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Allgreen Outdoor Living, owned by Amanda and Rusty Becker, started as a landscaping and maintenance company that has since evolved into a supply company. 

Allgreen has retaining walls, paving stones, outdoor furniture, outdoor kitchens, gazebos, fireplaces, and outdoor lighting. They provide anything a homeowner or contractor would need for the ultimate outdoor hospitality space. Allgreen is located at 1165 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia PA, just north of the 228 Route 8 intersection. 

Since Allgreen provides building material, they are considered essential and remains open to the public. They have chose to limit access to their indoor showroom, but their outdoor lot remains open and offers call-ahead pick up for materials. To maintain as little contact as possible, they ask customers to stay in the vehicle while their staff loads all materials for you.

For those who are looking for ideas for their next project, Allgreen has a downloadable catalog available on their website. They have pictures of products online and are available for email and phone conversations concerning design ideas.

Right now, Allgreen is offering 5 free designs for customers this week. By posting pictures of their design ideas, measurements, color scheme, and pictures of their design space in the comments of their Facebook and Instagram posts, you could enter to win a free design consultation from Allgreen

Allgreen has a list of contractors that partner with them to help their customers design the perfect outdoor space with the highest quality items and building materials. “In all of this we are trying to figure out how to service contractors as well,” Amanda explains their efforts in trying to help local contractors as well as homeowners.

In the future, Allgreen hopes to host events at their outdoor space for the community and local vendors or contractors in the Greater Pittsburgh Area with the help of Amanda’s business, Appleseed Events. 

You may be thinking, ‘I really wish I had more comfortable patio furniture’ or ‘I really want a fire pit outside’, and since you’re cooking at home due to social distancing, maybe an outdoor kitchen this summer will be the perfect way for you to enjoy family dinners. If you’re thinking of any outdoor improvements, contact Allgreen Living for high-quality outdoor supplies by calling or visiting their website or connecting with them via Facebook or Instagram.



Ashley Gounaris is the owner of a small business, Gounaris Housekeeping LCC, established in 2013. They provide in-home routine or service cleaning that can be customized to the client’s needs.

They service clients in the Greater Pittsburgh Area including Wexford, Hampton, Sewickley, Cranberry, and North Hills.

Gounaris and her team of house-cleaning experts are effectively and safely working through the virus. They have KN95 masks, disposable gloves, and specific cleaning supplies and methods to help kill the virus. According to the essential business qualification list, they have permission to continue their services to household owners.

Gounaris was given detailed information from John Hopkins University research so that she can effectively sanitize homes to keep families and her employees safe from the virus.

Methods include which temperature of water to use, which alcohol percentage to use, and which solutions to use to help break down the virus. She also knows that bactericides or antibiotics serve no use in killing the virus since it is not a living organism and the exact time frame that the virus lives on a surface. 

These are just some of the methods and precautions Gounaris and her staff use to ensure the safety and well being of their clients. 

During this time, millions of families are at home busy with homeschooling and working while they can. “Unless everyone [at home] is working together, it’s messy…the concern for the virus… the need for sanitation is there. We offer different options. If you prefer to stay at home, we can give you the products to clean. Or, we are still willing to come clean for you,” says Gounaris.

If you’re wanting to take the extra step to make sure your own home and your family is safe and clean while self-quarantining, contact Gounaris HouseKeeping LLC for a thorough, safe experience. Or call 412-376-5950.




Michelle Myrter works with Juice Plus as an independent representative. She sells Juice Powder concentrates and oils from more than 40 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. People are supposed to get 7-13 different fruit and vegetables every day; athletes need even more. It is not to replace fruits and vegetables but it helps bridge the gap of what we should eat and what we do eat. It is the most clinically researched nutrition product in the world with more than 30 research studies that have been conducted in leading hospitals and universities around the world, such as MD Anderson, Yale, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt. 

One of the independent clinical studies shows Juice Plus supports the function of the immune system. The mission is to inspire healthy living around the world and this is an easy and affordable way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet every single day. There are so many free webinars from top doctors on the importance of proper nutrition and how what you eat has a direct impact on your health and prevention of diseases. There are also free recipe ebooks and workouts available to help people on their health journeys. 

What people may not know is some synthetic vitamins can do more harm than good. Your body can’t process synthetic things so they are not absorbed into the body but with juice plus it is bioavailable and gets right into the bloodstream.  Your body knows what to do with food but not synthetic things. 

The Family healthy starts program offers a free fruit and vegetable with any adult order for up to 4 years which includes college students. 

