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Why Move to Pittsburgh?

If you are contemplating a move to “The Burgh,” you might like to know what makes this city a good place to live, work, and play. So, here are some of Weleski Transfer’s top reasons why moving to Pittsburgh is a great idea. (Disclaimer: We love it here, so we may have just a smidgen of bias!)

Living in Pittsburgh. Compared to other cities, Pittsburgh’s cost of living is really affordable —about 12 percent below the national average. Housing is the biggest bargain in your market basket, with a median value between $136K and $149K (per Zillow and Forbes) for homes in the metro area. Your health is in good hands here—the metro area is home to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its network of hospitals, which are ranked no. 12 on the honor roll of best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.Moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - city in the United States. Skyline with Monongahela River.

As for personal enrichment, Pittsburgh is unmatched for educational and cultural opportunities. Our institutions for higher learning include the stellar Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University—and 20 other colleges and universities within ten miles of the city center. One travel expert counts 38 museums here. Among them are the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (be sure to check out the dinosaur exhibit), Bicycle Heaven (enjoy free admission to the world’s largest display of bicycles, including one made famous by Paul Reubens in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”), and the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies—where you can tour an array of rooms, each representing a different cultural group integral to the history and culture of Allegheny County.

And if you enjoy eating, you’ll love the diversity of Pittsburgh’s culinary scene. In terms of population, Pittsburgh ranks third nationwide for number of restaurants and sixth for number of farmer’s markets. In 2015, Zagat named Pittsburgh the best food city in the U.S. Bon Appétit!

Working in Pittsburgh. Our city grew up as an industrial powerhouse, with over 1,000 factories in operation by the 1850s. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s investments helped spur the city’s leadership in steel production and earned it the nickname “Steel City.” Although it no longer leads in steel production, the city is home to a diverse and vibrant mix of manufacturing and service sector employment in technology, financial services, healthcare and education. In 2016, Forbes ranked it as number 94 in best places for business and careers. Right now, on Indeed.com, you’ll find over 20,000 employment opportunities in Pittsburgh. We need more people!

Playing in Pittsburgh. Whether enjoying your own favorite recreation or watching the pros at play, there are endless things to do in Pittsburgh. The outdoors is beautiful and beckons the adventurous with myriad venues for hiking, biking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing. Click here for more information about our local parks and outdoor recreation.

If you enjoy golf, Pittsburgh’s many courses will challenge and delight you, including Oakmont Country Club, rated among the 100 greatest courses in the country by Gold Digest and host for the 2016 U.S. Open, and Fox Chapel Golf Club, which ranks among Gold Digest’s second 100 greatest courses.

Of course, Pittsburgh is world famous for professional sports, being home to the Steelers (six NFL championships), the Pirates (five world series titles) and the Penguins (five Stanley Cups and current champions looking to three-peat).

Obviously, “The Burgh” has a lot to like. This list is just a start on the many reasons people move here. So I wonder: what do you like best about Pittsburgh?

’Tis the Season for Trade Shows, Too

November is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, the busiest buying time for stores and online merchants. It’s also a busy time for trade shows. You’ll find an array of events around Pittsburgh where vendors of all stripes converge to display and sell their goods. And you may see Weleski Transfer trucks and personnel helping with tradeshow logistics, moving boxes of merchandise and displays in and out of the exhibit venues.Family shopping at Christmas Trade Show

The Pittsburgh Toy, Comic and Childhood Collectibles Show (Steel City Con) takes place December 9 to 11 at the Monroeville Convention Center. It’s billed as the largest toy show in the U.S. with over 500 dealers. You’ll find antique, classic, and vintage toys; games and  trading cards; and film and television memorabilia. This event also features several celebrities—this year you’ll see some faces from AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Art and craft shows are popular this time of year. They allow smaller entrepreneurs and home-based businesses a chance to market themselves in aggregate. The Handmade Arcade is a free event on December 3 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It features more than 150 exhibitors and is recognized by BuzzFeed as one of the world’s top 35 Indie Craft Fairs.

