This is pretty exciting. The folks at Choderwood have offered a one night stay to a reader!  I visited the property earlier this summer and could not believe that this place exists just up the road from Lawrenceville, in Highland Park. It’s one of just two residential homes on our rivers, and it’s ended up in great hands. Next door is a second river home. Both were built in 1905 by the Army Corps of Engineers and were used for their employees to live in while they worked. Jody & Steve Choder bought the property in 2001 and have turned it into an amazing *river retreat art garden* within the city limits. They have guest rooms in the main house as well as two docked house boats on the water where guests can stay. Enjoy the pictures and if you’d like to have a chance at winning a night’s stay on one of the boats, leave a comment here! A winner will be picked at random on August 21. To view info on renting, go to Air BnB.

Photos – Kelly Carter



Mayor John Fetterman and his wife Gisele have transformed one of the first indoor car dealerships in the country to a modern space for their family of five. Absolute Win was their contractor. Their oldest son gave me a full tour and was pretty excited about being part of the pictures. Thanks to the Fettermans for being so welcoming when I asked to photograph their space! Please check out the Braddock links at the bottom of the post, to see all of the inspiring projects they have going on – especially the Free Store – a place that connects people in the community with donated clothing, toys and groceries. The PG ran an article in April that talks about how the store came to be. If you missed the first set of Braddock loft photos, you can see it here. Enjoy …

photos – Kelly Carter
Braddock Youth Project
Free Store
Red Lantern Bike Shop
Braddock Library