Pickers Cafe Pop-Up Antique Shop at 19 Kenmare
Aside from periodic ventures like the weeks-running Smoking Series, 19 Kenmare remained forsaken. Not too long ago, however, the corner storefront became permanently temporary. More specifically, nearby perennial pop-up mavens Openhouse Gallery launched an annex location here. And the current installation should have pack rats in a tizzy. Pickers Cafe.
Currently in its second and final week, Pickers Cafe is a run-of-the-mill flea with all sorts of crazy junk and ephemera. Proprietor Paul Gerben tells us his slogan is “no food, great taste.” The inventory reflects the mantra.
Here’s a bit more on Gerben’s endeavor via Openhouse:
Gerben and his Picker Cafe partner Paul Whittle explored estate sales, garage sales and abandoned farms throughout upstate New York, Long Island, Ohio, Connecticut and Vermont to get their hands on all the unique wares. Prices range from $25 to $20,000 and include a Roy Lichtenstein print, old-school scale. soap holders, jugs and jars. “I pick items I personally love that have tons of character and style,” Gerben says.
Pickers Cafe is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm, through Sunday. Thereafter, the concept changes again but Gerben told us he’ll be back with the antiques soon thereafter.