Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pittsburgh. Yes.

Yes, Pittsburgh is the land where people work hard - and they're/we're proud of it!  It's also where I live and call home.  Granted, I know I'm new to this town...I married into it (J was born & raised here)...but, we also decided to leave Oz (read: Western Massachusetts) to make it our home (who does that??) and we love love love it.  I can't wait to show you what 2012 has in store for Moop and co...but, in the meantime, just read this great clip on my great town that I and Moop call home.

p.s. thanks to Karlye for the link ;)

p.p.s. i have nothing against Portland or Portlanders or hipsters. i love 'em all.

p.p.p.s. (several hours later) i can't stop thinking about this article and now i'm really annoyed by it. no one should pit one city against another. generalizations are just that...generalizations. i'm pretty sure being a butcher is pretty hard work. and i'm pretty sure so many, so called hipster enclaves, built up because people who want to work in a different way need a support community around them to do so.  they need like minded-ness to support their types of businesses. they need like minded-ness to find people who want to work in their tiny businesses. they need those that are willing to try something different, to be something different.  hipster-ism may be mainstream now, but that's just the typical cycle of sub-cultures. it always has been. i say, so what! if dealing with thrifted ironic t-shirts in the 90's made way for mustaches and shirt dresses and butchers and seamstresses and handmade and entrepreneurship and small tiny micro business booms and teeny tiny manufacturing businesses like my own, then i say, bring it on!  all of that led to me doing what i do. i am like the butcher...only i make bags (which is not bloody work...unless you stick yourself with a pin, which hurts like hell and bleeds a surprising amount). i'm not town proud because i love pittsburgh to death. i would probably love living in portland, too. i'm town proud because this is where i live and make a living and am raising a family. i like it here. i'm happy here. i have friends here who are building lives in a similar manner to my own. you may like it here, too. but, don't bash portland. there's annoying people that are full of themselves here in the 'burgh, too. just as there are everywhere. so, that's all of my rant...i'm tired and overworked and headed back to work.


  1. Yikes! Did you read the comments to the article? Don't feel sorry for Portland just yet!

  2. You're welcome.

    Points well taken...why can't we all just get along?

    Thank you for moving yourself, your family and your business to Pittsburgh. We're happy you're here.


Hello! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!
We read every comment and love to hear feedback on what we say and do. But, because of "comment spam" we review all comments before they are posted. Don't worry, unless you're a robot leaving weird strings of words and letters, links to porn or not nice things, your comment will show up soon.