December 18
5 – 9 p.m.

Whether you’re a dude wanting to buy local or you’ve got all men left on your holiday gift list, MANta Claus is a terrific last-minute shopping experience to check out.

Who needs generic gift cards and mall-induced migraines when you have local-leaning MANta Claus? Returning to Lawrenceville on Thursday, December 18th, the quirky homespun shopping event will activate the nabe’s Butler Street shopping district with sweet deals, free gift wrapping, snacks and drinks and plenty of hands-on gift-buying guidance from local entrepreneurs.

Stroll and shop up and down the eclectic corridor, which is lined with creative small businesses, such as boutiques, galleries, coffeehouses, bakeries and much more. Participating stores—which will offer special discounts and gift certificates—include Wildcard, Divertido, Jupe, Mid-Atlantic Mercantile, Jules, Mister Grooming & Goods, Pageboy, Pavement, T’s Upholstery and more.

Don’t leave hangry! Shoppers can also grab dinner at the event’s food truck roundup, which will be parked near 45th Street.

Added bro-nus? Hitchhiker Brewing and Leona’s will set up shop at Pageboy Salon & Boutique, offering winter beer tastings and tasty ice cream sandwiches. While there, take a seat and enjoy a free beard trim by Pageboy’s student barber.

Of course, all of us here at NEXTpittsburgh think that MANta Claus is a terrific last-minute shopping choice for all gift seekers.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.