We’re shopping in a different neighborhood each week throughout the holidays. Our next #ShopLocal holiday shopping destination? Lawrenceville!

Arsenal 201

If you walk through Lawrenceville a time or two, you’ll fall in love with the sense of community and atmosphere and you’ll want to make it your home. When you do, check out Arsenal 201 (3922 Foster St); a mixed-use living space of retail and apartment homes. Built on the site of the largest Union arsenal during the Civil War, Arsenal 201 preserves that history but in a modern, progressive way. It currently has 243 apartment homes with an additional 343 more to come by the end of 2022.  It’s a pet-friendly luxury apartment community with an outdoor entertainment lounge, pool, fire pits, fitness center, and coffee & tea bar. It’s the perfect combination of living, luxury, and community!

Moda Lawrenceville

As the song says, “Don we now our luxury apparel” – which you can get at Moda Lawrenceville (3701 Butler St). No ugly holiday sweaters here; at Moda you’ll find high-end brands like Helmut Lang, John Elliot, Scotch & Soda, and Velvet.  


This one frank-ly needs no introduction. Franktuary (3810 Butler St) is one of the city’s best known hot dog shops. No need to travel to NYC for NYE when a “weiner weiner hot dog dinner” is so close to home. 

STRIDE Fitness

Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions with STRIDE Fitness (3901 Butler St). Set to open in mid-January, STRIDE is Lawrenceville’s first boutique fitness studio focusing on inclusive, high-energy total-body HIIT classes. Certified STRIDE coaches lead small groups with state-of-the-art treadmills, weights, and body exercises for all levels. Check them out and sign up (2022 you will thank you!) and walk, jog, or run your way into a happy new year.

Brooklyn Bagel

“Here we come a bagel-ing”. New to Lawrenceville is Brooklyn Bagel (3915 Butler St) which features authentic New York bagels shipped in fresh from New York! They also offer La Prima Coffee as well as pastries from Enrico Biscotti. It’s another way to get a taste of NYC without ever leaving home.

Diesel Barbershop

If you haven’t been to Diesel Barbershop (3929 1/2 Butler St) here are a few things you need to know: walk-ins welcome, superb hair and beard care, and customers can enjoy free arcade games and free local beer. After you’re done trimming the tree take care of trimming your hair and beard too so you can ring in the new year with a facial refresh.  

Row House Cinema

Showcasing classics, obscure but amazing films, and (of course) seasonal selections (like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), at Row House Cinema (4115 Butler St) you can get in the holiday spirit, scratch that itch of nostalgia or just find yourself utterly delighted by their off-the-wall themed selections. Oh, and they have a downstairs bottleshop which is pretty darn cool too.

Salty Paws

Be sure to paws and stop into Pennsylvania’s first doggie ice cream bar, Salty Paws (4126 Butler St), to cross all four-legged family members off your holiday shopping list. Give your pup a very yappy howl-idays with their ice cream, cookies, and treats. 


A local favorite and Lawrenceville gem, Wildcard (4209 Butler St) is a great place for fun and funky finds like this retro Pittsburgh magnet set. Can you say best stocking stuffers ever?


Can’t head home for the holidays? Just head to Walter’s Southern Kitchen (4501 Butler St). Their just-like-mama-cooks-it menu features brisket, ribs, chicken and waffles, cornbread, collared greens, and more mouth-watering southern comfort food.

The Abbey

Refuel on your #ShopLocal Lawrenceville excursion by stopping at The Abbey (4635 Butler St). Part coffeehouse, part bistro, and part bar, The Abbey takes a unique approach to food and drink by housing all your possible food moods under one roof.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at givegodyouryes.com and fullhipster.com.

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