Lawrenceville boutique owners hope it’s lucky Number Fourteen
The number signifies many milestones in Brianne Conley’s life.
It’s the year she graduated from High Point University in North Carolina; the age she and her boyfriend, Eric Kordenbrock began dating; his football number at Pine-Richland High School and the Virginia Military Institute.
So, when she was searching for a name for the women’s clothing and accessories store she and her mom, Michelle, own, it was an easy decision.
Number Fourteen Boutique opened on, of course, Oct. 14.
“That number has had a huge significance throughout my daughter’s life,” says Michelle Conley. “So, the name of the store is appropriate. It was the perfect choice.”
Located in Lawrenceville, Number Fourteen Boutique sits on the corner that once housed the former Partners bar. The mother-daughter duo renovated the entire building and plan to rent out the second-floor two-bedroom apartment. The large windows give a peek at what’s inside the boutique, from party dresses to stylish coats and sparkly jewelry.
When you open the door, you breathe in the smell of scented candles and fresh flowers. The smallest detail has been thought of, and then some, from the hotel bellman’s luggage carts used to display clothes, to the chairs affixed on the wall as hangers to a place for the guys to relax while the women shop.
The Franklin Park residents say they love being in Lawrenceville and have been welcomed to the neighborhood.
Having Brianne and Michelle Conley’s boutique in Lawrenceville is wonderful, says Matthew Galluzzo, executive director for Lawrenceville Corp. They join other woman-owned businesses in the neighborhood, he says.
“We appreciate that they have invested in Lawrenceville,” Galluzzo says. “A lot of the credit to the growth of Lawrenceville goes to individuals like Michelle and Brianne. We know it is difficult to own a boutique business because there are so many shopping options available. But they have a lot of interesting items and unique offerings in their store. They certainly complement the other businesses in the area.”
Number Fourteen sells women’s clothing and accessories, as well as gift items, such as candles and paper goods and cards from Brittany Fuson Paper, items from Rifle Paper Co. and May Designs books. Some of the refurbished furniture is for sale, as well.
Clothing Lines include BB Dakota, Blank NYC, Luna, Press and Kersh along with Ted Baker cosmetic bags and wallets and various pieces of jewelry.
Most items are $55 to $120.
“I have always loved clothes and jewelry — and I have always loved shopping,” Brianne Conley says. “Having my own store has always been a dream. We try to be both affordable and trendy. … We believe the merchandise appeals to all ages.”
Her experience working at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall taught her a lot about fashion and the importance of customer service, she says.
“We wanted it to be enchanting,” says Brianne Conley, who has a degree in strategic communication. “We based it upon what we like when we shop, and we love stores that are visually appealing. And we wanted to think about every detail … because it’s the attention to detail that customers remember.”
Shopping should be fun, they agree. And so should working together.
“Ninety-five percent of the time we have fun,” Michelle Conley says. “We have our moments … but it is really lots of fun most of the time.”
The shop is already enjoying return customers.
“The grand opening was amazing,” says Angela Schwab of Adams, who went back to shop last week. “The store is a breath of fresh air when you come in here. I know they have been working on this for a long time, and I couldn’t be happier for them.
“They have a great niche here, and they fit so well into what Lawrenceville is all about,” she says. “They bring the perfect combination of fashion and business. They offer brands not found in other boutiques on this street or in Pittsburgh. This is someplace special. It’s a dream come true for them — and a dream for everybody else.”
Number Fourteen Boutique, 4601 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Details: 412-260-6088
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 412-320-7889.