"Pittsburgh is a food destination with great chefs."
After completely gutting and remodeling an old Federalist style house in Shadyside several years ago, Megan O’Donnell and her husband Ken Gavrity ended up moving to Cleveland when he was recruited for an executive position with a bank there. Their Shadyside house sold at a profit almost instantly and the couple moved to Cleveland. Five years and one child later, Megan accepted a position at the University of Pittsburgh, and the family moved to Mars in Butler County, but her husband kept his job in Cleveland. She has since pursued her passion for fashion, becoming a stylist for the Stitch Fix, an online service that ships five-piece outfits to women chosen, Pandora-style, based on a profile customers create.
Both Megan and Kevin felt Pittsburgh was the right place to build a family. “It would have been easier to stay in Cleveland, but we enjoy Pittsburgh that much. It’s worth it.” Among other positives, Megan remembers big dinners with extended family in the South Hills of Pittsburgh as a child and they wanted their son to have that same experience growing up with family nearby.
As a family, Megan, Ken and their son Max, enjoy the outdoors and also all of the new restaurants in the region. “Pittsburgh has really grown as a food destination and great chefs are returning here to open their own restaurants,” she says citing the relatively new Butcher in the Rye downtown, Cure in Lawrenceville, and a Kickstarter-funded Superior Motors, establishing a farm ecosystem, soon to open in Braddock. With their young son in tow, they and a group of friends with kids enjoyed brunch at Meat and Potatoes downtown before heading to a recent Steelers game.