Whole Foods Market Harlem Grand Opening & Giveaway

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It’s finally happening, Whole Foods Market is coming to Harlem! It’s actually already here and I’ve walked past it on 125th and Lenox everyday on my way to work. I’ve been willing it to open so I can finally be 10 minutes away from my beloved 365 by Whole Foods Market Whole Leaf Filtered Aloe Vera Juice. It’s the mainstay of keeping my natural hair moisturized and luscious. Previously, I had to take a half hour train ride to the Upper East Side or even further to get some of my favorite Whole Foods Market products. I’m ecstatic that Whole Foods Market Harlem will be opening on this Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 100 West 125th Street. I can’t wait to be able to stop by the bakery before work for breakfast and on my way home in the afternoons to pick up fresh veggies and flowers for the week.

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What I love about the new Whole Foods Market Harlem is that they have seamlessly integrated the community into the market. They worked closely with Harlem Park to Park, an enterprise that represents more than 100 neighborhood businesses, to source local products to sell. Some of the local products I’ve had the chance to try include Ginjan Juice, which is a Harlem based beverage company that makes traditional African beverages. Ginjan is made with fresh ginger, cold pressed pineapples and fresh squeezed lemons. Then there’s Unna Cookies which Ulrika Peterson runs out of Hot Bread Kitchen in East Harlem which are traditional Swedish cookies based on her grandmothers recipe. Let’s not forget  Jamaican inspired limeade in different flavors made by Charmaine Dacosta, a Harlem resident.

In addition to locally sourced products to feature in Whole Foods Market Harlem, I am loving the food venue menus! It will make getting a quick healthy meal after work so much easier. There are tons of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Their new Cuban menu features classic cuban sandwiches, mojito slaw, tostones and santa maria spiced grilled chicken breast. Their new Kabab menu features pita wraps, hummus bowls and mediterranean fries. I honestly can’t wait to try everything and to shop all the local products in one place!

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GIVEAWAY

In honor of the new Whole Foods Market Harlem Opening this Friday on July 21, 2017 I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for a $100 Whole Foods Market Giftcard!

THANKS FOR ALL WHO ENTERED

It was so great finding out what products everyone loves and gave me some tips on what to look for the next time I shop at Whole Foods Market!

CONGRATS ORIANA!

xx

Monroe

This post is in collaboration with Whole Foods Market, all opinions are my own.

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97 responses to “Whole Foods Market Harlem Grand Opening & Giveaway”

  1. Amy says:

    LOL I just told my friend when we meet on Thursday, we need to go to Whole Foods. I didn’t realize they’re opening one so much closer to where I live. I have a list of items to buy, including dairy free chocolate chips and coconut butter, the siete grain free chips and daiya vegan cheese.

    @thrifty.tiana

  2. Vanessa says:

    Totally obsessed with their black bean tortilla chips. Would probably use my entire gift card to stock up on them lol

  3. Andrea (Dollydaggerlioness) says:

    I absolutely love The Truffleist Oil black truffle oil, Robinhood Meetinghouse Cream Cheese Biscuits, as well as their SALAD BAR!

  4. Candace says:

    My vitamin supplements and Vega protein powder are things I pick up at Whole Foods. I would soooo splurge in their fresh seafood dept. Every time I see their fresh seabass in mango chutney sauce my mouth waters!

  5. Erika says:

    I absolutely love the Whole 365 kettle popcorn! It’s one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I also love their Whole Body section – hair products, body creams, soaps! I get all my essential oils from there.

  6. Stephanie says:

    They have a mochi ice cream bar with many flavors and they are all amazing!! It is a flavored rice flour ball with light ice cream inside. Try them and you will be obsessed! I would stock up on these if given the gift card! Thanks Monroe!

  7. Megan says:

    Chia seeds, organic coconut oil, & Kerrygold butter!

  8. Shahidah says:

    This would come right on time!!!
    I absolutely love tge 365 Brand of Almond Milk and Rice Milk. I also love their brand toilet tissue because its biodegradable:)
    I would just go crazy…I lovvvvvve Whole Foods!!

