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On Black Friday, big box stores and online retailers tend to dominate when it comes to kicking off the holiday shopping season. However, the Saturday after Thanksgiving marks an important day for small business throughout the city. Known as “Small Business Saturday,” this day encourages shoppers to support their local community by checking out small businesses rather than the traditional department stores and larger shops. Shopping small during what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year not only saves you money but stress as well. Avoid long lines and markups in prices, all while supporting Pittsburgh’s small businesses, by shopping these five small businesses conveniently located in the city’s Strip District area.

Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop
2124 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 499-3700

The holidays are no time to skimp on satisfying your sweet tooth. Just imagine how happy your Thanksgiving guests will be when you bring back everyone’s favorite iconic candies from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop. From classic candies and vintage sweets to handmade fudges and caramel apples, you’ll find it all at this Pittsburgh premier confectioner. Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop also carries more than 130 flavors of soda sold in old-fashioned glass bottles and frosty mug tap root beer. Wrap up a sweet treat anyone would love to find under the Christmas tree from this Penn Avenue candy shop.

Bradley’s Book Outlet
2019 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-3014

Book lovers will love the huge selection and fair prices at Bradley’s Book Outlet, located on Penn Avenue in the Strip District. Opened by a father and son in 1993, this bookstore has earned a reputation as one of the city’s best bookstores. Whether you tend to find your nose buried in a work by a classic author or prefer a more recent popular page turner, you’ll be sure to find it on these bookshelves. And if not, Bradley’s Book Outlet will happily special-order it for you. Don’t forget to sign up for the free Book Mark-It program that will earn you one stamp for every $10 spent in-store for even better book bargains.

Lucy’s Handmade Clothing Shop
2021 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-1081

Clothing and fashion accessories are among the most discounted and sought after post-Thanksgiving purchases. Whether you’re looking to find a new holiday party dress or you wish to simply spruce up your wardrobe for the coming year, Lucy’s Handmade Clothing Shop has got you covered. This Penn Avenue boutique has been a favorite for those looking for handcrafted, lovingly designed clothing and jewelry. Deals are updated daily to give you the biggest bargain on the shop’s extensive collection of reasonably priced styles. Stop by and speak with owner Lucy Guajan who can help guide you to your personal style savings.

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Mike Feinberg Company
1736 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-2922

If you have a Pittsburgh sports fan on your shopping list this holiday season, you can’t pass up the opportunity to spend Small Business Saturday at Mike Feinberg Company. Without even stepping inside its doors, you’ll be greeted by the familiar black and gold colors that have become synonymous with Pittsburghers’ love for the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and the city itself. Score big on sports apparel, novelty gifts, electronic accessories, memorabilia and much more. The inventory in stock at this Pittsburgh party store is among the most diverse and unique in the region.

Artistry At Home
2613 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 765-2522

Artistry At Home has made itself right at home on the Strip District’s Smallman Street for more than 20 years. Today, this furniture store continues to lead in selection, quality and style of unique and gorgeous furnishings. A large, diverse showroom is the perfect place to spend your afternoon perusing the décor that ranges from Southwestern style and Mexican pottery to Native American and international designs. Artistry At Home will help you decorate your living room, bedroom, dining room or outdoor spaces with thousands of rare, handpicked finds.

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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for and Her work can be found at