During Pride Month, show extra love for local LGBTQ+-led businesses

As a small business, we try to direct our dollars toward other locally based organizations whenever possible. In June (aka Pride Month), we’re especially enthusiastic about supporting entities owned and operated by members of the LGBTQ+ community — and we encourage our clients and friends to do the same.

Here are just a few of the enterprises we recommend you check out soon — and continue to patronize all year long.

Peace Coffee

This Minneapolis-based java provider sells 100% fair trade-certified, organic coffee grown by small-scale farmers. You can find Peace Coffee products in local grocery stores, cafes and office breakrooms — much of it delivered by bike! The company also sells directly from its own website and offers subscriptions to ensure you’re never at a loss for that morning cuppa joe.

 

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Theater Latté Da

Now wrapping its 25th season, this is the area’s only nonprofit professional theater organization devoted entirely to mounting musicals. Theater Latté Da presents its bold, innovative, inclusive and collaborative productions at the historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. Don’t miss the company’s acclaimed staging of Next to Normal, now playing through July 16.

 

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Dancing Bear Chocolate

This Minneapolis sweet treat purveyor sells artisan chocolates, hand-dipped truffles, house-made gelato, and intricate tarts and cakes. If dessert isn’t your jam, Dancing Bear Chocolate holds Sunday Outdoor Markets featuring items such as breakfast burritos, goat cheese spread and Lebanese tabouli salad. Want confections to feed your Pride celebration guests? Contact the shop for assistance.

Tangletown Gardens

City residents find perennials, annuals, a host of vegetable varieties and a diverse selection of unusual woody plants at this delightful Minneapolis shop. Tangletown Gardens grows its inventory at a 140-acre farm, practicing biological agriculture and ecological restoration to produce strong, healthy plants. Worried your thumb isn’t green enough to properly place the beauties you bought? Ask about the company’s landscape design services.

Black Garnet Books

This St. Paul bookseller offers an array of new works by authors and illustrators of color. The shop opened in 2020, in part to address racial inequalities within the publishing and literary industries. Inside, you’ll find a communal space designed to cultivate education and conversation. Have you written something that seems suitable for Black Garnet’s shelves? Check out the store’s consignment guide for self-published authors.

Tandem Vintage

Opened in 2021 by a thrifting hobbyist-turned-entrepreneur, this Minneapolis shop sells thoughtfully curated secondhand clothing, accessories and home goods. Tandem Vintage’s shelves feature products from BIPOC-, LGBTQIA- and woman/nonbinary-owned brands. Looking to let go of your own vintage items? Tandem might take them! Inquire during open hours (Thursdays-Sundays) or by appointment.

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