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It's time to say farewell to the Beehive

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Beehive co-owners Owners Steve Zumoff (left) and Scott Kramer have decided to shut the doors of the Beehive coffee shop on Pittsbrugh’s South Side and concentrate on their Double Wide Grill locations on the South Side, Irwin and Mars along with the Tiki Lounge on the South Side. They have set up a week of events for fans and patrons to say 'Good-bye.'
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Beehive co-owners Owners Steve Zumoff (left) and Scott Kramer have decided to shut the doors of the Beehive coffee shop on Pittsbrugh’s South Side and concentrate on their Double Wide Grill locations on the South Side, Irwin and Mars along with the Tiki Lounge on the South Side. They have set up a week of events for fans and patrons to say 'Good-bye.'
The moment that barista Laura Clift spotted the Beehive she knew it was a place she wanted to work. “I love, love, love this place,” Clift told the Tribune-Review in September. “It is an awesome community. It’s a really good atmosphere where people can express themselves.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
The moment that barista Laura Clift spotted the Beehive she knew it was a place she wanted to work. “I love, love, love this place,” Clift told the Tribune-Review in September. “It is an awesome community. It’s a really good atmosphere where people can express themselves.”

This is “Farewell Week” for the Beehive Coffeehouse on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

An official closing date has not yet been determined, but owners have compiled a week of events for fans and patrons to be able to stop in one more time.

For nearly three decades, this spot has served as a gathering place, a mini art gallery and a haven for eccentrics. Owners Steve Zumoff and Scott Kramer announced in September they were closing to concentrate on their Double Wide Grill restaurant locations on the South Side, Irwin and Mars along with the Tiki Lounge on the South Side.

When the announcement hit Facebook on Sept. 5, reactions to the closing went viral to more than 75,000 people.

“We knew people would react, but not this many,” Zumoff told the Tribune-Review on that September day as he stood inside the establishment just looking around. “It is time to move on. The smoking laws have changed our business as well as the clientele has changed over the years. When we moved in there were a lot of boarded up buildings. South Side is so different now.”

“It will be sad. I had hoped the Beehive would be here for my kids to pour some cups of coffee, but it is a business decision,” Zumoff said at that time. “You have to change with the times.”

Kramer and Zumoff opened the Beehive with $27,000.

They believe it remained popular because they have pretty much kept it the same. It has the original floor as the pharmacy that preceded it. Some of the artwork has changed with new artists showcasing their collections. But the blue sky filled with white clouds remains on the ceiling as well as the mural of faces in the back of the shop.

People met there to have conversations – before the age of laptops and smartphones.

“There were so many great conversations at the table, “Kramer said. “And when a group of men would sit there and a young pretty lady would walk in, they would invite her to sit and talk with them. A lot of times, she would end up working here.”

The Beehive also rented computer time before laptops and were trailblazers in offering free WiFi. They had a pay phone and a fan to clear out all the cigarette smoke.

They chose the name based on the fact it would be a cool place to hang out.

“The coffee business is rough,” Kramer told the Tribune-Review n September. “It’s been a great run. So many kids grew up here. I love reading the stories on Facebook where customers say they met their husband or wife here or where everyone felt welcome here, no matter how odd they were. We never judged anyone. I am going to miss all of the people.”

Here is this week’s farewell schedule:

Monday

Magic The Gathering Meets Beehive, 7 p.m.

Meet your friends and have one last game. Fresh baked cookies provided to players courtesy of the Double Wide Grill

Guest Coffee Slingers

Noon to 2 p.m. Arvin Clay

6:30 to 9 p.m. Kevin Brown

7:30 to 10 p.m. Monica McAndrew

Tuesday

Beehive Pinball Tournament, 7 p.m.

We are bringing back some of the old machines once housed at the Oakland or Southside Beehive. Beehive league players, it’s a reunion. Signups start at 7:00 PM just before the tournament starts at 7:30.

Guest Coffee Slingers

6:30 to 9 p.m. Jeff Murray

7:30 to 10 p.m. Andrew Laswell

Wednesday

7:30 PM Chess Club with Kumar

B.Y.O.Board if you have one. Players of all skills and levels are welcome.

Guest Coffee Slingers

Noon to 2 p.m. Arvin Clay

7:30 to 10 p.m. Natalie Gilchrist

Thursday

Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday

7 to 10 p.m. Goths and Punks Reunion Night “Black Coffee and Angst”

A DJ Collaboration in the spirit of the Oakland days. When the goths, punks and everybody in between came together, upstairs. With DJ Arvin Clay and Kelly Day.

10 p.m. 90s (Alternative) Dance Party

Bring your requests and your cloves.

Saturday

The Main Event

Noon to 4 p.m.

Beehive Story Time and Spoken Word Open Mic Hosted by Spaz.

Join Spaz for story time, discussion, spoken word and improvisation, poetry, share old zines, sketchbooks and artwork from a time so dear in our hearts. Cheerleaders are welcome. “We will be video documenting this segment for historical preservation for all eternity.

5 to 9:30 p.m.

ART Performances, Circus Acts, Curiosities, Live Bands, Acoustic Acts, Throwback Beehive food and drink menu and much more.

Live Acts

5 p.m. Bingo Quixote

5:30 p.m. The Hamer Sisters

6 p.m. George Andrews and Bucky Gouda

6:30 p.m. Slippy the Clown AKA David Apocalypse

7 p.m. Break for coffee

7:30 p.m. Chelsea Jones

8 p.m. Catfish Row

8:30 p.m. Phat Man Dee

9 p.m. Microwaves

Saturday The Main Event Continued

10 p.m. 90s Rave and Beehive After Hours Party.

We are staying open until you all go home. One Last Time with DJ Kelly Carter and guests.

Guest Coffee Slingers

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greg Raynes

2 to 5 p.m. Keith Stockwell

Sunday

5 to 8 p.m. Film Trip

Remembering eight years of screening films. Spend time flipping through old Beehive film schedules, fliers, reviews and other mementos.

8 p.m. to ?

80s music night with DJ EZ LOU

Guest Coffee Slingers

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Valerie Testa and Nicole Knezovich

2 to 5 p.m. Metal Mary

* scheduled performers, set times or events are still subject to change at any time.

Details: 412-488-4483

JoAnne Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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