Photo courtesy of Wigle Whiskey.

Giant Eagle launches Mobile Market

Giant Eagle is taking flight to food deserts.

The company recently launched its Mobile Market, an on-the-go store stocked with 250 grocery staples, including produce, dairy, meat and cheese. The trailer makes weekly stops in Pittsburgh neighborhoods without convenient access to fresh food, including Sheraden, Homewood, Larimer, Braddock and Rankin. In each community, Giant Eagle has partnered with an organization committed to fighting for the equitable rights of residents.

Inside the market, customers will find the same prices as in-store items and can earn exclusive loyalty rewards with an Advantage Card. Although cash is not accepted, patrons can pay with a debit or credit card, check or SNAP. A schedule is available online.

Drink beer, redd up

Cinderlands Beer Co. has joined Allegheny Cleanways and 3 Rivers Outdoor Company to spread awareness and eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County.

Throughout the spring, the group — collectively known as the 3 Rivers Conservation Crew — will host monthly cleanup events. The next environmentally friendly activity will take place on March 5 at the 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. space at 1130 S. Braddock Ave. in Regent Square. Customers can enjoy brews from Cinderlands while they shop. A $5 suggested donation goes entirely to Allegheny Cleanways.

Cinderlands will release two collaboration beers this spring: one in April to honor volunteer cleanup efforts and one in June to celebrate Pittsburgh’s outdoor spaces.

“I love that beer can be a gateway to doing good,” says Paul Schneider, partner and head brewer at Cinderlands. “We’ll call this a success when we can say that we’ve raised funds, signed up new volunteers, and told the Allegheny Cleanways story to our beer-loving Pittsburgh audience.”

Photo courtesy of SuLo XYZ.

Take charge with SuLo XYZ

VisitPITTSBURGH wants to get you charged up.

The organization has teamed up with Pittsburgh-based technology startup SuLo XYZ to deploy charging stations throughout Allegheny County.

The toaster-like power stations house eight portable chargers, each with lightning micro-USB and USB-C cables. SuLo’s tech allows a phone to be fully charged in 35 minutes. Users simply need to download the SuLo XYZ app then scan a QR code at a power station to receive a portable charger they can take with them. The chargers can be dropped off at any station.

The cost to rent a charger is $1.50 per hour (user pay the fee via the app), with a maximum daily cost; after three days, users are charged $36 to purchase the device. Businesses that house the charging stations receive 15 % of all net revenues.

Launched in November 2020 by University of Pittsburgh graduates, SuLo XYZ charging stations are available in 40 locations, including many Crazy Mocha coffee shops and throughout Pitt’s campus.

Wigle Whiskey celebrates its 10th anniversary with giveaways

It’s Wigle Whiskey’s 10th anniversary, but the company is the one giving gifts.

The Strip District-based distillery opened in 2012 after two years of lobbying the Pennsylvania legislature to allow spirit producers to sell alcohol in a retail storefront. Wigle was also the first distillery in the city since Prohibition.

To mark the milestone, Wigle is offering 10 Days of Giveaways via its social media channels to recognize some of the institutions that have made Pittsburgh the innovative, delicious and culturally rich city that it is today, including the National Aviary, DiAnoia’s Eatery, Carnegie Science Center, De Fer Coffee and Sarris Candies.

Every Wednesday and Saturday throughout March, Wigle’s social media team will share a one-of-a-kind giveaway. To participate, customers should follow @wiglewhiskey on Instagram and Facebook.

Street poets wanted in Oakland

The Oakland Business Improvement District is seeking submissions of original poetry that will be painted on public sidewalks this spring.

Up to 25 poems will be selected for the Oakland Sidewalk Poetry Program through March 15. No experience or prior publication is necessary to enter. Emerging or professional writers of any age are invited to submit their short poems for a chance to win a $100 stipend and have their words painted throughout the neighborhood.

For a full list of rules, visit OBID’s website.

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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.