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FRESH, SPECIAL AND GOOD That’s what owners Rawah and Sam Moussa hope you’ll say about the food served at their Afamia Mediterranean Grille, now open at 663 Washington Road.

“We don’t have anything that is frozen,” says Rawah, Martin Avenue. “We make the falafels with our hands. We make them fresh from chickpeas.”  One of the specialties is shawarma, a flatbread sandwich with chicken, lamb or beef, vegetables and sauce.

Sam Moussa of Afamia dishes up some of his specialties.

At the buffet-style restaurant, patrons can either dine in or carry out. It’s BYOB right now, but Rawah says they are in the process of obtaining a wine and beer license. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Afamia’s daily menu includes soup, salad and main dish specials. “For example, every Wednesday, we will do lamb with rice,” says Rawah. “We don’t want it be the same thing every day.” In the mornings, stop in for coffee, cappuccino and homemade French pastries.


CALL FOR ARTISTS The Mt. Lebanon Artists Market, a fine arts fair presented by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership, isn’t until September 24 and 25 in the Academy Avenue parking lot, but it’s not too early for artists to start applying to be part of the event. Details are available on the website. An application, which can be submitted along with the $25 application fee, is also available there. Questions? Email organizers Steve and Wendy Denenberg of Create-a-Frame/Handworks at or call 412-341-1744. Follow the event plans on Facebook by searching for “Mt. Lebanon Artists’ Market.”


MY LIFE COUNSELING is now open and accepting patients at 520 Washington Road. Centered around health and well-being for the mind, body and spirit, the practice accepts adults, adolescents, couples, families and groups. The therapists all have professional degrees and experience in mental health counseling. They handle such issues as ADHD, anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, personal growth, grief, eating disorders and parenting issues, among other things. The office is handicap accessible, near public transportation and public parking. To  make an appointment email or call 412-668-2038.

Photos by Linda Hackett
Lauren Kail
FIT4MOM’S Lauren Kail

FIT4MOM After Lauren Kail had her daughter a few years ago when she was living in Atlanta, she needed a reason to get out of the house. Her friends and family had been raving about Fit4Mom, an exercise program for mothers and their young children, so she gave it a try when her daughter turned eight weeks old. She was hooked after one class.

Upon moving to McCann Place from Atlanta, Kail realized this area didn’t have a Fit4Mom. So she started her own. Through Fit4Mom South Hills, Kail offers three programs: Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby and Stroller Barre, each catering to a different stage of motherhood.

No babysitter needed for these programs. Babies and toddlers stay side-by-side with their moms, as the women interact with each other while getting healthier and more fit.

When the weather is nice, classes are in Mt. Lebanon Park. In winter, the classes move inside to The Galleria. Stroller Strides classes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Fit4Mom offers the classes in packages, such as a pack of 10 stroller strides classes that can be used any time. Learn more at