Photo courtesy of The Scarehouse.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision,” said Andrew Carnegie. “It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

And in these trying times, cooperation is key. So we are happy to take note of the many collaborations between local businesses and organizations. Here are some fun, often tasty, partnerships that serve as shining examples of what makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh.

Ol’ Andrew would be proud.

Photo courtesy of Spoonwood Brewing Company.

Spoonwood Brewing Company and Bethel Bakery

Now you can have your cake and drink it, too.

Spoonwood Brewing Company recently debuted a crème ale called Lemon Glazed. To make the beer, they threw malted barley, oats, milk sugar, lemon puree and yellow cake from Bethel Bakery into the tank. The result is a quaffable, summertime refreshment that clocks in at six percent alcohol by volume.

Photo courtesy of Sarris Candies.

Sarris Candies and Schneider’s Dairy

Sarris Candies and Schneider’s Dairy mixed their sweets expertise into Chocolate Milkshake milk.

Found on store shelves throughout Western Pennsylvania, the decadent drink contains Sarris chocolate, a local favorite for more than 50 years. They’re moo-ving fast, so grab a pint before they’re gone.

Photo courtesy of ScareHouse.

Kennywood and ScareHouse

With the help of fright experts from the ScareHouse, Kennywood officials evicted Garfield from the Old Mill site and welcomed back the ride’s former tenants — Day-Glo skeletons and other things that go bump in the night.

ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons says he’s been wanting to re-theme the 100-year-old attraction for ages.

“I believe it’s the first creepy ride I ever actually encountered as a child back in the ‘70s and thus, it holds a very significant place in my dark, little heart,” he says.

The decision to overhaul the Old Mill for 2020 wasn’t made until relatively late in Kennywood’s off-season, says Nick Paradise, the park’s director of public relations. With a lot of other projects on the to-do list, he gladly accepted Simmons’ offer to help.

Old Mill has changed a lot over the years, and guests floating through will notice playful nods to its various incarnations.

“We’re very happy with how things went, and from all the feedback, sounds like our guests are, as well,” Paradise says.

Photo courtesy of Sinful Sweets.

Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company and CBD Knowledge Centers

Be bad, order dessert. It’s good for you!

Liberty Avenue’s Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company just rolled up with CBD Knowledge Centers to create milk or dark chocolate bars, truffle packs, edible cookie dough and gummies that are both healthy and indulgent. Cannabis, after all, has been used to treat pain for thousands of years. This partnership just sweetens the deal.

Photo courtesy of DiAnoia’s Eatery.
Photo courtesy of DiAnoia’s Eatery.

DiAnoia’s Eatery, Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Hungry Grl Big City

Indulge in dessert for a good cause.

Millie’s threw chewy chunks of Italian rainbow cookies from DiAnoia’s Eatery into its raspberry ice cream
to create a frozen treat that’s Hungry Grl Big City-approved.

The limited-edition flavor can be purchased at all Millie’s locations, DiAnoia’s Eatery, Pizzeria Davide and local Giant Eagle Market District stores. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Black Urban Gardeners & Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Eat’n Park and The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

On June 10, Kelilah the California sea lion gave birth to a pup at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

To make this blissful event even happier, the zoo partnered with Eat’n Park to name the bundle of joy Smiley, after the restaurant chain’s iconic cookie.

“We like to make people smile and sea lions are pretty good at that, too,” says Kevin O’Connell, Eat’n Park’s chief marketing officer. “Smiley’ seemed like the perfect name to share with the new pup.”

Visitors can see Smiley at the zoo’s Kids Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Pickle Co.

Pittsburgh Pickle Co. and Tattoo Artist Sara Eve Rivera

Pittsburgh Pickle Co. needed a bold label to represent its Bloody Mary mix, Briney Mary, so they hired Sara Eve Rivera of PMA Tattoo to design the bottle art.

The mermaid mascot seduced judges at the third annual Drunken Tomato Awards, an international Bloody Mary competition, racking up two platinum medals. The spicy libation also won the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Pittsburgh Bloody Mary Festival.

Briney Mary is sold in every Giant Eagle Market District location in the state, and by the end of July you will find it in all 32 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores around the Burgh. Like a tattoo, it’ll be a permanent part of your life.

Photo courtesy of Steel City.

Steel City and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, especially when you see folks wearing Mister Rogers-inspired gear.

Local clothing company Steel City hopped on a trolley to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and came back with a line of apparel that celebrates Fred and his merry band of puppets.

Order online for a speedy delivery.

Folks from Couch Brewery, Abjuration Brewing and First Sip Brew Box created a Black Is Beautiful Stout. Photo by Sammie Guy.

Couch Brewery, Abjuration Brewing and First Sip Brew Box

On July 12, two local beer-makers and First Sip Brew Box poured their collective talents into a beverage that supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

Folks from Couch Brewery, Abjuration Brewing and the Pittsburgh-based monthly beer swag subscription service created a Black Is Beautiful Stout. Starting with a base recipe used by brewers across the country, they put their own spin on it by amping up the chocolate and orange flavors and lowering the alcohol by volume content to 7 percent. It will be available in cans at the end of July at Couch Brewery and Abjuration Brewing.

The Black Is Beautiful initiative — which has been embraced by multiple local breweries — is a global attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Organizers ask that all brewers donate 100 percent of the beer’s proceeds to local foundations that support equality and inclusion.

Dennis Guy, who co-owns First Sip Brew Box with his wife, Sammie, says they’re working to find a local charity.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.