Lockwood, the Astoria-based lifestyle store, will open its third location Sunday at the Queens Museum.
Mackenzi Farquer, Lockwood’s owner, said museum officials approached her with the idea as they looked to replace their gift shop.
“I always say it’s like a bucket list item that wasn’t on my bucket list,” she said.
Farquer, a co-creator of the popular neighborhood blog “We Heart Astoria,” opened her first location at 32-15 33rd St. in Astoria in September 2013. She opened a second boutique in Jackson Heights at 77-13 37th Ave. last August.
Both shops offer housewares, clothing and children’s items as well as T-shirts, mugs, trinkets and other objects that pay homage to the borough.
“The museum’s deputy director, David Strauss, approached me to carry out their vision,” Farquer said. “And they’re very Queens-centric.”
Lockwood Queens Museum will feature items from local artisans and designers, many with a World’s Fair and Unisphere theme as well as Queens Museum branded goods.
Farquer is also going to sell a specially designed Flushing Meadows Corona Park tote bag, a curated selection of New York City tourism enamel pins as well as gift shop-style T-shirts, postcards and mugs.
The store’s debut coincides with the museum’s Queens International, a biannual exhibit that will include a retrospective on The Ramones, the legendary punk-rock band from Forest Hills.
The exhibit, “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” will be on view at the museum from April 10 through July 31.
It will track the band’s roots in Queens and show their influence on music, fashion, fine art, comics and film.
“We will sell a selection of merchandise related to The Ramones and the New York City punk scene,” Farquer said.
Lockwood Queens Museum will be open during museum hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
“We are excited to be partnering with Lockwood, a kindred spirit when it comes to celebrating all that the borough of Queens embodies,” Strauss said. “This collaboration allows as to introduce some of Queens’ most talented artisans to new communities, augment the visitor experience with a memorable retail destination, and help one of Queens’ favorite small businesses expand their reach.”
Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparr
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