Your financial future
By Chris Buckley
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
ACF Law Firm and “Favorite Little Things” sit side by side in Monongahela's business district.
From inside either business, just a French door separates the law offices and the boutique.
Amanda Ciranni often crosses back and forth between the two.
A practicing attorney with her own firm, she simultaneously operates the boutique she owns as well..
When Ciranni has an appointment with a client, she closes the shop.
“I find myself going back and forth,” Ciranni said. “I'm multi-tasking. It's mostly law firm work, but it's a creative outlet.”
When not in court, Ciranni watches the shop while entertaining clients.
“The town understands sometimes the shop will be closed while I'm in court,” Ciranni said. “Right now, it's just a one-woman band.”
She practices mostly divorce and custody matters in family court, but Ciranni also does estates, small-business planning and incorporations.
Growing up in Latrobe, Ciranni earned her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and her law degree from Duquesne Law School.
She practiced in Pittsburgh for a few years before she met her fiancée, Benjamin Fisher, a salesman and marketing representative for Slagle Construction in Monongahela.
She work for another attorney in Monongahela for awhile before deciding to open her own practice.
“After seeing the town, I decided I wanted to stay,” Ciranni said.
That's when she found the space that was perfect for the combined law practice and boutique, which are located at 208 and 210 Second Street.
“I wanted to have a shop to show my things and other artisans,” Ciranni said. “And the space was perfect for it.”
The shop is within walking distance of her home.
“Those who come in have found it's a unique combination,” Ciranni said.
Ciranni, who has done crafting and jewelry making for years, took her work to shows most weekends before the travel got to be too much.
Her artwork is mostly fabric jewelry and hair accessories.
There are more than 20 artisan vendors represented in the shop.
“What's nice is that every vendor is so different from each other,” Ciranni said.
Most of the vendors are from the Mid-Mon Valley. The farthest are from the South Hills area such as Bethel Park and South Park.
“It's amazing how much talent we have,” Ciranni said. “I thought I'd have a hard time finding people, but I found that people are finding me.”
Ciranni said many customers in the shop find out she is also an attorney and become clients.
“Attorneys have a bad reputation, that they're hard to talk to,” Ciranni said. “But they feel I'm friendly and not hard to talk to. It's a nice crossover. It's not something I expected.”
Ciranni said after working in Pittsburgh, she found Monongahela people so welcoming.
“It's so amazing to see how well the businesses, especially the new businesses, work together and help each other out,” Ciranni said. “You don't see that everywhere and it's so nice in such a cute little town.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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