7 Spots in Harlem to Shop Small on Cyber Monday—or Really Any Day

Updated: Nov 30, 2021


NiLu at 191 Lenox Avenue in the heart of Harlem.

Even if you've decided to tackle your holiday shopping from the comfort of your couch, you can still make an effort to shop small and local.


To help you do just that, here are seven Harlem shops with websites where you're sure to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.


 

Cinderblock People

300 W 142nd St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Bradhurst Ave

It's easy to give the gift of music at this indie record and tape store selling new and used jazz, soul, hip hop and more.


Grandma's Place

84 W 120th and Lenox Ave

This children's toy and book shop run by former educator Dawn Harris-Martin (a.k.a. Grandma) struggled to survive during the pandemic, but is now back after a rousing crowd-funding campaign. Show your support with a purchase of a toy or book, like the children's classic "Tar Beach" by Harlem-born artist Faith Ringgold.


Harlem Underground

2219 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts

Grab a Harlem- or Black superhero-themed tee or two at this friendly shop that's been in the neighborhood since 1998. Many styles come in a range of colors as well as sizes for men, women and children.


NiLu

191 Lenox between W 119th and W 120th Sts

This treasure-filled gift store offers a little bit of everything—from luxury candles to stylish coffee table books—with a strong focus on Black makers. A 1,000-piece puzzle featuring the color-drenched "The Eclipse" by painter Alma Thomas will delight art hounds and puzzlers alike.


The Schomburg Shop

515 Malcolm X Blvd and W 135th St

This sunny spot inside the Schomburg Center is the idyllic place to find books and gifts related to the Black experience. The online shop has an excellent "Black Liberation Reading List."


Serengeti Teas & Spices

This beloved Harlem shop and cafe serving freshly-brewed African teas and infusions is temporarily closed while it looks to be moving locations. In the meantime you can browse the exquisite tea blends, hot chocolates, honeys and more online.


Silvana

300 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave

Silvana's bohemian cafe on 116th Street doubles as a shop stocked with gifts from near and far, including home accessories, jewelry and stationery. Can't make up your mind? Go for one of the curated Senegalese baskets, featuring a mix of goodies including wine.


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