News Release
 February 20, 2023
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Tops Honors Black Run Businesses During Black History Month

Williamsville, NY – When you mention the name Sylvia’s Soul Food many recognize her for her soulful cooking from enjoying her authentic southern cuisine that originated in 1962 in the heart of Harlem. She was a woman before her time, opening one of the most influential restaurants in America. Through riots, wars, and fires, Sylvia’s Restaurant and the Woods family have been leaders in the Harlem community for over 57 years. But their influence didn’t stop there.

Their brand grew well beyond their restaurant walls with a reputation of bringing the highest quality soul food to generations of Americans. Sylvia is known as the “Queen of Soul Food” and for good reason. Her products now span over five different categories, with 30 items bringing her restaurant-quality soul food to family kitchens around the world and to Tops Friendly Markets shelves across our footprint.

“Tops is proud to carry Sylvia’s line of soulful spices and seasonings for our customers,” said Joe Mailhot, category business manager specialty and ethnic foods for Tops Markets. “Sylvia’s brand is soul food made simple with fry and baking mixes, vegetables, and seasonings that bring a taste of southern cuisine to our aisles and into our customer’s homes.”

Not sure how best to use the line of Sylvia’s soul foods? She has you covered! Sylvia actually authored two books which include the secret recipes that made her Harlem restaurant famous so now you can also recreate these great soul food dishes for your own family.

To purchase Sylvia’s Soul Foods, visit most Tops Friendly Markets or to learn more about her legacy, visit Sylvia's | World Finer Foods


About Tops Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 149 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth, and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit


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