The 2020 holiday shopping season is upon us! Small businesses are amongst some of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, and your support helps to strengthen our local community and economy as we head into the holiday season. From wine, whiskey, hand-made skincare, local artistry, cookie trays to quirky cards, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite local businesses for you to shop from and support this holiday season. Please note that most of the businesses listed offer pandemic-friendly shopping options to keep our community safe and healthy including contactless payment options, online ordering, shipping, delivery, and curbside pick up. Stay safe, and happy shopping!
Established in 1968, Kards Unlimited is a 3rd generation, family-owned retail experience offering cards, books, games, puzzles, socks, stickers, and more. Their unique, eclectic gifts are far removed from a “Hallmark style” cookie-cutter chain store. They have been amusing themselves and the Shadyside community for more than 50 years, and now it’s time to share the love for the holiday season! They are currently offering in-store/curbside pickup and shipping at checkout, and are open 9:30am-9pm M-Sat, and 10am-6pm Sunday. PS – The best time to shop to avoid crowds is weekday mornings and evenings. Stop in and find the perfect gift for nearly anyone on your list. Located at 5522 Walnut St. Pittsburgh, PA, kardsunlimited.com.
Love Letter Co
The owner of Love Letter Co started hand lettering personalizations on glass ornaments during the holidays as gifts, which quickly turned into a small factory in her dining room! As busy as she was during an even busier time of year, she had found purpose just doing something she always found therapeutic. She has since then experimented on different canvases from simple cardstock to be framed & matted, acrylic signage for first birthdays denim jackets, and other goods that she has up her sleeve. Their holiday collection includes personalized Cookie Plates for Santa, Ceramic Ornaments, Holiday Cheer Wine Totes, & more! Perfect for a unique Christmas gift or any special occasion. And if you have something specific you’d love customized, get in touch and they’ll bring it to life! Follow them on Instagram or visit their online shop, offering shipping and curbside pick up.
Gina’s Inspired Designs
Gina’s Inspired Designs offers wearable art in the form of hand-painted, silk custom scarves. Each scarf is uniquely designed with vivid colors & striking patterns; the perfect artistic accessory to complete your outfit or look this holiday season. For a more personalized experience, Gina is offering virtual appointments to help you find the perfect accessory, special gift, or create a truly custom-designed piece to meet your needs (no purchase necessary!). You can use that opportunity to learn how to best tie a scarf, or see for yourself just how long a scarf is. “it’s an original Butera from Gina’s Inspired Designs– you need to get one, too!” Learn more: www.ginasinspireddesigns.com
Renee Piatt Collection
The inspiration for the Renee Piatt Collection is pulled from founder Renee Piatt’s love of stones and beads that look like or literally came from the earth, ocean or sky; elements that reflect nature but feel rich and elegant. She hand-crafts elegant boho-chic jewels for the free-spirited woman invoking love of nature, beauty & travel w/druzy, agate, geodes, shell, quartz, & semi-precious stones. From unique “cardigan closers,” show-stopping earrings, bracelets, rings and more, shop her unique selection at reneepiatt.com.
Emma Lou Design
Emma Lou Design creates handcrafted wooden signs. They offer completely customized holiday, special occasion, or wedding designs that are available on Etsy. You can also follow them on Facebook to learn more!
Enliven Lifestyle Boutique
Opened in June 2020, Enliven Lifestyle Boutique, was founded by two fierce women who always dreamed of owning their own business. Their online boutique collection is sourced from over 13 fellow small business owners located throughout Pittsburgh and across the US! Their goal is to provide collections to enliven all aspects of your lifestyle. Whether you purchase a gift for someone else or gift yourself, this online collection allows you to gift locally! Shop now: enlivenboutique.com
Brambler Boutique sources organic, sustainable, ethically made goods whenever possible while seeking to carry a range of items that are accessible to every family. With a focus on quality, innovation, good design, and trendsetting fashions, Brambler offers a wide array of products from newborn through six years old. Their baby and toddler clothing feature a large selection of unisex styles that will be sure to make hand-me-downs all the rage. Brambler also offers a large selection of fun, progressive books, wooden toys, and fun mealtime and bathtime gear. Located at 3609 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA, bramblerboutique.com
Larrimor’s is a men’s and women’s designer clothing store. They are proudly participating in the Holiday Shopopoly Event alongside other downtown Pittsburgh businesses on Saturday, November 28th; from coats, sweaters, accessories, and more, Larrimor’s offers the finest in upscale men’s and women’s fashion. Shop online or in-store, located at 249 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, larrimors.com
Founded in the roots of personal styling and expertise, Shift was founded in 2019 created for women, by women. Passionate about sustainable style and size inclusivity, Shift offers a curated selection of high quality, preloved clothing at affordable prices, Their contact-free shopping options include their Shift Style Boxes, or you can browse online, via Poshmark, or Instagram. They are offering free shipping the week of November 30th, and will continue to offer personal gift shopping and curated giftable pouches. They’re available for curbside pickup anytime between 10-5pm Monday – Saturday.Located at 550 Jones Street, Verona, PA 1514, shopstyleshift.com.
