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Downtown Pittsburgh Holiday Window Competition

The people of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas have always cherished holiday traditions.  One of the most near and dear to so many hearts are the magical holiday window displays.  This year, with the help of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), thirteen businesses are participating in a holiday window display competition and Fresh Nostalgia is honored to be a part of this socially distanced holiday event!

Each participating business was paired with a local artist who had only 25 days to share their artistic vision, collaborate with their selected business, design, fabricate, and implement the window.  This initiative is led by Jayla Patton, an accomplished artist herself who created a 3,500 square foot pavement mural for the PDP back in September.  Jayla has an extensive background as an illustrator, comic artist, animator and educator and was eager to curate and coordinate the work that supports the artists and Downtown retailers – two sectors that have been particularly hard hit as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The resulting work is inspiring and creative in equal measures, with displays reflecting vintage, cartoony, elegant, campy, or whimsical styles to name a few, but all with that seasonal familiarity that resonates so much with Pittsburgh residents and visitors alike!  With outdoor activations also offering the safest option for any holiday activities this year, public art has been a natural fit for inclusion, so the PDP looked for ways to integrate a compelling holiday themed installation and get small businesses involved as part of the effort.  Efforts such as this are the exact reason that I am so energized by this great city and why I chose it as the home location of FN's brick and mortar shop!

So here is a pictorial look at my very own walking tour of these thirteen windows.  I hope this will inspire you to come down and take a look for me, these windows are more stunning in person than what my iPhone was able to capture!

Social Status - 717 Liberty Ave

Artist: Jemeelah Platt


Broff's Diamond & Loan Co. - 715 Liberty Ave

Artist: Jessica Alpern Brown


Love, Pittsburgh - 805 Liberty Ave

Artist: Katy Dement


PG&H - 536 Smithfield St

Artist: Alycia Washington


Inkwell At Oxford - 424 Fourth Ave

Artist: Toni Liberto


Joseph Orlando Clothiers - 300 Fourth Ave

Artist: Tom Sarver


Peter Lawrence - 413 Wood St

Artist: Staci Backauskas


Boutique La Passerelle - 417 Wood St

Artist: Sarah Jacobs


306 Forbes Boutique - 306 Forbes Ave

Artist: Jen Joyce


Market Street Grocery - 435 Market St

Artist: Cat Burton


Heinz Healey's - 160 Fifth Ave

Artist: Megan Shalonis


Nicholas Coffee & Tea Co. - 23 Market Square

Artist: Dave English


Fresh Nostalgia Boutique - 143 Sixth St

Artist: Suzanne Mauro

I hope you enjoyed this small look into these wonderful downtown holiday displays.  Don't forget you can pick up a ballot in any of the above participating businesses or at the information booth in Market Square, which is also where you can drop your ballot to vote for your favorite!  The winner of this competition wins $2000 toward the charity of their choice.  Please leave us a comment below as we always love to hear from our readers!  Happy Holidays!

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