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There isn’t a particular souvenir or consumer product associated with the city of Pittsburgh – but this fact doesn’t stop the avid shoppers who swarm the city’s markets and shopping centers in search of fashionable clothes and gourmet food products. The best deals are found just after the Christmas holidays and during spring, when shops unload their winter goods in preparation for a new season.

Shopping in Pittsburgh

Hey Betty

Vintage clothes with a sense of humor are the main attraction at this Shadyside boutique. College students and indie types sort through the racks in search of one-of-a-kind treasures for men and women, including worn-in jeans, chunky antique jewelry, and sixties-style mini-dresses.

5890 Ellsworth Ave., PA, 412-363-0999, www.heybettyvintageclothing.com
Tags: family | shopping | great value | trendy


Pittsburgh’s landmark downtown department store, Kaufmann’s, which once known for its bargain basement and historic clock, was finally bought out by Macy’s in September 2006 (fortunately, Macy’s decided to keep the clock). The luxury chain may not have the old-fashioned charm of the original, but the Elizabeth Arden Salon adds glamour to the block.

400 Fifth Ave., PA, 412-232-2000, www.macys.com
Tags: shopping | historic

SouthSide Works

The ambitious SouthSide Works complex is more than a shopping center – in addition to hosting national chains and locally owned shops, the three-story buildings also houses various restaurants, a cinema, and upscale apartments. BCBG Max Azria and Urban Outfitters bring in a set of local fashionistas; new stores will be opening throughout 2009.

Located between 26th St. and Hot Metal St., PA, 412-481-1750, www.southsideworks.com
Tags: family | shopping

Station Square

Visitors come to Station Square to pick up souvenirs or gifts, locals come to grab a bottle of wine en route to a dinner party. Regardless of what category you fall into, centrally located and historically signification Station Square is a must for shopping. Specialty shops sell high-quality candles and soaps, Irish-themed gifts, and creative toys. Of all of the shops, however, our favorite is the Pittsburgh Scene, which sells the artwork of owner Nevin Robinson – a local artist known for his pen-and-ink drawings of Pittsburgh’s skyline (412-361-0320; www.nevinrobinson.com). Families can hop on the Station Square Express, a miniature train that transports shoppers around the complex.

125 West Station Square Dr., PA, 800-859-8959, www.stationsquare.com
Tags: family | shopping | editor pick

Strip District

The Strip is home to a bustling produce market and a series of food stalls and gourmet shops. Saturdays and Sundays are particularly festive, but stroll through this historic, industrial district any day of the week to see the fish market and the vibrant array of fruit stalls, cheese vendors, and booths selling artisan-produced goods.

2100 Penn Ave. (bounded by the Allegheny River, Grant Hill, 11th St., and 33rd St.), PA, 412-201-4774, www.neighborsinthestrip.com/thestrip/businessescat.html
Tags: family | shopping | great value | produce

Ten Thousand Villages

This Squirrel Hill branch of the socially responsible home decor chain features an eclectic display of fair trade fabrics, furnishings, and accessories. The beautifully crafted goods are produced in villages from India to Africa, and the prices are right – especially considering that the foreign artisans are being appropriately compensated for their work.

5824 Forbes Ave., PA, 412-421-2160, www.tenthousandvillages.com
Tags: family | shopping | great value | trendy

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