Christine Bonaccolta was born and raised in Queens, NY. She always had a knack for artistry, and once she completed her studies at NYU business school she worked for private manufacturers and designed jewelry for major retailers throughout the U.S. After a successful career in the Fine Jewelry industry, she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to Marin County, CA with her husband Scott and dog Mylos. They both left corporate America to open and run a math tutoring franchise, Mathnasium. Throughout the following years, they became entrenched in the community, meeting many families and working with their children. It is then that they learned about Poekie Nook and knew it was too magical not to share. Scott and Christine sold Mathnasium in 2021 to fully focus on Poekie Nook. Stay tuned for more excitement at Poekie Nook!
Poekie Nook was founded by Sophia Van der Harst. She was born and raised in a small village in Holland, amidst a bustling artistic family. From 1992-2014, she taught sewing to children in Mill Valley, CA for other businesses. In 2014, she caught the entrepreneurial bug and decided to open-up her own business. Poekie Nook was officially born and the business began to take shape. Her years of teaching, as well as, her Waldorf teacher training helped her to develop a sewing system and a world that children love and which inspires them to create, craft and imagine. In the summer of 2019, Poekie Nook was purchased by Christine Bonaccolta, allowing Sophia to retire to her homeland.