Pittsburgh is for lovers

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the personal finance website WalletHub says Pittsburgh is one of 2022’s Best Places for Valentine’s Day.

Pittsburgh came in 15th on the site’s list of romantic yet affordable cities based on 27 metrics, ranging from florists per capita to the cost of a three-course meal for two. Our lovely city landed in the Top 10 for Chocolate Shops per Capita (No. 7), Jewelry Stores per Capita (6th) and Greeting Card Stores & Gift Shops per Capita (4th).

Yelp names gi-jin one of the country’s best restaurants

Yelp reviewers have spoken and have declared that gi-jin is one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2022.

Located Downtown at 208 6th St., Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group’s Japanese hand roll and gin bar is one of only five Pennsylvania eateries to make the list and the only restaurant based in Pittsburgh. Yelp asked its users to submit restaurants they can’t wait to return to in 2022. The site’s data science team then looked at the ratings, the number of reviews and the volume of submissions to determine its Top 100 list. gi-jin also made our roundup of the area’s 21 best new restaurants.

Photo courtesy of YaJagoff! and Nacho Girls PGH.

Go on a nacho hunt, win prizes

The season is over for the Steelers, but you can still celebrate by participating in the Nacho Average Super Bowl party catered by local bloggers YaJagoff! and Nacho Girls PGH.

Leading up to the big game, you can hunt for “hidden nachos” at various businesses around town. Snap a selfie with the artwork and tag YaJagoff! and Nacho Girls PGH in your Instagram post. You will be entered to win prizes including gift cards, treats, beer, glassware and snacks (including nachos) from dozens of participating local businesses.

The winner will be chosen on Feb. 9 and the winning package will be delivered on Feb. 13.

Take a survey, improve local parks

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is seeking feedback from park users for a SMART Parks Project. By taking an online survey, you can help the nonprofit organization identify ways that technology can be utilized to improve park maintenance, management and overall experience.

Photo courtesy of Bakery Square.

Bakery Square clothing drive

Start 2022 by reducing, renewing and recycling your wardrobe.

East Liberty’s Bakery Square will hold a clothing drive through Feb. 28 to benefit Thriftique, a retail store in Lawrenceville that provides employment opportunities for at-risk women and young adults with special needs. Donations of new and gently used clothing can be dropped off at the Bakery Square Offices One, Two and Three or the Conservatory.

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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.