Pride Month is officially here, but as allies of the LGBTQ+ community, we seek to celebrate, embrace, and amplify their voices and stories year-round. There are a plethora of ways to celebrate and support the local LGBTQ+ community, including shopping small — which is easy to do in Hudson County. To help with this, we’ve rounded up a list of LGBTQ-owned businesses to support this month and every month. In partnership with the Hudson Pride Center based in Jersey City, we are also excited to bring you more LGBTQ+ stories, resources, and events throughout the year. Read on to see a list of Hudson County LGBTQ-Owned Businesses.
Disclaimer: This is an ever-growing list. We want this list to be as inclusive as possible so if you know of another LGBTQ+-owned business that would like to be included, please email email@example.com
Alexis Rotter Photography | Online
Alexis Rotter’s photography captures great live performances and landscapes in both New Jersey and New York. For more information about Alexis’s photography skills and to view her portfolio, visit her website.
Corgi Spirits | 1 Distillery Drive, Jersey City
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The tasting room at this Jersey City distillery is one to write home about. The owner, Rober Hagemann, was inspired to name Corgi Spirits ‘corgi’ due to his love for Britain — and pups. Visitors can taste a variety of gin and vodka at this local spot and even try out the Pride Vodka in celebration of Pride Month’s arrival. The distillery helps out local animal rescues and hosts pop-up events in its tasting room.
Emily Monus Events | Jersey City
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Emily Monus has your back. At Emily Monus Events, she helps to create the perfect wedding for LGBTQIA+ couples and also helps plan the perfect day for all vegans! Monus has also helped plan baby showers and non-profit galas.
Institute For Personal Growth | 235 9th Street, Jersey City
IPG helps assist those with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more but they also are very adamant in helping the LGBTQ+ community. IPG offers services for the LGBTQ+ community and you can learn more by watching this video. Institute For Personal Growth also has locations in Highland Park, Freehold, and New York City.
Little Batch Candle Co. | Jersey City
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Little Batch Candle Co. is a candle company that creates candles from soybeans, converting them into soy wax. The candle co also has a recycling program: if you recycle 12 jars, receive a candle for free. Learn more about the recycling program and the drop-off locations here.
Root and Rise Fitness | Union City
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Victoria Sneden, a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, offers a variety of different training programs for those in the Northern New Jersey area. Training programs include personal training, small group training, and virtual training.
SW3AT Sauna Studio | 172 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
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Sw3at Sauna is owned by Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez, a Navy veteran and local resident. Alyza opened the business several years back and has become a one-stop-shop for all things infrared sauna and wellness. It won “Best Wellness Business” for Jersey City on The Hoboken Girl in 2020. One of the services Sw3at Sauna offers is color therapy, and Alyza loves the color green. Alyza shared, “everything that’s good in this world is green — it’s the color used to represent new beginnings, the color of nature for health, and the color of money for prosperity.”
Tipsy Tye Dye | 155 1st Street, Hoboken
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Tipsy Tye Dye will be taking over the old Sushi House restaurant in Hoboken and is a new LGBTQ-Owned business in the area. At Tipsy Tye Dye, you will be able to purchase different clothing items that you can tie-dye. The business will also be available for private events and there will also be happy hours and events.
UNJUMBOLD | 257 1st Street, Hoboken
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This newer local gem has it all — from bedding, garden, kitchen, pet supplies, and more, you can grab all the home goods necessities at UNJUMBOLD. The owner’s John Forslund and Michael Knight were inspired to open UNJUMBOLD after renovating and selling apartments and wanting a space to share their love of design and decor. The pandemic led the two to plan the opening of the business.
Hudson Paperie | Online
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Hudson Paperie is a local business that is obsessed with design; they help create your history by making wedding stationery. Knowing that the wedding paper is just as important as everything else on the big day, Chelsey and Carly pay attention to every little detail when making the invitations.
PlushThriftJC | Online
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Unlike any other boutique, PlusThriftJC is a safe space for ladies who don’t fit into the small, skinny sizes that stores offer. PlusThriftJC is all about positivity and inclusivity; they provide a space and solution for plus-size women.
Circa60.com | 320 38th Street, Union City
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Circa60 is located in Union City, they offer vintage Mid-Century modern furniture and Handmade Mid-Century modern inspired furniture. The couple has been selling Danish and mid-century modern furniture for over 13 years, some of which are sourced locally as well as from Denmark. The shop is open by appointment and online shopping.
This is an ever-growing list. We want this list to be as inclusive as possible so if you know of another LGBTQ+-owned business that would like to be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org