Supporting members make The Incline possible, so we wanted to put them in the spotlight with this series.
Meet Mary Weidner, biker, die-hard Pittsburgher and resident of Westwood (a little-known and under-appreciated neighborhood that’s actually part of the city)!
Where in town might people run into you?
In the bike lanes. I know it’s a controversial topic in Pittsburgh, but the bike lanes and trails are my happy place and make me feel so connected to the city. I can’t rave enough about them. I work remotely so I’m also always at coffee shops and libraries. Some of my favorites are Carnegie Coffee Company, Black Forge, and Ineffable Ca Phe. Lastly, watching my favorite local band Boy Cat perform at Howlers (or on rooftops 😀).
What’s something you’re working on — in big ways or small — that you could use help with?
I’ve been getting more and more into weightlifting and would love to be connected to other women who lift in Pittsburgh. (Feel free to connect with me on my fitness Instagram account @mary_works_out)
What made you decide to become a member of The Incline?
The Incline makes Pittsburgh a better place and it makes me a better Pittsburgher. You’ve got to invest in that. The neighborly feelings, the connection, and the information it shares with me are worth well over $8/month.
What local business do you think deserves a shoutout (and why)?
Got to support my friends doing cool things. Style Truck is a mobile boutique that will make you look hella good. PluralWoven for fiber art and woven gifts. Lastly, shout out to my business, a fitness and meal planning app called Strongr Fastr. Find us on the app stores 🙂
What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved?
Creative Mornings Pittsburgh. It’s a speaker series that takes place at a new location around Pittsburgh one Friday morning of every month. I’ve been introduced to so many new places around the city and to so many people doing cool things. Always feel-good and thoughtful, it’s the best way to start a Friday.
What’s a recent story you’ve read about Pittsburgh that you wish more people cared about (and why)?
Every Pittsburgher should read the recent study that spells out how Pittsburgh is failing our Black neighbors. Use Cocoapreneur to find Black-owned businesses in your neighborhood to support (I’m a big fan of Arnold’s Tea and Power Bites). Watch the State of Black Pittsburgh in 2019 and follow/support the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Watch the events section in The Incline for more ways to learn about these issues and support change.
What are you celebrating in your life right now
Dean Bog’s weekly Neighborhoods series on YouTube. He’s a local filmmaker who’s making short videos on various neighborhoods around Pittsburgh and they all make my heart burst with affection for the city. I look forward to the new episodes every week.
Supporting members like Mary make our work possible — and they get special perks like event discounts, ticket giveaways, and bonus content in the newsletter. Become an Incline member today to join the crew.