In the Know E-Newletter

In The Know is our monthly e-newsletter designed for street level businesses to keep you appraised of upcoming events and opportunities in Downtown. Occasionally, we also send special alerts.

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Open Streets – This Sunday

OpenStreetsPGH, a family-friendly initiative to get people out on the car-free streets to walk, run, bike, skate, shop, and play, is hosting their second event of 2017 this Sunday June 25 from 9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m.  The route changes each time, and this Sunday the route will go from Downtown through the North Side and into the West End.  If your business is along the route, and you will be open, please fill out this google form and your business will be listed on the activities page.

Downtown Road Closures:

  • Market Square
  • Market Street from Market Square to Liberty Avenue
  • 6th Street
  • Roberto Clemente Bridge

For more information on the full route, or event in general, please visit:

TV Show Road Closures – Thursday, June 28

A TV show will be filming in Downtown next Thursday, June 29. Filming locations are from 3:00 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.

  • Space Gallery – exterior and sidewalk shots
    • Intermittent traffic control stopping pedestrians for short periods of time
    • Intermittent traffic control on Liberty Avenue after 7:00 p.m.
  • 7th Street between Penn Avenue and Liberty Avenue
    • Full road closure
    • Intermittent traffic control stopping pedestrians for short periods of time
  • 9th Street between Penn  Avenue and Liberty Avenue
    • Full road closure
    • Intermittent traffic control stopping pedestrians for short periods of time

Bus Rapid Transit Layout Workshop – Downtown

Provide your input on the next phase of BRT planning. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:30 – 8:00 pm Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  •  update you on the status of BRT planning
  • answer your questions about the planning process
  • collect your input on station placement and street design

For more information or to learn about other BRT community meetings, please visit the Port Authority’s website.

Monthly Fashion Markets in Market Square

Calling all clothing, accessory, and shoe retailers!  Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s monthly Fashion Markets are in full swing, but there are still vendor opportunities.  The Fashion Market is a monthly, midday event in Market Square from June through September and feature a variety of fashion-related vendors.  The next Market is July 10th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for you to connect with new customers and make some great sales.   For more information, or to sign-up to be a vendor, please visit

State of Downtown Pittsburgh Report
Last month, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership released the 2017 State of Downtown Pittsburgh report. The sixth annual publication provides a comprehensive look at economic development indicators in Downtown Pittsburgh, as well as data set comparisons to peer Central Business Districts. This size of this year’s State of Downtown Pittsburgh report is nearly 20 pages shorter than previous editions. However, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership collected and analyzed more data than ever before. The printed report features high level statistics and data, with more detailed charts and graphs being shifted to the PDP’s website.

The PDP has enhanced the online offerings by utilizing a data visualization tool called Tableau. Users can view and interact with data and trends over multiple years, customize functionality to meet individual needs, and download data and reports for personal use. Much of the data will be updated more frequently and released via a new research newsletter that will debut in coming weeks. The complete report and additional data is available for download at

Sidewalk Cafe Enchroachments
Outdoor dining season is well underway in Downtown Pittsburgh. Please keep in mind that all outdoor seating in the public right-of-way requires an annual permit and must still allow 5’ wide of passable pedestrian space to comply with ADA standards. Any encroachments into that 5’-width of passable space can result in a citation for your business.

For guidelines concerning how to set-up your patio space to ensure accessibility for all, please download the City of Pittsburgh’s template. For more information about what is and is not allowed with sidewalk cafes, please visit the City of Pittsburgh’s Checklist page. For all other inquires, contact the City of Pittsburgh HERE.

Market Square Summer Programming
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is increasing programs in Market Square for the summer.  A general list of when the Square will be in use is below.  For more information, please email Keya Joseph. Additionally, each day in the Square will feature pop up games, a quiet corner known as the Reading Room and a Market Square Ambassador available to answer any questions.

•    Yoga – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. through September 24
•    Move It Mondays – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. through July 31
•    Fashion Market – Monthly, 2nd Monday through September 11
•    KidsPlay – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. June 13 – August 29
•    Mid Week Music In Market Square by CBS Radio 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through August 23
•    Yoga – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. through September 27
•    Farmers Market – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. through October 26
•    Market Square Summer Concert Series presented by Steel City Media 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through August 25
•    Dancing in the Square – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Only Fridays in June & August
•    KidsPlay – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 17 through August 26
•    Night Market – 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. through October 28

Resources for Small Businesses

Workshops/ Webinars:
Get Behind the Numbers & Increase Your Profits: Understanding Financial Statements Workshop – Duquesne Small Business Development Center – June 21, 2017
HR Basics for StartUp and Small Businesses – Chatham University Women’s Business Center – June 28, 2017

Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences 

For more information about conventions, including when attendees will have meals on their own, be sure to visit
The Pickleball Classic – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – June 23 – 25, 2017
OpenStreetsPGH – Market Square to North Side to West End – June 25, 2017

  • Downtown Road Closures – Market Square to Market Street to 6th Street to Roberto Clemente Bridge

Anthrocon – David L. Lawrence Convention Center – June 30 – Jul 2, 2017

Spotlight Program for Retailers

Calling all retailers!!  It is time again for the launch of our Spotlight at the Market Square Farmers Market. We have 10 spots available for the season for retailers in the Central Business District to get a single-day vendor spot at our Market Square Farmers Market.  The market hosts 5,000 – 7,000 people, weather depending, each day.  This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and engage with new customers, while also making sales.

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

Vendor Opportunities for Food and Retail Vendors

There are many retail and food vendor opportunities at all of our event throughout the year.  Our Night Markets, Picklesburgh, Light Up Night, and more have great opportunities to connect with large audiences and make significant sales for your business.

To view all the opportunities, please visit:

Downtown Made Easy Guide

Ultimate Shop & Dine Guide

State of Downtown Pittsburgh Report

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