1 Apr

April Events and Holidays


Welcome, dear Readers, to the beautiful month of April. It is the month of flowers, of Tricksters and of Grilled Cheese! This month is absolutely packed with fun spring things! Highlights include:  National Peanut butter and Jelly Day (April 2), Tekko (April 7 - 10), National Library Week (April 10-16), Drop Everything and Read Day (April 12) and Talk Like Shakespeare Day (April 23)! There are PILES more holidays and events, so keep on reading!


April is the month of many things! It's Alcohol Awareness Month, Grilled Cheese Month, Knuckle Down Month and STDs Month! What an interesting combo! Basically, knuckle down, and educate yourself. Then celebrate with Grilled Cheese! Sounds good to us!

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April starts off string with like 6 holidays in the first TWO DAYS! On April 1st, you can choose to celebrate April Fools Day or National Fun at Work Day! Or you can be everyone's favorite trickster-coworker and celebrate both! On April 2nd, it's International Children's Book Day, Tweed Day, National Peanutbutter and Jelly Day, and International Pillow Fight Day! If you feel like traveling a wee bit, you can hit up the 39th Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Meyersdale, PA. It's fab-tactic road trip weather, right?


This week is National Robotics Week (April 2 - 10)! So grab your WD-20 and get chugging! Wait. What?
On April 6th, we're pretty interested in the Speak Freely with John Fetterman event. World Health Day is on April 7th, the same day as the start of Tekko!! Celebrate National Siblings Day (April 10th) hanging out with your favorite sibling! Make sure to Instagram all those pics you take so your other siblings know what's up!


It's National Library Week! It's like the BEST WEEK OF THE WHOLE YEAR. This week is also jam-packed full of things: Barbershop Quartet Day (April 11), Drop Everything and Read Day (April 12), Scrabble Day (April 13), National That Sucks Day (April 15), Record Store Day and National Wear your Pajamas to Work Day (both April 16).

There are a number of fun things happening around the city, also! The Jungle Book (the new version) will be hitting theaters April 15, the same night as Carnegie Science Center's 21+ Night, themed SCI FI!  <3
The International Festival of Colors is on the 16th. Or, if you're looking for more Rough and Rowdy events, check out the Steel City Roller Derby Game (also April 16)!

Shadyside people will be excited to know that on Saturday, April 16th the 4th Annual Bark Shadyside Pup Walk, the 6th Annual Great Shadyside Yard Sale and the second Shadyside appearance of The Neighborhood Flea is happening from 9am - 2pm in the Liberty School Parking Lot (corner of Ivy & Ellsworth)!!!!


Start the week off on a high note: It's 420 (April 20) and National HIGH Five Day (April 21)! Earth Day is April 22, but Pittsburgh will be celebrating Earth Day from the 21st to the 24th. 
Talk Like Shakespeare Day is April 23. Passover starts on the 23rd as well, and goes on through the 30th.
Need your film fix? Huntsman: Winter's War opens April 22nd!



It's Administrative Professional Day and Morse Code Day on April 27! Say a big old thanks to the people who keep the world running smoothly with some beeps and bops and boops! Plant a tree on Arbor Day (April 29)! And then, the National Pie Championships happen! And International Jazz Day! Pies and Jazz! Both on April 30th! You can also get your spring-time Halloween fix and celebrate Walpurgis Night (also April 30).
We are ridiculously excited for one movie in particular this weekend: Keanu hits theaters April 29! It's a funny John Wick with a kitten. Seriously. So. Excited. Check out this trailer.


That's it folks! Happy April!

16 Mar

Easter Is On Its Way!

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We have tons of Easter gifts and goodies, so stop by today to fill your Easter Basket!

14 Mar

To mathematics and delicious pies!

To all my fellow nerds out there, Happy Pi Day!!



Today marks the celebration of pi (3.141592653)!  Yay, pi!!!  Some people might be asking why pi has its own holiday?  Well, pie appears in mathematical formulas all over the place.  You can find it woven into the fabric of the Universe or in the shape of an actual pie. One physicist decided that its so special it deserves its own holiday and we agree!!


Our famous scientists finger puppets-many of the research conducted by this crew would not have been possible without Pi.

Pi Day serves as an awesome day to make numerous math and food related puns!  Impress your friends by trying to say as many puns as possible or show off your math knowledge by reciting the number of digits of Pi you know.

Pi Day Fun Fact:  Pi Day officially starts at 1:59 PM on March 14th.  The combined date and time results in 3.14159.

