The Garbella booth at Handmade Arcade at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Photo by Joey Kennedy.

Looking to support local brick and mortar shops along with all the cool pop-up markets? Pittsburgh has a growing selection of locally-focused shops perfect for ‘burgh-focused holiday gift-giving.

View out onto Butler Street (during warmer weather!) from inside Make+Matter in Lawrenceville. Photo by Stephanie Hacke.

3711 Butler Street in Lawrenceville

This 1,200-square-foot space features four to six new designers each month selling everything from clothing to home goods to accessories. That includes Make + Matter’s three founders — Rebekah Joy of Flux Bene LLC, Kelly Simpson-Scupelli of Kelly Lane Design and Rona Chang of Otto Finn, who all focus on sustainable designs.

536 Smithfield Street, Downtown

This experimental pop-up store opened in October and is expected to be open for a year, offering locally-made artisanal furniture and homeware to Downtown shoppers. Among the inaugural class of local and regional designers to appear at PG&H are Coded Clay ceramics, Blak Rust handmade textiles and Ashley Cecil wallpapers.

The new PG&H featuring local makers just opened Downtown. Photo by TH Carlisle for NEXTpittsburgh.

Small Mall
5300 Butler Street, Lawrenceville

This new store created by Casey Droege featuring art and designs from creators across the region will be hosting “celebrity gift-wrapping” shopping events through the holiday season.

Commonwealth Press
691 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon
4707 Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield

You can’t go wrong with a creative Pittsburgh themed T-shirt — like “Yinzer” in the style of the Thrasher magazine logo, or the Slayer logo (with hockey sticks) — made in Pittsburgh by these expert screen-printers. They sell vinyl, too, and parking chairs. (Yes, parking chairs. Can’t get through a Pittsburgh winter without them!) And now you can get Commonwealth Press gifts in two locations, thanks to their new Bloomfield outpost.

love, Pittsburgh
301 Shiloh St., Mt. Washington
805 Liberty Ave., Downtown

Both locations of this ‘burgh-centric store offer terrific selections of locally-made gifts — a pierogi-adorned towel, a “Lil’ Yinzer” onesie, a 1971 World Series t-shirt and much more — and the Mt. Washington location is just a short walk away from one of the world’s greatest urban views.

love, Pittsburgh
love, Pittsburgh

4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville

Unique gift ideas abound at this Butler Street gem which features an amazing selection of handmade and local-themed items — Pittsburgh-y mugs, dish towels, magnets, apparel and more, along with t-shirts, books, bags, jewelry and knickknacks a-plenty. Plus, they sell the cards and wrapping paper to go with them.

Society for Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman St., Strip District

Contemporary Craft is a gift in itself, fostering creativity and diversity within Pittsburgh and the world or makers. For the art lover in your life, they sell works from hundreds of the top craft artists in America, from jewelry to fiber to furniture. This is their last holiday season in their current location, so drop by for one final shopping spree.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Rd., Mt. Lebanon

Located in the South Hills, The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh (you can’t miss the big green barn on McFarland) showcases a vast selection of work by 300 local and regional artists, including ceramics, fiber, glass, illustration, jewelry, paintings, sculpture and more. The 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center also offers classes, lectures, summer camps and workshops, and will celebrate Small Business Saturday again this year.

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