With 2,600 branches in 19 states and even offices overseas, PNC is hardly Pittsburgh’s alone. But its roots are in the pre-Civil War Golden Triangle, and with dozens of branches and hundreds of ATMs in the region, you’ll be forgiven for thinking the “P” still stands for “Pittsburgh.”
2nd: Dollar Bank
3rd: Citizens Bank
929 Liberty Ave., Downtown, and 2030 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill
This book-and-record store offers a curated selection of gently used volumes, rare and antiquarian books, and new books by local independent authors and poets. Too many books already? Stop in to sell some of your own.
2nd: East End Book Exchange
3rd: Caliban Book Shop
Dave’s Music Mine
1210 E. Carson, St., South Side
Stroll down Carson Street and be drawn into Dave’s Music Mine. Racks of new and used vinyl, CDs and movies will provide hours of entertainment, and a perhaps a long-coveted purchase or two. Follow Dave’s on Facebook to stay on top of ticket and music giveaways.
2nd: Jerry’s Records
3rd: The Exchange
2136 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill
412-421-4533 or www.jerrysrecords.com
It’s easy to get lost in the maze of vinyl at this internationally recognized institution, which boasts a collection of more than a million records. Everything’s here to build a “basics” collection of classic vinyl, plus loads of rarities and oddball picks.
2nd: Dave’s Music Mine
3rd: Attic Records
1305 E. Carson St., South Side
412-431-0700 or www.pittsburghguitars.com
Avoiding the big-box chains is but one of the great reasons to shop at Pittsburgh Guitars. Offering a range of new and used gear, the shop — which has been around since 1979 — also provides repairs and lessons, and boasts an attentive, knowledgeable staff.
2nd: N Stuff Music
3rd: Backstage Guitars
Team Nutz Technologies
3287 Library Road, Castle Shannon, and 1366 Old Freeport Road, Fox Chapel
Is that old bucket you’re driving a little too past its prime? Team Nutz can make it a show-stopper, offering upgrades including detailing, new rims, upholstery, suspension and lighting effects, and more. And if your ride is a boat or RV, they can work with that, too.
2nd: Moore Performance & Race Parts
3rd: Xtreme Car & Truck Accessories
Founded in Westmoreland County nearly 100 years ago, the furniture retailer now has large stores throughout the Pittsburgh and Cleveland regions, as well as smaller outlets specializing in mattresses. When you need a new bed, sofa or coffee table, support a Southwestern Pennsylvania original.
Eons Fashion Antique
5850 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
This Shadyside vintage spot is a go-to for fashion-forward thinkers in the market for throwback flair. It offers high-quality clothing for the everyday, as well as more adventurous and flamboyant fare. Find styles from the past 100 years, as well as a solid selection of jewelry, haberdashery and sartorial knickknacks.
2nd: Clothes Minded
3rd: Avalon Exchange
Who Knew? Retro Mod Decor
5156 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Tired of cheap pressboard furniture that you have to assemble? Boring knick-knacks from big-box stores? Take a gander at last century’s offerings at this cozily packed shop. From space-age-ish floor lamps to sturdy wooden end tables, from colorful dishware to artwork, this gently used good-quality stuff needs a new forever home.
2nd:Toll Gate Revival
3rd: Le Mix
4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-224-2651 or www.wildcardpgh.myshopify.com
Banish the sads with a Pittsburgh-themed T-shirt, a hand-screened print, a colorful bracelet or, perhaps, just a teeny-tiny inch-high plastic meerkat. This shop stocks fun and funky cards, housewares, jewelry, accessories and more, including items from local artisans.
2nd: MoonStones…A Metaphysical Haven
3rd: Kards Unlimited
A “p is for pierogi” onesie?” How about a “be yourself” zipper pouch? Or all manner of T-shirts, scarves, throw pillows and shopping totes screen-printed by hand with deceptively simple original mottos and images? Founder Amy Garbark’s designs are a hit at craft shows, retail outlets and, of course, online.
