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Where to find Lansing’s many LGBTQ-owned businesses

Municipal equality The Index examines cities across the United States and ranks them by how inclusive their municipal laws are – In the 2021 MEI survey, 11 Michigan cities were surveyed. Lansing earned an overall score of 87, making it one of the best places in Michigan for LGBTQ citizens, families, and businesses.

state news compiled a list of LGBTQ-owned businesses in Lansing. From vintage thrift stores to cat cafes, Lansing sports a badge of welcoming and supportive pride for its queer community.

Retro Metro – 304 E César E. Chávez Avenue.

This thrift store specializes in high-quality, vintage clothing and decor, all carefully selected to represent the best in fashion history. Metro Retro was founded in 2016 and has quickly become an Old Town staple as a one-stop-shop for all things queer fashion. The store offers a wide range of clothing and decor – including glittery leather jackets and rainbow jewelry, of course.

retro metro is located in the Old Town at 304 E. César E. Chávez Ave. in Lansing. They are open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

Strange Matter Coffee – 2010 E. Michigan Av.

Located at the corner of Clemens Avenue and Michigan Avenue, Strange Matter Coffee is an expert boutique in artisan coffee and baked goods. They offer a wide selection of coffees, specialty coffee drinks, and a range of baked goods to pair with your drink. They are wheelchair accessible, have neutral bathrooms and offer free Wi-Fi to all their guests!

“Strange Matter’s mission is to bring the best coffees and pastries to our community,” Strange Matter said on its website. “While enriching our neighborhood and creating a safe and welcoming space for contemplation, homework, art, Tinder dates, vintage markets, cross-stitch workshops, and anything else you can imagine.”

Strange Matter Coffee is located at 2010 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Thrift Witch – 108 E. César E. Chávez Av.

This thrift and consignment store has curated a collection of gothic pop culture oddities and antiques that capture the beauty of horror. Taxidermy and preservations aren’t all Thrift Witch has to offer, as they’re also home to the dark art market – a feature of small businesses, collectors, and artists that dark art enthusiasts can browse.

Savings Witch is located in the old town, a few steps from the Retro metro. They are located at 108 E. César E. Chávez Ave. in Lansing. Their hours are from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Red Cedar Board – 935 N. Washington Avenue.

Being queer is undeniably difficult in today’s socio-political world. There’s no shame in seeking mental health services, and Red Cedar Counseling is the perfect service for LGBTQ individuals, couples, families and more. They offer services tailored specifically to LGBTQ care and the unique challenges queer people face around the world. Gender identity counseling, gender affirmation therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy are just a few of the services offered by Red Cedar Counseling. It is a gay-owned business, proud to serve the Lansing area community with non-judgmental advice.

Red Cedar’s treatment philosophy ensures that all clients are cared for, working with you to explore areas of your life and create healthy, strong behavioral patterns to create your best self.

They have two locations in Michigan – Okemos and Lansing. For consulting services and inquiries, visit their website or contact them by email at [email protected]

Constellation Cat Cafe – 3320 E. Lake Lansing Road

Cats are arguably the best animal, which makes Constellation Cat Cafe a wonderful place to visit. This non-profit organization works with volunteers and their few employees to bring the magical experience of brunch with a colony of cats to East Lansing.

It’s a queer organization dedicated to raising awareness and supporting love-starved cats. The best part about this cafe, however, is that every cat you dine with is up for adoption!

Constellation Cat Cafe offers a variety of options for those wishing to visit. Since they are by appointment only, you can choose options ranging from an hour-long visit to the cat room to hosting an entire party with the cats. There’s even a movie night rental, so you can enjoy a private screening of the movie of your choice to watch with all their kitties.

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This gay-owned organization is made up almost entirely of volunteers, so all donations are appreciated. The site is fully wheelchair accessible, although service animals are not permitted in the cat room to prevent cats and service animals from becoming stressed.

You can make an appointment at the Constellation Cat Cafe on their website. These friendly cats reside at 3320 E. Lake Lansing Road in East Lansing.

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