March 14th is known as the birthday of Albert Einstein (physics god).  Einstein is known for his influential work on relativity and his famous equation, E=mc2. In 1921, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in recognition for his work in the sciences.  Einstein was a passionate music lover and once said "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music."

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Celebrate Einstein's birthday by purchasing our collection of Einstein merchandise.  Try purchasing our Einstein inspired mug so you can ponder physics every morning.  Then purchase our punny mints to freshen your breath in a nerdy way!

Math not your thing?  No worries!  Celebrate Pi Day by creating a scrumptious pie treat?   While making the pie, pay close attention to the geometry of the dessert. At Kards Unlimited, we sell a variety of cookbooks with fantastic pie recipes.  I will be creating a pie today and detailing my journey in this week's special edition of Baking with Kards!  Also, pick up KU's Pi Day themed card to send to all of your nerdy/pie enthusiastic friends!


Mathematics is a wonderful tool that helps us explore the physical world around us.  I invite you to reflect on all objects circular and the number Pi today.  Or you can just send this awesome Pi Day Pun meme to all of your friends.


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1 Mar

March 2016 Calendar of Events

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Bring it on, March! The Easter Bunny has already made a stop here at Kards Unlimited to make sure we're all ready for his favorite day, and we got gold stars! ....Well, gold carrots, anyway. But there are plenty of other reasons to have a party this month! Like  Pig Day (March 1), What if Cats had Opposable Thumbs Day(March 3), the expected release of Anne Bishop's Marked in Flesh and Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight (both March 8), International Day of Awesomeness (March 10), Napping Day (March 14), and Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (March 20)! Keep reading for even more fun!


So, the very first holiday of the month is Pig Day (March 1)! This is probably a great reason to give up on your diet from the very start and just eat all the bacon. We'll be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day (March 2) in the store, so come on by and wear a silly hat with us. What if Cats had Opposable Thumbs is a real holiday. The internet says so! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot hits theaters on the 4th (Which is also Toy Soldier Day), so make sure you stop by to pick up a copy of the book first! Oh, and make sure you check out Tapescape at the Children's museum this month!


Cassandra Clare and Anne Bishop both release a new book on the 8th! Lady Midnight and Marked in Flesh, respectively. If you aren't into spending the whole of the week reading, don't worry. This week also hosts Middle Name Pride Day, International Day of Awesomeness, Mario Day (all on March 10th),  and International Fanny Pack Day (March 12)! Of course you could always pack those AWESOME BOOKS into your FANNY PACK and celebrate everything all at once!

FYI, Disney on Ice is in town this week! Frozen will be at the Consol on the 10th through the 13th!! Seriously we are so excited.




Daylight Savings starts this week off right! (March 13) Or very wrong. Seriously, why is this a thing?Good thing the next day is Napping Day and Pi day (both March 14). This week, we also celebrate (kind of?) The Ides of March (March 14), St. Patrick's Day (March 17), Awkward Moments Day (March 18).

This weekend, you're going to have trouble deciding what to do with yourself. On Friday the 18th, Little Prince THE MOVIE is coming out. Whhaaaat. Also, Allegiant (from the Divergent series) hits the screen.  On Saturday, fill yourself to gills at the Fleet Awakens Food Truck Rally and then head over to the Steel City Roller Derby game!



It's World Folk Tales and Fables Week! On the 20th we celebrate all kinds of neighbors far and near, with Extraterrestrial Abductions Day and Won't You Be My Neighbor Day. It's also the First Day of Spring. (Thank Aslan!) If you're all about spring and stuff, make sure you check out the 49th Annual Ukranian Easter Egg Sale! The much anticipated Batman Vs Superman hits the theaters this week (March 25), so make sure you plan that into your weekend!



Party Hard! It's Easter (March 27)! Followed by Pencil Day (March 30)! Just don't mix up your chocolate and your pencils.


27 Feb

It’s Open That Bottle Night!

IMG_8889This Saturday marks one of my favorite obscure holidays, Open that Bottle Night!! You know that bottle of wine that you were going to open when you landed a full-time job. The bottle you bought that cost one paycheck and you planned to open when you fulfilled a life-time achievement. Nowadays, its just sitting in your pantry collecting dust and judges you every time you see it. Instead of wallowing in sorrow about your life, how about consuming your selected bottle as a celebration of your search and commitment?

