A Brief History of Shadyside

history of shadyside

Shadyside, located in the East End of Pittsburgh, is a vibrant neighborhood with plenty to eat, drink and see. Two years ago, the Niche company named Shadyside as the best neighborhood in the ‘burgh for millennials

Shadyside is home to retail-driven Walnut St., home to Pittsburgh’s oldest jewelry store, Henne Jewelers. In addition to retail, there are multiple restaurants on Walnut St., including Pamela’s Diner. Pamela’s has been serving breakfast to the Shadyside neighborhood for nearly 40 years (even President Obama and First Lady Michelle stopped by in 2009!).

The history of Shadyside starts with farmland, believe it or not. It became residential in the late 1800s and in the ’50s, the Walnut St. retail area began. For those who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, did you visit Shadyside when it was what the Pittsburgh Press dubbed “Our Greenwich Village.” The neighborhood was nicknamed this because it was a place for hippies to enjoy themselves in the 1960s and ’70s.

Long ago, Shadyside also was home to an iron furnace and a small oil refinery!

This vibrant area is host to many events in Pittsburgh every year, including the Shadyside Arts Festival.  Residents of the area, Pittsburghers as a whole and visitors from all over the world attend to shop, dine and enjoy themselves along Walnut Street.

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