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Benefits Department – Office of Human Resources

University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources Benefits Department serves faculty, staff, students, and retirees through the management of the University’s health and wellness programs, education benefits, retirement savings plan, and more. Pitt’s benefits offerings are among the region’s best, including no- or low-deductible medical plans; tuition remission for University employees and their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents; optional dental and vision coverage; a contributory retirement program for employees; and various wellness resources.

The Benefits Department facilitates benefits enrollment, eligibility checks, and status changes for all benefits-eligible individuals at the University. The University’s medical plans for graduate and professional students are administered through UPMC eBenefits.


Contact: Graduate and professional students can contact UPMC at 1-888-499-6885 with questions about their medical coverage. Or contact the Office of Human Resources online.

Additional materials: Click the image below to access the health insurance enrollment flyer (PDF).

Click to access HR Student Enrollment flyer    


Career Center

Welcome to Pitt’s Career Center!  No matter where you are in your career exploration process, it’s never too early to start preparing for your future. Partner with us as you explore your passions, values, and goals. We’ll work with you—from start to finish—to develop the skills and experiences needed to achieve the career of your dreams.

Schedule an appointment in Handshake.


Contact: Call us at 412-383-4473 or email


Center for Creativity

Center for Creativity

The Center for Creativity seeks to foster connections between and among members of the University community whose scholarly efforts and passions are rooted in “making stuff”: stories, pictures, music, scenes, statements, apps, messes, etc. 

More particularly, the Center for Creativity

  • provides opportunities for creators to connect outside of their disciplines
  • encourages partnerships to establish new creative opportunities for the Pitt community
  • supports development of project-based courses taught across disciplines
  • works toward a coherent view of Pitt's diverse makerspaces and their resources
  • commits to recognition for the University of Pittsburgh as a creative powerhouse

The Center's spaces are intentionally and purposefully open to students, staff, and faculty in all programs of the University.


Contact: Email or call 412-383-4110

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CIRTL - Center for Integrating Research, Teaching & Learning

PITT CIRTL Training Next Generation Faculty

The University of Pittsburgh is a partner institution in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a National Science Foundation (NSF) center for learning and teaching in higher education. CIRTL is a cross-university network of over 40 diverse research universities across the U.S. and Canada, committed to advancing the professional development of the next generation of STEM faculty.

Our programming includes professional development workshops and seminars, semester-long seminar-based courses, journal/book clubs, and learning communities. We welcome graduate students, post-docs, and interested faculty to join us.


Contact: Email or call April Dukes, Pitt-CIRTL Coordinator, at 412-383-6014.   

Additional materials: Click the images below to access the PITT-CIRTL brochure (PDF) or the PITT-CIRTL Fall Classes flyer (PDF).

PITT-CIRTL brochure cover

PITT-CIRTL Fall Classes


Cool Pittsburgh

Whether you’ve already joined the Pitt community or you’re considering a move here, we hope this guide will help you to get the most out of our hometown. The Cool Pittsburgh website is for people new to the University of Pittsburgh and its hometown—especially graduate and professional school students, postdocs, and new members of the Pittsburgh campus faculty.



Disability Services & Resources

Disability is an aspect of diversity. Disability Resources and Services (DRS) is the department designated by the University to determine reasonable accommodations and services. At the University of Pittsburgh, we are committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are integrated as completely as possible into the University experience. DRS shares with you, the student, the responsibility for creating equal access toward achievement of your academic goals. Through an interactive process, we work individually with each student to provide access to University classes, programs and activities. Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.    


Contact: Email or call 412-648-7890.

Additional materials: Click image to view or download the DRS brochure.

click to access DRS brochure


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is committed to fostering diversity and celebrating differences, educating the community on the benefits of diversity, promoting equity, eliminating discrimination, and advancing equal access to all opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh. The office provides a wide array of programs and resources. Graduate students can learn more about:


Contact: Email or call 412-648-7860.


English Language Institute

University of Pittsburgh Department of Linguistics English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) in the Department of Linguistics provides courses and support for international students who want to improve their English for academic, professional, or personal reasons, as well as volunteer opportunities for the Pitt community.

English courses and support for international students:

  • Credit and non-credit English language support courses for matriculated students and teaching assistants/fellows at Pitt who are non-native speakers of English,
  • Non-credit English courses for students from abroad and from the local community who want to improve their English,
  • English proficiency testing of non-native speakers of English who are matriculating in University programs, and
  • Assessment of teaching assistants/fellows who are non-native speakers of English to ensure compliance with the legal requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Volunteer opportunities working with international students in the ELI:

  • Conversation Partners and Talk Time Discussion Group Leaders – Highly proficient speakers of English commit to meeting one hour per week with international students enrolled in the ELI’s Intensive English Program.
  • Internship in English as a Second Language Teaching and/or Administration – available as a volunteer internship or for credit via LING 1900.


