Exploring the new Nova Place location in North Shore led me to Commonplace Coffee!

Location 100 S Commons Suite 103, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Inside the Nova Place

Edgy, modern and fun designs fill the space

Date of Trial April 15, 2019

Purchased Cappuccino

Although nearly awesome, it slightly missed the mark with its bitter back-burner taste. I added a little brown sugar to soften the blow.

As you enter, you see this witty thang…

As you enter, you see this witty thang…

The Ratings

Overall - B+

Items below are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest)

  • Presentation - 4 (they even had a cute design under the cap)

  • Boldness - 5

  • Sweetness - 1

  • Price - $3.50

Cute little coffee shop but felt more like a grab and go environment for the busy bees working in the Nova Place - perfectly suited for its audience.

Three Fun Facts

  1. Nova Place is a multi-million dollar urban redevelopment of the former Allegheny Center with the goals of revitalizing the community and reconnecting the North Side to downtown Pittsburgh.

  2. The site that Nova Place rests on has historic roots and was originally a walkable city. The 36-block city was planned by John Redick in 1784, complete with common grazing areas for livestock.

  3. Commonplace Coffee is HQ’d in Pittsburgh and home to 6 coffee shops!


Nancy “Brew” Geronian

Who doesn’t love a barn door?

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