Lawrenceville’s Market House is a place for donuts, chocolate, books, jewelry


Most people are familiar with co-working spaces for business processes and organizational meetings and offices.

People rent a part within a larger area for a short period of time e.g. B. a month or two or three.

the market house in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood was inspired by this concept—for business only.

Eight out of nine spaces are currently occupied in the former Mellon Bank.

A grand opening took place on Thursday.

“All the sellers are really happy,” said Brian Mendelssohn, 45, who owns The Market House with his brother Irwin, 49. “We’re trying something new here. It’s about access to a retail location where you have your own space. It is an interpretation of the shared co-working spaces.”

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Donuts baked with maple bacon at Oliver’s Donuts in The Market House, a former Mellon Bank building in Lawrenceville.

The anchor store is Oliver’s Donuts, Property of the Mendelssohn brothers.

The daily options are chocolate sea salt, blueberry, vanilla frosting, and maple bacon. New seasonal flavors about to be released include Lavender Lemon and Rose Pistachio.

At a recent media event, Alex Shewczyk, who lives in Friendship and works for BikePGH in Lawrenceville, said the chocolate sea salt was her favorite.

All are donuts.

“It’s both savory and sweet, but really all flavors sound good,” she said. “In these uncertain times, this is a way to help other businesses grow. This entire space is so encouraging for the neighborhood.”

They collaborated on the donut recipe with pastry chef Erika Bruce from Squirrel Hill. Bruce owns Le Beau Gateau through the Center for Regional Agriculture Food and Transformation at Chatham University.

“The donuts are really good,” Bruce said at the media event. “I think we’ve come up with some tasty combinations.”

The donuts can be complemented with coffee from Elementary Coffee Co. in Harrisburg. The store is named after Brian Mendelssohn’s cat, Oliver. The cat died in December 2020 at the age of 17.

“On his last day, we released him at the store,” Mendelssohn said. “That’s how you remember Oliver, who was a great pet.”

The brothers also run a bookstore that’s two in one. Material Books features many local authors who have written about Pittsburgh’s architecture, film, photography and history. The Scholarly Worm presents children’s books.

“Children’s books are really good books,” Mendelssohn said. “I read them to my 1-year-old daughter every day.”

The brothers’ business is Botero Development, which also owns Fulton Commons, a co-working kitchen space in Manchester on Pittsburgh’s North Side. They often renovate historic properties.

The two, who live in Lawrenceville, grew up in South Florida. In 2014 they bought the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville.

“We are so excited about this neighborhood and wanted this space to be available to the people here,” said Irwin Mendelssohn. “It’s about supporting local businesses and helping them grow.”

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Emi Driscoll, an artist from Bloomfield, poses for a photo at Black Cherry Design, where she works. The store is owned by Stanton Heights interior designer Lauren Piasecki and is located in the Market House in Lawrenceville.

It helps Black Cherry Design, owned by Stanton Heights interior designer Lauren Piasecki. She said the Market House was a perfect spot in a neighborhood with so many great shops.

“It’s such a cool opportunity to have a retail store and sell pottery, jewelry and artwork and do interior design work,” Piasecki said. “Many of the items are made locally. There are vintage pieces and goods from other small manufacturers across the country.”

Piasecki’s employee Emi Driscoll, an artist, said she works at Black cherry design is a way to connect with and showcase local artists.

“It will be fun to be on this journey with other artists,” she said.


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Chocolatier Daniel Stevey of Green Tree owns Fat Cat Chocolates. Flavors range from strawberry milkshake to cinnamon toast crunch and peanut butter cookie. The store is located in the Market House in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Owns chocolatier Daniel Stevey of Green Tree Fat cat chocolate. His husband, Art Germer, designed the colourful, fun packaging. Stevey said people shop with their eyes.

“I focused on the childhood nostalgia of sweets like strawberry milkshake and cinnamon toast crunch, cherry pie and peanut butter cookie,” Stevey said. “I love this space for us craftsmen.”


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Storehouse Neutral, located in the Market House in Lawrenceville, sources products from small businesses across the country. Items include home decor, jewelry, accessories and clothing.

Owner Erin Smreklar from Dormont warehouse Neutralsaid the shorter lease terms sold her the space, especially for a small business. It’s so much better than having to sign a lease for a year or more. She sources products from small businesses across the country. Items include home decor, jewelry, accessories and clothing.

“I’m looking for unique, handcrafted one-off pieces,” said Smreklar. “This concept is wonderful because it attracts all of our businesses.”

Emily M sells magnets and stickers.

and Authentic African by Moa has items from Ivory Coast such as handbags and jewelry, some of which were made here.

A restaurant is planned for the lower floor later this year.

The shops are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oliver’s Donuts will be open from mid-February on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Some will have different hours during the week.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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