Best Family-Owned Shops in Pittsburgh

February 1, 2019
Shop & Dine
jason wolfe

In Pittsburgh, it’s all about families.

Many businesses here are also kept in the family-- from restaurants, to coffee shops, and even farms.

Pittsburghers know that family comes first, and the work ethic and pride that comes out of those businesses shows. That’s why we put together this list of family-owned shops in Pittsburgh-- so you can make it a point to support them!

What better way to shop your support than with a GiftYa electronic gift card? They’re accepted at all the family-owned places on this list-- as well as many others throughout Pittsburgh. Take pride in support a family-owned business with a GiftYa personalized card! They’re easy to purchase and can never get lost. Just choose your store, pick the amount, and send to anyone you know!

1. Mancini’s Bakery

Mancini's Bakery's signature loaves
The aroma of freshly baked Mancini’s bread is a great way to start your morning! Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Business Times
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Strip District
1717 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 1522

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412-765-3545

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Sun-Wed 9am-4pm
Thurs-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 8am-5pm

Mancini’s Bakery is a staple in most Pittsburgh households, and with good reason. Their bread is the freshest around, and the aroma of bread surrounding their original McKees Rocks shop is something people all over Pittsburgh know and love.

This place is ingrained in my family and even though I don't live in Pittsburgh...

This family-owned bakery has been making bread since 1926, and their methods have changed little over the years.

Available in all kinds of grocery stores and markets, Mancini’s bread is not only a family tradition, but a Pittsburgh tradition as well.

“...We Always visit the bakery in McKee's Rocks for the very best bread!  I buy it in bulk and freeze...  tastes delicious even out of the freezer!!” - Yelp Review

2. La Tavola

La Tavola
When you’re in the mood for authentic Italian, look no further than this family-owned restaurant! Image courtesy of La Tavola
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Mt. Washington
1 Boggs Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

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412-4816627

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Tues-Thurs 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm

La Tavola is a busy restaurant in Mt. Washington that serves homemade Italian favorites. The family that owns this popular spot has been doing it for years-- it’s now on the third generation!

“Family owned and operated it's been around for years. I've been here more times than I can count!” - Yelp Review

Their recipe for success is simple-- make delicious meals made with fresh ingredients, and offer a welcoming place to enjoy them. It seems to have worked, because Pittsburghers stop by here for any occasion.

You instantly feel welcomed when you walk in the door-- it’s almost like you’re one of the family!

3. Zeke’s Coffee

Zeke's Coffee
Image courtesy of Moon Pittsburgh Guidebook
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East Liberty
6015 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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412-670-6231

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Mon-Sat 7am-8pm
Sun 8am-7pm

Zeke’s Coffee is a great little coffee spot in East Liberty, that also likes to keep it in the family.

...It is a great, cute, local place to get a drink or breakfast snack. They bake their goods in house and so everything is great and fresh.” - Yelp Review

They specialize in brewing amazing cups of coffee-- and keeping you full with their delicious selection of bakery treats and sandwiches.

They roast their coffee onsite, which keeps their customers happily coming back for more. With tables meant for sharing, it’s easy to pull up a chair and strike up a conversation with a stranger.

4. Eat N’ Park

Eat n Park icing the famous Smiley cookies
A favorite of families all over Pittsburgh, this family-owned business is a great spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Image courtesy of Trib Live
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Various locations throughout Pittsburgh (many open 24 hours)

Eat N’ Park is a Pittsburgh staple, almost as much as Mancini’s bread and and Heinz ketchup. It has been family-run since 1949, and they still hold true to their core values of offering delicious food with friendly service.

Have had good breakfasts at several Eat'n Parks...

The company also makes it point to give back to the Western Pennsylvania community, and donates yearly to children’s hospitals and charities.

Eat n’ Park is a great place to grab breakfast, try out the soup and salad bar, or even indulge in a Superburger. Their family-friendly restaurants know how to keep Pittsburghers coming back for more!

