Your Shadyside Shopping Guide for Small Business Saturday

It may be tempting to sit at home and order friends or family gifts from Amazon or other online stores. But where’s the fun in that?

Go out and get involved in the holidays this year by supporting your local shops. These hardworking business owners can offer a better shopping experience and higher quality items anyway. Save yourself from the late deliveries, wrong sizes, and return hassle. 

At Franklin West, we love giving a shout out to our favorite shops within our Shadyside neighborhood! And what better time than during the biggest shopping season. 

Here’s your guide to all the sales happening over Thanksgiving weekend! Plus, we hear there’s free parking at city meters and lots this weekend only.

The Best in Fashion

The Picket Fence. When you walk into this women-owned boutique on Walnut Street on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, you can expect a 15% discount on everything, special sales on the Tea Collection, complimentary treats, and free gift wrap. Plus, the first 25 purchasers will receive a $25 voucher for the next purchase!

EB Pepper. This contemporary women’s boutique on Walnut Street is hosting a holiday coupon event on Thursday through Saturday. Get $20 off a $100 dollar purchase. Ask about all the discounts with the holiday coupon!

Roberta Weissburg Leathers. Between Friday and Sunday, shop at Leathers for the new Uno de 50 Trunk Show jewelry, plus get a free cashmere scarf when you purchase outerwear. (This excludes items on sale as well as sweaters.)

Pursuits. Over on Filbert Street, you’ll find the clothing boutique called Pursuits! Over Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday – Monday) select clothing will be 30% off. If you make a purchase, your name will be put into a raffle to win a Pursuits gift card.

Dina Ellen. On Aiken Ave, Dina Ellen women’s boutique will be closed on Thursday for the holiday. But come Friday and Saturday, they will be ready for the shopping season with 20% off any item of your choice and free gift wrapping.

Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations. This fine jewelry shop on Walnut Street is celebrating the season and giving 50% off select diamond and gemstone jewelry now until Saturday!

Your Inner Athlete

Patagonia Pittsburgh. The holiday can be really stressful. To mend that, Patagonia decided to host a free, community yoga class before the shopping madness ensues.RSVP for the class here.

Tennis Village. You have until closing time on Saturday to get in on the deals at Pittsburgh’s premier tennis shop. Receive 10% off on purchases between $50 and $100, plus, for any items above $100 you’ll receive 15% off

For the Home

Feathers. Starting Friday, visit Feathers for Pittsburgh’s best linens and downs and get 20% off select items from Yves Delorme, Sferra, Matouk, Scandia, and more! The sales at Feathers will extend to Tuesday, December 3rd.

Glassworks and Cheeks. During Friday and Saturday, you could get 20% off items at Glassworks (some exclusions apply), and 20% of all items from Cheeks.

Kards Unlimited. In the tradition of getting a new ornament to hang on the family tree? Receive 10% discount on ornaments at Kards Unlimited on Saturday and Sunday.

 

After all, the holiday season is about spreading joy and sharing. What better way than to support your neighbors with their business!

New Community Event: The Shadyside Holiday Trunk Show

That’s right. There’s a new event coming to our Shadyside neighborhood this year to get us ready for the holiday shopping season! 

Think Shadyside shared the news, The Shadyside Holiday Trunk Show, to take place next week starting on Wednesday, November 13th to Saturday, November 16. It’s a shopping extravaganza just a short walk away with over 20 participating stores along Walnut, Ellsworth, S. Highland, and others.

We aren’t just talking about store sales. Our local shops are going all out with fashion shows, happy hours, trunk shows, giveaways, raffles, and more. 

Keep reading to discover what fun activities are in-store.

Caesar’s Designs

Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations over on Walnut Street is hosting an exclusive Sapphire Trunk Show. You’ll undoubtedly have a twinkle in your eyes viewing the gorgeous sapphire jewelry and loose gemstones at 25% off during the Shadyside Holiday Trunk Show. 

PHOTO CREDIT: CAESAR’S DESIGNS VIA INSTAGRAM

Dina Ellen

Dina Ellen has no problem going all in for the four days of the Shadyside Trunk Show. Any guest is welcome to her store to enjoy daily specials on jewelry and shoes. Plus, why shop empty-handed when you can also sip on some wine and snack on yummy treats!

