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The Gift of Childhood Magic

“The Gift of Childhood Magic” Published in The Strip Magazine Emily King 1000 words     Every year there is some new hot toy that comes out right in time for the holiday shopping season. You remember the news stories of overzealous parents getting in fistfights over the last “Tickle Me Elmo”, store owners desperately trying […]

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Vendors in the Strip

Emily B. King Published in The Strip “Vendors in the Strip” 924 words   Weekend after weekend (and some on weekdays as well), these dedicated entrepreneurs sell their wares and delicacies on the street despite harsh weather and economic conditions. Though they don’t conduct business in a physical building, many of them have shown just […]

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Crystal Bead Bazaar

“Crystal Bead Bazaar” Published in The Strip Magazine Emily King 1012 words   Remember when you were a kid, stringing uncooked macaroni noodles onto a piece of colored yarn in art class? Or maybe you strung neon colored plastic beads onto embroidery floss as a demonstration of loyalty to your best friend. The tactile act of threading […]

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A Piece of the Big Easy in the Burgh

“A Piece of the Big Easy in the Burgh” The Strip Magazine By Emily King   In late August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, becoming the most costly natural disaster in United States history. Its winds and rain caused significant damage in parts of Florida and the Gulf Coast, but the deadliest disaster occurred […]

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Bear Brandegee: Dressing the Women of Pittsburgh

Emily King   Published in The Strip, winter 2014, nominated for Golden Quill Award   917 words   “Bear Brandegee: Dressing the Women of Pittsburgh”     For many of us, getting dressed in the morning is anything but a formulaic experience. We toss aside shirts that don’t quite look right, skirts that fall at […]

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“Treasures at Home”   Published in The Strip Magazine   Emily B. King   1277 words     Laura Kirich is a professional treasure hunter. Luckily for the people of Pittsburgh, she doesn’t hoard her treasures all to herself. Instead, she sells hand-sculpted pottery, beautiful furniture crafted from salvaged wood and hundreds of other distinctive pieces […]

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