Morningside is one of Pittsburgh’s best kept secrets. Close-knit and friendly, neighbors live in two-story brick homes with old fashioned porches that encourage long talks and quick chats with friends and neighbors. Children ride their bicycles in the gentle shade of the trees that line the sidewalk, and joggers have two-square miles of neighborhood to explore. The Morningside Area Community Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Morningside VFW Hall at 1820 Morningside Avenue.
In this new series, MACC interviews one of our business sponsors to find out what Morningside looks like through the eyes of an entrepreneur. This month we talked to Lisa, who recently celebrated Hairstyles by Lisa’s 30th anniversary in Morningside.
Business: Hairstyles by Lisa
Established: January 4, 1984
Why did you choose to open a business in Morningside? How did you get started?
I chose to open a business in Morningside because I was born and raised here. When my business was established, I was 19 and too young to get a loan, so my father co-signed for me.
What do you enjoy most about running your business? What makes your business special?
I have been very blessed to have survived for this many years here. I credit my success to all my clients who have stuck with me through thick and thin. I would not have survived without them. Also, it has taken a lot of hard work. It has not been easy. I have enjoyed running a business, but the best part has been the close relationships I have developed with my clients. That’s what makes my business so special.
What has been your biggest challenge with running a business in Morningside?
The biggest challenges I face are trying to keep a small business going, between the economy and challenging times. It’s harder now than ever before because of the rising costs of overhead and the larger businesses taking over the smaller ones. I hope to stick around a while because I love what I do, and I love the neighborhood.
The Department of Administrative Services, Elections Division, is requesting that all Morningside residents that previously voted at the Morningside School now report to the Morningside VFW for the Primary Election on May 20, 2014, and all other future elections. Any resident with a question regarding the change in venue is encouraged to contact Laurence J. Szurley of the Department of Administrative Services at 412-350-4525.
The Spring 2014 edition of the Morningside Messenger newsletter will be in mailboxes soon, but a full color version is available to download now!
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