Welcome to the Rustbelt


Our Venue:

The Beauty Shoppe | Pitt Building


A former HQ for the Americus Republican Club of Pittsburgh where,100 years ago, members could be found rubbing elbows and puffing on cigars with Teddy Roosevelt in the building’s formidable billiard rooms. Fast forward to the present: The Beauty Shoppe (co-working space) has taken an unapologetic move to restore the grand nature of this space and the role it can play in Pittsburgh’s urban professional ecosystem. This time around, all are welcome.

Our City:

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh is a Rustbelt city on the rise, and it’s home to some incredible food, music, art galleries, nightlife, and, of course, great writers like you. We’ll keep you caffeinated and fed at the conference, but if you’re new to town, you might want to check out some of these nearby places.

Where To Eat:

De Fer Coffee - 2002 Smallman St

Upscale coffee shop serving exclusive pour-overs, espresso drinks, and yummy bites. Their seasonal lattes are the best!

Bluebird Kitchen - 221 Forbes Ave

Cute grab & go breakfast and lunch shop. Don't be fooled by their affordable prices and fast service - this place has some serious quality food. Using only the best ingredients and offering vegan & allergy-friendly options, Bluebird is one of the best lunch spots in town.

Nicky's Thai Kitchen - 903 Penn Ave

Easily the best Thai food in Pittsburgh, open for lunch & dinner!

The Commoner - 458 Strawberry Way

Located right inside of Hotel Monaco, The Commoner is perfect for lunch & dinner. Be sure to hit up their bar for happy hour!

Hello Bistro - 292 Forbes Ave

Quick-bite comfort food. Hello Bistro specializes in huge custom salads and classic grilled cheese. 

Sienna Mercato - 942 Penn Ave

Two-story Italian eatery featuring gourmet pizzas and fun meatball entrees. Grab a drink at their rooftop beer garden. Tasty, quick, and cheap, we recommend this for lunch or dinner!

Tako - 214 6th St

Lively taqueria with inventive Mexican street food and great cocktails. Perfect for an after-conference drink.

Meat & Potatoes - 649 Penn Ave

Chic & modern American-style gastropub featuring gourmet meats and fancy cocktails. You can usually find a local jazz group playing in the bar behind the restaurant. We've heard great things about their brunch, too!

The Milkshake Factory - 314 Fifth Ave

Because dessert! Delicious milkshakes, sundaes, and treats. Pack up some truffles and candy from their chocolate bar for the ride home.