Shop booths at Peoples Gas Holiday Market

5 Places in Downtown Pittsburgh to Shop Local this Holiday Season

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

Written by: Grace Wong | Photos by Grace Wong and Seth Culp-Ressler

Bundle up in your sweaters and grab a hot cup of cocoa, because we’re taking you out on a tour of some of the best places in Downtown Pittsburgh to stock up on wares this holiday season. We’ve narrowed down the list to five places to shop local. All independently-run, all in support of local artisans, and all fully-stocked with beautiful creations. Only in Pittsburgh.

Aumarah Fundi Artisans

807 Liberty Ave
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Shop display of Aumarah Fundi Artisans


There’s a new neighbor in town! Aumarah Fundi Artisans is an artist market pop-up that should be at the top of your shopping list this winter. Conveniently located on Liberty Avenue, the store features four local artisans who specialize in making a variety of home goods. There are custom tea blends and essential oils for your future all-girls sleepover, beautiful home decor for your living room, and crocheted hats and scarfs if you’ve got a teeny-bopper at home. They’re only in town until December though, so if you’ve been eyeing that scented soap, it’s now or never.


Aumarah Fundi Artisans is open from November 16 – December 22 (Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-6pm)

love, Pittsburgh

805 Liberty Ave
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Close up photo of holiday trinkets at love, Pittsburgh


Founded by two passionate Pittsburgh-ers, love, Pittsburgh is a unique boutique shop that seeks to support local artists and makers in the ‘Burgh by creating an outlet for them to showcase and sell their wares. Originally stationed in Mount Washington, this adorable artisan shop recently found a second home in Downtown, right next to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust office, in fact. (We sip our morning coffee with their mugs!) There’s a whole variety of adorable goods, including posters of those terribly handsome bridges, candles themed around Pittsburgh neighborhoods (do yinz live in Lawrenceville or the Strip District?), and even pierogi-themed goodies because, well, what’s Pittsburgh without pierogies?


Love, Pittsburgh is open Thursday to Saturday from 11am-7pm and Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 12pm-5pm.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

2 Market Square
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Shop booths at Peoples Gas Holiday Market


Every year, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market lights up Downtown with their shopping village right in the middle of Market Square. Alongside live music performances, Santa’s House, and a gorgeous Christmas tree, you can shop for your wares in full-on holiday cheer. Even the booths look like adorable cottages!


Peoples Gas Holiday Market is open daily from November 16 - December 23 (view all hours)


536 Smithfield St
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Shop display of PG&H


There’s a new shop around town and we’re obsessed. Meet PG&H: a collection of masterful handmade products from Pittsburgh’s finest craftsmen, all under one roof. Embodying the strength and resilience of this city by “creating goods with authenticity that bleeds steel” is how PG&H defines itself. From woodworkers to cloth stitchers and silversmiths, PG&H aspires to highlight creations from Pittsburgh’s finest master craftsmen because, for them, steel grit runs deep.


PG&H is open Wednesday to Monday from 10am-7pm.

Steel City Clothing

625 Smithfield St
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Holiday Gifts at Steel City Clothing


Fred Rogers tees? Check. Black and yellow beanies? Check. Gear repping your favorite sports team in the ‘Burgh? Check.


If there’s one shop that is full of Pittsburgh pride, it’s probably Steel City Clothing. Nestled in historic Downtown Pittsburgh, this clothing shop stocks some of Pittsburgh’s most-loved staples, perfect for both the long-time resident and the visiting tourist.

Steel City Clothing is open daily, from 10am - 8pm (closes Sunday at 7pm)

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