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Sugar Hill Market: Harlem’s Best Artisan Market, a Photo Tour

With so many great flea and artisan markets in New York City, it can be hard to decide which one to browse on a lazy Sunday. For a more intimate market experience, rain or shine, my pick is the Sugar Hill Market in Harlem. Housed in an elegant brownstone on a storybook street, Sugar Hill is guaranteed to be happening no matter what the weather is outside. The market’s small size ensures only the best artisans make the cut, so the shopping here is always high-quality and unique.

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Sugar Hill Market has a more homey feel to than other fleas because it’s housed in an actual home– a gorgeous grand brownstone.

My favorite vendor at Sugar Hill Market? Call me biased, but bar none it’s my good friend Teri Johnson’s Harlem Candle Collection. Teri creates all the scents and hand pours each soy candle herself in her nearby Harlem home. I love that the names of her candles reflect her travels (Teri is also a noted travel writer and tv personality) as well as pay homage to the essence, beauty and light of Harlem.

Teri’s candles all smell delicious, burn clean and are incredibly well-priced for the quality (I’ve seen similar candles go for four times as much at Madison Avenue boutiques). I can’t think of a better souvenir from Harlem– I keep several stashed away for gifts. If you see Teri at the market, make sure to say hello (Teri is also a great resource for restaurants and shopping in the neighborhood).

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My favorite scents are Jetsetter and Harlem Renaissance.

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Right next to Teri’s stall you’ll find these decadent handmade and all natural body polishes and lotions.

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Who can resist racks of vintage and handmade dresses.

If you need a break from the shopping, head outdoors to Sugar Hill Market’s back patio for some tasty snacks.

Have you been to Sugar Hill Market? Tell us about your favorite finds!

Souvenir Finder Shopping Tip Sheet

What to Buy: Jams, beauty products, dresses hats, bags and of course my favorite candles from Harlem Candle Company
Where to Get it: Sugar Hill Market, 259 West 132nd Street, New York, New York
What to Know: the Sugar Hill market is currently open on Sundays every two weeks, be sure to check the website for updates

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2 Responses to Sugar Hill Market: Harlem’s Best Artisan Market, a Photo Tour

  1. Name: Mel May 07/05/2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Kristin:

    I am looking for a specific Harlem photo print, taken around 1996 in front of a Harlem brownstone, which was a followup to Art Kane’s historic ” A Great Day In Harlem” photo of jazz greats which Kane shot for Esquire Magazine in 1958. The 1996 photo I am seeking shows about 12 or 13 of the surviving jazz greats, similarly posed as they did in 1958, in front of the exact brownstone used in Kane’s photo. I was told that the Sugar Hill Market might have the print but I do not know how to contact them. Can you help me locate this photo for my jazz art collection? I would appreciate any assistance or guidance you can offer. My contact info is shown below. Thanks!

  2. Harlemgirl007 07/05/2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Love the Sugar Hill Market!! I love going there to shop, meet cool people and take in the energy of Harlem on a Sunday afternoon.

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