Just a little hint. If you are contemplating holiday purchases, two excellent local businesses that are owned by members of our community (and employ others) are worth your consideration.
A Pleasant Present is a great little gift store in Squirrel Hill. They sell a wide array of rainbow/pride merchandise and tons of other stuff. We buy all of our gift baskets there … they can do a wide range of themes. Michael is a huge supporter of the community — he sells tons of tickets, passes and so forth for nothing in return. He advertises in local newsletters and newspapers. He employs individuals from our community. If you are one of those people who says “I haven't been to A Pleasant Present in a long time,” now is the time. Stop in to pick up some gay themed cards or order a great gift for some hard to please person in your life. The prices are very competitive and the service is excellent.
K.S. Kennedy florist is on the Northside and has been a great find for us. We go there for all floral needs and the prices are great. Kerry Kennedy has proven to be a great friend and concerned member of the community. He has all sorts of fun side stuff, like barbecue sauce. You never know what you are going to find. Again, you'll be supporting a family owned business and Kerry sells organically grown roses. Who can beat that? If you are sending flowers to your mom or need a wreath, check out K.S. Kennedy.
(Then go to Hoi Polloi. I have to throw that in b/c someone at the Summit I attended asked me about the lesbian owned coffee house I'm always blogging about. So now I'm going to work it in even more often!)