BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Brooklyn couple is opening their home to holiday shoppers with a vintage pop-up store in their Bed-Stuy brownstone.
Mike Kollman and Leecia Manning, owners of I Like Mike's, sell restored mid-century furniture and home accessories out of their 161 Decatur St. brownstone.
“Why buy new when you can buy better than new?” Manning said of the shop, which they call "a candy store for mid-century holiday gifts."
The husband-and-wife team have operated the furniture and accessories venture for seven years through appointments and online sales, but decided to expand this holiday season by opening to the public for browsing hours on Wednesdays and weekends.
“I think this will lead us to the next chapter,” Manning added, describing possible plans to keep their doors open once a week after the pop-up has run its course.
The home boasts more than 2,000 vintage pieces, including clocks, bookends, cabinets and sofas, all of which are restored by Kollman in his basement workshop.
“It’s really a shop for people who appreciate the quality and workmanship of midcentury modern pieces — those who pay attention to detail,” Manning said.
I Like Mike’s is open on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and weekends from 12 to 6 p.m. through Dec. 21.
Other holiday pop-ups in Bed-Stuy include:
► Stuyvesant Independent Arts Bazaar will be open on weekends through Dec. 20 at the 375 Stuyvesant Ave. location.
Vendors include Anu Rock & Metal Jewelry, GizMit vintage clothing and art, and House of Juice, a craft brewery and juice bar.
► Miles, a leather-goods and vintage apparel brand, opened its doors at 456 Nostrand Ave. this week.
The pop-up also specializes in military surplus items, according to brand curator Tariq Holloway. The store will host its grand opening party on Dec. 7 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Customers can stop by Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. through the end of December.