Best of the 'Burgh 2016: Style & Shopping

Our editors' FRESH TAKES on our favorite Pittsburgh things, including the best place to find dope threads and where to go to get groomed in style.


Best Place to Outfit Your Dog-and-Pony Show

Carousel Horse, in Cabot
The Carousel Horse existed as an online store for eight years before owner Kim Sasse opened her storefront in 2015 in Jefferson Township, Butler County. The boutique setting built to resemble a barn is a perfect backdrop for her selection of all things necessary for riding and caring for equines: apparel, horse supplies, saddles and much more. You’ll also find collectibles, hand-crafted soap and locally made art, as well as a section devoted to supplies for another animal companion: man’s best friend. —LD

[Carousel Horse, 205 Neupert Road; 724/900-9451,; photos by Kellie Colleen]


Best Place to Get a “Dope” Outfit

Daily Bread / Refresh PGH
Daily Bread was founded seven years ago by Bill Niels, part of Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller’s “Most Dope” crew. The brand, with a flagship store on Penn Avenue, sells clothing that reflects Pittsburgh’s skateboarding, graffiti and hip-hop culture. Daily Bread works under the same roof as Refresh PGH, a sneaker-consignment shop that cleans and restores shoes that have seen better days, and TimeBomb, a skateboard shop. The three take inspiration from the city’s atmosphere and lifestyle to produce items you can’t find anywhere else. —BT

[5450 Penn Ave., Friendship; 412/623-9110, 412/863-8646,,; photo by Nick Spanos]


Best One Stop Shop to Enjoy Dozens of Salon

Nestled in the heart of ever-expanding East Liberty, Sola Salon Studios aims to provide an established space for independent stylists to turn into their own businesses. The Baum Boulevard location is one of more than 250 owned by Sola nationwide (including locations in Wexford and Monroeville); each rentable studio in the modern, bright building is furnished with all of the big necessities that often can be prohibitively expensive for those striking out on their own. The result is a diverse group of estheticians, nail techs, hair stylists and more who can provide something for everyone. —CG

[5921 Baum Blvd.; 412/495-0983,; photo by Anna Dukovich]


Best Way to Get Barbered in Style

The Society Men's Grooming Lounge in the Hill District
Members at Society Men’s Grooming Lounge don’t have to wait until their styling, shoeshine or manicure is finished to have a glass of something from their own private liquor lockers (and afterward they can puff a cigar out back and watch a local company detail their cars). Framed photographs by Teenie Harris augment the historic Hill vibe of this upscale establishment next door to the former Dwelling House Savings and Loan building where co-owner K. Chase Patterson’s grandparents got their first mortgage. One Saturday evening a month, the owners bring in a DJ and switch out the regular light bulbs for red ones. —MH

[503 Herron Ave., Middle Hill District; 412/475-9226,; photo by Anna Dukovich]


Best Steel Revival

RE of Me
The “RE of ME” line of home accessories and furniture, set to go on sale this fall, is pure Pittsburgh. Native Pittsburgher Germaine Gladu returned to town after a stint in New York to start a family — and a steel fabrication business — with her husband, Rob. She started the line as she was turning age 50 in the spirit of REdefining herself and REviving and REinventing one of the world’s strongest and most renewable resources: steel. The custom-crafted and-designed steel components can be added to a room’s existing furniture to REnew pieces you already own — or stand alone to REfresh a space entirely. Either way, expect the pieces to age gracefully. —EDH


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