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- Experience Harlem 2021 #ShopHarlem Holiday Gift Guide
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. Photo: Antoine Debrill KEY GUIDE: Men = M Women = W Kids = K Home = H Pets = P 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. M, W 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. M, W 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. W, H 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. W,M Junny https://junny.nyc/ Junny’s 100% cotton masks prints are lovingly made in Harlem by Junny or her head seamstress. All masks are made with 2 layers of 100% cotton material, most designs have filter pocket. Keep a loved one safe and fashionable all season long. W.M Harlem Chocolate Factory 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. ,https://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. W,M,K Harlem Underground 20 E 125th St, 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. K, M, W Imani Lia Designs https://www.imanilia.com/ For Holiday 2020 I have created speciality items for the whole family. Printable fashion books for kids, glam accessories for the whole family and limited edition clothing items that will have you feeling your best no matter if you’re working from home or in the office. M,W,K 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. M Reynoir https://society6.com/createperiodfestival Baby, it’s cold outside. Gift a winter puffer coat, hoodie or mug by a visual artist and abstract painter. M,W 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. M,W GIFTS FOR KIDS Ground the children in your life with unique, culturally-diverse gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. A2Z Children’s Boutique 212 932 2220, www.a2zchildrensboutique.com Make the children in your life exceedingly cool with unique and fashion-forward finds at A2Z, whether it be a straw fedora for boys or faux fur vest for girls. There’s also baby gifts, shoes, and accessories. From newborn to size 14. K 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. H Serengeti Teas & Spices 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 212 866 7100, 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. H 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. H Soular Powered etsy.com/shop/soularpowered Share season’s greetings with African American holidays cards to wish everyone love, peace and joy. H 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 Ho! Ho! Ho! from us at EXPERIENCE HARLEM —Harlem doesn’t have a St. Nicholas Avenue for nothing, you know.
- Sexy Taco is Back!
Photo Credit Noah Fecks @noafecksisawesome Harlem restaurateurs Chef Brian Washington Palmer and Nikoa Evans, are “bringing sexy back” to Strivers’ Row by reviving Sexy Taco, their California street food brand in the former Ruby’s Vintage Space. The restaurant group completely revamped the space to create an entirely new vibe with its signature eclectic decor; a delicious menu of tacos, burritos, and other yummy bites; and a festive and sexy offering of cocktails. The move allows the group to take advantage of the growing nightlife scene developing on Upper 7th Avenue in Harlem while bringing back a beloved brand to their loyal customers. We recently stopped by on a #TacoTuesday to embrace the revamp and enjoy some sexy tacos, luscious cocktails and provocative tunes. Of course we started with guacamole and chips, the classic app. It was creamy and served with jalapeno slices for kick of heat. Copy our order for a meal that will have you returning every week: -Korean beef tacos, fish tacos, bang bang shrimp tacos -Mango margaritas, classic margaritas, frozen margaritas....and did we mention margaritas? View our very sexy video from our IG to get the full experience: Video Credit @SidraStartups The NEW Sexy Taco offers a selection of customized tacos, bowls and burritos with fillings that include options like Cuban Chicken, Beef Birria, and Vegan Chorizo; and sexy cocktails that include the Hurricane Ceasar and the Fire Negroni. The decor completes the atmosphere with tiled floors, vintage wallpaper coverings, a mural of Chaka Kahn anchoring the back wall and the bar’s signature flamingos and classic kitsch on display throughout the space. Photo Credit Oleg March “The pandemic forced all businesses to reassess their operations, brand positioning and the way in which their audience's preferences may have evolved during the last 18 months. As the city and country reopens with renewed energy, people are venturing out and seeking experiences that offer a fun and festive way to socialize with friends and family while being safe. Sexy Taco is a familiar brand to the community that represents that fun, celebratory energy and was best suited for our new strategy,” said Evans. Sexy Taco 2340 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr Blvd M-F 4 PM - 11 PM | S & S 11 AM - 11 PM Share this news with a friend who enjoy tacos, tequila and tunes. Don't wait for #tacotuesday to experience a very sexy meal in Harlem.
