Broke Little Rich Girl celebrates a month in Lawrenceville

The brick-and-mortar version of Samantha Lugo’s successful mobile boutique, Broke Little Rich Girl, can now be found at 3816 Butler Street.

A bright pink door welcomes visitors to the sunny retail shop, where a larger floor plan allows Lugo to expand what she offers to customers.

“I had the truck for over a year, and people seemed to like what I carried. The problem was it was a small space,” she says. “Once I sold out of things it was hard to give people what they wanted, which was more product.”

Broke Little Rich Girl is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A new space for Phoenix Boutique in Lawrenceville. NEXTpittsburgh photo.
A new space for Phoenix Boutique in Lawrenceville. NEXTpittsburgh photo.

Revive your style with Phoenix Boutique

Owner Jacqueline Stone has been in the upscale consignment industry for 11 years and knows to snap up a good thing when she sees it–including the neighborhood she now calls home.

Though Stone, by her own admission, was fixated on finding a Shadyside location, she quickly embraced the idea of moving to Lawrenceville when she had the opportunity to rent the space formerly occupied by Werk, a Jenn Gooch studio.

“I fell in love with the space,” she says. “I felt like I was home when I got here.”

Located at 3627 Butler Street, Phoenix Boutique offers everything from “Gap to Gucci,” and a homey atmosphere to boot–Stone is a consummate people person.

“I want to know where everyone’s from, where they’ve been, where they’re going. That’s a good day for me, just talking to people.”

Stop by Phoenix Boutique Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moop moves to the North Side

Wendy Downs has relocated her bag-making business, Moop, from a Carnegie warehouse to a second-story studio on the North Side.

Each bag is made start to finish by one of Moop’s team of four, and the shop can produce anywhere from 50 to 70 bags a day depending on what they’re working on.

Downs says though the move was hard, the energy on the North Side is infectious.

“I love the bustle of people going places and doing things, seeing all of the people that are out and about as I go into the studio.”

Visitors are welcome at the studio. To arrange a time to stop by, call 412-315-7356 or send an email to

Margaret J Krauss

Margaret J. Krauss is a writer, radio producer, and researcher. If not biking Pittsburgh's streets or swimming its rivers, she is likely geeking out about a really good story.