LGBTQIA-Owned Midwest Businesses Get Ready for Pride Month
With Pride Month right around the corner in June, LGBTQIA-owned businesses are putting on some of their biggest and best events of the year.
Flip Phone Events, Twin Cities
Flip Phone Events, owned by Chad Kampe, is an inclusive party-planning company that organizes dance parties, bar crawls, and year-round weekend drag bunches around the Twin Cities. This June, Flip Phone Events is celebrating Pride Month with more of their signature drag brunches and two Pride-themed shows—the 90's Pride Drag Punch and Pride in the Sky: Rooftop Drag Bruch. Then, there will be a July Pride Weekend event at First Avenue. Expect to see a Lady Gaga-themed dance party at CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar and a party with Crystal Methyd, a Season 12 contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race, at Union Rooftop. The company is partnering with OutFront Minnesota, a trans law center, to raise money for LGBTQIA issues.
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Bella's Frozen Yogurt, St. Louis
Grab some refreshing froyo from Bella's Frozen Yogurt. Starting June 1, owners and partners Corey James and Austin Blankenship will add extra coloring to all of their yogurts to honor Pride Month. Customers can build their own rainbow in a cup and have the chance to receive a special Pride discount throughout the month. The shop will also pass out free Pride stickers.
What happens when a mixologist and artist open a business together? In this case, Studio 62. Wives and business owners Jacques and Chelsea created the electric art bar and entertainment venue in the NOTO arts district. For them, Pride Month happens 365 days a year. Events include Pride tacos in January and Pride discounts on painting and sipping in June.
The Inkwell, Bloomington, Indiana
For Pride month, this bakery and café will be selling handmade unicorn pop tarts, along with hosting a fundraiser to train doctors on how to provide to gender-diverse youth. At the fundraiser, owners Abbey and Tracy will also be selling framed prints that say, "Coffee Makes You Gay" from artist Amos Pail Kennedy. All proceeds will go to the IU School of Medicine program.
Curated by D&A, Woodstock, Illinois
Shop a blend of apparel, accessories, home, and self-care products at Curated by D&A. Owners Darrin and Alberto will show their Pride support on a company float in their city's local Pride Parade, Woodstock Pride Fest, June 13.
Bake Me Happy, Columbus, Ohio
Letha and Wendy Pugh started baking gluten-free goodies because they wanted to serve the dietary needs of all customers. This June, the bakery will sell special Pride-themed treats, including their popular Rainbow Ohio Cookie, Pride Scone of the Month and more. Special Pride discounts will be available as well.