A Place in Pittsburgh Where You Can Create and Connect

Songbird Artistry on Penn Avenue in Central Lawrenceville is a whimsical store that often becomes a hub of conversation and community.




photo by Chuck Beard

 

Jennifer Orefice began selling handmade items as a 12-year-old entrepreneur.

“I made little trinkets and doodads,” she says. “I used to take those plastic Loony Tunes brushes — I would melt them and remove the bristles and sell them to my friends for $1.”

After years as a playground enterprise and eventually an online source of handmade artwork and jewelry, Jennifer partnered with her sister, Jacklyn, and mother, Debbie Jacknin, to open Songbird Artistry (songbirdartistry.com) as a physical store on Penn Avenue in Central Lawrenceville.

The shop offers more than Jennifer’s creations and Jacklyn’s vintage finds, however. Regular classes, events and parties ranging from the lighthearted (’90s-themed, BYOB game nights, a recent session of which included a spirited round of “Girl Talk”) to the cathartic (monthly “Stitch and Bitch” sessions, inviting guests to craft and vent) turn the whimsical store into a hub of conversation and community.

“We’ve come up with ideas for days and events based on the people around us,” Jacklyn says. “It kind of just keeps on growing.”

Those seeking more inventive options for children’s parties should take note as well: Songbird Artistry offers craft-making kids events along themes such as “Harry Potter” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Watch: The Terrible Towel and 45 Years of Steelers Nation

Perspectives from Franco Harris to Joe Manganiello.

Yinzers Eating Chicken Wings Are Going to Be on TV

Mt. Washington’s Bigham Tavern is the latest ‘Burgh eatery to host a film crew.

Madeline Bakery and Bistro to Open in Wilkinsburg

The French-inspired bakery will feature croissants, cookies, bread and more.

32 Years Celebrating Pittsburghers of the Year

As we honor the 2017 Pittsburghers of the year, take a look back at the previous honorees and their significant, unforgettable contributions to our city.

Wish a Steeler a Speedy Recovery in a Big Way

An oversized get-well-soon card for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is waiting for your signature Downtown.

Watch: Who is Faster on a Zamboni? Crosby or Malkin?

Sid and Geno love to compete, especially against each other. This time, the future Hall-of-Famers climbed aboard Zamboni machines for a race across a parking lot.

2017 Pittsburgher of the Year: Kelly Frey

No one would blame the veteran WTAE anchor if she took time off while undergoing intensive breast cancer treatment. Instead, she chose to use humor and grace to educate and inspire others, all while in the public eye.

Steelers Can't Ease Their Patriots Pain Until January

Much as they’d like to, the Steelers won’t be able to exorcise the ghosts of AFC Championship Games Past, even with a win on Sunday.

Green Medicine: The Business of Medical Marijuana

For many, medical marijuana is a panacea capable of alleviating a wide range of symptoms. As Pennsylvania begins allowing the drug’s medical use, patients are relieved — and business is booming.

Restaurant Review: Casbah Still is Rocking

More than 20 years into its run, Casbah remains one of Pittsburgh’s most relevant restaurants.