Lawrenceville has been a favorite of ours (and everyone else’s) for a while now. There’s always something new to explore. We’ve rounded up 15 places that are worthy of a stop when you’re exploring in and around Butler street!
With everything made from scratch in their production facility in Hazelwood, La Gourmandine has your daily necessities – from your daily baguette and breakfast to your lunch and sweet tooth cravings. Stop in for a quick breakfast of almond croissants or gourmandise (croissant filled with vanilla cream and delicious chocolate) along with a La Prima cup of coffee. Or snag an affordable lunch – from simple sandwiches to fluffy quiche. Be sure to grab a sweet treat in the afternoon (open until 4:30pm on weekdays) of chocolate eclair, their famous marquise (chocolate mousse and crunchy heaven), or seasonal pastry. You’ll always find something special on the menu on holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day, so stop into any of their four locations (Downtown, Mt Lebanon, Lawrenceville, and Hazelwood) to add a decidedly French taste to your next fête.
Stop and shop at Thriftique, and you’ll be supporting members of the community. Operated by the Pittsburgh section of the non-profit organization National Council of Jewish Women, the profits from their sales directly support programs that improve the lives of women, children, and families in the Pittsburgh community. Find furniture, designer clothing and accessories, housewares, home decor, and more at this carefully curated, designer-centric thrift store. Their annual Spring Celebration Sale runs from March 31st to April 1st. Store hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.
Küre is a modern day spa focused on providing high-quality lash extensions, facial treatments, and brow services. Dedicated to delivering the most current trends and techniques in the industry, they use an organic, natural, sustainable, and biodegradable skin care line.
Visit Maniküre for a manicure or pedicure, stellar nail art, a glass of wine. Training is a huge part of this dynamic duo – hiring techs right out of beauty school to sky rocket their career and skill set. In order to have healthy skin, nails, or lashes it starts with the technique – and they have it. So, come visit. They can’t wait to meet you!
Illustrated Nail Art Studio
Illustrated Nail Art Studio’s team of nail artists keep up with the latest trends and each has their own unique style. With their main priority of natural nail health, they take pride in using high-quality, non toxic Korean gel polish. They run monthly promotions and right now a few nail artists are accepting new clients. All are welcome to their one year anniversary open house – find updates on their Instagram @illustratedpgh.
HAUTE Beauty Lounge
Available by appointment only, HAUTE Beauty Lounge is an AVEDA exclusive salon that utilizes only AVEDA hair color and hair products which are 100% vegan. Cassie McKinney, in her 24th year in the hair industry, has tens of thousands of hours of hair training and experience and is a certified Bombshell Extension Specialist. She works to maintain the integrity and health of her clients’ hair and offers all hair color services specializing in Balayage, Blonding, and Bronding. Special offers include a 20% discount for the highest service for all referrals, for students, and for Lawrenceville residents.
Total Peace and Wellness
Total Peace and Wellness specializes in high-quality Hemp derived Cannabis products such as CBD and THC. Their product line includes a variety of products such as Tinctures, Edibles, Topicals, Pet Products, Drinks, Vapes and Flower. They also focus on educating consumers on the healing and wellness benefits of hemp derived CBD such as how CBD helps relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia, pain/inflammation, and more. Special offers include save 10% on your first in-store purchase when you subscribe to rewards and save 10% online when you subscribe to their email newsletter.
MJ Eclectic (formerly Shop Blakley Jean) is a handmade goods & vintage shop located within the Lawrenceville Market House. Specializing in handmade jewelry, locally made goods, and sustainable vintage finds, their mission is to empower makers and connect the community with high-quality handcrafted and local wares. Each month you’ll find makers and creatives hosted within their space for events. Follow them on Instagram for the latest @mj_eclectic.
Iron City Boulders
Climbers of all levels will find an unforgettable climbing and fitness experience at Iron City Boulders – a
27,000-square foot bouldering gym that offers ~200 different boulders to climb (with 30 new climbs rotating weekly) and a 3,000-square foot fitness & training area that features climbing specific equipment, free weights, cardio equipment, and a yoga studio that offers morning and evening classes 6 days per week. There are classes such as Bouldering 101 and Technique 101 to help customers get started and advance their skills. Entry options are single day passes, 10 visit punches passes, or monthly memberships. The facility has gender neutral changing and restrooms, over 100 on-site parking spots, specialty tea and coffee, free wifi, and indoor/outdoor gathering spaces. They host an LGBTQ+ meetup night every first and third Monday of each month as well as “Funday Friday” community events throughout the year with local breweries, food trucks, artists and initiatives.