Another sizable craft fair takes place here in Tarentum, home of Weleski Transfer. The Holiday Gift Giving and Craft Expo starts on Black Friday (November 25 to 27) and spans four weeks. A portion of the receipts benefits the Pittsburgh Food Bank. You can find it at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. Downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square is a family-favorite venue this time of year. The People’s Gas Holiday Market provides a European-themed shopping experience with vendors in Alpine-style booths. It runs from November 18 through December 23.

A week after the New Year rings in, you can catch one of the area’s bigger trade shows of the year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Original Pittsburgh RV Show attracts about 30,000 people over eight days (January 7 to 15). In addition to manufacturers and sellers of motor homes, trailers, and campers, the show features about a hundred vendors of all kinds for recreation, home improvement, and business services. It’s followed a week later by the World of Wheels (January 20 to 22), a custom car show expected to draw over 20,000 auto enthusiasts.

Many smaller exhibitors, such as ma and pa entrepreneurs, often handle their own trade show services. However, Weleski Transfer is always available to provide assistance as needed. Look to our trade show experts for specialized transportation; helping load and unload exhibits, displays, and merchandise; handling setup and take-down of trade show displays; and planning your trade show logistics to ensure exhibitors get the bottom-line benefits of efficiency.

Questions about trade show services? Contact Weleski for answers.

Discover Pittsburgh With Long Distance Movers

You just got a new job and had to worry about moving out of state. Then, you sorted through the long distance moving companies and found some cross country movers you could trust. Now you just have to worry about your family. What are you going to do once you get to Pittsburgh? How are you going to acquaint your kids with their new hometown? Trust the long distance movers of Weleski Transfer to help!

The Weleski family has been helping families adjust to their new homes for four generations. Over the years, we’ve worked with many families moving long-distance to the Pittsburgh area. Below are the top attractions that our team enjoys sharing with new members of the community:    Tigers that the long distance movers love visiting at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Wild Animals. Your brood is likely to simply go ape at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. It’s big—sprawling over 77 acres—and features about 4000 species of animals in their natural habitats. In September 2016, for the second time, Parents Magazine ranked this the fourth best zoo for kids in the country.  Hours vary by season, so check out the website to plan a visit to this awesome attraction.

Interactive Museums.  People love Pittsburgh, but kids especially love Pittsburgh for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It’s an interactive wonderland and imagination igniter for kids of all ages—including you, Dad!  It’s located on the north side of the city in the Allegheny Center neighborhood, and it’s open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Amazing Views. The Duquesne Incline is an engineering marvel that takes you up the side of Mt. Washington. When you reach the observation deck, you’ll see a fabulous panorama of the city and its three rivers. Is it the most beautiful view in America? You decide. The ride operates from early morning to after midnight every day.  You’ll find it on the southern bank near the three-river confluence.

Water Adventures. With three rivers, Pittsburgh is famous for river fun. Which includes enchanting river boat cruises. The view of the city from the river is unforgettable. Choose from several kid-themed packages—the pirate voyage dinner cruise is a favorite. Embark on your family river adventure at Historic Station Square, on the southern shore of the Monongahela River.

Pittsburgh Tours. Just Ducky Tours gives you an exciting excursion over land and water. You’ll enjoy a fully narrated tour through the city in a WWII amphibious vehicle.  Your adventure starts at Station Square with departures every 90 minutes from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, April through November.

This is by no means a complete list of things to do in Pittsburgh. If you’d like more suggestions, call our long distance movers. Start budgeting for your post-move adventure today by getting a free online quote!

Top 5 Holiday Highlights in Pittsburgh

They say there’s no place like home for the holidays. That’s especially true if your home happens to be Pittsburgh. In late November, the city becomes all aglitter with holiday festivity. There is so much to do and see that it’s tough to choose, but here are our five favorite holiday highlights.