Food & Yummies
Since 1955, Bethel Bakery has served the local community offering everything from cakes, seasonal features, and more. Visitors travel for miles for a taste of Bethel Bakery’s signature buttercream icing and their cakes are legendary at weddings in the ‘Burgh. Their Christmas features include Cookie Trays, Holiday Cakes, Holiday Logs, and Dessert Trays, plus extra special offerings like Nut Petica and their iconic New Year’s Pretzel. You can order online or call in your order available for curbside pick up. They have two locations, Bethel Park (5200 Brightwood Road Bethel Park, PA) and North Strabane (2500 Washington Road North Strabane, PA) bethelbakery.com.
Lovin, Spoonful, LLC offers soul-warming, homemade soups to-go! Delivering each Wednesday to the greater Pittsburgh Area, new soups are posted each Thursday. From Vegan Italian Wedding Soup, Tomato Basil Bisque to Sweet Potato Chipotle, each week brings something new to cozy up and enjoy. Order now via Instagram: instagram.com/lovinspoonfulpgh www.lovinspoonfulpgh.com
Come and indulge in some delicious snacks, coffee, and specialty gifts at the Coffee Brake! Currently offering curbside pick up for all their food and drink options, Coffee Brake is locally owned and is now serving delicious holiday drinks including their Candy Cane Mocha, Gingerbread Latte, and their Cookie Dough Latte.You can also snag unique gifts during your coffee run including ceramic mugs, decorative signs, gift cards, tea towels, and more! Situated halfway between Cranberry Twp. and Butler, and only minutes from Zelienople and Mars, they are conveniently located with free off-street parking.Located at 111 E. Main Street, Evans City, PA, brake4coffee.com
De Fer Coffee & Tea
De Fer Coffee & Tea offers amazing coffee and tea to more people–and to make the world a better place while doing it. De Fer believes that coffee and tea are one of life’s simplest and most accessible pleasures. Enjoy small-batch coffee, loose-leaf tea, and now offer goods and apparel including Provisions! You can order online or visit their shop in the Strip District; they’re offering free, local delivery to select areas. Located at 2002 Smallman Street, defer.coffee
Market Street Grocery
Market Street Grocery opened its doors in April of 2015, offering a variety of fresh, affordable products and local goods including cheeses and dairy, fresh bread, house-made cold cuts, baked goods, and household staples. Market St. Grocery is a one-stop shop, reminiscent of neighborhood markets harkening back to a past era while possessing a uniquely modern feel. They also offer an extensive catering menu and offer delivery or curbside pickup for any of their grocery items, and are offering pre-made meals perfect for the holiday season.Located at 435 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA, marketstreetgrocery.com
Savor Pittsburgh Cookbook
Seasoned & Savory – A Collection of Recipes to Benefit Women’s Health Research is now available! Produced by Dickerson Creative Communications, this cookbook of almost 100 recipes from local and nationally known chefs and influencers benefits their charity partner, Magee Women’s Research Institute & Foundation. You can order now by heading the Liokareas Olive Oil website (www.Liokareas.com). Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest independent research institute in the U.S. focused solely on women’s and infants’ health research. Learn more and order now!
Wine, Whiskey & Beer
23rd and Vine
23rd and Vine is Pittsburgh’s boutique wine shop. They offer an extensive, curated wine list from small vineyards across the globe for you to enjoy by the glass or bottle that aren’t available at PA State Liquor Stores. 23rd and Vine also carries specialty food products local to Pittsburgh including local pasta sauce, olive oil, biscotti, and more. For the holiday season, they are offering a number of exclusive holiday wine bundles to enjoy this holiday season from their ‘Tis the Season – Holiday Red 6-Pack to their new Natural Wine Duo. Purchase a case of Smokey Robinson Wine and automatically enter for a chance to win an autographed wine bottle from the Motown legend himself he through the end of the year! Order online: https://www.toasttab.com/23rd-and-vine/v3. All bottles are available for delivery in the Pittsburgh area, or you can pick up your order curbside. Located at 2333 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 23rdandvine.com
Bierport is Pittsburgh’s locally owned bottleshop and tap room featuring 850+ different beers/ciders, 90+ craft soda’s, and 19 taps. For the holidays, they are offering Thanksgiving Pairing Packs that include specialty 6-packs designed to pair with Thanksgiving classics like pumpkin pie and turkey, and are also offering Holiday Gift Baskets. For the beer lover in your life, the options are endless!All orders are available for delivery, curbside pick up, or visit their store in Lawrenceville. Located at 4115 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA, view their online shop: bierport.salesvu.com
Made from scratch in Pittsburgh, PA, Wigle Whiskey is hell bent on creating an educated community around the highest quality, most inventive distilled products in the world.You can place an order online for any bottle of whiskey or their food options. Their holiday selections include their “Ready to Drink Cocktail Set,” Rudolf Whiskey, St. Nick Whiskey, and many other hand-crafted bottles and gifts for the whisky lover on your list.Their main location is in the Strip District, 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, wiglewhiskey.com
Health, Wellness and Beauty
Founded by a licensed aesthetician, aspiring herbalist, and organic skincare formulator, Chelsea Ali, Ali’s Apothecary makes botanical, high-performance skincare products, macerated oils, skincare, body care, herbals, and teas accessible to all. All products are hand-made locally, and ship nationally. Give the gift of wellness to a loved one in your life with her curated tea packages, anti-aging serums, or luxury, botanical skincare lines. Holiday bundles are available including some of their most popular products. All products are cruelty free, all-natural, and sustainably sourced. Learn more and shop their collections: alisapothecary.co
Optimal Health and Wellness
Optimal Health and Wellness is a full-service wellness center located right around the corner in Canfield, Ohio. They offer a variety of services aimed to help you achieve your health and wellness goals this holiday season, including weight loss, IV therapy, and PCR COVID-19 testing. Shop small and learn more: https://www.optimalhealthandwellness.net
Studio Booth Salon and Spa
Studio Booth is Pittsburgh’s premier luxury salon and spa featuring Pittsburgh’s top talent. They have been in the East Liberty neighborhood for over a decade, conveniently located next to Trader Joes in Pittsburgh’s East End. In their in-salon retail store, they carry the finest products in hair and skincare for hair of every color, texture, and length including Kevin Murphy, Ouidad, Babor, Phyto, Olaplex, and CBD Daily. They also carry a number of unique jewelry pieces and accessories. They are also offering 10% off gift cards through the end of the year.