2nd: Pittsburgh Pottery
3rd: Alternate Histories
4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-224-2651 or www.wildcardpgh.myshopify.com
Browse a fantastic selection of small-batch cards, some hand-screened or letter-pressed. Choose from whimsical (dreamy cats), snarky (“You’re old. That’s sad.”) or otherwise aesthetically pleasing. Everybody deserves a birthday card with a sweet goat on it.
2nd: Kards Unlimited
3rd: More Than Words Fine Papers
Glitter and Grit
5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-781-2375 or www.glitterandgritpgh.com
With a carefully curated collection from name designers like Nicole Miller and Daalarna Couture, and trunk shows for variety, Erin Szymanski’s by-appointment-only boutique earns high marks from brides-to-be looking for a personalized experience — and that unique, nontraditional dress.
2nd: Koda Bridal
3rd: Bridal Beginnings
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden
1 Schenley Park, Oakland
412-622-6914 or phipps.conservatory.org
Phipps’ lush outdoor gardens provide ample space for ceremonies of all sizes. With a verdant backdrop and palatial layout, it’s a perfect spot to tie the knot in the company of the most vibrant and colorful flora in town.
2nd: Morning Glory Inn
3rd: Hartwood Acres
614 Pressley St., North Side
412-231-3338 or www.thepriory.com
Get your marriage off to a classy start by booking your ceremony at this beautifully restored 19th-century former monastery, located on a quiet street in the North Side. It’s classical romance, with pressed-tin ceilings, arched windows and even a garden courtyard with a fountain.
2nd: J. Verno Studios
3rd: Omni William Penn
1119 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square
412-241-3900 or www.hepaticapgh.com
Anybody can stick flowers in a vase, but with Hepatica, the flowers look more like art than just a standard arrangement. Each order is tailored for the individual customer, whether it’s for an anniversary, a birthday gift, or large-scale wedding or event.
2nd: Gold Dust Floral
3rd: The Farmer’s Daughter
5501 Walnut St., Shadyside
412-682-0226 or www.hennejewelers.com
If you were in the market for an everose gold-and-diamond Rolex, this is your handy stop. But Henne also provides more affordable “basics” like engagement rings and wedding bands. Don’t miss the selection of vintage and estate jewelry for unique selection of fine pieces seeking new wearers.
2nd: Goldstock Jewelers
3rd: Orr’s Jewelers
1213 E. Carson St., South Side
412-488-4488 or www.salonivy.net
Whether you’re stopping in for your regular touch-up or getting ready for a big night out, for more than a decade, the roster of diverse stylists at this salon has been helping customers keep up with the latest hair and makeup trends.
2nd: Sergio’s Style
3rd: Studio Raw
Dallas Beauty Lounge
609 Washington Pike, No. 13, Bridgeville
412-552-0307 or www.dallasbeautylounge.com
Are you seeking the maximum amount of likes on your latest manicure photo on Instagram? Look no further. These nail technicians — up on the latest nail-art styles and using high-quality products like gel polish — will keep you on trend.
2nd: Lavish Hair & Nail Studio
3rd: M Nail Salon
Mister Grooming and Goods
4504 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-326-5964 or www.mistergroomingandgoods.com
What’s not to like about a cold beer and a clean shave? This chicly decorated Lawrenceville salon for men offers everything from straight-razor cuts to hand massages to manicures. For cuts before noon, the PBR can be subbed out for espresso.
2nd: Graham’s Barbershop
3rd: Dan Cercone Barber Shop
Tie: Esspa and Sewickley Spa
Esspa Kozmetica and Salon
17 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall
412-782-3888 or www.esspa.net
In the world of skin care, the Hungarian facial is apparently not to be missed. It’s a combination of facial massage and skin treatment with just the right product tailored to a person’s specific needs. While Esspa offers a full menu of services, the facial is its specialty.
