Jack Bellas. Photo: Christina Emilie Photography.
Jack Bellas. Photo: Christina Emilie Photography.
Jack Bellas. Photo: Christina Emilie Photography.

This week we catch up with South Side resident Jack Bellas, known widely around town for his talent to make people laugh. A partner at the local boutique advertising agency Revive Marketing Group, located in the Riverside Center for Innovation on the North Shore, Jack grew up in Forest Hills. A self-described “true city dweller and creature of habit,” Jack loves “taking advantage of living in the 152XX.” Find out why here.

Monday, April 4

Monday starts like most days. Harvey, my French Bulldog, is front and center, admittedly a bit earlier that I would prefer, ready to start the day! Our routine is identical every day, but Mondays require a little pick me up, which always leads me to Amazing Cafe to grab a smoothie and a juice to kick the week off right.

This Monday, I am lucky enough to have my first meeting of the week here in the South Side, with one of our most energetic clients, the team of Ralph A Falbo Inc., at their newest development, 3030 South Water Street Apartments. The rest of Monday will be pretty typical but will end perfectly at one of my favorite restaurants in the city—which just so happens to be right up the block from me—Dish Osteria & Bar, with one of my childhood best friends, Melinda Colaizzi. We’ll be chatting over a glass(es) of aperol spritz, about her upcoming performance on April 22nd at Pittsburgh Winery . . . she always makes a Monday feel like a Friday!

Tuesday, April 5

Tuesday is a bit more low key, but will be spent with the fabulous ladies I get to work with day in and day out. Eileen French, my business partner and I will meet with our brilliant account managers, Liz Juchno and Tamara Lelli at our office on the North Shore, followed by a lunch at Penn Avenue Fish Company in the Strip District, then off to wrap up the work day . . . before hitting Crossfit Athletics for a workout, theeeeen, probably back to Dish for dinner. Can you tell I love my neighborhood staple!

Jack & the fabulous ladies of Revive at Forces Of Nature. Photo: Joey Kennedy.
Jack & the fabulous ladies of Revive at Forces Of Nature. Photo: Joey Kennedy.

Wednesday, April 6

A morning walk-through of Allentown and Mt. Washington neighborhoods for the upcoming NEXT 3 DAYS, followed by a late morning bite at Breakfast at Shelly’s, will eventually lead me to the East End, where after catching up on some work, I am headed to Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream (my most recent obsession) . . . which is why Crossfit is now more important than EVER!

In the evening, I will head to my home away from home, Fairmont Pittsburgh, to hang at the bar with Ethan and listen to some Jazz at Andy’s, but only after stopping to see the fabulous Michelle Pacis at Larrimor’s . . . the girl knows her stuff!!

Thursday, April 7

Thursday is a meeting marathon, then I am headed to Peace, Love & Zen in East Liberty to meet up with the triple threat of the East End, my best friend and business partner, Eileen, our dear friend and all around most loved person in Regent Square & beyond, Sherree Goldstein, owner of Square Cafe, and  the fiercest and most fabulous girl I know, Mary Prezioso, to get some MUCH overdue relaxation in the Himalayan Salt Cave. Since I use pink Himalayan salt on everything, it only makes sense that I sit in a cave made of it, right? No date with these girls is complete without grabbing a bite and catching up. This outing has The Livermore as the destination of choice.

Friday, April 8

After marathon meeting day #2, off to Hair By Damian I go to get pretty for the weekend! Then the real reward, a busy and fun filled week demands a fabulous dinner with a gorgeous view and some of the best wine selections in the city, so dinner at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on Mt. Washington it is!

Saturday, April 9

Starting the weekend off right is just as important as important as starting the week off right, so back to Amazing Cafe for my smoothie and juice, then heading to the Vintage Pittsburgh event, at the Heinz History Center, where I am certain to find something that will motivate me to want to entirely redecorate a room in my home.

Sunday, April 10

Before the next week begins, it is time to get centered . . . and what better way to do that than being turned upside down at an “Intro to Inversions” class at Amazing Yoga Shadyside, followed by a relaxing evening which ends the same way the week began—with Harvey . . . front and center . . . this time, sleeping like a baby!

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.