The Five Best Spots to Get Pittsburgh-Themed Merchandise
Looking to show off your Pittsburgh love? Get your favorite city printed on basically anything at these local shops.
Pittsburghers love to show off the fact that they’re from Pittsburgh. And why not? We’ve got — at least two — kickass sports teams, a growing reputation as a foodie destination and three scenic rivers. Whether you’re wearing your black and gold pride on your sleeve, using it for your office or home decor, or buying gifts for those who no longer live nearby, these stores are for you.
photos courtesy love, pittsburgh
If you really, really love Pittsburgh, there’s no better place to head then Love, Pittsburgh. With two city locations (one on Mt. Washington and one in the Cultural District Downtown), Love, Pittsburgh carries handcrafted gifts, home décor, candles, artwork, T-shirts and more sourced from dozens of Pittsburgh artists and makers, among them Worker Bird, Garbella, Strawberryluna and Commonwealth Press.
After meeting at a Creative Industries Network event sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council — and bonding over their love for the city — artisans Kelly Sanders and Monica Yope opened Love, Pittsburgh on Shiloh Street in 2017 after a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $8,000. After the success of that retail store — which attracts everyone from visitors taking in the views of Pittsburgh’s skyline to neighborhood locals and beyond — Sanders and Yope opened a second location on Liberty Avenue in May.
(301 Shiloh St., Mt. Washington; 412/208-1234, 805 Liberty Ave., Downtown; 412/281-1359, lovepittsburghshop.com)
Got a baby shower to attend? Drop by WildCard in Lawrenceville first to pick up a “Congrats on Your Little Pierogi, Yinz Guys!” greeting card for the Mom-to-be and her future yinzer — as well as some Pittsburgh-themed onesies.
One of the first hip shops to hit Butler Street, the quirky gift store is filled with locally made home and office decor, apparel, jewelry and, of course, cards and stationery — much of it Pittsburgh-themed.
Some of the other surefire Pittsburgh gifts are the stainless steel incline earrings by local jewelry maker Audra Azoury. Or, show off your love for classic Kennywood roller coasters with a Jack Rabbit T-Shirt by Pittsburgh-based Make Believe.
(4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/224-2651, wildcardpgh.myshopify.com)
If it’s a Pittsburgh-themed T-Shirt, hoodie, sticker or even beer koozie you need, Commonwealth Press has you covered. Founded by Dan Rugh in 2002, the screen print company specializes in clever black-and-gold gear. Check out the popular “Pittsburgh Vs. All Yinz” T-shirts or the “No Parking” T-shirt featuring the Pittsburgh-approved parking chair.
The company also does custom design and print work, including for East End Brewing, at its production warehouse on the border of Allentown and Beltzhoover. Once a year, CWP hosts the Beer Barge, a cruise up and down Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers on the Gateway Clipper Fleet featuring live music and craft brews.
Check out the goods in person at its retail shop in Mt. Lebanon or through the online store, Compress Merch.
(691 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon; 412/431-4207, cwpress.com)
Are you even really a Pittsburgher if you don’t own a 412 shirt?
Founded in 2007 by brothers Christian and Aaron Kinkela, the local sports lifestyle brand Shop412, which references Pittsburgh’s area code, can be seen on everyone from ordinary yinzers and kids to world-class athletes proud of their Pittsburgh roots or their association with the city.
In 2018, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a serious spinal injury in the 2017 football season, teamed up with Shop412 to release of series of “Shalieve” T-shirts. A portion of proceeds from the sales were donated to spinal research as well as to the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania.
(420 S. 27th St., South Side; 412/586-7507, shopfouronetwo.com)
photo by Chuck Beard
Started by Debbie Jacknin and her daughters, Jenn and Jacklyn Orefice, Songbird Artistry’s first incarnation was a stand at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District.
When the market closed, Songbird Artistry moved to Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville, just across the street from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, in 2016 and began selling an expanded collection of locally made jewelry, prints, apparel, vintage goods, Harry Potter fandom merchandise and assorted Pittsburgh-themed gear.
Burgh-fresh finds include “Yinz Need to Worsh Up” soap by Lemon Tree Soapery, “Burgh Baby” onsies and Pittsburgh Map cufflinks.
Bonus: the welcoming shop, which includes a playspace for kids, regularly hosts craft nights, art classes, game nights and other events.
(4316 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville; 412/742-4449, songbirdartistry.com)