Teri Johnson founded the Harlem Candle Company to tell the history of Harlem through scent: With candles bearing names such as Langston, Ellington and Josephine, she pays homage to Harlem’s most noteworthy characters. "I felt like it was really important for me to tell the stories … in a way that transports you to that space, to that nightclub, to the boudoir of Josephine Baker,” she says. When the business began in 2015, Teri was crafting each candle by hand in her kitchen, but has now expanded production and her candles can be found at retailers nationwide, including at Bloomingdale’s. Quick to note that she’s not a chemist or perfumer, Teri remains involved in every step of the creation process: “I design the perfumes, much like a fashion designer designs (but doesn’t sew) the clothing.” Headquartered here in northeast Harlem, Harlem Candle Co. candles can be found at Harlem retailers including NiLu gift shop, Harlem Haberdashery and Barbara’s Flowers,



Headquartered in northeast Harlem; click here for retail locations.