Last Minute Gift Shopping on the Square

Okay, maybe you were thinking about a trip to the mall or big box store to finish off your last-minute holiday shopping. But if you're already Downtown, why not head to Market Square?  After all, within just a few minutes' walk from the center of the Square, you'll find everything from the finest men's and women's fashions to the funkiest Black and Gold accessories for the Steelers upcoming playoff run. And if you're a little short on ideas on what to get that special loved one or person who signs your paycheck, just bookmark this handy shopping guide to one of the city's fastest-growing shopping destinations.

Whether you want to dress a special someone for success or outfit them in a more casual style, you'll find plenty to choose from in and near the Square. At its new Fifth Avenue location, Larrimor's continues a 70-year tradition of specializing in quality men's and women's clothing with designer names such as Hickey Freeman, Hugo Boss and Fabrizio Gianni. For a total head to toe ensemble, Larrimor's carries jewelry, shoes, belts, ties and more.

Also new to Fifth Ave., is JoS. A. Banks, where quality clothing comes at affordable prices. With plenty of knowledgeable and ready-to-help staff on hand, JoS. A. Banks is the one-stop shop for the gentlemen looking for a GQ look on a less than Manhattan-priced budget. Located across the street from the new PNC Bank branch office, JoS. A. Banks is part of what is fast becoming Fashion Row for Downtown men.

Just a few steps closer to the Square, Heinz Healy's men's shop is where you'll find a selection of clothing that covers all the bases from Tommy Bahama leisure wear to black-tie formal tuxes. Check out the choice of hats, slacks, shirts and more in this lovingly restored historic store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street.

Around the corner from Heinz Healy's, you can help that special guy in your life put his best foot forward in a pair of shoes from the Nettleton Shop. A Pittsburgh institution more than 80 years, the Nettleton shop carries quality footwear for men, along with belts, brief cases, wallets and other fine, high-quality leather goods. After a visit to the Nettleton Shop, just about any gent can step out on Pittsburgh's streets in style.

Okay, we've haven't forgotten the ladies. If you cut across the Square towards the gleaming towers of the PPG Plaza, you'll happen to discover Serendipity. A must-stop destination near the Square for more than six years, Serendipity is indeed the place where local fashionistas go to find accessories to express themselves. With the newest, hand-picked handbags, hats and seasonal wear from New York, LA and Paris, Serendipity is one lucky find.

Let's cross the Square again towards Fifth Avenue, with a quick stop in at WEAR on Market Square, one of the smallest shops in city. Tiny though  it may be, WEAR is packed with sunglasses, jeans and other goods loaded with attitude. A big seller this season are the designer Steelers offense and defense wristbands. So whether you're a fan or Troy or Big Ben, you can wear your true colors in style.

And for even more options, check out the shops in Fifth Avenue Place. With a stellar lineup of jewelry, men's and women's clothing, silver and more, Fifth Avenue Place creates  a sophisticated and convenient atmosphere for those who prefer an indoor shopping experience right in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh.

Before we send you on your merry way, keep in mind all those people who make living, working, dining and shopping Downtown a pleasant experience year-round.
Whether it's your stylists, the parking garage attendant, a favorite co-worker or even your favorite waitperson, a gift certificate to one of the many dining spots in the Square is a great way to show you care. For an extra special touch, a bag of fresh roast coffee or European tea biscuits is especially appreciated.

Here's hoping that you have the very best of holidays this year — once you finishing your shopping.

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