New! Black Cherry Design Opens Retail Store
Lauren Piasecki and Stan Adamik’s brick-and-mortar lifestyle boutique in Lawrenceville carries high-end furniture, lighting, new upholstery, candles, vintage goods and more.
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When interior designers Lauren Piasecki and Stan Adamik founded Black Cherry Design in October 2014, it always was with the intention that someday they would open a retail store to accompany it.
“We always had talked about doing retail in some way, whether it was online or we would have a brick-and-mortar store,” Piasecki says. “We just weren’t sure how it would come about.”
They found their answer as Piasecki was driving to work at their former location within Blackbird Artist Studios in Lawrenceville last summer. When she passed the spot formerly occupied by Shining Light prenatal center on Butler Street, she discovered it was for rent.
“I loved the building. I loved the architecture of the building,” Piasecki recalls. “I just thought those big beautiful windows would make such a great place for the furniture store.”
The design duo, who met years ago when both worked for Weisshouse in Shadyside, moved their design studio to the new location in November 2016.
Following months of renovations that started in February, they opened their adjoining Black Cherry retail store on June 1.
“The fact that we are a combined business, with a studio and store, I think, makes us unique,” Piasecki says.
The retail arm of Black Cherry — named so because Black Cherry trees are native to Pennsylvania and also because Piasecki and Adamik liked the way it rolls off the tongue — sells high-end furniture, new upholstery, lighting, rugs, vintage goods, candles and other accessories.
“We’ll also have more gift-y things as the holidays approach,” Piasecki says.
Several locally made lines are carried at the store, including pillows, throws and cheese boards from textile designer Savannah Hayes, furniture from Lawrenceville’s Grant Burger Woodworking and mixed-media pieces by local artist Gavin Benjamin.
Since opening in the new light-filled location, Piasecki says she’s enjoying having a physical space where she can show design clients different pieces to help them visualize a room.
“Interior design is based on a lot of trust,” she says. “Clients have to trust us that something is going to work in their home. I think having a store, and having a brick-and-mortar location, definitely helps with that trust factor.”
Black Cherry Design, 3701 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/586-5539, blackcherrypgh.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday