Monday, July 25, 2011

Patty Merlino Talks About Natural Supplements

Learn How to Live Healthy at Herbs To Your Health


Patty Merlino, owner of 'Herbs To Your Health' on 106 South Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Greensburg and an herbologist for 25 years, recently sat down with the GCDC to chat about her store and philosophy.

Patty Merlino with some of the many
supplements Herbs To Your Health
offers for a healthy living.
On her decision to open Herbs To Your Health

“Since my goal is to grow old without aging, I thought other people might share my vision. Hopefully, I will inspire people to live their best lives with abundant health, independence, and joy. My wish is that customers of Herbs To Your health raise their consciousness beyond what they’ve learned to accept enlightening information about their wellness.”

On her Professional Philosophy

“Health is simple, disease is complicated. Through the use of supplements we make complicated things simple here. I don’t believe there are any diseases of aging but diseases of inflammation and oxidation, hence our focus on antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplements.”

On the Store’s Range of Products

“We offer a wealth of information and the highest quality supplements on the market. You might wish to take advantage of an iridology or a compass assessment. We also offer kinesiology, which is muscle testing of herbs. It might be the greatest supplement ever, but if your body doesn’t like it, you shouldn’t take it.”

Patty uses the high-tech Zito Compass
to assess a your body and what
supplements work best with it.
On Iridology and the Zito-Compass

“Iridology is the art/science of studying the eyes, which are a roadmap of the body. I can see huge amounts of information about your body by looking into your eyes. Our high-tech device, the Zyto-Compass, utilizes Galvanic Skin Response, similar to a lie detector, to assess your body and what supplements it prefers. It is a maintenance-type device; you should come in for one every six to eight weeks.”

On her Semiweekly Radio Show

“My live radio show on KHB 620 AM can be heard Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. You can expect to be entertained while learning about supplements, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and health concerns. People can call in to ask questions if they choose; the number is (412) 825-6262. Because I am constantly reading, researching, and studying these subjects, I share topical information during the “in the news” segment. Knowledge is power, and I help people become powerful in their own lives with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The radio show also offers specials, so make sure to listen in!”

Stop in at 'Herbs To Your Health,'
which hasbeen a part of downtown
Greensburg since 1995!
On the History of the Store

“Herbs To Your Health opened in 1995 on North Pennsylvania Avenue and served customers there for five years before moving to South Pennsylvania Avenue for the next eleven years. We recently moved again within Pennsylvania Avenue, and can now be found at 106 South Pennsylvania Avenue.”

On her Experience of Owning a Business in Downtown Greensburg

“Being a business owner in Greensburg has been an education for me. I learn something new every day!”

Herbs To Your Health is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is currently considering longer hours for fall and beyond. For more information, call the store at (724) 836-7440 or stop by on 106 South Pennsylvania Avenue!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wine Tasting at One Eleven Restaurant

Taste Delicious Wines at One Eleven
After the success of its past wine tasting events, One Eleven Restaurant on 113 South Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Greensburg is organizing the much-requested next edition of wine tasting. On Tuesday, August 2nd from 6 to 8:30 p.m., guests will 'flowtate' by flowing and rotating between exciting wine stations and an extensive selection of hors d'oeuvres.
Only 32 spaces will be available for the event, so those interested should quickly reserve their space at the restaurant or under (724) 420-5711. For $49.95 per person, attendees will receive a ten dollar gift card to be used in August 2011, together with the opportunity to taste 14 wines and eat the following delicious hors d'oeuvres:
  • Pizzette Carciofi
  • Artichokes, Onion, Spinach, Three Cheeses, Garlic Oil
  • Miniature Filet Mignons of Beef au Poivre
  • Green Peppercorn Sauce
  • Thai Green Curry Mussels
  • Coconut Milk, Green Curry, Fresh Basil, Shrimp Broth
  • Swordfish Satay
  • Avocado Cream
  • Kobe Beef Burger Sliders
  • Homemade Silver Dollar Rolls Lettuce, Tomato, Onion
  • Bacon Wrapped Golden Morrocan Dates
  • Curry Barbeque
  • Piri Piri Shrimp
  • Serrano Chili, Lime, Cilantro, Red Wine Vinegar, Paprika
  • Tortellini Salsiccia
  • Three Sausage Tomato Sauce, Pecorino Cheese
If your mouth is watering just thinking about these hors d'oeuvres and you like fine wines, hurry up and reserve your space to be a part of the One Eleven summer 2011 Wine Tasting! For more information about the restaurant, visit the restaurant website.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dining at Noviello’s Sunset Café

Feasting with the family in downtown Greensburg
The Noviello's Sunset Café's Sunday
Family Feast: bowls of salad and
pasta combine with a large pizza
to satisfy even the hungriest family

I can’t think of a better way to end the weekend than enjoying a feast at one of Greensburg’s most traditional local restaurants. On Sunday, I took my fiancée and her parents to Noviello’s Sunset Café on 302 South Urania Avenue. In a recent interview, I had learned from Anna Jo, co-owner of the restaurant, that it has been family-owned since 1933 and was the first to serve Italian cuisine in Greensburg. A quick visit to the website brought an exciting discovery: A family feast for just $44 on Sundays that serves up to six people, including salad and bread, pasta, and pizza. Our choice for the evening was easy.

