LGBTQIA-Owned & Operated Businesses in Durham
Support these local LGBTQIA-owned businesses this month and the other eleven months of the year, too.
Designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, the original Pride flag incorporated eight different colors to represent eight different aspects of the queer community. While the colors of the flag changed over time due to the unavailability of fabrics, the meaning of the rainbow flag is the same — it's a symbol of diversity, identity, and support for the LGBTQIA community. In Durham, we proudly wave and display our rainbow flags, cherish our queer community, and support our queer-owned businesses.
Our LGBTQIA-owned and operated businesses contribute something magical to our city, and we are excited to follow the magic and support them in real, tangible ways this month — and the other eleven months of the year, too. From hand-crafted meads with seasonal fruits to gluten-free dog food, Durham's queer community does it all. With input from our Instagram followers, here's a list of some favorite local LGBTQIA-owned businesses in Durham for you to visit.
Arcana Bar & Lounge
This underground bar in downtown Durham supports local artists and musicians. Join them for cocktails, live performances, and frequent tarot readings. Not only do they offer delicious wines, craft beers, and modern cocktails, but they highlight the arcana (mysteries) of herbalism with a drink menu that uses herbs and an extensive collection of liqueurs.
Beer Tooth Taproom
Named after a song by Shelby Merchant, The Beer Tooth Taproom is a newly opened taproom in South Durham. They hope to "convert everyday beer drinkers into well-informed enthusiastic beer consumers through education and sensory experiences." With 36 taps of rotating craft beverages, they have something to quench everyone's thirst.
Flowers by Gary
Owned by Gary and Michael Corsi-O'Conner, Flowers by Gary proudly serves the Durham area as award-winning, certified professional floral designers. For over 30 years, they have been committed to offering the finest custom-designed arrangements and gifts and emphasize that they are proud to serve as wedding florists "no matter who you are, or whom you love."
Craving delicious, Southern-inspired food? Head to an old gas station turned hip Southern eatery on Chapel Hill St. for some grub. With plenty of outdoor seating and a menu full of delicious options, GRUB Durham aims to cultivate community through food. They also love parties — their space is the perfect place to host private events in Durham.
For an experience of nature unlike any other, stop by Honeygirl Meadery for hand-crafted meads, wines made with honey, and ferment with added fruits, botanicals, and flowers. Looking for a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with friends? Visit their tasting room with expanded outdoor seating to enjoy a mead by the glass or a mead flight. All you mead is love!
Indulge Catering, LLC
Executive Chef Queen-Precious Jewel and Sous Chef Jay from Indulge Catering, LLC are taking healthy meal-making to a whole new level with their passion for cooking, love for good food, and signature Indulgent Essential Spices. Together, as business partners and a married couple, they have built a highly sought-after catering business by creating healthy and flavorful dishes – all while using fresh ingredients from local vendors.
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice, but most American yoga ads feature thin white women in expensive athletic wear. Durham's Jessamyn Stanley, a plus-sized local yoga teacher and body positivity advocate, who self-identifies as a "fat femme" and "queer femme," is changing the perception of what a yogi looks like by promoting health and wellness to people who are generally excluded from the wellness narrative. Her classes provide a body-positive approach to yoga which celebrates all students’ bodies.
Other End of the Leash
Head downtown to Other End of the Leash to pamper your pooch in style. This locally-owned pet boutique and bakery promotes fair-trade supplies and wellness products with your pet’s whole health in mind. Treats are baked fresh daily in their on-site gluten-free kitchen, and they host in-store informational workshops, speakers, and special events on a regular basis.
The Pinhook is an LGBTQIA-friendly bar and venue for music and creative events located in the heart of downtown Durham. They are "a safer space for queer and otherwise marginalized folks to express themselves and feel comfortable doing so." You can rent their space for meetings, events, movie screenings, and private parties.
Rofhiwa Book Café
With a special focus on Black culture and literature, this newly opened café hopes to enhance the sense of community and Black excellence that has long existed in the East Durham area. Stop by their new space for good conversation, books by Black writers from across the globe, and a wide selection of coffee brews.