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  • Writer's pictureAnnamarie Galante

The Stay-At-Home Guide to Supporting Pittsburgh Businesses During COVID-19

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

The Stay-At-Home Guide to Supporting Local Businesses During Covid-19 (Pittsburgh)

Small businesses are at the root of every community. Whether it’s your favorite coffee shop that always makes your lattés just the way you like them, the local brewery that makes your all-time favorite beer, or the restaurant that knows your go-to order, we all have favorite local spots that we’re seriously missing right now.

As community members, we have the power to preserve these beautiful parts of our neighborhoods. We can make tangible, positive differences on a hyper-local level. And we can start this movement right here in Pittsburgh.

If you’re looking for ways to support local businesses, here are 22 Pittsburgh businesses that are going above and beyond to provide our community with much-needed services.

Help uplift your favorite parts of PGH, while maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart, in super simple ways!

1. Free bread at Jenny Lee Swirl Bread

5 Generations Bakery is a family-owned bakery that has been around for, you guessed it, five whole generations! The bakery produces delightful artisan-style breads, baking everything from cinnamon swirl bread to tomato basil bread, to now sticky buns! Now, Jenny Lee Swirl Bread is providing free bread to anyone who is quarantined and practicing social distancing, all you pay for is shipping!

2. Grab-and-go meals at Batch

Located in Saxonburg, Batch is a women-owned business that serves everything from jams and jellies, to soups, breads, and small meals. Now, Batch is offering curbside pickups, local deliveries, and a delicious rotating weekly menu so that you won’t get bored!

3. Takeout delivery at Casa Brasil

If you’re in need of your Brazilian food fix, Casa Brasil is where it’s at. They are now offering full-menu takeout and delivery: appetizers, sides, entrees, desserts, oh my! Order your favorite fresh, authentic, Brazilian food for takeout or delivery here.

4. Curbside carry-out and 25-mile delivery at My Goodness

My Goodness is a women owned and operated market located in Regent Square that offers locally-sourced groceries and prepared meals to its community. Now, My Goodness will be offering curbside take-out and delivery within 25 miles for both groceries and prepared meals.

5. To-go and gift cards at Abjuration Brewing

Abjuration Brewing is a small-batch open-source brewery in the McKees Rocks that has been redefining the way Pittsburghers drink beer since 2016. Abjuration Brewing offers anything from Cereal Ale and Blue Raspberry Ale to a classic India Pale Ale. Gift Cards are available as well as Saturday pick-up orders!

6. Ice Cream Deliveries by Millie’s Ice Cream Truck

We all need ice cream to get through this and luckily, Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream is making it easy to treat yourself. Using the vintage ice cream truck (that they purchased through a Honeycomb Credit Campaign, woohoo 🎉), Millie’s will be making local deliveries of their delicious ice cream pints (dairy-free options too!) . On top of that, stay tuned for some of their flash gift-card giveaways (link to instagram post featuring this).

7. Pasta Meal Kits at City Fresh Pasta

City Fresh Pasta is still serving up delicious homemade, artisanal pasta, and other Italian food. In addition to serving curbside takeout and delivery, City Fresh is switching things up with their new “Pasta Comfort Kits”; have you heard of anything better?! These Pasta Comfort kits include fresh pasta, sauce, a soup, a salad, and a dessert. YUMMY!

8. 25-mile juice delivery by Pittsburgh Juice Company

Pittsburgh Juice Company is a woman-owned juice shop that offers organic, raw, artisanal, cold-pressed juices. Pittsburgh Juice Company has a special place in our hearts because it was our first campaign. Although Pittsburgh Juice Company temporarily closed their downtown location, their Lawrenceville location is still available and now, Pittsburgh Juice Company has expanded its delivery to a 25-mile radius. They will be using the refrigerated delivery truck that they were able to purchase because of their campaign.

9. Curbside Pick-up at Off The Rails

Family-owned food truck Oakmont Barbeque has opened up Off The Rails in Verona, a barbeque house and drafthouse. Craving some pulled pork nachos? Understandable. So are we. Luckily, Off The Rails is now offering take-out on Saturdays and Sundays. Equally good news, domestic 6 packs are available as well!

10. Free delivery at Pittsburgh Honey

Pittsburgh Honey is a woman-owned shop located in Squirrel Hill that produces pure and local honey and a variety of handcrafted honey and beeswax products (including a line of skin and beauty products)! Now, Pittsburgh Honey is offering free local delivery. Just enter the discount code BEEWELL at checkout.

