420 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting one of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but this Penguin doesn't wear skates. No, hockey fans, I'm not referring to a hockey player. This Penguin is a bookstore, Penguin Bookshop, a wonderful bookstore located in the delightful Pittsburgh suburb of Sewickley.
Friends and long-time readers may recall that once a year my family attends the Pyrotechnics Guild International annual convention where we enjoy a week-long extravaganza of booms, blasts, and pyrotechnic artistry. This year's convention was held in Butler County, Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Pittsburgh. It goes without saying that I would seek an area bookstore to visit, and Penguin Bookshop fit the bill nicely. So on a sunny afternoon, I set out on rolling, winding Pennsylvania roads in search of Sewickley. Not accustomed to driving in rural Pennsylvania where street signs are at a premium and traversing the twists, turns, and hills feels somewhat akin to riding a roller coaster, I found myself lost before long. Undaunted even after losing about half an hour trying to find my way, I pulled over, searched the dark recesses of my vehicle, and luckily found my GPS. I have the utmost appreciation for the inventor of this remarkable device without which I likely would have given up. As I drove on through the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, I grumbled to myself, "This better be worth it."