Imagine yourself strolling down Butler Street, shopping bags in hand, munching on Christmas cookies, enjoying a weekend afternoon with your best buds. Sounds pretty dope right? Well, good news. You have the opportunity to do just that this weekend at The Joy of Cookies Tour in Lawrenceville!
The cookie tour is a free event that goes down every December. (Keyword: free!) It encourages Pittsburghers and guests to shop local and explore the Lawrenceville neighborhood. So how does it work? Well, over 45 participating businesses along Butler Street and Penn Avenue open their doors for this special shopping event to dish out free cookies, feature their goods, and spread some holiday cheer. Pick up a map at one of the stops or scope out your route online in advance here. If you're feeling spontaneous and you're just going to wing it, look for a gingerbread man in the windows of all the cookie tour stops.
Speaking of cookies, if you come across a cookie that is just to-die-for, there’s good news. You can collect cookie recipe cards at all of the participating stops. I’m on the hunt for some unique recipes to mix up my baking this year, so feel free to send some ideas my way!
Tips: While the cookie tour has it’s own hours, businesses may still stick to their normal schedule. If there’s a shop you’re dying to check out, I would check out their regular hours before you plan your day. Also, that pesky parking problem... Lawrenceville isn’t exactly known to be a parking paradise. If you’re close by, grabbing an Uber or Lyft may not be a bad idea.
There’s sooooo many awesome small businesses in Lawrenceville. This is your chance to explore and snag some unique gifts for the holidays. Let the shopping (and snacking) begin!