New York Post

Skip Ikea and let these NYC artisans deck out your home

“Harlem is such a place of style, and I see it as the next Brooklyn,” says Teri Johnson, founder of the Harlem Candle Company.

Johnson sells at the Sugar Hill Market, which bills itself as Harlem’s first artisan market.

Johnson’s candles are inspired by her travels around the world and cultural icons in the neighborhood, like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington.

(The “Ellington” luxury candle costs $42.) Her goal is to keep the Harlem name but build the company into a globally-known brand.

Demand for her candles often keeps her up all night, preparing to stock her booth at upcoming markets.“This is what I signed up for,” she says. “And the energy at the market, the excitement for what I’ve created … it’s worth it.”

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