Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
Once the steel capitol of America and the seat of the Carnegie and Mellon fortunes, Pittsburgh is tougher than steel. Since the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has diversified its economy with high tech, biotech, financial services and more. It also welcomes entrepreneurs. Although the city isn't shy on licenses and permits, it makes the application process fairly straightforward and understandable. Further, Pennsylvania also regulates a fair number of industries -- but with clear information and comprehensible forms.