Contact: Email or call 412-624-5901.      

Additional materials: Click image to access or download the ELI ESL Courses and Services flyer (PDF).

Click to access English Language Institute flyer


Financial Aid


Contact: Email Tom Damski at or call 412-648-4832.

Additional materials: Click image below to access or download the Financial Aid Quick Reference Guide for Graduate Students (PDF).

Click to open Financial Aid Quick Reference Flyer


Graduate and Professional Student Government

Graduate and Professional Student Government

The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) is the student government for all graduate and professional students at the University of Pittsburgh. We administer half of the graduate student activity fee to provide services and event programming to all graduate and professional students.

GPSG connects students to Pitt administrators through graduate student representation on many University committees. Please feel free to contact us with any issues or concerns.

Graduate and professional students can also get involved with the GPSG by attending our monthly assembly meetings or visiting our office in William Pitt Union. Please see the calendar for times and locations.

Examples of programs and services provided include the following:


Contact: Email or call 412-648-7844.


Graduate Student Teaching Initiative

In a highly competitive employment environment, the development of good teaching skills is a fundamental asset. The Graduate Student Teaching Initiative at the University Center for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of resources to prepare graduate student instructors to meet their teaching goals and responsibilities from the first day of class through the job search process.


Contact: Email or call 412-383-7152.    

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Intramurals & Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation offers Intramural and Club Sport opportunities that are available to graduate and professional students. The intramural program gives students the ability to compete with friends in some of the most popular sports, as well as, esports for those interested in gaming. Intramurals is great for those wanting to be active and play sports against their fellow Pitt Panthers, without having the need to dedicate time for practicing.

The Club Sport Program is geared for those who are a bit more dedicated in their sport pursuits. There are over 70 club sport organizations here at the University of Pittsburgh. These programs are independent, student-led organizations that are registered through the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC). Club sport programs are split between two groups, competitive club sports and recreational club sports. Competitive clubs belong to a National Governing Body and compete against outside competition in their sports, while recreational clubs typically focus on inner team play and instruction. More information on both of these areas can be found on the Campus Recreation website.


Contact: Email or call 412-648-8210.


Office of Academic Career Development

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OACD is dedicated to providing professionals in the schools of the health sciences (the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Public Health) with the professional tools, resources, and support they need to achieve their full potential as leaders in biomedical research, education, and clinical practice.

As an international model for comprehensive academic career development programs, the OACD seeks to empower the academic health science community, including postdoctoral associates and scholars, graduate and medical students, residents, clinical associates, and faculty, by providing academic career development guidance, training, and support, leading to high achievement and professional success.

OACD is proud to provide a variety of career development programming, ranging from standalone webinars on specific topics to ongoing career development programs.

Contact: Email Darlene Zellers at or call 412-648-8486.


Office of Engagement and Community Affairs

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The Office of Engagement and Community Affairs (ECA), formerly the Office of Community and Governmental Relations, champions community engagement efforts across the Pitt system. ECA facilitates strategic community initiatives, leads the university’s place-based engagements in the city of Pittsburgh, collaborates with the Provost’s Office to support engaged scholarship, maintains positive relationships with the neighbors and organizations closest to our campus footprint, and ensures that Pitt is a partner and asset to communities, locally to globally. ECA works very closely with the Office of Government Relations.   


Contact: Email Alex Toner at or call 814-573-9217.

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Office of International Services

Office of International Services

The Office of International Services (OIS) is the University’s immigration specialist, serving all campuses and the 6,000 international students, scholars, staff, and faculty who call Pitt their academic home. Our chief job is to make sure that immigration issues are handled smoothly, quickly and correctly.    


Contact: Email or call 412-624-7120.


Office of the Provost

University of PIttsburgh Office of the Provost

One of the goals of the Office of the Provost is to ensure that the University of Pittsburgh is an outstanding place for the education and training of graduate and professional students. As part of its commitment to preparing students to lead lives of impact, Pitt provides services and resources that extend beyond academics. The graduate studies website highlights a variety of resources aimed at keeping you well and healthy so that you can excel in your educational pursuits.

