Let Small Business Saturday be your inspiration for weeks of shopping local. In Pittsburgh, there are events all season long that give you the opportunity to support local businesses and makers — from traditional holiday markets to specialty pop-ups to special store access — plus plenty of spots that bolster local artisans year-round. Here’s a sampling of the many ways you can boost the Burgh with your dollars this year.
Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Ujamaa Collective
1901 Centre Ave, Hill District
Nov. 24 and 25
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
After stuffing yourself with turkey on Thursday, check out this Hill District boutique over the long weekend. There you’ll find local and global fair trade goods along with free and low-cost artsy activities, including a personalized 3D-printed Egyptian cartouche. (Make sure to reserve your spot in line for that one.) Bring the kiddos along for the magnet making activity that’s free for all ages.
807 Liberty Ave., Downtown
Now through Dec. 23
Tues. – Sat., hours vary
A pop-up just for the holidays that brings some of Pittsburgh’s top Lawrenceville shops Downtown. Toll Gate Revival, Vestis and Pavement are three of Lawrenceville’s top clothing boutiques, and you can find their fashions here without braving Butler Street traffic. Joining them is Moop, which creates unique canvas bags, and manufactures them in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Peoples Gas Holiday Market
Now through December 23 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.; 11a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun.
Inspired by the Christmas Markets that bring convivial cheer to the centers of German cities, this cluster of Alpine-style chalets has become as much a fixture of a Pittsburgh Christmas as the Spirits of Giving from Around the World at PPG Place next door. The Holiday Market features distinctive gifts, decorations and treats, made in Pittsburgh, Germany, Poland and many points in between.
Trusst Holiday Pop-up
5125 Penn Ave., Garfield
Nov. 25, December 2, 9 & 16
Noon to 6 p.m.
Trusst Lingerie‘s storefront in Garfield becomes a pop-up store featuring work from local women designers. You’ll find designs by Kiya Tomlin of Uptown Sweats (stylish fleece sweatshirts), Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland (bow ties), Gillian Preston of Broken Plates (handmade glass jewelry), Shannon Pultz of Blak Rust (silk scarves) and Sophia Berman of Trusst Lingerie.
Museum Store Sunday
Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Heinz History Center, National Aviary, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts, Society for Contemporary Craft, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Frick Pittsburgh, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, The ToonSeum
Just about every local museum is celebrating the first-ever Museum Store Sunday with special events and sales. For instance, Carnegie Museum of Natural History debuts a new line of T. Rex merchandise — ranging from posters to jewelry — inspired by Jane, the T. Rex in the center of the store. There will be a live violin quartet and an appearance by the 10-foot-tall, life-like Anzue wyliei puppet. No admission necessary.
I Made it! for the Holidays
In the former Office Depot space, The Waterfront, Homestead
Nov. 24 – 26
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This will be a bonanza featuring local artists, crafters, designers and makers selling handmade home goods, kids’ clothing, ceramics, bath and body supplies and artwork of all kinds. Vendors you’ll find include Joe Ireland Photography, Dragonfly Lake Scents The Foxglove Hollow, Wit & Purl, Homestead Luminary, The Circle Craft and more.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
With 170 vendors, Handmade Arcade’s largest event yet features a gigantic selection of crafty gifts from do-it-yourselfers of every stripe, local to national: organic skincare products, bowties made from recycled fabric, contemporary photography, creepy plush dolls, glass jewelry, metalwork, even candles that smell like beer. Plus, Handmade Arcade always features local DJs and lots of free hands-on craft, art and tech activities with local artists and arts organizations, for kids and adults.
Pittsburgh International Airport Annual Holiday Open House
10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh airport shopping has been transformed in the past few years, adding new and better stores and restaurants. On December 2 it will be open to everyone (even if you’re not flying anywhere), with music and an appearance by Santa. Stores are open until 7 p.m., with food and drink until 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh Glass Center Holiday Glass Sale
5472 Penn Ave., Garfield
Dec 1, 6 – 9 p.m.
Dec. 2 & 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Here you’ll find handmade glass from regional artists like the Penn + Fairmount‘s Jason Forck Collection of pitchers and tableware, created here using traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques (and currently featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine).
Holiday mART at Sweetwater Center for the Arts
200 Broad St., Sewickley
Dec. 1 – 9
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Fri.; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat. – Sun.
When you can boast 100 local artists and more than 5,000 items for sale, you know you’ve got a big thing going. Here you’ll find handcrafted jewelry, knitwear, ornaments, food, glass, ceramics, fine art and plenty more, including many budget-friendly items.
A Made + Found Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 Whitfield St., East Liberty
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dig through the offerings of 35+ vendors of local vintage and handmade items, including Highway Robbery Vintage, the “boutique plant shop” Farm & Forest and Calligramme, a woman-owned boutique selling “vintage and American-made lingerie and loungewear.”
The Wintermarket at Hotel Monaco
Hotel Monaco, 620 William Penn Place, Downtown
Dec. 11 – 12
11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4pm-7 p.m.
LUXE Creative turns the Hotel Monaco into a Winter Wonderland, with handmade glassware, leather goods, clothing and more from Pittsburgh makers. Sandwiches and apple cider will be supplied by The Commoner.
Holiday Extravaganza at Spirit
242 51st Street, Lawrenceville
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last-minute shopping for handmade and vintage gifts from Boheme Pittsburgh, plus Spirit’s first-rate pizza. That’s an awesome combo any day.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside
Now through Dec. 30
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Wed.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; noon to 5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays (Dec. only)
Purchase a one-of-a-kind artwork for someone you care about this holiday season. The [email protected] represents more than 200 local artists, ranging from print to sculpture to glass to ceramics.
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