What’s your Love Language?
If you have no idea what the five love languages are or what yours is, Google and read up on it. There’s tons of information on it. This applies to romantic and platonic love, by the way. Mine is definitely “Receiving Gifts” closely followed by “Acts of Service.” I appreciate a thoughtful gesture, no matter how inexpensive it is. It could be a beautiful card, a baked good, flowers, or a purchased gift. If it shows that a person took the time to think about me, and what makes me happy, my heart flutters. Since I also love giving gifts, I’m always on the hunt for that perfect little something for that special someone. So imagine my delight when I recently visited NiLu, an aesthetically pleasing little gift boutique in central Harlem.
NiLu has everything that I look for in a shopping experience:
They offer unique items from local Harlem artists as well as fair trade items from other countries. You can find anything from t-shirts and totes with Harlem printed on them, books about black art, sparkly unicorn heads, mudcloth, and so much more, all within a reasonable price range. You won’t find find this level of gifts in your local TJ Max. You’re loved one will be wondering where you found such a cool gift. That’s a definite success!
The ambiance is wonderful. I enjoy a small shop with beautiful decor. There’s tastefully decorated displays and soulful music playing in the background. There’s tons of eye candy and a welcoming atmosphere. The employees are pleasant and welcoming as well.
NiLu satisfies my commitment to support black owned businesses, especially those owned by women. Owned by Katrina Parris, NiLu hits both marks. I’m really trying to be careful where I spend my hard earned dollars these days. I feel good about spending my money here.
If you’re in Harlem, visit this gem. If you can’t make it there in person, they have an online store as well. You won’t be disappointed.
191 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026