While the University is committed to supporting all graduate and professional students, we recognize that international students face unique challenges in the pursuit of their education. As part of the University’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment and to the well-being of every student, we will continue to do everything we can to support our international students and create an environment in which everyone is respected. The Office of International Services stands ready to provide guidance and advice.

While you are at Pitt, mentors will help you to navigate your academic and nonacademic experiences. These relationships are central to the graduate experience and ideally establish lifelong connections. Given the importance of these connections, we are always looking for ways to improve student/mentor relationships.

Important resources:


Contact: Email: or call 412-383-4478. Connect on Twitter and Facebook.

Additional materials: Click the image below to access the slides from the 2020 Graduate and Professional Student Orientation (PDF).


Office of the University Registrar

The Office of the University Registrar is focused on providing the highest levels of student, faculty, and staff service and maintaining the highest level of academic records integrity and security. Our office is the official source for all student academic records. We oversee a number of functions. These functions include the monitoring of the end-of-term grading process, processing of grade changes, enrollment, publication of semester course offerings and final examination schedules, classroom scheduling, diplomas, enrollment and degree verification, and transcript processing.  


Contact: Email or call 412-624-7600.

Office of Veterans Services

Office of Veterans Services

The Office of Veterans Services facilitates the transition of veterans from military to University life, support their ongoing academic success, and assist veterans, guardsmen, reservists, spouses, and dependents in receiving their military education benefits. Services begin before you even apply and one-on-one preadmission sessions are offered to assist you. There is a lot to consider when starting or returning to college, and you don't have to do it alone. Additionally, the University of Pittsburgh has been designated a Military Friendly School® for eight years in a row. The top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country receive this designation for exemplary services that embrace their military students.


Contact: Email or call 412-624-3213.


Parking & Transportation

University of Pittsburgh Parking, Transportation & Services allows you to explore the Pitt buses and shuttle schedules, learn about SafeRider, disABILITY shuttles, and find buses home for the holidays. Apply for parking permits, find garages, and learn about traffic and parking ordinances.

Departments and Services include:


Contact: View direct contact information through the relevant department links above.


Pitt Alumni Association

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The mission of the Pitt Alumni Association is to engage alumni and students and to support the advancement of the University of Pittsburgh. The vision for the PAA is to be the gateway for a global network of alumni and students who champion the University and each other.

With respect for each other and our rich traditions, the PAA embraces its core values: Accountability, Diversity, Excellence, Relationships, Traditions.

Web: Pitt Alumni Association

Email: Nancy Merritt, Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations at

Young Alumni Network 

Pitt Alumni - Young Alumni Network logo

As a young alum, you are an important member of the Pitt Family—a worldwide network of more than 320,000 Panthers including more than 80,000 recent graduates just like you. As your relationship with the University changes, the Pitt Alumni Association wants to be with you every step of the way!

Web: University of Pittsburgh Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement - Young Alumni

Email: Marcie Johnson, Director of Young Alumni and Student Programs at

Pitt Alumni Career Network

Pitt Alumni Career Network logo

Get Connected through the Pitt Alumni Career Network. The Pitt Alumni Career Network connects you to more than 330,000 alumni in countless professions around the world. Start making your connections today through these great networking resources, whether you’re a newly minted graduate or a seasoned workforce veteran.

Web: University of Pittsburgh Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement - Pitt Alumni Career Network

Email: Jon Malek, Director of Alumni Marketing and Business Development at 

Pitt Student Alumni Network 

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The Pitt Alumni Student Network provides out-of-the-classroom experiences that prepare students to be actively engaged alumni through networking, school spirit, traditions, and philanthropy.

Web: University of Pittsburgh Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement - Pitt Alumni Student Network

Email: Olivia Lynch, Manager of Young Alumni and Student Programs at


Pitt Arts

PITT ARTS is dedicated to helping Pitt students in all academic majors and disciplines discover the outstanding arts scene in Pittsburgh. Please check out our brochure to see the ways PITT ARTS has helped students stay connected to the arts and cultural organizations you love. Check back to the PITT ARTS website frequently for updates on COVID-19 arts closings, the Free Museum Visits start date, and their restrictions, as well as the pending status of Cheap Seats and Artful Wednesdays for fall 2020.      


Contact: Email or call 412-624-4498.       

Additional materials: Click the image below to access or download the PITT ARTS brochure (PDF).

Pitt Arts brochure


Pitt Athletics

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The Official Athletics Website of the Pittsburgh Panthers provides information on Pitt's 14 athletic teams, season schedules and information for fans, how to purchase tickets, ways to donate and more. You can also purchase your Pitt gear through the Pittsburgh Panthers Shop!

