Category Archives: shopping

Why Harlem should shop Black Friday at DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse on 125th Street

There is one big company, which has a presence in Harlem, that is making a bold statement by being a leader and not a follower. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day and not follow the insanity that’s typically been happening over the years, which is to open ahead of Black Friday, Americas’ annual holiday shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving.

The CEO of DSW made the decision to not be open on Thanksgiving Day because he believes their workers should be home celebrating with family. Another translation: putting people first ahead of some measly revenue generated a few hours before Black Friday!

This blog couldn’t agree more with DSW’s position and plans to shop Black Friday at DSW Shoes in Harlem. HarlemGal salutes DSW Shoes for their recent decision to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day 2014 and is asking its readers to join this blog in acknowledging DSW online or with your pocket book on Black Friday. Let the holidays begin!

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Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.

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Indulge in African teas at Serengeti Teas & Spices in Harlem, now open on Frederick Douglass Blvd

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At the recommendation of a longtime reader of HarlemGal Inc., I stopped by Serengeti Teas & Spices in Harlem yesterday, which opened a week ago at 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 123rd Street. A big thanks for the recommendation. My visit to Serengeti in Harlem did not disappoint. And as one Facebook friend said, “it’s a must stop on FDB! The attention to details and explanations are great!” I couldn’t agree more.

Serengeti in Harlem offers all the tea imaginable, loose or bagged, strong or light, from the continent of Africa. And the staff is willing and ready to provide any guest a tutorial on the variety of teas offered. Plus Serengeti offers samples to taste if one is not sure what to purchase. I owned up to being tea illiterate and the staff person who assisted me (and by the way I did not disclose I was a local blogger) was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in all the teas offered. This staff person walked me through every inch of the products available. Overall, my experience at Serengeti in Harlem was completely delightful! I ended up purchasing two canisters of tea, the Bassa Blood Orange Organic Tea for $12 and Berry Rooibo’s 20 Tea Bags for $10.

If you’re walking along Harlem’s restaurant row, aka FDB, HarlemGal Inc recommends a quick stop by Serengeti Teas & Spices in Harlem at 123rd and FDB. They offer pastries and coffee as well. Serengeti in Harlem is open from 10 am to 9 pm. A website will be available at a later date.

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Trunk Show Designer Consignment in Harlem turns one, cash in on your closet on 113th Street

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Trunk Show Designer Consignment in Harlem celebrated their first full year of business this past weekend. They opened for business in July 2012. A big congrats to them and continued to success!

Wondering how Trunk Show Designer Consignment in Harlem works? If you are a consumer of high-end labels or luxury clothing goods and would like to get some sort of return on your luxury merchandise, stop by TSDC, located at 275-277 West 113th Street, between ACP and FDB. You maybe able to cash in on your luxury goods depending on the state of the item(s). According to their consignment policy, seasonal merchandise is accepted on a consignment basis Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only. The consignment split for all items sold at TSDC is 50/50.

Learn more about Trunk Show Designer Consignment Harlem here. Or better yet, stop by and visit TSDC to view and shop their merchandise or drop off luxury goods to consign or just stop by to say congrats for TSDC turning one.

TSDC
275-277 West 113th Street
Harlem, New York 10026
Tel: 212.662.0009
E:info@trunkshowconsignment.com
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What to do in Harlem? GreenThumb Festival, Opening Night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This Saturday, July 13, is the GreenThumb Summer Festival at Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. the program starts at 11 am, but the festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm

This day long celebration will serve to recognize urban farming and the GreenThumb community gardens across New York City. Radio Station WBLS 107.5FM will broadcast from the site and will be accompanied by activities on the plaza. Additionally, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, food demonstrations, and a full size garden on display courtesy of the Urban Garden Center.

On Saturday evening, it is opening night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which starts at 7:30 pm at The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt. Morris Park West and 122nd Street. Opening Night is free. Performances of the show runs through July 30 on Tuesdays through Sunday at 7:30 pm.

For opening night, the play will be followed by a 9:30 pm cast party at Settepanni, 196 Lenox Ave. (at 120th Street).

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Flea Marqueta starts today June 23 in East Harlem

Today’s the day, June 23, when East Harlem will start their outdoor farmer and flea market called Flea Marqueta. Head on over to the plaza, also known as, “La Placita” on East 116th and Park Avenue, across from Urban Garden Center and check out the flea market. Flea Marqueta will take place every Sunday, June through October, from noon to 6 pm.
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East Harlem to start their own flea market, to be called Flea Marqueta

According to East Harlem’s Urban Garden Center, a flea market is popping up right across the street from them at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. Their multiple Facebook posts state “we are starting a flea market called Flea Marqueta…!” Flea Marqueta will start June 23 and run to October.

They are currently looking for vendors, artists, performers, food operators and more. For more information about Flea Marqueta, contact Sara@UrbanGardenNYC.com or call 917-769-4884.
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Harlem Vintage becomes Vintage Harlem?

A reader on Facebook dropped us a line over the weekend saying that the old Harlem Vintage wine store that was located on 121st and Frederick Douglass Blvd will continue as a wine store, but with a new name–Vintage Harlem. The word is the owners of the new Vintage Harlem plan to open up the new wine store very soon.

This is good news. Now this part of Harlem will continue to have two wine stores, The Winery and Vintage Harlem!

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Spring Sale at Harlem’s Katrina Parris Flowers

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Harlem’s Katrina Parris Flowers has some great plans for the upcoming Spring season. Katrina Parris Flowers, located at 191 Lenox Avenue, tells HarlemGal Inc that they are not just about flower delivery, events, and weddings. They are about being a part of the Harlem community and coming up with ideas, products and services, that benefit its customers and the community. Here are a few examples-and one of those examples is a Spring Sale. Enjoy!

  • Katrina Parris Flowers is a collection point for Harlem Park-to-Park’s “Harlem Earth Day Bottle Cap Collection – Kids art project”.
  • SPRING SALE is underway. 40 percent off selected gift items and 50-70 percent off gently used event inventory and vases. Plus KPF is having an online sale with 30 percent off select designs for delivery.
  • KPF will be launching soon its LOCAL LOYALTY program, allowing customers to earn points towards free flowers with every purchase.
  • And there is a Contest Giveaway on Facebook going on right now, to win a Harlem Love, Peace & Soul T Shirt.

Stop by and visit Katrina Parris Flowers in Harlem. See details below!

Katrina Parris Flowers
191 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY, 10026 USA
212-222-7030
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Tweet of the Week: Visit Grandmas Place in Harlem

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This weeks Tweet of the Week belongs to Grandmas Place in Harlem and @Schopgirl. Recently, I posted a photo on Instagram of Grandmas Place, located at 84 West 120th Street in Harlem, saying “there’s nothing better than Grandmas Place” to shop for great gifts for kids! Out of the blue, the owners daughter of Grandmas Place tweets back “that’s my mom! 40 plus years in education, literacy, and passion for toys and books.”

This is a classic example that when you tweet something out about Harlem, you are bound to come across family! Luv it!

To shop at Grandmas Place, take the 2/3 subway to either 116th or 125th Street. They’re located right behind Settepani!

And join us on Twitter to receive the latest information about Harlem!

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