  9. Jourdan Ash says:

    I would probably buy some really fresh fish to finally kick off my pescatarian life. My favorite product is Kuumba Made oils, I drop it in my Shea butter or just roll it on for extra smell good!

  10. Monica Session says:

    I like Whole Foods hot & cold food selections. I’m not a cooker and I usually stop by to see what’s for dinner. It’s always delicious, nutritious, & the price is right.

  11. Chantelle says:

    I was to win the giveaway I would spend the money on WholeFoods skincare like Tayers witch hazel, the Aztec clay power and vitamin supplements.

  12. Denise Nicole says:

    I’m obsessed with Whole Foods and love so many items from there! My whole family gets vitamins from there but I would have to say my kids Rainbow Light Nutri stars vitamins are my favorite because my kids really love them and I know it’s providing them with vital nutrients. I would def use the gift card for vitamins and healthy organic fruits and veggies for my family. Oh and coconut oil, you can never have enough coconut oil right?

  13. Kay S. says:

    I am so happy Whole Foods is coming to Harlem! I love their body care products – especially Alaffia soaps, Acure Skincare, and Real Purity Deodorant. I love that they carry Anita’s yogurt (the best!) and Siete almond flour grain free tortillas (paleo tacos ). I’m looking forward to a being a quick walk away!!

  14. Tressa says:

    Hi, its definately the Ginjan juice! Im really excited about having the opportunity to purchase it at other places than Harlem Market.

  15. Shalema says:

    So happy for this in the neighborhood! I love the Whole Food’s brand frozen fruit bars. Especially refreshing in this summer heat. Also, their hand cream in peony, mint and blackberry smells so good and really moisturizes my ashy situation. If I win, I’ll buy these favs and more!
    My ig handle is iamshalema

  16. Kasey says:

    @djkaseynova
    Some of my favorite Whole Foods products is their amazing fresh nut butter section and I love trying new local things.

  17. Khalisha says:

    I’d stock up on kale, shea butter, kombucha, and my absolute favorite mighty green tropical green tea, it’s hella yummy

  18. Deneen Jackson says:

    I’m obsessed with their baked goods. Their morning glory muffins are heaven when just out of the oven The meat department offer exceptional quality. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it.

  19. Deneen Jackson says:

    Oops. @40stylechile

  20. Tiffany says:

    Too many. Whole Body Flaxseed, 365 Extra Virgin olive oil, everything in frozen seafood.
    and the Bakery cornbread :)

    I’ve walked past the development a few times and stared awkwardly into the window to watch its progress. I also love that they made an appearance at the Harlem Arts Festival two weeks ago.

  21. Ariella says:

    I’d use it to buy some veggies and some awesome heritage rose water

  22. Nicole Zerbini says:

    I grew up going to Whole Foods regularly to do our grocery shopping. Our favorite cereal brand was and still is Barbara’s! Shredded Spoonfuls! Yum!

    Extra Entry: I am a follower on instagram: @nsba919

  23. Suzanna says:

    I just love getting all of my vegan products I’m one place. It’s super easy and convenient to have most vegan products in one location. I love the dairy free scream and the different variety of vegan cheeses..

  24. Ashley says:

    I love going to Whole Foods for Forager Cashewgurt! I live in the Bronx and they unfortunately don’t offer many non-dairy yogurt options in the local grocery stores. I also love buying the Synergy brand Kombucha When I have the spare money, I also love the Sunfood brand Maca powder & other superfood powders for my smoothies. My other favorite thing is their bath salts! I love that you can choose how much/little you want. It’s a literal buffet of bath salts, good for a soak and great for a nice aroma in the bathroom! I’m moving to my new apt (first in NY) in two weeks and I’d love to get started with this gift card!!! But of course, best of luck to us all, anyone deserves this.

    IG handle: @iamozel

  25. Imani says:

    Hi!!

    My favorite product so far have to be the rose water, everything from the Derma-E line, especially their oil free moisturizer !

    I would totally buy a SPF because I don’t have one and I’m in desperate need! ❤️

    Thanks!!

