Local Lawrence businesses celebrate Pride month with eclectic products

Wonderfair LFK Pride sticker. // Photo by Emeline Hutton

Okay, no one panics, but it does happen!

Welcome back to the LGBTQ+ community, it’s officially June and you know what that means. Happy Pride Month!

I hope you’ve spent the past few days letting your freak flag fly, or just living in the heartwarming vibe of ROYGBIV (we all still remember the anagram of the color rainbow, isn’t right?).

Well, anyway, why not show it?

According to our most humble opinions, the world needs to pull itself together and realize that we are indeed here, and that we are exceptionally queer. While a month doesn’t make up for the other 11 we spend being ourselves, it’s a time for reflection. Most importantly, a moment to laugh and cringe at the borderline traumatic commercials and merchandise corporations released.

Right now is not the time to talk about capitalism, this rant couldn’t even fit on the 40 pages of our monthly magazine. It’s time, dear friends, to talk about our local business allies and the whimsical Pride merchandise they supply us with.

Lawrence, Kansas is known to be something of an oasis. With a slew of Gen Z students and lovely locals, how could this not be the case?

Lawrence’s true heart is on Massachusetts St., a haven for shopping, dining and entertainment. We took to the streets, so you don’t have to, and found some sick Pride merch in the adventure.


the third planet:

Absolutely nothing can go wrong when you mix incense, jewelry, bohemian fashion and crystals. After overcoming the initially mixed sensations of smell, sight and joy, you will feel right at home here. The most striking Pride merchandise here includes coffee mugs, rainbow umbrellas, and socks that shoppers can dare to pull up to their knees.

Oh, did we also mention that the upper level is a smoking room?

Can we interest you in… a Pride-themed bong?

Yes?

Spectacular!

Plus, the staff are splendid, so you’re covered on the customer service front.

Striped Cow Pride Display

Striped cow pride display. // Photo by Emeline Hutton

striped cow:

If the company name doesn’t already get us off to a good start, we don’t know what will.

Serving as a jewelry and gift shop, the Striped Cow offers sundries. Besides, nothing screams Pride month like being punched in the face with the sight of a model donning a rainbow print dress as soon as you walk through the front door.

The Striped Cow offers pride flags, more coffee mugs, pride themed clothing, and of course the list goes on.

Don’t even get us started on the socks, there’s an entire store wall dedicated to socks with little jazzy prints on them. No matter what LGBTQ+ letter you identify with, they’ve got a pair for you.

Another recommendation, while you’re out shopping, drop by the back of the store to check out more jewelry from smaller designers!

The Raven’s Bookstore:

Alright bookworms, this one’s for you.

Whether you want to learn more about Stonewall or curl up on the couch with some smut, The Raven is your place.

We honestly have to commend these companies for installing Pride displays in their store entrances so quickly.

When you enter the bookstore, turn left and your gaze will land on a lovely shelf filled with all of Pride’s necessities.

It’s also our duty to be more educated than our less…pleasant counterparts, yes we’re talking straight guys.

So why not end the month by tracing the delicious lines of a paperback book?

The Raven also has a decent amount of enamel pins, stickers, and other goodies to adorn your tote bags.

Wonderfair:

Live, laugh, stationery.

Wonderfair is renowned for its beautiful paper goods, journaling supplies, and an exuberant amount of writing utensils. Even though it sounds like a writer’s paradise, it also caters to certain niche groups.

Wf Enamel Pin Section

Section of enamel pins at Wonderfair. // Photo by Emeline Hutton

If you guessed the LGBTQ+ community, you’d be right, but the drinks aren’t on us.

Yes, you can scribble your heart out on a rainbow sketchbook, but there are quality books too, After enamel pins and extra sticker to tie you up.

Wonderfair also has a haunted bathroom?

It’s quite a situation, and yes, they have stickers for that too.

A word of warning, don’t enter Wonderfair unless you’re willing to hand over every penny of your savings account, it’s just too good.


Remember our little mention of cringey corporate Pride propaganda earlier?

Yes, it’s shame time. Not only is this collection as disgusting as it is hilarious, it’s also embarrassing on a visceral level.

Target:

Listen, the rant could be long, but to keep it short and sweet, let’s just say, absolutely not fucking.

Apparently, for the design team at Target, Pride month consists of just three things; drag queens, houseplants and Lil Nas X.

The merch is obnoxious but also evokes chuckles when viewed in person. No trigger warning in the world could prepare you for this disgrace, so we’re withholding the photos as well.

We’ll spare you the rest, unless you dare feast your eyes on it, but for your sanity and ours, please heed the warning.


Good, you have it now.

LFK once again saves the day with eclectic Pride merchandising.

We wish you a happy Pride month, and please hold all things close and strange in your heart.