There’s no need to travel outside of Harlem to discover the perfect gift this holiday season. With scores of local entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists and artisans, there’s no better place to shop! Although this season is unlike any other prior, gift giving is still a tradition we can uphold to stay in good spirits. Show love to our community while making a loved one smile.
Apollo Gift Shop
253 W 125th Street , www.apollotheater.shop
Grab everything you need to show your Harlem pride, from afro picks to timepieces. Use the promo code Holiday2022 to save 15% now through December 31.
Harlem Haberdashery 245 Lenox Ave, 646 707 0070, www.harlemhaberdashery.com Just stepping inside of Harlem Haberdashery is an experience worth savoring. The retail expression of 5001 Flavors almost exclusively features unique designs; and inventory ranges from unique Ts to more bespoke accessories, like the fast selling two-tone scarf, which can dress up any look.
Flamekeepers Hat Club 212 531 3542, www.flamekeepershatclub.com The chapeau is a fine expression of style and cool, and at Flamekeepers, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for the modern man (or woman) in your orbit! Stop here to impress those for whom good taste is a must.
The Brownstone 24 E 125th St, 212-996-7980, www.thebrownstonewoman.com The Brownstone dresses women for the important moments in her life with ethnically-inspired fashions like leather trimmed shawls or funky jewelry that are sure to be conversation starters. There are also one-of-a-kind gifts for home and special holiday cards, too.
Hrlm Girl https://hrlmgirlapparel.com/ Have a friend who is proud to be born and raised in Harlem? Help them represent Harlem with apparel from Hrlm Girl. From masks to hoodies to tees saying “Made in Harlem”, give the gift of Harlem pride this season.
Harlem Chocolate Factory 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., www.harlemchocolatefactory.com Who wouldn’t love a chocolate bonbon in their holiday stocking? The Harlem Chocolate Factory is an artisan chocolate company based in Harlem where we convey the cultural experiences of Harlem through chocolate.
Harlem Underground 2217 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 212 987 9385, www.harlemunderground.com A Harlem staple for almost 20 years, Harlem Underground has a bevy of hats, t-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts that are sure to please even those hard to please teens. From black superheroes to jazz legends, HU is a mainstay because of its contemporary and quirky products.
2384 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, www.hempsvilleharlem.com
Their mission is to pave the way for a line of excellent CBD wellness products that promote a healthy body and strong mind. We are committed to producing safe, reliable, and effective products using the hemp plant the way nature intended. Gift baskets filled with CBD infused teas, oils, bath bombs and more are available.
Frederick Benjamin https://shop.frederickbenjamin.com/collections Men’s grooming brand for men of color, developed a regimen of products to help every man sculpt his best self, no matter his style. Give the gift of grooming, looking good and feeling good.
Junny’s designs are carefully curated. The designer creates fluid, vibrant, custom, limited edition & one of a kind pieces. Each piece is a tribute to the sight, sounds, style and vibrancy of my hood, Harlem, NYC.
Ruth Nathan’s ruthnathans.com Ruth Nathan’s creates joy by helping you express your need for distinctive looks with bow ties, face masks, and more.
MY PRIDE: Mastering Life’s Daily Performance
You’ll want to gift this book to someone who needs inspiration. Drawing on his own life and career and the rich lore of The Lion King, Alton Fitzgerald White, Broadway’s longest running “King,” delivers his message of service — taking responsibility for and deriving happiness from commonplace achievements — as a philosophy that anyone can get through each day with satisfaction, pride and a sense of accomplishment.
SoHarlem Designer Pop Up
471 W 126th St, www.soharlem.org
Keep fashion local this holiday season and help SoHarlem make the case for in person shopping in Harlem. Experience the individual pop-up shops of their collective of designers.
GIFT FOR KIDS Ground the children in your life with unique, culturally-diverse gifts that can’t be found anywhere else.
Grandma’s Place 84 W 120th St, https://www.grandmasplaceinharlem.com/ It is a toy and children’s book lovers’ dream come true in this enchanting, old-fashioned store. Dolls, stuffed animals and action figures, wooden puzzles, games, books, puppets, activities and more, all hand selected and curated by Grandma herself, a 40+ year experienced retired Teacher of the Year award winner. K
Schomburg Center Gift Shop 515 Lenox Ave, 917 275 6975, www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg The Schomburg gift shop features all sorts of sweet chotskies for children drawing from an extensive selection of books through young adult reading levels, to culturally reflective dolls, posters, pins and buttons. K, M, W, H
GIFTS FOR HOME
Whether it’s for your own home during the holidays, your best Martha Stewart/B.Smith-esque bud or hostess gift, the following shops have you covered:
NiLu 191 Lenox Ave, 646 984 4926, www.shopnilu.com There’s literally something for everyone at Nilu, but we’ll focus on home. Find everything from framed original photography or collages from local artists, culturally reflective dinner wear, funky pillows and candles, or even disco ball ornaments for your trees. Proprietor Katrina Parris Pinn’s taste is unparalleled and your home finds here will be coveted by one and all. H, M, W, K, P
Wines by Mozel 2254 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd , https://www.winesbymozel.com Tis the season to toast with family and friends. Purchase Wines by Mozel’s curated Black-owned wine box with a box Rose wines, white wines, or a mixture.
Serengeti Teas & Spices www.serengetiteasandspices.com At the forefront of African tea gastronomy, Serengeti crafts unique botanical blends, sea salts and the loveliest tea sets in glass or cast iron. A Zen moment isn’t far away.
Harlem Candle Company https://www.harlemcandlecompany.com/ Your home can be filled with beautiful scents that celebrate the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem Candle Company crafts candles, fragrances, diffusers and sprays that tell a story while taking you on an olfactory journey. Enhance your space while creating a sense, literally, of comfort and luxury.
HH Bespoke Spirits
Not into cooking but have to contribute to the holiday meal? Impress your guests with beautifully crafted bespoke spirits, perfect mixer for cocktails or refreshing alone. Find a Harlem retailer near you here.
Soular Powered etsy.com/shop/soularpowered Share season’s greetings with African American holidays cards to wish everyone love, peace and joy.
Ma Smith’s Dessert Cafe 2380 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, masmithdessertcafe.com Sweet things come small packages, and Ma Smith’s Dessert Cafe would know. Pick up cakes and cobblers, individually wrapped cupcakes for serving small groups or gift giving. You’ve got to try the sweet potato cheesecake! H
Make My Cake
409 W 125th, www.makemycake.com
Cakes, pies and pastries are probably the last things you want to cook this holiday. Have Make My Cake, make your holiday treat specials without the hassle. Reserve your pastries today.
2522 Frederick Douglass Blvd, www.barbarasflowershop.net
Bring a traditional holiday centerpiece or modern arrangements for a fun surprise. Barbara's Flower Shop can deliver! View here. H
Franz James Floral Boutique
2114 Frederick Douglass Blvd, www.fjfloral.com
Holiday time is the perfect time to decorate your home, offices and other special spaces with beautiful festive floral arrangements! Click here. H
Ho! Ho! Ho! from us at EXPERIENCE HARLEM —Harlem doesn’t have a St. Nicholas Avenue for nothing, you know.