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Release Date: Thursday, December 10th 2015

Downtown Pittsburgh Retailers Report Strong Start to Holiday Shopping Season

Downtown Pittsburgh, PA – The Holiday Season is here and there is no better place to experience the season than in Downtown Pittsburgh. Retailers throughout Downtown are reporting an excellent start to the Holiday Shopping Season. With more than 150 retailers and 220 restaurants, Downtown Pittsburgh is home to a vibrant atmosphere to shop, dine and enjoy the Holiday Season. Retailers include a wide variety of high-quality small boutiques offering apparel, shoes, accessories, art, jewelry, gifts and more. The restaurant offerings in Downtown feature not only the finest, innovative, and most-buzzed about new eateries, but also excellent casual, quick dining options.

“Many Pittsburghers are surprised to learn not only about the variety of high quality, unique retailers located in Downtown Pittsburgh, but are enthusiastic to hear about how strong business has been for these retailers,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “Holiday shopping has been a beloved tradition in Downtown for generations and thousands are creating new memories and enjoying the many small businesses that call Downtown home.”

Larrimor’s is an upscale men and women’s apparel store, located in Downtown for more than seventy-five years. The store has maintained its competitive edge by adapting to changing trends and needs. With the closure of Macy’s, Larrimor’s listened and responded to customer interest and needs by offering new products and items that were no longer available in the Central Business District. According to Tom Michael, president of Larrimor’s, “Business has been good, Downtown is an exciting and dynamic place, and the increased customer traffic confirms that.”

The PDP is once again promoting Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays. The Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ continues to serve as the anchor for a Downtown marketing campaign that promotes the unique combination of holiday attractions, activities and distinctive retail available only in Downtown Pittsburgh. Retail partners in the campaign include Fifth Avenue Place and Larrimor’s, and highlights the more than 150 retailers.

To support the shopping campaign, the free Fifth Avenue Place Holly Trolley circulates among Downtown’s holiday hot spots, offering service every Saturday and Sunday. Downtown visitors can hop on and off at many of the shopping, family-fun and holiday sites around town. Also Every Saturday, visitors can take the free Horse drawn carriage rides at PPG Place and One Oxford Centre. Carriage rides are sponsored by Highwoods Properties and One Oxford Centre, while Holly Trolley rides are made possible by support from Fifth Avenue Place.

Thanks to the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, free parking is available in Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages every Saturday during the holiday season.

Boutique La Passerelle, a women’s apparel shop located on Wood Street, has a focus on fashion specifically from Spain and Portugal. Owner Adelle Morelli travels internationally and to New York City multiple times per year for buying trips to ensure the boutique carries inventory unlike anything else found in the region. According to Morelli, owner of the store “Business has been growing organically over the last few months, especially because of new clients. I attribute the uptick to several factors, first the opening of The Tower at PNC Plaza and the clearing of construction. Second, the closing of Macy's and clients looking to us for what they found there, also, increased foot traffic on Wood Street since our new neighbors moved in (including Hello Bistro, Katie's Kandy, and PNC). Lastly, more Downtown residents and visitors to Pittsburgh are finding us.”

To support the many small businesses in Downtown, the PDP has developed a new shopping directory that is available both in hard copy at many locations around Downtown and as a .pdf available to download and print from the PDP’s website. The guide, made possible with support by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, is pocket-sized and provides a map to help shoppers find their perfect holiday gifts.

According to Jeff Izenson, owner of Specialty Luggage, a Downtown retailer for more than 70 years providing high quality luggage, gift items, stationery and more, “Foot traffic is the life blood for any retailer and foot traffic in Downtown is the best it’s been since the early 80’s. We have seen a noticeable increase in traffic and sales for the last few years.”

To keep up with all of the shopping opportunities, events and activities happening in Downtown Pittsburgh during the Holiday Season, please bookmark and visit often DowntownPittsburgh.com/Holidays.

 

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.

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