Meet Street Lark's Founder

Name: Carly

Years Lived in Pittsburgh: 24

Current Neighborhood: Dormont

How Do You Spend Most of Your Days: Launching Street Lark!

Favorite "Hidden Gem" of Pittsburgh: There are too many gems to pick just one. You'll have to try our curated itineraries and read our city blog to find out more!

SL: Tell me about someone you really admire.

Carly: Emma Rowena (a.k.a. Grandma) Gatewood. In 1955, at the age of 67, Grandma Gatewood became the first woman to hike the 2,050-mile-long Appalachian Trail. She thought her solo adventure would be a "nice lark." Two years later, she became the first person to venture the trail twice, and in 1964, the first person to tackle it three times. Grandma Gatewood is proof that you're never too old to make change or challenge yourself with something new. I admire her bravery... and her ability to pack light!

SL: Speaking of packing, what's your most valued travel essential?

Carly: My chuck taylors. I'll walk in these sneakers until the soles are good and gone.

SL: If you could grab a meal with a famous Pittsburgher, who would it be, where would you go, and why?

Carly: I'd love to have a picnic with Nellie Bly. She's known for her record breaking 72-day trip around the world back in 1888. Nellie's also famous for her investigative journalism. She once feigned insanity and got herself committed to 'one of [New York City's] asylums for the insane' in order to cover a story on mental health facilities from the perspective of a patient. While this journalistic method wouldn't fly today, her writing exposed the terrible conditions faced by patients at the time, leading to important reform efforts. Street Lark certainly doesn't host immersions such as Nellie's, but we do believe in learning through experience. Nellie would make a fascinating lunch date, and I think McConnells Mill State Park would provide a scenic backdrop for our picnic and learning about her worldly adventures.

SL: Where do you not mind waiting?

Carly: If you've ever been to Gaucho Parrilla, an Argentinian restaurant in the Strip District, you know there's almost always a line for seating that winds out the door and down the street. Luckily, the smells make their way outside, too... and they're almost as heavenly as the food itself.