By Chelsea McDade
Pittsburgh’s annual Light Up Night Ceremony was this past Friday, and was expecting to bring in half a million people. So with holiday cheer in the air and tempetures above 50 degrees, I decided to go. I’ve never been to Light Up Night and didn’t know what to expect. So I went with four goals in mind:
- Find a pierogi food vendor (I found one: the Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck – it was delicious!).
- Watch all of the Christmas Tree lighting’s (I only made it to the Highmark Tree lighting)
- Watch fireworks
- Find good coffee
After 1, 2 and 3 were checked off, it was time to complete the list and find good coffee. After bobbing and weaving through thousands of people, I ended up breaking away from the crowd and into Market Square. I didn’t even have to see a coffee shop to know one was there – the smell was enough. The scent of the trail led me to Nicholas Coffee & Tea Co. where the doors were wide open to welcome all of the Light Up Night goers.
From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted by the fresh scent of coffee roasting. That night they had three blends brewing. Regular, eggnog and holiday blend. I had the holiday blend which had subtle hints of hazelnut and cinnamon – it was perfect for the theme of the night.
Nicholas Coffee & Tea Co., walls are lined with hundreds of different flavors to choose from. You can get the whole beans or have them freshly grind for you. From the Scandinavian Morning Blend to the Jamaican High Mountain, they have a coffee blend that is guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s coffee pallet. And if coffee isn’t your thing, they also have a variety of teas to choose from.
Nicholas Coffee & Tea Co. is located at 23 Market Square. They are open Monday – Friday from 7:00am – 5:30pm and Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Can’t make it those hours? Nicholas Coffee is available at select local retailers. Check out their website to find a store near you. http://www.nicholascoffee.us/about.aspx#retailers