“The history of SITE and Lockwood seems so long and winding now,” says Mackenzi Farquer, owner of Lockwood on 33rd St. in Astoria. Farquer opened her first retail shop SITE on 34th Ave. in 2007. “By 2013 we had outgrown our little home and found a magical space near Broadway that I knew would be our forever home,” she says.
Farquer, who has lived in Astoria for over 12 years, stocks her shop with “a little bit of everything,” much of which is locally made. “I’m always open to having conversations with local artists and designers,” she says. From home goods, to greeting cards and organic coffee to Queens T-shirts, Lockwood has something for everyone.
Farquer is nothing if not ambitious. In addition to being a founder and writer of the popular We Heart Astoria blog and running Lockwood, she’s working on opening a second store in November. Lockwood Style will be an all-size, women’s clothing boutique.
This year, Lockwood will be the starting point for the Astoria Art Festival’s first Art Walk on Saturday, October 18th. “We’ve always hosted artists and events for the Festival,” Farquer says. “I’m so glad the Astoria Art Festival is taking the initiative to bring an event like this to Astoria. The neighborhood is filled with talented artists, who now get a moment in the spotlight.”
Lockwood is celebrating its first birthday this weekend with coffee and treats in its Secret Garden from 11:00 to 6:00 on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st.
32-15 33rd St.