  26. Imani says:

    Also my instagram is @imanijahaan ! ❤️

  27. Rachel Travis says:

    I love the cheese selection & kombucha selection!

  28. Kerissa Blue says:

    Ohhh if I win I can try the Aloe Vera spray you mentioned in your Insta stories. My favorite product is the Heritage Rosewater spray. I use it on my locs mixed with vitamin e.

  29. Brian a says:

    What doesn’t Whole Foods have!? I love the Hope hummus, Halo Top ice cream, Somersaults snacks, Ezekiel wraps and bread products and fresh produce. You can’t forget the hot and cold prepared food bar to keep you healthy when you’re on the go!

  30. Elidania says:

    Love love the Whole Foods unsweetened almond milk and organic coconut oil and canned milk and amazing fresh chicken and lamb ! I do solely all my food shopping at Whole Foods and the gift card would be used to be buy all the amazing products and some new ones I have been wanting to try

  31. Leah Reynolds says:

    WFM is my life saver. I’m never left wondering about what I’m purchasing, who I’m supporting, and the quality when I shop at WFM. They have so many local products and brands I love to learn and try. But my go to is of course their produce. Fruits and veggies that you know are the best you can find in the city. I also find their 365 products and bull items the perfect baby for your buck. Must try: health ade kombucha , WFM sourghdough bread, and the amazing kale salad in the the prepared sections.

    @leahreynoldsxo

  32. Theo says:

    I’d stock up on fresh produce, allegro coffee, and 365 coconut oil + peanut butter. Thank you kindly for the chance!

  33. Siettah says:

    Love the sushi and I always grab some halo top ice cream for a sweet treat! And I’d definitely enjoy some of the Mac and cheese from the hot food bar!

  34. Siettah says:

    ig: brightestndabox

  35. Lily Wang says:

    My favorite thing is the tequila lime chicken from the salad bar! It goes great with the falafel. I love Whole Foods! I also follow the ig @e99stra

  36. Ashli M. says:

    My favorite product I get at whole foods would be Jessica’s granola. If I won, I’d buy frozen fruit and veggies for my daily green smoothies. @ashneedsig

  37. Sam says:

    I LOVE the rotisserie chickens at Whole Foods. I also cannot live without their Apple Juice Sweetened Dried Cranberries. They are one the few not to be sweetened with sugar! WF also has a great selection of Tessemae’s dressings- my fave!

    IG: SammOgilvie

  38. Karen says:

    Whole Foods has amazing products & if I win I’d buy some of them. Love their bakery items, especially the chocolate chip vegan cookies! I love the Garden of Life products, the fresh fruits & vegetables, the bulk items section (get my quinoa, granola & shredded coconut, to name a few things) and I love their 365 brand! I could list so much more! Love you Whole Foods & welcome to Harlem!

  39. Daniel L says:

    My favorite product at while foods had to be the cheese and the meat department.

    With the gift card I will be sticking up my refrigerator with fixings

    @Its_danny_tho3

  40. Jen says:

    Omg I would buy sunflowers and ice cold brew latte. Coconut oil and bulogi. Sushi and pizza. Cat food ans salad stuff lol. Wine too I can’t forget that lol.

  41. Peter says:

    Favorite products include Aloe Vera, Udo’s Oil, Allegro Coffee, fresh produce so I would use my card for all and any of the above. Thanks for the giveaway!

    IG: minicuisinier

  42. Judy E. says:

    I love the amazing cheese selection and the bakery products. I would use the gift card to buy some fresh fish, produce and some desserts to make a nice dinner for my hubby and daughter. @malka923

  43. Jay P says:

    This is so great – I would actually buy food for a few homeless that live in the UES. I take the 86 train everyother day and I see the same faces. I always try to give what I can – a banana, water, my lunch or whatever I have in my purse. These gift cards will go a long way!

  44. Carla hernandez says:

    My favorite Whole Foods products are their beer selection and also the alba skin care!!!

