140929_EliasSavion_Airmall_0033Years ago, whem I was in college, Pittsburgh wasn’t a blip on the Richter scale of places you wanted to visit. It was always the bright lights of Paris, the scooter clad streets of Milan, or the fashion avenues of New York. As years passed, I graduated and moved to the Big Apple, Pittsburgh has been rolling off the tongues of people when it comes to travel. Offering up great eats, historical sites, and large collections of some of the greatest art pieces the world has ever come to know, there’s no wonder that Pittsburgh International Airport’s Air Mall has given themselves a $10 million facelift.

140929_EliasSavion_Airmall_0284That’s right – $10 million! And what does that buy you, you ask? Well I actually attended the unveiling of the retail center where brands like Furla, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Armani Jeans, and Pinko (first stateside boutique) opened their doors for traveling shoppers. As the annual number of visitors to Pittsburgh continues to rise, the AIRMALL continues to attract international brands seeing the influential impact the Steel City really garners.

15209046657_7dc558e7d2_zThroughout the day travelers enjoyed bites as former WPXI’s Darieth Chisolm acted as emcee for the first ever airport fashion show, showcasing the styles available for purchase in the AIRMALL stores. Makeup artist of TLC’s “What Not to Wear”, Carmindy, provided beauty tips, did  mini-makeovers, and later did a meet and greet for her new book “Bloom: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up Gorgeous”. LoveBettie serenaded us with a few original tracks and some popular covers, AND, we can’t deny it, we did some serious damage as unlike other airports, the prices are similar to those you pay at the mall. So it very easy on the wallet!


Though AIRMALL Pittsburgh is only available to travelers or persons working in the airport, there’s no reason you shouldn’t book a flight just to do a little shopping. As a special gift from AIRMALL and StyleCartel, we’re giving away $100 in AIRMALL bucks, to one lucky reader. Simply tell us what makes Pittsburgh so special to you OR your favorite place in Pittsburgh, and you’ll automatically be entered to win. You have until Friday, October 31, 2014 11:59PM EDT to enter. Winners will be announced Monday, November 3, 2014.

We’ll be posting the contest on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Ello (for those who have access). Bon chance!