10 Charming Spots to Shop Local in Pennsylvania

The Happy Traveler seeks unique, one-of-a-kind items, and Pennsylvania has just the shops! Pennsylvania’s many downtown Main Streets and friendly local storefronts beckon passersby to stop in and find the perfect gift (and maybe a few things for yourself).

1. Lawrenceville

One of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods, Lawrenceville is booming with local shops and galleries. Stop in for happy hour at a local craft brewery before experiencing the rest of what the neighborhood has to offer. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat Dec. 6-8 with Lawrenceville’s Cookie Tour, when local shops and purveyors give away their favorite Pittsburgh traditional cookies.

2. Milford

Rich forests and beautiful lakes surround the town of Milford as you shop for the holidays! From antique shops to cigar shops, you’ll find something for everyone on your list.

3. Bedford

For 250 years, Bedford has welcomed travelers to its quaint streets filled with friendly taverns and shops. Discover the joys of this small town while shopping for the holidays where you’ll find clothing, art, and antiques.

4. Peddler’s Village

Get lost in the charming colonial adornment of quaint Peddler’s Village in New Hope! More than 60 shops including trendy fashion shops, toy shops and local artisans welcome you along the brightly decorated, winding brick sidewalks.

5. Carlisle

The tree-lined streets of historic downtown Carlisle offer unique shopping from block-to-block. Whether its books, candies and chocolates, antiques, jewelry, clothing or local art, you’ll find something unique in the city’s many boutiques.

6. Ligonier

More than 60 specialty shops and restaurants line the streets of the quaint and historic town of Ligonier, where Main Street circles around a stately bandstand serving as the hub for the town’s special events. Book lovers will love Second Chapter Books featuring used and new books, or head to Tea Forte clothing for unique finds to enhance your wardrobe!

7. West Chester

Nestled in the heart of Brandywine Valley, West Chester is a picturesque town that will get you in the holiday spirit! With more than 60 boutiques, you’ll be sure to find something for that special someone on your list.

8. Dubois

Head to downtown DuBois November 30 for the Annual Small Business Saturday downtown. Shop for local specials from the many specialty shops offering everything from clothing and jewelry to candies and delicious treats!

9. Bethlehem

Nothing welcomes feelings of holiday charm like strolling along Main Street in the Christmas City! Bethlehem offers up one-of-kind shopping experiences ranging from unique home décor items to fine jewelry. Be sure to stop in the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously-operating bookstore in the world. During the holiday season, shoppers can also stroll the vendors of Christmas City Village.

10. State College

The shops of downtown State College hold festivities during the holiday season with ice sculptures, carriage rides and street vendors offering roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate. While strolling through the streets, enjoy holiday bargains at a variety of specialty shops, offering everything from jewelry to art!

For more small shopping ideas in Pennsylvania, check out the visitPA main street shopping article. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state.

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