James Whitner Founder of “The Whitaker Group” Returns to Pittsburgh To Create Two New Community Centers

Kids dropped in for a free lunch, to use one of the many computers, or even just for a hug. It was day two for BeSocial in Mon View Heights, in West Mifflin, one of two new community centers opened in the Pittsburgh area last week by James Whitner, an area native turned entrepreneur and philanthropist.

The West Mifflin site was joined by a second BeSocial in East Liberty, above the Penn Avenue location of Social Status, one of two Pittsburgh sites for Whitner’s national streetwear-and-sneakers chain. The East Liberty site also includes a new art gallery and artist-mentorship space, 38a.

Whitner, now based in Charlotte, N.C., said the community centers express his company’s business philosophy.

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