Take a sip from the bottle of wine your late grandfather gave to your as a wedding present. Or the fancy bottle of champagne you parents gifted to you as a graduation gift. Reminisce on the good memories while cherishing the moments with your friends.


Share the bottle with your life-long friends or drink it with a nice dose of Netflix. Either way, Kards Unlimited is your destination to make sure you are celebrating the holiday in the best manner.

We have everything from wine glasses with fantastic sayings to cocktail napkins.

Use these fabulous cocktail napkins to freshen your wine teeth. If you drink wine, you are fully aware of the dangers of red wine on your pearly whites. Be prepared and subtle by purchasing these alcoholic beverages inspired cocktail napkins. You definitely will be thanking us when you see your friend rocking the wine teeth.

Remind your friends of this perfect, relaxing day of celebration by sending them a KU original "Open That Bottle Night" card. Now, your friends can join in on the fun!!


Let us know how your night goes by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page with your prized beverage!!

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19 Feb

Top 5 Gifts for the People who think they’re Batman

Do you have a friend who disappears for hours and comes back bruised? Does your friend randomly do a lot of pushups in the middle of the floor? Is your friend able to, for some odd reason, tell you every species of bats and which one is the scariest? Are they a billionaire and have done nothing to achieve this status except be born to the right parents? If so, your friend may be Batman. Or if not Batman, they might think they are Batman.

So what do you get as a gift for your Batman-friend? Are you at a loss, thinking that they probably already own every cool gadget? At Kards Unlimited, we were also stumped by this question. Fortunately, we have Batman’s famous butler’s number, and he had all the advice.



“Bandaids,”Alfred immediately said, when we called him up at the mansion in Gotham. “He is always in need of Bandaids after a night of running about like an idiot. Especially pretty Bandaids. He’s always going for very boring Bandaids, like skin-color or black. I shake my head at this every time. Why Bru-. . . Batman? Why be boring?”

Gotcha, Alfred. So for your Batman-friend who may or may not actually be Batman, we have lots of Bandaids with a special twist at Kards Unlimited. Once you enter the magical store, take three steps and look left.  Here you will see about waist-level (or head-level, really depends how tall you are) unicorn Bandaids, Jane Austin Bandaids, Edgar Allen Poe Bandaids, Jesus Bandaids, and more. So if your Batman- friend gets a cut, give them an optimistic Bandaid that will make that mean frown upside down.


bat2A Graphic Novel of Themselves

“Batman,” said Alfred while preparing a cup of Earl-Grey tea, “is a bit egotistical. He likes reading books about himself because he likes to see how he’s portrayed in a plethora of mediums, including graphic novels. Why this is, don’t ask me.”

So buy your Batman-friend a graphic novel of themselves! At Kards Unlimited, we shelve a plethora of Batman graphic novels. If you don’t know which books of themselves they already own, ask them! Then surprise them with a mean-looking graphic novel such as Batman: R.I.P., Batman: The City of Owls, Batman: Death in the Family, and more!

bat3A Batman Through the Years Mug

“Batman”, said Alfred, “always likes to drink coffee in the morning; I like tea.” Alfred hinted that Batman’s time with a certain American girlfriend brought about this change of taste, but then quickly changed the topic to more shallow complaints. “Batman keeps forgetting to bring his mugs down from his bedroom so none of them get washed. I told him, we made a deal, that if I helped him with his taxes then he would wash his own mugs. Well, since he won’t wash his own, he keeps trying to use mine. And we all know that the taste of coffee in a mug can really ruin the taste of tea. So, yes, if you could get a great mug that he will want to wash so he’ll stay away from mine, that would be bloody fantastic.”

KU’s Batman Through the Years is perfect. Not only is it an awesome mug, but it also serves as a way for your Batman-friend to contemplate their past life as they sip warm, hot coffee. This is definitely a mug they will want to wash again and again and again.  


bat4I Heart Guts

“Batman keeps hurting his organs,” Alfred said, “even though I keep warning him, he is not being kind to his body. If you could get him something to remind him to be kind to his body, I would be grateful.”

Here at KU, we sell a line called “I Heart Guts”: organs that are soft, cuddly and totally realistic. Have your Batman-friend snuggle with a spleen, a heart, appendix, tooth, and we think they will immediately become more aware of the harm they could be causing their little friends inside themselves. Also, they make great companions to make your Batman-friend feel less lonely, just in case their significant ex is killed in an explosion set off by a joker.


bat5All My Friends Are Dead

This small book, found on our coffee table book selection, was not recommended by Alfred but recommended by KU. This book will help any person who identifies as Batman connect with their inner feelings as they realize they are not alone with all their friends being dead. Whether a dinosaur, a sock, or a tree, your Batman friend will laugh and cry simultaneously as they remember all the friends they have lost and make them feel, hopefully, not so alone. Especially if they are reading this while cuddling with an organ.