11. Online ordering and takeout from Blue Sparrow

Collaborating often with coffee shops and breweries around Pittsburgh, Blue Sparrow is a food truck that serves Global Street Food, ranging from Korean fusion to classic street car dishes like gyros and banh mi! Now, Blue Sparrow has expanded to online ordering offering its full menu, grab & go, gift cards, and even its coloring books and stickers!

12. Delivery and pick-up growlers at Red Star Kombucha

Red Star Kombucha is a Kombucha Brewery located in Larimer that offers a wide variety of different kombucha and cocktails. Red Star Kombucha is offering delivery Wednesday and Thursdays as well as pick-up orders on Friday and Saturdays.

13. Moonshine delivery by Tall Pines Distillery

Tall Pines Distillery produces premium moonshine and whiskey products. Now, Tall Pines Distillery is offering 19 different moonshine flavors for delivery to Somerset, Ligionier, Greensburg, Ohiopyle, and other surrounding areas up to a 40 mile radius.

14. Takeout and delivery from Supper on Penn

Supper on Penn is a fast-casual American cuisine restaurant in the heart of the Strip District. Supper on Penn cooks everything with the freshest ingredients and has options for “carnivores, vegans, and anything in between”. Now, Supper on Penn is available for takeout (including 6-packs) and for delivery!

15. Grocery store pepperoni rolls by Rolling Pepperoni

Rolling Pepperoni is a women-owned social enterprise bakery that unites urban and rural communities through serving pepperoni rolls across the Appalachian region. While Rolling Pepperoni is still in the progress of building their storefront bakery, their delicious pepperoni rolls can be found at: Bryant Street Market, Food Shoppe, Mayfly Market, East End Food Co-op, Public Market, and Constellation Coffee.

16. Delivery and takeout from Kiin Lao & Thai Eatery

Kiin Lao & Thai Eatery, located in Squirrel Hill, is Pittsburgh’s first Laos-Thai eatery. If you’re in desperate need of Laos or Thai food, you’re in luck; Kiin Lao & Thai Eatery is now offering both their new menu as well as bringing back the old menu from their former restaurant, Bangkok Balcony, for take-out and delivery.

17. Takeout, delivery, and gift cards at Iron Born Pizza

With locations in both Strip District and Millvale, Iron Born Pizza serves deep-dish authentic Detroit Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and desserts. Iron Born Pizza will continue offering its glorious food through takeout, delivery, and gift cards!

18. Free shipping and delivery by Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company creates luxury chocolates, cupcakes, ice cream, and gift baskets. Now, in addition to offering free shipping on all online orders, Sinful Sweets is also offering free delivery on UberEats and GrubHub.

19. Local pickup and delivery from Thrive on Health

Thrive on Health offers everything from massages to customized wellness programs. Now, they’re offering pickup and contactless delivery for all items on their online wellness shop: including relaxation and self-care items and CBD products. They are also selling gift certificates for infrared sauna, massage, and energy work sessions. Distance Reiki readings are also available.

20. Online fitness classes from Amarah Studio and Boutique

Amarah Studio and Boutique is a unique fitness center and boutique located in Brookline. Now, they are doing on-demand fitness classes and offering free local delivery on all of their local, personal, and sustainable products.

21. Virtual dance classes at The Thomas Dance Studio

The Thomas Dance Studio is a family-owned dance studio that offers dance classes in many genres of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, modern and hip-hop for ages 2-19. Now, The Thomas Dance Studio is offering virtual dance classes so that your young ones can stay entertained and active.

22. Tutu Dance Wear is offering free shipping on all orders and gift cards!

Located in Bridgeville, Tutu Dance Wear offers dance apparel and dance accessories for all ages. Tutu Dance Wear is now offering free shipping on all orders as well as gift cards for future purchases.

Support local businesses beyond a gift card

If you’re interested in supporting local businesses beyond buying a gift card or takeout, investing local is the way to go.

By investing $100 or more in a crowdfunding campaign on Honeycomb, you can support the future of small businesses in your neighborhood, while earning up to 6-14% in interest. Check out the live campaigns that you can be supporting today here.

Do you run a business in Pittsburgh? It’s not too late to join this guide! Fill out this quick form.


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