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Pitt Commons

Pitt Commons

Pitt Commons is an online platform designed exclusively for members of the Pitt community. The platform allows students, faculty, staff, alumni, postdocs, and friends of the University of Pittsburgh to establish networking and mentoring relationships that are meaningful and specific to their unique interests and professional goals.

As a member of Pitt Commons, you can:

  • Build your professional network and cultivate meaningful connections
  • Become a mentor or mentee
  • Join groups based on common interests
  • Ask questions or provide guidance on discussion boards
  • Explore career and networking resources

Join the community today!  


Contact: Email

Additional materials: Click the images below to view or download (1) Pitt Commons postcard (PDF), (2) ad and registration instructions (PDF).

Pitt Commons Postcard

Click to open Pitt Commons instructions flyer


Pitt IT

Pitt Information Technology provides innovative IT services that support learning, teaching, research, and business at the University of Pittsburgh. Among the many services that we offer are data networking, securitytelephone and voice systems, and the My Pitt website. Our Network Operations Center provides secure hosting and monitoring services for enterprise-wide applications and network services. Our enterprise solutions, including Pitt Email and Calendar (Outlook)network-based firewalls, and web hosting bring the high reliability and consistent security required by the University. End-user support is available around the clock through the 24/7 IT Help Desk and is supplemented with a number of specialized, onsite support programs. We also offer software packages to students, faculty, and staff at no cost or reduced cost through Software Distribution Services.

Of course, behind all the technology are many talented and highly-skilled professionals with expertise in networking, telecommunications, application development, information security, computing operations, end-user support, and other technology-related areas. Their work has received both local and national awards.


Contact: Email or call (412) 624-HELP (4357).

Additional materials: Click the image below to access the IT Services Catalog (PDF).


Pitt Police

The University of Pittsburgh Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency providing 24-hour protection for nearly 40,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors.

We recognize the special requirements of an educational environment and promote safety through education, prevention and community policing.

In addition to receiving the same training as their municipal police counterparts, our officers are required to have bachelor’s degrees – rare for a police force. Our officers know what it’s like to be a college student and can “see things through a student’s eyes.”

As the third-largest law enforcement agency in Allegheny County, we cover the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus along with University facilities in outlying Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as the Surplus Warehouse on Thomas Boulevard and the South Side Sports Complex. Because of our extensive coverage, we can respond to most calls for assistance within minutes.


Contact: Email or call:

  • On-Campus Emergency: 412-624-2121
  • Off-Campus Emergency: 412-624-2121
  • Non-Emergency: 412-624-4040



The Office of PittServes helps students to find meaningful local, national, and international service opportunities. The office focuses on sustainability, education, and community development.

Web: or

Contact: Email, call 412-624-1065, or stop by 923 William Pitt Union.  


resolve Crisis Services
resolve Crisis Services

We're Here to Help You Through Your Crisis

You don’t have to go through your crisis alone. resolve Crisis Services is ready to help.

Our 150-member crisis team provides crisis counseling and support; referrals; and intervention services for adults, teens, and their loved ones.

We know that everybody’s crisis is different. You may be struggling with depression or substance use. You may just be having a bad day at work, conflict with a loved one or feeling lonely. Resolve services are available to people without regard to whether they have or need a psychiatric diagnosis. 

Crisis services include:

  • 24-hour hotline: Call us anytime to speak with a trained clinician at: 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (796-8226)
  • Mobile Crisis Team: Our mobile crisis teams can travel anywhere within Allegheny County to respond to a crisis. They provide face-to-face support and will work to arrange further care and stabilization if needed.
  • Walk-in center: You don't need to make an appointment at our walk-in center, located in the East End of Pittsburgh at 333 N. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15208. Walk in anytime to talk, get a break from daily stress, or have us connect you to more long-term care and support. We also offer residential services for those who qualify.
  • Services for children and teens: We offer 24-hour-a-day crisis treatment, interventions, and home visits. For more information, call the resolve Crisis Services hotline at 1-888-796-8226.


Contact: For medical emergencies, call 911. resolve's 24 Hour Call Center: 1-888-796-8226. Contact resolve Crisis Services webpage

Additional materials: Click the images below to access (1) resolve Crisis Services flyer, (2) resolve Crisis Services informational one-sheet (PDF).

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Click to access resolve crisis services bullet points PDF


Student Health Services

The Student Health Service (SHS) cares deeply about the health and well-being of every graduate student. The mission of SHS is to provide high-quality prevention, health education, primary health care, and pharmacy services in order to enhance student living and learning. SHS has established a comprehensive health care program that includes an outpatient clinic with an array of medical services, a full-service pharmacy, and health education programming. The wellness student fee covers an array of health care services. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Primary medical care for acute and chronic medical conditions
  • Women’s health and gynecological services, including intrauterine device (IUD) insertion
  • Men’s health services
  • LGBTQIA+ services
  • Basic laboratory and radiology services
  • Orthopaedic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Sexual health and contraceptive counseling
  • Rapid oral HIV testing
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug counseling
  • Referrals to specialists when necessary
  • Allergy injections
  • Immunizations, including free flu shots
  • Complete physical exams (with required paperwork/forms)
  • Travel health assessments
  • Specialty laboratory and radiology tests
  • Holistic services, including acupuncture

SHS accepts health insurance and will file a claim with your insurance company for services rendered. As a provision of the mandatory wellness fee, graduate students are not charged a copayment. Your insurance company, however, will determine if some or all of the charges incurred will be covered by your policy.


Contact: Email, call 412-383-1800, or stop by the Wellness Center in Nordenberg Hall, 119 University Place.


Thriftsburgh/Pitt Pantry

Pitt Pantry

In addition to ensuring that all Pitt students (and their families) have regular access to a balanced and nutritious diet, the Pitt Pantry also provides nonperishable foods, fresh produce, hygiene items, and school supplies for eligible shoppers.


Contact: Email or stop by the basement of Bellefield Presbyterian Church at 4001 Fifth Avenue. 


Thriftsburgh is a student-managed University thrift store that stocks clothing and small household items. At the beginning of the fall term, the store sells gently used items such as clothing, kitchen items, mini refrigerators, storage containers, and other small furniture items that are helpful in furnishing an apartment on a budget.



Title IX

Title IX is landmark federal civil rights legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX includes sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. It encompasses attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence. The Title IX Office at Pitt is here to answer questions and assist any member of the campus community.

Title IX protects all members of the University community: students, staff and faculty from sexual or gender based misconduct, including discrimination, harassment, and assault.

If you are dealing with sexual harassment or misconduct, here's how we can help:

  • Resources: If you need information on counseling, health, or related services, our staff can provide warm referrals to both on- and off-campus providers.
  • Interim Measures: If you need a change in your housing assignment, a No-Contact Order with another Pitt affiliate, or other accommodations related to your Title IX concern, we an assist with those processes.
  • Reporting: If you want to file a formal complaint with the University or the Pitt Police, our office can walk you through the options available and provide contacts with appropriate offices.

In addition to these services, the Title IX Office provides training and education on consent, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention, and reporting responsibilities, along with a variety of specialized trainings. "    


Contact: Email or call Katie Pope, Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX, at 412-648-7860.

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University Center for International Studies (UCIS)

PittGlobal University Center for International Studies

For more than 50 years, the University Center for International Studies has provided academic support, community, and services to international graduate and professional students. Each of our six regional and thematic studies centers offers a variety of credentials that permit students to deepen their linguistic and topical expertise and better prepare graduates for a competitive marketplace.  


Contact: Email John Stoner at or call 412-648-7360.

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University Counseling Center

The mission of the University Counseling Center (UCC) is to provide high-quality services and programs that foster the academic and personal development, and the psychological well-being of Pitt’s diverse student body. The UCC offers a wide range of clinical and psychoeducational services to support and empower you to maximize your graduate experience and realize your fullest potential. All services offered by the UCC are free for enrolled University of Pittsburgh students.

If at any time you require support for an urgent or crisis situation, please call 412-648-7930.


Contact: Call 412-648-7930 or stop by the Wellness Center located in Nordenberg Hall, 119 University Place.


University Library System

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. We are the library for all Pitt graduate students save for those in the Health Sciences and Law.   


Contact: Ask a question at or call 412-648-3330.


University Store

The University Stores at the University of Pittsburgh are your local source for all course materials, official Pitt merchandise, and apparel. Please visit our site to learn about all of our student resources which are available.


Contact: Call University Store on Fifth at 412-648-1455.                      

Monday, August 16 - Saturday, August 21: Store hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Window hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, August 22 & August 20: Store hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday, August 30 - Saturday, September 4: Store hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Window hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (8/30, 8/31); 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (9/1, 9/2, 9/3, 9/4)
Sunday, September 5 & Monday, September 6: CLOSED
Tuesday, September 7 - Saturday, September 11: Store hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Window hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m.