A dream of mine since I was a little girl has come true: I am a business-woman in downtown Pittsburgh.
I was born and raised in the Burgh (and by that, I mean my street signs were blue). Prior to working at AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District, I lived in Austin, Texas then moved back to the Pittsburgh and worked from home. Having left Pittsburgh, I really learned to appreciate all that this city has to offer and now that I work in the Cultural District, I have the opportunity live and breathe it everyday.
My morning starts with a drive through the re-energized West End, and as I turn onto Carson Street, it’s like the city is welcoming me into its arms with that famous view of the Golden Triangle and city skyline. Lately as I approach Fort Duquesne Blvd, with PNC Park to my left, I can smell the hotdogs and cracker jacks as the Pirates Home Opener fast approaches.
I also get the chance to spoil myself everyday while walking to client meetings. This week as I walked towards Market Square, the air permeated with scents of mouth-watering food and when I reached the center of Market Square, I couldn’t help but to smile and take it all in. There was a buzz in the air, ice skaters were twirling and business folks were taking a break from their day to enjoy lunch. I walk to all of my meetings in town (thank you, mild winter) because I don’t want to miss the chance to see the ornate details on the buildings, or bump into an old friend or client.
As my day ends, and I am stuck in traffic with my fellow Pittsburghers, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Working downtown has not only afforded me the opportunity to sightsee everyday, but also the chance to meet and work with fantastic people. My colleagues and clients are amazing and they share my affinity for Pittsburgh. I am a proud Pittsburgh native, who can now say I am fulfilling my dreams of working in the best city in the world.
By Michelle Warren,
Outside Sales Representative,
AlphaGraphics in the Cultural District