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Best of 2011: Goods and Services


Best Local Bookstore

Caliban Books, Oakland

2nd:  tie: Half-Price Books, multiple locations / Eljay's Used Books, Dormont

3rd: Beyond Bedtime, Dormont


Best Store to Buy Comics

Phantom of the Attic, Oakland and Monroeville

2nd: Eide's Entertainment, Strip District

3rd: Copacetic Comics, Polish Hill


Best Local Store to Buy Music

The Exchange, multiple locations

2nd: Dave's Music Mine, South Side

3rd: Jerry's Records, Squirrel Hill


Best Local Store to Buy Musical Instruments

Piano's N' Stuff, Blawnox

2nd: Backstage Guitars, Lawrenceville and Wexford

3rd: Pittsburgh Guitars, South Side


Best Local Store to Buy Furniture

Levin Furniture, multiple locations

2nd: Perlora, South Side

3rd: IKEA, Robinson


Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothing

Avalon Exchange, Squirrel Hill and Mount Lebanon

2nd: Goodwill, multiple locations 

3rd: Eons Fashion Antique, Shadyside


Best Local Shoe Store

Littles Shoes, Squirrel Hill

2nd: Pavement, Lawrenceville

3rd: Ten Toes, Shadyside


Best Local Fashion Boutique

Pavement, Lawrenceville

2nd: Fig Leaf, South Side

3rd: Pageboy Salon & Boutique, Lawrenceville


Best Local Jewelry Store

Orr's Jewelers, Squirrel Hill and Sewickley

2nd: Henne Jewelers, Shadyside

3rd: Culture Shop, South Side


Best Local Salon

Pageboy Salon & Boutique, Lawrenceville

2nd: MCN Salon, East Liberty

3rd: Uzori Salon, South Side


Best Day Spa

Sewickley Spa, Sewickley

2nd: Esspa Kozmetika, Aspinwall

3rd (tie): Judit European Day Spa, South Side  / La Pomponnee, Mount Lebanon


Best Bicycle Shop

Thick Bikes, South Side

2nd: Kraynick's Bike Shop, Garfield

3rd: Trek of Pittsburgh, multiple locations


Best Health Club

Urban Active, Larimer

2nd: LA Fitness, multiple locations

3rd: YMCA, multiple locations


Best Yoga Studio

Amazing Yoga, Shadyside 

2nd: Schoolhouse Yoga, multiple locations

3rd: Breathe Yoga, South Side 


Best Bowling Alley

Arsenal Lanes, Lawrenceville

2nd: Forward Lanes, Squirrel Hill

3rd: Dormont Lanes, Dormont


Best Skate Shop

One Up Skate Shop, South Side

2nd: Plank Eye Board Shop, Bellevue

3rd: Headboard Shop, South Side


Best Tattoo Shop

In the Blood Tattoo, South Side

2nd: Jester's Court, multiple locations

3rd: South Side Tattoos, South Side


Best Body-Piercing Shop

Hot Rod Body Piercing, Oakland and South Side

2nd: In the Blood Tattoo, South Side

3rd: South Side Tattoos, South Side


Best Smoke Shop

Leaf and Bean, Strip District

2nd: Bloom Cigar, South Side

3rd: Puffs-N-Stuff Cigars, multiple locations


Best Car Dealer

#1 Cochran, multiple locations

2nd: Day Automotive, multiple locations

3rd: Baierl, multiple locations


Best Golf Course

Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont

2nd: Schenley Park Golf Course, Squirrel Hill

3rd (tie): Fox Chapel Golf Course, Fox Chapel / Scally's Golf Center, Coraopolis


Best Place to Buy Health Food

Whole Foods, East Liberty

2nd: East End Food Co-Op, Point Breeze

3rd: Trader Joe's, East Liberty and Upper St. Clair


Best Place to Adopt a Pet

Animal Friends, Ohio Township

2nd: Western PA Humane Society, North Side and Elizabeth

3rd: Animal Rescue League, Larimer


Best Hotel

Omni William Penn, Downtown

2nd: Fairmont Pittsburgh, Downtown

3rd: Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel, Downtown


Best Thrift Shop

Red White and Blue, Brookline and Bellevue

2nd: Goodwill, multiple locations

3rd: Salvation Army, multiple locations


Best Place to Take the Kids for an Afternoon

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park

2nd: Pittsburgh Children's Museum, North Side

3rd: Carnegie Science Center, North Side


Best Place for a Wedding Reception

Phipps Conservatory, Oakland

2nd: The Priory Hotel, North Side

3rd: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Highland Park


Best Place to Buy/Sell Gold

Treasure Hunt, multiple locations

2nd: Southside Jewelers & More, South Side

3rd: South Hills Jewelers, Bethel Park


Best One-of-a-Kind Gift Store

Wildcard, Lawrenceville

2nd: Kards Unlimited, Shadyside

3rd: Ten Thousand Villages, Squirrel Hill


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Best Impression Made by a Big-Box Retailer Before You Even Walk Inside

Target. 6231 Penn Ave., East Liberty

Sometimes it takes a big-box retailer to make streets more small-town friendly. To facilitate Target's arrival, two-way traffic was restored to Penn Circle South; turning lanes were better organized along Penn Avenue. Pedestrians — who suffered mightily during construction — were rewarded with new crosswalks and countdown "walk" signals. Target threw in sheltered bike racks, and the bus turnabout across the street (which is still being rehabbed) got benches and trees.


Best Job of Cashing in on Dark Knight hype

S.W. Randall Toys & Gifts. 630 Smithfield St., Downtown. 412-562-9252

For those who grew up in the age of Toys R Us, S.W. Randall is the childhood toy store we never had ... and its window displays are part of the reason. The store earned widespread attention during the filming of Dark Knight, thanks to a Batman-themed display of vintage action figures and other paraphernalia — complete with campy 1960s-era theme music on loudspeaker. TV news cameras and film-production staffers alike came to visit. 


Best Pop-Up Store

Fleeting Pages. 5986 Penn Circle South, East Liberty, May 7-June 4, 2011

This past spring, the shuttered Borders Eastside was revivified — as a bookstore, no less. With no advertising budget, founder and Braddock resident Jodi Morrison and a volunteer staff kept Fleeting Pages running seven days a week. The store, a showcase for indie publishers, zine-makers and artists, also hosted daily events including readings, workshops, film screenings and a poetry slam. Though the store lost money, it drew crowds and enlivened Pittsburgh's lit scene.


Best Way to Get Your Hands Dirty

Tree Pittsburgh's "Tree Tender" program. 412-362-6360 or

Tree Tenders are the National Guard of the arborist world: a civilian group dedicated to taking care of what the pros can't quite get to. Tree Pittsburgh trains volunteers in the science of trees so that they can take part in planting, pruning and otherwise maintaining trees in public places citywide.


Best Local Mobile App

Park PGH.

Created by tech gurus at Deep Local, Park PGH is designed to navigate the treacherous Cultural District parking landscape. Both the iPhone app and the mobile site feature a color-coded map which lets you know whether a nearby garage is available, reaching capacity or full up. It's just the thing to keep you from abandoning your vehicle in the middle of Penn Avenue.


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