  45. Christian llamas says:

    I love the hot food bar and also the cheese!!! Because their is a huge selection ❤️

  46. Sharon says:

    Fresh fruits and veggies! Ready made dinners. Food to share with my Harlem friends and have a little gathering.

  47. Alexandra says:

    The reduced fat organic popcorn!! I’d also buy some nut butters :)

  48. Jason says:

    With $100, I would buy halo top ice cream, because why not….after all, it’s summer and gotta stay cool in the heat! And who doesn’t like ice cream?!
    @ja2dalee

  49. Samantha says:

    I would buy fresh fruits and vegetablesSome flowers too Can’t wait for the grand opening @samanthadongnyc I will bike there ‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️

  50. Ashley Blackmon says:

    Any of the hot bar noms! Or the hand made soaps!

  51. Ashley Blackmon says:

    @ashleybblackmon yass love it!

  52. I am completely obsessed with the chocolate selection, hot/cold bar, the sushi I can’t live without and of course their nuts sections. Im happy to know they’ll be close to my new apartment.

    @fabiolamichele

  53. Lina says:

    Love me some Whole Foods and so excited for this opening! I might just have to get one of those totes pictured above if I were to win because I’m all about bringing my reusable bags to the supermarket with me, so why not do it in style and rep Harlem while I’m at it?? I honestly get all of my staples at Whole Foods like unsweetened vanilla almond milk for smoothies which I make with amazing grass protein powder (highly recommend) or to add to some fresh granola from the bakery dept Also Greek yogurt or right now I’m really into Siggi’s with some fresh berries. The hot food bar is so amazing with delicious and healthy eats that are certain to satisfy no matter what I’m craving. Lastly, Whole Body products are my life source. Acure shampoo, conditioner and hair mask are my go to for hair care and I’m currently using allafia coconut body moisturizer and organic coconut oil for… well, everything. I also loved seeing everyone else’s favorites so thanks for the inspiration! Looks like I’ll be trying some 365 whole leaf aloe vera juice!

  54. Lina says:

    Oh and my Instagram is @linacaryn

  55. Cazoshay says:

    I love that Whole Foods has so many vegan options and the ingredients I need to create recipes for my wellness blog, D.I.D. with Cazoshay. But one of my favorite things to buy there (besides kombucha, lots and lots of kombucha) is beauty products! I love Whole Foods commitment to clean, cruelty-free bath and body products so I would pamper myself a little and get those with the gift certificate!

  56. Cazoshay says:

    Forgot to add my Instagram handle is @cazoshay_marie

  57. Alexandra says:

    The cold pressed juices! Especially the green ones!

  58. Julia says:

    Cannot wait for tomorrow’s opening! I am so looking forward to buying my frozen fruit for smoothies and not having it melt in the long subway ride home…as of tomorrow I’ll just have to walk a few blocks. I love the 365 Organic mango chunks (the big bag, of course), but would probably use the gift card to treat myself with some of their all natural beauty products! <3
    @julia_thibaud

  59. Katherine says:

    As a long time resident of Harlem nothing has me more exited than the opening of Whole Foods Harlem opening on Friday. I’m a big fan of the 365 brand especially the almond milk. See you Friday @kdelfindelmundo

  60. Terez says:

    Almond butter FTW! :))) Love WholeFoods, the best shop ever!

  61. Michele says:

    GTS kombucha and @afitandfabulousmichele could really use this card!!!!!! And great blog!

  62. Elle says:

    I love the fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter at Whole Foods! I would buy lots of produce – fruits/veggies, my favorite peanut butter and some yogurts with the gift card.

  63. Rob Chin says:

    I like the 365 organic tart cherry juice for mixing into drinks and into apple cider, the good soap (brand) soap by whole foods when it’s on sale, and the packaged walnuts and pecans. With the gift card, I would like to get 1-2 bars of chocolate, and donate the remander of the gift card to the Word Up community bookstore located in the Heights.

