MeDusa in the US: Pittsburgh, PA

We are excited to introduce our new blog series, MeDusa in the US, where we interview the fun and fabulous entrepreneurs who carry our bags in cities across the United States! Our first stop on the journey is with Melanie Baker-Telford, owner of  Beautiful Boutique on Brilliant in the up-and-coming city of Pittsburgh, PA.  

Pittsburgh suffered a major population loss in the 1980’s when steel mills were shut down across the state. What once was known as the smokey city, has since been rated in several publications such as Forbes, The Economist, and the Huffington Post, as one of the most liveable cities in the country.

Young people are flocking to the city of bridges, for its affordable rent, breathtaking river views and historical hipster edge. If you find yourself visiting the city this year, I recommend you check out the neighborhood of Lawrenceville for some cocktails at Tender or meander through the Strip District to pick up italian specialties at the famed Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. Most of all, stop in to say hi to shopkeeper Melanie, in Aspinwall to see our MeDusa bags in person.  

Melanie has curated a swanky lifestyle boutique. It’s design forward and contemporary feel is complemented with good ‘ole down-to-earth Pittsburgh charm.

What inspired you to open up a shop?

My inspiration is my love for art, accessories,  & decor.

Why Pittsburgh?

It's where my family & I live…

How did you find MeDusa Bags?

I found MeDusa on Etsy under unique bohemian handbags.

Which is your favorite bag?

My favorite Medusa bags are the studded clutches.

What have the highlights and challenges been since opening your space?

Highlights of opening were seeing & hearing people's positive reactions!

What advice would you offer to women who want to start their own business?

Challenges of opening were keeping inventory in stock...

How do you maintain work/life balance?

Work/life balance, still trying to do that! ;)

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

Goals for the next year, keep my family happy, keep myself happy, keep my shop stocked & pay off my opening debt!

Stay tuned for more boutique adventures.