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Nothing beats enjoying an evening on the patio with friends and family in the warm summer weather. Here in Pittsburgh, we want to be able to take advantage of those nice days as often as possible. A beautiful patio is a great investment that will allow you to enjoy the spring, summer and early fall weather in comfort and style. If you are looking to spruce up your outdoor space this year, here are a few local shops that can help.

The Fireplace and Patio Place
South Hills Location
1651 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 343-5157

If it is time for some new outdoor furniture, the Fireplace and Patio Place has a beautiful selection of wicker and iron pieces that will add long-lasting, elegant and beachy style to your patio. You can also add a fireplace perfect for making s’mores or enjoying a cool night outdoors or a top-of-the-line barbecue grill for those afternoon picnics with burgers and dogs. The Fireplace and Patio Place has a few convenient locations in the South Hills, North Hills and Murraysville. If you are looking to create a new outdoor space, it can even help you to design and install a beautiful outdoor room to enjoy for many years to come.

Alpine Pools
4660 William Flynn Highway
Allison Park, PA 15101
(412) 487-3606

While a pool or a spa would certainly add flair to your patio, that’s not all that Alpine Pools has to offer. With several locations in the area, Alpine Pools is another convenient location to purchase some beautiful patio furniture and fire pits. If you are lucky enough to already have a pool, the furniture at Alpine Pools is especially designed to withstand the extra moisture and humidity of your immediate pool area. Alpine Pools can also provide maintenance for your pool or spa or you can learn how to take better care of it yourself at the pool school.

Penn Hills Lawn & Garden Center
200 Jefferson Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(412) 241-0411

Located in Penn Hills, the Penn Hills Lawn & Garden Center can help you freshen up your patio with beautiful perennial and annual flowers, trees and shrubs. The center also has what you need to keep the garden spaces around your patio well maintained. You can also find planters to bring the beauty onto the patio and a gift shop full of lawn ornaments and accessories to add charm to your space. Penn Hills Lawn & Garden Center can help you find accessories to update your patio for spring, summer and fall with the perfect seasonal flair.

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Phipps Garden Center
1059 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 441-4442

What better way to beautify your patio space than with perfect landscaping? And who better to learn from than the famous Phipps Conservatory? Phipps Conservatory offers classes that can help you turn into a pro. Landscape & Garden Design, Floral Design and Gardening and Botanical Crafts are just some of the classes that are offered. Not only can you add flair to your patio, but you can learn some valuable skills, meet new people and find new love for the outdoors. See Phipps’ website for class dates and registration information.

Reilly’s Garden Center
1120 Roosevelt Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 364-8270

Add beauty and grace to your patio with accessories form Reilly’s Garden Center. In addition to expert advice on flowers, shrubs and trees, Reilly’s also sells beautiful stone benches, statuary and fountains to add elegance and whimsy to your space. If you’re looking for an original use for that little patio nook, why not put in a fairy garden? Reilly’s can show you how. You can also find gardening tools, planters and maintenance products to keep your patio looking beautiful throughout the season.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at