Main Street Launch is proud to support LGBT-owned small businesses. A report from NGLCC (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) shows that the U.S. has an estimated 1.4 million LGBT-owned small businesses that create/sustain 33,000 jobs and contribute $1.7 trillion to the economy. Not surprising, California has the highest number of certified LGBTBEs (LGBT Business Enterprises) in the country. These companies operate in every sector imaginable. NGLCC tells us, “if you can buy it you can find it from an LGBT-owned business.”
As we celebrate PRIDE month, don’t forget to put your money where your values are and support LGBT-owned small businesses.
Some of our favorites are:
Laurel Book Store
Where can you find great events, family-friendly activities, and amazing books? Laurel Book Store in downtown Oakland. More than just a bookstore, they have created a community space to foster a love of Oakland and a love of books. Check out their events calendar for what’s coming up. http://www.laurelbookstore.com/
Scarlet City Roasting
Have you ever had a need for caffeine and an overwhelming desire to play pinball at the same time? Scarlet City Roasters knows the feeling, and they host a monthly novice pinball tournament. You can find amazing coffee and a fun community at their shop. http://www.scarletcityroasting.com/
Hive, the place to bee
Do you need a space to work and also to network? You have to visit Hive, the place to bee in Oakland. They offer an amazing space for creative folks to meet, to work, and to enjoy great coffee and food. They also offer community resources, host events, and provide locally sourced food and coffee options. Check them out online and in person: http://www.hive-cafe.com/index.html
The Port Bar
The Port Bar is Oakland’s first 7-day per week gather place for the LGBT community. They offer great events, a beautiful new space, and friendly staff. More than just a bar, The Port Bar offers private gathering spaces available for reservations. Check them out online and in person: http://www.portbaroakland.com/index.html
In San Francisco:
How do you live with less stuff AND have great lighting? Our borrower Lumio already has the solution for you. They create unique and beautiful lighting systems to give people the freedom to experience beautiful lighting wherever they are. You probably already helped them become one of Ten Most Innovative Crowdfunded Companies, and if not, you probably saw them on Shark Tank.
D&H Sustainable Jewelers
How do you have an amazing jewelry experience without hurting the Earth? D&H Sustainable Jewelers offers luxury with a conscience, using reclaimed precious metals and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. (They also have a wine bar inside their store.)
Hip Chick Farms
What makes you happier than an “about us” page on a website that’s only videos? Hip Chick Farms’ commitment to locally-sourced ingredients and the slow and heritage food movements that brings kid- and mom-friendly food from the freezer to your table without preservatives. Hip Chick Farms links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. They also give a percentage of sales to local nonprofit organizations. #bringbackthechickenfinger
Where can you find handsome apparel for women, butches, studs, bois, and transmen? HauteButch, of course! This veteran-owned business offers worldwide shipping on their incredible selection of inventory that looks great and fits great. Check out their website for the latest style options: https://www.hautebutch.com/
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