Kate Stoltzfus shares two daily highlights from her itinerary for the week of May 11 in NEXT Up. A self-described connection enthusiast, Kate is creator of the interview and connection adventure blog, Yinzpiration.com, co-founder of Propelle, a venture that helps women entrepreneurs take flight, and she is host of the monthly breakfast lecture series CreativeMornings.

7:00 a.m. Tea time at Commonplace Voluto on Penn Avenue. I’m an herbal tea enthusiast, and I can’t get enough of their raspberry patch blend. It’s just about time for me to start requesting it on ice.

7:00 p.m. I’ll be getting my bowl on at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville. I joined the Pittsburgh Sports League’s bowling league for the first time this winter and now I’m hooked. My teammates and I usually hit up nearby New Amsterdam beforehand for some fried cauliflower nugs (They have 1/2 off appetizers at happy hour!).


6:00 a.m. I’ll be waking up bright and early for an “It Don’t Mean a Thang” workout at MUV Integrated Physical Fitness in Garfield. There’s nothing like a little kettlebell swinging and ’90s hip hop to get you moving in the morning.

3:30 p.m. Time for a little self care with a 60-minute Neuromuscular massage from a Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy student. One of the perks of being a licensed massage therapist is that students are required to get feedback from a licensed practitioner, so every once in a while I luck out with a request to be a practice subject.


8:00 a.m. First stop of the morning: Allegheny Conference Emerging Leaders Planning Summit. Next I’ll head to a secret location in Lawrenceville for a Yinzpiration interview. Afterwards, I’ll spend an hour or two writing and scheming at Espresso a Mano on Butler.

2:00 p.m. Time for a midday thrift adventure (thriftventure?) at East End Community Thrift. (It’s lovingly referred to as “Thrifty” by the regulars.) I live on the same block and pop in here daily and have found some of the best treasures. They’ve also started including a stand that sells local organic, free-range eggs. I’m hooked.


9:00 a.m. Our monthly Propelle Mastermind will be meeting at The Pittsburgh Glass Center. When you spend an entire morning talking about creative business ideas, it certainly makes a big difference to be in such an inspiring and gorgeous space.

8:00 p.m. I’ll roll down to Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District for the evening. This is hands down one of my favorite things about summertime in Pittsburgh. Since I don’t have a yard, it’s so great to have a place like this to cook-out and unwind with friends.


8:30 a.m. I’ll hop in a Lyft and head down to Point Park University to present at the 85 Broad’s Brand U event. It’s a day dedicated to to exploring personal branding with workshops, lectures, personal styling, professional head shots, and more.

5:00 p.m I’ll be chilling at Choderwood’s Open House and Houseboat Renaming Cermony. Choderwood is perhaps one of the most magical, secret spaces in the city. Think gorgeous gardens, pool house, hammocks, meditation hut, chicken coop, coy ponds, house boats, and fire pit … right on the river.


9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Marty’s Market. My favorite! I’m a big fan of their vegetarian omelet and eggs benny. They also make the dreamiest pancakes topped with a dollop of cinnamon butter and real maple syrup.

2:00 p.m. Time to lace up and head out for a four-mile run on the North Shore Trail. On a beautiful day, nothing beats the energy of the runners and bikers on this trail and the views make all the hard work worth it.

Check out NEXT Up every week and find out who’s doing what around town.

Photo by Brian Cohen/imaginepittsburgh.com

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...