Lawrenceville has arguably the largest concentration of women-owned businesses in Pittsburgh. That will be evident on International Women’s Day, Wednesday March 8, when more than 50 shops along Butler Street will sport red signage in solidarity, with a poster designed by Maralynn Jacoby of Bear Left Bear.
Nearly two dozen of these shops will also be donating to local organizations that support women’s issues, such as Women and Girls Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Women’s Center and Shelter, Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, and Girls on the Run, as well as sponsoring the Pittsburgh International Women’s Strike.
Several businesses will be closed for #DayWithoutAWoman, including 52nd Street Market, Allegheny Wine Mixer, Caffe d’Amore, Calligramme, Metamorphosis, The Butterwood Bake Consortium, and Wildcard. We encourage you to visit Lawrenceville and support these — and dozens upon dozens more — women-owned small businesses.
Many shops that are remaining open are showing solidarity in creative ways. Franktuary will use the opportunity to educate patrons at their Lawrenceville & Downtown locations about what a day without a woman would look like at their restaurants, and give guests red hot dog shaped paper cut outs so they can write the name of a personally inspiring woman on them to say “franks.” Be Galleries has an ongoing campaign, “Pussy Paws Resist,” featuring an archival print designed by Lawrenceville resident and artist Mary M. Mazziotti. All proceeds from sales of this limited edition print go to Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania.