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Yoga In the Backyard

Start your weekends this summer with free, creative outdoor yoga classes with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust! These accessible and adaptable flow classes in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District are taught by local yoga and mindfulness instructors. Bring your own mat, sunscreen, water bottles and come ready to move and breathe together. Water is available at the Water Cube, just steps away from the Backyard Stage. Plan to stay after class for all that the Backyard has to offer, including food trucks, libations, music and more.

StarLofts Pittsburgh is your home, excitement is you’re backyard.

Participation is free, but advance registration and liability waiver completion is required:

https://pct.formstack.com/forms/backyard_2022_yoga_release

Yoga in you’re backyard of the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Have a great day! Janet

Gallery Crawl Pittsburgh Theater District

Gallery Crawl hours:
Friday, July 22 | 5:30 – 10 pm

Supply and Demand by artist Ian Brill, is an interstitial navigation between beauty,  the sublime, and the picturesque. It is a collection of performative, light, and sound installations. These programmatic, site-specific works are the negotiated balance between a consistent set of rules, an evolving, symbolic language, and preexisting constraints. Pittsburgh resident Ian Brill’s work focuses on the accumulation of form through process. Through the creation of interactive, performative, and multi-sensorial environments, Brill considers boundaries of becoming, versus being, and our immersive relationship with technology.

The gallery crawl is at your doorstep, away from the privacy of your home at http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Do your part for the environment, drink Vodka.

Feeling down about the environment? Need a drink to take the edge off? Air Company has a crisp, clean solution for both of your problems: Air Vodka.

Launched in 2019, and now bolstered by a completely new round of funding that will push production levels, Air Company has a focus on creating products with carbon dioxide emissions, which are responsible for 79 percent of greenhouse gasses produced through human activities as of 2020, according to the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency. So far, its Air Vodka product has seen the most traction with backing from companies like JetBlue Airways and Toyota.

Through its carbon conversion technology, Air Company removes the impurities often found in alcohol by capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that would otherwise pollute Earth. From there, it converts the CO2 emissions into ethanol in water, free from all solids or other constituents you’d normally find in the fermentation process. The result is a high-end 40 percent alcohol-by-volume vodka sold across the country and in bars from New York to San Francisco.

Air Company aims to use carbon technology to demonstrate a potential in removing and repurposing CO2 before it hits the atmosphere. The company’s New York base offers proprietary technology it claims will serve as a “blueprint for carbon tech solutions globally.” The brand recently expanded beyond vodka into sanitizer and perfume and remains engaged in a project with NASA to create CO2-based sugars and proteins.

Have some vodka with us at the Backstage bar right across your front door of the http://www.starloftspgh.com

Salut, Janet & Charlie

Cabaret Theater Gets Extensive Remodel, Expansion

The 250-seat Greer Cabaret Theater and Backstage Bar is one of the Cultural District’s great hidden gems , your personal hidaway right across the street from your home at http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Not many know about it, yet!

It is tucked away well behind its Penn Avenue entrance. The Cultural Trust is embarking upon a comprehensive redesign of this important theatrical space, creating a more inviting experience.

“The Greer Cabaret Theater, the Backstage Bar, and the Theater Square lobbies will be undergoing extensive renovations over the next year to make these spaces shine,” says Nick Gigante, Senior Vice President of Development and Real Estate for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The Theater will transform from the black box you see now into an intimate cabaret on par with New York venues like Joe’s Pub and 54 Below. The Backstage Bar will be expanded, and the lobbies for the box office and restaurant will become one grand space, streamlining, and elevating the patron experience.” Mr. Gigante adds, “This project is made possible in large part by the generous support of the Eden Hall Foundation, whose chairman and president, George C. Greer, has been a long-time Trustee of the Cultural Trust and whose name graces the Theater.”

See you at the Backstage bar, Ciao, Janet and Charlie

http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Moving Out of your Apartment

Whether you’re moving to another apartment or to a house, there are probably loads of tasks on your plate right now! Tackling it all can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never attempted a move of this scale before.

Moving out of an apartment isn’t usually a straightforward matter. The logistics can be overwhelming, but this list can help lower the stress.

1. Make Sure to Give Enough Notice

Giving enough notice before a move-out is just basic common courtesy.

Even if you don’t get in legal trouble or suffer any financial loss through a too-short notice, there’s no need to sour your relationships with anyone. Keep it courteous and ethical; you don’t want to surprise anyone with the arrival of a moving company!

How Much Notice Should You Give?

60 Day minimum notice is a common courtesy.

Risks of Not Giving Due Notice

Failing to give notice in the required time can result in a loss of your deposit. At times, you might even have to give up several months of rent payments.

Cardboard Boxes at new apartment

The moving company and relocation costs will already be a burden on your pocket. So, make sure to follow this step to save face and money.

Check the Delivery Method

Finally, check the lease to see the required delivery method of your notice. Property management may require written notice, while others may accept emails, a phone call, or even a text message. It is best to mail a written notice as well as follow up with an email to the management.

