This February, During Black History Month, Embrace 'Shop Harlem Made'

Small businesses are booming, especially in Harlem! Learn more about local artisans you can support during Black History Month. 

Jessica Reyes
February 01, 2022

The creativity of the Harlem community knows no bounds, with businesses showcasing more and more homegrown goods, allowing the community and beyond to buy local. Shop Harlem Made, the brainchild of Harlem Park to Park, Whole Foods Market, NiLu Gift Shop, and Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, was created in 2017 developing a program specifically to help promote local artisans' products and businesses. 

In celebration of Black History Month, Columbia Neighbors has put together a list of makers from Shop Harlem Made that are setting the stage this year from beauty and style to guilty pleasure baked goods worth checking out. For a full list of the makers and gift ideas, visit Shop Harlem Made.

SunKiss Organics

SunKiss Organics products in front of a orange pillow

Self-care is probably on your to-do list, but like most people, you tend to neglect it. SunKiss Organics, rooted in AfroLatinx culture, helps you build your skincare routine in easy-to-follow steps with organic ingredients to love your skin. 

The Harlem Chocolate Factory

Voted one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2020, The Harlem Chocolate Factory infuses the rich history of Harlem with gourmet chocolate tributes to the iconic brownstones and districts like Strivers Row. Yes, they have truffles!  

Sugar Hill Creamery

Ice cream in cups with a blue background

The family-owned ice cream shop with locations in both West and Central Harlem, Sugar Hill Creamery combines a love of food and community to serve the neighborhood all year round. But don’t wait too long to try it, because some flavors are seasonal.


Rocking the mic on the 1s and 2s, DJ Stormin Norman isn’t just getting the party started, his company SundaeSermon is a movement with a fan favorite yearly music festival and fashion line. Check out where you can catch his tunes next. 

Youmas Beauty

African American woman with afro holding a Youmas Beauty product.

Youmas Beauty is demystifying natural hair care and educating the beauty industry with workshops and products helping to spark and continue the natural hair movement today. Hairstylists completing a workshop will also earn a texture positive certification. 

Want to start a small business? Check out this video about the SBDC, which is helping entrepreneurs thrive.