Day is just around the corner, and you’re probably thinking about what to get
that special someone in your life for this most romantic day of the year.
Harlem’s many boutiques and gift shops, including museum gift shops, offer an
array of treasures that will surely bring a smile to both your and your loved
one’s face. Below is a list of some neighborhood gems and their featured wares.
would Valentine’s Day be without flowers? Harlem’s premier florist, La
Fleur d’Harlem, will be open all day Saturday and Sunday February 13
and 14 for those looking for the traditional
dozen red roses for their
sweetheart, or for one of owner Louis Gagliano’s creative custom arrangements.
You can get the time-honored dozen long-stemmed beauties (or “two dozen,” says
Gagliano), or have your roses arranged in a round bouquet. If you want, he’ll
also make up one of his special floral “sculptures” using two types of orchids
on a dogwood frame. Tell him what you need, and he’ll try to help. “People use
us as consultants,” he says. “They tell us their stories, and want us to give
them something that will help their relationship.” At 203 W. 144th St., (646)
handcrafted, artisanal delights of the Harlem Chocolate Factory
will be on sale at a special “Made with LOVE” Valentine’s Day pop-up on
Saturday, Feb. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at Vivrant
Beauty, along with the creations of a local jewelry maker and other Harlem
artisans. And, of course, Vivrant’s own
selection of skincare, hair care and cosmetic products are available too.
At 220 St. Nicholas Ave. (at 121st St.) (212) 865-0100.
a Chocolate Day Lecture at the
historic Morris Jumel Mansion, on Saturday,
Feb. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., where you can learn more about the food you love the
most! MJM Executive Director Carol Ward and Assistant Curator Kelsey Brow
will discuss all things chocolate, from the history of its consumption to the
ways and means of the chocolate pot. Tastings, of course, will be
included. At 65 Jumel Terrace, (212) 923-8008.
$30, $25 for members. Advanced registration is required.
that stylish special someone, a chapeau from
Flamekeepers Hat Club, might
be just the ticket. This unique boutique sources its hats and caps from
designers all over the world, and also design its own. Most of their wares are
sold to men, but owner Mark Williamson points out that “30 percent of our
clientele are women.” Caps start at $45 and hats at $85. At 273 W.121st St., (212) 531-3542.
Nilu, a small but welcoming space that’s a community favorite, you will find simple but creative
items from local artisans and designers. The shelves display chic designs
alongside homey items, with offerings that include decorated scarves, unique
jewelry, purses and totes, and stylish shirts, dresses, sweaters, hats and
shoes that will dazzle your special lady. There’s also an assortment of scented
candles and some original paintings. At 191 Lenox Ave. (at 120th St.) (917)
your man up and put a smile on his face with items from Harlem Haberdashery,
an upscale men’s clothing store that offers stylish clothing, shoes, hats, and
other accessories from the exclusive 5001
Flavors brand popular among celebrities and sports figures. Each piece combines
the distinctive style of fashion from the Harlem Renaissance era with the
latest, cutting-edge trends in fashion today. The products are designed in the
store’s Harlem facility and are not available anywhere else in the world. At 245
Lenox Ave. (bet. 122nd and 123rd St.) (646) 707-0070.
Appealing skin and hair care products for men and
women with the most luscious scents imaginable at Carol's Daughter, founded in
1993 by Lisa Price and named for her mother.
scents include Almond Cookie, Black Vanilla, Monoi, Ectasy, and Ocean found in body lotions, colognes
and shower gels with prices ranging from $8-$32. Or try some of the limited
edition items like Vanilla
Truffle Body Cream and the Lavender
and Vanilla Body Cream both for $29. At 24
W. 125th St., (212) 828-6567.
Alison Martin, Contributor
Harlem One Stop/Beat on the Street
Labels: Harlem, shopping, Valentine's Day 2016