PHOTO CREDIT: DINA ELLEN SHADYSIDE VIA INSTAGRAM

Feathers

Feathers is taking the Shadyside Trunk Show to the next level on November 15th and 16th. You’ll want to run over to Walnut Street to get a peek at the beautifully crafted pieces by Dea Luxury Italian Linens. Fusing old-world methods with contemporary designs and fabrications, these bed, bath, and table pieces by Dea are no joke.

PHOTO CREDIT: DEA LUXURY LINENS VIA FEATHERS SHADYSIDE INSTAGRAM

Four Winds Gallery

With a short stroll on Walnut Street, you’ll come across the wonderful Four Winds Gallery. During all four days of the Trunk Show, Four Winds Gallery will present two talented artists at their store: Jorge Lovato, a miniature wood sculpturist and Shawn Bluejacket, a jewelry designer. 

Plus, when you purchase something during the Shadyside Trunk Show you’ll automatically be added in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate!

PHOTO CREDIT: FOUR WINDS GALLERY VIA INSTAGRAM

The Inn on Negley

During all four days of the Shadyside Trunk Show the Inn on Negley will kick things off every day at noon up to 6 pm. This luxury Bed and Breakfast on South Negley Ave will celebrate the season with 20% off gift shop items, a chance to enter to win tea or brunch for two, and offer their gourmet hot cocoa and cookies.

PHOTO CREDIT: THE INN ON NEGLEY VIA INSTAGRAM

Petagogy

Get ready for PAW-liday kick-off on November 15th and 16th by Petagogy. You’ll have the chance to call dibs on all limited edition holiday-themed pet toys and treats. Petagogy is also running a sale of 15% off all dog coats and sweaters to keep our furry friends warm this winter season. 

When you purchase a holiday-themed item, you’ll receive a free raffle ticket entry to win one awesome stocking stuffer gift basket!

PHOTO CREDIT: PETAGOGY VIA INSTAGRAM

Roberta Weissburg Leathers 

Roberta Weissburg Leathers is showcasing an exclusive Trunk Show Collection to celebrate the first Shadyside Trunk Show. During all 4 days, shop for one of a kind winter outerwear. When you do find the perfect outerwear you’ll receive a free Cashmink scarf with every purchase. 

Stay hydrated with complimentary beverages, shop till you drop, and get the chance to win a $100 gift card to Leathers.

PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERTA WEISSBURG LEATHERS VIA INSTAGRAM

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream

Ice cream in winter? Absolutely! Sub Zero Nitrogen on South Highland Ave is one of the newest additions to our neighborhood opening its doors earlier this year. 

Stop by Sub Zero to enjoy a delicious treat and spin the wheel to win discounts or free items! For guests who want to stay warm, try gourmet hot chocolate flavors in pumpkin cheesecake, orange spice, or chocolate-covered cherry.

One more thing, Sub Zero will also collect toy donations for Pittsburgh nonprofit, Beverly’s Birthdays. When you donate you’ll receive 25% off your entire purchase.

PHOTO CREDIT: SUB ZERO SHADYSIDE VIA INSTAGRAM

Ten Toes

The chilly weather also means the best of boot season. Ten Toes on Walnut Street will join all 4 days of fun during the Shadyside Trunk Show. The team at Ten Toes will feature the entire fall line from J. Renee. Plus, prizes will be drawn daily for free shoes (yes, a free pair of shoes) along with other specialty items.

PHOTO CREDIT: TEN TOES VIA INSTAGRAM

TILE & DESIGNS, INC. 

Last but absolutely not least, Tile and Designs, Inc on Spahr Street is jumping in on the Shadyside Trunk Show excitement. They’re running a 20% off select items sale. But the real fun is the mini scavenger hunt. Tile and Designs will hide a gift in their showroom for visitors to find. When found, the gift would be yours to keep! 

PHOTO CREDIT: TILE AND DESIGN VIA INSTAGRAM

See the full list of participating shops through Think Shadyside.

