by charissa lauren

Shop Small for the Holidays

Shop Small this Holiday Season with 10 Pittsburgh Boutiques

Thanksgiving is creeping around the corner and before we know it, Christmas will be here. When I think of Thanksgiving, I have to admit it marks the beginning of the holiday season for me and I jump right into shopping mode. We’ve all shopped during Black Friday at some point or another whether by choice or force. But that busy weekend after Thanksgiving has even more retail perk in recent years with the launch of Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and the #ShopSmall and #ShopLocal campaigns designed to promote our locally owned small businesses.

One of the best parts of living and working in Pittsburgh is our strong sense of community. We support our own and encourage our small businesses. When you take your last bite of turkey this year and head out to shop for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, try to support a locally owned business this year. Pittsburgh is home to so many local retail gems. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite small, locally owned shops for this year’s retail rush extravaganza. Follow along as your local fashionista explores the best places to shop in the Burgh’ during the holidays.

Photo at Vintage Grace Boutique

The Shoppe Along The Way

31 East Main Street Carnegie PA 15106

This adorable little shop in Carnegie serves as both a storefront holding unique and handmade gifts and a workshop where you can actually DIY a home decor piece. Overall great experience, friendly owner and definitely ranks high on our #shopsmall list this holiday season.

Glam Earth Boutique

218 E Main St, Carnegie, PA 15106

The place to go for natural and organic beauty goodies. This hidden gem is locally owned by celebrity makeup artist Marianne Skiba. Offering great gifts, spa treatments, skincare products to essential oils, Glam Earth Boutique is made for the local beauty guru.

Whimsy on Fifth 

1 Forsythe Road, Presto, PA 15142

Unique gifts, home decor pieces, fashions and more, Whimsy on Fifth is a one-stop shop with a new location in the Nevillewood area. Enjoy the trendy selections of jewelry, apparel, shoes, home furnishings, custom gift baskets, greeting cards, balloons and so much more!

Moses Jewelers 

Clearview Mall, Butler, PA 16001

If you’re planning on popping the question this holiday season or just treating your sweetheart to something sparkly, support a local jeweler shop as opposed to Jared’s this year. Moses Jewelers is local and family owned in the Pittsburgh area.

ESSpa Kozmetika

17 Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall, PA

If you’re searching for a deluxe spa treatment for someone special in your life, ESSpa Kozmetika in Aspinwall is owned by husband and wife duo Eva and Scott Kerschbaumer and offer an awesome deal on Thanksgiving Eve night. BOGO everything. Any gift card you purchase, get a free gift card of that value. Customers wait in a line that stretches around the block for these golden tickets and the atmosphere always puts you in the holiday spirit. This year’s BOGO sale will be held Wednesday, November 21st.

The Picket Fence

5425 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Originally launching in 2002, The Picket Fence opened it’s doors in Shadyside in 2006 and remained true to their roots as a family-owned business operated by three generations of women, Patti and her daughters. There aren’t many one-stop boutiques in Pittsburgh where you can find a little something for you, for the home and baby. The Picket Fence lies in the heart of Shadyside and is an L.A. inspired lifestyle boutique carrying both big and local designers

Vintage Grace Boutique

2991 W. Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Stepping into the boutique you’re greeted with sparkle and the season’s latest. Already in holiday fashion spirits, the shopping bug hits when browsing great deals and must-have accessories. The owners Lauren Lista and Adam Dzadony , a husband and wife team who met while working in retail, opened a second location in Washington, PA to add just a little more style to Western PA.

love, Pittsburgh 

301 Shiloh St, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

I’m probably most excited for this particular shop. love, Pittsburgh carries a collection of gifts and seasonal items sourced entirely from Pittsburgh artists and makers with two stores in Pittsburgh located in the heart of Mount Washington and in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. I love supporting Pittsburgh artisans so this is definitely a must-stop this year.

Better Than Honey Boutique

24 E Crafton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

With a newly opened Crafton location, Better Than Honey Boutique is owned and operated by a fab Pittsburgher making the world more stylish one stitch at a time. Trendy, chic and affordable, this shop is what we love about local businesses.

Sottile Fashions

616 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15226

This boutique was made for the south hills girl. Located in Brookline, fashion finds meet you at the door. Locally owned by Pittsburgher Jennifer Mendicino, this boutique has all the great finds for all the great prices.