There's something about a local boutique that just makes shopping so much more fun. Whether it's the neighborhood, the decor, the one-of-a-kind finds, or the warm welcomes, it's a special experience. With that said, I'm excited to say that I've teamed up with my friend, Meredith Kearns of The Look by Meredith, to co-create a guide to Pittsburgh's best boutique shopping spots!
Meredith is one of the most fashionable people I know, so you know these shops are the real deal! From eccentric boho chic finds to unique business casual pieces, here are our top ten picks:
BONUS: All ten of these local shops are owned and operated by badass ladies. #GirlPower
1. Lynn & Barrett | @lynnandbarrett
Lynn & Barrett is a small clothing boutique owned by a mother/daughter dream team. The Pittsburgh-based location is tucked away in the quaint little neighborhood of Crafton; with the original location based in Wintersville, Ohio. L&B is a go-to for casual looks and unique accessories at an affordable price. The shop is small, but we promise you'll feel right at home! The family-owned vibes really carry through the business.
2. No. 14 | @no14boutique
Ahhh, one of our very favorites! When it comes to Pittsburgh boutiques, No. 14 is a true gem. Nestled on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, this bright and airy little shop is stocked with everything you need to keep your look fresh all year round. Inside you'll find a super-friendly and fun staff, a seasonal clothing collection, unique jewelry, and even some custom-made hair accessories. Whether you splurge on some new looks or just happen to sneak a selfie with the infamous pink knight, there's a 100% chance you'll leave this boutique looking good and feeling good. CAUTION: A trip to No. 14 may result in croissants. The shop just happens to be neighbors with La Gourmandine Bakery!
3. Pavement | @shop_pavement_pgh
Pavement, another Butler Street staple, is a boho chic DREAM. Whether it's the unique accessories and fun apparel or the enormous plants and wallpaper patterns, you'll instantly feel a little "cooler", a little "calmer", and little more "collected" when you step in the door. The shop's collection is hand-picked and most of the clothing is even made here in the US. Some of Pavement's go-to brands are Stateside, Chaser, and Three Dots. With a cozy boutique like this, you might just want to kick back and stay awhile!
4. Whiskey Moon Boutique | @whiskeymoonboutique
Heading to a different corner of the city, Whiskey Moon Boutique in Southside is another great place to shop... or should we say treat yo' self! This East Carson store is owned by another mother/daughter duo and offers a wide range of apparel, accessories, home goods, and even a variety of beauty products. The shop's collection covers everything from hoodies to night out essentials. Just recently, they've also thrown an activewear line into the mix!
5. Apricot Lane | @aprictlanepittsburgh
Apricot Lane is a newcomer to Pittsburgh's boutique shopping scene. Although AL is technically a national franchise, each location is locally-owned and managed... that's local enough for us! You can find this cute, extra-girly shop on Walnut Street in Shadyside. Their vibe is very feminine and flirty and their collection offers a mixture of casual and formal looks along with accessories and gifts! Make a day of your trip to Walnut Street and grab a coffee at Jitter's or stop in for brunch at Cafe Moulin.
6. Lex & Lynne | @lexandlynne
Located in Sewickley, Lex & Lynne is a staple for dreamy, chic, and resort wear pieces. This high-end boutique is known for its refined womenswear, lifestyle pieces, and their recently added custom sweater line— full of cozy knits handcrafted in Mexico. If accessories are more your thing, they also carry their own line of handmade jewelry. Before you hit the beach or jet set off to your summer escape, make a stop at Lex & Lynne to stock up on those insta-worthy styles.
7. Peter Lawrence | @peterlawrencepgh
Peter Lawrence is a hot new downtown boutique that offers an array of professional and casual clothing. This women’s-focused boutique is the sister store of Heinz Healey’s, a longstanding local men’s clothing store. Peter Lawrence provides customers with a mix of contemporary and traditional pieces from lines such as Jon Josef, Joseph Ribkoff, and Alberto Makali. On the upper mezzanine, the boutique rocks an array of shoes, scarves, and purses, including a few of the popular Rebecca Minkoff bags. Business ladies: hit up this new shop to freshen up your 9-5 look.
8. Boutique La Passerelle | @bout_blp
Another well-known downtown women’s store, Boutique La Passerelle offers designs hand-picked from Portugal and France. Twice a year, the owner and manager travel abroad to scope out the latest trends and bring those finds back to Pittsburgh. Fun fact: Boutique La Passerelle only stocks one of each size (for each piece). Knowing it's truly rare, you can rock that buy with confidence! This downtown pick is the place to go for fun, fresh fashion that you won’t find in a normal department store.
9. Make & Matter | @shopmakeandmatter
Where my crafty girls at?! This Lawrenceville newcomer is for you. True to its name, Make & Matter specializes in ethically-made clothing, accessories, jewelry, and gift items. Their Butler Street shop hosts a rotating group of designers every two months. Some of those makers have even found a more long-term home and are now permanent staples in the shop. Rebekah, one of the boutique's founders, really upholds the essence of Make + Matter with her zero waste clothing line, Flux Bene. Each item is made of up-cycled garments and second market materials. (This just means the clothes won’t be worn again in their normal condition.) How cool is that?! Whether you're shopping for yourself or treating someone else, we guarantee any item you buy from Make & Matter will be sure to impress.
10. Kristi Boutique | @kristiboutique15215
And the final act: Kristi Boutique! This Aspinwall shop live by the tagline "Authentic Style for Authentic Women." (We'll cheers to that!) The owner carefully curates a collection that includes everything from jeans and sweaters to handbags and accessories. The coolest thing about this boutique is their loyalty program. For every dollar you spend, you gain two Kristi points. After reaching 2,000 points, you receive a $20 gift card. That's a pretty awesome perk! If you're on the hunt for some professional styling advice or just looking to refresh your wardrobe, Kristi is your girl and Kristi Boutique is your spot.
As you can see, Pittsburgh is actually much more stylish than you might think. It's not all Steelers jerseys and baseball caps. It's certainly not an NYC, but we've got a little something going on and it's only up from here! Over the past couple of weeks, we stopped into a few Lawrenceville boutiques to spark some inspiration for this guide. Be sure to check out some pics in the gallery below!
Side note: If you have an event coming up and could use some styling help, hit up my girl Meredith. She's truly talented! Shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!