If there’s two things I love, it’s shopping and supporting my fellow lesbians. If there’s one thing I love, it’s a lesbian owned business. There are so many different stores to shop in, so many sexy Instagram boutiques to throw your money at, so many witty slogans on T shirts, it can be hard to choose where to spend. Well, duh, spend that cash supporting a lesbian owned business — that also slays.
Here are 7 amazing lesbian owned businesses that are run by queer women just like us! From sex toys to swimwear to artisan cheese, get your credit cards, babes, because we have some shopping and supporting to do.
1. Wet For Her
Wet For Her is a sex toy company “made by women for women” that is lesbian-owned and operated. Going to a sex toy shop seems fun in theory, but most of the time, it’s a warehouse full of outdated porn and scary dildos. Fortunately for us, this site has nothing of the sort. You can choose from an assortment of functional straps, dildos, lubes, and toys like my personal favorite, the finger extender. Have some sexy fun with toys that were made to make amazing queer sex even more amazing, from the mind of creator, Alice, sent right to your bedroom, or wherever else you wanna get down.
2. Dive In Deck
33 cards. Endless conversations. Dive In Deck seeks to provide you and those around you with the opportunity to get to know each other. Like REALLY get to know each other. Each card has an insightful conversation starter paired with cosmically cool art. Their impact goes beyond the cards and extends to Instagram, where they post even more funky images created by the deck’s designer, Heather Weiss. For only $20, you can rediscover yourself, your friends, your partners, your family members, or even fellow partygoers.
This coffee and tea company was started by Brooke McDonnell, Helen Russell, and Maureen McHugh in 1995, and in 2016 they were the first LGBT company to win the Small Business of the Year award. Their mission is to make as little impact on the Earth as possible, while maximizing their impact in the world. On their website, they outline their efforts to focus on sustainability and list the several initiatives that help people from Nicaragua to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. Not only will this coffee give you the boost you need to face the day, but you can sip happy knowing you’ve made someone else’s day better, too.
4. Outplay Wear
Finding bathing suits that you actually like is a pain in the ass. Sometimes quite literally. But Outplay offers gender-neutral bathing suits if you’re not the type to rock the itsy bitsy bikinis. Not only that, they also offer workout clothes, and they even have a pride collection! This line gives everyone the chance to feel sexy on the beach without the annoyance of constant wedgies and nip-slips.
5. Bella Books
Reading erotica is seemingly an old-school way of getting your sexual fix, but it doesn’t mean it’s not just as sexy. Bella Books has women-loving-women stories from over 100 authors just waiting for you to devour. According to their website, Bella Books has stories “from heart-pounding romance to mystery, erotica, and thriller” to “embrace and celebrate the worldwide community of our lesbian, queer, non-binary readers and authors of all ages, cultures, and colors.” Looks like it’s time to get your read on AND your freak on.
6. Butch Basix
The name speaks for itself. Typical women’s and men’s departments don’t cater to all styles and expressions. Butch Basix wants to change that. Ames Simpson and Susan Donaldson started this business to create a place for all genders to express their masculine-leaning selves. They have everything: clothes, accessories, personal care, and bow ties for pets. What more could you ask for?
Lesbian couple Sue Conley and Peggy Smith weren’t always in the business of cheese, but once they got into it, they became one of the best. Cowgirl Creamery is based out of San Francisco, but according to their website, “Cowgirl Creamery cheeses are sold to over 500 stores, independent cheese shops, farmers markets, and restaurants, and nationally through Whole Foods Markets.” Cheese is one of my main food groups, so this is something I HAVE to check out.
Treat yourself to some queer retail therapy. Queertail, if you will. Happy shopping, babes!