The Small Business Saturday Guide
Shopping at small businesses to support your community and make sure your dollars are reinvested, rather than going to big box retailers, has gained serious momentum over the past few years. Even large companies, such as American Express, are encouraging small businesses to thrive, winning the hearts of those involved in the movement and gaining loyal customers in the process. If you noticed the serious backlash faced by retailers who were open on Thanksgiving Day, then there’s no denying how important the cause is to many. As we’ve done in years past, were here to present some of our favorite local shops that we’d be shopping at if we weren’t far, far away on vacation for this holiday weekend. Consider some of our recommendations when making your shopping choices tomorrow.
WERK is a relatively new addition to Lawrenceville’s Butler Street. While it might look like a trendy alteration shop from the outside, if you visit you’ll find it offers much more. Their selection of unique furniture, such as dressers and tables, and accessories like handmade hats from local designers, ensure there’s always something one-of-a-kind in-house.
Mid-Atlantic Mercantile, another clothing, accessories and home decor on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, is offering 15% off your purchase if you come in with proof of supporting one of their neighbors. Bring in a shopping bag from a neighboring boutique, a coffee coup from Espresso A Mano or a reciept from Wild Card and you’ll snag a great deal!
If you’re looking for handmade wares, unique prints and jewelry from local designers and beyond, The Shop in East Liberty, another relatively new addition to Pittsburgh’s boutique scene, is a good bet. They’ve managed to add a touch of style to a developing neighborhood while attracting younger clientele, keeping the neighborhood bustling with visitors to one of its many vibrant dining options.
Shadyside’s Kards Unlimited is always a good bet for holiday shopping. You might walk in with one gift idea in mind, and end up leaving with five items you didn’t even know existed that are perfect choices for the loved ones in your life. Their assortment of novelty items, games, books and trinkets are a perfect example of why they’re known for more than just awesome cards.
Did you know that Bloomfield is home to more independent book shops than any other neighborhood in Pittsburgh? Our favorite is The East End Book Exchange, which sells hard-to-find and local books. They also offer a consignment program and a book trade. This book store is a treasure in a world of otherwise impersonal shopping experiences. A good book is a gift that keeps on giving for years to come.
No matter what their taste, we’re certain you can find a local store for every personality in your life.