Mancini’s Bakery debut’s Frosty the Doughman

A dough storm is brewing at Mancini’s Bakery.

For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh institution will display Christmas bread creations during holiday operating hours. A 7-foot, 200-pound snowman made out of Italian rolls and twists will be set up outside of the McKees Rocks store at 601 Woodward Ave. A slightly smaller version will occupy the Strip District location at 1717 Penn Ave. through the New Year.

It took seven Mancini’s workers to move baked goods in and out of the oven. The bread will be recycled through continued community partnerships with local food banks and nonprofits.

Goodlander Cocktail Brewery open for on-site imbibing

For the first time since it opened for to-go service last spring, customers can have a drink at Goodlander Cocktail Brewery in Larimer. Cocktail hours and takeout are offered from 2 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Curbside pickup is available from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 6614 Hamilton Ave.

Patrons must be of legal drinking age, vaccinated and ready to show proof of both.

Throw axes, sip mead in Cranberry

Want to party like a Viking? KingView Mead, which recently opened its long-awaited Mt. Lebanon taproom, debuted a third location at LumberjAxes Axe Throwing at Cranberry Mall in Cranberry Township. The site at 20111 Route 19 has 10 KingView offerings on tap, plus 10 Pennsylvania-made beers and a full bar of liquor made in the commonwealth.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council awards $48K to 24 local creative entrepreneurs

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council awarded $48,000 to 24 Western Pennsylvania creative entrepreneurs to support their general business operations. The first distribution of funds from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program, the grants range from $500 to $2,000 and go toward starting or operating a creative business in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene and Washington counties.

In addition to grants, all applicants receive free consultation services from local small business development organizations such as Bridgeway Capital, Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh.

“The creative economy drives our community’s identity and culture,” says Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain. “We are thrilled to support these recipients who have grown their businesses and have evolving plans to bring their creative work to this region.”