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Customers can tour Carnegie businesses during 'crawl'

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It's like a bar crawl, without the bars.

Starting May 10, the Carnegie Community Development Corp. will hold the Carnegie Crawl, a business promotion event that Executive Director Joanne Letcher hopes to run each month.

The Carnegie Crawl scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. will stretch from Exterior Products of Pittsburgh on East Main Street to Applelicious on West Main. Crawlers should follow orange snail signs from one participating business to the next.

Letcher said about three dozen businesses are participating, and many are staying open late to accommodate visitors. All will feature some sort of deal.

“They'll all be offering something whether it's a discount, a live performance, an exhibit or just 10 percent off,” she said.

Restaurants, performing arts venues and other businesses are taking part. The plan is to hold a crawl the second Friday of every month through August, Letcher said.

Crawlers will be given a flier listing participating businesses, with a map on the back. At each stop, crawlers will get a stamp. The goal, Letcher said, is for participants to have stamps from all the businesses by the end of the summer.

“At the final crawl, there will be a drawing for everybody that's completed their entire crawl and stopped at each business,” she said. “They'll put in their stamped flier, and we'll draw prizes that day.”

Crawlers also will be able to take in live entertainment between stops. The Graham Brothers, a local group, will play in the street near the former post office, and the Steel Town Fire Dancers will perform in front of KMA Design.

In addition, Letcher said, a variety of free and discounted performances and exhibits will be offered for after-crawl entertainment.

A belly-dancing performance will be at the Third Street Gallery at 8 p.m., and a performance by the Third Street Jazz Ensemble from 9 p.m. to 10:30. Tickets are $15, and Kavic Winery will offer samples and bottles for sale.

Off the Wall Theater will offer $10 tickets to its performances of “Without Ruth” at 8 p.m. at 25 W. Main St.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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