Family and parent-owned businesses
in New York City to support
BY COURTNEY INGALLS,
DONNA DUARTE-LADD AND
Now that NYC has entered Phase 3 and more businesses
start to open back up to the public, it is time
to (if fi nancially able to) bring economic growth
back to our beloved city. Whether it is curbside pick up or
visiting your favorite spot while following social distancing
guidelines, here are a few of our favorite family or
parent-owned businesses in Manhattan to visit, and most
Cool Mess – Lenox Hill
137 E 62nd St.
This DIY ice cream is the perfect place to bring kids
that are both creative and have a love for ice cream. This
ice cream parlor is a colorful and fun space that is fi lled
with treats in every corner. Not only is the atmosphere
sweet, but so are the delicious treats they sell. Customers
can make their ice cream by choosing their base fl avor, a
baked good to mix in, and three toppings from the stores’
25 item topping list. If you don’t feel like making your
own, Cool Mess also sells sundaes and other treats that
can be made for you!
Grandma’s Place – Harlem
84 W. 120th St.
A community favorite — this multi-cultural shop focuses
on education and special needs with unique toys and books
for kids. The store is now open with social distancing and
masks being applied for customers.
Make My Cake – Harlem
2380 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd.
This family-owned business has been baking up its delicious
baked goods for over two decades. Josephine Smith’s
“Ma Smith” recipes are a combination of southern baking
and Harlem vibes. From specialty cakes to key lime pie
— they have a treat for everyone in the family.
Milk & Cookies Kids Spa and Salon – Lenox Hil
1196 1st Ave.
A cousin collaboration by Jataon and Teychenne Whitley.
This local pampering spa for kids in NYC is operating at a
fi fty percent capacity. Customers are being asked to read
and sign a liability waiver on their whereabouts and health
for the last 14 days. Once inside, kids can enjoy pampering,
milk, and freshly baked cookies. Bring your kids (only one
parent with child for now) to fi nally get hair cuts and nails
done. For now, the Cookie Cafe’s seating area is closed,
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but kids can have their cookies and milk to go. And boys
are included in the fun. There is a “Cool Dudes” section
designed especially for them. Temporary tattoos, “booger”
soap and mud pie with worm’s spa services suit their boyish
needs. Cookies Kids Salon & Spa is the ultimate destination
for kids — a place where they can sit back, relax, and
Sisters Uptown Book Store – Washington Heights
1942 Amsterdam Ave.
Summertime is the best time to sit down and enjoy
a book that you have been dying to try. Sisters Uptown
Bookstore offers stories that have been written by gifted
African American authors and other great authors that
are masters of the spoken word. After recently celebrating
15 years of community service, the bookstore continues
to provide information and ideas for adults and kids. The
store is accepting orders for pickup and delivery.
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