Opening the Mexican War Streets shop was one of the scariest things we’ve ever done. We knew the other shops that had been in that space — we were involved with Beleza Coffee in their early stages. So when we saw a sign from the landlord that said, “if you have interest in being a part of this reopening give us a call,” we gave him a call to see if we could help. As life happens, so did the journey of Commonplace eventually taking on this space.
Just like Squirrel Hill and Voluto, close friends and employees, who were raising a family in the neighborhood, were ready to lead a community effort. Frank and Belle have not just been the force behind this shop opening, but one of the biggest reasons for it becoming what it is today. Their heart and vision have served to create a shop that is community-centric, honors the love and desires of the previous owners, and reflects the mission of Commonplace.