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Blemahdoo's African Market Place

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Blemahdoo's African Market Place

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Location Details

PHONE: 412-461-3551
ADDRESS: 221 E. 8th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
HOURS: call ahead

Description

Blemahdoo’s African Market Place is crowded with possibilities. There are fabrics yet to be transformed into fashion statements and dresses yet to be discovered by shoppers looking to dazzle. At this store, no two outfits are alike. That’s because owner Dee Blemahdoo designs them in her head and then makes them by hand.

Originally from Guinea, West Africa, Dee (with her husband and their three children) now lives on Pittsburgh’s North Side. After working hard to develop a loyal following of clients, she decided to open her own boutique on Homestead’s main thoroughfare. That was about 10 years ago.

These days, Dee’s customers come from near and far for her hand-crafted jewelry, imported African artifacts, and, of course, those intricately embroidered, folded, and flounced dresses.

In fact, one of her creations was recently sighted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Seen column. But if there’s one specialty that distinguishes Dee’s handiwork, it’s her custom-made wedding gowns. Their vibrant designs summon the rich heritage of Africa, not to mention each bride’s personal style. Matching ties and cummerbunds for grooms complete the wedding portait.

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