Generations of Pittsburghers have enjoyed the experience of shopping in the Strip District, where the most wonderful and unique selections of every sort are made available. Enriching the complexity of this area’s full history is Mahla & Co. Antiques, located at 17th and Smallman streets.
The doors opened in 1995 to 10,000 square feet of beautifully transformed warehouse space that was once the Society for Improvement of the Poor. Interior-decor ideas abound as you wander through the loft-like space of the large showroom with its massive support pillars and high ceilings. More intimate settings and cased items are offered in the second showroom, as well as amazing curio pieces, lighting, and “Mad Men”–era nostalgia. Everything offered at Mahla & Co. is in placement-ready condition.
The shop is family owned and operated, like many businesses in the Strip. Elizabeth Mahla had enormous pride in the collection of fine antiques and art, as do her daughters, Susan Cosgrove and Elizabeth Winters, who have continued the business together since 2000.
What makes this entire shopping splendor possible are the 17 choice dealers from western Pennsylvania who offer their combined knowledge of fine art and antiques for investment, as well as diverse interior design concepts. The dealers’ beautifully appointed vignettes offer large selections of fine antique furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories, and jewelry from the 17th through 20th centuries. The very welcoming group of professionals at Mahla & Co. Antiques makes it just one more reason to visit this gallery of almost 20 years.