As a former patient and neighborhood leader, Mr. Redondo was invited to serve on the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. “Their goal is to see how they can keep improving every patient’s experience. I really admire that. I think it’s a great thing for an organization that big.”
A Friendship resident since 1959, Nick Redondo opened his coffeehouse, Friendship Perk & Brew, in 2017. His family owned the building — he grew up right across the street — and had leased it to a business that had become somewhat of a neighborhood nuisance.
“So I went to various neighborhood groups and asked them what they would want in this building,” he recounts. “And they said that they would like to have a coffee shop on that site. I was delighted because I had wanted to own a coffeehouse ever since my Navy days in the 1980s. And I want my neighbors to be happy with what we’ve done.
“I have to say, too, that I am grateful to live in a neighborhood with such an outstanding hospital. I’ve had nothing but great experiences at Shadyside. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Shadyside, I would not be able to walk today.”