    @tenementcity

  64. Oriana says:

    WOW! I would stock up on all my favorite Whole Body Products, of course!!! I love the Aztec Clay Masks, the Boiron Calendula cream for any kinds of first aid troubles, a new Diva Cup, the John Masters avocado mask, some MyChelle face scrub and moisturizer… the list could go on! I can also never resist the non-dairy ice cream selection. Jawea makes the absolute best horchata coconut “frozen dessert”!

  65. Gabor says:

    The Alaskan salmon! And the many other high quality seafood.

  66. Rosie says:

    I love trying out new cheeses at Whole Foods. I don’t want to have one or two favs, but like to learn about them, and make up nice cheese boards. I love so many other things, too, of course! Hard to go in there for one thing and not come out with at least one huge bag!

  67. Rosie says:

    I follow wholefoodsnyc on IG @ rosie_jacinth!

  68. Melissa says:

    Omg… love all things whole food. I would definitely buy a fresh juice and salad from their bar. And some vegan treats.

  69. Emma says:

    My favourite product has to be Whole Foods brand vegan chocolate chip cookies! They are amazing- the only kind I can find that are so soft and delicious. I love Whole Foods so much as it’s the only place I can find all my groceries because of my multiple food allergies. I would go as far to say that it has made my life as a whole a lot better❤

  70. Val says:

    How fun that Wholefoods is in the hood! I would definitely pick up my favorite Dr. Woods black soap and Sylvia’s seasonings. The WF plantain chips, try the new Cuban sandwich and coffee bars!

  71. Zozo says:

    I love the freshly made nut butters!

  72. Gina C says:

    My favorite Whole Food products range from food, to skin care, hair care and home decor, ie fresh flowers. That is why I love Whole Foods. It’s a one stop shop that meets all my needs as a growing health conscious individual living in this concrete jungle. I love Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water. Not only is it a refreshing relief in the summer, I use it all year round for that natural glow up. In addition, I love making my own trail mix with their varied collections of nuts and dried fruits. Prepackaged trail mixes just doesn’t cut it for me. Fresh flowers are the added bonus that makes the trip worth while. The joy of picking fresh flowers that will bloom on my dinning room or living room coffee table and fill my home with its sweet aroma is simply amazing. With the Whole Food gift card, I will buy these products and more. Whole Foods opening up in Harlem is great because it’s giving the locals a much needed resource that will further expose them to healthier and organic products for their mind, body and soul. As a Harlem native, supporting local stores and products is a staple to our community development and maintenance. Kudos to Whole Foods for supporting local products as well as contributing to the well being of those living in Harlem. #justagirllivingandlovingthisoncretejunglelife @mademoiselle_lisa

  73. Robyn says:

    All the bulk nuts!! And treat myself to some of the Whole Body product line! As a dancer, I have to keep my body and mind up to snuff, and these are some of the products Whole Foods offers that I wouldn’t normally splurge on. I love to cook and would love to have an opportunity to play test Kitchen and build up my stock of essential oils and vitamins to keep my body fueled and fit. Plus, I love to bake and share what I make, so this would be the perfect opportunity to spread some love from the kitchen. @pointedevue

  74. kregheg says:

    Green juices and freshly ground nut butters are my absolute favorites. I am following you on Instagram (craghack).

  75. Shameka S says:

    I’d buy tea. Specifically, Yogi Tea. One of the best that I’ve had with so much variety and I’d share the giveaway with my Mother because she is always buying Lipton tea bags.
    I also want to start eating better and healthier for, and with my 4 year old Daughter. I want to cut back on certain foods and junk and cleanse our bodies and start a healthy errrr healthier?…. journey and show other Mothers that you can always make better choices! Even on a budget.
    We can go to Wholfoods and I’ll show my Daughter some items and tell her to pick what she wants (out of what I’ve chosen) so she can be more excited when it comes time to eating. : – )

  76. Kelly D says:

    I love the baked goods and the natural peanut butter at Whole Foods. I would probably buy these items and some fruit and veggies.

