The cookie is a powerful lure.
These tiny fragments of cookies and slips of recipes are a magic spell for the retailers along Butler Street, which serves as Main Street for the Lawrenceville neighborhood here in Pittsburgh. Every year on the first weekend of December, these shops are decked out to the hilt in holiday finery…
and each stop offers a new platter of complimentary cookies and sheaf of recipes for said cookies.
Of course, each shop is also cannily and cunningly stuffed to the brim with a wide array of possible Christmas gifts.
And friendly salespersons in, ready to assist or inform the hordes of customers in any way.
For there are many, many cookie seekers on this cookie tour, intent on capturing every crumb.
Lots of hip young families- I love this woman’s red coat.
And happy young couples….
Roving packs of friends out for an urban adventure…
And beautiful boots. Women with great boots seemed very drawn to this tour. Often they came in twos.
The woman below was very elegant, from her velvet beret down to her leather boots.
It was a beautiful day for an urban stroll- crisp and bright and beautiful.
I was accompanied not by my husband, who insists that the only couples who attend these events are still in the courting stage of their relationship and would rather have hot pins stuck into his eyes than meander down Main Street with me, but instead by my one and a half year old daughter, who was very stylish in her own right and had no problem at all meandering.
She was a delightful companion, and often led the way in search of more cookies and conversations.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. I walked away full of cookies, but also the satisfaction of knowing that I had thoroughly accomplished my goal of distributing flyers advertising my new bellydance class at the Pittsburgh Dance Center in every possible shop along the way.
For certainly after that many cookies, some people might be interested in shimmying a bit after the holiday season? Also, a gift certificate for dance classes would make a fantastic holiday gift- don’t you think?
More posts about my urban adventures are here: