Support local Businesses

We encourage everyone in the community to shop and support local businesses during this crisis.

Many neighborhood restaurants have taken the necessary precautions in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

In addition to restaurants offering delivery and curbside pickup for food, there are local shops also offering these services for items to  purchase that can make great gifts and provide entertainment while sheltering at home.

Here are some local businesses we encourage members to support. Please feel free to share  other local business in the comments on the post on our webpage or in our private Facebook group. We can get through this together while support our community and neighbors. This is also a great way for those very new newcomers to learn some of our local attractions!

  • Simmons Farm has a market on route 19 across from Market District Express. They have flowers, vegetable plants, and fresh produce. You can also call or email for curbside pick up. To do so please call 724-941-1490 for farm locations and 724-941-7540 for Rt. 19 or email orders@simmonsfarm.com, or enter with a face mask
  • Emma’s Market & Deli located in Pinebridge Commons across the street from the post office. Get your deli needs! Fresh sliced deli meats, cheese, prepared foods, or even milk! 412-221-2216
  • The Pie Place, located on 19 and Highland, by Pier One. Order online and pickup on Wednesday from 10-2 (they are also open for order pickup on Saturdays 10-2) great if you have a birthday to celebrate and need a custom cake, or just want a sweet treat… they also make some great savory dishes
  • Fired Up Pottery is owned and run by a local USC mom and has great options for online viewing, phone ordering, and curbside pickup (11a-5p). Need an activity for your kids? Maybe an idea for a Mother’s  Day gift to pass along to Dad…?  They have a great Mother’s Day gift basket featuring other local businesses, but quantities are limited! Give them a call! 724-941-0302
  • Toss Pizza and Wings. Why cook? Order a pizza and some wings and support a local business that delivers to your house!
  • Cucina Bella for a quarantine date night! Order a delicious meal from a local gem and either pick it up or have it delivered through Uber Eats. 412-257-5150
  • Ice Cream!!! We have several options close by.
  • Learning Express in the Galleria – 412-341-8697 – is open and delivering. Do you need to purchase something for a child’s birthday or just need something new to occupy your own child? It is a 25$ minimum, plus a $5 delivery fee. They will leave the packages on your door and even wrap for free.

Please, as you visit these businesses, let them know that you are with the Upper St Clair Newcomers’ Club. We don’t expect anyone to follow these suggestions daily, but if you could please choose a day or two, or even create your own schedule, please help our local businesses in these hard times

Favorite Things Gift Exchange

Tuesday December 22, 2020 8:00 PM

Even though we can’t be in person, that’s not going to stop us from doing our Favorite Things Gift Exchange. It’s just going to look a little different.

First step is RSVP! Then purchase a gift for $25 or under that includes one of your favorite things. You will receive the name and address of a club member to drop off your gift.

You will receive a gift from a different member to your door also. DO NOT OPEN YOUR GIFT until the night of the event.

Then join us, with your holiday drink of choice, via Zoom at 8 pm on Dec. 22 so we can all open our gifts together. The person who game your gift will reveal themselves over the zoom call and explain why the item is one of their favorite things.

You must RSVP by December 15th to participate.

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Book and Movie Club: A Man Called Ove

Wednesday December 16, 2020 8:00 PM

Join us for December Book Club & Movie Club to discuss A Man Called Ove written by Fredrik Backman.

That’s right, we are combining forces for a crossover event. Read the book or watch the movie or do both. Then join us for a zoom discussion on Wednesday, December 16th at 8pm.

There are several copies of the book from the library kit available. If you would like a copy of the book, please reach out to Melissa Davis. The movie can be found on Amazon Prime. Check Facebook for the zoom meeting link closer to the event.

Where: virtual! Check back a few days before the event for the zoom link.

Synopsis: Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. After a boisterous young family moves in next door and accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox, an unlikely friendship forms.

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Wine & Chat

Tuesday November 24, 2020 8:00 PM

End your day with some much needed girl time.

Grab your favorite beverage and hop on Zoom (link will be shared closer to the event) at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 24.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Lunch at Walnut Grill

Thursday November 19, 2020 12:00 PM

Let’s grab lunch!

Date: Thursday, November 19

Time: 12 pm

Place: Walnut Grill (1001 Cool Springs Dr in Bethel Park)

Please be sure to RSVP on the website. We’re capping attendance for this lunch at 10 ladies.

Masks are required when leaving or entering the restaurant, but not when seated at the table. Please respect the guidelines of the restablishment.

Looking forward to seeing some of you!

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Treasure for Children

USC Newcomers is thrilled to participate in the annual Treasures for Children gift drive to benefit local children this holiday season!  It’s easy to participate: you request a tag that has a child’s name, age, and gift ideas, and then buy a present that will help to make their holiday bright! The suggested gift value range is $15-25 per child, however any gift would be appreciated.  Please avoid gift cards.  

USC Newcomers is thrilled to participate in the annual Treasures for Children gift drive to benefit local children this holiday season!  It’s easy to participate: you request a tag that has a child’s name, age, and gift ideas, and then buy a present that will help to make their holiday bright! The suggested gift value range is $15-25 per child, however any gift would be appreciated.  Please avoid gift cards.  