Call at 412-362-6684 for more information or to order products for curbside pick up – they are also accepting holiday appointments. Located at 6343 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, studio-booth.com.
S. W. Randall Toys
Established in 1970, Pittsburgh’s Oldest and Largest Specialty Toy Store, S.W. Randall Toys and Gifts is a specialty toy and gift shop with headquarters located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. They have thousands of items in stock and have remained the largest store of our kind in the city for over forty years. They would like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support and kind words throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They have locations downtown (630 Smithfield St. Pittsburgh, PA) Squirrel Hill (5856 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA) and Shadyside (806 Ivy St. Pittsburgh, PA 15232) swrandalltoys.com
City of Asylum Bookstore
City of Asylum Books is an independent bookstore that creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. They provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced. City of Asylum offers a broad range of literary programs in a variety of community settings to encourage cross-cultural exchange, a virtual book club, and an online book store offering free shipping over $75. Their holiday gift guide offers ideas for book lovers this holiday season.Open daily from 12-5 PM, their bookstore is the project of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, a nonprofit committed to promoting freedom of expression. All sales directly support the organization. Located at 40 W. North Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Northside, https://www.cityofasylumbooks.org/
Want to send a thoughtful, beautiful holiday basket to a client or loved one, but don’t know where to start? Present Expressions brings Pittsburgh’s favorite and finest products in a unique presentation to those who want to experience superior taste or make an impression when presenting a gift.Their holiday baskets range from options for any budget and include everything from local sweets and treats, snacks, candles, and more. Owner and founder, Mercedes Morgan, proud Pittsburgh resident and food lover focuses on tasting and pairing different packaged local favorites, playing with outside-of-the-box ideas in wrapping gift baskets and boxes, and establishing great relationships with local vendors to bring the best findings and experiences to others.Visit their website: https://presentexpressions.com
Love, Pittsburgh’s mission is to connect makers to shoppers by serving the local community as well as the thousands of visitors who travel to Downtown Pittsburgh and Mount Washington each year. They curate the best selection of locally made gifts and proudly tell the stories of the artists and makers they support. Everything in their shop is designed by a Pittsburgh artist. You can book an appointment online to shop in-store, or all products are available online. They’re making it easy for you to safely shop this holiday with their season-our curated gift boxes, available in seasonal themes and a variety of price points. They can ship it directly to your recipient, or order for curbside pick up. Love, Pittsburgh has two locations: Downtown (805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA) and mount Washington (301 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh, PA) lovepittsburghshop.com
White Whale Bookstore
White Whale is a family-owned, independent bookstore in Pittsburgh. Their selection of new books includes a broad range of contemporary and literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, history, philosophy, local authors, independent presses, children’s books, and more. They are currently offering curbside pickup, contactless payments, and shipping options to ensure the safety of their customers throughout the pandemic. Please note that if you need your books for Christmas, curbside orders must be placed with them before December 21, and all orders to be shipped from the store must be placed by December 18. They have several options for gifts for the book lovers in your life! Check out what they have available on their ready-to-ship website; updated once a week, they feature new releases, bestsellers and personal favorites. They also have book subscription boxes and limited edition holiday bundles available for both adults and kids with new options to be released on Small Business Saturday.Know someone who’s a writer? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about signing them up for one of their writing workshops as a gift! Located in Bloomfield, 4754 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, https://whitewhalebookstore.com/
Galería Caimán is an art collective that specializes in Cuban masters. By representing renowned Cuban artists, Galería Caimán coordinates gallery exhibitions, acquires art from Cuba, and arranges lectures. They aim to connect the world with the real, unpolished art that defines Cuba’s very soul, but is rarely seen by the outside world. Learn more and view their collections: https://www.galeriacaiman.com/