Shop small and buy local this weekend, on Fri., Nov. 24, and Sat., Nov. 26, and support Handmade Arcade sponsors with storefronts.
Start your shopping on Friday in Mount Lebanon at Commonwealth Press located at 691 Washington Road. In their bright and welcoming space, you will find T-shirts, “the official Pierogi Pillow,” totes, onesies, cards, stickers, pins, koozies, skateboards by TROIKA, vinyl records, and much more. All made by a small group of hard-working, independent, ink-soaked, music-addicted, design-loving, event-throwing, Pittsburgh-embracing screen-printers. Flying out of Pittsburgh for the holiday weekend? Pop into Commonwealth’s new store in Pittsburgh International Airport and stock up on gifts for your out-of-town family and friends.
After you get your fill of Pittsburgh-themed merchandise, head over to The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh located nearby at 1365 McFarland Road, also in Mount Lebanon (you can’t miss the big green barn!). The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh is a 10,000-square-foot arts and cultural center featuring local art, classes, exhibits, summer camps and more. Within this one-of-a-kind space, you will find art and crafts from more than 300 local artists, including many Handmade Arcade vendors. Gifts at the ready include: jewelry, cards, prints, photography, ceramics, woodwork, candles, fiber arts, and more. You will also find products from fellow HA:2017 sponsors strawberryluna, bel monili, Hey Beast Studio and Go Carr Go.
Ready for leftovers and a nap? After a rest, head down to Lawrenceville’s main drag, Butler Street, to celebrate Small Business Saturday! So many stores, so little time. Visit Lawrenceville Corporation’s website for a complete list of stores and restaurants.
Located at 4209 Butler Street, Wildcard has been providing the area with a fun and unique selection of products since opening its doors in October 2009. Owned by Pittsburgh native and Handmade Arcade co-organizer Rebecca Morris, many of the unique products found inside are made in Pittsburgh by local artists. Wildcard is a treasure trove of cards, housewares, clothing, jewelry, accessories, Pittsburgh-themed goodness, books, journals, stationery and more.
Next, head across the street to Una Biologicals located at 4322 Butler Street. There you will find everything you need to keep your body looking and feeling great. All of your wellness needs will be met in one delightful store — from organic lotions and facial products, to soaks, scrubs and lip balms — plus products like deodorants, salves and natural remedies. What’s more, all products are made on-site. All Una Biologicals products are vegetarian-friendly and many are vegan. They are never tested on animals.
Exhausted? Not yet? Great! Don’t forget about stocking up on your crafting supplies to make your holiday a handmade one.
Visit Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse at 214 North Lexington Street in Point Breeze. PCCR offers a wide array of affordable materials, including donated and recycled arts-and-crafts supplies, fabric, yarn, picture frames, beads, office supplies, artwork, paper, design samples, and various odds and ends. The inventory is all donated, so it changes every day!
Finally, head up to Squirrel Hill to Artist & Craftsman Supply – Pittsburgh at 5603 Hobart Street for all of your art supplies! A 100 percent employee-owned company, Artist & Craftsman Supply has everything an artist could ever need. From screen-printing to yarn, painting to sculpting, kid’s crafts to paper crafts, and more — if you can think to create it, A&C has the supplies you need.
SHOP SMALL! BUY LOCAL!