Pittsburgh meetups are a great way to interact with new people while discovering great things to do. There is a group for about every interest imaginable and I am guilty of lurking in quite a few categories I would like to try out. Most of them have nominal dues just to keep things going but participation is initially free. Since coffee is a consistent pleasure that fuels my day I was intrigued to come across the coffeehouse of the month meetup.
There has been a steadily growing influx of great coffee shops cropping up in and around our city over the past decade. Most of them have intriguing names and local flavor. I am most familiar with the ones in and around Shadyside so I was pleased to see the coffeehouse meetup was in Beechview at a place called Brew On Broadway. The name alone conjures up an image of entertainment and intrigue. My curiosity was suddenly piqued so I had to check it out online. It turns out this place is a community run coffee shop that was opened to revitalize an area that once teemed with business. It brings together a diverse set of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities to create an environment that has a life of its own.
Revenue from the shop is used to fund community-supported projects such as gardens and scholarships. It is a great example of a neighborhood taking action to change it’s destiny. People are what drive change and there is no reason for an economic demise when great minds come together.
If you want to check out this place out just show up on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. and look for a happy crowd ready to embark on a stimulating event . This is your chance to explore a part of the city you may not be familiar with and see a shining example of a collaborative project between RenewPittsburgh, Cannon Coffee in Brookline and CLUB (Community Leaders United for Beechview). The address is 1557 Broadway Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. They are open from 7:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday.