Clutch: Get a Hold of Style -- Sewickley's shopping scene perking up
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Since April, when I wrote about the Rosewood Shop women's boutique in Sewickley, many vacant storefronts on Beaver Street have been claimed. Before the end of the year, several more boutiques and restaurants will open in this village community.
New stores on Beaver Street will include:
House 15143: A stylish home shop offering a retail store and design services. The concept was developed by two moms, Danielle Franks and Kristen Rothe Bordeau, both with experience working in retail. The shop will feature furnishings such as mirrors, pillows, vases, prints and personalized art. Also, customers can create a "wish list" of home furnishings that the store owners will shop for and have sent directly to customers' homes. (439 Beaver St.)
Mak Studio: Moving to Beaver Street from Locust Street, Mak Studio is a clothing and accessories shop for tweens (girls sizes 7-16) and teens (juniors sizes 5-10). Originally Mak Studio carried only tween clothing, but after owner Kristen McCormack realized that her customers were growing out of these sizes, she decided to carry juniors, too. The new space will feature four dressing rooms and two retail sections, "Le Petite Femme" for tweens and "Indi Girls" for juniors. (447 Beaver St., www.mak-studio.com)
Threadz: A designer women's boutique geared toward the 40- to 50-something stylish career woman. (431 Beaver St.)
Adding to the restaurant scene will be Nyches Hot Dogs (441 Walnut St.), Vivo Kitchen (432 Beaver St.), East Coast Sandwiches (400 Beaver St.) and a re-opening of Little Athens (518 Locust Place).
"Many newer developments across the country are trying to create the village feel that Sewickley already has," says Jennifer Markus, co-founder of Village Green Partners, a Sewickley-based nonprofit organization focused on revitalizing the business district. "Many new small business owners do not want these strip mall locations, but the traditional small town community where they know their customers and feel inspired by the local support they receive in return."
Village Green Partners was started by Sewickley residents and Sewickley Academy graduates Kristen Stripay and Ms. Markus, an agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, out of the desire to help grow their community and fill vacant storefronts. Along with Smith Brothers Agency, they created "Explore Sewickley," a marketing campaign that includes a website, social media, street banners and print ads, all branding Sewickley as a place to escape to when tired of retail sameness at malls. For more about shopping and dining in Sewickley, go to http://exploresewickley.com.
First Published August 23, 2011 12:00 am