Experience the splendor of the holidays. Shadyside local shops are pulling out all the stops this year giving you a wonderful shopping season. 

Ways to Add Spooktacular Decor to Your Space this Halloween

We’re nearly there! There are less than 90 days left in 2019. Can you believe it? 

The end of the year is the most fun. After all, it’s time to decorate for the holidays. The start of Fall means all things pumpkin, sweater weather, and adorable decor. 

Plus, spooky season is right around the corner. We can’t end October without adding cauldrons and spider webs to our apartments. 

Here are a few ways to get into the Halloween spirit with your apartment decor! 

Add Some Spook to Your Space

One way to add a little spook to any room is by a flock of flying bats. All you need is black felt or construction paper and cut out various sized bats. See the tutorial and get a free bat template from Ella Claire & Co!

If using tape on your walls is against the lease, grab sticky tack at the local convenience store. You’ll be able to hang out the bats on the walls without the worry of marks or damage. 

Here’s a fun little tip! Most of Franklin West’s apartments have fireplaces, so placing those flying critters as if they were flying into your space from the chimney will definitely add spook. Be careful not to place anything flammable inside the fireplace!

Of course, it doesn’t have to be bats. You could do a witch, a black cat, or a few pumpkins. It’s all up to your spooktacular imagination!

Image from Ella Claire Inspired via the website

A New Take on a Pumpkin Tradition

Part of the fun with Halloween is carving out pumpkins. Whether you’re carving a terrifying ghoul or a comical face, carving a pumpkin is just tradition!

When you live in an apartment though carving pumpkins might get a little tricky. 

If you have a private deck or outside space you’re good to go. If not, get your hands on plenty of newspapers. But wait! There are a few alternatives to carving a messy pumpkin. One that won’t start to rot in a week. 

Create your own paper mache jack-o-lanterns! It’s a fun and a cleaner alternative to actual pumpkins. You can you the old, plastic grocery bags that you have lying around in your cabinet, grab some tape, and materials to get your paper mache on!

Check out this tutorial by CrookTribe to see how a paper mache pumpkin can come to life.

Image is a screengrab from CrookTribe’s original video from Youtube.

Where to go in Shadyside for Fabulous Halloween decor?

Not really a crafty person? We’ve got you covered. Here are five local shops where you may find some awesome Halloween decor – 

  1. PenHollows on South Highland Ave
  2. The Picket Fence on Walnut Street
  3. Kards Unlimited on Walnut Street
  4. Glassworks on Walnut Street
  5. Shadyside Variety Store on Walnut Street

Happy Halloween!🎃

Get the Details for This Year’s Shadyside SideWalk Sale

Strolling through the streets of Shadyside next week will be far from ordinary. Once a year, local businesses throw up signs and take their products to the streets to offer their best sales! Business owners get the chance to meet and engage with the community, while visitors get to enjoy a day full of discount shopping.

When, Where, and Everything in Between.

You get five days to explore Shadyside’s finest treasures from 10 am on Wednesday, July 24th to 7 pm on Sunday, July 28th. The Shadyside Chamber of Commerce will open up the streets for discount shopping during this year’s Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale! 

You’ll be able to spend a day or two walking along Walnut street, many of the side streets, and the Shadyside shopping district during regular business hours in search for deals. 

If you’re driving into Shadyside to join in on the shopping spree, look for the free 2-hour parking on residential streets off of Walnut, Ellsworth, and South Highland. If you’re still unsure, green permit signs will give you the information you need when parking. 

Keep an Eye Out for These Local Shops

The Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale is known for local shops to put up their best deals. We’re talking up to 80% off! 

It’s not a bad time to do some early holiday shopping if you ask us since over 40 local businesses are participating this year. You’ll find deals on the latest fashion, a pair of shoes, gorgeous jewelry, and everything in between. You’re bound to find a few gifts for the people you care about. Maybe even one or two for yourself too.

Here are a few local shops on Walnut Street that you should keep an eye out for. 

Dina Ellen

Awesome women’s clothing boutique! Kicking off the party, last year, Dina Ellen started the sales a day early with up to 70%, deal baskets, and more surprises. Fingers crossed she does it again this year.

