It’s lights, camera – and action – at Rosie’s workshop in Lawrenceville
IIf you’ve seen “Happiest Season,” the 2020 romantic comedy-drama filmed in Pittsburgh, you might remember an important scene that takes place in Rosie’s workshopquirky decor and gift shop at Ross Park Mall.
Today Rosie’s Workshop, best known for its upcycled vintage camera lights, musical instrument lights and projector table lamps, moves into new digs in the Arsenal Bowl building along Butler Street in Lawrenceville. Its grand opening celebration took place on June 3 and 4.
“We believe this is an ideal location for our brand,” says Claire Costello, Store Manager and Head of Marketing. “It matches the vibe of the neighborhood with colorful crafts ranging from candles, small decor, floor lamps and high-end Bluetooth music systems.”
After a successful pop-up shop in 2018, Rosie’s Workshop, named for WWII cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, opened at the mall in 2019. In addition to increasing sales it has known after its appearance in “Happiest Season”, Rosie’s Workshop, which is selling internationally, including outfitting a jazz-themed boutique hotel in Zurich, Switzerland in 2021.
Despite the challenges facing many retailers due to the coronavirus pandemic, company co-founder Blair Koss says Rosie’s Workshop has been able to survive over the past two years by revamping its online store and expanding its offers. The company, which also has a location in Westfield, New York, has also enjoyed the support of loyal customers.
“It was a challenge, but we figured out how to get our entry products in a timely manner and find ways to ship efficiently,” says Koss, who founded Rosie’s Workshop with his wife, Jen. “We have been able to reduce our prices in the wake of inflation that has gripped our economy. It was important for our team to keep our products affordable and accessible to everyone.
With its new location inside the Arsenal Bowl building, Rosie’s Workshop is expanding its merchandise, including the sale of science and space-themed clothing and items, such as a coffee mug containing a molecule of caffeine. The retailer also manufactures all of its candles, as well as the bulk of its candle containers and vases.
Next, Rosie’s Workshop offers a full suite of programs for the summer. Offerings include lamp-making workshops, private candle-pouring parties, and artist lessons.
Rosie’s workshop, 4322 Butler Street, Lawrenceville; 412/592-9130, rosiesworkshop.com