Here is your go-to guide to SHOP LOCAL in Pittsburgh this Christmas!
It seems many of us are turning to online shopping this holiday season, understandably so! In a time when it’s doubly important to support struggling local businesses, it’s so easy to resort to the comfort of 2-day prime shipping… But given the challenges of 2020, I have challenged myself to shop primarily local this year, and researched soooo many options that I would love to share with you… This list is my gift to you!
(BTW I am continuously amazed at the talent of local Pittsburgh artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. Even if you aren’t able to invest in their products, there are other ways to support local businesses, even without spending a dime; consider just sharing their website or leaving a good review. Goodwill goes a long way!)
Read on to discover some of the best places to shop local businesses near you in Pittsburgh, this holiday season…
15 PITTSBURGH LOCAL SHOPS supporting artists and makers near you
1. Handmade Arcade Virtual Marketplace
This website has a compilation of amazing local artists with a variety of wares… You can SHOP LOCAL, directly from home!
2. Blawnox Boutique, A Handmade Artist Collective
282 Freeport Rd. Open Wednesday-Sunday 11-6, Thursdays open until 8pm. Now through December 23.
This newly opened collective features a variety of jewelry, textiles and pottery. It’s located in the Blawnox area, just off rt. 28 from the city. Features my talented neighbor’s work Wolf’s Den Pottery!
3. I Made It! Market pop up shop at The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon Mall
The I Made It! Market is a popular local pop up shop in the Pittsburgh area, with lots of locations and dates around the city. This year in 2020 they have opened up a space at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon Mall, along with online options.
The mall storefront opened Friday, November 27th and features dozens of local artists and makers. Find them in the former Godiva space on the first floor, near Starbucks and Pottery Barn. Hours are Thurs-Sat 12-7 and Sunday from 12-5.
This local female- and black-owned business offers online orders and free curbside pickup.
Kelly and Monica, the owners of these stores are champions of local artists and makers… all items are locally sourced!
Schedule your visit in-store or shop online. Free shipping on orders over $75 with code SHIP75.
Convive has locations in McCandless Crossing or Lawrenceville. Remember you can support restaurants, too, this holiday season, with gift card purchases.
This gift shop is located and Lawrenceville and has a variety of local and handmade items. This is where I got my fabulous Yinzilla shirt. 🙂 Currently offering in-store shopping and curbside pickup.
8. Jenna Vanden Brink Ceramics
Jenna Vanden Brink creates functional ceramics and jewelry in a simple, elegant aesthetic. Each piece is handcrafted here in Pittsburgh.
Their local shop is temporarily closed but you can make purchases in their online retail shop- or get your own designs screen printed!
10. Gifted Hands
Gifted Hands gift shop offers affordable shipping, or you can shop right in the store. Mccandless Crossing is in my backyard, or check out one of their other two locations!
11. Adda Bazaar
This tea and coffee shop sells curated wares, too. Currently offering 20% off gift subscriptions!
I might own a Pittsburgh Pottery mug or two… next will be picking up that WORSH soap dispenser!
Synthesis carries in their shop cacti, succulents, handmade ceramics, hanging pots, gardening tools, stationery, gifts, and soap. They offer local curbside pickup!
14. Inhale Yoga
My favorite kind of gifts… the EXPERIENCE kind!! This is for those who have everything. Get them some stress relief during the pandemic. 🙂
15. Pamela Anticole, Photography
Okay this may be a shameless plug, but I also think photography is worth investing in. AND I am offering my annual Winter Sale discounts! Reach out to chat about what photography services would be best for you. 🙂
FINALLY, don’t forget to check out the offerings of some fantastic local artists that I’ve previously shared on the blog…
And Happy Holidays to all!!!