Category Archives: spending

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.


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


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.




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

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.

275-277 West 113th Street
Harlem, New York 10026
Tel: 212.662.0009

Spring Sale at Harlem’s Katrina Parris Flowers

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

Tweet of the Week: Visit Grandmas Place in Harlem

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!


Made in Harlem: Uptown Soap Co. featured in February issue of Vogue

I love it when I see Harlem-based companies in the news, specifically in glamorous places, such as in lifestyle magazines. This month Uptown Soap Co. received another nod from Vogue in their beauty section called Made in NY, aka Made in Harlem! Of course, it doesn’t hurt to get notice by Oprah too, which the Harlem based company has on their milestone belt as well.

Uptown Soap Co.’s Silvia Dontcheva tells HarlemGal Inc that “they make all of their products by hand in a small brownstone on 123rd Street in Harlem. The company started 4 years ago and although it began with solely soaps, they now specialize in bubble baths, soy candles, perfumes, body scrubs and more.”

No need to go downtown for these Made in Harlem products. Dontcheva says their products can be purchased in Harlem at the wonderful Harlem Flo on Frederick Douglass Blvd and 122nd Street. Owners Stefan and Louis have reordered from Uptown Soap since they started. Very cool. I know where I’m buying me some pretty soap! See ya at Harlem Flo!

What to do in Harlem this Friday? Casa Frela Gallery, Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem Salsa, Harlem Bar Crawl

There are several Harlem happenings taking place this Friday evening, Jan 25. They’re lined up below for your consideration.

Casa Frela Gallery will present the works of furniture artist Yoav S. Liberman from 8-10 pm. In addition to showing Yoav’s fantastic furniture pieces, he will also speak about the art pieces currently in the gallery, as well as an informal Q&A to follow. To attend this FREE event, RSVP to

Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and Musical Director Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will take the stage at the Harlem School of the Arts’ Winter Music Festival, located at 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue. This will be the first of several concerts presented by O’Farrill and the members of his jazz orchestra this year. This event starts at 6:30 pm and it is FREE.

Over on the Westside, it’s Harlem Salsa at Dinosaur BBQ, located 700 125th Street. One hour salsa classes are offered from 6-7 pm. Admittance for the evening is $10. See more details in picture below.

And the Harlem Bimonthly Bar Crawl continues on Lenox Avenue starting at 9 pm. Participating establishments for the 25th include: Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant, Harlem Corner Social, Red Rooster Harlem, Cove Lounge, and Chez Lucienne.


Participate in Online Photo Contest, submit Harlem Holiday themed photos to win cash prizes

Douglas Elliman Real Estate, which in Harlem has an office located at 117th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd., is celebrating the holidays with an online photo contest. The contest is all about holiday photos. The “Home for the Holidays” online photo contest allows contestants to post photos through the company’s app linked to the Douglas Elliman Facebook page for easy submission.

Fans can submit any holiday themed photo or memory using the hash tag #EllimanPhotoContest. Images are synced to other social media sites as well, such as Instagram and Pinterest. Contestants can use any kind of holiday spirit photo as long as it has a themed subject matter. Whether you take pictures of holiday decorations, loved ones, pets, menorahs, styles or festivities, there are no limits to the amount of photos that you enter for the “Home for the Holidays” contest.

First place winners receive $500 and are also going to be featured on the Elliman Facebook page with a video profile. Other social media sites will also feature the winner. Two runner up photos will also receive cash prizes for $250 each.

In order to win, photos will be voted on by contest participants and Elliman is providing a panel of experts to judge each photo submission. Judges will look at each photo for creativity, subject matter, aesthetic value and authenticity. Popularity of the photo will also factor into judging.

Photo submissions will be accepted through January 3rd.

So if you have great holiday photos, play the contest. You could win the cash prize! Happy Holidays Harlem!

Celebrate the Holidays at Harlem Wine Gallery in Hamilton Heights

Need plans Friday night that will take care of your wine shopping needs? Consider the Harlem Wine Gallery in Harlem’s Hamilton Heights. They’re having a party this Friday evening, Dec. 21st that includes discounts on wine. Check out the details below and if you’re planning on attending don’t forget to RSVP.


Mark your calendar: Second Harlem Pop Up event happening December 15

On popular demand, Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance Association is back with another local event. This time its focused on the Holidays and its indoors. If you recall, a few weeks ago FBDA successfully executed the first Harlem Pop Up Greenmarket. It was a hit! Now their second event is going to take place from 12pm – 6pm on Saturday, December 15th at 2280 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 122nd and 123rd in the large vacant commercial space. There will be several local restaurants serving food, such as Lido Harlem, Harlem Tavern, 5 and Diamond Harlem, Zoma, Chocolat, along with local businesses like Land Yoga and Harlem Skin Clinic. See all the details below. See you at the next Harlem Pop-Up!