Shop & Groove Harlem

Shop & Groove Harlem: A Vibrant Celebration of Community, Live Music and Shopping

by Nadia Abdul  |  Published on April 29, 2024  |  4 Min Read

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Jared Wayne Gladly | Photo: Reginald Exilus

Harlem bustled with creativity and community spirit this past Sunday at the Shop & Groove Harlem pop-up event. Sponsored by Uncle Nearest, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages and BlackHouse, the event offered a unique blend of shopping, live music and delicious treats.

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The Brownstone Boutique | Photo: Reginald Exilus

Local Businesses Took Center Stage

The curated marketplace showcased an array of talented BIPOC and women-owned businesses. From Ez Creative Touch Catering’s mouthwatering bourbon vanilla waffles with crispy chicken to Susan SK Jewelry’s eye-catching handcrafted pieces, there was something for everyone. Travel enthusiasts couldn’t resist Tara Laurent Home’s luxurious travel-themed candles with impressive burn times. The talented Jared Wayne Gladly filled the air with soulful melodies throughout the day. Gladly, a multi-talented artist known for his work on stages like the Apollo Theater and Broadway, had the audience captivated and moving to the music.

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Sweet Treats and Educational Sips

Slices of Poundcake Queen of Harlem’s cakes were a hot commodity, disappearing quickly from platters. Uncle Nearest offered a sophisticated touch with premium handcrafted cocktails, complete with an educational tasting and storytelling time. Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages kept everyone cool with complimentary ice-cold beverages, including their popular Coca Cola Spiced and Vitaminwater XXX.


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A Resounding Success and Plans for the Future

The event was a resounding success, with both live music performances by Gladly selling out. Tara Laurent, the event’s creator, expressed her joy at the community’s embrace and looks forward to making Shop & Groove a Harlem tradition. This vibrant event served as a testament to the creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit of Harlem. It was a day filled with discovery, connection, and good vibes, leaving everyone eager for the next Shop & Groove Harlem. See the full list of all Shop & Groove Vendors here:

Allen & Fifth • Christopher Pindling – Author, Artist • Elephants’ Closet • EZ Creative Touch • Glasier Body Creams LLC • Harlem Hoopz • K’s European Jams • KP Customized Kreationz Inc • Manneh • Natural • Hydration Skincare • Nina K Naturals, LLC • OG Gemmed • Pound Cake Queen of Harlem • Streets of Bombay • SusanSK Jewelry • swayNYC/Block Party Cards • Tara Laurent Home • The Brownstone Boutique

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