Ring in Spring at the Best Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh

Though it felt like winter might never end, spring is finally at our doorstep. What better way to celebrate than by spending some time at the best botanical gardens in Pittsburgh? Get outside and enjoy watching flowers bloom as the weather gets warmer

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps is truly a feast for the senses. You can start out by browsing the stunning outdoor gardens before moving on to the Japanese courtyard and innovative green rooftops — including one that grows fresh produce for the on-site café.

If the air is still a bit brisk, pop inside the world-class conservatory for unforgettable sights. There’s a sunken garden, a palm court, a fern room, an orchid room, a tropical fruit and spice room, and even a multi-story tropical forest exhibit that replicates a different region every three years. Adult admission is $20, and children ages two to 18 can get in for $12.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden ranks as one of America’s 10 largest botanical gardens with a whopping 452 acres of space, and every inch of space is used to its fullest potential. There’s an incredible amount of floral diversity with several woodlands, a lotus pond, a Japanese garden, and more. For a dash of history, check out the Walker-Ewing-Glass Log House, which was built somewhere near 1790.

If you need a new vehicle to get you back and forth to these beautiful botanical gardens — or if your current ride needs a tune-up — pay us a visit at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

Best botanical gardens in Pittsburgh

Here’s How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh

Are you looking for something to do for the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh this summer? The city is playing host to a wide range of events to celebrate America’s birthday, but here are just a few to consider:

  • Celebrate America Pittsburgh!: This July Fourth celebration will take place at Point State Park, starting at noon and lasting until 10 p.m. The event is presented by the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and will include entertainment on the main stage, family activities, and food — all culminating in a fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. to close out the night. Learn more about this year’s Celebrate America Pittsburgh!
  • Fourth at the Fort: This free and family-friendly event is educational! Take the kids to Point State Park (you’ll already be there for the bigger celebration) for the outdoor living history program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reenactors from the Fort Pitt Museum will be on hand to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700s — the century of the American Revolution! Learn more here.
  • Flag Ceremony: The Fourth of July is a great time to reflect on the sacrifices so many have made to make our nation free and proud. From 8-8:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, local veterans will roll out a 36-foot American Flag, recite the National Anthem, and observe a moment of silence. Learn more about the event here.

From all your friends at Shults Ford Harmarville, have a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July.

Fourth of July in Pittsburgh

 

Complete This Fall Bucket List with Your Ford

Leaves are beginning to change color and fall, and pumpkin spice lattes are back in full force. You know what that means: it’s fall! If you’re looking for something to do with your family this season, we’ve gone ahead and put together a fall bucket list for you to consider.

Visit your local pumpkin patch. Jack-o-lanterns are an iconic symbol of fall, so this bucket list wouldn’t be complete without heading to your local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin to carve. No matter which Ford you drive, you will find plenty of trunk space to load up your haul of gourds.

Go explore the fall foliage. It wouldn’t be fall without the leaves changing colors, creating a beautiful landscape across the country – especially near Harmarville. Grab your kids, make some hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and head out on an adventure to see the natural beauty this time of year has to offer. If you happen to have one of our EcoBoost® engines, this is an even better idea – just think of the gas you’ll be saving!

Tailgate before a football game. Football games are the epitome of fall – and what better way to celebrate a big game than with some tailgating? Whether you’re heading off to watch the pros play or you’re attending your kid’s PeeWee league match, load your Ford up with all the tailgating goodies you can get. After all, it does have plenty of storage.

If you are in need of a Ford vehicle, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville.

Fall bucket list

Ford Joins Postmates on Self-Driving Food Delivery Platform

In today’s modern age, it’s as easy as a few taps of your fingertips to get fresh, delicious food delivered right to your doorstep. That’s thanks in part to food delivery services like Postmates. Soon, though, you might be able to get your food from Postmates in an entirely different way – via a self-driving food delivery platform.

