Buy Local

Joey Kennedy / Handmade Arcade

The National Retail Federation reports holiday sales this season will grow between 3.8 and 4.2 percent. That’s up slightly compared to average holiday sales increases of about 3.7 percent over the previous five years. 

Ah, coffee.  The magical beverage that makes us all feel more human by 9 AM. What would we do without it? Grab your mug and settle in for a very buzz-worthy Social Club.  

Matt Gebis of Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville joins Rachel and Josh to share his journey into owning his own business, explains why he doesn’t sweat Starbucks as competition, and instructs us on how to brew the most delicious hot (and cold!) cup of coffee at home.

Also happening this weekend:
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night
 

Brook Ward / flickr

The holidays are rapidly approaching, so of course you’ve definitely started your gift shopping, right?

Never you fear, as the shopping season kicks off on Black Friday we’ve put together a list of the best local pop-up markets as part of our New to the ‘Burgh series. From the artisanal to the seasonal, to the brand-spanking-new, here’s a rundown of the most interesting markets gracing the Steel City with their presence over the next few months.

I Made It! Market

The “buy local” movement gets a lot of attention for efforts to get communities to shop locally and buy local food, but buying local can also extend to industry. That’s the message of the second annual Buy Pittsburgh First Expo.