Small Business Saturday: Organic Botanica, a community staple for 60+ years

In honor of Small Business Saturday, News 12 sat down with a local business that has been passed down for generations.

News 12 Staff

Nov 26, 2022, 11:07 PM

Updated 602 days ago

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, News 12 sat down with a local business that has been passed down for generations.
Steve Amateau is the second-generation owner of Organic Botanica and Fordham Business Improvement District board member.
Amateau tells News 12 that his family immigrated to New York City from Greece and says that his grandpa and father started this business.
"My family needed a living for themselves first, so they settled in Spanish Harlem at first and I opened up shop here in Harlem,” says Amateau
Original Botanica is also well known in the community for its wide selection of items, such as herbs, candles and incense.
The Original Botanica has been serving the city since the 1960s and continues to do so in the store and online.
Amateau says he’s grateful hopes to pass the store down to the next generation of family members.


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