Walking into Lula's Pantry in the charming seaside town of Rockport, Massachussetts makes you feel like you've stepped into a romantic-comedy film with really stylish sets -which, in fact, has happened in the village several times. (Think: Sandra Bullock in The Proposal; Kate Capshaw, The Love Letter)
Crisp, clean lighting immediately flatters everyone who enters and highlights a colorful array of gourmet goodies, gorgeous pottery and enough kitchen gadgets and cookbooks to make sure you lose track of time.
(If you've got someone waiting for you, send them over to Blue Lobster Grille for a snack while they wait...that should buy you some time! Okay, full disclosure, my sister-in-law, Maura McCarthy, is co-owner of BLG, so stop in and say hello -she's terrific and the food is really, really good!)
Owner and curator of Lula's Pantry, Brett Roeske, has a background in design and a passion for good food -it shows. Foodies unite!
The thrill of the hunt!
Thick rope coiled on wooden crates is a nod to the historic fishing community and picturesque harbor that sits just outside.
Roeske seeks out local artisans who produce hand-crafted pottery, dinnerware, products and art for the shop.
East Coast folks take their Italian food very seriously. This pasta and biscotti looks like it would pass muster with the most authentic of locals.
I think the best sense of style is one that incorporates a bit of humor and whimsy -it makes even the most sophisticated settings feel more comfortable. It sort of says, Let's not take ourselves too seriously, shall we? And in the meantime, let's make use of these Pinnochio funnels...
If you happen to be roaming Cape Ann: Lula's Pantry 5 Dock Square, Rockport, Mass.