2. Stay Aware of Your Payments

The usual agreement upon renting an apartment today is a security deposit, along with first and last month’s rent.

Be aware that the deposit is for covering any damage in the apartment during your stay. You will get a refund on this if the apartment is cleaned, and cleared of your items.

Don’t Confuse the Security Deposit and Last Month’s Rent

The last month’s rent, on the other hand, is to eliminate your final payment when the lease term ends. The amount of your security deposit and last months rent may be similar, or even identical, but keep in mind that they are not interchangeable.

3. Contact All Utility Providers

If the utilities services are in your name and property management, you are responsible for calling up the providers before the move. Make the call at least a fortnight beforehand and schedule the dates for turning the services on or off.

Ideally, you want the company to turn off the utilities the day after you move out. In the new apartment, you can schedule a turn-on time for the utilities one day before moving in.

Adapting this proactive approach will save you from getting into any hassle later on.

It is courtesy to pass along the turn of dates to the management, so they can continue the utilities in their name to prevent property or equipment damage due to shut off utilities.

4. Do a Deep Clean

Want that security deposit back? Of course, you do! You also want to leave a good impression. So, it’s time to take out all the cleaning supplies and do a deep clean of the place. The management can refer a service to you that you can pay for as well.

Make it your goal to have the apartment looking as it was when you moved in.

Hire Someone Else to Clean

If you don’t feel like putting in so much effort, especially when a new apartment or house is waiting, you should consider hiring a cleaning service. The security deposit will probably be more than what you pay them, so it’s a win all around.

Get Out the Camera and Take Pictures

Once you have the apartment all spic and span, take some pictures. The memories will be nice to have, but you also want to have proof of the apartment’s condition before your move-out.

Hold up that day’s newspaper or some other evidence to show if your landlord does find some damage or mess.

Have a Walk Through Inspection

After the cleaning, you can also ask your the property manager to have a walk through before the move-out.

A walk-through inspection will enable both parties to see the apartment’s condition for themselves. They can then discuss any problems, decide on necessary repairs, and generally iron out everything before the final inspection.

Be Prepared for the Final Inspection

Finally, you should try to be present when the landlord does their last inspection, also called the move-out inspection. You might have to work with some checklists and forms, but it will mean getting your security deposit back in the end.

If you’re confused about where to start, here are some tips on how to make your apartment feel like new.

5. Fix Whatever is Fixable

Yet another way to ensure that security deposit refund is to fix up any issues beforehand.

If you’ve hammered any nails into the walls, take care of those holes as soon as possible. If you have painted any walls, ask the management if you need to change it back to the original. The same goes for any changes in blinds, cabinet hardware, light fixtures, and so on.

Ensure Extra Checks for an Apartment with Pets or Kids

Pets and children often cause a lot of scratches, dings, and other minor damage that one may not notice in their everyday routine. A thorough walk-through will probably reveal many of those. Therefore, you must see what you can fix before the management takes it out of your security deposit.

6. Book the Moving Company

If your old apartment is on the ground or first floor, you may not require this. However, those living on higher floors might need to book time the moving company.

carrying box out
Book ahead of time and you’ll probably save some money by cutting down on the workers’ hours from the moving company as well.

7. Give Your New Address Everywhere

The U.S. Postal Service will need your new address if you still require its services.

A lot of people still send U.S. mail; you also don’t want to miss out on those holiday packages from your relatives! Any nearby post office will change your address. You might also be able to do this yourself online.

Also, make sure to give the new address to people and organizations that might send some mail at times. These include relatives, friends, educational institutions, banks, and your employer. Don’t forget to pass this address to the property management to mail your security deposit to your new address.

The Takeaway

Whether you’re downsizing to live in a smaller apartment or moving to a whole new state, the tips above are sure to help out in many ways.

These precautions are necessary for saving a load of money and also ensuring that you’re comfortable while moving. Here’s hoping the move goes smoothly and safely!

Best, Janet & Charlie

http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

Simply Devine: A Retrospective of Danny Devine – Opens in March!

Simply Devine: A Retrospective of Danny Devine (1982-2021) showcases thought-provoking, uplifting, joyful, and playful works created by the late Pittsburgh native. Danny was a respected graffiti writer, muralist, photographer, printmaker, painter, mentor, and friend to many. The immersive exhibition embodies Danny’s dedication to creativity and his prolific artistic output—taking viewers on a visual journey exploring his complexity as an artist.
Simply Devine: A Retrospective of Danny Devine

820 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
March 2 – June 12

Dinner tonight, at your starloftpgh home: Peperonata (bell pepper stew) With Cuttlefish and Oregano

Simple, yet tasty!

