Chalk it Up: Lily & Val Opens Shadyside Storefront
The charming shop features handmade chalk art, home decor items, vintage finds and more.
Once an online-only store, Lily & Val celebrated the grand opening of its brick-and-mortar flagship location Oct. 8 in Shadyside.
Located on Ellsworth Avenue, Lily & Val specializes in hand-lettered and illustrated chalk-art designs. The light and airy store — which resembles a cozy living room — also sells home décor items, vintage goods, women’s accessories and other one-of-a-kind pieces.
There also is a print bar (which includes a design menu), plus a wall of stationery and greeting cards with chalk-inspired missives for all seasons and occasions.
Lily & Val is the brainchild of owner Valerie McKeehan, who got her start in chalkboard art when she transformed an old picture frame into a “McKeehan’s Café” chalkboard for her kitchen as a newlywed.
If you think chalkboard lettering is only temporary, think again. McKeehan makes a digital print of each piece of art so it doesn’t fade or get washed away.
Since opening in 2012, Lily & Val has been featured on HGTV, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot Magazine. McKeehan also is the author of “The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering,” which was published in 2015.
Lily & Val
5900 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside