Panello Boutique has opened on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, just in time for the holiday shopping season. The shop features women’s clothing from small and independent designers, including jackets, blazers, jeans, accessories, and handbags.
Manager Emily Slagel says items at Panello are offered at a lower, more affordable price point than many other boutiques. Most clothing items are under $100, and jewelry, both new and vintage, ranges between $14 and $75.
Owner Cara Moody, who co-owns Jupe Boutique in the South Side, was looking for a new space to expand. It was another Lawrenceville business owner, Alissa Martin, of Pavement, who alerted her to the open retail space on Butler, and encouraged her to open a shop there.
Slagel says Panello will try to keep the same hours as other shops on the street, and that area businesses try to help each other succeed.
“We’re really trying to build it into a shopping district and a community,” she says.
In addition to clothing and jewelry, Panello is currently carrying screen-printed iPad cases, and Pittsburgh-themed t-shirts designed by Julie Dinardo.
Panello is located at 3703 Butler Street, replacing the former Sugar boutique, which closed this past summer.
Next week Moody is planning a shop-local event with the customer review site Yelp, and will offer refreshments to guests, from 4 to 8 P.M.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Emily Slagel, Cara Moody