1. Lights! On the Friday before Thanksgiving, downtown Pittsburgh is the place to be. The city ushers in the holiday season with “Light Up Night.” There are tree lightings, carriage rides, tasty foods, music, even fireworks. Your family will feel the early warmth of Christmas glow—maybe even catch a glimpse of that chubby old elf in the red suit. It’s a wonderful event for kids of all ages—including grandma and grandpa.

2. Downtown, check out the goings-on at PPG Place, adjacent to Market Square. Lace up a pair of skates and take a spin on the expanded and renovated MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink. The rink surrounds a spectacular 32-foot Christmas tree and buzzes with activity through February.

3. PPG Place is also home to Wintergarden, a magnificent atrium. During the holidays it showcases the creative fancies of local bakers in a regional gingerbread-house competition. Yum! When you see the model trains “choo-chooing” around the track, you may feel just like a kid again.

4. Do you love a parade? You’re in luck!  NBC TV affiliate WPXI sponsors an annual holiday parade on the last Saturday in November.  You’ll see approximately 80 different acts come down the street. Besides big floats and inflatables, you’ll enjoy the brassy rhythms and showmanship of the area’s top marching bands. A celebrity or two is usually on hand to add a dash of star power—past participants include Christina Aguilera, Alex Trebek, and Pat Sajak, to name but a few.

5. Since 1999, Pittsburgh has had the distinction and honor to present the only authorized replica in the world of the famous Nativity scene that stands outside St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Pittsburgh Crèche features 20 figurines in a large scale setting that measures 64 ft. wide by 36 ft. deep and 42 ft. high. This unique attraction offers inspiration and a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. It stays on display from late November through January 8 (Feast of Epiphany).

While Christmas is a special season here in Pittsburgh, you’ll find wonderful events and attractions year round. If you’re new to the area or planning to move here, you may enjoy this post on Pittsburgh’s Top “Don’t Miss” Attractions.

Pittsburgh’s Top “Don’t Miss” Attractions

If you asked a hundred people to name their favorite things to see and do in the Pittsburgh area, no two lists would be the same. With that caveat, here are some places you will enjoy checking out as you make your own list.

The city’s North Shore is home to two fabulous sports venues. If you like America’s pastime, take in a Pirates game at PNC Park. The city provides a breathtaking backdrop—many consider this park to be the finest for baseball in the U.S. If you’re a fan of football, plan an outing to Heinz Field. It’s the home of the Steelers, six-time Super Bowl Champions. This stadium makes watching football an unforgettable event in itself.

The exotic plant life and Victorian architecture of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens may well transport you to another time and place. This must-see landmark in Schenley Park is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Don’t miss it!

Pittsburgh-July BlogThe Duquesne Incline near the city’s south side is one of the area’s most popular attractions. You can ride in one of the original 19th century rail cars to the top of Mt. Washington for a postcard view of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle”, the famed downtown district where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River.

There’s no place like Pittsburgh’s Strip—a foodie’s paradise located in a scenic neighborhood on the southeast side of the Allegheny just down from the 31st Street Bridge. You’ll find dozens of specialty shops, pubs, and ethnic eateries. Points of historic interest here include the John Heinz Regional History Center and the Pennsylvania Railroad Fruit Auction Building.

Six miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh resides an extraordinary collection of automated musical instruments. Once the private residence of industrialist Charles Brown, the Bayernhof Music Museum is a stunning 19,000 square-foot mansion. Among its many features are an indoor cave and swimming pool with 10’ waterfall.

The Carnegie Museum of Art in the North Oakland area houses one of the world’s finest permanent collections of modern art. Referred to as “Old Masters of Tomorrow,” it contains some 30,000 works of visual arts. The museum is part of an expansive campus that includes the Carnegie Library and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. There’s so much to see—it may blow your mind.

There are literally hundreds of interesting things to do and see in Pittsburgh. This list is just a start.

Are you already a Pittsburgh native? Let us know what your favorite attractions are in the comments!

If you are ready plan your move to Pittsburgh, and can’t wait to check out all these exciting Pittsburgh attractions, contact us today!