But the most important thing, as Alfred summed up at the end of our conversation, is love. “I am sure, whatever you give Batman (or someone who thinks they are Batman), as long as it is given in love, it will be gratefully appreciated. Saving a city is rough business, and a lonely one. So love goes a long way.”

That’s it on our end. Please comment below on other gifts you think would be perfect for someone who identifies as Batman. And what’s better, coffee or tea?

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1 Feb

February 2016 Calendar of Events

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Welcome February! Thank goodness January is OVER! Jan 2016 was definitely a bit choppy there for a bit. But time keeps moving, and it a new month full of new things! Exciting things! Keep reading to hear about the hot stuff happening in the cold of February.


This month is Library Lovers Month, National Condoms Month and Marijuana Awareness Month! You can probably celebrate those all at once... just saying.



On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil has his say for Groundhog Day. On the 5th, get your freak on for Working Naked Day! It's probably best to get permission first though. The 5th is also Bubble Gum Day and the release of the MUCH ANTICIPATED(here, at least) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theaters!! Buy your tickets now, kids!

Celebrate on the 6th with a pint of Ben & Jerry's! It's Ice Cream For Breakfast Day! It's also a great day to visit I Made It! Market in the Waterfront! They'll be selling so many hand-made goodies. You just have to stop by and see!

Birthdays this week: Ayn Rand and James Joyce (February 2), George Romero (February 4), and Arthur Weasley (February 6).


I'm sure everyone has already put the Super Bowl in their calendars, but just incase you need the reminder, it's on the 7th! The 8th is Opera Day, so make sure to save your vocals! The 9th is Mardi Grass and Read in the Bathtub Day. You might want to choose between the two, because eating massive amounts of pancakes and drinking all the booze will probably make it really hard to read in the tub. The 9th is also the release day for Morning Star by Pierce Brown AND Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard!!  We are so ready to continue the Red Rising and Red Queen Series, JUST LET US TELL YOU. OMG.

On the 12th, we would celebrate Darwin Day, but we will be super busy SEEING DEADPOOL IN THEATERS.

Birthdays this week: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens (February 7), Seth Green and John Williams (February 8), and Judy Blume and Charles Darwin (February 12).



Are you ready for this? ARE YOU READY????



Of course, we all know that the 14th is Valentine's Day. But did you know that it is also Ferris Wheel Day? Followed, on the 15th, by National Gumdrop Day and the Westminster Dog Show on the 15th and 16th!

Birthdays this week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (February 17), and Bruce Wayne (February 19).



Heartbreak of all heartbreak, Alan Rickman would have turned 70 on the 21st. However, you can distract yourself from that pain by getting tickets to the Steel City Roller Derby Game on the 21st. It's the Allegheny Avengers vs. the Mon Monsters! It's also BOOK CLUB! Join us to talk about T.H. White's The Once and Future King. <3

The 22nd is National Margarita Day! It's a NATIONAL holiday, so you should probably celebrate. On the 23rd, we celebrate the ancient art of throwing stones with Curling is Cool Day, as well as the release of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab!

National Chili Day is on the 26th. The 26th is also the first day of Texas Cowboy Poetry Days, but more importantly, it's day one of Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest! Beerfest closes out on the 27th, which is also, conveniently, Open That Bottle Night.

Birthdays this week: Alan Rickman (February 21), and Edward Gorey (February 22).


Start off the week by watching the 2016 Oscars on the 28th! This week also has a BONUS ROUND day, because Leap Day is on the 29th!

Birthdays this week: Superman (February 29)


1 Dec

December 2015 Calendar of Events


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Hello and welcome, December! HANUKKAH IS HERE! CHRISTMAS IS HERE! KWANZAA IS HERE! We've been waiting for December since, well, January, and we're delighted that it's here again! December is more than the usual holidays, though. Just to name a few, we've got National Cotton Candy Day (December 7), Cat Herders Day (December 15), National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (December 16), and Bacon Day (December 30) and they all make this month even more magical! Read on to find out all of our awesome celebrations this month! Read more >>