- PATCH: Juneteenth 2021: NYC Events Roundup
NEW YORK CITY — Juneteenth, officially made a federal holiday by President Joe Biden Thursday – will offer bountiful in-person and virtual events in New York City this year to mark the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration marking the end of slavery on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Below is a list of Juneteenth events to support Black joy, excellence and love, Black-owned businesses and organizations and Black culture. Scroll to the bottom of the list for virtual events, and revisit this page for more events and updates. MORE
- ABOUT | Experience Harlem
About Experience Harlem There is so much history and culture in Harlem and it truly doesn’t get enough recognition. Harlem is a part of Manhattan, but rarely is it referenced in this way. Since my first-ever visit to Harlem, NY, in the summer of 1997, I fell in love with the Black Mecca. When I came to NY in 2003, there was hardly any mention of Harlem in mainstream media outlets such as Time Out or Zagats. I saw a space and opportunity to use my background and experiences to launch an Experience Harlem. Launched in 2006, Experience Harlem is an award-winning media and consulting company highlighting upper Manhattan's best shopping, dining, arts & culture in our guides , blog, events and more. Since 2006 we have: - Worked with over 200 small businesses, corporations, non-profits and arts & culture institutions - Created and distributed over 500K guides - Created and produced bar and restaurant crawl events between 2010 – 2015 delivering over 10,000 participants to restaurants in central Harlem and garnering thousands of media impressions including ABC, CBS, NBC, NY1, NY Amsterdam News and The Daily News and more. - Delivered millions of impressions via our social media channels and emails. Experience Harlem President & Founder, Angie Hancock was a marketing leader with Fortune 500 corporations such as Sara Lee, Ann Taylor Inc, Mars Inc. (M&M’s), ESSENCE and EBONY Magazines. She obtained her MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, is a CPA and was awarded The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Achiever, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction, Bradhurst Merchant Association’s Business of the Year and Harlem Fashion Week Black Girl Magic Honoree . Angie Hancock, Founder & President Special thanks to our community partners:
- Experience Harlem 15 | Experience Harlem
Scroll Down 15 Years of Harlem Love “We’ve only scratched the surface, we’ll continue along the path to support enterprises and small-business owners. We have a ton of work to do to protect our cultural legacy as the demographic shifts.” The essential uptown guide to shopping, dining arts & culture. Get the latest info on the stops, shops, eats, sips and more uptown has to offer Experience: Harlem continues to be the most comprehensive source for shopping and services, eating and culture in Harlem. From jazz and food at the historical American Legion to the world-famous Apollo to the annual sold-out restaurant crawl on Lenox Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Experience: Harlem has it for you. With our annual guide, Experience: Harlem remains up to date with information, new openings and more. Share Your Favorite Harlem Experience Use the hashtag #ExperienceHarlem to share the moments that made you fall in love with Harlem! Harlem is Black History The Guides The essential uptown guide to shopping, dining arts & culture. Get the latest info on the stops, shops, eats, sips and more uptown has to offer. The Summers The truth is the rent is too damn high and so is everything else. We were there with you taking in the beauty, and rich legacy of historic Harlem for everyone's favorite price. FREE! The Movements Harlem is the Mecca of Black culture and everyone seems to want in on it. Our guides helped you find businesses owned and operated by your people. The Staples Those downtown guides can't be trusted with where to go Uptown. We've had you covered since Day 1, helping you find the best spots in Harlem. The Memories Shop Harlem, Shop & Sip, and more are about connecting the legacy of Harlem to the moments with family and friends that you'll never forget.
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Around the Neighborhood Check out the latest on Harlem's best stops, shops, sips and more. 9 Harlem Holiday Hacks Harlem Holiday Hacks are back to save the Thanksgiving! Choose a shortcut or two or three to make this season a little more special and worry-free. 2021 Harlem Holiday Gift Guide There’s no need to travel outside of Harlem to discover the perfect gift this holiday season. 130+ Black-Owned Businesses Supporting Harlem and supporting Black business is not a trend and will never go out of style. Latest News Experience Harlem 2021 #ShopHarlem Holiday Gift Guide There’s no need to travel outside of Harlem to discover the perfect gift this holiday season. With scores of local entrepreneurs, small... Sexy Taco is Back! Photo Credit Noah Fecks @noafecksisawesome Harlem restaurateurs Chef Brian Washington Palmer and Nikoa Evans, are “bringing sexy back” to... PATCH: Juneteenth 2021: NYC Events Roundup NEW YORK CITY — Juneteenth, officially made a federal holiday by President Joe Biden Thursday – will offer bountiful in-person and... Free Harlem Summer August 2021 Photo: Paula Lobo, Courtesy of Harlem Stage Partake in free films, workshops, open mic nights, art exhibitions and more this August all... THE INFATUATION: 9 Exciting Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in NYC this Week With temperatures in the 80s and a host of Juneteenth celebrations coming up on Saturday, this week is full of events every New Yorker... EBONY.com: Buying Black, A Photo Essay: Harlem Many Black businesses claim to have made more money on Juneteenth 2020 than they had the whole year, or ever. This year, so far, the same... See More What's Happening in Harlem?