Support businesses in the city center by hunting elves
Spend the Small Business Saturday discovering Santa’s little helpers.
Downtown Elf Hunt, a new initiative from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, encourages customers to find elves while shopping in urban stores. The first event begins on Saturday, November 27th, with 22 retailers participating. Free on-street parking will also be a feature of Small Business Saturday.
Subsequent elf hunts take place on December 4th, December 11th and December 18th, with elves hiding in new locations every weekend.
Once they find an elf, shoppers scan a QR code for listings that can lead to great prizes. The grand prize is $ 1,000 in restaurant gift cards on November 27 and the winning hunter is offered $ 500 on the following weekends. As an added incentive, visitors who make a minimum purchase will receive a $ 10- $ 50 bonus gift card for a downtown restaurant.
The drawing of the various prize packages takes place every week, with the winners being notified by telephone and email.
Kennywood Announces Design Theme for Kangaroo
Votes are complete and Kennywood’s beloved kangaroo, which the amusement park temporarily retired in 2020, is recovering with a vintage look in 2022. The online survey pitted the classic design versus the vintage option.
The ride debuted 60 years ago and served as the inspiration for Kennywood’s mascot. In collaboration with Premier Rides, one of the leading manufacturers and innovators in the amusement industry, the “flying roller coaster” is being completely renovated, including a new LED lighting package, vintage makeover and a state-of-the-art operating system.
Catapult Greater Pittsburgh debuts home shopping event
Catapult Greater Pittsburgh will introduce Black Entrepreneur Shopping Takeover (BEST), a virtual home shopping networking event that enables customers to support local black businesses from anywhere.
The first virtual event will take place on Saturday, November 27th. Future dates are December 2nd, 11th and 18th. The shopping experience will be streamed live from 10:40 a.m. to 3 p.m. via Catapult’s Instagram and Facebook platforms
Featured companies have participated in and successfully completed Catapult Greater Pittsburgh’s Startup to Storefront, a 12-month retail incubation program for minority entrepreneurs.
Visit a downtown lobby that has been converted into an art exhibition
Eleven Stanwix’s main lobby is now a temporary downtown art gallery.
The Industrial Arts Workshop and independent local artists Staycee Pearl and Eva changed the space at 11 Stanwix Street. The gallery is open to the public for sale through the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Art on the Walls program Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday through February 2022.
The program provides exhibition opportunities for regional artists while also engaging local businesses in the creative community by exhibiting works of art in their facilities.
“At the start of the holiday season, the newest exhibit at Eleven Stanwix is the perfect place to find a unique gift while supporting local artists,” said Mitch Swain, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
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