Even if you aren’t in Pittsburgh, you can support local businesses by shopping their websites. One of the interesting (and I think exciting things) about the internet is that it allows the smaller shops a way to compete with some of the conveniences of bigger shops. Sometimes it is just easier to order books online – but you can buy those books from local book shops. I usually check out Abe Books which lets you search lots of local shops from one site.
I read this article, Saving Broadway Books, last year in Inc. Magazine. The recession was catching up to this local Portland, Oregon book shop – which the owner mentioned to her son Aaron who was living in CA. He sent out an email to friends explaining that he would buy a burrito for anyone that spent $50 or more at the book shop. Actually I think he started with a post on Twitter – the story caught on and people started showing up to Broadway books. In the end most people declined the free burritos and many were donated to the Portland Rescue mission. You can read a summary about all of this on Aaron’s blog here.
But this article got me thinking – I was about to order a book from Amazon but even though I don’t live in Portland – I do know that keeping these local shops afloat is important – not just only so you can buy a book in your neighborhood – but these businesses make up the fabric of the communities. They provide places to gather and to share information.
Here are 3 Pittsburgh shops and boutiques have recently joined the list of brick and click stores in town. If you know of other local businesses that have an online shop please leave a link in the comments below.
- Jupe Boutique – women’s clothing shop in Carson St. offers a variety of independent labels, interesting accessories, their own Pgh sports t-shirt designs – all at very reasonable prices – http://www.jupeboutique.com/
- The Bottlebrush Gallery is located in Harmony, PA – they have an amazing collection of gifts and artwork from local artists and offer something in every price range. All of their item descriptions list the artist name and where they are located too. – http://shop.bottlebrushgallery.com/
- The Pussycat is a lingerie shop that has been located on Forbes Ave in Sq. Hill for over 40 years. This Pittsburgh institution has been named on the the top lingerie shops for years. If you need help with underwear (Oprah has been talking about finding the correct bra size for years) or you want to buy a special valentine’s day gift – these ladies can help. Think Victoria’s Secret with out all the craziness. And now they can help you via the magic of email. – http://www.pussycatunlimited.com
Today through Sunday – There is a Groupon for The Pussycat – $50 for $25. So if you really need new underwear – this is a deal for you. The Pussycat Groupon can be used online or in the shop on Forbes Ave.