Just Pop In, Indeed: Mandy Selke’s Cozy Den
One-half of Indy’s snack-making sister act lets us pop into her basement.
Photo by Tony Valainis
Tucked away inside a quaint teal cottage, Just Pop In co-owner Mandy Selke’s colorful basement brims with eclectic relics that are just as darling as the picturesque exterior of her Broad Ripple home.
When Selke and twin sister Carly aren’t sipping wine in Selke’s boudoir (a massive shoe palace complete with a refinished couch), they enjoy hosting friends for a glass of Cakebread Chardonnay (Selke’s favorite) in this room.
Selke found these retro fixtures at Colonial Antiques in Zionsville. They were made in 1935, the year her house was built.
Local designer Allison Ford made Selke this wooden ring modeled after a brass-fly ashtray her grandparents owned.
Selke’s mother saved the original doors from Just Pop In’s Guilford Avenue store and gifted them to Selke. “It feels so good to have them in my home, because it reminds me of how far we’ve come.”
Her favorite Just Pop In variety is Dark Chocolate Vintage Merlot Sea Salt—a signature flavor created for the Omni Severin Hotel.
Selke and her sis have attended the New Orleans Jazz Festival every year since 1998. “There’s an artist there named Joy Gauss who makes these really cool skeleton figures, so every year I pick up one to add to my shelves.”
Selke collected Rolling Stone during high school. “I grew up with a huge passion for music. The record player was always turned on at our house.”
“I stinking love this,” Selke says. “My sister and I were such roller queens. We went roller-skating all the time on Chicago’s Oak Street Beach—it was part of our childhood.”
This article appeared in the July 2014 issue.