Shop Local on Black Friday

Published On November 20, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | Community

This holiday season, we encourage you to support area businesses and shop local. The biggest shopping day of the year doesn’t have to come with 6AM door busters, long lines or a barrage of corporate messages luring your brain chemistry into squeezing every penny out of your wallet this Friday. Instead, why not make this year’s shopping experience more low key and hit up one of the great local shops Pittsburgh has to offer? There’s truly something for everyone and no lack of deals this year amidst the local offerings for Black Friday. Here are some of our suggestions to get the most bang for your bling.

Shadyside is a mecca of upscale shops and boutiques, but their other stores are top notch as well. Check out SW Randall or Kards Unlimited for novelty gifts. Designer Days Boutique, Eons, Hey Betty are great for vintage, secondhand clothing items and Cheeks is perfect if you’re in the market for something sexy to give that special lady in your life. Don’t forget the mistletoe!

Try not to get distracted by all the bars on East Carson Street and explore the South Side‘s excellent selection of local clothing shops and Pittsburgh-centric brands. Decade and Blasfome are great for casual men’s apparel. Slacker and the Culture Shop are good for the eccentric folks in your life. Consider Luxx, Figleaf, and Jupe if you’re shopping for a trendy female with class and style. Jupe is holding a special “Mystery Sale” which gives certain lucky guests up to 50% off after drawing a ticket at the door and runs from Friday-Sunday.

Lawrenceville has expanded its shopping options over the past few years. Divertido is your best bet for one-of-a-kind novelty gifts. Neighborhood staple Pavement is a great spot for shoes, as well as Pageboy for women’s accessories/apparel. New to the hood, The Frown Crown is serving up a mix of Pittsburgh-based clothing brands including Grand Scheme, Jock n’Roll, Streetheart and many others. They’re offering 15% off everything in the store on November 23 and 24 in addition to other sick deals you can only find on-site. And don’t forget to hit up Panello Boutique to partake in the same sale being offered at sister store Jupe.

Now that Light-Up Night has happened, Downtown will be in full swing with holiday sales. Consider one of Project Pop-Up‘s unique stores such as Awesome Books. There’s also Serendipity, where you can find a hip accessory for the ladies, or hit up the Theater Square Box Office and snab a ticket to a show Downtown this season! Mixed Threads is also hosting a pop-up shop at Future Tenant which runs November 23 to December 1 and features a variety of local brands and DJs as entertainment while you shop! Visit here for more details.

In addition to these neighborhood-focused suggestions, we’d like to mention the following options as an alternative to Black Friday altogether!

City Dining Cards are the newest addition to Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene, offering $10 off of a $30 bill during your meal at any of their participating restaurants. At $20 a pop and with 52 cards per deck, your ROI is strong on this one, as you’ve made your money back after using only two cards. Check out our recent interview with one of the fellas behind the product to learn more. Dining cards can be purchased online here. If you enter the discount code “NAKOUT” you can get free shipping!

Handmade Arcade is right around the corner and takes place Saturday, December 8 from 11AM to 7PM at the David L Lawrence Convention Center. Pittsburgh’s award-winning craft fair is the perfect spot to find a unique gift for everyone on your list. Support vendors from 15 different states and enjoy craft demonstrations and other fun activities while you shop. Make a day of it! For a list of participating vendors, click here, and be sure to check back with NakYouOut in the coming weeks because we’re giving away “Early Birdie Passes” that grant you early admission into Handmade Arcade, which means first dibs on all the neat items and beating the rush! Stay tuned for our feature article on the event to sign up for our giveaway.

I Made It! Market is another fantastic opportunity to explore the world of indie crafts and cop a unique item to gift this year! It takes place at Bakery Square on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1.

With all these wonderful options to shop local this year we’re looking forward to receiving more meaningful gifts that aren’t packaged in three layers of plastic and won’t fall apart in two months. If you’re down to support the small businesses that help make our city a great place to live, then we’re down with you!

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