How to unlock shops at Harv’s Island Plaza in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Bill Cooney
Animal crossing Kicks and Sahara

Harv’s Island Plaza in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is home to many shops, each of which unlocks a whole new plethora of opportunities. Here’s everything you need to know about every shop in the game and how you can unlock them.

Harv’s Island Plaza is unlocked after you get a photo studio in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which happens when you have at least three villagers living on your island if you’re just starting out.

You can start working on the Plaza after your first visit, once you’ve spoken to Harv and Harriet in the game. So, here’s every shop available at Harv’s Island Plaza and how you can unlock them in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to unlock Harv’s Island Plaza in Animal Crossing?

Harvey's Island Shopping Plaza
You need to contribute bells to bring vendors to their spots on Harv’s Island.

To unlock Harv’s Island, you need to get a 3-star rating on your island. After which, Harvey will send you a letter inviting you to come visit his island. Once you’ve gotten the letter, go to your island’s airport and travel to Harv’s Island.

Once you’re there, head to the area with the wooden gate, where you will be greeted by Harv and Harriet. Once the cutscene is over, you can start contributing bells to construct shops.

Shops available on Harv’s Island Plaza

An image of one of the shop's at Harv's Island Plaza in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Leif is just one of the vendors who can set up shop on Harv’s Island Plaza.

The full list of stores that can be built on Harv’s Island Plaza is as follows:

  • Shampoodle: Harriet’s Hair Salon
  • Redd: Paintings and sculptures
  • Sahara: Rugs and wallpapers
  • Katrina: Fortune Teller
  • Re-tail: Reese and Cyrus’ customization shop
  • Leif: Bushes, flowers, trees
  • Tortimer: Storage access on the Plaza

Unfortunately, not every single traveling shopkeeper can set up a permanent location on Harv’s Island Plaza. For example, CJ and Flick cannot be made permanent, and neither can Turnip hustler Daisy Mae.

Quite a few can be unlocked, though, and it’s definitely worth building each one for the convenience of not having to wait around for them to show up.

How to unlock different shops on Harv’s Island Plaza

An image of one of the Harv Island shops at the Plaza in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Katrina’s fortune-telling can be unlocked on Harv’s Island too.

To build the various vendors on the Plaza, you’ll need to contribute 100,000 Bells for each shop. This is done by donating to the Gyroid standing where each shop will go.

Each shop takes a day to build, so you’re looking at a minimum of seven days to get it all filled out. Harriet’s Salon is automatically added once you build the first shop.

That’s everything you need to know about Harv’s Island shops in Animal Crossing. You can also check out how to get different types of Axes. You can also take a look at some of the best games like Animal Crossing to play on Switch.

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