American Natural

American Natural is a convenience store like no other, a place where the local community can not only fuel up but also enjoy high-quality, affordablefresh-made food in a clean, pleasant, welcoming space – a mix of your favorite café, local coffee-house and corner market store. They offer flexible services to make life easier and safer, including online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery (via DoorDash and UberEats), in-store grab & go shopping, catering and, when available, dine-in 

 As we all know, 2020 was a year of changeAmerican Natural is proud to be able to serve the Pittsburgh community – as an essential business providing fuel and foodbut also as a true community partner, forging and deepening relationships with local vendors. Here is a look back at selected partnership innovations from 2020: 

About Mancini’s Bakery 

Founded in 1926 and still family-run, Mancini’s legendary bread is a Pittsburgh institution. American Natural teamed up with them to create two exclusive sandwichesthe hearty Big Mancini, and the Mancini Sunny-side Breakfast Sandwich 

 Steel Cup Coffee Roasters 

New suppliers to American Natural this year, owners Doug & Daria say their small-batch, craft roasting coffee business was “born of the dream of a great cup o’ joe and doing the right thing.” Their commitment to sustainable coffee means they use only organic, fair-trade beans sourced from organic cooperatives and farms, roasting them in small batches to ensure consistent, exceptional flavor 

 Tupelo Honey Tea 

Inspired by one transformative cup of tea in 2002 sipped at a Buddhist temple in Shanghai, owner and founder Danielle Spinola focuses on specialty blends that “not only taste good but are good for your body and soul.” She even offers a seasonal tea made with herbs foraged from Girty’s Woods near Millvale – talk about local! 

 Helltown Beer 

A local favorite, Helltown ales and IPA’s were a bit hard to find this last summer. American Natural hosted a few wildly popular sold-out “Friday Night” pop-ups. 

 Millie’s Homemade “Real Is Delicious” Ice Cream.  

Founders Chad & Lauren started Millie’s in 2014, and they hand-craft every batchmade with fresh milk from Twin Brook Dairy Co. American Natural features Millie’s vanilla ice cream in made-on-the-spot specialty shakes. 

 Speckled Hen Chocolates (Saxonburg), 

OwneMatt and Valerie Cannon stick to their three ideals: quality, uniqueness and customer service. They make everything in house. You can get their exclusive “edible toilet paper” (chocolate in the form of a mini-TP roll) at American Natural stores.  

Find even more artisan specialty goods in the American Natural Marketplace, like Ready Nutrition (Wexford), and Turner Dairy Farm products.  

 The GoNatural Rewards loyalty program offers plenty of benefits, from frequent-drinker coffee rewards to fuel discounts, and in-store deals.  

 Visit six locations in the greater Pittsburgh area: Cranberry, Gibsonia, Harmar, Mars, Valencia and Wexford. Find out more about American Natural at 

Family & Small Business Profiles

There is something special about a family or small business.  Perhaps it’s because we like to see people working together for something larger than themselves.  Perhaps we like to see how generations come together.  Perhaps it’s because we like seeing a dream turn into a reality, and the family or small businesses we are featuring all started with someone having a good idea.  Whatever the reason, Northern Connection is proud to feature these small and family businesses in this issue.

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Hemp Synergistics Making Life Better for You

Perhaps you have a nagging ache, or maybe you’re not sleeping as well as you’d like. Or maybe you’re just feeling stressed or anxious. Each of those may seem like a little thing—a part of life, just something you have to endure. But those little things can play a big part in reducing your quality and enjoyment of your life.

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Heartland Payments Aids Entrepreneurs

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every aspect of life has had to adapt including business. Heartland Payments, a direct credit card processer to Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, can help businesses during COVID-19 make seamless, secure and touchfree purchases. It can also include a transition from everything in-store to adding an online or mobile platform.

“The curbside pickup, online ordering and overall e-commerce has increased dramatically with the pandemic,” said Ty Franklin, Relationship Manager for Heartland. “We have ways for retail, restauTyler Franklin rants, service professionals and others to collect payments online or by mobile in addition to what is in their facility,” said Ty, who is a Penn State grad, and became associated with Heartland because he 412-737-0802 was given an opportunity to start his own business, eventually own his portfolio and build a personal brand through Heartland’s business solutions. “One area in particular would be helping businesses who are cash only or do not offer online ordering. Our Heartland Guest phone app comes with online ordering and is helping customers adapt to this pandemic with our technology,” Ty said.

In addition to helping customers accept payments in-store, online, on the go (mobile) and via gift cards through Heartland’s different point of sale methods, Heartland also specializes in HR/Payroll, Customer Engagement and Lending options for businesses. “Our motto is ‘Entrepreneurs Respectfully Serving Entrepreneurs,’” said Ty, who takes a different approach to business.

“I believe kindness is the answer—in business and in life. So many reps are worried about their paychecks, as opposed to building a nice long-lasting relationship with business owners and bringing value to their business,” said Ty. “I think having a personal approach that is all about the customer and how I can help them sets me apart from others.”

For more information on how Ty and Heartland Payments can help your business, visit the website at: or call: 412-737-0802 or email Ty at:

Mister Sewer

No one wants to need a sewer and drain expert, but when you do, you want a repair specialist that you can trust – and that specialist is Mister Sewer! Founded in 2009 by Jason Daugherty of Upper St. Clair, Mister Sewer is a prompt, courteous and professional company delivering sewer and drain line video inspection, cleaning and repair.

CLICK HERE to read this month’s entire Business Spotlight on Miser Sewer!