When people think of Pittsburgh, fashion isn't the first thing that comes to mind. And if you're a Pittsburgher looking for high-end fashion, you'll likely go to Ross Park Mall or the boutiques in Shadyside or Squirrel Hill. If, like me, you live an hour north of the city, you don't have many choices for fashion shopping. Thank God there is a Target in Cranberry, and a TJ Maxx AND Marshall's. I'm happy to shop at all 3 of those stores, but I've been missing the funky boutiques that I'd gotten used to in Southern California.
Yesterday I went to my favorite store that doesn't sell clothes - the book store. When I left I decided to walk down to the end of the plaza to check out a store called the Planet Pulse. I could tell from it's window displays that their target market was tweens, teens, and early 20's people. The store looked small, so I'd never went in before, thinking it wouldn't have anything for a women over 30. I was very pleasantly surprised when I went in. The store front is small, but the space is deep, so it had much more room than I'd expected. It looked just like the funky boutiques I'd frequented in California. Aside from the clothes, it had shoes, a sprinkling of hand bags, and lots of fun extras like cards, bumper stickers, air fresheners, magazines, etc.. It even had a bench to sit on to look at magazines! The clothes were mostly casual, but there was a rack of dresses suitable for a night out. A lot of denim, and actually I think there were more clothes for men than women. Which made sense once I found out it's owned by a man. An eco-friendly man, at that. There are green products as well as much of the store being made from repurposed goods.
So if you're north of the city of Pittsburgh and are looking for something different to wear or even just a fun place to window shop, check out The Planet Pulse. Lots to look at, lots to laugh at, and good fashion, too. Finally, the family friendly northern 'burbs are getting fashionable.