Five New Local Home Boutiques Worth a Visit

No national chains here; in 2023, a number of new, locally owned home and lifestyle boutiques popped up around the Pittsburgh region. Here’s a look at five stores featuring artisan items that you won’t find at Target.


FDP Pottery
Former gynecologist Francis DeFabo and his wife, Lynn, relaunched their online business, fdp studio+shop, as a brick-and-mortar pottery studio and home goods retail store in April. Located in a 80-year-old former country grocery store in Pleasant Unity, fdp sells DeFabo’s handmade ceramics and artisan home goods alongside other “unexpected pleasures.” The couple extensively remodeled the building while keeping original elements, such as maple hardwood flooring and old-fashioned schoolhouse lights, in place.
2082 Route 130, Pleasant Unity, PA, 724-423-2900,


In the last six years, Love, Pittsburgh founders Kelly Sanders and Monica Grunick have launched three successful gift shops featuring products by local makers. Their latest concept, love, launched over the spring at the former PG&H Store in Market Square. love, features handpicked, meaningful lifestyle items such as socks, T-shirts, candles and journals — all branded with the love, logo. Unlike love, Pittsburgh, the love, logo is not specifically tied to a geographic location. “Our vision is to create a brand that extends beyond the Pittsburgh region, and to continue to utilize the local artists and makers who have partnered with us over the past six years to help us realize that vision whenever we can,” Grunick says.
489 Market St., Downtown,

Storehouse Neutral

Storehouse Neutral
Over the spring, Storehouse Neutral owner Erin Smrekar moved her business from the co-retail Lawrenceville Market House along Butler Street to a larger location near 53rd Street in Upper Lawrenceville. Embracing a more modern vintage vibe since moving to the new space, Storehouse Neutral sells home decor, apparel and jewelry handcrafted by local makers. No matter where the location is, Smrekar — who started Storehouse Neutral as an at-home business during the pandemic — says connecting customers with small businesses continues to be an essential part of the store’s mission to highlight versatile and unique products.
5300 Butler St., Lawrenceville,


The Bold
Opened in March, The Bold by Kacie Cope Interiors in Sharpsburg showcases designer Kacie Cope’s love for vintage finds, interior design and connecting with the community around her. Located just a block away from Fortune’s Produce, her grandmother’s former grocery store, Cope immediately felt a deep bond to the business, which incorporates charming elements from her grandmother’s produce store. Along with vintage pieces, the store sells carefully crafted items from artisans and designers. Cope also hosts workshops into the store to give customers hands-on experience in home design and renovation.
809 Main St., Sharpsburg,

Twin S Front

TWIN PINE Home & Heritage
In June, TWIN PINE, which has a flagship location in Wexford, opened a second retail storefront — dubbed TWIN PINE Home & Heritage — in the former House15143 shop along Beaver Street in Sewickley. TWIN PINE offers a curated selection of home and lifestyle goods, including everything from furniture and lighting to decor and gifts, with a special focus on Western and Americana themes. Each item for sale is labeled with a subtle “Heritage” or “Home” tag, which owner and creative director Martin Potoczny says allows him to seamlessly integrate antique finds with new products. While the “Heritage” items are vintage, the “Home” items are designed in-house by the TWIN PINE team and produced by small businesses located in the United States.
436 Beaver St., Sewickley,


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