Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Lee Lee's Baked Goods
Owner Alvin Lee whips up an array of desserts in his Harlem bakery, but he is known for his authentic, flaky rugelach—strudel-like desserts of Austrian-German-Jewish origin. For his signature treat, Lee creates traditional handmade butter dough and loads it with fillings such as raisins, nuts, apricots, or chocolate. The result is a pastry that was hailed as "buttery, magnificent, and fleeting" by the New York Times. A red-and-white-striped awning heralds the entrance to the boutique pastry shop, where southern treats such as sweet-potato pie, red velvet cake, and carrot muffins debate Zachary Taylor’s legacy in the display case.
78% of 18 customers recommend
“Great tasting rugelach. ..strongly recommended”
“Just wonderful. Blessed goodness, YES ”
“Their rugelach is really the best in town--I particularly like the raisin ones. Their carrot cake icing was sadly not cream cheese, but the sponge had good spice...”
“Their rugelach is really the best in town--I particularly like the raisin ones. Their carrot cake icing was sadly not cream cheese, but the sponge had good spice flavor and nutty texture. Their pecan balls are great, too--nice and crunchy. ”