Ford has teamed up with this delivery service to begin piloting the self-driving delivery vehicle experience. Right now, the American carmaker is testing the first and last mile of the delivery experience, utilizing vehicles that look as if they’re self-driving – though they’re actually driven by an experienced driver.

The self-driving technology that will go into this program is being developed in separate tests.

When you order via Postmates, your food will be loaded by the restaurant into one of the multiple lockers available in the Ford vehicle. You’re notified of the delivery timing and just need to enter your four-digit PIN code to access your food. This is a similar method that will be used when the self-driving platform is ready.

Right now, the pilot is currently only underway in Miami and Miami Beach – but who knows? Maybe it will make a stop in Pittsburgh sometime soon! Here at Shults Ford, we certainly hope so.

Self-driving food delivery platform - 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Holiday Events in Pittsburgh: Have Fun this Winter

holiday events in Pittsburgh

The holiday season is upon us, which means there are several holiday events in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking for a romantic event for a date or for a simply something fun to do with the whole family, there’s an event for nearly everyone. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we’ve put together a list of just a few of the many upcoming holiday events and activities in the area.

According to Visit Pittsburgh, there are a number of holiday performances in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. For example, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has an annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Pittsburgh CLO also puts on a performance of A Christmas Carol every year, and the Symphony Orchestra will have Highmark Holiday Pops.

Next, check out the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Held from November 17 to December 23, this market is designed like a quaint European village, yet it’s held in the heart of the Downtown’s Market Square. You can find holiday gifts from a long list of local vendors. There’s also hot apple cider and a range of local restaurants nearby for dinner.

Finally, visit the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh on December 31. This New Year’s Eve celebration is an arts-centered event held in the Cultural District. There will be live music, performances, ice sculptures, and more. An extravaganza that’s great for families, you can be a part of the 50,000 participants that will gather to see the ball drop in Pittsburgh. This is just one of the many fun things to do this winter in the area.

2017 Ford Focus RS

Tearing down the highway and back county roads used to be the realm that the Ford Mustang specialized in, but now the Mustang might have to share. The 2017 Ford Focus RS is a power-packed hatchback designed for drivers who want more punch in the gas pedal. Affordable pricing and a legacy of performance make the Ford Focus RS a tough model to argue with.

The “RS” in Ford Focus RS stands for “Rally Sport.” The 2017 Ford Focus is the latest model to the bear the badge, putting it in a pool of performance-driven models. Just over 20 models have had the honor of bearing the badge since 1970.

The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission. That powertrain delivers a heart-stopping 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to the road.

The hot hatch rolls out on sport tires with a low stance that says it’s ready for action. Performance front disc brakes, a firm suspension, and more reinforce that statement. Advanced technologies, such as Launch Control, adjustable traction control, and switchable driving modes allow drivers to get as close to the road as they please.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are ready to take you on a test drive in the exciting new 2017 Ford Focus.

2017 Ford Focus RS

10 Holiday Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Shopping for car lovers can be difficult, especially if you aren’t familiar with the industry. Fortunately, there are many great gifts that will please any driver. Here are a few gifts for car enthusiasts as suggested by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. Happy holidays!

  • Apps – Smartphone apps are relatively inexpensive, if not free, and are the best way to allow a driver to keep a close eye on their vehicle. Some apps even allow drivers to monitor fuel consumption and real-time stats.
  • Racetrack Coasters – Nothing is simpler than a set of racetrack coasters. Let your loved one bring their passion in from the garage.
  • Video Games – There’s a rather large number of car-based video games on the market. Stop by your local gaming store and peruse the shelves or ask for help!
  • Solar Charger – Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. As a result, some companies, like BMW, are creating solar chargers.
  • Mirror Speaker – What’s better than listening to music from a portable mirror speaker?
  • GoPro – Off-road drivers love to hit the trails. Let them share their experience by investing in a GoPro.
  • Leather Wallets – Wallet makers tend to pander to specific audiences. That’s true for car enthusiasts, as indicated by the GTO leather wallet.
  • Power Wheels – Got a kid that found their passion for cars early? What makes a better gift than a drivable power toy-vehicle?
  • Anki Drive Kit – Ever wanted to test your skills on a miniature racetrack? Now you can with the Anki DRIVE Kit. This gift features an AI-controlled opponent that adapts and gets better at racing the longer you play.
  • A New Car – Let’s be real. What better gift is there than your car enthusiast’s dream ride? While most can’t afford a new car for Christmas, those who can could blow their car enthusiast’s mind this holiday season!

Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

As an automotive manufacturer, Ford is always on the forefront of furthering mobility. Ford employees are stepping up to the plate to do their part. The Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge takes submissions for personal assistant devices from Ford employees. The challenge received more than 600 submissions in 2016, which was an annual record. The short list of finalists rounds out to an impressive lineup of mobility inventions.

Carr-E, created by Killian Vas of Germany, can transport up to 260 lbs. and travel up to 14 miles. The four-wheeled device also has a top speed of 11 mph. Place an item on the device and it will follow an electronic transmitter.

TriCiti, created by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt, and Robert Spahl, is a rideable device and carrying assistant. The machine can be modified to carrying groceries, golf bags, and more. It boasts a 19-mile range and a top speed of up to 12 mph.

The EChair, developed by Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis, and David Longin, is an electric wheelchair with a twist. This particular invention can load itself into a vehicle. That alone offers more independence to those with limited mobility.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are happy to see Ford employees taking the initiative when it comes to furthering mobility!

Ford Last Mile Mobility Challenge

Ford Complex Honeybees Tended by Volunteer Worker

Ford employee Mary Mason, who works at the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan, has taken up the task of tending to tens of thousands of honeybees right outside the complex. Honeybee populations have been steadily declining for decades, and Mason hopes to combat the decline by supporting the more than 80,000 bees installed in two beehives on the grounds of the Rouge plant.

Factors such as Colony Collapse Disorder, pesticides, and parasites have had serious negative effects on US honeybees, one of our vital pollinating species. Ford is working with Mason to further its wildlife habitat strategy, which over the last 15 years has turned the Rouge Complex from a plain gray building to a place where nature thrives.

The Heritage 2000 Program started Ford’s environmental initiatives, where they brought in a sustainability designer to make over the complex. Because the complex already has flowering crabapple trees on their grounds, it seemed like a perfect fit for the honeybees.

The Ford complex honeybees were introduced to the orchard thirteen years ago, and Mason, who brought some of her own bees in as well, has volunteered to take care of them for the last three. Mason shared that the die-off rate of bees in Michigan is 60 to 70%, and she’s glad for the chance to care for the bees in a pesticide-free environment.

Ford complex honeybees

Ford Fund Investment in Detroit Neighborhood to Build Community Center and Further Educational Opportunities

Ford Fund will invest $5 million in a struggling Detroit neighborhood to build a community center and create education opportunities. Ford Fund is Ford Motor Company’s philanthropic arm and has made investments of over $161 million in area communities over the last 10 years.

The Ford Fund investment in Detroit will launch a second Ford Resource and Engagement Center in conjunction with Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The center will be housed at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy on the east side of the city and will give better access to educational materials and other essential services for area children and adults.

In addition to providing information access and services, the Ford Resource and Engagement Center will do its best to meet community needs by providing programs asked for by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, including job training programs, cultural and art services, and food distribution.

The first Detroit Ford Resource and Engagement Center is located on the southwest side in Mexicantown Mercado and has helped more than 80,000 residents. The original center offers services such as preparing tax returns and giving more than 1.2 million pounds of food. Ford says the return on investment for the community is $3 for every $1 spent on the programs by Ford.

The new center is due to open in early 2017 and will be managed by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Ford Fund investment in Detroit

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