Macy’s may be gone, but you can still shop Downtown. In today's newsletter, we're rounding up a week's worth of features about small, local businesses located in that part of town as the holiday shopping season ramps up. Don’t forget: Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. First up is Moop. Owner Wendy Downs highlighted her store's two new bags: The Weekender ($181), which she said is great for air travel, and Tote No. 1 ($163) and No. 2 ($157). “It looks great on men,” she said of The Weekender. “I want more men to carry totes.” Moop also sells smaller clutches ($41), “That are really good gift things.” Closed Friday; open Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Walking into S.W. Randall Toyes and Giftes is like being in a Christmas movie down to the music and walls lined with toys, rocking horses and more. The store has been Downtown for nearly four decades, and according to owner Jack Cohen, the regulars say, “Don’t change a thing!” Open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Eric Ackland opened Amazing Books & Records' Downtown location in 2013. There’s something special about being Downtown, Ackland said, adding it’s what people think of when asking “What is Pittsburgh?" Used books aren’t everyone’s first thought when it comes to gift giving, Ackland admitted. But he said the store offers a few options. Amazing Books & Records' Downtown location is open Friday 11:30 a.m. to sunset; closed Saturday. The Squirrel Hill location (2030 Murray Ave.) will be open 6:30 to 10 p.m. this Saturday for Small Business Saturday.
Boutique La Passerelle, French for runway boutique, offers clothing from designers in Europe — pieces that aren’t generally seen at shops in the U.S., let alone Pittsburgh. It is the only clothing store solely focused on women’s apparel Downtown. Adele Morelli was a customer at Boutique La Passerelle before she became the owner in 2013. “When I found out [the previous owner] was selling it, I knew it had to stay here,” Morelli said. Open Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feel the need to shop on Black Friday, but want your dollars to stay local? The two-day I Made It! market features jewelry, art, clothing and other products made by 100 regional artisans. Food trucks Mac and Gold Truck, Franktuary and Onion Maiden will be parked on Smithfield Street.
Where: Heinz 57 Center at 623 Smithfield St. (Downtown)
When: November 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Are you reading this from bed? Good. If you're skipping Black Friday, there are plenty of other things to do today like drink while wearing an ugly sweater, attend a square dance in an auto garage or watch Parker Posey movies. Plan your day now.