LGBTQ-Owned Businesses to Support in Essex County

Pride Month is officially here, but as allies of the LGBTQ+ community in Montclair and beyond, we seek to celebrate, embrace, and amplify their voices and stories year-round. There 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. We are also excited to bring you more LGBTQ+ stories, resources, and events throughout the year with the launch of Montclair’s local organization, Out Montclair. 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 hello@themontclairgirl.com.

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

Java Love

(Photo credit: @doyoujavalove)

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 offers 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. 

Read More: A List of Women-Owned Businesses to Support in Montclair

L & B Healthy Pet Markets | 15 S Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

L & B Healthy Pet Markets

(Photo credit: @lbhealthypetmarkets)

At L & B Healthy Pet Markets you can find delicious and healthy products for your four-legged friends. The market sells pet food and educates customers on the importance of giving pets healthy and nutritious food. L & B offers 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 offered 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

White Rabbit Black Heart is a luxury gift boutique filled with products made by local artists and from 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. 

See More: A List of Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Montclair + Bloomfield

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, vagacial, 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

Run by Brandi E. Waid, an independent math coach, consultant, and scholar. She offers help to districts, schools, universities, departments, and individual teachers in applying teaching practices and curriculum that respects the humanity that each of their students offer 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.


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Katherine is a recent Montclair State grad who has a passion to explore the world. Apart from her family and dogs, she loves traveling the most. She has fallen head over heels with experiencing the world, trying new foods, learning about new cultures, and getting out of her comfort zone. She's been to 14 countries and counting. In her spare time you'll find her listening to music or daydreaming about a new adventure.