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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Today's subject is Cator Sparks, the modern dandy and man about town who is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, The Moment Blog, and Full Frontal Fashion. He's a southern transplant who calls Harlem home, and his caftans and heavily adorned accessories have caught our eyes for years. Where exactly does he get his African-inspired goodies? Let's head up to Harlem and find out.
"Little Africa on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard between 122 and 123 Street in Harlem is my favorite place to get gifts. He imports jewelry, fabric, tribal masks and carvings from all over Africa. When girls come to visit, they always end up with a Masai beaded necklace the size of a dinner plate! Granted, this store isn't going to win an interior design competition, but it's a great place to hunt around. The owner is very friendly and the dashikis come in loads of eye-popping colors, perfect for summer weekends at the beach. After shopping, head up to Lenox and 125th Street for lunch at Marcus Samuelsson's new Red Rooster."—Yale Breslin
· Cator Sparks [Official Site]