December 4, 2023


Fashion takes it to the next level.

Women-owned businesses unite in Aspinwall to host inaugural shopping, socializing event for the public

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A team of gals-owned organizations have united to develop The Retailers of Aspinwall, a new, collaborative strategy aiming to appeal to company in the historic borough.

The new corporation will host its inaugural “Sip, Chat & Shop” party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 15.

Participating feminine-owned outlets in the borough will invite consumers to end in for socializing, refreshments and obviously, purchasing.

“We’re enthusiastic to harness the electricity of all of our distinctive companies and hopefully introduce just about every of our prospects to all of the other incredible ladies-owned corporations in Aspinwall,” reported Jessica Rehling Vukmir, operator of Dovecote and Nouveau PGH on Fantastic Ave.


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Users of The Retailers of Aspinwall stand on Excellent Avenue in Aspinwall. The freshly shaped female-based mostly organization aims to market Aspinwall as a flourishing retail place. L-R Kiersten Ferno, Amy Bass, Kristi West, Rachel Schaffer, Jessica Vukmire, Adriene Rister, Erica Miller, Sarah Tuthill, Patti Danforth and Rosie Welch.


The new team aims to establish Aspinwall as a thriving retail location.

“Where else in Pittsburgh can you do some searching, get your nails performed? Satisfy for lunch or select up evening meal and stroll down the park for a live performance soon after evening meal,” claimed Sarah Tuthill, owner of EZPZ Gatherings cheese and charcuterie store in Aspinwall.

Veteran small business operator Rosie Welsh, who opened Rosebud’s present store on 1st Street in Aspinwall 35 yrs ago, is component of the group.

“I grew up in the area, so I wouldn’t have opened wherever else but right here, I required to (be) element of a city exactly where I knew persons and they would know me or get to know me,” mentioned Welsh. “It is terrific to have a wonderful group of retailers to perform with and having this group be all women of all ages is amazing.”


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The Retailers of Aspinwall is a new collaborative, gals-owned business team aiming to boost Aspinwall as a flourishing, retail place.


Property to a lot more than 20 impressive and distinctive shops, all owned by women, new enterprise proprietor Rachel Schaffer, of Carte Blanche Home & Structure on Freeport Street, stated the woman-electricity factor is high in Aspinwall.

“That statistic is really extraordinary. We have experienced all of these productive and remarkably-inspired small business proprietors each and every of whom is very best-in-class in their respective area of interest. By coming with each other to carry every single other up, we can far better harness every single of our exclusive talents,” Schaffer said.

The team shaped this spring and will meet regular monthly to create fun and cross-internet marketing opportunities that will convey buyers to all of Aspinwall’s businesses, explained Tuthill.

Partnering with Aspinwall’s Chamber of Commerce, organizers stated they don’t want to “reinvent the wheel.”

“We sense as merchants, we have a special established of troubles and plans and can be a united voice on how to make Aspinwall a buying spot,” Schaffer said.

Aspinwall resident Kristi West owns Kristi Boutique, a women’s specialty outfits shop.

“Our hope is to mobilize and capitalize on the vitality of our small business district, commencing with us, the retail retailers,” West claimed.

Deb McManus, operator of Lynlott Miniatures on Business Avenue, recalled a time when companies had been a little bit scant in the borough.

“In 1989 we have been a well-set up retail outlet, but there was not a great deal else here to draw persons,” McManus stated. “Thirty-3 years afterwards, the avenue is chaotic all day extensive with persons walking their pet dogs, pushing strollers and touring from around and considerably to store and dine in this city.”

McManus praised the formation of the merchant team.

“There is a fantastic sisterhood of women accomplishing what they adore to do at every and every shop,” she mentioned.

As of June 1, the subsequent businesses comprise the Merchants of Aspinwall: Sol, Nota Bene Wonderful Paper Boutique, Kristi Boutique, Carte Blanche, Nouveau PGH, Dovecote, Spark, EZPZ Gatherings, Feast on Amazing and Rosebud’s.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Evaluate team writer. You can get in touch with Joyce at 724-226-7725 , [email protected] or through Twitter . | Newsphere by AF themes.