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Tis the season to shop [local] till you drop at the tenth annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market! Find the joys and jubilation of finding that perfectly unique, hand-crafted gift by strolling through the warm, amber-glow of twinkling lights and wooden chalets of Market Square. Prided on international flair and local charm, discover everything and anything in between of clothing items, pillows cases, hand-blown ornaments, pop-up holiday cards, soy candles, metal wall art, eye-catching and functional pottery, and more. Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers and special gifts, or treating yourself, be sure to stop by this holiday season because there are more vendors than ever, along with live entertainment at the BJ’s Sounds of the Season Stage.
Hours of operation: Open daily through December 23rd Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 8 PM; Friday + Saturday: 11 AM – 9:30 PM; Sunday: 11 AM – 6 PM
1. Worker Bird + strawberryluna
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Who wore it better? You or your furry best friend? It could be both! New to the Worker Bird lineup is the City of Bridges Bandanas. This shop is brimming with colorful and creative Pittsburgh-inspired wall art and will make your living room, office, or hallway comfy and cozy (while staring at your walls all day long!). Plus, fill your home with seasonal candles in its newest collaboration with Strawberry Luna.
2. I See Spain
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I See Spain encompasses form and function with their signature food grating plates that grate anything you are cooking up. Whether it be cheese, fresh garlic, or ginger, these traditional yet timeless pieces will be a must-use staple in the kitchen. Check out their chalet for live demonstrations and be sure to follow I See Spain on Facebook for delicious recipes!
3. 837 North
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While taking in the fresh baked aromas from Helmut’s Strudel, make a pit stop at 837 North to smell the unique freshness of their candles, too. The scent pairing for each handmade candle is on point from the Laurel + Blackberry to the White Sage + Agave with plenty of more options. Every candle is affordable and is hand-poured intertwining plant extracts and essential oils for a pleasant, long burn time. Their mini, palm-sized candles and 9oz jars make great stocking stuffers!
4. Keystone Steel Co.
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From their ornaments, Christmas collection, and general living, Keystone Steel Co. can be your one-stop-shop for individual and/or company gifts. With an industrial lifestyle taste, the shop seems to honor the city’s steel-production past by showcasing its beauty through their products in a new, repurposed way. Wall art, signs, and more, you’ll be buying from their chalet walls from left to right adorned with these handmade items. Be sure to check out their stylish pillowcases for sale through a different vendor as well!
5. Women of the Cloud Forest
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Focused on fair trade and sustainability, Women of the Cloud Forest has direct, long-standing relationships with small family workshops and collaboratives in the following countries: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. Try your best to pick from over 200 hand-carved balsa ornaments or pick up a luminary to have a little Light Up Night magic in your space. The chalet also sells recycled aluminum metal art made from car parts, jewelry, bagged coffee, and more.
People’s Gas Holiday Market shoppers can shop other popular chalets including Kenyan Craft Connection, love, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pottery, Pop Up in Pittsburgh, R Wine Cellar, Wendell August Forge, Bali Made, Käthe Wohlfahrt, and whole lot holly jolly more! Be sure to check out the visiting vendors of the shopping season, too.