The Sunday Family Feast is only one of many specials listed on Noviello’s Sunset Café’s website. In addition to its regular menu, the restaurant also offers a seasonal summer menu. Specials include the Family Feast on Sunday nights, Spaghetti night on Wednesdays when a dinner of spaghetti with meatballs, salad, and bread costs only $6.95, Wine Down Tuesdays where all wines are half off, and Pizza Lover Tuesdays and Thursdays when a large 3 topping pizza costs only $11.95. Newly added to the specials, Godfather Night on Thursdays includes the classic movies playing in the bar, traditional Italian music in the dining area and a specific food menu based on the ‘Godfather’ movies.

Anticipating a busy Sunday night, I called ahead to reserve a table. When we got to the restaurant, easily finding a parking spot in one of multiple parking lots close by, we were guided to a table in the newly renovated dining area.

The newly renovated dining area
at Noviello's Sunset Café ensures
more space and a calmer dining
Anna Jo had noted that the recent renovation actually reduced seating capacity by 20 to ensure more space for customers, better quality of food, better individual service, as well as a calmer and quieter atmosphere. According to my fiancée’s mother, who had visited the restaurant before its renovation and had been unimpressed by its lack of space, she believes that the change was noticeable and drastically improved the dining experience.

After ordering drinks, our food was served in quick succession. A big bowl of antipasto salad with bread and dipping oil was soon followed by an even bigger bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, as well as a large three topping pizza. Hungry as we were, we bravely attacked the delicious food, starting the feast. In short, one can taste the tradition of Noviello’s Sunset Café in every bite. The pizza is among the best I have tasted in the Greensburg area, and the pasta sauce – while less sweet than in many other Italian restaurants in the area – tastes as close to original Italian sauce as I have tasted in the United States.

The history wall at Noviello's Sunset
Café serves as a symbol for the
restaurant's long and rich tradition
During the renovation, the owners of Noviello’s Sunset Café ensured that none of that tradition would be lost. Every old item found by contractors and workers was preserved and is now part of the restaurant’s history wall, which can be found on the right entrance by the bar. The wall includes old match boxes, restaurant menus, bottle caps, a bottle stopper, old posters and Steeler football schedules, and much more – documenting the rich history of the Sunset Café in downtown Greensburg.

Even with four hungry people, we couldn’t come even close to finishing our food. While the desert menu sounded delicious, there was simply no way of getting any more food in us. Our server was helpful in packaging our left-overs, which will be enough for another family meal. While walking out of the restaurant, we agreed that we would recommend the Sunday Family Feast at Noviello’s Sunset Café for any family looking for reasonably priced Italian food on a Sunday evening in Greensburg.

This article was written by Simon Stuchlik, intern at the Greensburg Community Development Corporation. For more information about Noviello’s Sunset Café as well as its specials, visit the restaurant’s website.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer in the City 2011

Enjoy the Summer in Downtown Greensburg

Gather your family and friends for an enjoyable “Summer in the City” weekend in Greensburg’s Shopping and Cultural District. The ‘Summer in the City’ festival concludes on Saturday, July 23rd with downtown stores offering special discounts on regular merchandize along with a diverse schedule of kid’s activities as well as sidewalk food vendors and sales. Parking is free at both surface and street metered locations on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kids will enjoy activities such as a Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest at Art Tech Supplies, a Putting Contest at Golf For Her, and a Duck Pond together with children’s games at Descendants are only a few of the events on this exciting day. Stores open and kid’s activities begin at 10am on Saturday. Scroll down for a list of downtown merchants as well as their location within the Cultural and Shopping District.

Golf For Her and Lapels; A Fine Men’s Clothier kick-off the weekend with a downtown business owner happy hour on Thursday, July 21st from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Stop by for refreshments, snacks, and summer discounts.

Beginning on Thursday and extending to Saturday evening, fans of live music have many opportunities for live performances. TGIS at the Palace Theater will feature Bad Boy Blues Band on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Power pop band Brena will fill the Robertshaw Amphitheatre Friday evening as the weekly SummerSounds concert. The weekend concludes with more live music at both The Supper Club and Oliver’s Pourhouse on Saturday. Oliver’s has scheduled Skero & Jingles, playing the hits everyone will remember, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.

From shopping to live music, ‘Summer in the City’ is bound to be a memorable festival for everyone attending. Mark the date in your calendar, and come downtown to celebrate the experiences of downtown Greensburg! Click on the pictures below for a detailed overview of restaurant and shopping opportunities in downtown Greensburg.

Greensburg Restaurants
and Bars
Greensburg Shopping

Summer in the City Saturday Schedule of Events:

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contestat Art Tech Supplies
Children's Games and Duck Pond at Descendants
Famous Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches    at Cook's Market
Putting Contest at Golf For Her
Art Saleat Penelope's
Summer One Day Saleat Lapels, A Fine Mens Clothier
And Much, Much More!