Songbird Artistry was started by Debbie Jacknin and her daughters, Jennifer and Jacklyn. Each of them specializes in their own craft and have long been selling their jewelry, mosaics, screen printed apparel and vintage finds at craft shows going back to when Jennifer was only 13. Their first physical location was a booth at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip, where the three of them sold their own goods. It was there that they began to develop relationships with the other local artists and craftsmen who rented stands there as well. With such a supportive community, it was an ideal location and business, on the rise. Soon after they found their current location on Penn Ave across from the children’s hospital where they have been selling an expanded inventory of locally crafted Jewelry, prints, apparel, beauty supplies, and vintage goods ever since, where they also carry the items of over 40 other Pittsburgh artisans.
Songbird Artistry in the News
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Thank you, Pittsburgh, for voting us 3rd best Jewelry Store in Pittsburgh! Your continued support means everything to us!
"The space was nothing short of magical. The front window invites the passerby with it's delicate and lovely charm. Once inside, you're surrounded by this positive energy overflowing with hopes, dreams, and memories."
Saved by the Small Things
"These ladies are making a name for themselves in the craft and vintage resale community. They are also opening their doors for people of all ages to enjoy fun activities and connect with one another. I’m so grateful I was able to cross paths with these awesome women ☺ They inspire me and I hope they inspire you too!"
"Jennifer Orefice started crafting at the age of 14 and has been developing her brand of pop culture-inspired wares ever since. Songbird Artistry also carries a variety of whimsical children’s clothing that encourages imaginative play — crowns, capes and dragon tails – all made locally."
"Songbird Artistry Transforms a Small Family Business to a Magical Community Space."
“When in doubt, craft it out. This is the motto of Jacklyn and Jenn Orefice and their mom Debbie Jacknin, the family trio behind Songbird Artistry.
The whimsical shop sells handmade items from local vendors around Pennsylvania and Ohio, including jewelry, candles, children’s clothing, chapsticks, cards, “fandom gear”, and more. The store also expanded to include vintage items, such as 90s paraphernalia, old electronics, lunchboxes, and more."
By Onastasia Youssef, December 22, 2017 LOCAL Pittsburgh
"Debbie Maier Jacknin was always artistic...
Jacknin was the featured speaker at the April 29 meeting of the Artist Guild at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Jacknin, who lived in Murrysville and now resides in Kilbuck Township, couldn’t talk about her craft without talking about her husband...
They worked together on commissioned pieces and pieces they donated, such as the work “Creation” that hangs in the entrance of Temple David in Monroeville.
“It was one of the things that drew us together,” said Jacknin. “Some pieces were my idea, some were his. We bounced ideas off each other. I tend to be way more self critical while he would look at (pieces) we made like, ‘This is great!’"
"The shop offers more than Jennifer’s creations and Jacklyn’s vintage finds... Regular classes, events and parties ranging from the lighthearted (’90s-themed, BYOB game nights, a recent session of which included a spirited round of “Girl Talk”) to the cathartic (monthly “Stitch and Bitch” sessions, inviting guests to craft and vent) turn the whimsical store into a hub of conversation and community."
Listen To Debbie give her pitch for Songbird Artistry at the 2017 Invest in Her competition!
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"Jennifer Orefice...the owner of Jenn’s Jems, Jewelry & Accessories in the Strip District, gets to wake up every morning to go to a job that she loves. Creating hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry since age 13, Orefice specializes in custom and vintage necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. She even designs her own T-shirts. The shop contains many jewelry pieces inspired by movies, TV shows and other facets of pop culture. She shares her storefront with her mother, who makes stained-glass art mosaics."
-Point Park News Service