photo courtesy of bridgeandtunnelclub.com
Mario Dandola, A.K.A. George, in front of his store on Court Street
George on Court Street
George's wife Emily inside George's Potpourri's 489 Court Street location
Until recently, George's Potpourri was located at 500 Court Street, but the space was taken over by Le Petit Café next door. George relocated his store to its current location across the street at 489 Court Street.
He will be missed by many in Carroll Gardens.
Friend Allyn Howard, who knew George well, wrote a lovely tribute to him on her blog. She writes:
"It's hard to believe he won't be sitting outside his shop feeding the birds, including the maligned pigeons each day or offering an icy refreshment in the summertime. He loved being social and seemed to know about any and everything going on in the area. When I told my friend he was in the hospital, her daughter exclaimed "not the nice man with the skunks?!" He sometimes gave out little good luck skunks, made of pipe cleaner, to kids and some adults, like my mom. She's even traveled out of the country with hers. I have several myself."
For more about the man, please visit her site here.
I would truly love it if those in the neighborhood who knew him could tell us more about him.
500 Court Street, the former home of George's Potpourri
George's Potpourri at its current location, 489 Court Street