Need Something to Do in Pittsburgh? Stop by Dancing in the Square

If you are looking for something fun to do in the Pittsburgh area, check out the Dancing in the Square event. Held every Friday in June at the Downtown Market Square, you can have fun with tons of dancing and music. Everyone should visit this fun city event.

According to Downtown Pittsburgh, there will also be a range of other entertaining activities at Dancing in the Square this June. There will be live performances from professional dance troupes, a DJ, and more. Plus, you can participate in the dancing, which ranges from ballroom to swing and polka.

How did this all begin? Thanks to a great response to the National Ballroom Week Celebration, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership decided to put on a massive event for the whole city. Often drawing hundreds of participants, you won’t believe how much fun Dancing in the Square can be.

This free event was created in conjunction with USA Dance and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Events this year will be on June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24. The Dancing starts at 5pm in the Market Square, just a short, 20 minute drive from our dealership, so don’t be late!

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Open Streets Pittsburgh

It’s not often Pittsburgh closes down a city street, but it’s happening not once, not twice, but three times this year! Open Streets Pittsburgh is all about healthy family fun with no cars allowed. Attendees can bike, skateboard, rollerblade, walk, and run through the street. Free group classes of salsa and yoga are also available.

Open Streets Pittsburgh is part of a much larger movement called Ciclovia. Ciclovia includes hundreds of cities from around the globe. During the events, everyone, businesses, neighbors, non-profits, and everyone in between, comes together to create what can be compared to the happiest city on Earth.

This year, Open Streets Pittsburgh takes place from Market Square to Penn Avenue. Covering the Strip and Lawrenceville’s business district, this is one massive event! Best of all, we here at MINI of Pittsburgh are located one block over on Baum Boulevard!

There will be plenty to do. Even if you aren’t into yoga or salsa, you can always exercise in your own way. Take advantage of the lack of motor vehicles and use the space around you. Travel in ways you never would have considered before. If you can do it without a car, you can do it at Open Streets Pittsburgh which takes place on the last Sunday in May, June, and July!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Best Places to Drive Your MINI in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state with enough scenery to last a person a lifetime. With enough byways to keep you busy for more than one long weekend, driving through this scenic state is an experience in itself. Once you’re behind the wheel and on the road, you might find yourself low on gas before you know it! Here’s a few byways you have to drive if you plan on visiting Pennsylvania:

  • High Plateau – Located on Route 144, this unforgettable area stretches 27 miles. With a bird’s-eye-view of the Sproul State Forest, you’ll take in scenery that hasn’t changed in more than a century.
  • Grand ViewLocated at the top of Mount Washington, you can take in a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle. The skyline, bridges, and unique landscape all make for a memory you’ll never forget.
  • Gateway to the Endless Mountains – Called “one of America’s most scenic drives” by National Geographic, the entrance to the Endless Mountains is absolutely breathtaking. Once you’re there, you have easy access to some of the most memorable hiking and biking trails in the state.

There are plenty of places to drive in Pennsylvania and while some vehicles can’t handle the roads, a MINI can take on even the sharpest curves. Equipped with superior handling, there’s very few hairpins, turns, curves, and byways that a modern MINI can’t handle!

Head out motoring around this spring on some of the most scenic roads in the country and let your MINI handle the twists and turns that come your way.

5 Famous People from Pittsburgh

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Andrew Carnegie tops our list of famous Pittsburghers.
Image From Theodore C. Marceau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the largest and most industrialized cities in the nation, Pittsburgh is a pretty famous city. Many of its residents, from artists to industrialists, are also very famous. The following celebrities and historical figures are 5 famous people from Pittsburgh.

Andrew Carnegie

The American steel industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped make the city of Pittsburgh the large metropolis it is today.

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly, who was born near the city of Pittsburgh, redefined reporting methods in America through her investigative work on a number of important issues and topics.

Michael Keaton

The actor Michael Keaton is most famous for his role as Batman in Gotham City! Keaton himself was born near the Steel City.

