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Quarantine Jammie Jam!


**PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED**


The jammies here come from various small businesses from throughout Pittsburgh. Read on to see how you may support and benefit from their operations during quarantine.


The shirt is from Iron City Circus Arts on the South Side. Specializing in aerial arts, ICCA is a circus school for all ages and all performance levels. They are currently offering classes in ground-based disciplines (e.g., flexibility, strength & conditioning, choreography, juggling, etc.) via Zoom on a pay-what-you can basis throughout the week. I could write volumes on the quality of ICCA’s instructors and the positivity of its environment, but suffice it to say that if you take one class, you’ll be back! Schedule at ironcitycircusarts.com.


The hat is from Steel City whose flagship retail store is located downtown. Pittsburghers love Pittsburgh stuff - our sports teams, our universities, our lingo, Mister Rogers, you name it. The folks at Steel City understand and celebrate that fact through vintage design on a wide array of quality apparel including tee shirts, hats, and stickers. For the record, that is one of the warmest, coziest hats I’ve ever worn! Check out their new arrivals at shopsteelcity.com.


The “S” pins on the hat are from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse in the East End. I love repurposing stuff. And when I embark on a new craft or decorating project, I will end up at this nonprofit treasure trove for affordable maker materials donated from our neighbors who have said “What am I going to do with all this/that/these fabric/sheet music/buttons/plastic tubes/trophies/jewelry/CD cases/odds and ends/tiles/prints?” and the list goes on for days. While their doors are currently closed, gift cards are available for purchase pccr.org for details.


The socks are from Kards Unlimited in Shadyside. KU has been a Pittsburgh favorite for decades (as made evident by their litany of accolades) selling greeting cards, books, puzzles, and novelty gifts (i.e., pastimes folks are relying on to get them through quarantine). They have come through for their community by offering curbside pickup and shipping services to their customers during the pandemic. Keep an eye out for their new, shiny website in the days to come kardsunlimited.com.


Finally, the ear jackets are from Minima-Maxima in Chicago, IL (yes, that’s not Pittsburgh, but half of the proprietorship is a native Yinzer, so there!). Fabulous artistry + excellent craftsmanship + sharp fashion sense = wearables that will make you swoon. Ear wear, bolo ties, necklaces replete with chic bad assery? Yes, please! And what the heck, add some one-of-a-kind home goods, ceramics, and an “I Miss You More Than Toilet Paper” pin to the order that will turn heads from six feet away! minima-maxima.com.