It’s officially winter in Pittsburgh, and many of us want to avoid the cold and the snow. If it’s the weather, COVID, or just for convenience, we all succumb to the ease of shopping online.

But just because you are shopping online does not mean you can’t shop local. Enjoy variety at your fingertips and ease of delivery when you Choose Local.

Many of your local favorites already have online shopping. You can browse their selection, purchase online, and have it delivered to your door. If they don’t have shipping options, many will have online ordering for in-store or curbside pickup–saving you a shipping fee! 

Another great idea is to use the “big guys” to find exactly what you are looking for but source it locally. Looking for the perfect light to put over your dining room table? Explore the websites of big box stores, specialty lighting boutiques and Pinterest to get ideas. When you find the piece you love, see if your local store has the same one. If you can’t find the exact thing in your neighborhood, your local retailer can often special order it for you. Then you can save on shipping and carbon emissions by picking it up yourself.

Looking for something more handmade? Etsy has a “shop location” option. Say you want a new blanket to cuddle under while watching the Pens game. Search for “blanket” and any other descriptors like color or size. After you search for that, click “custom” under “shop location” and enter your town, Pittsburgh, or Pennsylvania to find local shops with just what you need.

You can still enjoy the convenience of online browsing and shopping with all the benefits of keeping your dollars within your community.

Check out the Choose Local Business Directory to shop online at your neighborhood favorites.