  77. Veranda says:

    I would stock up oils. Truffle. Olive, etc.
    IG @munchiesonthemove

  78. Blythe Duckett says:

    I would head straight for the bulk nuts and dried goods section with one of these Whole Foods gift cards. Also SUPER pumped to try all of the locally sourced foods and products

  79. Sasha says:

    I’d by synergy kombucha (cranberry and very flavors), all of the avocados, frozen blueberries and whole 360 vanilla yogurt!

  80. Dana says:

    I love the bulk section, and califia farms almond milk! I’d stock up and use the rest on fresh ingredients to meal prep lunches for the week.
    @dana_nana

  81. Nonny says:

    I love perfect bar products and bone broth @nons90

  82. Carol says:

    Excited to have a Whole Foods closer to me now. I love stocking up on salad greens and a boatload of the 365 Organic stuff, so gift cards would totally be going to that lol. The Ginjan juice you mentioned sounds delicious, too.

  83. Cynthia says:

    My favorite product is their apple cake and fresh soups. They are always delicious and I love the cherry chicken wings. This is a great article the store is beautifully designed. I also love how Whole Foods featured local entrepreneurs which had inspired me to contact them with my bags https://www.etsy.com/listing/248725197/black-and-white-clutch-chevron-and?ref=shop_home_active_22 that are in the Brooklyn Museum Gift Shop. You did an amazing IG video and blog post highlighting Harlem Whole Foods!

  84. Nichol Perez says:

    Love the 360 brand. I could use coconut oil, seafood and lots of fresh fruit and veggies.

  85. Claire M says:

    So exciting! I just moved to Harlem from Austin where I was a Whole Foods junkie! I love their matcha green tea lates and fresh pressed juices! If I won a gift card there, I would stock my fridge with healthy fresh essentials because I literally just moved in 2 days ago!! @clairedmangrum

  86. Amanda O says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! I just stopped by the new location and it’s and fully stocked with so many healthy goodies!! My favorite products to buy are Whole Foods’ 365 almond butter, matcha, and walnuts from their nuts section. With this gift card, I’d buy matcha, Kombucha, and maybe try some new products from local vendors. @itsamandaoo

  87. Marci says:

    I am addicted to their Glorious Morning muffins in the fresh bakery!

  88. Sharon Joy says:

    I can’t wait to visit this new Whole Foods in Harlem. If I won the gift card I would stock up on Daiya cheese since Whole Foods has the largest selection of their products around and like you said “cheese is the best thing since sliced bread.”

  89. Fatma Akkaya says:

    @gorgeous_nyc

    I love everything about whole foods. I have waiting for openin of this location for a year – since the first time I saw Whole Foods name in the place which is only 5-10 minutes to our apartment by walk. The salad bar and hot meals are very tasty. I like bakery sections which offers variety of tasty desserts and cookies etc. In addition, honey roasted peanut butter is die for. Can’t stop by every day!

  90. Looking Fly on a Dime says:

    Their Aztec Indian Healing Clay. Love it! I’ve been using it for years and first spotted it at Whole Foods

  91. Lud says:

    I love Whole Foods fresh baked goods. I have an eat dessert first philosophy. I would buy pies, cookies and brownies. Whole Foods has the best fruit so I’d also buy fruit salad because it’s great in the summer. Of course I’d buy ice cream, chocolate and snacks. I’m also getting Dylan’s Candy as a splurge if I won the gift card. And Allegro coffee, definitely coffee! @scoopstweet

  92. Rosie says:

    My favorite Whole Foods product is the garlicky guacamole. I would buy that and lots of sushi. For dessert I will buy cheesecake and fruit.

  93. Francine says:

    I love their bulk section – nuts, dried fruit extra.

  94. Francine says:

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  95. Cecilia says:

    I love the WF 365 line. Whether it’s shampoo or body lotion to the milk and cereal. My son who has a keen sense of taste, says the WF 365 2%milk tastes better than the Horizon or local supermarket milk!

  96. Alycia says:

    I’m obsessed with the 365 pita chips and I would get all of the beauty products i love. All you need on “at-home spa day” are the serums and oils and to eat pita chips while you soak it in & deep condition

  97. Alycia says:

    _alyxo on insta!

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