3 Local Shops For The Well-Traveled and Well-Styled
Easy to get to, all within walking distance, these are my favorite places to get my food and style inspiration flowing.
1. Wholey's: Obvious but Underutilized
Lately I've discovered the convenience, color, and excitement of the Strip District. Living in the North Side of Pittsburgh, my grocery store options are relatively limited, so Wholey's Fish Market has become a staple for me. I love the feel of the indoor-market, the fresh sushi bar, rows of whole fish, live lobster, and raw oysters make me feel like I'm closer to the shore than land-locked Pittsburgh. Hitting the discount produce market across the street is super cheap, fun, and has seriously upped my smoothie game (I always freeze fresh fruit myself!).
2. Hot Haute Hot: For the World-Traveler
Wholeys has been a popular attraction for years. But many many shops and stores get lost in the nooks and crannys of Smallman Street and Penn Ave. My work with the Post-Gazette introduced me to a couple of shops that I've completely fallen in love with, and will be the style inspiration for my dream house for years to come. While a typical day in advertising includes ass-kissing and pretending to be fascinated by their store or business, there are a few that are truly amazing. Just a few blocks from Wholeys sits furniture and lifestyle store Hot Haute Hot, seemingly the inspiration for Anthropology but more sincere than the bottled-up boho-theme that the brand promotes.
Up a side street and across from a retro-cigar bar, the curated vintage furniture and art store is a colorful haven for the truly unique and adventurous. Owner and designer Keneva Kennedy will help you pick a few key pieces or decorate your home from top to bottom, with help from her daughter Masisyn, a top FreePeople blogger.
3. Roxannes Dried Flowers: Romantic and Free-Spririted
Friend and neighbor just a few blocks away from HHH, Roxeanne's Dried Flowers is on the main drag and gets a lot more attention and foot traffic than her friends brick and mortar. Garden party vibes, romantic scents, and artfully designed dried flower art fill the colorfully and scentfully designed space space that leads to a beautiful garden in the back, hosting anything from lemon trees to elephant ears, herbs and garden accessories.
Not only are these shoppes beautiful, cultural, and local, but they're owned by strong and creative women, native to the area and dedicated to their craft. Pittsburgh has been on the rise in all things food and fashion, so make sure to stay on the forefront of the trends by checking these stores out or visiting their instagrams for inspo!