Local Asheville Businesses Support LGBTQ Equality with “Shop for Equality” on December 10, 2019


December 5, 2019

Adam Polaski | 610.306.7956 | adam@southernequality.org

Al Murray | 828.242.1559 | al@southernequality.org

Local Asheville Businesses Support LGBTQ Equality with “Shop for Equality” on December 10, 2019

Asheville, NC – On December 10, more than 45 Asheville-area businesses will participate in Shop for Equality, a day of giving to benefit the Campaign for Southern Equality’s (CSE), an Asheville-based non-profit that promotes full LGBTQ equality across the South.

Now in its third year, Shop for Equality is a daylong event that highlights local LGBTQ-friendly businesses and raises funds for CSE’s work. Many of Asheville’s most beloved shops and restaurants are participating by donating at least five percent of the day’s sales to CSE.

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara of the Campaign for Southern Equality said today:

“We are so grateful to all of the participating businesses for leading with their values and taking action to support our vision of a South where all LGBTQ people can thrive. Shop for Equality is an opportunity each year for the Asheville community to come together and build the future that we want and need – a future where LGBTQ people can feel affirmed, secure, safe, and free to be who they are. Our team at the Campaign for Southern Equality is ready to put the proceeds raised from Shop for Equality to work in 2020, including by offering free legal clinics, training health service providers, and providing grants to grassroots LGBTQ organizers.”

We’ll celebrate the day-long Shop for Equality event with a Sip for Equality Happy Hour at Urban Orchard (South Slope) that evening, December 10, from 7-9pm, at 24 Buxton Avenue. All are welcome at this free event.

Participating businesses include those listed below. To follow the growing list of “Shop For Equality” partners, visit: www.southernequality.org/shopforequality

  • Akira Satake Ceramics
  • Asheville Raven & Crone
  • Banks Ave Bar
  • Big Crafty (Sponsor)
  • Blue Dream Curry
  • Button Bagel Company
  • C&Co (Downtown)
  • Cafe Yuzu
  • Chestnut
  • Corner Kitchen
  • Curaté
  • Dynamite Roasting
  • East Fork (Sponsor)
  • Embellish
  • Farm Burger (10% 5-9 pm)
  • Garden Party
  • Grail Moviehouse
  • Harvest Records
  • Hazel Twenty
  • Hip Replacements
  • Horse & Hero (Sponsor)
  • Izzy’s Coffee Den (Downtown)
  • Izzy’s Coffee House (West Asheville)
  • JuneBug Retro Resort (Sponsor)
  • Mayfel’s 
  • Patton Ave Pet Co. (All 3 locations)
  • Riptide Publishing
  • Roanline
  • Rustic Grape
  • Simply Extract
  • Spicer Greene Jewelers
  • Crow and Quill
  • The Hop (Merrimon)
  • The Hop (West Asheville)
  • Thirsty Monk (Sponsor)
  • Trade and Lore
  • UpCountry (Brevard 10% and Asheville 10%)
  • Urban Orchard (Sponsor)
  • VaVaVoom
  • Wicked Weed (Sponsor)
  • ZaPow
  • Buxton Hall
  • Zambra
  • Ashes & Steel Studio
  • The Whale
  • OverEasy Cafe

Businesses that would like to sign up for Shop for Equality can contact Al Murray at al@southernequality.org or through this website.


Based in Asheville, NC, the Campaign for Southern Equality works for full LGBTQ equality across the South. Our work is rooted in commitments to equity in race, gender and class. http://www.southernequality.org