A group of women-owned companies have united to generate The Retailers of Aspinwall, a new, collaborative strategy aiming to bring in business in the historic borough.

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

Participating woman-owned stores in the borough will invite customers to cease in for socializing, refreshments and in a natural way, buying.

“We’re thrilled to harness the electricity of all of our unique businesses and with any luck , introduce every of our buyers to all of the other wonderful females-owned firms in Aspinwall,” explained Jessica Rehling Vukmir, proprietor of Dovecote and Nouveau PGH on Good Ave.

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Members of The Retailers of Aspinwall stand on Outstanding Avenue in Aspinwall. The freshly fashioned female-primarily based firm aims to market Aspinwall as a flourishing retail vacation spot. 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 create Aspinwall as a flourishing retail desired destination.

“Where else in Pittsburgh can you do some shopping, get your nails performed? Meet up with for lunch or pick up supper and stroll down the park for a live performance soon after dinner,” explained Sarah Tuthill, operator of EZPZ Gatherings cheese and charcuterie store in Aspinwall.

Veteran business operator Rosie Welsh, who opened Rosebud’s gift shop on Initial Avenue in Aspinwall 35 a long time ago, is part of the team.

“I grew up in the location, so I wouldn’t have opened anyplace else but here, I wanted to (be) component of a city in which I understood persons and they would know me or get to know me,” said Welsh. “It is great to have a terrific group of merchants to get the job done with and possessing this team be all women is incredible.”


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


Household to much more than 20 progressive and unique outlets, all owned by ladies, new business proprietor Rachel Schaffer, of Carte Blanche Property & Layout on Freeport Highway, reported the lady-energy issue is significant in Aspinwall.

“That statistic is genuinely outstanding. We have experienced all of these successful and extremely-inspired business owners every single of whom is greatest-in-class in their respective market. By coming collectively to raise every other up, we can better harness every of our unique abilities,” Schaffer mentioned.

The team fashioned this spring and will fulfill monthly to create entertaining and cross-marketing prospects that will carry clients to all of Aspinwall’s businesses, mentioned Tuthill.

Partnering with Aspinwall’s Chamber of Commerce, organizers reported they never want to “reinvent the wheel.”

“We sense as retailers, we have a exclusive established of difficulties and ambitions and can be a united voice on how to make Aspinwall a searching desired destination,” Schaffer explained.

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

“Our hope is to mobilize and capitalize on the power of our business district, starting with us, the retail retailers,” West explained.

Deb McManus, proprietor of Lynlott Miniatures on Business Avenue, recalled a time when firms have been a little bit scant in the borough.

“In 1989 we were a nicely-set up retail store, but there wasn’t a great deal else here to attract men and women,” McManus mentioned. “Thirty-three many years later on, the street is fast paced all day lengthy with people today going for walks their canine, pushing strollers and touring from in the vicinity of and much to shop and dine in this town.”

McManus praised the formation of the merchant group.

“There is a wonderful sisterhood of ladies executing what they enjoy to do at just about every and each store,” she explained.

As of June 1, the following firms comprise the Merchants of Aspinwall: Sol, Nota Bene Fine Paper Boutique, Kristi Boutique, Carte Blanche, Nouveau PGH, Dovecote, Spark, EZPZ Gatherings, Feast on Fantastic and Rosebud’s.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Overview personnel writer. You can call Joyce at 724-226-7725 , [email protected] or by way of Twitter .


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