Journeys of Life is tucked away on a quiet side street in a five block residential neighborhood shopping district known as Shadyside, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1989, in an 800 square-foot second floor walkup, the focus was primarily books about life issues, 12 step recovery, and gifts that would support those topics. Journeys quickly outgrew the original location and in 1991 moved to the present location on Bellefonte Street, a two story building, originally a flower shop, with 2,000 square feet of selling space and lots of windows and skylights. The added space allowed for expansion of topics covered in the second floor book department, while the first floor evolved as an eclectic gift shop. Journeys of Life is a store with product that inspires, delights, educates, brings meaning and joy.
In November 2011 Journeys of Life was destroyed by an early morning electrical fire. The building and its contents were declared a total loss. Through the determination of the staff, owners, community and many friends near and far, the store was relocated around the corner for six months within two weeks of the fire. In May of 2012 Journeys returned to the totally renovated building on Bellefonte St where it remains today.