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Sewickley experiences a revival with eight new businesses

Sewickley is experiencing a revival.  Within the next month eight new businesses will have opened in vacant storefronts, with a possible four more to come.  Businesses include a mix of restaurants and retail stores, and will be unique to Sewickley.  

Kirsten Stripay and Jennifer Markus launched the Explore Sewickley campaign earlier this year.  Their non-profit, Village Green Partners, was contracted by the Borough to help connect entrepreneurs with building owners, and it appears to be working.

“A lot of small towns are struggling,” and might get one or two openings a year, Stripay says. “To get more than a dozen stores in a year I think is absolutely fascinating.  It really, truly is a revival of a small town.”

Most recently, Chris and Jenn Bonfili, owners of the popular Shadyside restaurant Avenue B, have announced that they will be opening a new concept, B Gourmet, in the former Fondi’s Gourmet Market space.  The new location will be a local, organic eatery and market place.

Other new businesses include: Pink and Blue, a modern babies and children’s boutique; Nyches Hot Dogs; House 15143, a home decorating shop; East Coast Sandwiches; Threadz, a women’s apparel boutique; and Pennsylvania Dance Academy.

And Vivo Kitchen will soon open in Sewickley, relocating from their former location in Bellevue.  Owners Sam and Lori DiBattista have begun a soft opening at 432 Beaver Street.  

Stripay says many factors contribute to this positive momentum.  “There's complete organization and it's unique to a small community,” she says.  “[But] there's so many things that play into this.  It's about an entire community, it's about everyone paying attention.”

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Kirsten Stripay
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