So you're a PIttsburgher who wants to open that small retail shop of your dreams, but you're not sure what's the right location for you? There are many reasons the South Side might be the ideal place to be.
A Thriving Young Demographic with Purchasing Power
Today's college students and young professionals have more purchasing power than ever before. They're willing to invest in their interests and support the small businesses that cater to them. On Pittsburgh's South Side, many of them have chosen to live, work and play. Its close proximity to the Oakland universities such as CMU, Pitt, Carlow, and Chatham as well as the hospitals, and it's short drive to Duquesne and Downtown, makes the area a logical choice for this demographic. This means, retail stores on the South Side have a built-in clientele to choose from.
The South Side is one of Pittsburgh's most walkable sections, with virtually anything a resident might need all within a few blocks jaunt. Retail businesses here enjoy the benefit of this, from the commuters who work there to the visitors who come in for a night on the town.
Beautiful South Side Style
With the South Side's Victorian architeture and quirky looks, the area combines a historic feel with modern fun, ideal for a stylish retail shop looking to spread its wings.
One local real estate company, Five Oaks Realty, offers a number of clean, tasteful and freshly-updated retail spaces on the South Side. Find out what's available for your budding business ideas. Click here.