SQUIRREL HILL

5827 FORBES AVE, PITTSBURGH, PA 15217
MON-FRI: 7AM - 8PM | SAT-SUN: 8AM - 8PM
(412) 422-0404

ABOUT THIS SHOP

We opened the doors in Squirrel Hill in May of 2010, but the opportunity didn’t come from us planning retail growth into Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh came looking for us. A wholesale client ran a cafe in the space, and after learning they wanted to sell, we truly thought we couldn’t do it. But at the time, a friend and employee needed full-time work, and with the help of friends (and Andre, Phil and Brad) we had an address in Pittsburgh.

Being in Pittsburgh was an exciting thought for us at that time. We had wholesale clients that were in the city who would drive to Indiana to receive training at our roastery at that time. Suddenly, we were with them and they could come to our shop. And with an address in Pittsburgh, suddenly opportunities we didn’t dream of having in Indiana opened up for us. We employed more people, grew our wholesale, and make friends and connections in the city.

It was also our first store front. Those that have visited the Indiana shop know that it is tucked away and hidden from street view. But the Squirrel Hill shop sat on Forbes, a busy street with a window that looked out onto the community. 

It was always a secret, romantic dream that we would have a shop you could drive a motorcycle to, park outfront, walk in and get a coffee, and being able to sit looking out the window at the world.

Now, Squirrel Hill still embodies this dream for us. As one of our highest volume cafes, a diverse group of people visit the shop each day and bring new energy to the bar (which was designed by artist, iron worker, jokester and all around friend Mark Nicoll). Our team at that bar meets them with years of developed skill and passion. Our staff is made up of caring people who all have made a space for coffee and our shop in their hearts and are committed to furthering themselves in all realms of life, keeping Commonplace a shared space for growth and positive experiences in the shop and in our communities. It’s the kind of shop where the barista will serve you a 10-layer tulip and tell you about the event their going to later that week. This shop has always represented the humanity that hides within the formality of specialty coffee. That skill and information can be accompanied by something more.

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Choose which coffee and how much, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll enjoy receiving a package every two weeks filled with well-sourced, carefully-roasted coffee – delivered right to your home, office, dorm room, conversion van, or wherever else you want to make really great coffee.

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