The Tower Garden is another way to help people live a healthy lifestyle. It is a vertical aeroponic gardening system that allows you to grow multiple different fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers all year round because you can grow inside or outside. Myrter loves her Tower Garden and states “I had my indoor garden growing beautifully in the middle of February and I live in western PA”

Myrter states” People want to be their healthiest & their immune system needs to be the strongest it can be right now especially in today’s environment”

“I truly believe it saved my son’s life. He had severe sensory issues and wasn’t able to eat any fruits and veggies and because of his diet he was always so sick and was supposed to have an operation that he didn’t end up needing because he was able to get this nutrition into him and it completely changed everything for him,” says Myrter.

She also experienced its benefits when her chronic pain and allergies symptoms disappeared. Myrter states, “my family is the healthiest we have ever been thanks to Juice Plus”

There are 3 types of people: those who can’t eat fruits and vegetables, those who won’t eat fruits and vegetables and those who don’t eat fruits and vegetables. Wherever you fit in that list, you probably aren’t getting enough and this is an easy and affordable way to bridge the gap.  The products conveniently ship right to your front door! You can contact Myrter through her website!


Just in Thyme is an event and catering company with a different twist – no menu and completely customizable dishes based on you and your event. Their venue space is stunning with a rustic-modern decor and will soon be expanding for a capacity of 100+ people in a given event. If you have ever tried their food, you know they take time and care with every single dish.

Just in Thyme believes catering shouldn’t be limited “choices to circle on a menu”. 

Justin Harrison and John Vallese take their time with your event menu. They focus on your theme and your reason for the event while keeping your personality and food restrictions in mind when creating a personalized, detailed menu made with exquisite ingredients. 

“It’s all about seeing how the different ingredients mix together”, Vallese explains when discussing how the variables determine each event menu that is created.

Just in Thyme wants to offer their customers and the community something that they have never done before; a full catered Easter Buffet Dinner available for pick up or delivery. 

“I want to spend my Easter making people happy,” Vallese says. He believes this will be accomplished by delivering families a full Easter dinner. This Easter Dinner includes maple and brown sugar glazed ham, broccoli salad, cinnamon and honey glazed sweet potatoes, and much more. You can pick up your order cold on Saturday, April 11 from 12 pm to 4 pm or hot/cold on Sunday, April 12 from 10 am to 12 pm.

This dinner can be pre-made and packaged appropriately for you to pick up before the holiday, or it can be delivered and set up for you so that you can enjoy the holiday with your family at home without the stress of finding groceries at the stores. 

Harrison and Vallese are taking appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their staff and future customers. Even the delivery process will be handled with safety precautions. 

The delivery process will be handled with extreme safety precautions like wearing gloves and changing them constantly, packaging food with extra care, and encasing food in more wrapping than usual. The staff will be keeping their distance from customers when it comes to pick-up orders. They will also be keeping their event center closed to the public and only keep a limited staff. 

If you’re looking for the best, exquisite gourmet food in the area without the frustration and stress of cooking an Easter dinner by yourself, give Just In Thyme a call and you’re in good hands. 

You can call or message Just in Thyme by liking them through their Facebook and Instagram pages. 



Your CBD Store provides health and wellness options with alternative medicines and CBD oils. Shaun Painter, the owner of the Cranberry store and partner at several others in the area, says that the stores will be open during this time of social distancing.

CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and heart disease.

There is a corporate website customers can use to look at items sold, however ordering. Right now, participating Your CBD Stores will be offering a BOGO sale that is valid with phone orders only. All products are buy one get one 50% off (on items of equal or lesser value). This sale will be honored until further notice.

All Your CBD Stores in the Greater Pittsburgh area are open for pick-up and deliveries. Painter stated that his Cranberry store will be able to deliver or ship your orders to your house. There is also a pick-up process where Painter and his dedicated employees will bring your items to your car. 

Painter and his employees have also taken the extra mile by helping local elderly customers and even noncustomers by picking up and delivering groceries or household items for those who can’t leave their house.

Along with the in-store pick-up and delivery services, Your CBD Store is offering a BOGO sale at participating locations including Zelienople, owned by Cassy Jurysta. All products are buy one get one 50%  (at equal or lesser value). This sale will be honored until further notice. 

“Even if we have to close, we will still provide delivery and shipping for our customers,” Painter says. Currently, their Cranberry store has current hours of 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday for customers who order and pick up their CBD products. 

You can visit Your CBD Store’s Facebook page. For any orders or CBD item purchases with the BOGO sale, call the Cranberry store location at 877-200-1686.






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