‘Spring Stroll Downtown Boutique Crawl’ an opportunity to sip and shop in Pittsburgh

There are pub crawls to sample beer and spirits, and art crawls to see paintings and drawings.

And from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday in downtown Pittsburgh, there will be a Spring Stroll Downtown Boutique Crawl — to try on clothes and accessories.

The idea came from Marissa Zimmerman, owner of Whimsical Wardrobe Boutique located inside Ensemble on Fifth, which is home to 25 small businesses.

Ensemble on Fifth is a coworking space offering rental opportunities for retailers and designers. There are several futures, changing rooms, a business center, photography space, and storage. It is adjacent to the historic market square.

Zimmerman invited other stores in the area to participate. Each will offer benefits to customers such as discounts or gifts with purchase, beverages and light snacks. These are Fresh Nostalgia on Sixth Street, 306 Forbes Boutique & Brow Bar on Forbes, Boutique La Passerelle on Wood Street. Larrimor’s on Fifth Avenue donates 10% of its sales to Family House.

Tom Michael, co-owner of Larrimor’s, said people keep coming back to downtown and events like this are a great way to welcome them back. He said the space is filled with spring clothes, shoes and accessories. The men’s and women’s clothing and accessories store has been located in the city since 1939 and since 2009 at the current location.

“We’re ready for spring,” Michael said. “We have always been happy to be downtown. It is important to support events like this. There are some great businesses here. »

FreshNostalgia will be offering a signature vodka cocktail, wine and some light bites as well as a gift with purchase. Owner Beth Buenaventura said there had been attempts to explore similar boutiques before the pandemic, but they hadn’t been as successful.

“I have my spring arrivals and my store is well stocked,” she said. “I would like this to become a regular occurrence. Store crawls are not just about shopping. They are a chance to meet other people who share a sense of style and fashion and can create a sense of community. .

Courtesy of Marissa Zimmerman

A spring top featuring mesh sleeves with flowers and an embroidered floral back with sequins is available at the Whimsical Wardrobe store located inside Ensemble on Fifth, Downtown Pittsburgh.

Zimmerman said that was a reason to come downtown. And what’s better than an opportunity to sip and shop, she says.

“There are plenty of shopping options in the city,” Zimmerman said. “We want people to know we’re here and we have fun fashions and we’re open year-round.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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