Pop-Up Coffee Shop Coming to Astoria Boutique Backyard

By Jeanmarie Evelly on April 14, 2014 3:25pm 

 Lockwood Shop in Astoria is one of several local Queens business offering deals and giveaways for Small Business Saturday.
Lockwood Shop in Astoria is one of several local Queens business offering deals and giveaways for Small Business Saturday.
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ASTORIA — A boutique is teaming up with a local coffee roaster to launch a pop-up cafe in the store's backyard this summer, which will feature baked treats from Balthazar and popular Brooklyn cupcake shop Robicelli's.

Lockwood Shop, a clothing, furniture and lifestyle store at 32-15 33rd St., near Broadway, will host the outdoor coffee shop every weekend in partnership with Native Coffee Roasters, an Astoria-based company that sells hand-roasted coffee beans.

The cafe will be called "The Secret Garden," and will be open every Saturday and Sunday starting Memorial Day weekend, according to Lockwood owner Mackenzi Farquer, who said she first worked with Native to supply free coffee to shoppers during Small Business Saturday last year.

"It was our busiest day we've ever had at Lockwood Shop, and we jokingly said, 'We should do this more often,'" Farquer said.

Native will run a coffee bar at The Secret Garden, selling iced java, iced teas and other espresso-based drinks, plus bags of its small-batch coffee beans that will rotate each week.

The space will also sell cupcakes, cookies and croissants from the Bay Ridge bakery Robicelli's, plus baked goods from Balthazar, Bed-Stuy doughnut shop Dough and Baked in Red Hook.

Customers will be able to enjoy their treats at an eight-foot long communal table made from reclaimed pallets, and Farquer plans to compost all of the coffee shop's waste.

The Secret Garden will launch May 24 and be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the summer.

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