Entrepreneurial innovation is alive and well in Harlem. Nilu Gift Boutique was founded in 2015 by Katrina Parris Pinn and her husband Mark Pinn to amplify and celebrate the artistry and creativity. As you peruse the store, you realize that this is a space where the beauty of the neighborhood’s past and future meet. Inside the boutique, you’ll find a collection of Harlem-inspired trinkets, including mugs and key chains featuring vintage cityscapes from local neighbourhoods, scented candles by the Harlem Candle Company, and local creatives. Vibrant artwork.
The store also has a great collection of coffee table books – including Black Ivy: style rebellionYoung Gifted Blacks: A New Generation of Artists, and Art Kane, Harlem 1958-Explore different aspects of African American history and culture. If you need some holiday gift inspiration before heading to Lenox Ave., check out Nilu’s official holiday gift guide.