What’s Allegheny County drinking? A lot of red wine — Barefoot preferred — whiskey and vodka, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Lovers of wine and liquor spent a whooping $291,618,313 on the stuff at state-controlled stores between June 2015 and June 2016. While customers spent the most on red wine throughout the year, they preferred vodka and Hennessy to celebrate a Penguins win.
RIP YIA YIA
Stella Kalaris, known to many as one half of the North Side ice ball cart Gus and Yia Yia’s, died this week at 81. “She was the ultimate Greek mother,” her daughter Christina Avlon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kalaris, suffering from spinal stenosis and chronic leukemia, spent much of the last three years in her Brighton Heights home. “Where’s Stella?” her husband Gus heard from customers, he told the paper. “I think people liked her more than they liked me.”
ARSENAL VS. ARSENAL
Arsenal Football Club (based out of the U.K.) is challenging a trademark application by Arsenal Cider House (a cider house located in Pittsburgh). The latter’s owner, Bill Larkin, is just as confused as you probably are. “I really don’t understand it completely,” he told KDKA. “I know that they don’t have their name on alcohol that I know of, that I can find on the internet, but somehow they’ve justified opposing our trademark.”
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We went live on Facebook last night outside Soldiers & Sailors, where Bon Jovi was getting out the vote for Hillary. We talked to the first people in line, found out who people were really there for (HRC or Jon) and spotted some pretty punny signs and shirts. Check it out here. And Bill Clinton, who is scheduled to be in Aliquippa this morning, made a surprise appearance, TribLive reported.
The great ghost stories are more than creepy, they must have a twist too, according to the founders of Haunted Pittsburgh. And the end of the story they shared with The Incline is downright eerie. Read that story and three others Pittsburgh ghost tales you haven’t heard before.