Say Hello (and Goodbye) to These Home & Lifestyle Shops

Divertido and Jack + Jules close in Lawrenceville, while the neighborhood welcomes Brambler Boutique. Plus, Splurge expands to a new location in Fox Chapel.

Photo courtesy of Splurge


Why did the home décor store cross the road? To expand the merchandise selection, of course!

After a successful three-year run on Freeport Road in Fox Chapel, Splurge Boutique is moving almost directly across the highway to a larger location in the Fox Chapel Shopping Plaza.

Helmed by interior designer Kym Pelcher, the home goods store — which sells a variety of décor, bath and body products and women’s and men’s accessories — is expected to open at its new location, formerly a Beauty First store, by late spring.

The bigger store also means more merchandise. Pelcher says the newly expanded categories include custom bedding, furniture and lighting, as well as baby and bridal departments. Splurge also offers interior design services. (1112 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel; 412/252-2242,

Hello, Baby

In other opening news, Brambler Boutique, a lifestyle store for parents and children, is slated to open in April along Butler Street in Lawrenceville at the former Divertido gift shop. 

Co-owner Kati Fishbein says the shop will include a carefully selected collection of baby gear (for sleeping, feeding, bathing, play and travel), maternity and postpartum essentials and baby, toddler and children’s apparel, as well as accessories and seasonal baby items.

“We take pride in finding pieces with great design, functionality and innovation to make the early days easier,” Fishbein says.

In addition, Fishbein says Brambler will serve as a “judgment-free” social hub for parents and kids, with a hands-on play area, quiet feeding corner and space for mommy meet-ups and other group gatherings.

Brambler also plans to partner with local artists to create product lines that will be available in limited quantities at the boutique. A portion of the proceeds from these sales will be donated to charities that support children and parents. (3609 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/596-0725,


If you’re missing Divertido — which closed Jan. 15 — don’t worry. The quirky gift shop may no longer have a brick-and-mortar location, but it’s still operating at full tilt as an online store. (

Jack + Jules clothing boutique also is closing its doors in Lawrenceville after three years on Butler Street.

Owned by Julie Weiskopf, the shop was known for carrying a variety of premium denim and other American-made clothing. Last spring, the business changed its named from Jules Boutique to Jack + Jules after Weiskopf expanded the shop’s line of menswear items.

Jack + Jules is expected to close Feb. 28. In the meantime, everything in the store is on sale. (4502 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/687-2000,


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