6 LGBTQ+ Virginia businesses to support this Pride Month

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By Ava Edwards

June 11, 2024

As Pride Month kicks off, a great way to celebrate is by embracing local LGBTQ+-owned businesses. From quaint bookstores to innovative cafes and everything in between, these establishments offer everything from unique products to wonderful experiences.

Join us for a journey through some of Virginia’s finest LGBTQ+-owned businesses, where every purchase becomes a celebration of identity, love, and community.

The Beautiful Idea

Location: Charlottesville

Website: https://www.beautifulideacville.com/

The Beautiful Idea has all of your LGBTQ+ book needs. This bookstore and LGBTQ+ makers market sells everything from jams to radical literature. More than two dozen local vendors sell their products in this trans-owned store, so grab your reading material for this Pride Month!

Marie Bette Cafe & Bakery

Location: Charlottesville

Website: https://www.mariebette.com/#european-inspired

Marie Bette Cafe & Bakery is the spot for European-inspired baked goods. This cafe is the birthplace of the brioche feuilletée: A brioche, donut, and croissant fusion that made headlines in many local food magazines. Opened by husbands Jason Becton and Patrick Evans, Marie Bette brings innovation, flavor, and pride together in one place.

Soul Taco

Location: Richmond

Website: https://www.soultacorva.com/

Have you ever wanted to combine soul food with Latin American dishes? Then Soul Taco in Richmond is the place for you. With dishes like “Mississippi Pot Roast Nachos” and “Jerk Chicken Taco” you can enjoy the comfort of soul food with the intense flavor of Latin food. And with Pride events going on all Pride month, Soul Taco is your place to show your Pride and hunger.

Redwood + Co.

Location: Staunton

Website: https://shopredwoodandco.com/

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a scent lover? Look no further than Staunton’s Redwood + Co. This local scent company sells hand-poured candles, fragrance oils, incense, and more. With subtly Pride-themed scents, these classy candles can help you celebrate this month and beyond.

Norfolk Candle

Location: Norfolk

Website: https://www.norfolkcandle.com/

While they specialize in hand-poured candles, Norfolk Candle also sells Pride flags, plushies, apparel, and more—and the options don’t stop there. You can also find merch like Pride-themed candles and rainbow totes on the shelves. Make sure you share the love this month and visit the coast for Norfolk Candle!


Location: Cape Charles

Website: https://www.drizzlesllc.com/

With oils, balsamic vinegar, and sauces galore, Drizzles is your destination for all your dressing needs. In 2021, married couple Laura and Michele took over Drizzles from the original owners. Since their take-over, Drizzles has remained the destination for olive oils and vinaigrettes for the Eastern Shore.

  • Ava Edwards

    Ava is an up-and-coming journalist who recently graduated from William & Mary with a degree in English. She's written for news publications such as her school's newspaper, The Flat Hat, and Hampton Roads' WAVY-TV 10. As a lifelong Virginia resident, she looks forward to informing her community on the latest information and events.



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