Christina Aguilera

This soulful singer may have been born on Staten Island, but she spent the majority of her early life in nearby Rochester, Pennsylvania.

Andy Warhol

One of the most famous and influential American artists, Andy Warhol even has a museum dedicated to his work in right here in Pittsburgh.

Who is your favorite, famous Pittsburgher? Let us know in the comments below.

MINI Searches for Candidates for its Defy Labels Contest

If you watched the Super Bowl, you probably saw the “Defy Labels” advertisement that MINI produced. The campaign was so successful that MINI has decided to expand upon the campaign in a big way!

A recent MINI press release announced that MINI is searching for candidates for its Defy Labels Contest.

Between now and April 7, MINI will accept candidates for the Defy Labels campaign. People can nominate candidates by uploading an image of them and an explanation on how they defy labels to MINI-DefyLabels.com.

From there, an independent panel of judges will select four of the nominees to help kick of the MINI TAKES THE STATES rally!

“People have put labels on the MINI brand for years,” says David Duncan, vice president MINI of the Americas. “We’ve been called the ‘small car’ or the ‘cute car,’ but we know we’re more than that.   Despite those labels, we’ve continued to be inventive and innovative with our product line. The Defy Labels Contest isn’t about rebellion, but rather creating your own path regardless of the labels you’ve been given; a concept the MINI brand understands and embodies.”

If you know of someone who “defies labels”, nominate them as a candidate for the competition today, and check out the series of MINI’s “Defying Labels” videos below.

MINI’s Big Game Commercial

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Serena Williams is a part of MINI’s latest Big Game commercials. Find out how this tennis superstar is defying labels and why she loves MINI.
“Serena Williams (9630783949)” by Edwin Martinez from The Bronx – US Open 2013 Part 2 668Uploaded by Flickrworker. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

MINI has been on somewhat of a hiatus regarding the Big Game advertisements. But this year, it’s finally back. It’ll join the many other companies who put sweat and tears into their Super Bowl commercials. MINI will have its own big game commercial.

So, what will this commercial be? Well, it will be a 30-second spot (so don’t miss it by running to get more guac for your chips!) and will run in the third quarter of the game. It will feature many MINIs, including the brand-new, already popular MINI Clubman.

But that’s not all: this commercial won’t only feature cars, but six well-known people, too. Who?  Top tennis player Serena Williams, recently retired soccer superstar Abby Wambach, skateboarder Tony Hawk, former major league pitcher Randy Johnson, rapper T-Pain and actor Harvey Keitel.

So there’s quite a lot of talent to fit into 30 seconds. And I’m talking about the cars and the stars! Luckily, MINI has alreayd released some longer segments on their website so you can learn how these celebrities all fell in love with MINI. Get ready to settle down and watch it (and the Big Game) February 7th.

National Youth Traffic Safety Month – Keeping Teen Drivers Safe Behind the Wheel

May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, which is an effort to help keep teen drivers safe by highlighting the importance of responsible driving practices. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, distracted teen drivers behind the wheel caused 21% of fatal car crashes. So here are some tips to decrease distractions and increase attention for the road.

  1.  Parents, set a good example. According to the National Safety Council survey, 91% of parents who drive their kids are implementing distracted driving practices themselves. “Do as I say, not as I do” is simply not good enough when it comes to setting a good driving example for your kids!
  2. Put the distractions away. Diversions don’t always come from cell phones but can also include eating, putting on makeup, talking to friends, or even changing the radio.
  3. Hands free does not always mean distraction free. Just because you have a hands free device, your attention can still be diverted from the road.
  4. Teens driving with other teens can increase fatal crash risk by 44%. Teach your young drivers to be attentive at all times and not to take their eyes off the road when talking to passengers.

We at MINI of Pittsburgh are dedicated to highlighting good driving safety practices for both parents and their teen drivers. So please, put the distractions away and come visit us to see the newest lineup of MINIs, today!