Campaign for Southern Equality partners with Asheville businesses on Dec. 11 to Shop for Equality

Press release from the Campaign for Southern Equality:

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, 32 Asheville-area businesses will participate in Shop for Equality, a day of giving to benefit the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), an Asheville-based nonprofit that promotes full LGBTQ equality across the South.

The Campaign for Southern Equality is an amazing organization and I am so thankful for the work they have done and continue to do for our community. I am beyond excited for us to host the “Sip For Equality After Party” at MG Road!” says Lexy Durst, General Manager of MG Road, a downtown Asheville bar.

Now in its second 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 5 percent of sales to CSE on Dec. 11:

  1. Adorn Salon
  2. Akira Satake Ceramics
  3. Asheville Emporium
  4. The Block off Biltmore
  5. Blue Dream Curry (giving 10%)
  6. Button & Co Bagels
  7. C & Co.
  8. Cafe Yuzu
  9. Chestnut
  10. The Crow and Quill
  11. Curate
  12. Dynamite Roasting
  13. East Fork Pottery
  14. The Hop (Merrimon Ave and West Asheville locations)
  15. Hip Replacements
  16. Horse & Hero
  17. Izzy’s Coffee Den (Downtown and West Asheville locations)
  18. Lexington GlassWorks
  19. Loretta’s (giving 10%)
  20. Liberty House Cafe
  21. Mayfel’s (giving 10%)
  22. MG Road (giving 10%)
  23. Nightbell
  24. O’Henry’s (giving 10%)
  25. One of a Kind Art Gallery (Micaville)
  26. Patton Avenue Pet Company (all 3 locations)
  27. Cindy Smith, Animal Communicator
  28. Trade and Lore
  29. WellFit
  30. SmartSign (Sponsor)
  31. The Big Crafty (Sponsor)
  32. JuneBug Retro Resort (Sponsor)

“We are so grateful to all the participating businesses for expressing their values through Shop for Equality and working with us to build the community folks want to see in the world,” says Wynston Sanders of the Campaign for Southern Equality. All proceeds raised from Shop for Equality will go towards CSE’s work in 2019, including offering free legal clinics, providing grants and trainings to grassroots LGBTQ organizers, and rapid response organizing.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11, the Campaign for Southern Equality also invites folks to gather at the MG Road Bar & Lounge for “Sip for Equality Happy Hour” to celebrate the day. All are welcome at this free event.

To follow the growing list of “Shop For Equality” partners visit:

Businesses that would like to sign up for Shop for Equality can contact Al Murray at

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