Image credit: Dina Ellen via Instagram

Glassworks and Cheeks

This gift shop specializes in amazing tabletop items and sleepwear. Last year, Glassworks made sure new items were out and about every day during the Sidewalk Sale and boasted plenty of once-a-year deals!

Image Credit: Glassworks Pgh via Instagram

Picket Fence

Last year, this wonderful women and children’s clothing boutique went with 50% off clothing, and up to 75% off on past season items. Not too bad if you ask us. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those same deals this year.

Image credit: Picket Fence via Instagram

ToadFlax

What can we say about this gorgeous flower shop? You’ll absolutely find summer treasures in here! Rain or shine, ToadFlax was very active in offering the best for Sidewalk Sale shoppers.

Image Credit: ToadFlax via Instagram

FourWinds Gallery

This local gallery features stunning Native American jewelry and art. FourWinds took “bargain” to a new level. Your eyes will be drawn toward the gorgeous items here.

Image Credit: ToadFlax via Instagram

Happy Shopping!🛍️

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The Best Small Business Saturday Bargains You Need to Know About

Is there anything better than shopping for bargains and supporting local business? We couldn’t think of anything either.

Small Business Saturday is on November 24th this year and we’re very excited! In case you didn’t know, Shadyside is home to over 80 independent and national businesses. Oh, the treasures you will find!

During the biggest shopping season of the year, we decided to handpick a few of our favorite local shops to help you with your gift search. Plus, Think Shadyside is giving us the insights on which small businesses are having the biggest sales!

Image from Think Shadyside via Facebook events

Him and Her Clothing

There are plenty of clothing boutiques and shops around the Shadyside area. Each just as unique as the next. Here are some of our favorites:

When you visit E.B. Pepper this weekend, take 20% off all regular priced items. We like that kind of bargain!

Roberta Weissburg Leathers has something big in store for Small Business Saturday. If you donate a gently used jacket or coat on Saturday, Leathers will gift it in your name to The Clothing Line, which benefits the Magee Hospital and you’ll receive a discount on any new outerwear!

Jewelry

If you’re looking to treat yourself or your significant other, look no further than the gorgeous jewelry from these local stores.

Kid’s Favorites

For kids, this time of the year means it’s time to start scouting out the best toys and getting that list together. These two local shops are a child’s favorite in Shadyside, so be sure to stop!

While you’re out shopping for the kiddies, don’t miss Santa. That’s right, Santa Claus himself will be visiting Walnut Street, Shadyside between 1 to 3 pm during Small Business Saturday! Santa will have treats for the kids and shopping discounts for the moms and dads.

Pet-Friendly

Our pets are family and Petagogy is the local place to go for your beloved pet! On Small Business Saturday, you will receive 10% off your total purchase (minus gift cards) and they are running a contest too.

When you shop in-store, snap a quick selfie, post it on Instagram, and use #PetagogyShopSmall in the post. Petagogy will then select a winner at random from those who participated and give a gift bag filled with holiday goodies!

Head on over to 5880 Ellsworth Avenue and visit Petagogy!

Shoes

“I hate shopping for shoes.” Said no one ever. Shadyside is home to a handful of fabulous shoe shops. Up until Monday, you can get $50 off any order over $150 when shopping at Footloose.

Housewarming

If you’re looking for a practical, but out of the ordinary gift, something for the home can be a timeless treasure.

By the way, you’ll find Feathers offering up to 25% off select beds and bath linens plus up to 20% off more select styles from brands like Sferra, Matouk and so much more!

Gifts

There are a few stores in Shadyside that’s fully dedicated to specialty gifts. Eureka Gifts is starting their celebration on Friday, November 23rd with chocolate treats and wine to kick off the season! When you visit Kards Unlimited you will get 10% off ornaments.

One last thing before we go. Have you heard of Museum Store Sunday? We’ve all done Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but it’s time to experience a new kind of shopping. Museum Store Sunday means all the museums in Pittsburgh will have special events and sales happening in their stores on Sunday, November 25th!

All four Carnegie museums, The Frick, Phipps Conservatory and so many more Pittsburgh museums are participating. If you’re looking to give a loved one a unique gift this year, you have to check out Pittsburgh’s museums. Get more information here!

