Take the Survey!

We want to know what you thought about the new California Markets that happened in Brighton Heights this summer.  We know many of you liked it so much we organized an additional event for October.

Your feedback is important and we’d like if you could take the survey and let us know your thoughts!

CLICK HERE to take the survey.

Thanks so much for supporting PGHretail’s efforts.




Timeless Beauty Fashion Show & Chubby’s Family Pageant

We had a blast at our last summer California Market with local businesses claiming the runway and photo ops in front of Chubby’s for a family pageant.  Check out some great moments during the day.

If you have any additional photographs or videos from that day, email pghretail [@] gmail.com or post them to Facebook! Thanks!


Much thanks to our local artist, affectionately known as “The Puppet Lady”, Cheryl Capezzuti.  She is loaning us her unique and memorable puppets for our newest community event, the Dance & Drum Puppet Parade during the California Markets.  Check out Studio Capezzuti for more details about her work and the annual First Night in downtown Pittsburgh that she has been organizing.

If you’re interested in becoming a puppet on parade, meet at Studio Capezzuit behind 1509 Termon Ave. at 12:45PM to pick out your puppet.  Then at 2PM and 3PM, meet on California Ave. to exchange puppets and join the additional parades in the neighborhood!

Unsure what we mean? See us at 3269 California Ave. at the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation office to get some assistance!



Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Tom Friday’s BBQ & BREW OFF Contest!

We had quite a challenge getting it together and it turned out great despite set-backs.  Our two home brewers, Eric and Adam, were so encouraged and happy with the turn out that they are already talking about putting together another home brew Oktoberfest this year!

In addition, Stephen K, our main champ in BBQ got an overwhelming applause by all those who were able to get their hands on his homemade Seoul City Chicken.   Thanks & Congrats Stephen!

Sadly, we had a few last-minute contestant cancellations and I tried to improvise to fulfill everyone’s BBQ needs by providing BBQ Tofu and Tom Friday’s BBQ Chicken Deli cuts on the donated kaiser buns from Breadworks. Thanks so much Breadworks! And so sorry to everyone expecting more BBQ.  We hope next year others will be able to participate and everyone will be available to keep their commitments!

I was a little late for the follow up on the July event, this project has been a whirl-wind of meeting great folks, getting to know my community, and preparing for more future events and collaborations!  Here are a few photos from early set up before I got swept away in the contest. Thanks for understanding and look forward to the next one!

Second Saturdays in Brighton Heights

In addition to the California Markets, our neighbor Emmanuel Christian Church, is also hosting second Saturday Flea Markets right down the road from us!  Here’s more information about their event, lots to do while in Brighton Heights on Second Saturdays!!!  So, hit up the Junk in the Trunk Sales early then come on down to the California Markets for artisanal goods,  great food, and community activities!


The California Markets begin June 8th!


It is on! We are thankful for the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Brighton Heights Citizen’s Federation with their support and time to make these happen.

Now let’s spread the word! The above image is web friendly for downloading and socially sharing with all your friends and family.  Second Saturday’s this summer will be your new favorite thing with lots to discover in Brighton Heights.  Local farmers, food, drinks, crafts, art, and community activities for everyone. Including, raffles for local business prizes, sidewalk art, sidewalk chalk, community garden info, and more!

June 8th will be sponsored by the Brighton Heights Citizen’s Federation to wind down their first Local Art Exhibit in their California Ave. offices and new project to bring Creative Crosswalks to the Heights!

Also, their Annual Chocolate House Tour is the next day! Sunday, June 9th from 1 – 5pm to walk the historic houses of Brighton Heights, eat some fine sweets, and experience our creative community right in their own homes! You can buy tickets on their website or at our event for $10, while it’s $15 on the day of. Don’t miss out!

Interested in helping the markets happen? email pghretail [@] gmail [dot] com to find out how to volunteer.

Want to be a vendor? Read more about how on the Become A Vendor page.

Information and applications to be apart of the bbq cook-off, home brew-off, drumming tournament, beauty pageant, and fashion show will also be available at the event, as well as, online.


There will be ample parking through out the neighborhood and signs posted to where you may find street parking. Termon Ave. and California Ave. past Davis Ave. will be your best bet to grab a spot.

You can use Google Maps to get directions using this address which is the beginning of the block where all events will be held: 3683 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

NORTH (from Wexford): Take 279 S to Exit 7 for Bellevue/West View. Turn left onto Union Ave/Union Ave Exd. Turn left onto N Starr Ave. Take the 2nd left onto Lincoln Ave. continue onto California Ave. Turn right to stay on California Ave.

SOUTH (from Bethel Park): Take 279 N to the PA RT 65 N exit on the left to US-19/Ohio River Blvd/North Shore. Take exit 1C for U.S. 19/Pennsylvania 65 N toward Ohio River Boulevard, merge, and continue on Ohio River Blvd/RT 65. Slight right onto Brighton Heights Blvd and then turn right on California Ave.

EAST (from Edgewood/Swissvale): Take 376 W to the PA RT 65 N exit on the left to US-19/Ohio River Blvd/North Shore. Take exit 1C for U.S. 19/Pennsylvania 65 N toward Ohio River Boulevard, merge, and continue on Ohio River Blvd/RT 65. Slight right onto Brighton Heights Blvd and then turn right on California Ave.

WEST (from Coraopolis/Sewickly): From the Sewickly Bridge Turn right onto PA-65 S/Ohio River Blvd, turn left on to Brighton Heights Blvd., and then turn right on to California Ave.