Cranberry Needs Soap, Secrets and a Guy Named Joe

The township has something for everyone, but we could use a few more specialty stores and restaurants.

I have a vague memory from when I was 9 years old. I remember being quite anxious to turn 10 and enter into the mysterious age of double digits. I have no idea what I hoped to accomplish when I turned this magical age, just that it had been a very long time in coming, and I was excited about it.

Now that I am well into my double-digit years, a decade seems to pass in the blink of an eye.

Much has changed around Cranberry in the past 10 years. Businesses, restaurants, neighbors and stores have come and gone. Land that once was open field now has been developed into housing, commercial and retail space.

Many longtime residents bemoan the loss of those wide-open spaces and two-lane roads. I probably would, too, if I’d been born and raised here.

I’m from the Midwest, however, and my husband and I moved to Cranberry just 10 years ago. In Cranberry terms that makes me 10 years old again.

I like this Cranberry math.

As a newly licensed member of the Cranberry double-digit club, I would like to make a few suggestions.

First of all, we need soap here in Cranberry. And lotion, and body spray, and hand sanitizer, and lovely little gift sets packaged with bows. All of this smelly stuff should come housed in a Bath & Body Works store. Not sure where to put it? The Streets of Cranberry seems like the perfect location to me.

We also need a little help from Vickie. She has a secret that she’s happy to share.Her secrets come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, styles and shapes to suit just about any woman. Sure, you can drive down to Ross Park Mall to visit the store there, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a Victoria’s Secret in Cranberry?

I doubt that Vickie is friends with a guy named Joe, but he’s someone with whom I would love to get better acquainted. I’ve visited his store in Pittsburgh a few times and can’t get enough of his wonderful stuff. Trader Joe’s is a specialty grocery store that carries a wonderful assortment of hard-to-find and unique food items. There’s a little bit of just about everything at this store, and we need it all up here in the 'Berry.

Finally, with apologies to Olive Garden fans everywhere, we really need a few more non-chain restaurants in the area. Please. With sugar on top.

My vision of a perfect Cranberry includes a Thai restaurant that delivers, a coffee house that serves vegetarian fare and big bowls of homemade soup, and a pizza place that offers homemade pies hot off the grill with goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.

I know I lost you on the vegetarian fare and goat cheese pizza, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

There are a few more stores and businesses on my wish list, but I don’t want to be greedy. Besides, I need something to wish for when I turn 16, 18 and even 21.

Linda Harger June 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM
A French restaurant/bakery.
Eric Gordon June 07, 2011 at 01:57 PM
How about some entertainment? You can shop till you drop and drink till you fall off your barstool, but unless you're 8 years old and like to play in the ball pit at Fun 4 All, there's really nothing to do! I get it, places like North Park Lounge and Buffalo Wild Wings are awesome places to watch sports, but once again, sit -> drink -> fall over -> repeat. Let's get a small live music club going in one of the new spots where the Market House used to be! It's right on 19, ample parking and easy to patrol. I KNOW we have enough musicians in this town to fill the stage on any given night :-) I recommend a jazz club or Big Band theme, with an open mic night on Thursdays... Alright Big Money, now run with it...
Albert June 07, 2011 at 02:01 PM
I would love to see a Half Price Books in Cranberry. I was on the hopeful list to see a Buffalo Wild Wings which we finally got. And I'd love to see the Cracker Barrel that's been talked about materialize. As for Pizza, it's kind of hard to beat Monte Cellos and Domenicos.
Tim Casey June 07, 2011 at 02:49 PM
More chains are the wrong way to go. If you want sustainability we should encourage small, independent businesses. Our area is large enough to setup a special zoning area if needed. Perhaps a "village" that is comprised of individually-owned establishments. Chains are only loyal to the area as long as the revenues work. Businesses owned by local residents will stick it out over the long-term. CBT will not forever enjoy this massive expansion- let's start to encourage businesses that are committed to the area - because they live here.
Mary June 07, 2011 at 03:42 PM
I own a small, very independent, gift shop in Cranberry called Plumberry Gifts. It is located in Cranberry Gardens Plaza----the one with Monte Cellos. It is a very unique shop....many of the items are hand crafted, and many are from people in this area. I know that people want non-chain stores and restaurants...so do I...the hard part is getting people to know about the shop in the first place. So, stop in! The hours are Mon-Fri from 11 to 6:30 and Sat from 10 to 4. Once you stop in, this is the place you will come to when you want to buy something that is truly unique.
Christine Iwanski June 07, 2011 at 06:19 PM
The Cracker Barrel will probably never materialize because Cranberry won't allow them to have the candles on the tables. It's a violation of their fire code. Before you go all bonkers about Bravo having candles, technically that's in Marshall Township.
Keri June 07, 2011 at 06:23 PM
I agree on the Trader Joe's 100%.. I was holding out hope when the new Shop N Save was just breaking ground that I would see a Trader Joe's coming soon sign... :( but NO!
Joanne Casale June 07, 2011 at 06:24 PM
"My vision of a perfect Cranberry includes a Thai restaurant that delivers, a coffee house that serves vegetarian fare and big bowls of homemade soup, and a pizza place that offers homemade pies hot off the grill with goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes." I believe I love you! a Trader Joes would be A-Mazing. Would also love to see places connected with sidewalks so if you wanted, you could park and walk to the shops and restaurants. Also agreed about the small businesses, but it is even hard to get a call back from a developer if you are a small business. They want national names as anchors.
Sharon Panaia June 07, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Agree.I too am a" Double Digit" interested in bistro dining ...wine bars and jazzy clubs. A great community in need of savy investors! I'd like to see Cranberry become like a baby Soho!
Becky June 08, 2011 at 02:07 PM
TACO BELL!!!! I have lived here since 1984 and I am very happy with the growth of Cranberry... but really really would like a Taco bell/KFC!!! Not asking much that's all :) Definitely agree with the Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works too! Oh and I am so excited that they are finally talking about getting a BIGGER Sheetz!! It's about time, it is just a big CLUSTER right now...
marcy bates June 08, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Cranberry HAS a half price bookstore. It has a different name because it is not part of the chain out of Texas, but is owned by a local single mom. The Book Place is located in Piazza Plaza (where Domenico's Restaurant is) and boasts over 60,000 used books on its shelves, all sold at half price. It also carries an exclusive line of unique gift items called Recycled Reads which are all made from outdated books and magazines
No name June 29, 2011 at 12:39 AM
sidewalks - ha! c'berry is full of deadened sidewalks to no where!


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