To request a tag, please reach out to Lindsay Seal via Facebook or email.

You may request an age/gender, but please note that the tags we received this year are heavily weighted toward older kids and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.  

Once you are done shopping, drop off unwrapped gifts, with information about who the gift is for no later than Wednesday, December 2nd. Check the newsletter or Facebook for more information about drop off.

Thank you to all who participate!  It will bring a smile to the faces of so many kids in our community!  

Jessie Yvonne Enloe

This month’s feature member is Jessie Yvonne Enloe. She joined Newcomer’s because she was new to the area and she wanted to acclimate quickly and find her tribe.

Tell us about yourself: 

I am originally from Colorado, and my husband is from southern Illinois, but we lived in the Detroit Metro Area for several years before moving here. I left my job at PNC in January to stay home with my daughter. I have two senior citizen dogs, and I consider myself a dog person. I love spicy food, traveling, music, spending time with my family, and I have the mouth of an angry sailor. 

If all the States in the USA were represented by food, what food would each state that you have lived in be represented by?

Colorado Green Chili, Detroit Coney Dogs, Saint Louis Toasted Ravioli, Pittsburgh primanti brothers sandwich. 

If you could only read/watch one book/movie for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?

The practical answer would be Encyclopedia Britannica because it is constantly updated with current information, but the fun answer is the Harry Potter series. 

What is the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you?

Having my daughter is by far the luckiest thing that ever happened to me. Her beautiful smile reminds me every day how lucky I am to have her in my life. 

If time travel were real: when and where in time would you go and why?

I would go back to 1985 and purchase as much Apple stock as I could. Then I would set up an irrevocable trust under my name that I wouldn’t be able to touch until the age of 28 (Yes, 28. I am fully aware of how irresponsible I was in my early 20’s.) I would do this for the money. With this money I would become a career student and possibly pursue a PHD in anthropology, take care of my family, and start a nonprofit.  

If you could wake up tomorrow and know absolutely everything about ONE thing… what would it be and why?

Theology. Just imagine what it would like to know the answer to every theological question ever asked.

Tammi Kramer

This month’s feature member is Tammi Kramer. She joined Newcomer’s because she wanted to get to know others in the community. She has a four (almost five) year-old, and she liked the idea of meeting new friends that also have younger children.

Tell us about yourself: 

I grew up in the south hills of Pittsburgh, got my BA at IUP and MBA from Duquesne. I met my husband twelve years ago on the trolley. I always loved working in market research (I still do), but once I had my little boy, everything shifted. 

Bennett is beautifully complex. Looking at him, you may not notice things that make him unique, but he’s statistically one in nine million (and that’s the conservative estimate). We faced a lot of unknowns in the beginning and spent a lot of time at Children’s. My perspective on life shifted, and I realized what my calling was. I want to help children like Bennett. I want to help those families navigate their new normal like I had to navigate mine. 

 I’m actively involved with the Foundation, now. My husband and I are members of the Children’ Trust and Frank LeMoyne society. We’ve raised upwards of $30,000 since 2016 as we Walk for Children’s each June. When I’m actively campaigning for Walk or on the phones for the Radiothon or the KDKA telethon, I feel most alive. I’m just getting started. It’s the least I can do after all the hospital has done for my boy.

Aside from that, I’m pretty boring. I love to dance, relax on my deck, snuggle with my pups and just enjoy time with my son and husband. I’m EXTREMELY shy until I get to know someone. That’s probably another reason I joined the group. It’s really hard for me to meet people. 

If you had $5,000,000 what would you do with the money and why?

Pay off my student loans, set aside money for Bennett, donate a lot of money to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, and travel a lot. I’d probably upgrade my car and kitchen, too. Heck, I’d renovate in a major way! 

If you could be any animal, what would you choose and why?

A baby goat. For some reason they bring me so much joy. I’d like to do that for someone else. 

If you could choose anything in the entire world for your last meal, what would it be?

Probably a medium rare ribeye from Hyde Park with scallop potatoes and plain cheesecake for dessert.

If all the States in the USA were represented by food, what food would each state that you have lived in be represented by?

I’m guessing PA would be some weird Philly cheesesteak topped with fresh cut fries and coleslaw combo. Sort of like Primantis, but with cheesesteak from the other side of the state.

Which fictional place would you most like to visit and why?

Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. The magic of believing in Santa is a feeling unlike any other. We could all use a little magic these days. 

If time travel were real: when and where in time would you go and why?

I wouldn’t travel ahead because you can’t skip to the end of the book, although I’m desperate to know when life is going to return to normal. I’d probably go back in time and savior moments with loved ones I’ve lost. I’d hug longer, listen more closely, and appreciate every moment.

Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon

Tuesday November 17, 2020 8:00 PM

Join us for a discussion on the book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

When: November 17th at 8:00 pm

Where: virtual! Check back a few days before the event for the zoom link

Synopsis: In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. 

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Movie Night: Some like it Hot

Thursday November 19, 2020 8:30 PM

Thursday November 19, 2020 8:30 PM

Join us on for a discussion on the movie Some Like it Hot.

When: November 19th at 8:30 pm

Synopsis: After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85832106710?pwd=andwMkx1R2EwZ01ENEJ2endxTjBSUT09

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