Co-vendors, eating places and donuts prepared for his or her debut at Lawrenceville Market Home

Once a bank, the joint retail center will span nine spaces along Butler Street.

Retail stores, donuts, and restaurants – oh my!

Lawrenceville Market House along Butler Street, a joint retail center that will include nine new stores, is due to open later this fall.

In collaboration with Midland Architects, Brian and Irwin Mendelssohn from Botero Development in Pittsburgh, which also developed the co-working space Fulton Commons on the North Side, are converting the former bank building along Butler Street into a coworking retail environment.

The area is divided into nine differently sized business stations, including one in the former bank vault. Companies can rent a station from month to month and customize their area. Each room will also have its own lockable shop window front.

Black Cherry Design is one of the providers making a home in the market. Designer and founding partner Lauren Piasecki says she found out about Market House on social media. Brian Medelssohn is an old colleague of hers, and Piasecki adds that she is excited to be part of his latest project.

“I knew another development he had down the street so I knew this was going to be great because he has really good taste,” she says.

Piasecki typically displays their products in a showroom style in their Garfield studio to promote Black Cherry’s upholstery, furniture and capabilities. However, she will run a lifestyle store within the market. Products include smaller pieces such as vintage items, carpets, jewelry, and art.

“We want it to be a representation of creative people and not just a design business,” she says.

She also calls out to local artists. Piasecki often uses locally produced work in her designs, and she hopes to continue to do so at the Market House location.

“There are so many talented artists in the area,” she says. “It’s a great relationship. It gives us the opportunity to involve local artists in our projects – and our projects look better – and the artist gets some exposure for their work outside of pop-up markets or online shops. “

The hub of the hub will be a permanent coffee and donut shop called. be Oliver’s donuts. The shop is owned and operated by the Mendelssohns and will have outdoor seating. A family-friendly restaurant and bar are also planned for the lower level of the building.

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