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assortment of cookies, brownies and red velvet twinkies, and white iced ohio shaped cookie with heart shaped sprinkle in middle on a tray atop a wooden table at bake me happy gluten free bakery in columbus ohio's merion village

LGBTQ-Owned Ohio Businesses to Check Out

Assorted cookies and baked goods from Bake Me Happy in Columbus' Merion Village

LGBTQ-Owned Ohio Businesses to Check Out

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Jun 7, 2022

Check out these 30 LGBTQ-owned Ohio businesses:

assortment of cookies, brownies and red velvet twinkies, and white iced ohio shaped cookie with heart shaped sprinkle in middle on a tray atop a wooden table at bake me happy gluten free bakery in columbus ohio's merion village


Bake Me Happy – You'll feel nothing but joy after leaving Bake Me Happy, a gluten free bakery located in Merion Village. And don't forget to take a bite outta their other location inside North Market at Bridge Park in Dublin. 

Plenty 'O Cookies – A self-taught baker, Alex (known also as Plenty 'O Smiles) serves up deliciously decorated cookies. And if something seems familiar, you probably remember these cookies from Food Network's "Christmas Cookie Challenge."

Pattycake Bakery – Stop by this iconic Columbus bakery for tasty vegan organic treats at their new location on 3870 N. High St.

Barcelona – An iconic Columbus restaurant celebrating 25 years, this German Village spot specializes in Spanish-inspired dishes that'll have you wanting seconds (and probably thirds!). 

Union Café – For delicious food, an amazing patio, friendly staff, and a creative martini menu, head to Union Café. Make it a point to head to their brunch buffet, where you can build your own creations at their omelet station and waffle bar.

Slammers Bar & Pizza Kitchen – Head to this downtown spot that's been open since 1993. 

Axis – Axis is Columbus' largest LGBTQ+ dance club with a modern patio and variety of events, from all-male revues to premier drag entertainment.

Torso – Known for their expansive selection of menswear, Torso strives to carry new and exclusive designers, styles and gift items.

Samson Men's Emporium – Shop for all of your modern-day needs, from clothing to apothecary to barware, at Samson Men's Emporium in the Short North.

Out of the Closet – Thrift for a good cause at Out of the Closet, where proceeds benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. 

Orbit City Bikes – Buy a new bike while the weather is warm and the sun is shining. If you're considering purchasing an electric bike, head to Orbit City Bikes to choose from over 25 different models.

The Plant Gays – Branch out and add some greenery to your life after a visit to this plant-nursery shop. 


MJ’s on Jefferson – For a night of fun, visit MJ's on Jefferson – a gay owned and operated nightclub in the gay entertainment district in downtown Dayton.

Dayton LGBTQ Film Festival – While waiting for festival to this fall, be sure to check out their screenings for Pride Month at The Neon (Dayton's indie art-house cinema). 


The Jammery – This shop, known for its chocolates and candies, is a sweet spot to visit during Pride Month. 

Below Zero Lounge – Located in the trendy Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Below Zero Lounge features a wide variety of quality liquors and celebrates the city's proud heritage of brewing the finest craft beers.

The Birdcage – Everyone is welcome at the Birdcage, an upscale bar and lounge featuring specialty cocktails and entertainment.

&Sundries – Wash your cares away with crafted soaps and other bath and body products. 

Not Your Average "Paint & Sip" – Head into the Pendleton Art Center for artist Jack Reynold's one-of-a-kind art class.  


Felice Urban Café – Located in a turn-of-the-century home, Felice Urban Café is known for locally-soured produce including ingredients from its own garden.

Chill Pop – These frozen novelties feature truly unique flavors, like Black Pepper Plum, Avocado Mint Chip, Sea Salt Strawberry Cream, and more. These popsicles also appeared in a 2018 issue of O Magazine (and co-founder Elizabeth Pryor got a mention in Inc.'s 2019 magazine feature on Cleveland businesses).

Brewella's – Part coffee shop, part créperie, Brewella's serves a variety of delicious drinks and pastries.

The Side Quest – Unleash your inner nerd at The Side Quest. This bar focuses on all thing's geek, nerd, and pop culture. Trivia, theme nights, game nights, lecture series and live television programming are all common events. Bring a little of The Side Quest home by getting some merch or ordering their cocktail book.

Twist Social Club – This neighborhood bar and night club with a robust entertainment schedule including monthly theme parties and Cleveland's best DJ's is focused on serving the LGBTQ+ community of greater Cleveland.

Soothing Sloth Soap – Soothing Sloth Co. handmakes their products with natural, SLS and sulfate free ingredients. Treat yourself to a relaxing time with these bath products. 

Pet-tique – A boutique for your pet. Pet-tique offers wholesome, healthy dog and cat treat and food lines that provide a longer, healthier life for our furry friends.

Urban Orchid – This upscale floral and gift boutique specializes in custom weddings, events and everyday floral needs.

Coven – Specializing in crystals, herbs, books and more, Coven seeks out small businesses, local artists and LGBTQ+ makers to feature in their shop. 

The Dean Rufus House of Fun – Shop this LGBTQ+ retail and novelty boutique that's located at one of the original spots for Cleveland's LGBT Community Center. Fun Fact: Ohio's first - only - LGBT Civil Rights Movement Historical Marker is right outside the storefront! 

Pop Life Universe – Pop Life Universe is in a brilliant building with bright colors, and the products they offer are no different. They work with artists and designers to create unique products and experiences, and also have a yoga studio and juicery inside their store. 

Praxis Fiber Workshop – Get creative at Praxis Fiber Workshop, a nonprofit fiber art center. They offer classes that teach a wide variety of fiber techniques, plus offer studio space for fiber artists and a gallery to promote the field of contemporary fiber art.

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