337 Beaver St., Sewickley
412-741-4240 or www.sewickleyspa.com
A perennial top choice for CP readers, this day spa offers a whole host of treatments, from manis and pedis to facials and massages. If that’s not full-service enough for you, you can get just about every hair on your body waxed off, if that’s your pleasure.
2nd: La Pomponnee
Julie Devine, Devine Touch Massage
4900 Hatfield St., Lawrenceville
412-680-9900 or www.devinetouchmassage.com
Are you suffering from tension or sore muscles, or perhaps rehabbing from an injury? Submit to the soothing hands of Julie Devine, a highly trained and certified massage therapist. Devine’s warmly decorated facility is located conveniently in central Lawrenceville.
2nd: Rebecca Householder, Centre Ave Massage & Spa
3rd: Courtney Sage, Birch and Basil Wellness
With seven locations dotted throughout Allegheny County, this national chain has worked (out) its way into Pittsburgh’s health scene. The Bakery Square locale has it all, including basketball and racquetball courts, a sauna, an indoor pool and a juice bar.
2nd: Planet Fitness
3rd: CrossFit Athletics
62 S. 15th St., South Side
412-390-3590 or www.thickbikes.com
The staffers here are all about bikes, whether it’s gear, a repair or setting you up with your next metal steed. Bikes to buy range from kids’ wheels to something gnarly for rugged trails. By their admission, it “Gets super bikey around here.”
2nd: Kindred Cycles
3rd: Iron City Bikes
Best Yoga Studio
Vinyasa power yoga is the specialty of Amazing Yoga, whose mini-chain of heated rooms in four venues offer 100 classes per week, including $8 community classes and sessions with a hip-hop soundtrack. Co-creators Karen Conley and Sean Conley launched Amazing in 2000, well ahead of the yoga boom.
2nd: South Hills Power Yoga
3rd: The Yoga Hive
346 Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown, and 4611 McKnight Road, Ross
The Downtown location is hidden in the way you might want an adult shop to be hidden: through a barely marked door, then up a narrow staircase. While it might not scream “welcome,” AdultMart supplies all your needs, including toys, costumes, protection, lubes and loads of porn.
2nd: Adam and Eve Adult Store
3rd: The Outer Skin for the Inner You
5001 Penn Ave., Garfield
412-661-0503 or www.artisanpittsburgh.com
Ask around for tattoo-artist recommendations and you’re bound to hear the name of this perennial Best Of winner, opened by Jason and Meliora Angst in 2011. Jason and the other resident artists offer a range of styles, but whatever you get will be a work of art.
2nd: Neverending Ink Tattoos
3rd: Kyklops Tattoo
Hot Rod Piercing Company
95 S. 16th St., South Side, and 115 Oakland Ave., Oakland
At Hot Rod, they customize your body. Want a diamond chip in your nose or a ring through your lip? They’ll do it. The employees are certified and up on all the latest health and safety regulations, an absolute must when getting a hoop on your hoo-haw.
2nd: Neverending Ink Tattoos
3rd: SIX16 Body Piercing
106 Nelbon Ave., Eastwood
724-972-7734 or www.disappearinginkltr.com
Wish you could get rid of the tattoo of your ex’s name on your chest? Trying to erase the mistake you made on a wild, drunken night out? This shop uses laser tattoo-removal treatments to help you forget the past.
2nd: East Side Laser Center
3rd: Pittsburgh Permanent Makeup and Tattoo Removal
749 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown
Bursting onto the vape scene, Drip Lounge combines all the latest hardware and juices that vapers are looking for, in a club-like atmosphere that also offers live entertainment. Yet another multi-faceted venue added to Allentown’s rebounding business district.
2nd: Villian Vape Shop
3rd: Iron Lung
Leaf & Bean
2200 Penn Ave., Strip District, and 3525 Washington Road, McMurray
The original location, in McMurray, opened in 1999, followed by the Strip District venue in 2003. The Strip locale especially is known for its convivial atmosphere, Key West North-style décor — and a nice cup of coffee, hence the “bean.” At either spot, though, you’ll find a humidor to adore.
