Metro Inclusive Health opens inclusivitea. in St. Petersburg

Metro’s new ‘Inclusivitea’ health center, adult retail shop and cafe is now open in St. Pete

Whether it’s exploring kinky art or helping trans folk navigate lifestyle changes, Metro Inclusive Health is no stranger to straightforward sexual liberation aimed at keeping health in mind.

Now, Metro is bringing that same energy forward with Inclusivitea—a sex-positive shop set to sell adult toys, tea and coffee.

Located at 2235 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, the location is the former home of Metro Retro and Retail. Visitors to Inclusivitea will have access to a satellite health center, according to a press release, complete with two exam rooms and a waiting area.

The center will offer HIV and STI testing, PrEP/nPEP and links to over 100 services and programs offered at the Bay’s four other Metro Health locations. The center (and all Metro locations) accepts most insurances, and also provides assistance to those that need it with its “Copay It Forward” program.

Metro Inclusive Health opens inclusivitea. in St. Petersburg

Metro Inclusive Health is readying to debut a brand new concept in the heart of the Grand Central District next door to the LGBTQ Welcome Center in the birthplace of St. Pete Pride. Its name: inclusivitea. (follow on Instagram).

Located at 2235 Central Avenue, the former Metro Retro and Retail is becoming a progressive sex-positive shop that will also serve up tea and coffee.

Additionally, a portion of the 3,800 square foot space was converted into a satellite health center with two exam rooms and waiting area offering HIV and STI testing, prevention with PrEP/nPEP and linkage to over 100 services and programs offered by Metro Inclusive Health at four Tampa Bay locations. Access to HIV care services are provided with partner, CAN Community Health.

inclusivitea., an adult retail shop, health center and cafe, opening in St. Pete

Metro Inclusive Health welcomed supporters to the grand opening of inclusivitea Sept. 14, its new retail location, wifi cafe and health center in the Grand Central District.

Formerly Metro Retro & Retail and located beside Metro’s LGBTQ Welcome Center, the 3,800-square-foot space provides access to the organization’s more than 100 programs and services. A portion of the building was even converted to discretely offer HIV and STI testing.

“With this new concept, we have the potential to significantly impact the rising HIV rates in our area,” Metro Inclusive Health CEO Lorraine Langlois shared ahead of the opening. “The location and educational resource will make access to prevention available to more people in our community than ever before.”

Billed as “part adult and pride retail experience,” Metro promises exclusive items, a “progressive sex shop with a selection of highly rated adult toys” and even “purposefully kitsch swag ranging from Lizzo and Cher on candles to Bea Arthur and Dolly Parton on cutting boards.” All sales will support Metro’s mission.

The space also includes a large media wall, allowing Metro to host educational and cultural events in addition to rotating artist installations. Workshops, podcasting and other community-focused gatherings are expected and encouraged, complemented by Metro’s selection of tea, coffee and snacks.

Metro Inclusive Health’s new Grand Central facility to debut Sept. 14

inclusivitea. (yes, it’s spelled all lower-case, and with a period at the end) is a new iteration of the Metro thrift store at 2235 Central, which has been expanded to include a satellite health center with two exam rooms and waiting area offering HIV and STI testing, prevention with PrEP/nPEP and linkage to over 100 services and programs offered by Metro Inclusive Health at four Tampa Bay locations.

With a freshly-painted Vitale Brothers mural in the courtyard of the adjacent LGBTQ Welcome Center, the 3,800-square-foot space now also includes a “high-tech media wall” allowing for presentations, film screenings and other uses as a center for education, discussion and entertainment.

Although inclusivitea.’s official grand opening and dedication won’t take place until Sept. 14, a soft opening will begin after Labor Day: “The public is welcome and encouraged to attend for short tours, food and beverage sampling and an opportunity to win one of two gift bags,” according to the statement.

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