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In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Kevin Lamar


Pittsburgh companies help revelers get into the 'spirit' of Groundhog Day

A.J. Dereume, a member of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle and co-handler of Punxsutawney Phil, visits Phil-a-Palooza, sponsored by Wigle Whiskey. The Pittsburgh-based distiller produces a rye whiskey called Phil’s Shadow, in honor of the weather-predicting groundhog. | Photo by Benjamin Filio. Courtesy of Wigle Wiskey.

January 30, 2018 - 11:57am

Pittsburgh-area couple makes a living selling the dead

A taxidermied bearded dragon is among the many formerly live products sold by Mz. Jones' Curiosities, owned by Neil and Britney Jones of Bovard, Penn. | Photo courtesy of Mz. Jones' Curiosities.


January 9, 2018 - 12:12pm

Coffee, Tea or Me-ow: Cat cafes combine rescues and relaxation

Colony Cafe in Pittsburgh allows patrons to dine with adoptable cats. | Crain National photo by Kristy Locklin.

January 2, 2018 - 12:09pm

Gluten-free brewery serves tasty beers (and that’s no bull!)

Doug Foster, left, and Ryan Bove are co-owners of Aurochs Brewing Co. in Emsworth, Penn.,  one of only a handful of gluten-free breweries in the country. | Photo courtesy of Aurochs Brewing Co.

December 11, 2017 - 11:51am

Natrona Bottling Co. puts the “pop” in mom-and-pop business

Red Ribbon soda comes off the bottling line at Natrona Bottling Co. in Natrona, Penn. The company, founded in 1904, produces 14 sodas, which are distributed across the United States. | Photo courtesy of Natrona Bottling Co.

December 6, 2017 - 12:32pm

Forget the mall. Holiday shoppers fill convention center seeking handmade gifts

Holiday shoppers in Pittsburgh not only flock to the malls, but also to craft shows, like the Handmade Arcade held each year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. | Photo by Joey Kennedy. Used with permission of Handmade Arcade.

November 16, 2017 - 3:54pm

North Country Brewing Co. breathes new life into old buildings

Erected in 1805 by Peter Uber, the building that now houses the North Country Brewing Co. in Slippery Rock, Penn., previously housed an inn, tavern, cabinet shop, coffin factory and mortuary. | Photo courtesy of Beth Olesh.

November 8, 2017 - 4:46pm

In this ongoing series, we ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy.

Jeff Sinelli


Axe-throwing on the cutting edge of entertainment

An axe is retrieved from a target at the Backyard Axe Throwing League in Toronto. The BATL offers an urban venue to experience the thrill of indoor axe throwing in leagues, walk-ins and private events such as parties and team building. | Photo courtesy of the Backyard Axe Throwing League.

October 10, 2017 - 2:39pm