To kick off Pride Month in June, here are a plethora of ways to celebrate and support the local LGBTQ+ community, including shopping small, which is easy to do in Essex County. To help with this, we’ve rounded up a list of LGBTQ+-owned businesses to support, ranging from a coffee shop, to a pet market, and more. Read on to see a list of Essex County LGBTQ+-owned businesses.
Disclaimer: This is an ever-growing list. We want this list to be as inclusive as possible so if you know of another LGBTQ+-owned business that would like to be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Java Love | 244 Bellevue Avenue + 49 Church Street, Montclair
Java Love is more than a coffee shop — it has become a staple in the Montclair community. This specialty coffee shop serves all types of drinks and pastries. It serves up a breakfast and lunch menu, which has vegan and gluten-free options. Java Love serves, as they say, “coffee with integrity” made with coffee beans roasted just a few days before.
L & B Healthy Pet Markets | 15 S Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
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At L & B Healthy Pet Markets, pet parents can find delicious and healthy products for their four-legged friends. The market sells pet food and educates customers on the importance of giving pets healthy and nutritious food. L & B provides in-store shopping, pick-up, and delivery options.
Target Cue LLC | P.O Box 451, Montclair
Target Cue is a public relations and communications firm that specializes in LGBTQ+ and HIV-related issues. Some of the services provided are media training and strategic and crisis communication solutions. Target Cue works with clients to help them maximize the impact of their media visibility.
White Rabbit Black Heart | 219 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair
White Rabbit Black Heart is a luxury gift boutique filled with products made by local artists and other small businesses. This store sells jewelry, candles, Montclair souvenirs, and more magical items. The store is open from Wednesday to Saturday and has an online store.
Bloomfield Wax + Skincare | 607 B Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
Bloomfield Wax and Skincare is a luxury spa that provides a myriad of services like body wraps, facials, waxing, teeth whitening, and more. The studio prides itself on hiring the best estheticians in order to be able to provide customers with the best service and experience.
The Queer Mathematics Teacher | Online
This business is run by Brandi E. Waid, an independent math coach, consultant, and scholar. She provides help to districts, schools, universities, departments, and individual teachers in applying teaching practices and curricula that respect the humanity that each of their students offers to mathematics learning.
Radical Pedagogy Institute | Online
The Radical Pedagogy Institute is a collective of educators based in the greater New Jersey area who believe in the transformational power of radical pedagogy and local political organizing.