For several years, the Artsmiths has been organizing adult and youth arts programming for individuals to think creatively and nurture skills that support their everyday lives. In 2020, owner Kate McGrady co-founded the Art4All Pittsburgh movement, a program that supplies inspirational craft kits to kids during the pandemic.
In 2020, Covid-19 completely altered the way that vendors and shoppers can engage. Now, Carrie Nardini, the founder of I Made It! Market and the Neighborhood Flea, is working towards ways to keep supporting artists and encouraging folks to shop small.
With combined photography, writing, and graphic design services that enable artists to take off professionally, Porter Loves is a unique business that directly supports artists to build their businesses from the ground up, or refresh, retool, or rehash an existing business.
Pennsylvania's stay at home order halted in-person wellness services for Thrive on Health, but owner Kelly Bender conceived of a surprising pivot, turning their modest retail inventory (and previously smallest revenue stream) into Mystery Self-Care Bundles to continue providing care to her clients at home.
For women who’ve experienced hair loss and hair thinning from chemo treatments, stress, auto-immune diseases, divorce, and other traumas, a wig can be much more than a beauty product—it can be the thing that empowers them to live every day fully and comfortably, and help them feel like themselves again.