Become Your Healthiest Self: Fitness Options in Shadyside

Taking part in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you remain your healthiest self. Not only does exercise help control your weight and strengthen your muscles, it also improves your overall mood and mental health.

Shadyside offers a wide range of fitness options such as CrossFit, barre, pilates and so much more. No matter your current experience level, or fitness goals, there is something for you.

X Shadyside

Tight schedule? No problem. X Shadyside is a 24-hour health and fitness facility conveniently located on Walnut Street. This family-owned gym features 400 pieces of equipment, a variety of group fitness classes, personal trainers, massage therapy and other additional services. X Shadyside is sure to have something for everyone.

Renegade Training

Renegade’s the name, CrossFit’s the game. Renegade Training is located right on South Graham Street and delivers a variety of CrossFit and fitness classes that are broad, general, and inclusive. Their programs are shorter in length but high in intensity. They also offer prep courses for those new to the CrossFit world.

Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a total body workout that uses a ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques. The Centre Avenue studio prides itself in upholding a sense of community that is inspired and empowered by each others’ fitness and lifestyle goals.

Club One

Rows of fitness machines, weight training equipment, an indoor track, two fabulous pools both indoor and outdoor, sauna and group fitness studios allow you to personalize your fitness journey at Club One Fitness. This full-service fitness club is located on Penn Avenue and offers a convenient location for anyone working or living on the east side of Pittsburgh.

These are only a handful of Shadyside’s quality fitness options. There is truly a place for everybody. Many gyms also offer discounted, or even free trials to new and prospective clients. So what are you still waiting for?

Get going!

Where to Spend Quality Time with Mom on her Big Day

Mothers dedicate every waking second to the happiness of their family. They were up at the crack of dawn to make sure you got on the yellow school bus and had their phones ready in case you had an emergency while in college. They cut the crusts off your sandwiches when you were five, and still at your side twenty years later to help move you into your first place.  

Essentially, you’re a functioning human-being because of your momma so she deserves a day commemorating her life’s work.

It’s time to stray from giving the same old $20 gift card. Here’s a list of activities you can do or buy for your mom this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Paris 66

Called the most delicious, authentic French cuisine by Pittsburgh locals for seven years in a row, Paris 66 will give your best gal a taste of France without getting on a plane. Last year, Paris 66 was honored as 2018’s Best French Restaurant and Best Restaurant Desserts!

A charming ambiance, this bistro is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 12th. See the special Mother’s Day menu here.

photo by Paris 66 via Instagram

Cashbah

With a warm and cozy atmosphere, Cashbah offers a unique dining experience with a year-round garden patio. To help you celebrate the lovely lady in your life, Cashbah is extending their brunch hours from 11 am to 2 pm.

photo by Cashbah via Instagram

Acorn Pittsburgh

This local hotspot has a regularly changing menu that focuses on clean flavors, regional sourcing, and one deliciously fresh perspective! Acorn Pittsburgh is open for brunch starting at 10 am and would be a wonderful choice to celebrate Mother’s Day.

photo from Acorn Pgh via Instagram

 

 Mansions on Fifth and The Whitfield are two honorable mentions that may not have a Mother’s Day menus, but the food genuinely speaks for itself. 

Shop for Timeless Gifts

Anthropology

A portal of discovery, Anthropology offers a variety of women’s apparel and accessories, intimates, home furniture and décor, beauty, and gifts. Find gift inspiration especially made for your mom in mind on the official website. Plus, stop by the Penn Ave location for a Mother’s Day event from 12 to 5 pm with special treats, crafts for kids, and much, much more.

Williams Sonoma

Promising to nourish people’s lives, Williams Sonoma carries high-quality products for the everyday home. They have options for the baking mama, the gardening mama, and gift baskets for the mom who deserves some time to herself. Williams Sonoma can make personalized gifts too. Order before the end of Wednesday to get your gift in time for Sunday or just stop in the Shadyside store location.  

Four Winds Gallery

Why settle for any gift when you can give mom a unique one? Since the 70’s, the founders at Four Winds Gallery committed to bringing the Pittsburgh community extraordinary Native American jewelry and art. Though, slightly on the pricier side, the Mother’s Day jewelry collection from Four Winds Gallery is absolutely exotic and immersed in culture. Get some help finding a gift for mom from the Four Wind’s team at the Shadyside location.

photo from Four Winds Gallery via Instagram

Offering classic Mother’s Day gifts, check out these honorable mentions: Eureka! Chocolates & gifts and Alex’s East End Floral Shop.

Share an Experience with Mom

Ace Hotel – Mother’s Day DIY Party!

Whether you have tiny humans at home, a few fur-babies, or the mother of dragons, Ace Hotel wants to throw you a party on Sunday, May 12 from 2 to 5 pm.

Come hang out with other moms or spend time creating DIY masterpieces with your loved ones. You’ll be able to participate in these awesome activities:

  • Treat Yo Self station: Make your own bath scrubs, salts and an aromatherapy oil for yourself.
  • Art station: Create your own one of a kind block printed & framed art piece, tote bag or apron.
  • Plant station: Paint your own ceramic planter and create a succulent or plant scape inside with a variety or adorable little plants.
  • Floral station: Create your own Seasonal Summer Wreath with greens & flowers that will dry beautifully so it will last you all season.

There’s still more going on during this event. Find out the details here and don’t forget to purchase your ticket soon!

Evolve Wellness Spa

Celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying “mom and me” time at Evolve Wellness Spa. Spend quality time with your mom in the most relaxing way. Click the link above for all the info you need to know.

Steel City Improv

A massage might not do the trick, but maybe laughter will. After all, the best form of medicine comes from a chuckle or two. Take your mom out for a few laughs at Steel City Improv. Just know that shows are only Friday and Saturday nights, so plan wisely!

The Frick Pittsburgh

Looking for something to do for the majority of Sunday? Spend a couple of hours at The Frick! Explore historically and art focused exhibits, stroll through the scenic gardens, and enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch.

 

There you have it. Your mom has been there for the good, the bad, the smelly, and for all the excitement life has to offer. So, why not go above the norm this year and show your mom how genuinely grateful you are.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Shadyside’s Unique One-Stop Shop at Penhollows

Nothing beats the charm of small, locally-owned shops. After ten years, Penhollows continues to captivate anyone who happens to stroll by. The wonderfully unique shop has a nice mix of art, antiques, home goods, and books. Collecting ever-evolving items, much of the merchandise combines new and vintage themes to reflect a worldly style while celebrating the achievements of local artists and writers.

Catering to a wide variety of styles and budgets, Penhollows opens its doors at 11 am on Tuesday through Saturday and closes at 5 pm. Guests are also welcome on Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm. Don’t try to go on Monday, though, it’ll be closed.  

Oh, The Things You Could Find

Always a plus, Penhollows is located in Shadyside just a few blocks from Franklin West apartments. If you’re looking to liven up your space with the perfect conversation piece, you’ll surely find something that speaks to you at Penhollows.  

  • Penhollows carries merchandise from several different vendors that mirror high quality, innovatively styled, has worldly influence, and thoughtful design. Much of their inventory changes with the seasons, as well. Penhollow steps right into the spirit of spring, with cute little Easter bunnies and floral printed decor.
  • Whether it’s a family member or a good friend, gift season is a year-round thing. Instead of defaulting to giving a gift card, why not shake things up a bit. You’re bound to find something for everyone, from intriguing books and newborn onesies to upscale perfume and a three-piece shaving kits! Don’t have anything for that white elephant party coming up? Penhollows absolutely has your back.
  • Wanting to help create your perfect environment, Penhollow’s Design Center offers full interior design services. The talented staff serves as a resource for customers looking for distinctive furniture that’s truly unique. They understand that your home reflects your lifestyle, so customers will be able to access leading furniture, fabric, floor covering, and lighting lines. But, don’t forget to call (412) 665- 0767 or send an email at us@penhollows.com to schedule an appointment first!

Penhollows might not be the biggest in square footage, but it sure makes up for it in quality with a pleasing reputation. Check out their site or follow them on Instagram @penhollows. On the other hand, you just can’t beat visiting in person!