Best of Goods + Services 

Best Bank

PNC Bank
Multiple locations

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 

Best Local Bookstore 

Amazing Books
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 

Best Local Store to Buy Music

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

Jerry's Records, winner of Best Record Store - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Jerry's Records, winner of Best Record Store

Best Record Store 

Jerry’s Records
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

Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments

Pittsburgh Guitars
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, winner of Best Place to Pimp your Ride - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Team Nutz Technologies, winner of Best Place to Pimp your Ride

Best Place to Pimp your Ride 

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

Best Local Store to Buy Furniture

Levin Furniture
Multiple locations

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.

2nd: Perlora
3rd: IKEA

Best Local Place to Buy Vintage Clothing

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

Best Antique Shop

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 

Best Place to Buy Yourself Happiness 

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

Best Locally Based Etsy Store


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

Best Card Store 

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 

Best Bridal Shop

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 

Best Outdoor Wedding Venue

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

Best Indoor Wedding Venue 

The Priory
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

Best Florist 

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

Best Local Jewelry Store

Henne Jewelers
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

Best Hair Salon 

Salon Ivy 
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

Best Nail Salon

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

Best Barber Shop

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 

Best Spa

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.

Sewickley Spa
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
3rd: Metamorphosis 

Best Massage Therapist 

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

Best Fitness Center 

LA Fitness
Multiple locations

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

Best Bicycle Shop 

Thick Bikes
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

Amazing Yoga
Multiple locations

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

Best Adult Store 

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

Best Tattoo Shop

Artisan Tattoo
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

Best Body-Piercing Shop 

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 

Best Place to get a Tattoo Removed 

Disappearing Ink 
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 

Best Vape Shop 

Drip Lounge
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

Best Cigar Shop

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 

Best Beer Distributor

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

Best Garden Shop / Nursery 

City Grows
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 

Best Local Pet Store

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

Best Doggy Daycare

The Dog Stop
Multiple locations

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

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

Animal Friends
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

Best Neighborhood Market

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, winner of Best Farmers Market - CP PHOTO BY JOHN COLOMBO
  • CP photo by John Colombo
  • East Liberty Farmers Market, winner of Best Farmers Market

Best Farmers 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

Best Thrift Shop 

Multiple locations

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
3rd: Thriftique

Best Place to Take the Kids for an Afternoon 

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 

Best City Tour 

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 

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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