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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

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

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

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

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

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’ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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


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