Holiday Parade Info!

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While you’re downtown, may as well go to the PARADE!

 Only about a week left until the I Made It! Holiday Market as well as WPXI’s Holiday Parade! The market starts on Friday, November 28th (Black Friday!) and the parade takes place the following Saturday morning (Small Business Saturday and the second/final day of the event). You can find the parade route here. We’ve heard the best place to view it is right on Fifth Ave, though!

 Grab some breakfast in the strip, catch the parade and then head to downtown to shop beautifully crafted items for all your gifting needs on Saturday, November 29th. You can even catch some lunch after you’re finished shopping at one of the food trucks we’ll have lined up outside!
The parade will feature floats, huge balloons, marching bands and even some exciting celebrities! The Pittsburgh Public Schools is presenting the parade and will be featuring students from Downtown’s Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 with the fantastic acapella group “Tempo  Tantrum.”  (see a little preview, click here!)
There is an unbelievable amount of things to do next holiday weekend and we’re right in the center at 623 Smithfield Street.

The Finest of Fine Artists

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Some Fine Artists

Morgan here again! I Made It! Market loves to feature artists of all sorts and we noticed we have a lot of fine artists joining us for our holiday shows. What is fine art? According to Google it is: creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content. Interesting! (Just like everyone we have at our events.) I’ll give you the low down.


Audra Azoury

Audra Azoury Jewelry is sleek, beautifully designed steel jewelry “inspired by the world we live in.” The product is extremely aesthetically pleasing as you can see. Audra aims to connect the elements of Earth and industry, finding inspiration in her every day life. I love that. An extra plus to her work is the fact that all material used is locally found, reclaimed or recycled. There’s never a day where we aren’t astounded by the artists we work with! Catch Audra at our I Made It! for the Holidays event and see some of these masterpieces in person.

Jim Zaccone Photography

Jim Zaccone Photography has a whole  collection of dynamic and gorgeous photos of the city of Pittsburgh. Jim combines his beautiful digital work with the styles of watercolor, pen and ink and charcoal prints to create a stunning portfolio of work. The extensive amounts of work Jim has put together over the years may make it hard to find just the right print, but I guarantee you’ll find something – especially if you’re a Steel City lover. You can find his prints at a whole bunch of our markets as well as the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh Center of the Arts and Visit Pittsburgh! It’s great to have such involved artists, right?! I, of course, recommend visiting Jim Zaccone Photography right at our I Made It! Market for the Holiday event where you can speak to the artist himself and view his lovely prints then drift around in our craft extravaganza.

Joe Ireland Photography

December 6th and December 13th are amongst 4 fantastic Saturdays of handmade in Shadyside and are the dates Joe Ireland Photography will be joining us at our Shop Local, Shop Handmade in Shadyside event! This fine artist takes gorgeous photos of Pittsburgh and the rest of the world. Joe is a self taught photographer who takes truly astounding landscape, cityscape and nature photographs. It’s obvious he has a natural talent and you can ask him all about it on these two Saturdays! Get a coffee from Walnut Street, stroll on down to 809 Bellefonte Street and join us for a great afternoon of local and handmade – and of course Joe Ireland.



I can’t say we have a favorite product genres or even a group of favorite genres because of the vast amount of incredible artists we have. However, it’s no doubt that our fine artists produce some extremely beautiful work and can’t wait to hang out with them at our events. See you there?

Oh, one more thing. Be sure to check back soon for some special news from another one of our fine artists, Ashley Cecil!

Cute pillows by Ashley Cecil!