The area is predominantly West Indian, so Liberty Avenue has numerous Indian, Guyanese and Trinidadian stores providing everything from cultural clothing to food – a great change from European-dominated culture of the holidays. Take a walk down the strip known as “little Guyana,” and you will find at least two West Indian clothing stores that have traditional Indian outfits, religious arti-
Marlowe Jewelers can be found at 11608 Liberty Ave.
facts and items, and jewelry galore on practically every block. The A train, which ends at the cross section of Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard, can get you to the multi-ethnic neighborhood as well as the Q112, which goes down the Avenue. The thrifty strip also has some high-end boutiques and numerous Caribbean eateries such as Sybil’s Bakery and several roti shops. Stores are preparing for the holiday season and are filled with all types of possible gift ideas. Melanie Fashion, at 127-04 Liberty Ave., has been around for 23 years, providing the community with Indian outfits and jewelry starting from $20. They also have marble, plastic, and brass sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses and other religious items. Tina’s Boutique, at 122-03 Liberty Ave., is a new high-end store that provides exclusive yet affordable Indian wear and both Indian and American Jewelry. It has affordable items, like bangles starting from $10. This boutique also carries religious sculptures and items like the many other Indian stores along Liberty Avenue. Knockout Clothing, 119-01 Liberty Ave., has been in the same popular area at the corner on Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue for 25 years. The store has both business and casual attire, and accessories for young women. The popular store claims to offer “high quality for low prices,” and has party dresses starting from $20.
Right off Liberty Avenue, consumers can find Rishi Video, at 103-44 124 St., which provides Indian DVD, CD’s, West Indian music, and a small deli-style selection of everything from candy to calling cards. Rishi offers sale prices of three CD’s for $10 and four DVD’s for $10, depending on how old the movie or CD is. At Rishi’s you can find a gift for the Indian music or movie lover for reasonable prices. BoomBoom Elect, 119-15 Liberty Ave., is one of the few electronics store on Liberty Avenue. Here you will find digital cameras, DJ equipment, Boost Mobile phones, home phones, car audio, phone accessories, photo frames, watches and televisions. They offer picture frames of all sizes starting from $15 and flatscreen televisions from $119. If you are looking for a gift to pamper someone, Liberty Avenue has a number of Salons, and Chatta Box, on the second floor at 120-21 Liberty Ave., is a professional salon and spa allows you to purchase gift cards. The salon specializes in human hair extensions, bridal make-up and up do’s. A manicure and pedicure costs $20 and haircuts and styles start from $10. If you are looking for jewelry, Liberty Avenue provides that as well, with numerous stores, such as Marlowe Jewelers at 116-08 Liberty Ave. Marlowe’s specializes in remounting diamonds and remodeling jewelry and has been in the neighborhood
According to Vishnu Mahadeo, president of Richmond Hill’s Economic Development Council, “Liberty Avenue is the aorta of Richmond Hill.”
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Enjoy A Cultural Shift On Liberty
Liberty Avenue has a wide selection of jewelry.
Richmond Hill is a hub for holiday shopping. since 1923. They carry a wide range of high-end watches such as Mavado and Bulova, and also carry children’s Disney character watches starting from $10. Consumers can walk away from shopping on Liberty Avenue with unique gifts while experiencing the unique West Indian culture. –Monica Ganesh
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