In 2013, The August Tree started operating from a tiny living room in Queens, NY, as an online gift shop with a neighborhood walk-in store feel. We carefully curated lines of authentic, personal gifts for everyone. From accessories for men and women, toys that tug at heartstrings and household items that will be the center of any gathering, we thrived to make buying presents a lovely experience at an affordable price point. We called it, "Thoughtful gifting, simplified."
To venture into the IRL world, we joined the Queens Night Market. It was the perfect opportunity for us to meet our neighbors and be part of a beautiful and diverse community that grew together and supported each other.
Since then, we had partnered with Queens Museum, to become the Queens Museum Gift Shop. Curated with the celebration of Queens in mind, products feature the Queens urban lifestyle, art, history, diversity and of course, Queens Museum merchandise.
During the pandemic, we found ourselves in the middle of it all, being in the area that was most badly hit at the beginning. Our community did not waste any time. Our beloved Queens Night Market friends stepped up and fed frontliners. Our generous friends at Queens Museum got a food pantry going inside the museum.
Inspired by their generosity and wanting to do our part, we started a program in partnership with Queens Museum, called, "Hecho Local," which is a product development workshop for people badly affected by the pandemic.
Through Hecho Local, we aim to provide a space where participants can create something that celebrate their own stories and establish common threads with other people’s experiences through a unique product/product line that can be a source of livelihood. The possible hurdles that an immigrant may face when starting a handmade product business in New York are addressed as a group and one-on-one with the facilitators of the program, who are also immigrants experienced in the field.
With this project at hand, we are continuously growing our product lines to feature our fellow Queens businesses and aim to be of service to you and our community.
Yay Queens! <3