer’s

Daughter Flowers and City of Asylum Bookstore

#3 The Warhol Store @

Warhol Museum

Best Jewelry Store

#1 Mustard & Relics

# Laverty Jewelry & Gifts

#3 Annex

Best Vintage Store

#1 Mustard & Relics

#2 Get Hip Records

#3 TIE City Books &

The Government Center

Best Lifestyle Store

#1 Wagsburgh

#2 Lynn & Barrett

#3 Annex

Best T-shirt Shop

#1 North Shore Tee

#2 Armory Print Works (formerly 3E Studios)

#3 Alphabet City

Best Record Store

#1 Get Hip Records

#2 The Government Center

Best Bike Shop

#1 Bicycle Heaven

#2 Bear Dog Bicycles

Best Book Store

#1 City of Asylum Bookstore

#2 City Books

Best Camera Store

#1 Bernie’s Photo Center

Best Hardware Store           

#1 Mueller’s Hardware

Best Pet Store

#1 Wagsburgh

Best Pharmacy         

#1 Waltmire Pharmacy

Best Dentist

#1 TIE Dr. Dan Strinkoski and Northside Dental

Best Chiropractor    

#1 Observatory Hill Chiropractic

#2 Kropf Chiropractic

#3 Phillips Family Chiropractic

Best Pet Service

#1 Wagsburgh

#2 Humane Animal Rescue

#3 Doggone Delightful

Best Laundromat

#1 Brighton Cafe

#2 Old Towne Laundry

#3 Troy Hill Coin Laundry

Best Cleaning Service

#1 Dirt Doctors Cleaning Services

Best Bed & Breakfast Hotel

#1 The Priory Hotel

#2 The Inn on the Mexican War Streets

#3 The Parador Inn

Best Contractor        

#1 Mr. Renovation, Chris Waraks

#2 Detailed Properties, Josh Nard

#3 Team Properties, Guy Schutzes

Best Auto Garage     

#1 Lockhart Tire

#2 Northside Auto

#3 Ray Walsh Auto

Best Bank      

#1 SSB Bank

#2 First National Bank

#3 Wesbanco

Best Insurance Agent          

#1 Cassie Turner, Liberty Mutual Insurance

#2 TIE Wayne Alling, Alling Agency – Nationwide

Insurance and Jean E Koch Insurance

#3 T Rankin Agency, State Farm Insurance

Best Real Estate Agent

#1 Brian Larson, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

#2 Jessica Baker, Your Town Realty

#3 Danielle Graham Robinson, Exp Realty

Best Flower Shop     

#1 The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers

#2 Johanna’s Garden

#3 Root Sellar at Mayfly Market

Best Food Market

#1 Tom Friday’s Market

#2 Farmer’s Market in Allegheny Commons

#3 Mayfly Market & Deli

Best Makeup/Stylist Service

#1 Bellevue Beauty Bar & Spa (Troy Hill)

#2 Pearl Perfecting Studio

#3 Makup By Bo

Best Nail Salon         

#1 Pearl Perfecting Studio

#2 Ambiance Nail & Hair Gallery

#3 Nails Today

Best Hair Salon or Barber Shop

#1 The Humble Barber Co.

#2 Motive Salon

#3 Steel City Cutz

Best Health & Wellness Business

#1 California Cycle Path

#2 Pittsburgh Acupuncture & Massageworks

#3 Wagsburgh

Best Fitness Business  

#1 California Cycle Path

#2 Pittsburgh Acupuncture & Massageworks

#3 Allegheny YMCA

Best Breakfast Spot 

#1 California Coffee Bar

#2 Kaffeehaus

#3 TIE Lindos Restaurant and Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe

Best Coffee/Tea Spot

#1 California Coffee Bar

#2 Kaffeehaus

# Commonplace Coffee

Best Vegetarian or Vegan Dish Spot          

#1 Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

#2 Bistro To Go

#3 El Burro

Best Lunch Spot       

#1 Peppi’s

#2 TIE Kaffeehaus and

California Coffee Bar

#3 TIE Max’s Allegheny Tavern and Federal Galley

Best Dinner Spot

#1 Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

#2 Max’s Allegheny Tavern

#3 Legend’s Eatery

Best Catering Service 

#1 Bistro To Go

#2 Max’s Allegheny Tavern

#3 Chateau Cafe & Cakery

Best Craft Drink Spot

#1 Bier’s Pub
#2 Allegheny City Brewing

#3 Penn Brewery

Best Happy Hour     

#1 Bier’s Pub

#2 Federal Galley

#3 Max’s Allegheny Tavern

Best Beer Distributor 

#1 East Street Distributor

#2 Northside Beer

#3 Caruso Beer Distribution

Best Brewery

#1 War Streets Brewing at Bier’s Pub

#2 Penn Brewery

#3 Allegheny City Brewing

Best Bar for Good Drinks, Good Food, and Good People   

#1 Bier’s Pub

#2 Monterey Pub

#3 TIE Allegheny City Brewing and Max’s Allegheny Tavern

Best Pizza Spot         

#1 Badamo’s Pizza

#2 Giorgio’s Place

#3 TIE Frank’s Pizza and Chubby’s Pizza & Hoagies

Best Bakery  

#1 BreadWorks

#2 Prior Fine Pastries

#3 Kaffeehaus

Best Pastry Shop

#1 Priory Fine Pastries

#2 Kaffeehaus

#3 Chateau Cafe & Cakery

Best Venue for Live Music             

#1 Elks Lodge #339

#2 Park House

#3 City of Asylum @ Alphabet City®

Best Venue for Visual or Performing Arts

#1 New Hazlett Theater

#2 City of Asylum @ Alphabet City®

#3 Artist Image Resource

Best Museum

#1 Randyland

#2 Andy Warhol Museum

#3 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Best Members Lodge or Group

#1 Allegheny Elks Lodge #339

#2 Teutonia Männerchor

#3 Northside Rotary Club

Best Caterer or Event Planner

#1 Bistro To Go

#2 Cool Beans Food Truck by Legend’s Eatery

#3 Cafe on the Corner

Best Marketing Service  

#1 Armory Print Works

#2 Pipitone Group

#3 EM Media

Best Print Service

#1 Minuteman Press

#2 EM Media

#3 Armory Print Works


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Thank you readers & a very special thank you to the small business owners, employees, patrons, friends, and families who endeavor to make the Northside a vibrant community every day. All of the businesses listed here by the readers are anchors in their neighborhood’s business district. Whether the business has served the Northside for decades, or is just starting up, their investment in each residents life to provide meaningful goods or services is invaluable. Support them however you can, whenever you can. -Lauren Stauffer, Business Manager