The Market Kitchen’s Kickstarter has two days left
The Market Kitchen, a shared kitchen space at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District, has less than two days to go on the Kickstarter campaign it launched to raise its final $10,000.

The kitchen, which will look to occupy about 1,600 square feet in what is currently one of the market’s delivery bays, will provide users with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including combi-ovens, convection ovens, hoods, stoves and commercial mixers.

Kelly James, former owner and chef of Sugar Café in Dormont, is on-board the project as kitchen manager.

As of this morning, the project is just over $3,000 short of its goal.

Pittsburgh to host 2016 League of Cities conference
It’s not quite the G20, but maybe that’s a good thing.

The National League of Cities announced on Friday that it will hold its 2016 Congress of Cities and Exposition right here. The NLC’s board of directors chose Pittsburgh after a vote at their annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

The conference will bring thousands of local elected officials, investment and planning professionals and related staff to Pittsburgh from November 16 to 19 in 2016.

This year’s conference, the theme of which is “The Future of Cities,” is being held in Austin, Texas.

Amazon opening West End distribution center
Seattle-based Internet retailer Amazon will take over 250,000 square feet in the former Roomful Express warehouse in the West End to open what it calls a “sort center.” The Amazon installation will create around 100 jobs and assume all remaining space in the building which isn’t already being used by fellow internet retailer ModCloth.

The facility will be used to sort and consolidate customer orders based on final destination in an effort to expedite shipping.

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all of the editorial meetings light-hearted and interesting. His interests include sorting books, looking at old things and candles which smell like old-growth pine forests.