Plus, the Tree of Lights is here to stay, where to get tasty local doughnuts, and more.

💛 Tell us what you’re most thankful for this year, Pittsburgh

Plus, the Tree of Lights is here to stay, where to get tasty local doughnuts, and more.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

Before we get to the news, I have a question: What are you thankful for as a Pittsburgher? It’s been an annual tradition for The Incline to ask readers to share the things they’re most grateful for around this time of year. And I’m really excited to read your responses for 2021! 

Is it the return of live performances at local theaters? The barista at your neighborhood coffee shop who always remembers your name? The pup or kitty you adopted during the pandemic that’s changed your life furrever? Or maybe it’s as simple as a meal from a local restaurant that you’re still dreaming about? (Right now, mine would be the soul-soothing pho from Two Sisters Vietnamese.)

Email me your responses by hitting reply to this newsletter or sending them to through Sunday, and by this time next week, we’ll have a list of things that’ll remind you it’s good to be alive even in the toughest of times… and that it’s golden to be a citizen of the Steel City.

Now, I’d be thankful if you read the rest of today’s newsletter...

What Pittsburgh is talking about


🍂Falling in love with Pittsburgh houses and autumn hues. | Be sure to tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day (📸: @dustinmcgrew)

3 things to know today 

🎄 The “Tree of Lights” in Point State Park is lighting up once again this Thursday. Duquesne Light announced last year that 2020 would be the final turn for the festive display, but a group of residents started a petition in the hopes of keeping it around; it wound up getting more than 10,000 signatures. Pete Link, the Washington County native who led the petition, said “Last year was pretty dark and depressing for a lot of people. Ten thousand yinzers said, ‘Not so fast!’ That tree is a beacon of hope. It’s iconic. We can’t lose that tree.” (TribLIVE)

📰Duquesne University’s Institute for Ethics and Integrity in Journalism is holding its inaugural panel event today, “The Importance of Local Journalism in an Age of Declining Trust in Media.” The loss of community newspapers and ever-diminishing faith in the media has created a crisis for the country’s democratic institutions, a conundrum the event will attempt to address by discussing how to best “pursue balanced and trustworthy journalism in an age when the public’s perception of the truth is sharply divided.” (TribLIVE)

  • Quotable: “I’ve been troubled by the trend of people losing faith in our Democratic institutions and frustrated by the tone of our public discourse. We felt that the media was a strength in the business world and in our country, in our beliefs, and everything. And so, it just bothered me a great deal that they were throwing about the term ‘fake news.’ It frightened me a lot because I thought that’s not the way it should be.” — Patricia Doherty Yoder, a Duquesne grad and supporter of the institute.

💚A new initiative is creating space for mental health discussions among local artists. The inaugural event in the new Artist Talk series is taking place on Saturday Nov. 20 at Opya Studios on the South Side ahead of National Survivors of Suicide Day on Sunday. The gathering will be hosted by Pittsburgh artist Sydney Davis and feature live music, visual art, photography, and more. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

3 things to make you smile

🍩Dough my goodness: Check out this list of almost all non-chain places to get doughnuts in Pittsburgh. This roundup of where to find tasty round pastries includes the soon-to-open Oliver’s Donuts in the new Lawrenceville Market House and Valkyrie Doughnuts, a mobile trailer that’s putting roots down on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue. Psst — Valkyrie Doughnuts is completely vegan, but you’d never guess it going by its sumptuous sweet flavors. (NEXTPittsburgh)

🎨“Dollysaurus,” the Triceratops statue at the corner of Braddock and Penn avenues in Point Breeze, has a colorful new design representing inclusivity. Pittsburgh is known for its dinosaur statues scattered throughout the city, and thanks to Shady Lane School and BOOM Concepts, they now feature a fresh design. Local artist Max Gonzales lent his touch to these multi-colored dinos, which now boast words such as “joy,” “play,” and “belonging” on them. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

💛PACKPACK is bringing back the fanny pack. Pittsburgh transplant Brooke LaGrand started this local business that sells custom-printed, essential waist bags in sizes fit for kids and adults in hopes of inspiring little ones to gain independence and carry their treasures. She quickly learned that big kids (ahem, us adults!) want this fashionable, functional bag too. (NEXTPittsburgh)

  • Editor’s note: I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Brooke earlier this year, and my heart did a little happy dance to know how much she’s come to adore Pittsburgh and its creative community after just a few months of living here. It made me feel (extra) super thankful to be living in the ‘Burgh and have this space to connect with all of you. Catch her popping up at Handmade Arcade on Saturday, Dec. 4.

💎 Congrats to our lucky winners!


Congratulations to Madison S., Aniela M., and Kristina W. who all won matching sets of the *just launched* ALMI Collection by Sabika Jewelry!

For this giveaway, we asked you to tag someone on The Incline’s Instagram who inspires you and encourages you to express your truest self. As we detailed in a previous newsletter, that’s what Pittsburgh-based ALMI by Sabika is all about — fostering connection and being thankful for the people who push you to be yourself. Thank you for spreading so much love in the comments. 💕


✨Enjoy mixed-media exhibitions about the Black American experience at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center (Downtown)

🌕Light up your headlamp for a ladies night hike in Frick Park just before November’s full moon (Point Breeze)

🗣️Listen to slam poetry or read your own at the Steel City Slam hybrid event at the PA Market (Strip District or Online)

🎶Get lost in the improvised sound-scapes with Soy Sos and slowdanger at Kelly Strayhorn Theater Alloy Studios (East Liberty)


🌟Find your flow while immersed in Van Gogh with Lifeway Kefir Immersive Yoga at Lighthouse Artspace (Northside)

🍧Celebrate the unveiling of Gus & YiaYia’s Ice Ball Cart model at the Miniature Railroad & Village Reopening at Carnegie Science Center (North Shore)

📽️Watch the world’s top contemporary short films at the opening night of Pittsburgh Shorts and Script Competition at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, through Sunday (East Liberty)

🪑 Learn from women in tech about the creativity in the midst of uncertainty with RedChairPGH #sitwithme (Downtown)

🍺Network with others in tech, have a drink, and see some robots in action at the Build412 Tech Happy Hour (Lawrenceville)


✨Admire the dazzling display at Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps (Oakland)

🎶 Enjoy live music, food, and libations along Eighth Ave. for Homestead Live First Fridays celebration (Homestead)

🦃Watch a satirical comedy about about race, traditions, and American history in the debut of The Thankgiving Play at Arcade Comedy Theater (Downtown)

🎞️Reel in the cinematic splendors inspired by George Romero at the Horror Realm Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites (Bethel Park)

🛍️Shop for handcrafted wares at the Fallingwater + PG&H Maker Program Exhibition at Concept Art Gallery (Regent Square)

🔬 Grab your pals for Carnegie Science Center’s Team Design Challenge 18+ night (North Shore)

🎨 Enjoy live music and art performances over food and beer while talking mental health in Pittsburgh's creative industry at Artist Talk(South Side)

🎨 Take in visual art about mental health from the Black creative's perspective at the grand opening of InVisbile (Downtown)

One more thing…

📣This week is Transgender Awareness Week. It’s a period to celebrate our resilient friends and family as well as acknowledge the challenges they face even to this day. And it’s all leading up to Transgender Day of Rememberance on Saturday, Nov. 20, a day of remembrance for those lost to anti-transgender violence. In observance of the occasion, Pittsburgh Magazine reporter Ollie Gratzinger shared a comprehensive list of groups and resources offering support in the Pittsburgh area.

Be kind to yourself and your neighbors. 

Until tomorrow,

— Francesca at The Incline

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