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Ollie the Octopus greets guests for the holiday pop-up at Pookaberry. (Credit: Lee Meyer)

The upcoming Pookaberry Cafe in Mattituck will host a holiday gift shop pop-up starting this Saturday, Dec. 4.

The shop will feature items based on the artwork of co-owner Peter Marco. Items on offer include plush toys, art prints, posters, coffee mugs, picture frames and books. 

Mr. Marco, along with wife and co-owner Jeanette Marco, want to introduce themselves and the Pookaberry name to the community through the pop-up ahead of the Filipino restaurant’s planned early 2022 launch.

“We figure, let’s give people a quick tease of what’s to come,” said Mr. Marco. His characters, Ollie the Octopus and his friend Pookaberry, serve as the “mascots” of the cafe and adorn some of the items for sale. 

(Credit: Lee Meyer)

Mr. Marco’s whimsical art is known for its bold black borders and cheeky humor, with pun-filled sayings and imagery, and many of the products on offer at the pop-up are recreations of his fine art. His work has been featured at FAO Schwarz, been made into a Swatch watch and more.

The couple moved to Cutchogue full-time in 2019 after living on the Lower East Side and tested out the Pookaberry Cafe concept at Harbes and Breeze Hill before leasing the Pike Street location. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a mix of traditional Filipino dishes and other food inspired by countries that became popular after the Philippines were colonized, such as Japan and Spain.

Check out the Pookaberry Cafe’s holiday gift pop-up on Saturdays in December from 10 a.m. 7 p.m. on Pike Street off Love Lane, next to the Broken Down Valise pub.