This week in NEXT Up, we follow Eileen French, a partner at Revive Marketing Group. Celebrating its 5th anniversary this winter, the local boutique advertising agency is based in the Merging Media Building in Terminal Way on the South Side. A resident of Point Breeze, Eileen is engaged to Patrick Jordan of barebones productions. Find out who is often mistaken as Eileen’s sister, where her real sister teaches yoga and which cool spots she and her fiancée will hit during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.
Monday August 11
It’s the first full day of one of my favorite weeks of the summer…#SharkWeek on the Discovery Channel! After a long day of work, my fiancée Patrick (Jordan) and I will pick up a pizza from Spak Brothers (among the Penn Avenue construction detours) in Garfield. Then we’ll pour some glasses of our favorite Enginehouse 25 wine, made right here in Lawrenceville, and settle in for a night of being terrified/ horrified/ educated/ fascinated.
Tuesday August 12
I get to kick off the day with some of my favorite people in the city, Grow Pittsburgh, at their offices in Larimer to talk about their upcoming fundraiser. Then, I’ll swing over to Station Street to pick up some of their salmon Pokē for lunch and then back to the grind. At 5:30, I am meeting up with the ladies of EatPgh to catch up over cocktails to discuss some upcoming projects. After Happy Hour, I’ll go up to Mt. Washington for dinner with Patrick and some of our friends at Altius. We really wanted to take advantage of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week and the Altius tasting menu looks fantastic!
Wednesday August 13
In the morning I’ll tour Stage AE for Pierogi Fest, then hightail it over to Youth Places to meet my buddy Christina French (Editor of Table Magazine, often mistaken as my sister … or as me (we always get a good laugh out of it!), to tour their facility on the North Side for an upcoming BBQ event. After that, I want to pop into the Table Magazine headquarters for a quick tour of their new offices. Next, I’ll head over to the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip to meet my business partners and grab a quick lunch at the Food Truck Round Up; I love the Taco Truck’s tacos, they can be surprisingly light. After lunch, we are off to celebrate the departure of the best intern of all time, Aidan Meyer. It’s his last day before returning to school so we are taking him to Sandcastle for the afternoon. Nothing says “Thank you for your professionalism and hard work” like cheese fries and bathing suits! Later that night, if I’m not too wiped out from Sandcastle, I may try to convince Patrick to join me for the Rooftop Shindig happening downtown on the roof of the Theater Square Garage. This week they are screening Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Thursday August 14th
A day of meetings with the world’s coolest clients and then heading over to Washington’s Landing for a client walk-through of another upcoming project. Then, after an afternoon of mind-melting paperwork, I’ll reward myself with some hot yoga at 5:30, taught by my amazing sister Rachel at Yoga Flow in Aspinwall. On the way home, I will swing through Highland Park to see my friend Jeffrey Smith (of Jeffrey Smith Studio in Lawrenceville) and get a quick tour of his new salon which is opening in late fall in Highland Park on Bryant Street. Then, back home for some evening play-time in the yard with my border collie, Cosmo.
Friday August 15
Patrick and I will head to another restaurant to celebrate Pittsburgh Restaurant Week for dinner around 6 p.m., probably Root 174 which is one of our favorite spots in town, or Matteo’s in Lawrenceville which also has a tasting menu for PRW. We have been wanting to check out Row House Cinema and have been talking about doing a double feature because one of my favorite movies (The Great Outdoors with John Candy) and one of his favorite movies (Wet Hot American Summer) are playing back to back that night. After the movie(s), we might swing by Cantina for the Gold Series and to have a few salty citrusy micheladas to end the night.
Saturday August 16th
I’ll start the day with a healthy morning power breakfast at Square Café. I love their egg white omelets with fresh veggies. After breakfast, it’s back to work and off to The Waterfront to prepare for the final installment of the Summer Music & Marketplace Series, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Then, a quick change and heading across the river to the “Save the Carrie Deer” event at Carrie Furnace. I have been looking forward to this for months! Carrie Furnace is one of my all time favorite venues/structures in the area. It’s an important piece of our history and I am in awe of friends and colleagues who continue to put forth such incredible efforts to preserve and improve this site for all of us to enjoy. This event is definitely a “must” if you are looking for a worthwhile cause to support and something unique to do this weekend.
Sunday August 17th
After a busy week, it’s time to unwind. I am meeting my best friend and business partner, Jack Bellas, in Market Square for the PDP’s Yoga in the Square. After 60 minutes of yoga, we’re going to head to Habitat in the Fairmont for a leisurely brunch and stop off in the spa to indulge in a few treatments.
Photo by Christina Shields Photography