Shop PHL: LGBTQ-owned

by Rachel Hazzard
June 26, 2024

Categories: LGBTQ, SHOP PHL,

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Looking for ways to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community in Philadelphia? One of the best ways to do that is by shopping at LGBTQ-owned businesses. By choosing to support LGBTQ+-owned businesses, you are contributing to a more equitable and vibrant city. 

PIDC is proud to highlight some of our clients offering products and services crafted with pride and passion. These community gems are embracing diversity, uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, and creating a positive and lasting impact in Philadelphia.

Cake Life Bake Shop

Fishtown’s Cake Life Bake Shop is a woman-, trans-, & immigrant-owned bakery and coffee shop offering custom cakes, sweet and savory pastries, and fresh-baked cookies. Co-founders Nima Etemadi and Lily Fischer have infused their values into this all-day café, with inclusion, sustainability, and love at the center of their business. With a seasonal menu, there’s always something new to taste. Not sure what to try? You can’t go wrong with a funfetti cupcake and a salted caramel latte. But if spicy is more your speed, the jalapeño popper croissant makes for a top-tier snack.

Laurentius Salon

Laurentius Salon is a premier hair salon located in the heart of the Italian Market. Known for its exceptional hair styling and coloring service and personalized experience tailored to each client’s unique needs, every appointment ends in a smile. Laurentius Purnama, the salon’s owner and namesake, is a coveted stylist attracting Philadelphia locals and A-list celebrities alike. Whether you’re looking for a trendy cut, vibrant color, or a sophisticated style, Laurentius Salon provides top-notch service in a chic, welcoming environment.

The Tactile Group

The Tactile Group develops digital products for government, enterprise, and non-profit organizations. Founded in 2004 by Marc Colman, Tactile is built on a foundation of empathy and diverse perspectives, combining research, digital strategy, user experience, and visual design to encourage clients to think beyond the ordinary. This Black- and LGBTQ+-owned business provides a wide range of services, including technical assistance, data collection and visualization, subject matter expertise, content management and strategy, and more. A three-time honoree of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, Tactile encourages open communication and commitment that is reflected in the relationships they build with their clients.

Grant Blvd

If you’re looking for a socially conscious, Black-, woman-,  and LGBTQ+-owned clothing boutique, Grant Blvd is a must-shop destination. Founder Kimberly McGlonn, Ph.D. is on a mission to construct stylish, sustainably sourced fashion by creating opportunities for women who have faced barriers to living wage employment, with a focus on Black and brown women who have been incarcerated, are immigrants, or are experiencing homelessness. With a commitment to sustainability, clothes are constructed using sustainably sourced fabrics that create no new waste, use no new water, and no new chemical processes. All garments are locally made in their Northern Liberties design studio, so you can feel good about your new clothes.


Founded in 1996 by Tracy and Mia Levesque, YIKES is a Philadelphia-based web design and development agency. This sustainable and ethics-based business offers web design, hosting, security monitoring, and more to provide expert digital solutions. They are committed to the triple bottom line, a concept of sustainability and social responsibility focused on people, planet, and profit. YIKES was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Top 25 LGBT Owned-Companies, and the Levesques were one of only two finalists for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award.

Safran Turney Hospitality

If you frequent 13th Street in Midtown Village, you’ve likely dined at one of Safran Turney Hospitality’s restaurants. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are a power couple that have helped transform the neighborhood into a world-class, award-winning dining destination. Their restaurants Barbuzzo, Bud & Marilyn’s, Darling Jack’s Tavern, and Little Nonna’s are some of the best spots in the city for great food and vibes. Whether you’re in the mood for comfort food, classic Italian eats, or a Mediterranean feast, Safran Turney Hospitality offers something for everyone,

PIDC is committed to helping businesses in every corner of Philadelphia grow, including those that are LGBTQ+-owned or operated. Check out this list of resources designed to empower LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs to grow their business.

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