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LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses to Support in Essex County

by Katherine Chaves Diaz
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With Pride Month in full swing, here are a plethora of ways to celebrate and support the local LGBTQ+ community, including shopping small, which is easy to do in Montclair and Essex County. To help with this, we’ve rounded up a list of LGBTQ+-owned businesses to support, ranging from coffee shops to luxury spas and more. Read on for a list of LGBTQ+-owned businesses in Montclair and Essex County.

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 [email protected].

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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.

Java Love | 244 Bellevue Avenue + 49 Church Street, Montclair


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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 also 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. The spot is opening up a third Montclair location soon — you can find all the details here.

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Minias Breakfast + Lunch | 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair

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Minias owners, Lorena Coutinho and Mariel Fernandez, started the popular breakfast and lunch spot together in Bloomfield, but have now expanded their reach to Montclair. Minias is proud to feature a fusion of comfort foods of Latin American and American cuisine.

Out Montclair

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Out Montclair is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and supports the LGBTQ community. Educational resources, activities, and events are hosted throughout the area and during the year. Volunteer opportunities are available for those who want to lend a helping hand.

Porta | 499 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair


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Porta in Montclair supports the LQBTQ+ community by hosting events such as Pride kick-off parties, Pride after-parties, drag brunches, and LGBTQ+ nights. Each event is posted through its website and Instagram.

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 provides 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.

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.


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White Rabbit Black Heart | 219 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair


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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 Sunday and has an online store.

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