Harlem Holi-Pop – Two Day Concept Shop Returns to NYC Small Business Saturday.

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Fashion and film make-up artist Melanie Harris joins celebrity stylist and designer Carlton Jones to present the second installment of their destination shopping event Harlem Holi-Pop on Saturday, November 29, through Sunday, November 30, 2014. Curating a collective of both local and international designers, artisans and vendors, Harlem Holi-Pop will showcase specialty products, hand made goods, and one of a kind imports from veteran and emerging talent at RAW Space gallery located at 2031 Adam Clayton Boulevard and west 122nd Street.

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...mixing new entrepreneurs with veteran business owners offer a networking collective and informative pool that goes far beyond sales.

After a successful premier of Harlem Holi-Pop on small business Saturday, in November 2013, Harris and Jones quickly concluded this would become an annual event, marking the genesis of a series of holiday inspired pop-ups to follow. Their Spring event Brooklyn Mommi-Pop, celebrated in New York’s “mommi capitol”, Brooklyn, however Harlem Holi-Pop brings the duo back to Harlem where the curated selection of clothing, accessories, beauty products, crafts and other covetable goods, turn up the volume on the retail landscape they find considerably underwhelming.

Harlem Holi-Pop will open it doors from 12pm – 8pm each day, where guests are invited to shop, sip and groove with festive beats, mulled ciders, and savory treats from the newest hotspot on Lenox Avenue, La Bodega 47. The infectious energy the event creates is becoming an anticipated tradition for those looking for alternatives conventional shopping of Black Friday Weekend.

This season Harris will be launching her organic Lip balm collection from her recently launched make-up line Fembot Cosmetics. Built on two decades of success working in the fashion and entertainment industries, Harris uses her experience as a life long artist/painter and native New Yorker, and has incorporated the colors of New York iconic beauty looks into her NY inspired Eye shadow palettes.

Jones officially launched his collection this year at Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week-Miami, and is elated to utilize his knowledge of dressing bodies ranging from Michelle Obama to Erykah Badu; while translating resort inspired apparel into A/W goods for his CJNY capsule collection. "By making resort work in New York City, it really punctuates my aesthetic that resort is less of a destination, but a Feeling”.

Both Jones and Harris are excited about nurturing small business growth as they’ve witness many colleagues and artist create new careers, and ventures from hobbies and passions. Mixing new entrepreneurs with some veteran business owners offer a networking collective and informative pool, that goes miles beyond sales alone.

New to the Holi-Pop family this season is a Project Runway favorite, and harlemite, Epperson, who keeps the project Runway theme consistent after last year's participation of Kimberly Goldson and season nine winner Anya Ayoung- Chee.

Emmy award winning hairstylist Hadiiya Barbel presents her waist wellness shapers and goddess gear, along with fellow Brooklyn jewelry designer Izaskun Zabala, who celebrates the first year of her company this month. Other jewelers include Carlotta Brown Jewelry and Silver by You, bringing yet another fresh approach to metals and semi-precious stones. A.Bernadette and their global partners bring sustainable fashion accessories, blending well with the tasty vegan creation of Ka-Pow Jamz, and Tea Fey's organic handcrafted healing teas.

Designers returning to this Harlem Holi-Pop include:

Mandaisy Pottery
Tasha West Jewelry
Pierre LaBorde Accessories
Afrodeziac Worldwide

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