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Friends' Sewickley store will give back to community

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Melissa Cook of Glen Osborne hangs her husband Bill's paintings at the pop-up store Wilson & Weir on Broad Street in Sewickley Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The store's grand opening will be held during Light Up Night on Friday, Dec. 6.
Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Carol Weir unwraps items to be put on display in her pop-up store Wilson & Weir on Broad Street in Sewickley Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The store's grand opening will be held during Light Up Night on Friday, Dec. 6.

Owners of a new pop-up store in Sewickley plan to use part of their profits to benefit the community, a practice of which they have made a habit over the past year.

Liz Wilson of Edgeworth and Carol Weir of Sewickley, along with painter Bill Cook of Glen Osborne, opened Wilson&Weir on Monday in the Prudential Insurance building at 421 Broad St. They plan to keep the store open for two months and promote “Mistletoe Monday” as philanthropy day for the four Mondays in December.

Ten percent of gross sales on those Mondays for Wilson&Weir products and Cook's paintings will be donated to the Child Health Association of Sewickley, Laughlin Children's Center, Sewickley Valley YMCA and Union Aid Society.

“It is always terrific to receive support from the community but even more so when the support comes unsolicited, as this offer from Wilson&Weir has,” said Doug Florey, Laughlin Center executive director.

Laughlin is a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring services, preschool speech-language therapy, and child and family counseling, as well as evaluations, screenings, and assessments.

Weir and Wilson started the boutique in June “with the idea that supporting shopping for a cause was something we would include in our business plan,” Weir said.

“There are many worthy nonprofits in our community, and it was difficult to select only four,” Wilson said.

“However, for this holiday season, we decided to select nonprofits that focus a large portion of their services on the welfare of children.”

To date, the friends have participated in shows in Perrysburg, Ohio; Cleveland;and Milwaukee benefiting a garden club's community outreach, a school scholarship fund and a vocational guidance training program. They recently traveled to Lake Forest, Ill., where a boutique benefitted a hospital.

This will be their first pop-up storefront, and the women agreed they are “thrilled” to be a part of the Sewickley business community.

Their products include home accessories, such as lamps and lanterns, barware, serving pieces, throws, frames, pillows and one-of-a-kind items. Also featured are cashmere and faux fur, along with jewelry designed and made in the United States.

“Liz and I have been friends and neighbors in Sewickley for over 20 years,” Weir said.

“We were ready for a new, creative, entrepreneurial endeavor.”

They are sharing their pop-up endeavor with Cook, 72, who will display and sell his paintings, featuring seascapes, landscapes, bridges, poppies, sailboats and other subjects.

Cook's work was selected by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh from about 150 entries for inclusion in a multiartist show at International Images Ltd., 514 Beaver St., to open tomorrow, Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information about Wilson&Weir, e-mail liz@wilsonandweir.com.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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