Make Your Design Work for You: Mecox Opens In Pittsburgh
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Mecox will be opening its eighth location, but its first in Pittsburgh, in Shadyside.
After 20 years of selling antiques and home furnishings to New Yorkers, Floridians, Californians and Texans, Mecox has now brought its good to Pittsburghers, too.
Mac Hoak, owner and founder of Mecox, started the company in 1996 in Southampton, N.Y. and since expanded to three other states. This month, the first Pennsylvania location opened in Pittsburgh in a 1,800-square-foot, two-story townhouse in Shadyside. For this location, Hoak partnered on the space with two local designers: Ramsey Lyons and Sloan Overstrom.
Each floor in the Shadyside location is set up with vignettes of potential rooms, with the first floor showcasing living and dining rooms and the second showcasing bedrooms, along with lighting and other accessories. The vignettes will be updated weekly to inspire fresh ideas and show customers that it doesn’t have to be difficult to put together a room when you have high-quality versatile pieces.
Lyons says Mecox offers not only a wide range of products but also a wide range of styles from mid-century to traditional to modern, which may help shoppers decide what they like or realize that it’s OK to mix these pieces together.
Mecox carries many different brands, but many pieces in the Pittsburgh store will be vintage or one-of-a-kind. Mecox carries very few “mass-produced items,” says Lyons.
What differentiates Mecox from your typical home and accessory store, according to Lyons, is that Mecox tries to offer “full-service room styling.” Lyons explains that she and Overstrom have helped customers by taking furniture to them so that customers can see pieces in the home and rearrange before they decide what to buy.
“We have the flexibility to help people with these decisions, and they are big decisions,” Lyons says.
Lyons and Overstrom say they can also help with wallpaper and paint colors, and Ramsey says, “If we don’t have it, we’ll shop with you and find a place that does.”
Mecox furniture has been featured in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and on marthastewart.com.
To celebrate the store opening, Mecox will have a designer event series kicking off on Sept. 29 with windows designed by Lindsey Coral Harper of Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors and Elizabeth Pyne of McMillen Plus.
Mecox is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and otherwise by appointment.