2nd: Bloom Cigar Company
3rd: The Cigar Den Pittsburgh
Save-Mor Beer & Pop Warehouse
4516 Browns Hill Road, Beechview
412-421-8550 or www.savemorbeer.com
It seems like you can find craft beer anywhere you turn these days and, certainly, Save-Mor is no exception. They have more than 500 varieties from 21st Amendment to Wild Blue Blueberry Lager. But it also carries more than 250 imports and close to 20 gluten-free beers.
2nd: Beer on Butler
3rd: Bellevue Beer
5208 Butler St., Lawrenceville
412-781-2082 or www.citygrowspgh.com
City Grows carries only certified organic plants; other products, like flowerpots, are made from recycled materials. The store also boasts that its products are right-sized for city living, a.k.a. they’ll fit on your stoop or kitchen windows.
2nd: Cavacini Landscaping & Garden Center
3rd: Shadyside Nursery
5880 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside
412-362-7387 or www.petagogy.com
Petagogy supplies the best quality foods, toys and supplies for your pet. Most of their products are sourced from family-owned companies and made from natural ingredients. The shop hosts adoption events, a “yappy hour” for dog-owners and serves as a drop-off location for a pet-food pantry.
2nd: Healthy Pet Products
3rd: Pet Valu
The Dog Stop
The first Dog Stop opened in 2009, with the goal of creating a fun and safe environment for dogs, and now there are six locations in the Pittsburgh area. In addition to boarding and day care, the Dog Stop also offers grooming, walking and in-home training.
2nd: Camp Bow Wow
3rd: The Golden Bone
562 Camp Horne Road, North Hills
412-847-7000 or www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org
Animals Friends provides temporary shelter for cats, dogs and rabbits that need permanent homes. The no-kill organization also provides classes for pet behaviors, wellness, therapy and more. Volunteers are accepted to help with their mission.
2nd: Animal Rescue League
3rd: Western PA Humane Society
52nd Street Market
601 52nd St., Lawrenceville
412-408-3798 or www.52ndstreetmarket.com
This small shop provides everything from staples like peanut butter, eggs and bread to hyper-local produce from the nearby community garden. They also have a deli counter that serves prepared foods. Or grab some coffee and read the paper.
2nd: Neighborhood Flea
3rd: Bryant Street Market
East Liberty Farmers Market
Station Street and North Euclid Avenue parking lot, East Liberty
Run by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, vendors at this weekly event sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and baked goods, from May to November. Also look for the occasional selection of flowers, small gifts and gardening items.
2nd: Market Square Farmers Market
3rd: Bloomfield Saturday Market
Whether you’re de-cluttering your garage or attic, looking for well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or just in the market for some galoshes on the cheap, this nonprofit thrift shop is a resource for the frugal. Shop for clothes, books, furniture, appliances and just about every household (and other) object you can carry.
2nd: Red White and Blue Thrift Store
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
One Wild Place, Highland Park
412-665-3640 or www.pittsburghzoo.org
One of only six U.S. institutions to offer both land and water wildlife under one … er … roof, this 100-plus-year-old zoo puts a priority on diversity. Kids (and adults) can enjoy the aquarium, three distinct forests, a “Kids Kingdom,” as well as two open-water exhibits.
2nd: Carnegie Science Center
3rd: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Just Ducky Tours
Station Square, South Side
412-402-3825 or www.justduckytours.com
The best way to tour a town known for its handsome city center framed by three rivers? Why, by amphibious vehicle, of course. This fun- and fact-filled tour via a World War II-type Duck lets visitors cruise through Downtown and a river or two. Plus, quacking is encouraged.
2nd: PA Brew Tours
3rd: Pittsburgh Party Pedaler