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Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership gives away coffee in the form of Valentine’s cards

PITTSBURGH — Those who live and work in Downtown Pittsburgh might have seen tiny cards floating around the area Wednesday morning, a token of love from members of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) and Golden Triangle ambassadors.

Hundreds of ‘Downtown Pittsburgh Loves You’ Valentine’s cards for free coffee or tea were given away by team members to hundreds of people passing by. Gateway Station was one of seven locations where the cards were handed out, each one designated for redemption at a local Mom and Pop coffee shop in the Golden Triangle.

“These are all local businesses. They need all the support they can get. This is a great way for everybody to win,” said jack Dougherty of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “On a chilly day like today, I can’t think of anything better than a hot cup of coffee.”

“It definitely put a smile on my face and that was the best way to start the day,” said Ed Stabryla of Beechview. “This was awesome, a nice surprise.”

Those passing by could take picture with a giant heart and were encouraged to post it to social media and tag @downtownpittsburgh to possibly win a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn and breakfast at a local restaurant.

“We just want to show our appreciation for folks who are coming downtown, create a sense of community for the folks who are down here in our fabulous neighborhood, and spread the love,” Dougherty said.

Each card comes with a piece of chocolate and entitles the recipient to a free coffee or tea from a nearby coffee shop, valid for use on Feb. 14 or 15.

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