Local shops and maker spaces
Looking to support local brick-and-mortar shops along with all the cool new pop-up markets? Pittsburgh has a growing selection of locally-focused shops perfect for ‘burgh-focused holiday gift-giving.
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, Kelly Simpson-Scupelli of Kelly Lane Design and Rona Chang of Otto Finn, who all focus on sustainable design.
PG&H started as a pop-up store, but still going strong and offering locally-made 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.
Commonwealth Press, Mt. Lebanon and 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 records, too, and parking chairs. (Yes, parking chairs. Winter is almost here!) Their gifts are even easier to find now that this Pittsburgh favorite has opened a Bloomfield outpost.
love, Pittsburgh, Mt. Washington and 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 from one of the world’s greatest urban views.
Wildcard , Lawrenceville
Unique gift ideas abound at this Butler Street gem which features an amazing selection of handmade and 412-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.
Contemporary Craft Holiday Pop-Up Store, Christine Frechard Gallery, Lawrenceville
Through Jan. 18
Before their new home in Lawrenceville is ready — and now that their long-time home in the Strip is closed — Contemporary Craft will be hosting a pop-up shop at Christine Frechard Gallery.
The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon and Carnegie
The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, which just opened a new permanent location in Carnegie (the big Mt. Lebanon location will close after the holidays), showcases a vast selection of work by 300 local and regional artists, including ceramics, fiber, glass, illustration, jewelry, paintings, sculpture and more.