New store at St. Petersburg's LGBTQ Welcome Center includes ice cream bar

In St. Petersburg, local ice cream and coffee are new additions to the LGBTQ Welcome Center. A recently opened store at the Grand Central District’s safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members has started serving up Kahwa Coffee and Working Cow Ice Cream, alongside free Wi-Fi.

The store also sells original St. Pete merchandise from LGBTQ artists in the area.

And that’s not all. The welcome center has taken its role as a gay-friendly resource and ambassador to the next level by launching a visitor center, where LGBTQ tourists can go for information about what to eat, where to stay and what to see across the region.

“It was our goal to create a safe place for those looking to build a network of friends or find access to LGBTQ-friendly resources,” said Metro Wellness & Community Centers CEO Lorraine Langlois in a statement. “Whether someone is just coming out or in a new city looking to make friends, we want St. Petersburg to have a resource for all.”

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