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7 LGBTQ-Friendly Local Businesses to Shop in Celebration of Pride

It’s been 47 years since Cincinnati’s first Pride parade, and a lot has changed in our city. What started as a small group of advocates has blossomed into a month-long celebration supported by not only thousands of community members but countless local businesses and even fortune 500 companies. Whether you are looking to do some gardening or just treat yourself to something sweet, these local businesses have what you’re looking for.

Know Theatre Cincinnati

1120 Jackson St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Know Theatre is an institution in Cincinnati’s performance art community. This community production house and presenter of the annual Fringe Festival aims to bring the community together through expression and artistic collaboration. Know Theatre has a rich history of supporting diversity and LGBTQ visibility in our city. Last November they began hosting Storytime with Sparkle, a monthly event in which drag performer Sparkle Leigh (Dan Davidson) reads books aloud to entertained onlookers. Although productions are currently on hold, you can show your support by buying gift certificates and visiting their website for updates on when events will resume.

Aquatic & Garden Decor

9390 Cincinnati Columbus Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45241

For over 60 years, family-operated business Aquatic & Garden Decor in West Chester has served all of Greater Cincinnati’s landscaping needs. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing fountain for your porch or you’re starting a major landscaping flip, this business has you covered. Aquatic & Garden Decor is a proud member of the 2019-2020 Gay Chamber of Commerce; a group of allies aimed at fostering LGBTQ visibility in the community.

Le Sorelle Boutique

341 Fairfield Ave.
Bellevue, KY 41073

Offering women’s apparel and gift items from the heart of historic Bellevue, Le Sorelle Boutique is certainly unique. Offering a wide variety of items such as umbrellas, jewelry, novelty socks, throw pillows, and seasonal home decor, this could be your new go-to spot when shopping for gifts; might as well get yourself a little something while you’re at it! Le Sorelle has participated in pro-LQBTQ fundraisers in the past, including this past December in which they donated 15% of their sales on a key holiday shopping day to Cincinnati Pride.

Pure Romance

655 Plum Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Pure Romance is a Cincinnati-based, consultant-driven business offering adult entertainment and wellness products. The largest company on this list, Pure Romance takes their responsibility to show support for diversity seriously. Their website features photos of same-sex couples, and they offer products specifically designed for gay couples to enjoy together. What's more, Pure Romance is the sole platinum-level sponsor for 2020 Cincinnati Pride, which has been postponed until later this year.

Magic of Ursula’s Closet

Etsy page

Amanda Huber’s custom-made tumblers and accessories can be best summed up in one word: FUN. While the majority of her items are Disney themed, her work is handmade and offers something for everyone. Her Etsy page is full of glittery, glossy tumblers that will turn way more heads than that paper coffee cup you’re been carrying around. Magic of Ursula’s Closet is a proud LGBTQ ally, offering patrons rainbow glitter pride tumblers. This business also participated in the 2019 Big Gay Craft Fair, an event organized by the Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign.

Findlay Yoga

1810 Campbell Alley Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Self-described as a “no shame, no blame yoga studio,” Findlay Yoga is a studio inspired by the unique diversity of neighboring Findlay Market. It’s 19 instructors specialize in a wide variety of techniques and practices including Yin, Flows, Kundalini, and Energy Medicine. Findlay instructor Trish Durham, in a quest to give members of the LGBTQ community another place to gather outside of the bar scene, created Cincinnati Queer Yoga in 2014. Since its inception, CQY has hosted countless public and private events, and has collaborated with a wide variety of local Pride and gay alliance groups.

The Jammery

Now for the sweet stuff! The Jammery is a confectioner that specializes in small-batch, curated candies. Their current collection of chocolates, perfectly themed for Pride, is called Love in All its Forms. Some ingredients include whiskey ganache, brandied Ohio cherry caramel, and passionfruit white chocolate ganache (is your mouth watering yet?). The Jammery is queer-owned and queer-staffed, a point of pride for classically trained owner Ben Feinberg-Gerner. These fine chocolates have appeared at many of the city’s community festivals and events, and Feinberg-Gerner hopes to participate in the next Big Gay Craft Fair.

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The 2020 Cincinnati Pride parade, at the time of this writing, will be held on October 3. To revisit the excitement of last year's parade, click or tap here.