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Christmas on Walnut Street in Shadyside

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Yes, it is Christmas again on Walnut Street and the shops are open and ready. From kinky boots to knitted holiday ornaments hand made in Peru the mood is festive and the street is humming.

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The neighborhood street parking is free for a two-hour stretch but there is also meter parking on Walnut and Pittsburgh parking garages only one block away. The biggest tip from the locals is that if you park for two hours free then move your car a block, a second two-hour gift is yours for the taking.

Decorated both inside and out, not only do customers feel welcome, but the shops are offering discounts to boost Christmas sales. Christmas cheer pours onto the streets as a clarinetist filling the street with live musical melodies of Christmas greets you. Somehow live music always makes people feel better and strangers are extending seasonal accolades of good wishes everywhere you turn.

Even with temperatures soaring to the upper 50's after a week of snow, no one is complaining. It is a good break with better weather and stores able to utilize sidewalk space for additional sales and promotions.

'Lefty' Maser of Maser Galleries says he's looking forward to the upcoming Pirate Baseball Sale at the Convention Center ten days before Christmas. The Pirates had a good season so he expects good sales on his paintings of sports figures again this year. This reporter has no doubt that he will do very well with his unique inventory. In his shop for Christmas, he poses with a painting of Madonna and Child.

Ten Toes Shoe Store is focusing on kinky boot sales this season. And what style conscious man or woman could resist stiletto style over-the-knee boots for Christmas? Add some color. Add some pizzaz.

If your looking for creative and non-breakable holiday ornaments for your Christmas tree La Faria has a beautiful and affordable collection to choose from. The shop is located above Pamela's Restaurant and is packed with wonderful holiday gift and decorating ideas from a land where it never snows but Christmas spirit abounds.

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