5 Local Brands to Visit During Pride Month
It’s June. Disaster season. hurricanes, lovebugs, and brands that rainbow-wash their Twitter profiles. Take a break in the midst of all the chaos and spend your hard-earned cash on some local LGBTQ+ brands that need your support. Below we’ve listed five businesses (two from bizjournals.com’s largest owned LGBT companies in Tampa Bay), but we encourage you to find more of your own this pride month.
The Cider Press Cafe prides (ha) themselves on their vegan and gluten-free cafe. The award-winning raw vegan restaurant has 35 local employees and is 100% LGBTQ+ owned. According to stpetecatalyst.com:
“Cider Press Cafe received its name from an old apple press that belonged to the mother of one of the restaurant’s owners, Roland Strobel.”
Strobel’s inherited cider press has greeted customers at the entrance since its establishment in 2015. The heirloom has become a staple in their branding and will continue to be for years to come.
Take a virtual tour here
Punky’s Bar and Grill is a lively 100% LGBTQ+ owned restaurant in St. Petersburg Fl. They serve up wings and burgers but it’s “not your average bar food.” Punky’s was founded in 2015 and has employed about 30 locals. They’ve partnered with GrubHub delivery, and have an “order for online pickup” option.
Not only do they boast a delicious menu, but Punky’s also has a unique atmosphere. According to punkysbar.com:
“On Tuesdays, you can participate in Charity Drag Queen Bingo! Beginning May 13th, live music returns every Thursday evening from 6-9 pm and every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 6-9 pm.”
While at home the past year, live music is one of those things we have all taken for granted. But now it’s back at Punky’s bar for pride month! Here’s a graphic containing the upcoming schedule from their website:
Right in the heart of “gaYBOR city”, Bradley’s on 7th celebrates their no cover charge 365 days a year. This gay bar is always hosting Thursday night pride month-friendly events featuring a drag queen contest with cash prizes. The MC/Show director of Bradley’s on 7th is Amy Demilo, a native Floridian and winner of Miss Florida FI 2000, Miss Heart of Florida 2011, Miss Gay USofA Classic 2013, as well as National Showgirl Supreme 2020!
Monday – Friday 4 PM – 3 AM
Saturday & Sunday 2PM – 3AM
Check out a virtual slideshow here
If you’re looking for a unique gym experience, book an appointment at VKNG Row. It’s Tampa’s first indoor rowing studio. Their workouts are on and off of the rowing machine. VKNG Row’s methods include a whole-body, low-impact HIIT workout. Bradford Stevens is the founder of VKNG fitness in Tampa and plans on a St. Pete location coming soon.
According to vkng-row.com:
“Our classes can be taken at any level. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or this is your first workout experience, we can make any class work for you.”
920 W Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606 — South Tampa: 813-250-0208
1600 E. 8th Ave. A-137 Tampa, FL 33605 — Ybor: 813-242-4080
6008 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL 33604 — Seminole Heights: 813-250-0208 #3
Whenever you plan on going out into the world again, consider Tribeca for a much-needed makeover. They currently have three locations – all in the Tampa Bay area: South Tampa, Ybor, and Seminole Heights. Tribeca Salon offers men and women grey area coverage, ethnic hair treatment, makeup services, and much more. Their services can cater to your budget as well. Their pricing has three different levels depending on the skill and experience of the stylist. According to their website:
Our Tampa stylists begin as Tyros, become Crafters, then eventually become Artisans. This is a great way for you to decide who you want to see at Tribeca.
In conclusion, we hope that you found at least one company you liked enough to support even if they aren’t on this list. If you can’t support a business monetarily, check up on a friend in the LGBTQ+ community and see how they’re doing. According to thetrevorproject.org
LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
If you know someone who is struggling with something similar contact the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386. Their lines are open 24/7