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Although Millvale just north of the Pittsburgh city border, has all the trappings and charm of a small town. Most mornings, residents gather at P&G, the corner diner which shares space with Lincoln Pharmacy, which doubles as a quirky gift shop and the town museum of sorts. The 4000 or so people who call Millvale home are resilient residents who have had to rebound from a flood a few years ago that wiped out many of the town's businesses and homes. They tackled it the way they tackle most challenges here, with neighbor helping neighbor, business owner helping business owner.

They rebuilt their business district which is again home to some of the area's most unique food and cultural offerings. Sites worth visiting include a hilltop church filled with breathtaking murals, not one but two soda fountains, a record store that draws international visitors for its rare vinyl offerings, and a restaurant famous for its turtle soup. An order of Franciscan nuns, whose mother house sits high on a hilltop overlooking the town, operate a Montessori preschool and a series of health seminars for local residents. Mr. Small's, a concert venue on the site of a former church has become well-known for bringing nationally-known alternative acts to town. And Chatellier's French Bakery attracts Pittsburghers from all over with its baked delicacies and chocolates that are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

The 1 Freeport Road route between Downtown and Tarentum (with service to Waterworks) serves Millvale along East Ohio Street and the 2 Mt. Royal route between Downtown and Ross Township (with service to McIntyre Square, Northway Mall and Ross Park Mall) serves the heart of the community.



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