Funky Monkey Pops Up at 60 Greenwich Avenue, Oct 7-8, 2017

Lynn Gulli, Brooke Dodaj

Lynn Gulli and her friend Brooke outside the Funky Monkey pop up shop at 60 Greenwich Avenue. The store will be open on Saturday and Sunday Oct 7 and 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

A New Canaan based store selling children’s clothing, toys, games, jewelry, shoes and much more took up temporary residence at 60 Greenwich Avenue on Saturday.

Before Funky Monkey opened at 10:00am, owner Amanda Cui invited Lynn Gulli and her friend Brooke Dodaj to explore the store on their own.

Lynn, a student at Julian Curtiss School, who was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia recently, must avoid crowds as she goes through chemotherapy. She is being home schooled for now and her tutor happens to be former JC teacher Kerri DeAngelo.

In fact, following Lynn’s diagnosis, numerous parents at Julian Curtiss School came together to give her support. The Willow Project a nonprofit that aims to raise money for Lynn’s treatment, was soon formed.

Lynn and Brooke gravitated to the Funky Monkey backpacks and squishy fidget toys, while Lynn’s brother Rocky played with Halloween costume props. Their mothers loved the themed pajama sets that correspond to favorite bed time story books.

The owner of Funky Monkey, Amanda Cui, discovered the pop up location through Christine Dodaj, a Greenwich Avenue Specialist with Worth Property Group, which is a boutique firm with locations in New Canaan and Greenwich.  The store was formerly the longtime home to Graham’s Toys, is next to Ginger Man at the top of Greenwich Avenue.

Cui said that in New Canaan her store is very popular with children 7-14, but many of the toys are geared to 3- to 5-year-old’s.

During the two day pop up shop, all the merchandise is either buy-one get-one free or 25% off.

Funky Monkey, which has operated out of its 4 South Ave location in New Canaan for a year, will be open at 60 Greenwich Avenue Saturday, Oct 7 and Sunday Oct 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm.

Lynn Gulli and her friend Brooke

Lynn Gulli and her friend Brooke explore toys and stuffed animals at the Funky Monkey pop up shop at 60 Greenwich Avenue on Saturday. Photo: Leslie Yager

Lynn Gulli and her friend Brooke

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

Amanda Cui

Funky Monkey owner Amanda Cui shows off children’s bathing suits, sleepwear that is buy-one-get-one free at her pop up shop at 60 Greenwich Avenue. Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

Lynn Gulli and Brooke Dodaj at the Funky Monkey pop up shop at 60 Greenwich Avenue, the space formerly occupied by Graham’s Toys. Oct 7, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

Get some early holiday shopping done at the Funky Monkey pop up shop at 60 Greenwich Ave. Open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday Oct 8, 2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

Rocky Gulli explores the toys and games at Funky Monkey. Photo: Leslie Yager

Rocky Gulli

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

Rocky Gulli explores The Funky Monkey pop up shop at 60 Greenwich Ave. Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

Funky Monkey

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager

The Funky Monkey pop up shop is located at 60 Greenwich Ave and will be open Saturday Oct 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Photo: Leslie Yager


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