There is no ethical consumption under capitalism. We’ll save the full economics lecture for another time, but, in some ways, where we spend our money can matter. Choosing to shop at a local, small boutique or shop could make all of the difference for those businesses, and more of that money is likely to flow back into our local economy. Throw in the incentive that some businesses work to be safe places for the LGBTQ+ community, and maybe you can feel just a little better about where you spend your dough. For your consideration, here are a few members of the Utah LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and other queer-friendly shops.
Under the Umbrella Bookstore
Under the Umbrella specifically caters to the queer community. Owner Kaitlyn Mahoney opened the shop after a successful crowdfunding campaign as a way to provide a safe gathering place. Every book in the store is either queer in content and/or written by queer authors, and all of the other items available—candles, tea, mugs, bags, accessories, jewelry—are made by queer artists and makers.
511 W. 200 South, Ste. 120, SLC
Cult + King
Maker of natural, sustainable hair and shave products for the entire gender spectrum.
6410 Business Park Loop Rd., Ste. H, Park City
Friar Tuck’s Barbershop
A gender-inclusive barbershop (that lists C+K among the products they use).
11 W. 1700 South, SLC
Maker of plant-based, cruelty-free health and beauty products. LGBTQ Chamber member.
830 S. 500 West, Ste. B, SLC
Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center
A non-profit offering discounted art supplies and craft materials as well as workshops.
2250 S. West Temple, South Salt Lake
A nonprofit selling wristbands to help transgender people pay for transition-related costs.
1160 S. State St. #60, Orem
A “judgment-free” bakery and patisserie, headed by an award-winning pastry chef.
67 W. 1700 South, South Salt Lake
Sweet Hazel & Co. Vegan Bakeshop
A queer-owned bakeshop that serves vegan baked goods and vegan candy.
167 W. 4500 South, Murray
Sugar House Coffee
An inclusive place to grab a fresh brew, a bite, hang out and catch some live local tunes.
2011 S. 1100 East, SLC
A queer-owned Mediterranean restaurant and purveyor of hummus with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
912 S. Jefferson St., SLC
The Copper Onion
Member of a family of restaurants, including Copper Common, Copper Kitchen and The Daily, and of the Utah LGBTQ Chamber.
111 E. Broadway #170, SLC