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OK Pop Up

Onur Kurt’s namesake enterprise, OK Pop Up is the quintessential Brunswick business.

It’s eclectic mix of new and pre-loved clothing collections and choice accessories, kahve (Turkish coffee and tea corner), unique vintage home décor pieces, and local gathering space, is a microcosm of a good proportion of Sydney Road: hip, colourful, a little quirky, and yet proudly one-of-a-kind.

“Whenever anyone asks Onur what category her shop falls under, she refuses to let only one aspect of it define the rest, and rightfully so, since each distinct corner offers something different, and OK Pop Up is as colourful as its creator’s life story.”

Originally, Onur dreamed of setting up a small café. As a daughter of two successful local restaurateurs who ran Golden Terrace in Brunswick for many years, she grew up learning as much as she could about running a food-related business. She was walking down Sydney Road one day and found the perfect vacant spot for her future café. She started painting it and was about to retrofit the area. However, fate had other plans and she had to put her coffee dreams on hold upon being diagnosed with breast cancer. After a successful year of treatment, she realised that she could not keep up with the gargantuan task of starting a café from scratch. As she was deciding what to do with the space originally intended for the café, one of her friends suggested that she try to sell his clothing creations, and another friend suggested something similar. Apart from menswear and ladieswear, she also shopped for beautiful locally-made accessories, fair trade products, vegan rope sandals, colourful handmade eco bags and added vintage fashion, art, and home decoration to her shop collection. As an Australian with Turkish roots, she decided to sell hamam soaps sourced directly from Istanbul and add a kahve, where she serves fine Turkish coffee with Turkish delight on the side, and warm, delicious Turkish apple tea or black tea, on traditional copperware and Ottoman-inspired fabric coasters, which are also available for purchase. She even added limited edition coloured Frida Kahlo prints on the shop walls and played Sufi-inspired music in the background. Soon, she found the space transform organically, as if it slowly developed its own identity through time, with the help of her loved ones.

This April, she held her first ever OK Pop Up event entitled “Fashion for the Bohemian Spirit”, where all those who identify with the female gender could sit together to exchange stories on food, culture, experiences of being a woman and their roles in their respective families and communities. Seven people, including Onur, enjoyed an evening of stories and sumptuous offerings of borek, semolina cake, cheese and fruit platters.

OK Pop Up is at 633 Sydney Road, Brunswick and is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with late nights on Thursdays, until 7:00 PM and Fridays until 8:00 PM.