A southern Italian summertime regular, saucy peperonata (stewed peppers, onions and tomatoes) with tender cuttlefish and oregano is extremely delicious. Have plenty of bread on the ready to mop up the silky juices.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 2 LBS. of cuttlefish, Wholeys fish market
  • 1 1/2 LBS. of bell peppers, Pennsylvania Macaroni
  • 2 of vine tomatoes, Pennsylvania Macaroni
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • fresh oregano, or dry
  • Bertolli extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt

METHOD

1

Clean cuttlefish and cut into strips. Trim bell peppers and cut into strips similar in size to the cuttlefish. Chop the tomatoes. 2

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a pan with a crushed unpeeled garlic clove. Add bell peppers and sauté for 2 minutes, then add chopped tomatoes. Remove garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes, then cover and cook for another 6-7 minutes.3

Remove everything from the pan and add the cuttlefish. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add bell peppers and tomatoes back into the pan and mix allowing flavors to meld for 1 minute. Top with a bit of chopped fresh oregano and serve.

Cuttlefish with bell pepper an oregano.

Have a great dinner.

Janet, owner of www.starloftspgh.com

Pure Barre Pittsburgh Downtown Grand Opening Event

Join Pure Barre for a free workout on Friday, Jan 7th – Sunday, Jan 9th 2022.

Location: Downtown Pittsburgh, Out your front door from the http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com

150 8th Street, Pgh. Pa. 15222

Call 412-930-4840 for more info, or visit website https://www.purebarre.com/location/pittsburgh-downtown-pa

Pure Barre is a total-body barre workout that transforms you physically and mentally. Our musically-driven group classes focus on low-impact, high-intensity movements that strengthen and tone your body in 50mins or less.

Time for Apartment Search

The apartment rental market can move fast — sometimes too fast! Many folks on the brink of moving often wonder, “how long does it take to get an apartment?” It depends on where you live and what kind of apartment you’re searching for! The following guidelines can help your search for a new apartment go smoothly — and on your timeline.

What to do when you’re six months away from moving:

Months ahead of moving, you’ll need to budget for new rent and moving-related expenses. Will you upgrade your space? If so, you’ll want to budget for additional rent. Begin a dedicated savings effort six months before your planned move. And, if possible, it’s a good idea to have that many months of rent saved up before your big transition. It’s an achievable goal if you:

  • Factor in a portion of your current savings (leaving some aside for emergencies)
  • Reduce expenses and apply the savings to your upcoming move
  • Devote the recommended 30% of your current income to rent, an amount that may help you set aside some of your remaining monthly income

Considering that the average length of unemployment in the U.S. is about three months, these six months of rent and related expenses may help you bridge even the most difficult of times.

…three months away:

What do you need to apply for an apartment? A game plan! Unless you have a crystal ball, there’s nothing better than a solid game plan to make the most of the three months before your move.

And your game plan starting at this point should include a reliable way to determine how many apartments will be available. It’s possible to get a good idea of the searching lead time you’ll need by:

  • Looking at apartment listings three months before your anticipated move
  • Noting the “move-in” dates posted for those apartments most appealing to you
  • Calculating the average by tallying the move-in times and dividing that total by the number of apartments

As you begin this process, review your current lease to see how much notice you must provide before moving. The http://www.SkyloftPgh.com is available in May 2022!

… two months away:

When you’re a couple of months out from needing to move, begin your dedicated apartment search. Apartment communities should have inventory available that coincides with your desired move-in date. The http://www.SkyloftPgh.com is available in May 2022! Think back to your preliminary searches: which apartment complexes stood out to you during that effort? Which ones didn’t offer the amenities you need? Giving yourself a two-month buffer allows you to schedule apartment tours on your lunch breaks or other times convenient for your schedule.

Two months out also allows you enough time to learn about your new area! Explore a Downtown Pittsburgh, see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPjjmcZ3zsI, to help you get familiar with things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in your new neighborhood.

… one month away:

Ideally, by now, you’ve located an apartment that looks like a great fit! With a month to go before your move date, it’s time to fill out an application for the apartment of your choice. Call Janet at 412.943.7660

So, how long does it take to process an apartment application? It can vary from management company to management company, but you can typically expect a 48 – 72 hour turnaround. Applications usually ask for:

  • Proof of employment
  • Photo ID
  • Credit check
  • Current address and phone number
  • Monthly income

Leaving information off your application wastes valuable time as the management company must stop processing it and contact you to fill in the blanks.

Tip: if you need to speed up the apartment application process, show up at the leasing office with a cashier’s check in hand!

What should you do if you need to move immediately?

Sometimes, circumstances require you to jump into a search immediately. Moving out before your lease is up CAN incur unforeseen fees, so weigh the pros and cons before packing up. If cutting your lease short is ultimately the best decision, it’s a good idea to remember that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line — and your straightest line to apartments for rent available now is http://www.StarLoftsPgh.com. Find available apartments online quickly with our apartment locator. With up-to-date results, you’re sure to find the starloftpgh that works for you!

Call Janet today at 412.943.7660 to set up an appointment for a tour of the http://www.SkyLoftPgh.com that will be available June 2022. Have a great day!