JJust in time for Small Business Saturday, Sophia Marie Pappas is opening a mini-storefront at her PDP Studio in Millvale, specializing in custom typography and illustrations for all occasions. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 27.
Pappas, who created several illustrations for food companies around Pittsburgh, worked for a year out of the studio, where she designed whimsical art installations for the windows of the building.
“Opening a small storefront has always been a dream of mine and it kind of came together because I had the opportunity to have that space,” she says.
As it opens on Saturday, the store will showcase Pappas’ holiday prints, gift tags and holiday cards.
The boutique will be open every Saturday. “Over time, I will continue to enrich the products I stock. I love small stationery, so I love to create small illustrations, bookmarks, small cards and gift tags, ”she says.
Pappas says she and her mother even worked together to build a set of wooden shelves for the store window in time for the opening.
“It was just super fun to build, and it’s cool that I can present it with the screen,” she says.
She adds that her favorite part of opening the storefront was creating something special for the community of Millvale and beyond.
“I learned so much throughout this process,” she says. “Everyone in the area has been so supportive and welcoming. I am so grateful and I am really excited.