Delta 9 is the last independently owned medical marijuana dispensary in the city. Since they aren’t owned by any of the grower/processors they are able to center the care around patients and their specific needs without pushing any certain brand – which also means they have a wide selection of medicated products from several different brands. Their knowledgeable staff of experienced patient care consultants and pharmacists work together to make sure their patients feel both comfortable and confident in their medical marijuana journey. Part of that comfort comes across in their revamped brand image. Unlike the corporate minimalist look that every other dispensary uses, Delta 9’s branding (done in collaboration with Lawrenceville local Daniel Gurwin) reflects their role as a friendly neighborhood staple with a vintage style. Special offers include a 30% off Patient Appreciation Sale at least once a month.
Luxe Redux Bridal
Accessible luxury, size-inclusivity, the ability to take your dress home the same day and an intimate, one-on-one experience set Luxe Redux Bridal bridal boutique apart from the rest. Located in Upper Lawrenceville, shop their curated selection of designer bridal gowns for a fraction of the retail price. Dresses are sold off-the-rack. They offer brides a personal bridal experience in their bridal boutiques, as well as online. Find designers such as Berta, Jenny Yoo, Made with Love, Monique Lhuillier, Lazaro, Rue de Seine, Watters and many more. Appointments are preferred and encouraged so that a stylist is available to assist in your Luxe Redux experience.
11th Hour Brewing Co.
With twelve rotating taps and local craft cocktails from various locals, 11th Hour Brewing has a lot to offer to craft beer lovers and there is always something exciting to try. Check out their outdoor seating during the warmer months, dog-friendly patio, and rotating food trucks. The taproom is accessible by bike, bus, car or foot in a very convenient location. Open Wednesdays – Fridays 4pm – 11pm, Saturdays 12pm – 11pm, and Sundays 1pm – 7pm.
Sneha Yoga & Wellness Collective
A woman owned and operated business, Sneha Yoga & Wellness Collective is a 5,000-square foot wellness collective with an Apothecary stocked with products to support one’s wellness journey including custom made herbal bath soaks, an upstairs sun filled yoga studio, tranquil meditation cave for workshops, sauna & cold plunge private room, a kitchenette for cooking based classes, and five wellness rooms. The collective provides 24 weekly classes from yoga to mindful fitness including Gyrokinesis and monthly recurring offers from Women’s Circle to Sound Healing along with workshops from the Pittsburgh community. The space is set to feel like a warm and accommodating environment where you’ll no doubt want to spend hours with them partaking in classes and services or just to have a cup of tea and enjoy some stillness. The ideal way to try out their classes is with the special new student offer – new students can enjoy two weeks of unlimited class for $33.
In year three, Lola’s Eatery’s goal is EXPANSION! They are looking forward to expanding their menu (with Filipino/Mexican-inspired dishes), more unique baked goods, doing more catering, adding hours, and expanding their Team (apply online). For now you can check out this brunch spot on Thursdays – Fridays 8am – 1pm and Saturday – Sundays 9am – 1pm. Follow them on Instagram for the latest latest news and tasty treats @lolas_eatery.
Songbird Artistry is a gift shop owned by mother/daughters team Debbie Jacknin, Jacklyn Juliar, and Jenny Orefice. What started as a jewelry business when Jenny began creating jewelry at 13, has turned into a creative space that offers classes, events, vintage pieces and items from 50+ local artists. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry to candles to dog treats. You can also learn a craft such as stained-glass mosaics or working with polymer clay. They strive to create an environment where all feel welcome and inspired to create. Catch them at events around town like Picklesburgh and Handmade Arcade and be sure to check out their shop’s great party space – where you can have a themed birthday party or visit on one of their theme nights. Their next event celebrates the 7th anniversary of their storefront with a soiree April 28th 6pm – 9pm and open house April 29th 11am – 5pm. There will be food, drinks and a showing of art created by students and friends of Songbird Artistry, and 20% of all sales during the anniversary party will be donated to the ALS Association of Western PA in honor of their late husband/stepfather who passed away from ALS.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.