As of Friday, June 7th, Allegheny County entered the green phase. This means you’ve been able to visit some of your favorite stores, restaurants, gyms, and more for the past week. As part of keeping our community safe, masking is mandatory in most places at some level. To play your part in keeping others safe, make sure you have enough masks. Even better? Help support Pittsburgh businesses by shopping locally. Find masks at the following stores:
Known for their premiere suits, David Alan Clothing quickly adapted to the pandemic. Switching their focus to masks, this high-end realtor is not manufacturing masks. Each buyer can customize their mask with a logo or design. The masks are washable, water-proof, and multi-layered to help you best protect yourself and those around you. A portion of all sales go to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Cost: $9.99 (single mask) to $474.95 (50 masks)
Women-owned and operated, Nisha Blackwell founded Knotzland Bowtie Co. in 2014. Knotzland’s products are made out of textile discards, helping you leave an environmentally friendly impact with your purchase. Moving with the times, Blackwell quickly jumped on making face masks to help protect customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each mask purchase helps Knotzland continue to supply free masks to our essential working community through MaskMakers.org.
Cost: $15 – $25
Located in Lawrenceville, this studio typically focuses on alterations and tailorings for special occasions & weddings. While we may have no need for a suit right now ( but hopefully so!), we could all use one of their masks. Superb seamstress Amanda Vereb, owner, has expanded her business into making facial masks. Handcrafted and designed, these masks will help you make a public safety statement.
Cost: Email TheIronHorsePgh.Masks@gmail.com to inquire about purchasing masks and prices.
Looking to get crafty? Buy a face mask kit from Gloria Horne Sewing Studio. These kits have everything you need – from precut fabric to elastic – to make a well-fitting mask. Once assembled, these masks comfortably rest as a scarf around your neck when not pulled over your face. These masks are erfect for when you’re going out to eat, and need to take your mask off at the table.
Cost: $20 – $30
Yet another high-end boutique turned mask maker, this Lawerenceville shop is churning out homemade masks. Each mask is reversible, washable, and one-of-a-kind. You can order men, women, and children sizes. A portion of the mask sales go to the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Cost: $10 for curbside pick-up. Add $7 for shipping.
Looking for a functional and fashionable mask? Buy a crotchet mask from Pittsburgh Crotchet Co. Handcrafted by Gracie Henderson, masks are crafted with ties to help guarantee a customized fit. As a bonus, for every two masks purchases, Gracie will donate one to a Pittsburgh community member in need. The colors are customizable for each mask, so pick whatever best suits your style.
Cost: $10This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.