Happy day 18 (or maybe 20? or 65?) of social distancing! These are wild, strange times we’re living in, but it’s also been really reassuring to see so many small moments of people working together to “flatten the curve”, to help their neighbors, and to keep small businesses afloat.

On that note, today we’re focusing on Pittsburgh’s retail community.  While not quite as essential for survival as to-go groceries, these shops are essential for maintaining our city’s dynamic business districts. There are still a lot of reasons to shop small: namely to brighten your home while we hunker down for the foreseeable future, and to help keep the lights on (so to speak) at your usual favorite shops until this is all over.  If you’re  looking for a way to support your favorite local shops (or if you’re looking for creative ways to skip Amazon and shop locally for your staples), here are our official Urbanist spring buys — just with a self-isolation slant.  

Cozy tee from Pavement. While they’re normally outfitting Pittsburgh’s fashion crowd with boho dresses and boots, the Lawrenceville boutique is also a great resource for chicer-than-usual home-hanging attire like t-shirts and quilted jackets. If your decades-old sweats are starting to drive you a little crazy, up your WFH wardrobe while celebrating the beloved shop’s 14th year in business.

Socks from Vestis. When you’re not really leaving the house, socks sorta become a major accessory. For a seriously killer selection from brands like Kapital and Anonymous Ism, check out the luxe options on the Vestis online store.

Candles or smudge sticks from Juju. Normally the most magical spot in Point Breeze is now one of the most magical spots online, offering a selection of curated goods on their website for the very first time. Snag a scented candle to create an at-home atmosphere that’s good for healing, rest, inspiration — whatever you’re looking for in your safe space.

Sale items from Schoolhouse. Schoolhouse is currently offering 20% off all sale items, so if you’ve been meaning to update your home, there’s no better time than the present. Swap out a tired light fixture, change your house numbers, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, even upgrade your vent covers.

A cardigan from Franklin & Mercer. The menswear brick and mortar recently unveiled their brand new online store (plus 20% off site wide!). We’re looking to snag one of their waffle knit cardigans to toss on over our home clothes for daily walks.

design-forward terracotta watering can from Von Walter & Funk. Plants make people happy; if your plants are working overtime to keep the fresh air circulating and the mood high in your home, treat them right with this pretty watering can.

Cards and notebooks from Moop. Our favorite local bag makers are offering pre-orders for bags once they’re back to the studio, but in the meantime, they also offer a wide selection of “Things to Go with Bags” on their online store. We’re thinking now is a great time to snag that journal you’ve always been meaning to start, or to invest in some design-forward greeting cards to send to all your socially distant friends.