"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Divertido – If you Need Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, French or Greek Building Blocks

Divertido means fun in Spanish.

Saturday afternoon I drove down to the Lawrenceville neighborhood to photograph this fun shop on Butler Street.  I’d met the owner, Mary Ellen, when she attended the Christopher Jones house concert at my home last October so this had been on my “to do” list for a time.  I knew visiting the store, photographing it and blogging it, would be a good project.  Six months can fly by before you know it, though.    I needed a college graduation card, too, so what better time to go shopping and blogging?   The greeting cards are definitely out of the ordinary and this was a special one for my friend’s daughter.

Hebrew and Greek Wooden Building Blocks

I loved the Uncle Goose wooden building blocks with the different languages- French, Russian, Chinese, Hebrew and Greek were some of the languages represented.

Everything about the store is fun!  The front windows with the swim noodles and inflatable swim rings as well as the trophies in aqua displaying the jewelry in a case are designed by Sean L. Miller.

The turquoise trophies  took on a life of their own, like an installation art piece.

I took the window designer’s business card from the counter  which has the words imprinted –Think Outside the Box.  He definitely does and gets you thinking that way, too. The eye catching colors and design were so inviting.

Front Window by Sean L. MillerTurquoise Trophy Case

Mary Ellen wasn’t sure she wanted her photograph taken but she graciously consented.  Here she is in front of the counter with a cool, antique door on the front.

Thanks Mary Ellen.  Another shot for my People at Work series.

Mary Ellen Gubanic

You might have visited the store when it was down the street but Mary Ellen has been in business for nine years.  And if you live out of town, no worries, she has online shopping at her website and you can LIKE her on the DIVERTIDO page on Facebook, too.


3609 Butler Street

12 responses

  1. Now this looks like a fun shop, one that I could spend some time just looking around. Thanks for posting the link to the website, Ruth. I”m heading there next.


    May 7, 2013 at 4:18 am

  2. This is a great find, Ruth. Love your photos of the place. My granddaughter is taking a summer class in Chinese and she may have fun with a set of Chinese building blocks, even though they are for children. Planning to stop in.



    May 7, 2013 at 6:56 am

  3. Sue Reinfeld

    I love it – I might need a set of those Hebrew blocks for Marti’s boyfriend!


    May 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

  4. This is a shop you can really lose track of time in for sure; do much to look at.


    May 7, 2013 at 7:11 am

  5. Vincie

    Very cool stuff!


    May 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

  6. what a cool shop … lucky i do not live nearby!


    May 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

  7. Gail Radley

    FUN for sure. Can’t wait to see the card!


    May 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

  8. Interesting place! Luv all the bright colors. Thanks for taking us on a tour! 😉


    May 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

  9. What a fun store, Ruth. Love the “lunch is on me” bib. 🙂


    May 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  10. awesome………… shps like this have all but disappeared here………. only the large toy chains left. sad.


    May 7, 2013 at 10:22 pm

  11. Euthemia

    I love the Pizza Pi cutter!


    May 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  12. This store does look like cool fun. We have a similar store in our area called Patina (http://www.patinastores.com) – I enjoy taking 20-30 minutes on a winter afternoon with a fun espresso-drink in hand to just peruse…


    May 10, 2013 at 8:34 am

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