If you are passionate about supporting small businesses and minorities, take this opportunity to add to your rolodex of gorgeous home decor and gardening operations. It is especially important to balance the scales on a continuous basis and tilt the world of commerce towards a place that’s a bit more representative. So, it doesn’t have to be June (LGBTQ pride month), to celebrate the major advancements won by LGBTQ+ activists more than half a century ago and ongoing. Let’s show some solidarity to those thriving in all sectors and specifically, to the LGBT-owned businesses creating unique pieces that can be perfect additions to your homes and gardens.
For all the huge accomplishments since Stonewall, we must also recognize that there is still much work to be done to advance the cause in the years to come. As with all great journeys, the movement for LGBTQ began with a single step. These small steps can vary in form and you can take your own towards supporting the cause by supporting these excellent businesses. These LGBTQ+ establishments in design and home gardening exemplify the color, vibrancy, and agency of a truly proud and talented community.
Opening a business and making it turn a profit is no small task, especially when you’re starting from a grassroots effort without the capital of a giant corporation. The owners of these businesses work hard, are passionate about what they do, and offer top-notch services and products, so consider checking them out!
In addition to being an avant-garde designer seeking to embody authenticity and sustainability with high-quality garments, Nicole Zizi is also a prominent voice for social justice and protecting the environment. She has used the power of her brand to promote pressing issues in black and brown communities as well as raise awareness of their intersections with the LGBTQ+ movement. In addition to hand-made streetwear and accessories, Nicole Zizi’s product line also includes scented candles and trendy accessories.
“Queer” is back in style, and scented candles only seem to become more popular with time, so brace yourself for the ultimate duo. Queer Candle Co. is your local counterculture alternative to national chains like Yankee Candle. This aromatic company is based in Brooklyn and ships nationwide. Queer Candle Co. has already made a name for itself thanks to its beautifully crafted, non-toxic candles, which usually feature a tasteful representation of the herbs used for the scent.
Queer Candle makes a point of having inclusivity as one of its central ideas, so it’s no surprise that they focus on LGBTQ+ issues. Crucially, Queer Candle puts their money where their mouth is, and 10% of all their profit goes to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which advocated for intersectional issues concerning gender, sexuality, and race.
Minority-owned businesses aren’t just found either on the East or West Coasts. Our next highlighted business is in the heart of Texas, where Austin-based Front Yard Gardens has discovered newfound success. Its founders started their business by growing plants in their own front yard (hence the name) during quarantine. Since then, the business has only continued to grow.
It has become the one-stop-shop for Texans hoping to snag Chinese money plants, Texas perennials, snake plants, and other greenery that help to purify the air. And with hot, stuffy Texas summers, everyone can do with a little extra fresh air.
Atlantans fear not, for there is a wealth of wonderful LGBT-owned businesses in your area as well! A case in point is Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts, a highly in-demand store that is chock full of beautiful home accessories and beautiful plant arrangements. The shop also features amazing artisanal ceramic pieces made by Eva Gordon. Gordon is an artist who has mastered the craft of ceramics, and her pieces are unique, beautiful, and colorful. If you’re in the market for some eye-candy pieces of home decor that stand out from the crowd, you’ll want to give this business a look. Boxwoods can also help with your landscaping needs.