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New Cafe/Gallery 'Flowers For All Occasions' from the Founders of Secret Project Robot Opened in Bushwick

All photos by Dallas Athent for Bushwick Daily

Many of us have wandered into Happyfun Hideaway for a cheap drink and good time. Others of us have entered the magical world of garden installations and performance space at Secret Project Robot (SPR). Now, the SPR team, Erik Zajaceskowski and Rachel Nelson have began their newest venture in the neighborhood: a cafe called Flowers for All Occasions at 1114 Dekalb Ave (cross street: Broadway) in Bushwick.

Similarly to Secret Project Robot, Flowers for All Occasions is an artist-run space with a small, back gallery setting. Upon the first walk-in, a wine bar and cafe offering a fun, affordable menu greets you. It seems like a great place to converse, grab a snack or write. As you move towards the back of the space, the gallery gets intimate, white wooden walls corroborating the ambience. When asked howFlowers for All Occasions varies from the other art and fun-focused projects, Erik told us “Secret Project Robot needs 150 people to fill the space at any given event. We wanted something that could still show the work of undiscovered artists, but in a smaller setting and could still feel like a great event with 40 people.”

While there’s no art up in the backspace yet, Erik and Rachel plan on having regularly rotating shows there very soon. We’re excited to see what will be on view!

Erik and Rachel built out the entire space themselves, including the wooden canopy that surrounding the bar.

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A cheese platter for one costs $9, and is served with olives, sliced bread and an array of cheese.

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Plants placed around FFOA give the place a calming, earthy feel.

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A fun dish of sloppy joe sliders make for a great snack for $6.

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A pretzel and hummus dish is also a great snack to hold you over during a chat.

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Christmas lights and wooden shelves separate the seating.

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Happy owners Erik and Rachel.

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Flowers for All Occasions is located at 1114 Dekalb Ave in Bushwick.  

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