Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kiya Tomlin/ Sandra Cadavid Boutique Opens

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kiya Tomlin/ Sandra Cadavid Boutique Opens

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There's a new boutique on the block in East Liberty - and it's home to two Pittsburgh-based designers.

Kiya Tomlin transformed her design studio at 5983 Broad St. (part of the Indigo Square development) into a flagship boutique for her ready-to-wear line Uptown Sweats, which specializes in sweatsuits re-imagined as cozy casual dresses, rompers, separates and more.

But she wanted something else to help fill the space and complement her designs, she says, so she invited Sandra Reiman of Sandra Cadavid Colombia-made jewelry and handbags to sell her designs in the store, too.

The designers worked with Jennifer Schweitzer of One Girl's Graphics to make over the space with industrial chic decor, including repurposed wood from the nearby construction site of the future Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh, where front desk staff will be outfitted in Ms. Tomlin's designs.

On Saturday, invited guests got their first glimpse at the boutique during a style soiree featuring a runway show. Neighboring businesses Luxe, a bath and kitchen specialty store, and Olive & Marlowe artisanal olive oils and balsamic vinegars opened their doors as well so guests could mix, mingle and shop.

Hours for the Uptown Sweats by Kiya Tomlin/Sandra Cadavid boutique are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Information: or

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