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125SF Gallery
This is the smallest gallery in Pittsburgh — it’s literally only 125 square feet, as the name implies. The current exhibition features small photos of big buildings (from the Stan Ries Photography collection in NYC). Fitting! 1931 Sidney St., 412-390-4040

Black Forge Coffeehouse
Each month or so, Black Forge, in Allentown, features different installations from various artists. Find everything from plant- and bone-based art to paintings, photographs and street art. It’s also a venue for musicians, and the coffee’s great too. 1206 Arlington Ave., 412-291-8994

Fireborn Studios
Pottery, handblown glass and jewelry from more than 50 artists are available for viewing and purchasing. You can also take pottery classes and private lessons here. 2338 Sarah St., 412-488-6835

Vessel Studio
This glass-art studio features all sorts of cool pieces for decor and functionality. Vessel also has events throughout the year to learn how to blow glass. 117 S. 16th St., 412-779-2471

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Club Café
From folk to jazz to funk and more, this gem off East Carson Street is a great place to catch local shows, as well as gigs by national touring acts. 56 S. 17th St., 412-431-4950

Rex Theater
This larger-capacity venue is home to fun, because it houses everything from storytelling events like The Moth to rock gigs and beyond. 1602 E. Carson St., 412-381-6811

The Smiling Moose
With early all-ages shows upstairs and 21-and-older gigs later in the evening on both floors, the Moose is a versatile venue to catch a show. And the food is awesome. 1306 E. Carson St., 412-431-4668


Commonwealth Press
These folks are obsessed with the ’Burgh, punk rock, fun and really good screen-printing. Get awesome goodies at the shop, i.e. pierogie pillows and “Keep Pittsburgh Shitty” T-shirts. 2315 Wharton St., 412-431-4207

Highway Robbery
This spot is a treasure trove for finding awesome vintage clothes and accessories, and the expert curation makes it feel like fun instead of work. 1411 E. Carson St., 412-251-0818

Shop 412
This store is full of Pittsburgh-themed goodies for the well-dressed sports fan, as well as street-wear and casual-wear enthusiasts. Shop 412 makes hometown pride look sleek. 420 S. 27th St., 412-586-7507

Thick Bikes
Long live independent bike stores! With super helpful staff and a nice selection, you can acquire a new bike, fix your old bike, or snag a new helmet and riding gear at a reasonable price. 62 S. 15th St., 412-390-3590

Other Spots of Interest

Get fit by stretching and clambering your way up, down and across 10,000 square feet of indoor climbing walls. Also, cross-training and yoga. Fun for the whole family. 2141 Mary St., 412-745-2141

Bandi Schaum Community Garden
If you live in the neighborhood and are hungry for community interaction and fresh greens (or some green-thumb therapy), consider applying for a plot in the South Side Slopes community garden. 2165 Mission St.,

City Theatre
This longstanding theater group offers a regular slate of contemporary plays, including those with topical, political or off-beat themes. 1300 Bigham St., 412-431-2489

SouthSideWorks Cinema
Sometimes you just want to escape real life and get sucked into a film, and it’s easy to do so at this multi-screen theater. 425 Cinema Drive, 412-381-1681