Eat n Park salad bar
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“...this one is nicely modern and spacious with good service and good food. Great for breakfast, and cool specials both for breakfast and lunch.” - Yelp Review

5. EsSpa Kozmetika

EsSpa Kozmetika
Treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa, Hungarian style! Image courtesy of EsSpa Kozmetika
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Aspinwall
17 Brilliant Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

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412-782-3888

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Mon 10am-8pm
Tues-Thurs 9am-8pm
Fri-Sat 9am-6pm

EsSpa Kozmetika is a family-run Hungarian spa in the Aspinwall community.

...I am very impressed! From the moment I walked in the door, I was greeted and treated with such respect. - Yelp Review

They believe we should all be able to pamper ourselves once in a while-- it really is healthy for you! They believe that having healthy hair, skin, and nails should be standard, and not something only wealthy people can afford.

They offer all kinds of spa services-- from manicures, to facials, massages, and waxes. Be sure to ask about their couples massages as well!

6. Trax Farms

Trax Farms
A South Hills staple, be sure to try all the produce at this family-run business. Image courtesy of Trax Farms
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Finleyville
528 Trax Rd.
Finleyville, PA 15332

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412-835-3246

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Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

Every October, Trax Farms is packed with Pittsburghers looking to grab the perfect pumpkin for Halloween.

“Great fresh local produce and some great specialty sauces, jams, salsas etc.  When it's the right season they have the best corn around.” -Yelp Review

This family-run business offers more than just pumpkins though. It’s a fully functioning farm that also grows corn, berries, apples, and beans just to name a few.

The farm has been around for over 150 years, and is well known throughout Pittsburgh as one of the best places to get fresh fruit and vegetables. They’re also well-known for their apple cider-- which is grown and made on site!

7. Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards
Famous for their apples, this orchard has been in business since 1850. Image courtesy of Soergel Orchards
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Wexford
2573 Brandt School Rd.
Wexford, PA 15090

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724-935-1743

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Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm
Sat-Sun 8am-6pm

If it’s apples you want, then be sure to check out the family-owned Soergel Orchards, which have been growing apple trees since 1850.

Main entrance to the shop at Soergel Orchards
Image courtesy of Soergeo Orchard
The apple picking was easy and fun with many rows of trees...The apples tasted great and fairly priced for the quality and quantity... - Yelp Review

The farm also presses their own cider on-site, and has teamed up with local hard cider brewery Arsenal Cider-- who use the apples from their orchards-- to sell their products as well.

In addition to cider, the farm also makes homemade pies, ice cream, and even can cater your event!

8. 84 Lumber

84 Lumber
Regardless of the size of your project, the pros at 84 Lumber will offer great products and even better service. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Business Times
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Various locations throughout Pittsburgh

When Pittsburghers want to build something, they make sure to get their supplies at 84 Lumber. Not to worry if you’re not that handy, they also offer professional installation services as well.

Great store with a lot of knowledgeable employees down here. - Yelp Review

Whatever home project you have in mind, they’re sure to have the materials and the expertise to get it done right. They’ve been in the home improvement business since 1956-- and whether your project is large or small-- this family-operated company will make sure it’s a success.

9. J&J’s Family Restaurant

J&J's Family Restaurant
This family run Pittsburgh restaurant is a great place with one of the best breakfasts! Image courtesy of J&J’s Family Restaurant
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Mt. Washington
30 Shiloh St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211

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412-381-1822

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Mon-Sun 7am-5pm

J&J’s Family Restaurant is a perfect place to stop and get a delicious, home cooked breakfast.

...Exactly what you want in a little corner diner...

J&J’s has been serving the Mt. Washington community for years-- working hard to keep the people of Pittsburgh well fed.

This small spot on the corner of Shiloh Street is a great place to slow down and catch up with friends over some good coffee and a delicious bacon and eggs.

“...Everything is fresh, the servers are awesome and attentive, and we got to enjoy some conversation and coffee while we waited.” - Yelp Review
Breakfast at J&J's Family Restaurant
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These family-owned businesses in Pittsburgh are pillars in the community-- they seek to serve their customers and give back when they can. It’s good to know that there are still some family-run businesses who love what they do and want to give customers the best product or service that they can!

What’s your favorite family owned shop? Let us know in the comments!

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