Ollie the Octopus greets visitors for the vacation pop-up at Pookaberry. (Credit score: Lee Meyer)
The upcoming Pookaberry Cafe in Mattituck will host a vacation present store pop-up beginning this Saturday, Dec. 4.
The store will characteristic gadgets based mostly on the paintings of co-owner Peter Marco. Gadgets on provide embody plush toys, artwork prints, posters, espresso mugs, image frames and books.
Mr. Marco, together with spouse and co-owner Jeanette Marco, wish to introduce themselves and the Pookaberry title to the group by way of the pop-up forward of the Filipino restaurant’s deliberate early 2022 launch.
“We determine, let’s give individuals a fast tease of what’s to come back,” mentioned Mr. Marco. His characters, Ollie the Octopus and his pal Pookaberry, function the “mascots” of the cafe and adorn a number of the gadgets on the market.
Mr. Marco’s whimsical artwork is thought for its daring black borders and cheeky humor, with pun-filled sayings and imagery, and most of the merchandise on provide on the pop-up are recreations of his positive artwork. His work has been featured at FAO Schwarz, been made right into a Swatch watch and extra.
The couple moved to Cutchogue full-time in 2019 after residing on the Decrease East Facet and examined out the Pookaberry Cafe idea at Harbes and Breeze Hill earlier than leasing the Pike Avenue location. The restaurant can be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a mixture of conventional Filipino dishes and different meals impressed by international locations that turned well-liked after the Philippines had been colonized, similar to Japan and Spain.
Take a look at the Pookaberry Cafe’s vacation present pop-up on Saturdays in December from 10 a.m. 7 p.m. on Pike Avenue off Love Lane, subsequent to the Damaged Down Valise pub.